Twenty five years ago, March, 1991, a young Barry Howard was duly initiated into Eleanor Cross Lodge. Twenty five years later on 11th March 2016, W Bro Barry had the most wonderful pleasure of marking this anniversary by personally initiating his son Luke into the same Lodge, during his third tenure as Worshipful Master of this fine old Lodge.
For father and son, this evening was very special, comprising of fine ritual, and on occasions was quite emotional as one would expect. Many personal friends of the Worshipful Master were invited, including the Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Max Bayes and Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Wayne Williams, who delivered the Charge to the Initiate in a most eloquent and exemplary manner.
W Bro Barry Howard (right) pictured above with his son, Bro Luke Howard.
The Festive Board which followed was indeed a very warm and celebrative occasion which included a fine and indeed memorable rendition of the Initiates Song by Eleanor Cross Lodge member, Bro Roby Kenna. Bro Luke responded to a very heartfelt and emotional toast by his father in a very confident and concise manner, leaving little doubt that he really is a ‘chip off the old block’. What next, one may wonder, in this Howard family saga in another 25 years’ time?
Bro Luke Howard (centre) pictured below with his father, W Bro Barry Howard, the Provincial Grand Master,
RW Bro Max Bayes, VW Bro John Pagella, Grand Superintendent of Works & Past Assistant
Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Wayne Williams.