Another three University of Leicester students, Simon Walmsley, Adam Tilley and James Kelly, joined the Wyggeston Lodge at our meeting on Friday 20th February at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester in a wonderful triple ceremony. Since joining the United Grand Lodge of England’s Universities’ Scheme in 2011, we have welcomed 27 undergraduate and postgraduate students from Leicester University. The Lodge has currently 50 members ranging from 18 to 90 years old and an average age of 44.
The meeting was held in the extremely decorative Holmes’ Lodge Room and we were honoured to welcome Adam’s Grandfather and James’s Father who are both Freemasons in Nottingham and Kent respectively. WBro Gerry Kelly also gave a superb recital of the Initiate’s Charge to his son and the other new members.
The Wyggeston Lodge was particularly honoured to welcome the Master and some of the junior Brethren and recent Initiates of the Onslow Lodge No.2234 which is the Universities’ Scheme Lodge for the University of Surrey. Also attending were 2 members from The Iron Bridge Lodge No.9897, a newly consecrated Universities’ Scheme Lodge in the Province of Shropshire.
The Festive Board consisted of a sumptuous three course meal along with plenty of laughter and fun. A raffle raised a total of £255 for the Harley Staples Cancer Trust which is local Leicester-based charity, in loving memory of an inspirational boy Harley who died of a rare leukaemia, that helps children and young people who have cancer or a cancer related illness.