The members of Lodge of Great Endeavour No 3597 at their regular lodge meeting in March at the Warrington Masonic Hall balloted for and initiated Simon Anthony Hale-Ross. The ceremony was witnessed by his father Howard Ross and his natural brother Mathew Ross, both of whom are members of the lodge.
Charles Carr WM opened the lodge and conducted the usual administration duties. The next item on the agenda was to ballot for Simon Anthony Hale-Ross which proved unanimously in favour. The secretary retired to complete all the necessary paperwork and upon his return reported that all the paperwork was in order and all the usual fees had been paid.
Upon that note Howard, acting as inner guard, admitted his son Simon to be initiated into Freemasonry. Mathew, his younger brother, guided Simon through the ceremony acting as junior deacon, which he did with great sensitivity and emotion but in a steady and firm manner. Mathew conducted Simon through the remainder of the ceremony with dignity and pride. Simon followed his younger brother with confidence and accuracy.
The working tools of an entered apprentice were confidently presented and explained by the JW John Hancox. Gordon Amos, a grand officer and senior member of the lodge, delivered the charge following initiation in an exemplary manner. John Walsh, also a senior member, explained and presented a Grand Lodge Certificate to Steven Brogden.
35 visitors and members attended the ceremony, along with three entered apprentices from other lodges within the Warrington Group who were witnessing their first ceremony following their own initiation. This concluded the work for the evening and a three course social board followed supplied by the Masonic hall.
Father and son membership is nothing new for this lodge and at the last meeting a son installed his father into the chair of King Solomon. Naturally the evening was highly charged with emotions and a great sense of mutual support was evident.
Howard’s father Reg had passed to the Grand Lodge above several years before. He was initiated into Great Sankey Lodge No 5939, which was amalgamated with the Lodge of Rectitude No 3597 and Lodge of Good Endeavour No 8258 in June 2007, to form the present Lodge of Great Endeavour No 3597. Reg attained the chair in 1989/90 and records show that he was a very keen Mason, which was indicated by him being elected as tyler for no less than seven Warrington lodges in year 1992/93 and well known by many Warrington Masons. There would be no doubt that Reg would have been extremely pleased and proud to know that his son and two grandsons had joined Freemasonry and particularly for this lodge which he was very proud to be a Mason in general and a member this lodge in particular.
Comments passed by brethren at the social board included how well Mathew had done, how Simon had made an excellent candidate, how well Simon had thanked everyone and what a most enjoyable and excellent evening it had been. How good it must be for families to get on so well and how proud they were of each other. How pleasing it was to see another initiation ceremony. It was good to meet other new members who are in the same boat as us! Masonry goes on from generation to generation to generation.
The evening was brought to a close by the Tyler’s toast.