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The Travelling Gavel – Heating up visiting in Gloucestershire!

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The Travelling Gavel – Heating up visiting in Gloucestershire!

The Travelling Gavel article, by Steve Tainton, from January 2023 reads …

Claim The “Travelling Gavel” 

What, I hear you ask, is a “Travelling Gavel”?

Robin Tudor, the Master of St Johns Lodge (No761) donated it and put it up for grabs at their installation meeting … to encourage inter lodge visiting within the Province of Gloucestershire.

… It can be claimed from whichever lodge is its current holder when 4 or more brethren visiting from another temple in the province demand its release. Should there be more than one claim made it is decided by the number of masons visiting from a lodge (the more the merrier) … 

The full article can be found here.

Fast forward a year and we recently picked up the progress of the travelling gavel at May Hill Lodge. In February,  Jason Marfell and a significant delegation attended St Johns Lodge and staked their claim on the coveted prize. Jason proudly reminded us that this is the first Gloucester lodge to claim the gavel.

They couldn’t hold on to it for long though. Olly Seymour, a May Hill regular, assembled a similarly impressive number of his Royal York Brothers to bring the gavel back to Stroud. Congratulations Olly!

Where the Gavel goes next is anybody’s  guess but the safe money appears to be on May Hill who have already booked 9 places. Royal York’s next meeting of is on 12th March 2024.

Whatever the outcome it is safe to say Robin Tudor’s original aim to “Encourage visiting in Gloucestershire” has certainly been achieved.

We thank the Olly and Jason for the pictures and article content.

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Royal York Claim the Travelling Gavel at May Hill Lodge
The Travelling Gavel – Heating up visiting in Gloucestershire!