Pendle & West Craven visit Belfast

Eight Pendle Lodge brethren along with three brethren from West Craven Lodge, Barnoldswick, headed off to Northern Ireland to the Andrew Henderson Lodge 512 installation of Brother Philip Coupe, the brother from the same mother of W.Bro Walter Coupe.

Arrangements were made for the transportation to Liverpool Airport and they flew out landing in Belfast around Lunchtime to be collected by car, by the master elect and two other brethren.

Straight to the accommodation where a very nice lunch was quickly downed along with a few beers and some of the Black stuff (Guinness)

Due to the installation supposedly starting early, around 16.30, we just had time to eat lunch and get changed into dinner suits and back into the bar to await the taxis. I kid you not when I say the taxi drivers know how to look after their passengers out there, when we got into the mini cab the driver had laid out three hot water bottles on the seats, being gentlemen we let the older brethren have them.

Arriving at the lodge we had a quick guided tour of the rooms and then to the bar to await the start of the installation, which is totally different to ours, in that the whole ceremony is performed in the First degree. W.Bro Walter Coupe had been invited to take part in the installation by sponsoring his brother and conducting the Senior and Junior Wardens to the new W.M and then to their new positions in the lodge. A total of 109 brethren attended and there was not even enough room to square the lodge.

After the ceremony we moved to the dining room, which again was packed out. More of the Black stuff and a very enjoyable three course meal followed. W.Bro Walter Coupe gave the reply to the visitors toast and represented brethren from twenty three different lodges.

The new Worshipful Master was presented with an engraved cut crystal whisky decanter and glass set on a wooden plinth from the Brethren of the Scottish Lodges,whilst the brethren from Pendle Lodge were on the receiving end with each given a Fenian statue ( a member of a legendary band of warriors defending Ireland in the second and third centuries A.D) from the members of Andrew Henderson Lodge to remind them of their visit.

The Festive board was then open to anyone who would like to sing or give a rendition and all in all a good time was had. At some time around daft o’clock the taxis arrived to transport us all back to the hotel where again the bar was located until sleep caught up with all but two of the brethren, who decided it was good to talk. They then decided to go to bed but one of them (The new W.M.) had forgotten his room number but the Irish hospitality shone through again and the night porter assisted Philip to trawl through all the rooms until the correct room was found, this being the last room to check.

Breakfast was had and stories were told, most brethren not even knowing about the visitor to their rooms.

Transport arranged again by the three brethren of Andrew Henderson Lodge and away to the Airport.

Arriving back at Liverpool to be collected by our mini bus (arranged by Mark Barlow) Thank you Mark. And back home once more having made more friends and promises of return visits. Thank you to all the brethren who attended this trip.


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