Sean Woodcock, the WM of Lodge of Valour No 4322, held the last regular meeting before the summer recess and assembled his officers, members and visitors to the lodge for a lecture that was calculated to delight, enthrall and enthuse.
Sean opened the lodge in due form and welcomed one and all to the lodge and the events of the evening before offering the gavel to the Assistant Provincial Grand Master responsible for the Wigan, Leigh and St Helens and Prescot Groups, Anthony Bent. Tony with his usual alacrity thanked Sean for offering him the gavel and commented that it was a privilege and an honour to be offered it, but stated that he was, on this occasion, going to return it forthwith as he jested he had enough work to do!
Sean then proceeded in a well-practiced manner to open the lodge in the second and third degrees. The regular business of the lodge was conducted and Sean then invited Tony Bent and his brother Geoff, who has been promoted to the distinguished office of Past Junior Grand Deacon, to conduct the next part of the evening’s proceedings, ‘a catechism of the first section of the third degree lecture’. Sean said: “We are all familiar with the ‘little blue book’ brethren, but this is a question and answer session from the publication, The lectures of the three degrees in Craft Masonry or the ‘little green book’.
Tony and Geoff accepted Sean’s invitation and respectively positioned themselves in the north and south parts of the lodge. The ensuing lecture was delivered in an impeccable manner, with not a hiccup or prompt in 25 minutes of clinical recitation. Although later that evening Geoff quipped that he had received more prompts in those 25 minutes than a master of a lodge would receive in a whole year, nevertheless they were imperceptible to all. The assembled brethren, to a man, broke out in rapturous applause, proud to have witnessed such an extraordinary display of Masonic ritual with numerous brethren commenting that they had not seen it before in their entire Masonic career.
The business of the lodge being concluded it was closed in due form and the brethren retired to the Hilton Suite for dinner where a Chinese banquet awaited them.
The grand officers of the Leigh Group, Anthony Bent, Geoff Bent, Jim Burras, Malcolm Parr and Len Heart work tirelessly throughout the Leigh Group Masonic season assisting all the lodges in the group by providing superbly interesting, informative and educational lectures on a very wide range of subjects, ever eager to assist and help out wherever required.
After the festive board, Tony Bent summed it all up saying: “The reason that I like to do these lectures is because I want everyone to enjoy their Freemasonry, I want every single person to get the enormous pleasure out of Freemasonry that I do.”