Spreading the mason message

Anthony Stockton of the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons (credit: Andy Green)
Anthony Stockton of the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons (credit: Andy Green)

Freemasons from the Harborough lodge will be among those attending a number of shows in the county this summer where they will be on hand to answer questions about the organisation, what it is about and why it continues to attract a strong membership.

The visits are being carried out for the first time in the history of the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons and will help mark the 300th anniversary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge of England.

Freemasonry developed from the stonemasons who built the cathedrals to the modern day society aimed at self-improvement and its notable charitable work.

Leicestershire and Rutland have nearly 3,000 members who meet in 76 lodges. Masonic lodges are based in Market Harborough, Leicester, Uppingham, Melton Mowbray, Lutterworth and Oakham among other parts of the county. The Harborough Masonic Hall is based in Kings Road.

Members from Harborough will be attending the Leicestershire County Show together with other shows including the Ashby Show and Market Bosworth Country Show.

The Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons, David Hagger, said: “We’ll be holding several other public events throughout 2017 including opening the doors to our Masonic Halls for everyone to see inside and an exhibition on Freemasonry highlighting the contribution of Freemasons to our local communities.

“We hope this will lead to further interest and a better understanding of our historic fraternity.

“We’re keen to shake off our bygone image and are finding more younger people are attracted to Freemasonry as they seek a social environment with strong values and traditions that also supports the local community.”