Lumley Lodge of Instruction 1893
Every Tuesday 19:00
Preceptor Jim Childs
Assistant Preceptors, Derek Butcher, Dave Muirhead and Nev Stockdale
A core of Past Masters provides experience, encouragement and continuity for those that attend. We meet on an informal basis and practise the various rituals so that at our ‘actual’ meetings we feel confident and well rehearsed. There are always experienced brethren there to guide and instruct the newer brethren as necessary. The Lodge of Instruction is key to the guarantee of a good meeting of which the members can be proud and which hopefully gives pleasure to our visitors.
The purpose of the Lodge of Instruction is to provide an opportunity for the younger Brethren to become versed in the ritual and symbolism of Freemasonry. Also to be able to practise the ritual in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The meetings are usually overseen by the Preceptor (another word for teacher) who is an experienced member of the Lodge.
The rehearsal of a ceremony normally takes place with the officers of the regular Lodge occupying the positions they either hold or expect to fill next year. Lay brethren are also given the opportunity to practise any of the offices. This gives them a chance to practise a ceremony in an office which until then is unfamiliar to them. There are also opportunities for any brothers to practise any additional ritual or signs should they so desire (time permitting).
Although, of course, the ceremonies are always practised in earnest to make sure we give of our best at the actual meetings, LoI could not be classified as a totally serious event and there is always a lot of fun and banter.
This ‘service’ is available to any Mason, young or not so young, who wishes to advance their ceremonial ritual, especially when progressing towards the Chair – Entered Apprentices or Fellow Crafts as well as Master Masons are welcome. Do go along and enjoy the company.