The number three is by tradition important in Freemasonry, and so it proved recently when The Iron Bridge Lodge No.9897 went one better than last year's Double ceremony - and began 2016 in style by conducting a Triple Initiation at their Telford Meeting Point House base. A packed house witnessed this rare event - for which a Dispensation had to be sought - and with the help of both Deacons and an Assistant the ceremony was carried out to a high standard.
The Iron Bridge Lodge is scarcely a year old, but as a Universities Scheme lodge is committed to promoting Freemasonry among young men and in a modern way.
Brother Josh Greenroyd studied Law at the University of Kent, and was called to the Bar in 2011. He works for Shropshire Council and hopes to continue his education with an MBA at the new Shrewsbury University. Josh found that Freemasonry was 'just a Google away' and joined Freemasonry in the hope of meeting kindred spirits of a similar age.
Brother Ryan Preece is a Dorset lad - now working as an Account Manager at Schneider. His grandfather W Bro Reg Bugler is a member of Dorset Masters Lodge 3366, and was present at Ryan's Initiation - a proud moment indeed!
Brother J Watt, from the Wirral, shared a flat with another recent 9897 Initiate and has two student friends who have become Masons through the Universities Scheme in Liverpool. "I was interested in joining because it allows you to widen your friendship group whilst providing the opportunity to do something good for those in need [and] get to know new people if I moved to a new area of the U.K."
The Iron Bridge Lodge 9897 has certainly been in the news since its Consecration in January last year - but don't expect it to stop there! A recent photo shoot ensured that this attractive corner of Shropshire will soon be seen by a wider audience - the readers of the "Freemasonry Today" magazine!