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OMT Lodge is thriving


Fellowship is an important aspect of any Masonic lodge, and as you might expect, it is a particularly strong feature of the OMT lodge. A common connection already exists between us before we cement our friendship by spending an evening together ‘on the square’.


This is one of the main reasons for the continuing success of the Sir Thomas White Lodge as it approaches its 125th. anniversary next year. Membership has been growing steadily over the last few years and now spans the generations, from recent graduates to venerable grey-beards.


Freemasonry in England and Wales is second only to the national lottery in terms of the amounts that are raised for good causes. That’s a surprising statistic even to some masons. We don’t shout about our charitable activity, probably because it’s simply ‘not done’. Perhaps we should, if only to counteract the fashion among trendy journalists to take cheap shots. Uninformed innuendo about the ‘Craft’ seems to be a regular part of TV drama, and sooner or later it will provide a storyline in The Archers.


One of the reasons for this antipathy may be that, in this age of shifting fashions and attitudes, Freemasonry has remained resolutely unfashionable. It provides an approach to life based on values which have been constant for a couple of centuries. For example, we refer to the three principal tenets as ‘brotherly love, relief and truth’. In modern parlance, this simply means that our guiding lights are friendship, charity and honesty. Inevitably there’s a lot more to it than that, but those are the foundation stones of the Masonic structure.


Organised religion plays no part in Freemasonry, but there is a spiritual dimension based around every mason’s belief in a Supreme Being. A Masonic ceremony can therefore become a melting pot for christians, jews, muslims, hindus and any other denomination, all enjoying one brotherhood. Is that such an extraordinary concept in this age of political and religious uncertainties ?. Surely it’s a good enough reason for a senior mason to be invited to present Radio 4s ‘Thought for  the Day’.


I have recently been elected to the chair of the Sir Thomas White Lodge as this years Master and in that privileged capacity I’ve been able to appoint a dozen or so ‘officers’ to help me run things smoothly. The majority of these are 40-somethings of a similar vintage to me, but overall they range in age from 25 to 75, demonstrating how masonry seamlessly unites the generations.


I joined the School lodge just over eight years ago and felt immediately at home with this fascinating and absorbing hobby. I could have spent that time doing other things, of course, down at the pub, at the golf club or in a dozen other ways, but I would have missed a uniquely fulfilling experience, and it’s also great fun.


That’s why I’m writing to let you know that the lodge can offer you the same kind of experience. All you have to do is ask.


Nick Carter (1968-1973)

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