As an unusual way to help celebrate their 25th anniversary, Shipston-on-Stour Lodge No. 9418 invited the infamous Black Country Heritage Lodge No. 9702 Demonstration Team to provide a special evening of masonic enjoyment
This took place after the Master of Shipston-on-Stour, W Bro Michael Jeffries, had conducted the regular business and closed the lodge, when the Demonstration Team took complete charge to perform the light hearted enactment of a ceremony of Initiation as it might have been carried out by Aynuk ‘n’ Ayli in the Black Country at the time of the industrial revolution.
The 'werkings' are 'interactive', with anyone present being called upon at any time to take part in the proceedings. As was customary in those days, small fines for 'indiscretions' were imposed instantly and to anyone (everyone!) with all proceeds going to the host lodge Charity Steward.
The sole aim of the 9 member team is to provide an evening of masonic fun and enjoyment with a strong masonic message, which was certainly well achieved and thoroughly appreciated by the 80 members and visitors present.
Further details about the Demonstration Team can be seen on their lodge website www.bchl.org.uk
The Black Country Heritage Lodge No. 9702’s demonstration team was at Cleobury Lodge No. 6972 in the Province of Shropshire recently – and a ‘bosting’ time seems have been had by all!
The ritual was a little different from Cleobury's normal fare, but the team was clearly spot-on with their choice of candidate: W Bro Kevin Gwilliam, the Lodge DC. Eagle-eyed brethren will also note ‘frowtsy gaffer’ W Bro John Williamson (DepGSupt) underneath a cloth cap!
A feature of the evening was the involvement of all masons who were present – 69 in all – and questions were fired at the audience by W Bro Pressde and his merry men. Those who got the answers wrong – or were even just a little too slow – were duly fined. We can assure our readers who were not there, however, that the blood you can see in the group picture was not real!
The demonstration team received a donation of £100 plus half the raffle proceeds, and everyone left well ‘chuffed’.
Glossary for those not familiar with the Black Country dialect:
bostin(g): good, super