We are rather fortunate that we have had our fifth Initiate in as many months, but it does mean that I'm running out of things to say!
Another month, another meeting, another Initiation; four in a row!
This time around, the candidate was the father of one of our other recent initiates (October of last year). To my recollection, it is the first time the proposer has himself still been an Entered Apprentice, and one of those rare occasions whereby a son introduces the father, rather than the other way around. A number of changes to the Officers this month due to holidays and work commitments, including a stand-in Worshipful Master, but, I'm pleased to report we were still able to deliver a first-class ceremony.
Our latest regular meeting was held on 14th March. The ceremony was another initiation; three in a row.
On this occasion, the candidate was a relative of the Worshipful Master, so, as well as being the candidate's Father's cousin, he's also now his Brother! The candidate's actual brother, a member of a different lodge, was also in attendance to see him initiated. Once more, a great performance from all of the officers involved, with the candidate, again, conducted himself very well, too. Another great addition to the lodge, I'm sure.
On the evening of the 14th February, some of you may have been celebrating Valentine's Day. We were celebrating Palatine's Day!
The ceremony was another initiation. The third new recruit from our website, and, we hope, another worthy addition to Freemasonry in general, and Palatine in particular. A flawless performance from all of the officers involved, which drew well deserved praise from all of those in attendance to witness it. The candidate conducted himself very well, too, and had a really good night.
Once again, January bring us a fresh new year and the first meeting with our newly installed officers, and also once again, we started the year with an initiation. There's nothing like putting them immediately to the test!
Due to work, we had a stand-in Junior Deacon, but, thankfully, it was an old-hand that put in a fine performance, depite being one of our regular visitors rather than one of our own - his ritual is different! Our candidate also put in a very good show with an air of confidence about his responses. It certainly bodes well for his future journey with us.
Our annual meeting was held on Thursday 13th December, 2018, this being the installation of WBro Martin Pigford.
The representative on the evening was WBro John Johnston Stevenson, ably assisted by WBro Richard Davison, who was his Director of Ceremonies for the night. It was the second succesive year Richard has performed this role at Palatine. He is a true friend of the lodge! They both received a very warm welcome from the brethren.
Another busy evening for us on the night of the 8th November. As is always the case for this meeting, we first had the election of officers for the ensuing year. This was followed by raising one of our newer brothers to the degree of a Master Mason.
Unfortunately, illness, work, and holidays, beset the best laid plans of mice and men. The three principle officers were all missing! Thankfully, we knew a little in advance, so a substitute team was quickly put together and the ceremony went very well, once more. A huge thank-you to all of the stand-ins; they know who they are.
We were fortunate to be performing another initiation this month, the fourth this year, and the first monthly back-to-back initiation in recent memory.
Our candidate was the second one fully recruited through our website, so we are finally reaping the rewards of a little hard work and effort keeping the site up to date. If you're reading this and you're not a Freemason, get in touch - it could be you!
The first meeting back for us after recess, and as usual for September, a lower than average turn-out, with a number of brethren still being in holiday mode.