The Travelling Gavel was presented to Worshipful Brother David Bray of the Three Grand Principles Lodge (No.967) in 2008 by Worshipful Brother Jack Treganowan of the Copper Country Lodge (No. 135), U.S.A.
The idea of the Travelling Gavel is to encourage visiting between Lodges in the Province of Cornwall, the ground rules are as follows:-
- To claim the gavel, five or more members from a visiting Lodge must attend the meeting of the Lodge holding the gavel.
- If more than one Lodge attends the meeting of the Lodge holding the gavel, the Lodge with the greatest number of visiting members claims the gavel.
- If Lodges with equal numbers of members visiting the Holding Lodge make a claim to the gavel, then the Lodge that meets the furthest from the holding Lodge takes precedence. (This is to add the maximum possible miles to the total travelled.)
- The gavel can only be claimed by Lodges within the Province of Cornwall.
- The gavel cannot be claimed at an Installation Meeting.
- The gavel cannot be claimed by a Lodge meeting within the same complex of a Lodge already holding the gavel. (This is because it is a “travelling” gavel and a claim within a complex does not add any mileage to the total travelled.)
- The gavel can only be claimed at festivities after the Lodge is closed.
When you claim the Gavel, please add the date and your Lodge name and number to the travel document which accompanies the Gavel. This then shows how far and wide the Gavel has travelled. Please email your details to the Travelling Gavel Website Editor, as well, so that people can see where the Gavel is.
Click HERE to access the official mileage chart.
The Gavel will next be available for claiming at Penwith's March meeting which is a second degree on Tuesday 24th March 6.30pm at Hayle Masonic Centre. Please book well in advance, details in Yearbook.
Visitors Brave the Storms to claim the Gavel
On Thursday 13th February, in the lull between Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, 53 visitors made their way to Perranporth to claim the Province's Travelling Gavel from the Millennium Lodge of Cornwall 9708. The main contenders were Mount Edgcumbe 1544, Druids' Lodge of Love and Liberality 589, Penwith Lodge 8538 and all the way from the borders Loyal Victoria Lodge 557.
The visitors were treated to a spectacular display of Taylors Ritual by the newly installed Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Callum Gardner, and the rest of his officers. All followed by a bumper festive board where the Gavel was claimed. Druids and Loyal Victoria drew with equal numbers, but with a slim majority the Worshipful Master of Penwith Lodge, W.Bro. Tim Miller, claimed the Gavel.
|Date||Lodge Name & Number||Miles||Running Total|
|13-Feb-20||Penwith Lodge (8538), Hayle||19.0||640.0|
|24-Sep-19||Millennium Lodge of Cornwall (9708), Perranporth||15.6||621.0|
|24-Sep-19||Roseland Lodge (8734), St. Michael Penkivel||12.7||605.4|
|30-May-19||Tewington Lodge (5698), St. Austell||4.7||592.7|
|04-Apr-19||Saint Andrew Lodge (1151), Tywardreath||21.9||588.4|
|06-Mar-19||Towan Lodge (7684), Newquay||16.1||566.5|
|14-Nov-18||Carlyon Lodge (7392), St. Austell||12.7||550.4|
|06-Sep-18||Roseland Lodge (8734), St. Michael Penkivel||15.6||537.7|
|13-Jul-18||Eagle Lodge (9472), Perranporth||37.2||521.7|
|04-Jun-18||King Arthur Lodge (7134), Tintagel||13.4||484.5|