Macclesfield Town Mayor, Councillor Liz Durham was one of 40 guests and members attending the Old Castle Masonic Lodge social board last week.
The visitors were treated to an explanation of members’ roles and their jewels of office whilst sat in full regalia in their formal places in the Masonic Lodge room. There was also an explanation of Freemasonry and some searching questions handled by masons Tony Costello and Roger Hordley.
Pictured Left to Right: Bev Hawkswell, Richard Durham (Mayors Consort), Cllr Liz Durham, Mayor of Macclesfield, Tony Corbett, Current Master of Old Castle Lodge, Sheena Corbett, Phil Hawkswell, Past Master Old Castle Lodge
Freemasonry can be different things to different people; meeting likeminded people and making new friends, watching or acting in ceremonies, helping deserving causes, delving into history or a mixture of all. It is a multi-faceted hobby which can develop an individual through a series of 2-part plays which in turn promote integrity, honesty, spirituality and fairness.
The mysteries often referred to as masonic secrets, were not revealed but refer to the modes of recognition used to recognise each other in Masonic circles and how ancient stonemasons used to know each other. Freemasonry is one of the oldest fraternal organisations with many famous people being members like Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Issac Newton and the Duke of Edinburgh.
For more information on the Old Castle Masonic Lodge see www.oldcastle.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org