"Passed" after 42 years as an Entered Apprentice!
On Thursday 22nd November Hagley & Holy Wells Lodge No 7932 balloted for two Joining Members. The first candidate was Robert Arthur Bennett, a Past Master of Crossbrook Lodge No 6443, who was Proposed by W.Bro. D. Emery and seconded by W.Bro. K. Owen. The second candidate, Bro. Robert Frederick Lewis, was proposed by W.Bro. M. Hill and seconded by W.Bro. A.L. Smith.
Why I hear you ask is this particularly news worthy?
Well; Bro. Bob Lewis was joining as an Entered Apprentice. Initiated into the Lodge of the Holy Wells No 6975 on 25 Nov 1976 but owing to work commitments resigned from that Lodge on 26 April 1977, in good order. Bro. Lewis now finding himself with time and the interest to devote to our Order - and having spent a significant amount of time researching the history of the Lodge of the Holy Wells - established that his Mother Lodge had amalgamated with Hagley Lodge on 13th June 2007. Bro. Lewis contacted UGLE, who supplied him with a “First Degree Certificate”, and he also made direct contact with Hagley & Holy Wells Lodge.
The Ballots having proved in favour of the Candidates, Bro. Lewis then proceeded to be Passed to the Second Degree, almost exactly Forty-Two years to the day since he had been made an Entered Apprentice. Is this a record?
Left to Right: Bro David Clark, JW; Bro Robert Lewis; W Bro Philip Stanton, WM; W Bro Robert Bennett; Bro David Grigg, JW.
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