The History of the Lodge Page 2

At the first regular meeting of the lodge two further members of Sudbrook Lodge were admitted as Joining Members -Brothers Basil Imber and Tony Budd, whilst two prospective candidates were balloted for, one of them ­Jasper Gamham -being initiated at that meeting.

At the conclusion of W. Bro. Westlake's year, the S.W., Bro. Addison, was duly installed and was to provide us with a most interesting year as he never appeared for his last three meetings, his place being taken by various other Past Masters. His final year would naturally have entailed him installing Bro. Low as Master, but in his absence the ceremony was performed by Orville Westlake, thus serendipitously giving W. Bro. Orville the pleasure of having proposed Bro. Low into Freemasonry, Initiating, Passing and Raising him, and now finally installing him in the Chair.

A sad event of the second year· was the illness of our secretary, Bro. Jack Savory. Jack was an extremely popular figure and a model of efficiency; his place was taken by W. Bro. Westlake, who was to fill the post for over thirty years (1964-1995)

Apart from the ceremonies W. Bro. Royston's year was particularly remem­bered for his Ladies' Night, which was held at the Mitre Hotel, Hampton Court. In his early days, Royston had been a professional musician in the West End and naturally arranged for several of his old colleagues to provide the music (into which he joined). In those days it was the custom for the President to wear 'White Tie and Tails'. The brethren were therefore astonished at the sight of the President, coat tails flapping, chanting loudly whilst he belaboured a pair of Conga-Drums in a spirited rendition of the Hawaiian War Chant!!!

It was during this year that the Brethren had to take a decision by ballot as to whether the Lodge should adopt the alternative form of words in the Obligations regarding the Penalties, as permitted by resolution of Grand Lodge. The result of the ballot was that the majority of the members were against the adoption. It was during this year also that Bro. Low introduced the custom of the junior officers answering for themselves when queried during : the opening of the Lodge. It was felt that, whilst not strict Emulation, it did not break any of the ancient regulations and could have the effect of giving those officers just that little bit of work extra to do. (Some time later he also introduced the short soliloquy during the third degree, all of which served to give Claygate just that little bit of difference).

1967 saw the Chair occupied by Brother Ron Semmens, a Brother esteemed for his humour as well as for his ritual. A long remembered example of the former was his address to the Ladies on one festive occasion when after five minutes spent stressing their fragrance and their colourful appearance he, with perfect timing, announced 'I got all that lot off the back of a packet of seeds!!'