In September 2016 members of the Pentangle Lodge No 1174 in Rochester, manned a stand at the Medway Universities’ Freshers’ Fair. See our report on this initiative.
Following on from that visit, two new members were initiated into the lodge on 10th February 2017. The photo shows Adam Walklett and Jesse Singleton (wearing white aprons) both of whom are undergraduates with Greenwich University at the Medway Campus.
Their joint initiation followed a great deal of effort on the part of the Lodge in having a presence at last years Freshers’ Fair. This was followed by two successful ‘Open Days’ on 12th November and 3rd December 2016 in the Gundulph Masonic Centre, Rochester. Members of the public were welcomed to the Open Days and interested university students were invited to attend.
Adam and Jesse were admitted into Freemasonry under the Universities’ Scheme – an initiative promoted by the United Grand Lodge of England. This is a pioneering attempt to help to forge links between lodges and their local university campuses. It helps students and other young people with an interest in Freemasonry but who may not know where to begin.
Pentangle Lodge No 1174 is one of two Universities Scheme lodges in the Masonic Province of East Kent, the other being St Augustine Lodge No 972 in Canterbury.
Also shown in the photograph are left to right (front): Past Masters Bryan Shaw and Chris Sanford and at the back: Roger Odd, David Graeme (with Provincial responsibility for the Universities’ Scheme), the Master - Roy Salvidge - and Past Masters Robert Bruce and John Allen.
The meeting also received a talk by Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master Roger Odd, on the Tercentenary Appeal for Canterbury Cathedral and the restoration work it funded on the Cathedral’s North West Transept. The outcome of the appeal shared between the Masonic Provinces of East Kent, West Kent, Sussex and Surrey will be announced at a Thanksgiving Service to be held at the Cathedral on 18th February.
Report and photo courtesy of Bryan Shaw.