At the Lodge Meeting on Saturday 9 September 2017 the members voted to make donations of £500 each to the Leighton Buzzard Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Prostate Cancer and also the Marie Curie Charity. These donations were made following W.Bro. Ian Summerfield’s year as Master. In thanking the Brethren for their support during his year W.Bro. Ian explained that his wife suffered from MS, that one of our Past Masters W.Bro. Dave Miller, had died as a result of Prostate Cancer, and his widow Enid, was heavily involved with Marie Curie.
The Lodge secretary also reported that the Old Cedarians Lodge had contributed £100 towards the Provincial Grand Lodge donation to the Grand Lodge of East Lancashire for disbursement to those affected by the bombing of the Manchester Arena.
We were honoured with the presence of our Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Anthony Henderson, at our meeting on Saturday 9th December 2017. The meeting was marked by three significant events an Initiation, the presentation of a 50 Year Service Certificate and the election of our Master for 2018 -19.
The WM WBro Paul Hillyard invited W Bro Nigel Dyke to take the Masters Chair to carry out the Intiataion of his son. In what was a very well conducted ceremony Bro Joe Dyke was welcomed into Freemasonry and the Old Cedarians Lodge in particular.
The PGM RW Bro Anthony Henderson, presented W. Bro Roy Underwood with a Certificate to mark his 50 years in Freemasonry. W.Bro Underwood was initiated into the Old Cedarians in November 1976, served as Master of the Lodge in 1980 and 2002 and has held all of the principal Lodge offices throughout his long and distinguished masonic career, currently serving as Lodge Chaplin. After the formal presentation by the PGM, Bro Underwood amused the Lodge with a few well chosen reminisces from the last 50years of the Lodge after which the members saluted him with great acclaim.
The 103 rd birthday of our Lodges most mature member, W Bro. Wally Randall coincided with our Regular Lodge meeting on Saturday 8th September 2018. Bro. Wally played an active part in the work of the Lodge during the evening and led by example, demonstrating a breadth and wealth of experience. We celebrated his birthday by sharing a specially prepared and decorated cake and ensuring that he was fully recognised for being what we are sure must be the most senior in years still actively participating mason in Bedfordshire if not the whole UK. We look forward to Bro Wally continuing to play an active part in the work of the Lodge and Freemasonry in general for many years to come.