What a time we are having! …. Universities will soon be deciding on admissions and students will either be taking their first term online or here in Liverpool. It does seem that all of the Universities we cover (Liverpool / John Moores / Hope and Edge Hill) will not be starting with Freshers or Welcome meetings and neither will most students attend here in person in October. That does not mean the University Lodge of Liverpool will not be here when needed.
We will still be taking expressions of interest in Masonry and what we stand for from any male students who are starting or continuing their degree studies in this area. Once social distancing is no longer a problem we will arrange a meet-up and can answer queries and questions and get to know you as well as giving you the chance to know who we are.
Freemasonry, although conducted separately for both men and women, has Fellowship and Charity at its heart and does require a belief in a Supreme Being – in whatever form you believe in. It is not a religion but offers its members a guide for living life. Should it interest you then women students can look for more information on https://www.owf.org.uk/join-us/i-want-to-join/ and men who are interested in joining us should look at https://www.ugle.org.uk/becoming-a-freemason/universities-scheme where details of what we offer to students in particular can be found.
We wish everyone who would like to undertake higher education this year all the best for whatever selection process you will go through to get there.
The younger (and hopefully less at risk) members of the Lodge have taken the opportunity of home working etc. to practice what we preach – namely benevolence and charity. Members of the Lodge who live across Merseyside have begun to deliver food and other essentials to those elderly members, their families and friends and any widows of Lodge members who are confined to their homes and are self-isolating.
Currently we have assisted with deliveries in the Anfield area of Liverpool and are moving across to Wirral where we have been asked for help but as we have members across most of Merseyside will not restrict ourselves to those areas.
Here are two of our Brethren starting out last evening with the first of our deliveries
The University Lodge of Liverpool was delighted to welcome 5 new members at our regular meeting on 3rd February as well as a Joining member. The Lodge has grown by 12 new members this year already and while we have lost some of our Brethren following graduation etc. they will in some cases have moved on to other Lodges in England/Wales and hopefully others will come back to Freemasonry once they have settled in their careers.
Here we see our Worshipful Master with his newly initiated and Joining Brethren right after the ceremony. We wish them all a very long and happy association with the Lodge for many years to come.
Not finished yet…… We had to hold an Emergency Meeting on Saturday 15th February at the unusual time of 10,30am by permission of our Provincial Grand Master to enable us to progress some of our number through the second stage of their membership. Holding only 6 meetings a year is becoming an issue with the numbers joining us and the Lodge will be looking carefully at whether the frequency and how we organise meetings at the present time will be sufficient in the future.
Having given us his Dispensation for the extra meeting, our Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison joined us along with one of his Assistants, Keith Kemp and was also accompanied by the Provincial Director of Ceremonies Malcolm Bell and the Chairman of our Group of Lodges John James. It was also an occasion when one of our student Brethren taking his next steps was joined by his father who travelled up from the midlands to witness the occasion. The morning was carried off with great style and in a flawless manner by our Master and all his Officers to the congratulations of everyone else present.
University Lodge Liverpool has opened the new year with 6 new members to be initiated at the beginning of February – making 11 so far this year – and success brings its problems in scheduling progression for everyone who needs it so we will be having an extra day-time meeting on Saturday 15th February .
The Worshipful Master and his team of Officers are working extra hard this season as well as planning for our Centenary which is provisionally scheduled for 1st November 2021. 2020 brings back some of the issues faced when the Lodge was first formed and members came forward in similar numbers in the 1920`s. The 1980s were probably the lowest point in memory when Freemasonry was under attack from narrow-mindedness on one hand and ignorance on the other however our principles of benevolence and fraternity kept us going until we could enjoy the upturn and our Centenary was assured.
On 9th December the Lodge welcomed five more new Masons to the Fraternity as we celebrated the start of the festive season. The meeting saw one of our members assist his father to join while the remaining four initiates were from the student body of both City Centre universities. We hope to bring in at least another five new members at our February meeting – which has had to be brought forward by one week because of availability of the venue we use. Indeed our success in attracting new members means that we are looking to have an additional meeting at the end of February – on a Saturday morning! Watch this space for details……
Also – a message to students at Hope and Edge Hill … we do find it difficult to engage directly with you at Freshers Fairs but would still welcome enquiries from men who are students or staff at either establishment. Female staff and students from any University who might also wish to find out more are also welcome to email us through this site and we will pass your details over to one of the female masonic organisations who also have lodges locally.
Monday 11th November saw the Lodge install its new Worshipful Master Kris for the forthcoming year. Each year every Lodge chooses one from amongst its number to lead the membership forward for the next 12 months. It is a very special occasion – and for many of the Brethren it is on a par with their own Initiation, an occasion that is never forgotten and which hold great significance for them.
It is particularly significant in the University Lodge Liverpool as it is the occasion for members to re-affirm their academic status by wearing the gowns and hoods appropriate to the degrees we hold. This year was also significant in that it coincided with Remembrance Day which was marked by those with Armed Forces service also.
This is the start of our penultimate Masonic year before we celebrate our Centenary in November 2021
On 14th October we celebrated 60yrs of continuous membership of the Lodge on the part of two of our Brethren. John and Geoff are pictured here before the meeting started in company with John James, the Garston Group Chairman, who presented both celebrants with a scroll commemorating their achievement. We then proceeded to confer the Master Masons degree on four of our younger members – making it an evening of celebration covering both ends of the masonic pathway!
Our caters served up an excellent meal and 40 members and visitors finished the evening with good fellowship and an opportunity to honour Masonic and other charities.
The University Lodge of Liverpool enjoyed an excellent evening at the October meeting with 4 of our Brethren gaining their 3rd degrees and becoming “Master Masons”. At the other ens of the time spectrum we also celebrated 60yrs in continuous Freemasonry for two of our senior members who gave us a very humorous and informative retrospect of their time in the Lodge at our Festive Board afterwards.
We were however very sorry to not have been able to share Freemasonry with the students at the Liverpool University Guild welcome event this year so to those readers who are interested, please make contact through this website and we can hopefully resolve the situation directly. We have a number of others who have expressed interest over the summer and at the JMU Freshers` Fair – and we will be arranging an evening get-together in the next few weeks where we can get to know each other and you can find out more about the fellowship we offer and the charitable side of the organisation.
Our next meeting is in November when we will be installing our new Master and then running straight into our Centenary year in 2021. We are proud to have been an organisation that has supported academia in the City for a Century as well as activelyinvolved in 100yrs of charity and fellowship.
I am sorry to say that it appears the University Lodge of Liverpool will not be able to meet you all at the Liverpoool University Welcome Fair this year as our request for a stand has been refused. If you are a Liverpool University student and have any interest in finding out what we are and what we do then the best place to start is on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UniversityFreemasonryLodgeofLiverpool/ and message us there. In previous years we have organised an open evening and will be able to keep everyone advised of the date on email.
John Moores` students will still be able to talk to us directly as we will be at their Fair on the waterfront on 25th September. We hope to also be joined by a representative from the Organisation of Women Freemasons as in previous years.