In May 2016, Garry Husband was initiated into Freemasonry – only our second new initiate in five years. In June, we carried out a Second Degree ceremony on behalf of Minster Lodge.
At the Installation meeting on 5th October 2016, Worshipful Brother Grant Burton was placed in the chair of King Solomon by the outgoing Master, Peter Holden.
Grant, an Old Boy of Archbishop Holgate’s Grammar School, is only the second member to hold this position twice. He was previously Master of Mitre Lodge in 2000-2001.
In November 2016, Daniel Morgan was initiated into Freemasonry. Unusually, Daniel was Passed to the Second Degree in the following month because the intended candidate, Brother Garry Husband, was unable to attend on the night.
Also at the November meeting, we played host to members of other Schools Lodges in the area. W Bro David Cadle, Master of Old Hymerian Lodge, and W Bro Ean Blair of the Hull Old Grammarians’ Lodge occupied the chairs of Senior and Junior Wardens respectively for the opening and closing ceremonies – a feat well performed given that they had no rehearsal and each lodge tends to have its own variations to the ceremonies.
A further Initiation ceremony was carried out on 1st February, followed by a demonstration of the Second Degree on 1st March.
On 5th April, we carried out a Second Degree ceremony on behalf of the Rangoon and Ormond-Iles Lodge. This does not, as may be thought, meet in Burma but in London. It is an amalgamation of three Burmese lodges with roots in the British Empire. It was repatriated to London when the Burmese Government banned Freemasonry in that country. The candidate lives in York and the Master and other members of his own lodge attended the ceremony.
Other meetings scheduled for 2017 are:
3rd May – Second degree.
7th June – Annual business meeting followed by 3rd degree.
4th October – Installation of the new Worshipful Master
1st November – Third degree
6th December – Initiation
Any Freemason is welcome to attend any of these meetings. We have frequent visits from members of Lodges elsewhere in England and Scotland, and have even welcomed Brethren from Australia in recent times.
Our popular Carols and Quiz event took place on Saturday 17th December 2016, when more than 70 Brethren, their families and widows of the Lodge enjoyed the now traditional event – with one slight difference. Tony and Barbara Hodgson have stepped down from running the quiz after 20 years and our Charity Steward, Karl Hardman, and his wife Caz have brought a new look (and sound) to the proceedings after their success at the Musical Munch earlier in the year. Bill Seddon again led the singing of carols in the Lodge room, in time with the organ playing of Nicholas Page – the day before he and Kathryn left for their holiday to New Zealand.
For events in 2017, please see the “Social Activities” page.
Sadly, we lost one of our most popular members in 2016, when Charles Burdett died in June. Mitre Lodge was well represented at his funeral and our sympathy is extended to his family.
We also learned, early in the year, that W Bro Martin Hamilton, who had been a member of Mitre until he retired to Spain (where he subsequently took the chair in a Lodge in Malaga), had also died.
Finally, Brother Derrick Dunkley died on 6th April 2017, shortly after his 89th birthday. Derrick only became a Freemason at the age of 81 but entered fully into the spirit of the Lodge, taking part in ceremonies and serving as Inner Guard for more than three years from 2013. We extend our sympathy to his family.