To Go or Not To Go – that was the question


Pictured, from left to right, are: Ken Allen, Jon Clipsham, David Stevens, Trevor Edmonds, Eddie Wilkinson and Denis Tierney. 


It was hardly a ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’ – more ‘A Winters Tale’ – when, on a snowy day in Manchester with plenty more ‘frozen precipitation’ set to fall from the skies, to go or not to go was the question being asked before departure. However, deciding to brave the elements, five West Lancashire Masons headed off south to Shakespeare’s birthplace town of Stratford-upon-Avon to visit the Swan of Avon Lodge 2133.

The purpose of the visit was to witness fellow Mason, David Stevens, being installed into the chair of his English lodge that evening.

David, like his travelling colleagues from the South Eastern Group, is a member of Lodge Niederrhein 892 which in turn is part of the Grand Lodge of British Freemasons in Germany and which meets in the city of Dusseldorf.

David was not only supported by his own Swan of Avon Lodge members and local visitors but also by a total of 25 visiting members of Lodge Niederrhein who had made their way to the literary town in Warwickshire.

Niederrhein, having strong military links is a truly international lodge with members living in all the far reaches of the world. However, on special occasions, Masonic colleagues travel to be in unison to support their fellow members. On this occasion it was especially to see David, who has previously been in the chair of Lodge Niederrhein in 1990 and in 2004, installed as WM in his English lodge.

For this special event there were members travelling from as far afield as Scotland, Kent, West Lancashire, West Yorkshire, South Riding and various parts of Germany and Sardinia.

The Province of Warwickshire’s Provincial Grand Master was represented by Graham Venn, the Provincial Junior Grand Warden, together with David Stanford, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, who marshalled the evening with great panache.

There were excellent presentations of tools in the various degrees by the lodge brethren followed by equally well presented addresses.

APrGM Jon Clipsham, who is a member of Lodge Niederrhein, as well as the many other visitors, congratulated the lodge on having produced an excellent ceremony. They also wished David in particular an equally excellent year as Master of his lodge.

The installation concluded with a very friendly and jovial festive board very much enjoyed by all present – with a hasty return to West Lancashire required for a certain few.

SEAEDDIE: To go or not to go that was the question