On 25th November 2021, Thundersley Lodge celebrated three events: Daniel Ward was Raised to the Third Degree in an excellent manner, Ray Fretten reached a magnificent 60 years in Freemasonry and the Lodge achieved Grand Patron status for Festival 2022
The Lodge was delighted to welcome Paul Tarrant the Provincial Grand Master to the meeting attended by 58 Brethren. The Lodge made a donation of £4,500 towards the Essex Festival 2022 and presented a cheque to the Provincial Grand Master leading to the Lodge being awarded the Grand Patron Certificate.
The Ceremony of Raising was shared between the Worshipful Master, Chris Dorling and senior Brethren to achieve an excellent ritual that delighted the audience.
Paul Tarrant provided a history of Ray Fretten's Masonic career in several orders before presenting Ray with his Certificate for achieving a magnificent 60 years in Craft Freemasonry. Ray was Installed as the Worshipful Master of Thundersley Lodge in 1986 and received promotion to Past Grand Standard Bearer in 2003.
At the Festive Board, the Brethren of Thundersley Lodge presented Ray with a Celebration Cake adorned with his Past Grand Standard Bearer Apron and Collar in icing.
The meeting provided the Brethren attending, in general, and Thundersley Lodge Brethren, in particular, overdue celebrations, reminding all of the camaraderie missed by many due to the pandemic restrictions.