Wednesday, 02 September 2009 13:44

New Masons evening in Gloucestershire

The Hands of Friendship Lodge No. 9758 hosted an evening for Gloucestershire’s new Masons at its meeting on Wednesday, 2nd September. Tewkesbury Masonic Hall was filled to capacity, with over 80 Masons battling through the wind and rain to receive a warm welcome. Fifty-five new Masons (including 16 Entered Apprentices and Fellowcrafts) and Masonic Mentors were among the visitors, along with VW Bro Colin Bendon, Deputy Provincial Grand Master and W Bro John Thurston, Assistant Provincial Grand Master. The Lodge worked an abridged form of the First Lecture, led by W Bro James Bartlett PJGD. Every visitor was presented with an annotated copy of the abridged Lecture.

After the Lodge meeting the Brethren moved to the dining room for the Festive Board. More than £500 was collected for charitable causes. Feedback from the event has been extremely encouraging. The Provincial Grand Mentor W Bro Toby Jones announced that this first evening will be followed by a series of similar events for new Masons around the Province.

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The first national conference for Mentoring Coordinators was hosted by Grand Lodge at Freemasons’ Hall on Great Queen Street on Tuesday, 24th February. Almost every Province was represented, as was the Metropolitan Grand Lodge, with a turnout of nearly 80 delegates for the busy day. By the conclusion of the conference there was popular demand for the event to be repeated early in 2010.

Proceedings were opened with an address from the M W Pro Grand Master, Lord Northampton, who spoke about the role of mentoring in both nurturing and tutoring Masons. The opening address was followed by presentations from Toby Jones, who iintroduced of the 3R Library to delegates, and then an interactive session from Nick Cripps on mentoring skills and techniques, during which small groups of delegates considered aspects of effective mentoring. A working lunch, led in to the afternoon plenary session on “the way forward”, considering questions such as the role of Provincial Mentors, central support, indicators of success, the introduction of the Holy Royal Arch and other topics, all under the watchful eye of the Grand Secretary, Nigel Brown.  The day concluded with a thoughtful presentation from Hugh Stubbs on the national Masonic charities, their activities and introduction of this important part of Masonry to mentees. After the close, delegates described the conference as a great success: new relationships had been made with fellow Mentoring Coordinators and interesting ideas shared.
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