The Third step in Freemasonry is by far the largest and most memorable; with the ceremony of raising being both a spectacular and hair-raising experience. To say there is a lot of work involved in learning ritual and practicing the movement on the floor would be an understatement. However, Bro Jezz Thornton experienced what was the finest display of Third Degree Ritual we have seen in Pendle Lodge for some time. It wasn’t just the W.M who was on form but his entire team of officers, and congratulations must go to all of them for an outstanding team performance.
The Lodge was well supported with brethren from 5 different Lodges in attendance including the District Chairman W.Bro Paul Thornton and the Royal Arch District Officer W.Bro Trevor Thomas, plus the majority of Pendle Lodge members.
Bro. Jezz Thornton has taken his time getting to Master Mason, and that’s how it should be. He is now comfortably positioned to take up his role as Master Mason and extend his knowledge and workings as such.
“I had no idea the ceremony was so dramatic” – Jezz Thornton
We had a surprise visit from Bro Kevin Pickering all the way from Thailand on a return home visit to Burnley. Kevin attained the position of Junior Deacon in the Lodge before leaving for the warmer climate, and he kept a watchful eye on the two current Deacons to ensure his high standards were being maintained.
Once again the candle misbehaved itself and threw itself to the floor but by far the biggest sigh of relief was from the Director of Ceremonies W.Bro Roy Langtree who had almost nothing to do during the evenings ceremony, he didn’t stop smiling all night. The Social Board as ever was a raucous affair with lots of laughter and taking of wine. The Toast’s were all honored and received with good humor. The famous Pendle Lodge numbers raffle raised well over £100.00 on the night, all of which will be going to the East Lancashire Masonic Charity.
It was a great finale to the end of the masonic season for Pendle Lodge.