One of the members of the centre explains the difference in the Aprons warn as part of our regalia.
So much to see, and learn about,
Another group gets the tour.
some lovely comments
Open Day 6th August
The event organised by WBro Stephen Wyatt, Provincial Grand Membership Officer and Secretary of Union Lodge No 127 was developed for two reasons.
The event was supported not only by Brethren from other Lodges in Group 8, but also by Lady Freemasons who were there to talk to the partners of visitors about their work in the Community as well.
There were displays of Craft, Royal Arch, Mark regalia, together with various other appendant orders including Rose Croix, Athelstan, Alfred the Great, Knights Templar and Red Cross of Constantine, each display had a write up and description of the order together with some interesting facts.
From the moment the doors opened at 10am there was a steady flow of visitors who were met by a Brother, they were offered some light refreshments and given a tour of the displays and meeting room. In total there were over 150 visitors with a group of ladies making a special journey from Canterbury just to speak with the Lady Masons.
WBro Wyatt said, “this has been a really worthwhile exercise, it has become clear from the people I have spoken to and from feedback that the public really are unaware of the work we do in our communities, we have certainly dispelled a lot of those myths”.
He went on to say “So far, we know that we have two gentlemen who have been given a joining form, as they know members already, there are 3 Masons who are from outside of the area who wish to be joining members and 47 follow up packages handed out, we are hopeful that we will get a good number of follow up enquiries through the Just Ask One website.
I am very grateful for the support given by the other lodges not only from this centre but also from Ramsgate and Birchington and the Province with APGM’s Bassant & Wingett, it was also great to see the Lady Masons represented here today”
Feedback from the public was also very positive:
“It was well organised and well attended in the short time I was there”.
“will you do it again as there was so much information, I need to return to read it all”
Another lady commented on the info boards situated on the seats about the lodge history .. “I did not know that was a certain pub was used .. I didn’t know that”