Teddington Lodge

DECEMBER MEETING

Where The Tide Ceases To Regularly Ebb And Flow.

The River Thames is tidal from the North Sea at the estuary, and it is at Teddington Lock that the tidal aspect of the Thames ceases its twice daily ebb and flow. Above the Teddington Lock the river is non tidal. How strange that this feature is poignant and has a resonance in the words used in our masonic ritual.

The Lodge meeting held in October saw the Centenary celebrations of Teddington Lodge No 4528. Now it was back to work. At the meeting held on 8th December 2023, the Brethren of Teddington Lodge Passed Bro. Sunil Parekh to the Second Degree on behalf of Pearl of Africa Lodge No 9052. This was the first time a Rule 173 Conferment of Degrees by request had taken place at Teddington. This would have seemed a strange request as one Lodge meets at Harrow and the other at Twickenham. However, it was through the auspices of the Lodge VO, W. Bro Shreyesh Shah PProvSGD that both Lodges were put in contact. Shreyesh is also a member of Pearl of Africa Lodge and saw the opportunity for masonic synergies, especially as his Lodge had a busy schedule of ritual.

The Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Tony Anin-Boateng PPrJGD carried out the Ceremony ably assisted by Bro. Saumeel Patel as Senior Deacon, who also presented the 2nd Degree Working Tools. The Tracing Board was explained by the Director of Ceremonies, W. Bro Peter Atkinson PPrSGW.

There were eight members of Pearl of Africa Lodge present, and they are to be commended for their support and enthusiasm for Bro Sunil by travelling the distance between the Harrow and Twickenham, which may not always be the easiest of journeys. They are further to be commended for their generosity having treated the Teddington Lodge members to their first drink at the bar.

After a most enjoyable festive board £91 was raised for Charity.

There were 21 attending including the Tyler

This linking of the two Lodges augurs well for the future and will cement the relationship. This is what it is freemasonry is all about.

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