It was a delight to return to the Masonic Hall, Harrogate, one of the most impressive in the Province, to witness the advancement of Brother Charles Francis Tyrer Drury, son of Worshipful Brother Philip Drury, Elected Member of the Charity Committee, and well known Koi Carp farmer.
The Brethren of the Lodge were joined, on Tuesday 7 April by a good number of visitors, unsurprisingly many from South Yorkshire. The Lodge was opened in due form by the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Robert Boyd, who competently despatched the initial formalities.
The ceremony was then undertaken by, very largely, the team of officers who officiated at the enactment at the February meeting. W.Bro. Boyd again led from the front with a very confident and impressive display, fully supported by his Wardens. The Senior Deacon, Bro. Nigel Dyson dutifully navigated Bro. Charles around the Lodge aided by the Junior Deacon, W.Bro. Keith Harmer. The explanation of the Signs and Secrets were again in the hands of W.Bro. William Pickles P.G.Std.B., seldom have I seen them executed in such an excellent and comprehensive fashion. Finally, W.Bro. Philip Drury delivered the conclusion to his son, a moment neither will forget. This was an Advancement where all who contributed can feel justly proud, including the reserve Chaplain, V.W.Bro. Robert Fraser Platt who proved that he has lost none of his performance skills and gravitas.
It bears repeating, for the benefit of those who have not had the pleasure of seeing a Ceremony at Harrogate, that the stones have to be seen to be believed. They are somewhat larger than normal, most certainly heavier and are therefore transported in slings; I say no more, go and see them.
We were then treated to the presentation, by W.Bro. Les Davey in his last official duty as an Elected Member of the Charity Executive, of a Defibrillator for the use of the Masonic Hall. This was initially delivered into the hands of the Worshipful Master who then swiftly passed it on to Bro. David Fisher, Junior Warden, the current Chairman of the Board of the Harrogate Masonic Hall Trust.
The Festive Board was a delight with starter being a black pudding ball, followed by roast beef, medium rare, just right, very well received and faithfully applied. Due to the lateness of the hour the Toasts and responses were readily despatched, Bro. Charles Drury thanking all who had taken part and looking forward to many years as a Member of the Haywra Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 525.
We are fortunate to be Freemasons, smile, be happy and enjoy your Mark Masonry.
W.Bro. D. Smith P.G.S.D., P.Prov.G.J.W.