The Third Degree the beginning of a new journey – Four Pudsey Lodges join together to Raise a Brother on behalf of St Laurence Lodge No 2330

Brethren I’m sure that all of us, no matter how long we have been a member of freemasonry remember all too well our 3rd degree ceremony.

But for some, it will be more memorable than others. We at St Laurence Lodge No 2330 have recently raised a brother, Thomas Harris to the 3rd degree. Nothing unusual in this I hear you say. However this was indeed a very different ceremony to our usual one.

Thomas is one of our newer members and a Fellowcraft freemason enjoying his status and looking forward to his future masonic career. However he and his family were given the opportunity to start a new life ‘down under’ which left us with a very tight time limit to get raise him to the 3rd so he could begin his new life in Tasmania as a fully-fledged master mason.

At St Laurence Lodge 2330 we had no space in our calendar to fit him in. So we asked another Lodge, Thoresby Lodge No 4920 in our rooms to do it for us. So far nothing too unusual, but I wondered how I could make it a very special memory for him.  After much discussion with all the Lodges that meet in our rooms in Pudsey. We put together a ceremony involving brethren from all four craft Lodges. St. Laurence 2330, Thoresby Lodge No 4920, Lodge of Benevolence No 5612, and Prince of Wales Lodge No1648 delivering ritual at various stages of the ceremony.

Brethren what a most enjoyable occasion it proved to be, a faultless ceremony where the preceptor who could have had a very busy night, virtually had the night off. The evening was rounded off by a superb meal with good friends at the festive board.

I’m sure we would all like to wish Tom and his family all the very best for their new lives in Tasmania and to let him know that we will always be here for him should he ever need his brothers.

W Bro. Gary Calverley PPJGW

St Laurence 2330