Monday, May 22nd 2017 saw the consecration of the second new Lodge in less than 12 months in the Masonic Province of Buckinghamshire.
The Buckinghamshire Classic Car Lodge 9945 is the result of 18 months of hard work and organisation by a number of keen Masonic car enthusiasts in the Province, and follows the consecration of the Buckinghamshire Motorcycle Lodge 9926 in July 2017.
Buckinghamshire AsstProvGM John Clark explains:
"The Executive has always believed that specialisation lodges are the way forward and following the formation of the Motorcycle Lodge last year a Classic Car Lodge was the obvious next step.
Our PGM, Gordon Robertson, being very forward thinking, immediately agreed to let us go forward with this. We then advertised the idea to the Province and had a superb response.
We have a large number of beautifully restored and maintained cars owned by members within the Province and it is wonderful that the owners now have their own Lodge to meet at and discuss the finer points of their pride and joys.
Sincere thanks go to Matthew Eaton and David Waterton for the huge effort they have put into this endeavour over the last 18 months and to all the founders for their support in setting up the Lodge.
John continued: "There is no requirement for members to actually own a classic car, merely to have an interest and love of this genre of transport. We have 46 Founding Members of the Lodge and will meet on Saturdays in May, July, September and October at the Beaconsfield Centre and it is hoped that we will also attend other Classic Car lodges in other Provinces whenever possible."
The consecration ceremony took place at the Sindlesham Masonic Centre and was attended by more than 200 Freemasons from Buckinghamshire and other Masonic Provinces.
The Provincial Grand Master of Buckinghamshire, Gordon Robertson, conducted the consecration ceremony with the assistance of his officers of the year. This was followed by the installation of the first Master of the Lodge, R.W. Bro. Sir Stuart Hampson by the Buckinghamshire AsstProvGM, Peter Moody. The Master then appointed and installed his officers.
The days ceremonial concluded with a fine Festive Board which was enjoyed by all those present. Everyone in attendance wished this new Buckinghamshire Lodge, its Master and members the very best for their future meetings, both at home and 'on the road'.
Follow the lodge on Twitter @BucksCCL9945
Pictures show: The 1956 Corvette belonging to Bill Smithson and the founders of the lodge.
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