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I nI ns si gi gh ht t Your window into Hampshire
The Insight Team
Editorial: Roger Maber and Ken Day
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Published by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, 85 Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hants SO53 2GG
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Growing enthusiasm for
special interest Lodges
This is the first issue of Insight produced by our new editor Roger Maber and in congratulating him I must of course thank his predecessor, Peter Martin, for his excellent work as editor over the past 31⁄2 years.
The primary purpose of this publication is to give members of the public an ‘Insight’ into freemasonry, and its distribution now extends well beyond our membership albeit all brethren in the province receive a copy. Please ensure that Insight is shared with your family and friends.
Amongst the 250 lodges in the province – we have a number of armed forces and old school lodges, and some with connections to trades and professions, sports and pastimes where those with similar interests can meet together in a masonic environment.
In November 2013 we consecrated a scouting lodge (Pax Hill) which has been very successful and strengthened our relationship with the scouting movement to which the Grand Charity has donated more than £500,000 over the past 5 years.
In October 2014 we consecrated a rugby lodge (Rugby Bastion) which has taken us into the rugby fraternity. The lodge held its first Installation meeting so that it’s Festive Board coincided with the opening game of the 2015 Rugby World Cup; with a large screen suitably installed in the dining hall!
In March 2015 we consecrated what might be regarded as a modern lodge (!); see the article on page 7 of this issue. This lodge will demonstrate to all that meetings can begin and end at times to suit the working man.
In November 2015 we will consecrate a motor sports lodge (Chequered Flag) and in 2016 a football lodge, enterprisingly to be named Football Lodge!. We also expect to consecrate a new motorcyclists lodge to add to our existing motorcyclists Lodge (Chevaliers de Fer). You will also see from the article on page 18 of this issue that there is interest in a sailing lodge, and there will be more.
It is heartening to see the interest in the formation of such new Lodges which coincides with a revival in the masonic movement. This will gain momentum as we approach our Tercentenary in 2017. I have no doubt that as we reach further into the community, all our Lodges will benefit from this increased interest in our organisation.
Michael J. Wilks
Provincial Grand Master
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