Family: Married with two adult kids
How long have you been a Freemason?: 16 years
Have you been through the Chair / Worshipful Master?: Yes, in 2012
Why did you decide to join Freemasonry?: I grew up in the Scout movement and have always enjoyed strong friendships because of it. I was approached by a good friend, an exScout, who asked if I had thought about joining the Freemasons. I had been interested in the fraternity for a while but hadn't known where to start. He proposed me to the Lodge and I was interviewed and accepted.
What is Freemasonry?: I consider Freemasonry as a group of like minded individuals, who come together to improve their own lives, and hopefully the lives of others.
What do you do in the Lodge?: We attend seven meetings a year. At those meetings we begin with a formal Ritual inside the Lodge room. Ritual is a kind of moralic play, just to remind us of our duties to others and ourselves. Then we all sit down to a “festive board”, which is a meal punctuated by Toasts. This is where we loosen up, have a beer and catch up on the craic. Some members will move on to one of the local pubs after the Board, so it's generally a taxi home!
What’s with the leathers?: I am a member of the Cheshire Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association. The Widows Sons is a worldwide motorbike group for Masons with the aim of allowing its members to enjoy their hobby, raise awareness of Freemasonry and to raise money for charities. We have a group for none Masons called The Bad Pennies, that accompany us on our rideouts. If you are interested in more information click here.
Any other Thoughts?: We have a saying in Freemasonry, “If you want to be one,ask one”. If you are interested or have any questions just get in touch. We can help find the right Lodge for you.