A group comprising RW Bro Ian Mansfield, VW Bros Lloyd Little, Lauder Coomber, Graham Woods (Carrington Lodge), VW Bro Kevin Duke, W Bros Shane Sadler, Dennis Lamb and Bro Jamie Holloway departed Perth on 7th September in the Grand Lodge bus bound for Newman, with an overnight stay in Meekatharra via a short stop over in Dalwallinu to enjoy the Masonic Exhibition in the main street. The party continued on their journey next morning arriving Newman around midday on the 8th.
The team gathered and ready to depart VW Bro Lauder’s home
Admiring the Masonic exhibition at Dalwallinu
That evening, a special meeting of Capricorn Lodge was held with VW Bro Graeme Cucel (WM of South East Asia WA Lodge) in the chair, to initiate Mr. Grant Berry. Members of the touring party assisted in the ceremony and Capricorn has gained a most impressive new young member in Bro Berry.
Bro Grant Berry with the Initiation Team & Lodge members
On Friday the 9th September VW Bro Lauder Coomber sat in the chair with the touring party assisting in the ceremony to raise Bro Scott Morgan. A feature of the ceremony was the comparison in heights between the two Deacons.
Bro Scott Morgan with the Team, Lodge Members and Visitors
RW Bro Russell at 5 feet and a bit and RW Bro Gill at 6 feet and a lot!!!
Saturday the 10th September saw the installation of W. Bro Lewis Sheppard with JGW RW Bro Neil Gill representing the Grand Master. Once again, the touring party provided assistance in an excellent ceremony. At the First Time of Asking, RW Bro Gill presented VW Bro Grant Cucel (Harding Lodge) with the Grand Master’s Order of Merit to Freemasonry in the Pilbara Region. Whilst VW Bro Cucel knew he was to be awarded GMOM, he did not know that the presentation was to be made at that time and was obviously moved by the event.
W Bro Lewis Sheppard after his Installation with Team Members, Visitors and Lodge Members
The usual toasts etc. were completed in the Lodge South before everyone moved to a local restaurant for a more formal dinner and excellent fellowship. An outstanding raffle with many great prizes was run by WM Allen Cooper PSGD raising substantial funds for charity.
A Few Happy Snaps
During the evening, W Bro Sheppard presented VW Bro Coomber with the Null Nulla Award as Pilbara Ambassador for 2016 – one of only three other recipients. As in last year when the award was made to RW Bro Mansfield, VW Bro Coomber was, for once speechless (almost!!). A beautifully hand crafted Hand of Fellowship plaque was also presented to Seaview Lodge by Capricorn Lodge in thanks for the support Seaview provided.
VW Bro Coomber receiving his award from W Bro Sheppard
Present and past recipients of the Nulla Nulla award – VW Bro Lauder Coomber, RW Bro Bert Russell (Corinthian Family Lodge) and RW Bro Ian Mansfield (Seaview Lodge)
After the traditional recovery breakfast on the Sunday morning, the bus load of weary Masons headed South and arrived home safe and sound after a 12 hr road trip. Seaview members look forward to next year’s trip to the Pilbara to further cement the excellent and mutually beneficial relationship between the two lodges.