Members of the Wyggeston Lodge No.3448, which is the Universities Scheme Lodge for the University of Leicester, together with its sister Scheme Lodges, Castle of Leicester Lodge No.7767 (De Montfort University) and Lodge of Science & Art No.8429 (Loughborough University), met together for a joint meeting to celebrate the success of the Universities Scheme in the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland together with the Tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England.
The meeting, held at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester, was attended by over 90 Brethren who witnessed 3 ceremonies (an Initiation, Passing and Raising) with multiple candidates and conducted in turn by each of the lodges.
The Lodges were extremely honoured to welcome the Assistant Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Sir David Wootton, who is the Universities Scheme President along with the Scheme Chairman, W.Bro. Edward Lord. Also attending were the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. James Buckle, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Peter Kinder and brethren representing 10 additional Scheme Lodges along with other visitors.
After the Wyggeston Lodge Master, W.Bro. Yogesh Patel, opened the meeting at 2.30pm, the Master of Castle of Leicester Lodge, W.Bro. Daniel Hayward, along with members of the lodge conducted a triple Raising. After a short tea break it was the turn of the Lodge of Science and Art to conduct the Passing of Bro. Connagh McCormick. Lastly, after another tea break, the Wyggeston Lodge conducted an Initiation ceremony for three Candidates, Bros. Elvis, Craig and Jeremy two of whom are students at the University of Leicester.
The meeting was followed by a wonderful Festive Board at 8.00pm where the lodges enjoyed a hearty three course dinner and the company of the guests and visitors. A raffle held in aid of the Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation, which is a local charity offering financial support to individuals and schools to help people access education or training opportunities in Leicestershire, raised £420. A collection for the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2022 Festival also raised £422 including Gift Aid.
W.Bro. Andy Green, Assistant Secretary, said: “It was a wonderful occasion getting the three lodges together to celebrate the Universities Scheme in the Province and to mark the Tercentenary of the Grand Lodge. It was great to see so many young members enjoying their Freemasonry which created a real buzz throughout the day.”