‘MY THREE SONS’ Freemasonry at its Best

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The last episode of the 12-year TV show may have ended fifty years ago in 1972 but the Brethren of Victory Marine Lodge No. 6160, which meets at Upminster Masonic Centre, have begun their own Masonic version. If you ask the Worshipful Master (WM) Paul Barrand, who he Initiated into Freemasonry on 23rd February 2022 he will reply “My three sons!”

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master (APGM) Tony White, stood in for the Deputy Provincial Grand Master (DepProvGM) Nick Franklin, at a special ceremony which will be etched into the history of Essex Freemasonry.  Paul Barrand Initiated his three sons, Paul, 33, and twins Luke and Adam, aged 22, with sincerity and skill with his Officers, as various adjustments to the ceremony were needed to accommodate three initiates.  

The WM’s brother, a Past Master of the Lodge, Charles Barrand, affectionally known by the members as ‘Chas,’ assisted during the ceremony in explaining the signification of Charity. The Junior Warden, James Knights, presented the three new brothers with their white gloves and the Assistant Director of Ceremonies (ADC), Sean Dowling, concluded the ceremony with an excellent rendition of the Charge after Initiation.

Paul, Luke and Adam recognised their part in the ceremony but could not fully appreciate the retinue in attendance for the meeting. In addition to Tony White, the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies (ProvGDC) Geoff Turpin, also escorted APGM Clive Rees and the Provincial Grand Secretary (ProvGSec) Philip Lovelock as part of the Provincial Executive. Philip spoke for everyone when he said “We were all delighted to have been at the Meeting especially as it was also a very special occasion for Paul Barrand, the WM, to have Initiated his own sons”. There were eight Grand Officers who together with the Lodge members and visitors made a total of 88. A splendid turnout for this historic event.

A little later in the proceedings the Secretary, Peter Morris announced that the WM had been honoured with a first rank of Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies (PPAGDC). This is a high honour indeed for a reigning Worshipful Master to achieve.  At the welcoming Festive Board, Paul expressed his appreciation for the honour and will wear his collar and badge with great pride.

Paul went on to remind the Brethren that he was proposed by his brothers Charles and Michael and he, therefore, became the third ‘family’ brother in the Lodge. That honour will now pass to his three sons after having taken their first steps in the Lodge today. Paul ended by giving a heartfelt emotional address in expressing how immensely proud he was of his boys actively encouraging the need for more youth to join Freemasonry to enable the Craft to flourish for many years to come.

The day contained several surprises but, there was one more in which the WM presented a cheque to the APGM Tony White for a further £2,500 donation towards the Essex 2022 Festival. This would not be unusual, had it not been for the fact that Victory Marine Lodge has already achieved the Platinum Grand Patron status for donating to the fund. It can only be said that a whole new meaning for giving has been shown by the generosity of the members of the Victory Marine lodge. The day can only be summed up in three Masonic words: HISTORY, HONOURS and CHARITY and when combined with our core values of Integrity, Respect and Friendship, is Freemasonry at its best.