W. Bro Steve Banks contacted the Emergency Ritual Team on New Year's Eve as he was arranging a double Initiation and he wanted to make the evening special by including the First Degree Tracing Board. Bro. Banks thought this would be an excellent idea for the Initiates as well as the Lodge whose members haven't witnessed this piece of ritual in over 15 years. W. Bro Peter Fidler duly volunteered and presented the First Degree Tracing Board without a prompt at their meeting on Friday 15th January at Freemasons' Hall.
Bro. Banks extended his thanks to W. Bro Ian Burgess at the ERT Team for assisting and putting him in touch with Bro. Fidler at short notice saying "it really made our meeting all the more memorable for the Initiates, visitors and members of our Lodge." The Lodge also kindly made a donation to the London Air Ambulance Appeal for the service.
Bro. Fidler commented that the Ceremony was performed "to a very high standard. It was just that Steve wanted to lay on a surprise extra, in the form of the First Degree Tracing Board, which they had not had for some 15 years, and only three others knew what was coming until we got to that point".