Monday 8th October 2018
with the presence of the Provincial GM
Tuesday 13th November 2018
2nd Degree Ceremony - t.b.c.
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In its 50th anniversary year, Clarendon Lodge № 8023, meeting at Perton, Wolverhampton, saw the culmination of many years of exchange visits with the Michael Lodge № 5 in Rome, which meets under the jurisdiction of the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy.
A Twinning Ceremony was held on Monday 17th November 2014 at the Clarendon Lodge venue, Perton Park Golf Club, in the Presence of the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Staffordshire, W. Bro. David Philips and the Provincial Grand Master of Lazio, Campania, Molise, R.W. Bro. Cesare Pirozzi.
A Twinning Document, signed by the Worshipful Masters of Clarendon Lodge No.8023, Wolverhampton, and Michael Lodge No.5, Rome and the two Provincial Representatives, pledges the members of the two Lodges to visit each other, whenever practical, at least once a year and to assist in such other Masonic and social endeavours as will further enhance the bond of friendship between the Lodges.
The Clarendon Lodge has 7 meetings per year at the Perton Park Golf Club (see Location Map) on the Second Monday in the months of October, January, March and May and the Second Tuesday in the months of November, February and April. (Lodge Bye-Laws to be approved by the PGL of Staffs)
It also holds Lodges of Instruction where new members are taught the history and rituals and some practice meetings where one learns the ceremonies.
Congratulations to W. Bro. John Smith on his being promoted to the rank of PPrJGD at the recent Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge (10/05/2016)
It is with great sadness that we announce the Passing to the
Grand Lodge Above of our Bro. Ivor Beck PPAGDC, in the early hours of
Sunday 4th January 2015
May his soul rest in peace . . . . . . . and his memory be eternal
Brother Phil Bailey with his two sons Brother Nial Bailey (Left) and Brother Michael Bailey (Right).
Brother Phil was initiated into Clarendon Lodge in 2008, Michael in 2011 and Nial in 2013.
It’s a bit of a Bailey takeover at Clarendon with another brother (no relation) also called Bailey (Bro Geoff). Bro Phil has taken an active role in the Lodge and has visited quite widely, within and outside the province.
The links the Lodge has fostered with outside constitutions has seen Bro Phil becoming a member of the Royal Arch under the Scottish Constitution and Craft under the Italian GLRI Constitution and is now proud to say that he was installed into the Chair of King Solomon of Keats and Shelley Number 1 Lodge, in Rome on the 25th May 2013 and is now in his second term as the Worshipful Master. All Staffordshire Freemasons will be warmly received if they can visit Keats and Shelley at any time. Keats & Shelley is an English speaking Lodge, practicing Emulation Ritual.
Bro Phil was very proud to act as Junior Deacon at the Initiation of both his sons although he says; “It’s lovely having the boys in Lodge, but I know one day, hopefully a long time into the future, one of them will act as Junior Warden whilst I fill in as Inner Guard. It will then come to me to promise to obey the commands of the Junior Warden. I think I will apply for a dispensation on the basis that in 30 years they have never promised to obey any of my commands!”
The good natured humour that exists between these brethren is characteristic of the atmosphere within Clarenden, which some have described as “lively, welcoming and friendly”. The fact that they are related provides an additional pleasant family dimension to the Lodge. Bro Michael is 24 years old, and lives within the province. He is the director of his own electrical supplies company and is presently Clarendon’s Senior Deacon. Bro Michael has taken to Freemasonry like a duck to water and has visited a number of Lodges. He enjoys ritual and is looking forward to the coming years.
Brother Nick Emerton-Court, IPM, has affirmed his desire to create the right atmosphere to attract younger Freemasons, he says “The future of the fraternity lies in the hands of the younger brethren. We must make our Lodges and publications interesting and attractive to them, without forgetting the older brethren who are generally the backbone of the Lodge. We cannot afford to lose anyone, but particularly the younger brothers.”
Bro Michael presented the Working Tools to his brother Nial at his initiation in January 2013.
Brother Nial, is 29 years old, a self-employed builder, he also lives within the province. Bro Nial is still finding his feet after his initiation and like us all early in our masonic careers, is trying to make sense of the workings of the Lodge. He has a daughter, which, yes brethren, makes Brother Phil a very young looking granddad (Bro. Phil wrote that bit), and is looking forward to many happy years within Lodge.