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On Friday the 10th October 2003, Past Master Sam Craib, Provincial Almoner and Lodge St Lawrence’s senior Past Master, carried out a touching but simple dedication service for the Lodges new carpet. The previous carpet, having being originally designed for use in the Lodge Rooms in the Town Hall was on the small side for the larger floor space available in the Masonic Temple, resulting in the famous “144 shuffle” where Candidates were repositioned on the carpet. During the closed season, Lodge St Lawrence in fraternal partnership with Varis Royal Arch Chapter No. 658, and assisted by a very generous donation from Brother Alistair Morrison, purchased a new carpet. Friday the 10th was the first time that Lodge St Lawrence had used the new carpet during a meeting.

 

As the beautifully phrased and heartfelt words of Sam’s dedication ceremony echoed around the lodge, my own thoughts, and I am sure the thoughts of many others of the Lodges older members, wandered back over their own personnel recollections of history associated with our old carpet. I remembered as a 21 year old walking onto that carpet for the first time when I was accepted into Lodge St Lawrence and taking my initiation obligation. As a junior member of the Lodge sitting in the columns listening mesmerised to a true craftsman of a floor worker, standing on that self same carpet, who with the sincerity and power of his delivery, weaved the rich tapestry of Masonic history, captivating not only the Candidate, but the Brethren. How I stood on that carpet trembling with abject terror and fear as I delivered my first ever lectures on the floor. The feeling of pride, awe and responsibility as I was led around that carpet en-route to the east when I was installed as Master of the Lodge. The Initiates I witnessed taking their first Masonic steps on that carpet, many of whom are now my closest friends. Of the dear friends who perambulated that carpet, who will walk an earthly carpet no more; of Charlie, Tommy, Boz, Denny and so many more.

 

And yet I have no doubt that many more good Masons shall square our new carpet, and that in the fullness of time, another 144 member shall sit as I, and fondly smile at the recollection of his memories with respect to our new carpet.   

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PICTURES OF THE

CARPET

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