Shropshire Combined Services Lodge

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Our Chairman, and Primus Master elect, W.Bro Dave Hedley welcomes you to our new website and has provided the information below:

Lodge ethos and mission statement.

The Lodge is to be based on a Military perspective. It is the wish and the objective of the formation of a Military Services Lodge, so that we combine some of the Military traditions and comradeship into the normal masonic fabric of a Masonic Lodge and to provide a unique and enjoyable experience for all concerned. It is to be open to all ranks of all the Armed Forces, including both Active and Retired Servicemen and Territorials.

The Aims, objectives and practices of the Lodge are:-

  • The title of the Lodge to be known as “ Shropshire Combined Services Lodge”
  • To combine some of the Military traditions and comradeship into the normal masonic fabric of a Masonic Lodge and to provide a unique and enjoyable experience for all concerned.
  • It will be open to all ranks of all the Armed Forces, including both Active and Retired Servicemen, Territorials and Cadet Senior ranks. We would also consider applications from Masons and Gentlemen who have been or are members of the Merchant Marine, and have served in a conflict zone
  • All members are to be titled “Brothers” and no Military ranks will be included or promoted.
  • It is the intention to initiate, pass and raise candidates.
  • The Lodge will be peripatetic, meeting four times a year with the Installation meeting being held at the Masonic Hall, Crewe Street, Shropshire. (Dates to be agreed once approval obtained)
  • Normal meetings will be held outside of the usual Masonic calendar, so that the Lodge can be as inclusive as possible and limit any impact on members attending and supporting their current Lodges. This will include out of Province meetings by dispensation.
  • Dining arrangements will include potential alternative provisions, e.g., Buffet, Breakfast etc.
  • Ritual to be as per the Emulation ritual in the Blue book, with no additions or embellishments.
  • The Lodge will involve families with visits and events allied to Lodge meetings and functions.
  • Meetings will include interesting and informative talks and presentations relating to the Services and links to Freemasonry.
  • The Lodge will encourage and welcome visitors.
  • By- Laws will be based on the model By-Laws approved by UGLE and Province.
  • Brethren will wear Regimental ties or Shropshire Provincial Tie or Lodge tie if designed and approved as part of Masonic Dress
  • Consecration meeting will be held at a suitable venue and time in the Province of Shropshire following the approval of Consecration from UGLE.
  • To support the Province and or Provinces or Lodges with ceremonials and ritual as and when requested.
  • Subscriptions will be set so as to maintain the financial stability and integrity of the Lodge.
  • The Lodge will be flexible and collaborative, to prevent any potential conflict with Lodges in the Provinces, to preserve and support the harmony of the Provinces from which our members are drawn.
  • The Lodge will aim to join the “Circuit of Service Lodges” Masonic National Group which exists to promote comradeship and fraternal contact between military masons, share good practice, initiatives and ideas.
  • The Lodge has and will maintain a Website, Facebook and Twitter presence.

 

Current status.

The vellum has been signed, together with proof of service and masonic lodge clearance certificates by 46 Founders who have indicated their desire to be a Founder of the Shropshire Combined Services Lodge and have paid the Founders Fee. We have Founders from the Provinces of North Wales, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire and all the Services are well represented. The Vellum is being taken to Grand Lodge, today, (11th June, 2019) after being subjected to scrutiny by the Provincial Secretariat. It is hoped that the process of ratification will be such, that the Lodge can be Consecrated in January 2020.