Installation of W Bro James Boffey
posted on 07 April 2017
The 5th April saw our installation meeting at the Northfield Masonic Hall. The incumbent Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Mark Jarvis, presiding as the Installing Master at the installation of W. Bro. James Boffey Prov. A.G.D.C. This is the third lodge W. Bro. Jim has overseen, having previously been Worshipful Master of The Old Bromsgrovian Lodge, 5743, and more recently Billingsgate Lodge, 3443.
The Lodge was very pleased to welcome the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Robert Vaughan as Presiding officer, accompanied by the Provincial Wardens, David Dey and Paul Wong, under the direction of the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Chris Overall. We were also honoured by the company of W. Bros. Martin Lawrence and Richard Macey, the soon to be invested Provincial Wardens for the next Masonic year.
With 44 Brethren present, including a further 2 Grand Lodge Officers, this made the evening one of the best attended in past years. Perhaps a further indication of the warm reception and well-practiced ritual that the lodge is becoming known for.
We thank all our brother visitors from this and our neighbouring provinces and as far afield as Billingsgate lodge, meeting in Great Queen Street, for their support. We were lucky enough to have three Entered Apprentices, one of which was only initiated a month ago, which I am sure you will appreciate is no mean feat at an installation meeting!
The festive board was full of good humour, culminating in a very amusing visitors' response given by W. Bro. Colin Broomfield.
The charity collection for the 2022 Festival raised £220, plus gift aid, and a further £188 was raised in the raffle. The winner of the star prize was Bro. David Middleton, a Brother of only one month, proving that there is such a thing as beginner's luck. We hope that this will entice him back to future meetings!
To end on a high, Bro. Nigel Wainwright, Senior Warden, was presented with a cheque (sum undisclosed!) by the P.G.M., a prize won in the Provincial Grand lottery. A nice surprise.
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