The predicted rain event for the East Coast of New South Wales fizzled out just in time for the Lodge Enterprise No.400 annual Fraternal Visitation to The Leichhardt Lodge No. 133 in Sydney on the weekend of the 20/21 May, 2017. Not one drop of the forecast event fell to dampen the feelings of the brethren whose thoughts were concentrated on enjoying the journey and catching up with old friends and making new ones.
The usual guessing competitions were held on the trip down. The bottle of port was won by Barry Stephenson and Arthur Rolph won the arrival time guessing competition. There was ample food and drink on the bus; the food being supplied by Mrs Williams and Mrs Padgett, which was well received by all.
After booking into the motel at Ryde, a short drive was made to the Ryde – Eastwood Leagues Club for lunch and liquid refreshments. We returned to the motel to relax before preparing for the drive to the Concord Masonic Centre for the meeting of The Leichhardt Lodge. The ceremony would be the Raising of Bro. Danny Matti, a member of The Leichhardt Lodge, to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Bro. Danny had also been Initiated by Lodge Enterprise on a previous fraternal visit to Sydney and Passed to the 2nd Degree in Lodge Enterprise in Newcastle. Danny has been an impressive candidate throughout all of his degrees and will no doubt continue in this manner throughout his Masonic career.
On the Sunday, another beautiful sunny day, our hosts for the weekend had arranged for us to meet them at the Bankstown Sports Club for lunch. At this very large and impressive club, we stopped at the Boutique Beer Bar where you can buy any of more than 80 boutique beers on tap. For lunch we ate at the Greenfield Station Restaurant with its replica railway carriages, station and railway memorabilia. After an excellent meal in the company of our Sydney brethren, and conveying our many thanks to our hosts, we boarded the bus for the return journey to Newcastle.