On Saturday 28 April, the Foundation Club held its long-awaited Bristol Workings event as St Augustine’s Lodge No. 3108 travelled from Bristol to demonstrate their unique and dramatic ceremony to the gathered Brethren in Croydon.
Crescamus Lodge 7776, whose Master W. Bro. Chris Norman is a member of the Foundation Club, hosted the meeting on behalf of the Club and 152 Brethren attended the meeting, including the R.W. Provincial Grand Master Ian Chandler.
The meeting was certainly the buzz of not just the Province of Surrey, but of Light Blues Clubs far and beyond. Other than the delegation from Bristol, visitors came from, Berkshire, Essex, Hampshire & IOW, West Kent, Metropolitan, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire and Somerset.
Tom, a member of the Club, even had the distinct pleasure of being the candidate for the ceremony and therefore holds the honour of now having been raised ship-shape and Bristol Fashioned!
The Bristol Craft ceremonies are believed to date from a period long before the Union of 1813 – one authority has suggested from about 1724. They are considerably different from those worked in the rest of the English Constitution – more elaborate and dramatic. They have affinities in many respects with Irish and American workings. These differences are what draw so many visitors from all parts of the country, and abroad, to witness their workings. They are also the reason Bristol Lodges are so often asked to perform demonstrations in other Provinces. Bristol Workings are unique. Although the Masonic ceremonies across the United Grand Lodge of England have the same meaning; Bristol Workings
Following the meeting, the Brethren dined in fine style, enjoying a superb three-course meal. This was followed by toasts to those who had partaken in the afternoon’s events, with special attention paid to our visitors from Bristol. A raffle was held during the course of the meal which raised over £500, the proceeds of which will be donated to charity.