Top Hat But No Tails

The January meeting of The Lodge of Silent Temple saw a change of master and president for 2020. Allan Shields was vacating the chair and presidency at the end of what had been a sad year following the passing of stalwart member , John Acaster.

Allan opened the lodge and a eulogy for John was read by Robert Mitchell after which the brethren stood in peace for a moment or two.

He then handed the next part of the proceedings to Peter Robinson, a very good friend of the incoming master and President Right Worshipful Brother Roger Pemberton, Provincial Grand Master of the province of Shropshire.

Roger Pemberton (centre) with IPM Allan Shields (right) and installing master Peter Robinson

Roger Pemberton (centre) with IPM Allan Shields (right) and installing master Peter Robinson

Peter installed Roger in fine style,following which the lodge officers for the year were invested. It’s a busy night for the incoming master and Roger then presented his paper ‘Angelo Soliman, Noble Moor and Mason’

Sold as a slave in Marseille, Angelo became a friend of Mozart, master of the most prestigious lodge in Vienna. This proved a most interesting tale of how a humble slave sold during one of the most controversial parts of African history became a freemason. It was well received with Roger receiving a warm round of applause from his audience.

John Acaster was very much missed at this meeting, but he always advocated that the master of such an old lodge should, in keeping with how things were done at the time Silent Temple was consecrated, wear a top hat.

Lodge treasurer, Peter Nicholson had discovered that John had indeed purchased a top hat for this very purpose and had great joy in presenting it to Roger.

Roger sporting the top hat

Roger sporting the top hat

Now a Provincial Grand Master would of course wear his ‘tails’ at an installation meeting. However the lodge tends to go for a less formal approach but he did look very much the part with the top hat on!

Roger finally closed the lodge and the brethren retired to dine during which he was installed as the President of the association.

A French theme for November

The November meeting had a very French feeling to it as the brethren and visitors to MAMR were joined by Daniel Paccoud and  brethren from one of the French Masonic organisations: GLNF.

This meeting was in the ‘tyled’ environment of The Lodge of Silent Temple No 126 held in a lodge room at Manchester Halls.  The Master, Allan Shields opened the lodge and welcomed the brethren who had travelled from Paris as well as all the other visitors and members.

Part of the lodge business was to elect the head of the Shropshire Freemasons, Right Worshipful Brother, Roger Pemberton as the Lodge Master and President of MAMR for 2020.

Left, Roger Pemberton with MAMR President: Allan Shields

Left, Roger Pemberton with MAMR President: Allan Shields

The lodge was then closed and the stage set for Daniel to deliver his presentation.  He gave a general overview of the different Rites and side degrees practiced by the Grande Loge National Francaise (GLNF). Daniel is the Grand Inspector of the GLNF and provided a fascinating insight into French freemasonry from its origins in the early 1700’s to the present day. His presentation was illustrated with some very interesting and fascinating pictures and was very well presented and well received by all those present.

Following the presentation, Daniel and his colleagues from GLNF took questions from the audience and received a warm round of applause.

Festive board followed the meeting in the Library room; good food was enjoyed by the members in a relaxed and friendly environment. This gave Allan the opportunity to thank Daniel for coming along and providing MAMR with a most comprehensive insight into all aspect of French Freemasonry.

Daniel Paccoud (centre) with colleagues of GLNF

Daniel Paccoud (centre) with colleagues of GLNF