Ramblings of a Provincial Orator

W.Bro Tim Hill PAGDC, PProvSGW, ProvGOrat recently had the good fortune of visiting Union Lodge No. 7551 in Barbados.

A brief and interesting recounting of his visit:

Freemasonry was introduced to Barbados in 1740 by Alexander Irvine who formed St Michaels’s Moderns Grand Lodge and the Craft is thriving today.

I experienced one of my most enjoyable nights in Freemasonry with Union Lodge No. 7551. The meeting started at 8:00 pm when the heat of the day had subsided with over 80 in attendance including 30 visiting masons from Aruba and Trinidad; other than the young inner guard I was the only other white face.

There were several members awaiting their second and third degrees and only a small percentage of masons had District / Provincial honours.

The ritual standards were high and the Worshipful Master with 3 foot dreads neatly platted was erudite and commanding.

There was an open bar with bottles of rum, whisky, and beer, to greet us at the Festive Board. After the first toasts, we individually collected salad, rice, and curry served by the stewards.

I sat next to W Bro. Fozlo Brewster CBE PADGM, DGSW who was in Middle Temple London as a barrister in the 1970s, not unexpectedly he was delightful. His son, also in the Lodge, gained a Master’s Degree at Bangor University and W Bro Elson Gaskin, who delivered the Lecture ‘In Trivial Pursuit of Masonic History and Geography’ studied in Bangor University Business School; another brother studied at Liverpool University during the early 60s. W Bro Elson later in the week gave me a tour of the Masonic Museum established as part of a new heritage resource by the Central Bank of Barbados. Elson attended Penmaenmawr Lodge for a year whilst studying in Bangor.

The Lodge room is used most nights by different Lodges including The Scottish Rite.

Guy Griffith, DC, drove me home after commenting ‘no one gets a taxi from here’. His son was recently in Atlantic College.

There was a great love for Wales.

Ramblings of a Provincial Orator

W.Bro Tim Hill PAGDC, PProvSGW, ProvGOrat recently had the good fortune of visiting Union Lodge No. 7551 in Barbados.

A brief and interesting recounting of his visit:

Freemasonry was introduced to Barbados in 1740 by Alexander Irvine who formed St Michaels’s Moderns Grand Lodge and the Craft is thriving today.

I experienced one of my most enjoyable nights in Freemasonry with Union Lodge No. 7551. The meeting started at 8:00 pm when the heat of the day had subsided with over 80 in attendance including 30 visiting masons from Aruba and Trinidad; other than the young inner guard I was the only other white face.

There were several members awaiting their second and third degrees and only a small percentage of masons had District / Provincial honours.

The ritual standards were high and the Worshipful Master with 3 foot dreads neatly platted was erudite and commanding.

There was an open bar with bottles of rum, whisky, and beer, to greet us at the Festive Board. After the first toasts, we individually collected salad, rice, and curry served by the stewards.

I sat next to W Bro. Fozlo Brewster CBE PADGM, DGSW who was in Middle Temple London as a barrister in the 1970s, not unexpectedly he was delightful. His son, also in the Lodge, gained a Master’s Degree at Bangor University and W Bro Elson Gaskin, who delivered the Lecture ‘In Trivial Pursuit of Masonic History and Geography’ studied in Bangor University Business School; another brother studied at Liverpool University during the early 60s. W Bro Elson later in the week gave me a tour of the Masonic Museum established as part of a new heritage resource by the Central Bank of Barbados. Elson attended Penmaenmawr Lodge for a year whilst studying in Bangor.

The Lodge room is used most nights by different Lodges including The Scottish Rite.

Guy Griffith, DC, drove me home after commenting ‘no one gets a taxi from here’. His son was recently in Atlantic College.

There was a great love for Wales.

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