When several Brethren from Peterwell Lodge decided in January to visit Neyland Lodge at their February meeting, the last thing on their minds was bringing home the travelling Gavel.
Arrangements were made, and six members of the Lodge set off at 4.15 pm on Thursday 12 February for the long haul to Neyland. By this time we knew that Neyland Lodge were in possession of the Gavel, but even then we had no thought of being given it, realising that the more local Lodges were very likely to be visiting in larger numbers, as was their usual habit.
When we arrived at the Lodge Rooms, we were made very welcome, and yes there were a lot of local visitors. The ceremony was a Raising, and it was excellent, and certainly different to the Sheffield Workings!
The festive board was a really interesting event, and somewhat different to our usual fare, and then to our surprise it was announced that Old Priory Lodge – who had by far the most visitors – had decided that they would not make claim to the Gavel, but would like Peterwell to take it to Ceredigion to add a few more miles to the distance it has travelled so far. We accepted with pleasure, and will look after it carefully until it is claimed by another Lodge.