On 5th April 2017, 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.
On 3rd May 2017, W Bro Andrew Popeley, the Secretary of Festival 2018, presented the Lodge with a certificate marking Vice Patron status for this fundraising effort on behalf of the Masonic Samaritan Fund.
On 7th June 2017, we held out Annual business meeting and also carried out a Third Degree ceremony.
On 4th October 2018, Grant Burton installed Steve Walters into the chair of King Solomon. We received 21 visiting Brethren in addition to the Representative of the Provincial Grand Master and his Director of Ceremonies.
On 6th December 2017, a short formal meeting was followed by Lee Armstrong giving a talk on his experiences working in Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan over the past two years. This talk, and the meal following it, were attended by several wives of members, together with other non-masonic visitors and guests.
On 4th April 2018, another short formal meeting was followed by a talk on help for the elderly and the work of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.
Other meetings during the year included second degree ceremonies on 1st November 2017, 3rd May 2018 and 6th June 2018, the latter on behalf of Concord Lodge. We initiated a new member on 7th February 2018, and carried out a third degree ceremony On 7th March 2018,
Meetings scheduled for the rest of 2018 include:
3rd October – Installation of Duncan Fryer as the new Worshipful Master; 7th November – second degree on behalf of Concord Lodge; 5th December 2018 – initiation of a new member.
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.
Other events during the year included an invitation to the 250th Anniversary of the Three Pillars Lodge in Rotterdam, with which Mitre has enjoyed fraternal relations for many years. Both Grant Burton and James Mackman attended and later reported on a wonderful meeting which was attended by Freemasons from all over Europe.
There were also visits to other Lodges closer to home, including Rangoon and Ormond-Iles Lodge in London, the Annual Provincial meeting in York and the annual Provincial visit to the June meeting of Grand Lodge in London – this has become a regular event, with a delegation of over 100 members from our Province again forming the largest visiting contingent.
Sadly, we lost a number of people close to us over the past year.
Brother Oliver Alfred Robinson, who joined Mitre Lodge in 1992, passed on to The Grand Lodge Above on 14th April, at the age of 82. His funeral, attended by over 200 friends and family, was held at Selby Abbey on Tuesday 24th April. Alfie, as he was known, was a dedicated family man and we extend our sympathy to Jane and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Alfie was a regular attendee at Lodge and, although he never wished to attain office, he took part in the ceremonies when his son-in-law joined Mitre Lodge. Alfie and Jane were enthusiastic supporters of Lodge functions and were always happy to dance together until ill health prevented their attendance. Their daughter, Lona, mentioned that her Dad kept a drawer full of Lodge correspondence because the friendship meant so much to him. He still sent his best wishes and apologies for absence even when it was apparent that he would no longer be able to attend.
On 18th June, Worshipful Brother Geoffrey Quinn died in York Hospital, at the age of 74. Geoff grew up in York but later moved to Leeds, where he was initiated into, and later became Master of, Liberty Lodge. He also spent some time in Ireland, looking after a country estate before retiring to the York area. He joined Mitre Lodge in 2015 and was installed as our Senior Warden in 2017, but illness prevented him from continuing. His daughter, Victoria, reminded us that he always enjoyed the friendship of the Lodge and a number of members turned out to pay their respects at this funeral.
We also said goodbye to Beryl Benson, widow of John Benson, who had been both Master and Secretary of Mitre Lodge, and to Hilda, wife of our former Master John Skeldon. Both Beryl and Hilda had been ill for some time.
Our Lodge Almoner, David Marsh, has been busy liaising with members and families, and was helping to arrange for Geoff Quinn for go into a care home. David has been successful in arranging a place at Connaught Court, the Masonic care home in Fulford, for the widow of another Mitre member.