Brethren attending the meeting of Buckby Castle Lodge No. 8932 held on Tuesday the 28th of September 2021 at Daventry were privileged to witness a very special event indeed: the Installation of WBro Robert Ballinger as Master of the Lodge by his twin brother, WBro Graham Ballinger, Lodge Secretary.

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WBro Robert’s journey into Freemasonry began on the 22nd of January 2013 when he was initiated into Buckby Castle Lodge by WBro Graham, who at that time was the Lodge’s Immediate Past Master.

It will come as no surprise that WBro Graham conducted WBro Robert’s Passing ceremony in November the same year; also, his Raising ceremony a year later.

Robert is married to Linda and has a son, Peter, and a daughter, Joanne.

Before retiring to care for Linda, Robert ran his own management consultancy working for the likes of Virgin Rail, Sky TV, and Rolls Royce in both the UK and Norway. He still manages to find time to mentor students in Business Management at Warwick University and mark student-dissertations.

We congratulate WBro Robert on reaching the Chair of King Solomon and have no doubt he will do an super job. Apparently, he is an excellent ritualist!

(By the way, not that we’re taking sides, but we’ve been instructed to make it clear that Robert is the eldest of the two brethren by ten minutes!)