Seven Kings Lodge No 2749 once again hosted the Boar's Head Meeting this year at the Square in Upminster on the 10th December 2021. The event has been run for 25 years and raised in excess of £200,000 for the Michael Charles Adams Trust (MCA) during that period. The MCA is a charity that assists children with brain related cancers.
Everyone attending the meeting was asked to bring with them a toy, to be donated to children in various hospitals, and this year four hospitals were chosen - the Southend University Hospital, Princess Alexandria Hospital, Queens Hospital and Basildon University Hospital. All the toys were taken to the hospitals by the dedicated elves of Seven Kings Lodge and the MCA; and were most gratefully received.
In all, over 500 toys were donated by the brethren and £2,800 was also raised for charity.
At the meeting a double initiation was carried out in a splendid manner by visiting Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro the Rev Martin Howse PSGD, who actually used a seldom heard version of the ritual! Worthy of note is the fact that, as the Boar's Head initiates 2 candidates at each of its meetings, it has now brought in 50 new members to Freemasonry since its inception. Martin was one of four APGMs to attend the meeting, who can all be seen in the following photo with the Deputy PGM, W Bro Nick Franklin PSGD and the Chairman of the Square, W Bro Peter Banks PAGDC.
From right to left - Martin Howse, Nick Franklin, Clive Rees, Tony White, Rob Eels, Peter Banks.