Tyldesley lodge were honoured to receive as a visitor to the November meeting Right Worshipful Brother Cliff Hope, from the Grand Lodge of Western Australia.
Cliff who has been a visitor on more than one occasion expressed his delight at being able to make a return visit to the lodge.
The highlight of the summons was the ceremony of passing of Keith Stokes ably conducted by Andy Parr who stepped in to help as the worshipful Master Edward Friar was undergoing knee replacement surgery. Cliff responded to the visitor’s toast at the social board and very kindly presented the lodge with a gavel as a memento of his visit.
The Gavel is made of wood from the Fremantle Harbour Wharf which was completed around 1896, when modification were made to the wharf in 2012 the jarrah beams were removed from part of the original structure and some were given to a local artist to produce sculptures for the Fremantle Council. A small section of a beam was dropped from the truck and rescued from the roadway by an upstanding member of the public (so that no car would be damaged by running over it), the said piece was given to a wood turner who produced the gavel and base.
Andy Parr accepted the Gavel on behalf of the lodge and Cliff presented a Lapel badge to Keith Stokes.
The lodge hope to use the Gavel at all future lodge meetings and wish worshipful brother cliff a safe and speedy return to his beloved Australia. All the members of the lodge hope it won’t be to long before we have the pleasure of a return visit.
Photo and story by Swainson Eckersley