At their recent meeting the Brethren of Isaac Newton University Lodge No.859 welcomed 20 Brethren from the Province of Staffordshire including 13 members of Concordia Lodge 5131 (Staffordshire) led by its Worshipful Master, Giuseppe D’Anna. After an extended residence in Cambridge the David Kenneth Williamson loving cup was to resume its journey and, in the words of one Concordia brother, 'the cup is coming to the wonderful heart of England'
The Universities Scheme Travelling Loving Cup is part of a long-standing tradition of the University Scheme to promote visiting between Scheme lodges, such as Concordia Lodge which joined the Scheme in 2018 and provided what is now believed to be the largest recorded visiting group to claim the David Kenneth Williamson Cup.
Iyad Nasrallah, Worshipful Master of Isaac Newton University Lodge said 'It was great to give the cup a good send-off, treating the visiting Brethren to a quadruple Raising and triple Passing - the first multiple ceremony many of the visitors had seen - followed by a lively festive board!'
Simon Cooper Assistant Secretary, Isaac Newton University Lodge remarked that 'The Brethren of Concordia were a joy to host and the new bonds of fraternity between our lodges, and our very own bull terrier Solly (from Concordia's Staffies Go Walkies charity), somewhat make up for the loss of the cup!'.
The Worshipful Master of Concordia Lodge, Giuseppe D’Anna said 'We are very proud of our younger Brethren taking a lead, organising and building on the values of the David Kenneth Williamson cup through visiting. We had a fabulous day and sincerely thank Isaac Newton University Lodge not only for their warm welcoming and excellent ceremony, but also on how they have inspired and encouraged the Lodge, we welcome you anytime to our Lodge with open hearts as dear friends and brothers'.
He goes on further in saying 'We shall be touring the David Kenneth Williamson cup on our return when Brethren from Concordia go out visiting which will inspire younger Brethren to visit and add a story trail in the David Kenneth Williamson book too"