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For the first time since it was founded in 1934, members and guests of Blundell’s Lodge held their meeting in Big School followed by a reception in Ondaatje Hall and dinner in the main dining room. 2017 being a special year in the history of English Freemasonry as it is the Tercentenary of the first Grand Lodge, the members  

wanted to celebrate it in a unique way and the idea of approaching the School was borne.

With the help of Craig Cox and his wife, Sarah, the permission of the Head, to whom we are extremely grateful, was obtained and plans were set in motion. The logistics of the event were never going to be easy but the outcome was a marvellous afternoon and evening culminating in 116 members and their partners sitting down for a gourmet dinner. Mrs Nicola Huggett and Richard Swarbrick, Chairman of the OB Club, were guests of honour and both the Worshipful Master, John Shepherd OBE, and the Provincial Grand Master for Devon, Ian Kingsbury were delighted to each present the Head with a cheque for £1500 towards the purchase of an elephant for the current charity project in Laos with Community Learning International.