Charity is as `active` as it is `passive`

When someone is said to be a member of Freemasonry the world should know that he has charity at the front of his mind. If the appeal is for money to help those deserving of support and assistance then Freemasons will always step up to the mark… https://mcf.org.uk/2022/04/freemasons-contribute-to-500000-for-ukrainian-refugees/ .

If the appeal is for practical assistance then the members of the University Lodge of Liverpool have a very active Masonic Assistance Team – and they could not be more active than loading a van full of much-needed medical supplies for one of their number to take on the trek across Europe to deliver that assistance at the Poland/Ukraine border…

Ready to unload after a 2-day drive
Helping to stock up the warehouse base of the Norwegian aid organisation we have linked up with. The rescue equipment here was in use helping injured civilians the following day…..

We have set up a “just giving” page to support our efforts and it can be accessed at :-

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mateamrefugeecrisis

and you can see more of what the M.A.T. has been doing at:

What a brilliant night!!!

Our Centenary celebration went exceptionally well with 110 Brothers in attendance and which filled our venue to capacity. A full team of Officers accompanied the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison who opened a special session of Provincial Lodge in order that our Centenary Warrant could be read by the Provincial Grand Secretary Peter Taylor and our Lodge re-dedicated for another 100 years of fellowship and charity by the Provincial Grand Chaplain Reverend Joh Hall.

On the subject of charity the Lodge also announced donations to four charities (not all Masonic!) totalling £4274.00 – which of course is our Lodge number – as well as our younger members whose financial situation as students or having newly embarked on their careers having contributed as an alterative 4274 hours of active charitable work throughout the last 2 years of covid pandemic in Liverpool.

In anticipation of a great night….

Our Provincial Grand Master congratulates our Worshipful Master on behalf of the Lodge in achieving our Centenary.

The Lodge currently has about 70 members spread across most parts of the UK and some globetrotters amongst our ranks – present and past. It has blossomed from about half that number in the last 10 years since joining the Grand Lodge Universities` Scheme but the efforts of the members in demonstrating the beneficial aspects of Freemasonry have attracted new candidates in equal measure.

….and onward to celebrating the next 100years!!

100 Years of Fellowship and Charity+

28th October last year marked exactly 100 years since the Lodge first met in the Students Union building at Liverpool University. The members will be marking that occasion now that Covid restrictions permit on 14th March with a celebration in the Lodge led by the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and with over 100 members and guests. We will follow the Masonic event with a special Festive Board to kick off another century of support for students and others who need our help and look forward to maintaining those the truly Masonic duties that have characterised the Craft for over 300 years.

We have started our 100th year in style

On Monday 8th November 2021 we installed a Master in the Lodge for the 100th time since we first met on 28th October 1921.

On that occasion our first Master was W/Bro. R J M Buchanan and on Monday we Installed Bro. L.J.Buchanan as Master for the Centenary Year. How uncanny! It is almost as if it was planned….. but it certainly was not anything other than serendipity.

So… here we go for another year. We have candidates for Initiation waiting as well as a good number of Brethren who are itching to progess with their Masonry so it has the look of being a memorable 12 months. We will be celebrating with a major event on 14th March to mark our 100 years of Fraternity, Benevolence and most of all Charity.

We have also now enjoyed two meetings at The Athenaeum Club in the City Centre and cannot let the opportunity pass to say just how excellent the venue has proved to be. The staff are most helpful and pleasant, the Chef brilliant and well-skilled and the surroundings spectacular…. what more could we have asked for?

Our new Worshipful Master is about to be Installed for our Centenary

Our November Installation meeting will mark 100 years of continuous Masonry since our first on 28th October 1921 (Covid lockdowns excepted!!). This marks the start of a significant milestone for us and will be celebrated in March with a major event where we hope to see a large number of visiting Brethren as well many members who have moved away from the area and who we will be delighted to welcome back.

They put their “best foot foward”…

As part of the national “round England & Wales” relay walk undertaken by members from University Scheme Lodges, several members from Liverpool did the 21 mile section from Christleton in Chester to the Liverpool Medical Institution on Sunday 4th July. The walk of 2121miles between the Masonic meeting places where Scheme Masons hold their meetings was to raise a collection for the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) to make a donation to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in the name of Prince Phillip, a lifelong Freemason and founder of the organisation that bears his name and supports young people to improve their life skills.

Some of the members handing over the “baton” of the relay in front of the Liverpool Medical Institution to the representative of Palatine Lodge in Manchester who were to undertake the next leg of the relay.

