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A visit at the end of May of 5 brethren from  Het Schietlood  lodge 145  The Hague, Holland, came about through Foundation’s web site when Bro Willem Polak,  the lodge Orator, (similar to our Director of Ceremonies) contacted W Bro Ray Pearson, web master of foundationlodge82.co.uk. A number of emails, and several months later, the group arrived on Wednesday May 25th 2011 and experienced their first Emulation Ritual lodge meeting with the second degree passing ceremony of Bro Chris Metcalf. Also at that meeting was W Bro John Thurston on his last official engagement as Deputy Provincial Grand Master. On the Thursday the group made a tour of Cheltenham and then drove down through the Forest of Dean to Bristol Masonic Hall where they experienced Vincent Lodge 1404 performing an unusual double third. Friday continued the visiting schedule with the afternoon looking round Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths followed by the Somerset workings of Brislington Lodge 1296’s installation ceremony at Keynsham Masonic Hall. Saturday the group joined several hundred Freemasons for the meeting and lunch at Wycliffe College of the Gloucestershire Provincial Grand Lodge. The visit concluded with a meal with the Dutch brethren at the Real China in Cheltenham. Interestingly we think our festive board of two hours is long. We sat down at 7.30 and were all still talking about lots of things, Masonic and general interest,  when the restaurant closed at 11.30!

They were much taken by the different types of workings and the pomp and ceremony of Provincial Grand lodge. Foundation has created real Masonic Brotherhood with the Dutch brethren. So much in fact that several of the group have said that they enjoyed our friendliness so much that they may become members of Foundation Lodge and intend to attend our meetings! 

At every meeting all the Brethren our Dutch brothers met were interested in the white tie and tail plus orange waist coat and apron they wore. But few noticed the small line and Schietlood which hung from their side of their apron – Schietlood being Dutch for plumb bob. But from the Dutch view they also thought our regalia was very colourful and fantastic. Particularly those of the Grand Masters at Provincial Grand Lodge. But one thing which intrigued them, and brought great merriment, was our Masonic  fire. Once they had mastered it in one lodge, and they were ready at the next meeting; it was different! 

Plans are beginning to take shape for a visit to Het Schietlood  lodge 215  The Hague, Holland next year.

If you are interested email  as below

 Back row Wim van der Goes   - Tyler; Menno de Boorder  - Senior Warden; Ray Pearson Foundation Lodge

Front row Jacob  Kleisen   - PM;  Willem Polak    - Orator;    Walter Van Schevikhoven – Secretary


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