Builder, plumber, security officer and transport manager; these are some of the varied lines of work followed by recent candidates to Royal Lebanon Lodge No. 493 in Gloucestershire
They are all keen to progress through the lodge too. In fact, at their installation meeting in November 2018, there will be 'light blues' in the six offices from Inner Guard to Master, which means it will be the first time they have stepped into the role – with not a Past Master in sight.
'Four short years ago, we were in the doldrums and contemplating a shorter calendar,' said current Master John Owen. 'But thanks initially to Andy Fautley (lodge Secretary) and his positive action, we reinvented the lodge instead.'
Andy and John have each done a two-year stint to oversee this remarkable turnaround, resulting in an abundance of candidates to the point of considering dispensation applications for additional meetings to help cope with the workload.
John was deliberating on the current lifeforce which is surging through the lodge, stressing that these days, they actively encourage members to visit other lodges, especially the newest members. Recent visits include Belfast, Birmingham and Glasgow, with upcoming trips to Dublin and Gibraltar, whilst regular social gatherings in local restaurants have also proved popular with the members and potential candidates alike.
Colin Pulman, the Master Elect, said: 'I am looking forward to continuing this 'can-do' spirit of lodge development, ensuring a very special year with many visitors to help it go with a bang.'