With just a few days to go until Christmas, the Wayfarer Lodge No.8679 gathered at the Masonic Hall in Coalville, Leicestershire, to celebrate the festive season and welcome a new member.
This year's Master, Monty Katchick welcomed all of the members and the twenty-seven visitors who had braved the wet weather before handing over the proceedings to the Lodge Secretary, Mark Street for a special occasion.
Just over twenty-five years ago, on the 16th December 1994, Mark joined the Wayfarer Lodge, where he became Master of the Lodge in 2007. Mark has a twin brother, David, born just twenty minutes apart, whose military career took him away from home on many occassions, however, on the evening of the 20th December 2019, David followed in his brother's footsteps, and became a member of the Wayfarer Lodge. Freemasonry, and indeed the Wayfarer Lodge is somewhat of a family tradition, as their late Father Les, was also a member.
After Mark had led the Lodge in welcoming David to Freemasonry, a traditional Christmas dinner was served to nearly fifty hungry members, with the festivities going on late into the night.
Mark said, "It is such an honour to welcome my brother, David, into Freemasonry and this Lodge in particular".
The DC for the evening, N. White, David & Mark Street, and the Master, M. Katchick