The team from University Lodge Liverpool were joined in their relay by members of the Organisation of Women Freemasons in the North West area as part of the closer working that has been forged in the area over the past few years. Two organisations with parallel aims and engaged in “active charity” demonstrate that the principles we both follow are not exclusive to each of us and we know we have have a common aim on a common pathway.

Altogether the dozen participants raised in excess of £1,200 through their combined efforts on the day and this will be forwarded to the MCF along with the amounts raised by other University Scheme Lodges nationally towards what is a very deserving and worthwhile charity.

Charity should never stop characterising Freemasonry….

Still helping others less fortunate during the pandemic

Members from the Lodge have been still active in charity work even though we cannot hold our usual meetings. A small team from the Lodge, assisted by Brethren from other Masonic Lodges have been providing hot meals and support in many other ways to rough sleepers in the City Centre over the weekends since December.

Support in the form of food supplies from shopkeepers has been invaluable in allowing us to continue through to this point and we express our thanks to them for what they too have done.

Inactive? – at the moment it is still yes!…. Where charity is concerned…NEVER!

Members The University Lodge of Liverpool may not have been able to meet for the best part of a year however that does not mean that they have been just waiting around for meetings to start again. Once the lockdown became apparent – as we have already said before – members started out to help and support anyone less fortunate who wanted assistance.

Lockdown no.2 saw a similar response from members to support people across Merseyside and West Lancashire through food banks. ULOL members rallied round and we managed to send two carloads of non-perishable items to a central collection point in Garston to swell the amount being given.

As Christmas approached we were aware that due to the various lockdowns many elderly residents of residential and care homes were missing out on family contact so again members rallied round and together we bought, made or sent 320 cards, one to each resident of the six major Homes in the Liverpool area including the Tithebarn Masonic Home in Crosby.

Once again ULoL has demonstrated that active charity has a major place in what we do and how we are a part of the communities in which we live.

Freshers? – we are still here for you…

The pandemic might have shut down or severely restricted Freshers Week for Liverpool, John Moores, Hope and Edge Hill Universities but that does not mean that Freemasonry has ceased to be still active.

Our own ability to meet has been restricted but we are around and happy to make contact with any men who are interested in what we stand for and would like to be actively involved. Contact us through this website, on twitter or our Facebook at (https://www.facebook.com/UniversityFreemasonryLodgeofLiverpool/)

ULOL Reaches a new following on Twitter

Liam, who runs the Lodge Twitter account writes…..

In only twelve months the University Lodge of Liverpool No.4274 (ULOL) Twitter account has gone from having zero ‘followers’ to now having well in excess of 600.  The interest shown in who we are and what we do is across all sections of our community and not just amongst Masons.

In a time where social media and technology is so relied upon, it is evident that utilising this medium within Lodges is becoming more important and apparent. However, we cannot allow any of our members to fall behind who perhaps don’t choose to use the latest smartphone, or have never heard of Tik Tok, let alone knowing where to start with taking a selfie or posting a tweet. So, how do we proceed in this modern day and age and ensure that all are included and understand the traditions we follow, the charitable support we offer and the part we can play in society? 

If one thing is for certain, the recent lockdown period has highlighted that social media is so heavily needed and relied upon by many more people today, including Freemasons.   Zoom meetings have been adopted and used to good effect by many Lodges up and down the country, including our own in order to stay in touch with members and attend virtual conferences and webinars. 

ULOL has an official page on Facebook …….(https://www.facebook.com/UniversityFreemasonryLodgeofLiverpool/)

along with a closed Group for private messaging and Twitter, as well as regularly using our website to ensure communications are kept modernised and appealing to all audiences, but some Lodges and Provinces are now even moving towards using the likes of Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat in order to publicise the significant charitable work that Freemasons support and engage in throughout our local communities. 

To draw back to my point of including all, while we must look to the future we should also balance this with our established practices to ensure we get an effective mix.   We have already widely adopted email as a main method of communication and this is arguably more effective than a simple text, but some Lodges also still prefer to send hand written letters, as is the preferred way of receiving a communication by some of our older members.   

In addition to having a presence on social media, we can ensure that the members pathway and all of the online Masonic learning available to members are widely encouraged and used, but also more importantly understood by members. 

In all of this it is important that the lack of access to, or familiarity with, social media such as Twitter must not divide the members of a Lodge, especially ours.  The challenge is to use whatever might be appropriate and we will in the immediate future need to work at planning properly, engaging effectively but most of all communicating clearly if we are to succeed.

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