The Goodwill Lodge of Instruction in Sleaford celebrated the
700th meeting in fine style on Wednesday 20th December.
As well as being the annual bangers and mash evening, the Lodge of Instruction
was honoured to receive Right Worshipful Brother Graham Ives, Provincial Grand
Master for Lincolnshire accompanied by the Provincial Senior and Junior Grand
Wardens, W Bros Mike Gerry and Peter Tong, the Provincial Grand Chaplain W Bro
Revd John Spriggs, the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies W Bro Noel
Fisher, the Provincial Grand Sword Bearer W Bro Chris Turner and the Provincial
Grand Mentor W Bro David Buckenham which swelled the number attending to 50.
The Provincial Grand Master accepted the gavel from the Worshipful Master, Bro
Bob Chalklin and appointed his Provincial Officers to their respective offices.
He proceeded to dedicate a new Volume of the Sacred Law to the memory of W Bro
Cyril Peters DFC, Past Junior Grand Deacon who passed to the Grand Lodge above
at the end of October last year. W Bro Peters had been a Preceptor at the Lodge
of Instruction for 42 years, and was recognised for having eased the passage of
many Sleaford Brethren through the offices of their Lodge. The Volume of the
Sacred Law which was obtained by Bro John Castle and his wife Lesley, was
carried for the dedication by W Bro Peters' son John who is one of the five Preceptors.
The ProvGM returned the gavel to the WM, who then carried out an Initiation
Ceremony. The WM then presented the ProvGM with a cheque for £300 towards the New Provincial
Benevolent Fund. After the ceremony, the traditional bangers and mash was
enjoyed by all present, during which the Sleaford Concert Band played festive