Tudor Lodge held their Regular meeting on 9th October 2019. Above, the Master, W.Bro Stuart Adams, and the Senior Deacon, Bro Harry Lomas, are pictured following a successful Second Degree ceremony for Bro Cory Lowe.
In his address to the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on Wednesday, 25 September, the Provincial Grand Master, Paul Gower announced that he intends to stand down before next year’s Annual Meeting. The full contents of his address can be found below:
At the close of this meeting I will have completed twenty five years’ service as an Officer of this Province; having been first appointed as an Assistant Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1994.
For the past six of those twenty five years I have been proud and honoured to hold the highest provincial office; that of Provincial Grand Master for Hertfordshire. It has been a most satisfying and rewarding experience and I have enjoyed almost every moment of it but on Saturday of this week I will reach my 73rd birthday and, Brethren, it is time for me to make way for a younger man.
I have therefore communicated to the Grand Master my wish to retire as Provincial Grand Master, on a date to be agreed, but before the Annual Meeting in 2020.
Brethren, I would not have been able to undertake this office without the help and support of so many members of this very happy Province and I thank you all for your goodwill and encouragement.
To my successor, whoever that may be, I offer my very best wishes and congratulations on being appointed to one of the most prestigious roles within English Freemasonry and I charge you, Brethren, to treat him with the same courtesy and kindness that you have always exhibited towards me.
May God bless you all.
The Provincial Grand Master’s speech was greeted with a standing ovation and heartfelt applause from all the Brethren present.
Solomon is aimed at three specific groups:
- Those who want to learn more about their masonry
- Those with programme planning or member development responsibilities in a Lodge or Chapter
- Provincial or District Officers charged with promoting and providing learning resources and activities
The materials provided include 'nuggets', short informational pieces for general reading or for presentation in Lodge or Chapter, and Papers for personal study which include quizzes to complete.
To access Solomon go to https://solomon.ugle.org.uk and register to get involved.
In order to secure the future of Freemasonry, one objective of UGLE's '2015-2020 Our Strategy at a Glance' report is to improve the structure for the attraction and retention of members. To deliver on that objective, the Members' Pathway was prepared to provide a structured approach for Lodges to follow in order to attract and encourage potential new members while at the same time retaining and adding value to the existing membership.
The Pathway was developed to address recruitment and development in Freemasonry in order to stem the decline in membership and meet the long-term needs of the Craft and the Royal Arch. Evidence from successful Lodges reveals there is good reason for optimism on Freemasonry's future.
Every Lodge member shares a responsibility for introducing new members, helping in retention and by helping the new recruit feel welcome and then supporting them.
Download a PDF of The Pathway Steps 1-11 to find out more.
The Tudor Lodge Banner was dedicated in a ceremony held on Saturday 13th July 2013, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Lodge. Presiding over the Provincial dedication team was the then Provincial Grand Master, RW.Bro Colin Harris. The Lodge Worshipful Master for the year was W.Bro Wally Instrall who at that time had been in Freemasonry and Tudor Lodge for 57 years. This was the first banner for the Lodge which was generously donated by W.Bro Robbie Biggs who oversaw the design and manufacture from start to finish. The Lodge Room was full to capacity for the occasion and nearly 100 masons dined afterwards to celebrate this milestone in the history of the Lodge.
Freemasonry as we know it today was founded in 1717. On 24th June 1717 four established London Lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul's Churchyard and declared themselves a Grand Lodge. This was the first Grand Lodge in the world, and it is the Tercentenary of this date that was celebrated in 2017.
On 24th June 2016, UGLE launched a Tercentenary Jewel to commemorate 300 years of Grand Lodge. The jewel may be worn in perpetuity by qualified Brethren at all Craft meetings.