Following the ceremony and in open lodge, Shropshire’s newest mason witnessed a rare event, as the Worshipful Master, Wardens and brethren of Forester Lodge agreed to become the Mother Lodge of a new lodge for Shropshire, hopefully to be called the Iron Bridge Lodge. The vote was taken in the presence of a number of distinguished visitors, including the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Peter Allan Taylor.
The Iron Bridge Lodge Founding Committee Secretary, W Bro Ray Dickson, then presented the Petition to the Worshipful Master, W Bro Jim Brown, which was then signed by him and by his Wardens, Bros Peter Smith and Andrew Gordon.
The Worshipful Master then presented a very fine gift of a silver square and compasses to the founders of the Iron Bridge Lodge, which was most gratefully received.
Following the ceremony the Provincial Grand Master stated in open Lodge that he was satisfied that the Petition had been properly signed. He congratulated the Worshipful Master and brethren of Forester Lodge on their achievement, and acclaimed it as a truly historic event in the Province of Shropshire. The founding brethren of the prospective Iron Bridge Lodge who were present gave thanks to the brethren of Forester Lodge for their support and trust.
The Iron Bridge Lodge is moving towards Consecration, the Petition now having been signed by the Provincial Grand Master. It is now under consideration by Grand Lodge, and it is hoped that the new Lodge may be consecrated early in 2015.