The Wyggeston Lodge No.3448, the Universities’ Scheme Lodge for the University of Leicester, was extremely honoured to welcome the Assistant Grand Master, R.W.Bro. David K. Williamson (President of the Universities Scheme), Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. David V. Hagger, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. James L. Buckle, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Peter C. Kinder, and the Provincial Officers to their Regular Meeting held on Friday 19th April 2013. The Assistant Grand Master, was accompanied by the Universities Scheme Chairman, W.Bro. C. Edward Lord.
In total, over 100 Brethren witnessed a Double Initiation Ceremony of two Initiates recruited via the Universities’ Scheme – Bro. Chris Kent, a University of Leicester medical graduate, and Bro. Sam MacCuaig, an undergraduate student at the University of Leicester reading International Relations. The Junior Deacon, Bro. Yogesh Patel, confidently conducted the Initiates whilst the Junior Warden, Bro. Jamie Mollart, very ably gave the Initiate’s Charge.
The Assistant Grand Master and the Scheme’s Chairman addressed the Brethren about the aims of the Universities’ Scheme and its’ success announcing that 56 Lodges across England, Wales and the Overseas Districts had now joined the Scheme.
At the Festive Board, W.Bro. Andy Green proposed the toast to the Assistant Grand Master who responded by thanking the Lodge for a superb evening and a wonderful occasion. He further congratulated all those who assisted the Worshipful Master on the “excellent” Ceremony. The Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Tom A. Bodycot, presented the Assistant Grand Master with a pair of The Wyggeston Lodge cufflinks commissioned as part of their Centenary celebrations in 2010 together with a history of the Lodge. The Provincial Grand Master additionally presented the Assistant Grand Master with a copy of the ‘Freemasonry in Leicestershire and Rutland – The ‘Other’ Orders and Degrees’.
The two other Universities’ Scheme member Lodges from the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland, Castle of Leicester Lodge No.7767 (De Montfort University) and Lodge of Science & Art No.8429 (Loughborough University) were also well represented.
Since joining the scheme in April 2011, The Wyggeston Lodge have initiated 13 University of Leicester students/graduates.
Being a member of the Universities’ Scheme has allowed the Lodge to bring the core values of Freemasonry – Integrity, Kindness, Honesty and Fairness to a new generation and have seen the average age of membership drop from 60 to 49 years of age.
The evening was certainly a very special occasion and one the members of the Lodge and all those who attended will not forget in a very long time.