On the afternoon of 5th September Bon Accord Lodge No. 3750 celebrated its centenary
The celebration had been much anticipated by the brethren and was honoured by the attendance of VW Bro David Wilkinson, AMetGM, who was accompanied by a contingent of Grand Officers, and who thanked the Worshipful Master and the brethren for their warm welcome. The ceremony was conducted in an exemplary manner by W Bro Jonathan Cooper, MetDepGDC.
W Bro John Brownfield, SLGR, gave an excellent history of the lodge and chapter from its founding in somewhat humble circumstances by a group of temperance brethren who stipulated that there should be no alcohol at the Festive Board. However, the brethren still knew how to enjoy themselves as the 1915 Lodge and (alcohol free) dining fees amounted to over £1,000 per year in today's money.
Bro Wilkinson presented the Worshipful Master with the lodge's centenary warrant and the brethren were informed that they could now display their centenary jewel which was done with appropriate pride and dignity. The Worshipful Master presented Bro Wilkinson with a cheque for £3,000, a wonderful sum of money to donate, which was followed by an informative oration, delivered with much wit and humour, by the Rev John Hughes.
The ceremony was followed by a Festive Board at the Imperial Hotel and keeping in harmony with the lodge's founding members, naturally, no alcohol was served.
The second national Masonic Mentoring conference was hosted by Grand Lodge at Freemasons’ Hall on Great Queen Street on Wednesday, 10th February. Provinces and Districts were well represented, with delegates contributing from almost every Craft Province, the Metropolitan Grand Lodge and from Districts overseas, including the Eastern Archipelago and South Africa. A variety of perspectives were shared throughout the day, never with a shortage of discussion.
Proceedings were opened with an address from the Grand Secretary, who described the importance of equipping our members to act as advocates and ambassadors of the Craft. The opening address was followed by a key note presentation by W Bro Stuart Esworthy PPrSGW(Warks), titled 'The Values and Expectations of the 21st Century Mason', assessing the characteristics and nature of the Craft that may attract prospective candidates in the early 21st century.
Following the opening sessions, W Bro David Wilkinson PDGSuptWk, Metropolitan Grand Inspector and W Bro Jon Leech, MetGMen, presented the Metropolitan Grand Lodge’s Training of Mentors in London. W Bro Jon Leech also shared the Metropolitan Grand Lodge’s Initiate’s Guide, Guide for Royal Arch Masons and Mentoring Officer’s Guidance.
Lunch provided an opportunity to meet other Mentors, share experiences and browse a wide range of Mentors’ and Candidates’ support materials brought to the Conference by the delegates.
W Bro Gary Brown, ProvGStwd(Yorks W Riding) and W Bro David Loy PM ably tackled the after lunch session, energising the audience with an imaginative presentation of Masonry Matters, the Province’s successful, new initiatives enthusing new Masons, sharing ideas between Lodges and providing important, stimulating roles for new Past Masters .
The day concluded with a look at the year ahead from the national coordinator, W Bro James Bartlett, PJGD. The delegates discussed the 3R Library, the role of the Internet in attracting prospective candidates, recruitment materials and enthusiastically endorsed a further national conference in 2011, together with more regional meetings.