NEXT REGULAR MEETING of TUDOR LODGE
Wednesday 9th October 2019
Ceremony - Second Degree
The meeting will Tyle at 4.30pm
Tea & Biscuits will be served at 4.00pm in the Dining Room
The menu for the evening is: to be confirmed
ANNUAL MEETING of PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE of HERTFORDSHIRE
The Annual Meeting of PGL Herts will take place on Wednesday 25th September at Freemasons' Hall. The booking forms have been distributed with the Spring 2019 edition of the Provincial News. Confirmation of attendance by Provincial Officers and Master Masons must be made no later than Friday 13th September. All attendees must be seated by 2.40pm before the various processions of Grand Officers, Masters of Hertfordshire Lodges, Distinguished Guests and the Provincial Grand Officers take place.
The Dining Cost is £52.00 per person and takes place at the Grand Connaught Rooms at 6.30pm. If any Tudor member has not received the booking form and would like to attend, please contact the Lodge Secretary.
SOLOMON ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCE LAUNCHED by UGLESolomon 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.
The UGLE MEMBERS’ PATHWAY
In order to secure the future of Freemasonry, one objective of UGLE’s ‘2015-
2020 Our Strategy at a Glance’ 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 retention 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 making the new recruit feel welcome and then supporting them. Download a PDF of ‘The Pathway Steps 1- 11’ to find out more.
The layout of the Lodge may often look the same but can be subtly different in many Lodges. In general, the Lodge furniture is found in the same place but seating arrangements can differ between Lodges and Provinces. While the Grand Officers will nearly always sit on the right of the Worshipful Master, the Stewards sometimes sit on different sides of the Lodge. Some officers will always sit in the same place, especially the Worshipful Master, Wardens, Deacons, Director of Ceremonies and the Assistant DC, and the Secretary and Treasurer. However, other Officers do not always have a specific place.
Download a PDF diagram of the Lodge layout typically used in Tudor Lodge.
FREEMASONRY and THE SIDE DEGREES
Many newer members in Freemasonry may not realise just how many Side Degrees are available once membership of Craft masonry has been gained. While the first side degree to be introduced is usually the Royal Arch Chapter, others are also available with some dependant on membership of one or more degrees. A table explaining the relationship between the degrees can be downloaded below.
Download a PDF diagram of Freemasonry and the Side Degrees
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.
Four versions of the jewel are available, priced from £25.00.
Available from: Toye Kenning & Spencer Ltd
The Tudor Lodge Banner was dedicated in a ceremony held on Saturday 13th July 2013, celebrating the 60th anniversay of the Lodge. Presiding over the Provincial dedication team was the then Provincial Grand Master, RW.Bro Colin Harris, and the Lodge Master, W.Bro Wally Instrall, who at that time had been in Freemasonry and a member of 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 almost 100 Masons dined afterwards to celebrate this milestone in the history of the Lodge.