A double Initiation ceremony was held by Tudor Lodge on Wednesday 19th February with the Worshipful Master, W.Bro Will Kane, initiating his father, Bro. Steve Kane, and Bro Lucian Florian. There were forty-four Masons in the Lodge Room and the same number dining afterwards.
The guests were an integral part of the ceremony and the two initiates were treated to the Entered Apprentices Song and Chain at the Festive Board where two more of the guests assisted the Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro Mick Fenner, with the song.
The evening ended at 10.00pm after a good meal, lots of raffle prize winners and a day to remember for all who were there.
W.Bro Will Kane was Installed as the new Master of Tudor Lodge on 8th January 2020. He appointed his Officer team including his Wardens and Deacons (all pictured) along with his administrative team for the year.
The Lodge was supported by W.Bro Jay Patel, representing the Provincial Grand Master, and 44 masons dined and welcomed W.Bro Will to his new Office.
The Lodge is looking forward to a busy year with two new Candidates to be Initiated at the February meeting and other ceremonies to be held through the year.
Brethren, the date of my retirement from office is now confirmed as 31 May 2020. From 1 June 2020 VW Bro Dick Knifton will assume control of the Province as Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge.
The MW The Grand Master has been pleased to appoint W Bro Neil Clark Connolly PSGD, AProvGM to be Provincial Grand Master for Hertfordshire with effect from 1 June 2020.
It is anticipated that W Bro Connolly will be installed during the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on Wednesday, 23 September 2020.
RW Bro Paul Gower
Provincial Grand Master
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have sent me messages of congratulations since the announcement from the Provincial Grand Master. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serve the Province as your next PGM.
As we know, RW Brother Paul Gower has led our Province in such a manner that has enabled us all to enjoy our Freemasonry and for us to live up to our reputation of "Happy Hertfordshire", it is my intention to continue in this vein in the manner established by him and his predecessors.
Brethren, Freemasonry is at a point where it is important that we develop new strategies to remain relevant in a modern society but also that we do not lose the things that make our Institution unique.
I look forward to seeing you all throughout the remainder of this Masonic year.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Neil Connolly PSGD
Assistant Provincial Grand Master
Provincial Grand Master Designate
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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.
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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.