Tuesday 11th July 2017 was a miserable night outside but inside at Kings Heath Masonic Hall, a warm and happy masonic evening took place.
The evening started with the 115th Regular meeting of the All Saints Kings Heath Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1462 which, although it consisted of a short business meeting, was nevertheless a happy meeting led by the Worshipful Commander, W Bro. Reginald Willsher.
This was followed by the 123rd Regular meeting of the All Saints Kings Heath Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1462 which was expertly led by the Worshipful Master, W Bro. Kenneth Downes, JP, PGSD. The highlight of the evening was an explanation of the Mark Degree Tracing Board expertly given by W Bro. Bob Harrison of the Hertford Military St. Paul’s Lodge MMM No. 408 who meet at Severn Street in Birmingham. All present agreed that this explanation was not only very informative, it was also delivered in a very animated and entertaining manner which kept everyone captivated from beginning to end.
The Festive Board after was a most convivial and happy occasion. However, the highlight of the Festive Board was when a delegation from the Moseley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 667, led by their Worshipful Master, W Bro. Josephus Davies, presented the Worshipful Master with the ‘Provincial Pig’.
The Provincial Pig, introduced in 2003 by the then Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. Colin Woodward, was intended to encourage inter visiting between Mark Lodges throughout the Province of Worcestershire. The idea being that every Lodge which receives the ‘Provincial Pig’ should itself form a delegation of at least 6 visiting brethren to accompany the pig to another Mark Lodge and so on. A scroll explaining the purpose of the ‘Provincial Pig’ and a book recording the history of its many visits accompanies the Pig.
Moseley Lodge of MMM, who had previously received the ‘Provincial Pig’ from Eaton Lodge of MMM No. 977, formed the necessary party and transported the pig to its new temporary home. The question now is….when and where will the ‘Provincial Pig’ next appear ? …………….