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Wellington School Lodge – a meeting of Firsts and a Second…

Wellington School Lodge held its February Meeting on the 17th February in the town Lodge, followed by a rather special ‘Blue Table’ Festive board. 

The ceremony was well attended with VW Ben Batley in attendance, having been proffered the gavel, Ben duly passed it back with thanks to WM Chris Leigh-Browne who then proceeded to raise Br Guy Lambert to the Second Degree. The ceremony was enhanced by some superb floor work and notably VW Br Mike Eastick’s immaculate Tracing Board explanation. 

L to R VW Ben Batley DPGM – Eugene Du Toit HM Wellington School – WB Chris Light-Browne WM – Rob Beckley High Sheriff of Somerset (In nominaltion)

The evening then continued into the very full dining hall where The Lodge was honored to welcome The Headmaster of Wellington School – Eugene Du Toit – this is the first time we have ever been joined by Headmaster, past or present in over 70 years of our foundation. Eugene was fascinated to learn about the deep connection with the school and Lodge and we hope this opens up a new chapter in co-operation and support. 

We also welcomed Rob Beckley (The High Sheriff of Somerset – in nomination, Rob is installed in Wells Cathedral in a few weeks) Rob’s three sons were at Wellington and it was great to hear from him how impactful the charitable works of the Lodge meant to the people of Somerset and beyond.

VW Bro Ben then gave an entertaining introduction and had uncovered many connections with the schools history and Freemasonry.

We were also joined for the first time by a good number of prospective new members of all ages which the Brethren are to be congratulated on bringing with them and introducing them.  During the evening we had a very lively presentation on famous Freemasons from WB Jeremy Hellier and an explanation of the charitable works of Freemasonry by WB Geoff Ash. 

Before we closed the visitors were welcomed to a tour of our Temple and many were drawn to the Schools founding Charter and Banner.

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