The members of Travellers’ Lodge No 4679 held a ‘Ladies and Friends’ to dine evening. The main purpose of the evening was to welcome Linda Boswell and members of her family into the lodge, in-order to receive a gift from Linda to remember her husband Ian Boswell PSGD APrGM of the Province of West Lancashire who sadly passed to the Grand Lodge above on 19 June 2014.
The lodge was opened in due form by the IPM Peter Hayes, as the WM was unable to attend due to work commitments. Peter welcomed the many visitors to the lodge, including: Kevin Poynton APrGM, Tony Bent APrGM, grand officers Gordon Amos, Derek Hunt and Chris Ayres and group chairman Andrew Barton.
After conducting the lodge business the lodge DC Ian Jackson invited the ladies and other visitors into the temple. Peter Hayes welcomed the visitors and asked the lodge secretary Michael Hamilton to give a short introduction. Michael said: The Masonic ‘Gavel’ sounded by the worshipful master is a symbol of authority, to control, to punctuate order and to confirm the business of the lodge. The Gavel strikes to sounding block, which resounds to echo and reinforce that authority. This is responded to by the senior warden who sounds in the West and the junior warden who sounds in the South. The choice to remember WBro Ian with is a ‘sound one’. He was a brother, then master, our secretary, a Provincial officer and a grand officer. We considered him our very own APrGM with pride and affection He was a great stalwart of the lodge.
Linda then spoke about Ian’s love of Freemasonry and his family. She said Ian always enjoyed his Freemasonry and she recounted one night he came home and said he had been asked to do a job for the group – her response was “So !”. Linda went on to say they had both enjoyed Masonry but the night he came home with his Assistant Provincial Grand Master’s chain she did not let him get away with leaving the chain and menu card on the dining room table – she sneaked downstairs in the night and left a post it note on it “So !”.
Linda received a well-deserved round of acclamation from the brethren, ladies and visitors present when she concluded her talk.
The lodge chaplain John Atkinson, was then asked to give a blessing.
After this the lodge ADC Bil Wainwright placed the gavels on their respective pedestals. The junior wardens sounding block reads: “W Bro Ian Boswell, Travellers’ Lodge, Initiated 19th February 1981.” The senior wardens sounding block reads: “W Bro Ian Boswell, First Assistant Provincial Grand Master in Travellers’ Lodge. Passed to the 2nd Degree, 15th October 1981.” The worshipful masters block reads: “Worshipful Brother Ian Boswell, Past Senior Grand Deacon and Assistant Provincial Grand Master of West Lancashire. Called to the Grand Lodge above on 19th June 2014.”
The gavels were then sounded in memory of Ian. Peter Hayes then asked the Ladies and visitors to join him at the festive board. Before the meal was served Michael Hamilton extended the thanks of all the brethren of Travellers’ Lodge to their attendance, he said: “Travellers’ Lodge was a small lodge and had not been able to hold a social or Ladies and Friends to dine for a few years and the support shown by everyone attending the dinner was an example of the affection and esteem in which Ian was held.” He concluded by thanking Linda and her family for their consideration and Linda for her dedication of the ‘Sounding blocks’.
The rest of the evening was enjoyed by all – Good food good company and lasting friendship.