PGM John Clark is promising to make multi-lodges of instruction one of his top priorities for the next year.
He threw his personal weight behind the Marlow and Beaconsfield Summer Lodge of Instruction, hosted by Cliveden Lodge in September.
John praised the seven members of the demonstration team from a variety of mother lodges based at the two centres who carried out a first degree ceremony, led by Cliveden’s Worshipful Master, Kevin Taylor. Cliveden’s Almoner, Andre De Grave, volunteered to act as candidate.
The PGM singled out Malcolm Simmonds, from Marlow Bridge Lodge, who delivered the charge after initiation - with just one prompt!
John said: “Malcolm’s performance was the cherry on a large cake that made me feel proud.
“I congratulate you all on your commitment, professionalism, and skill.”
The PGM added that the members would gain from enhanced confidence when they carried out ceremonies in their mother lodges – and forging close relationships that would last throughout their Masonic careers.
John went on: “Multi lodges of instruction are a key part of our retention strategy to make a better Masonic experience particularly for newer, and even more experienced, members.
“You can never have enough practice. I hope to work with members throughout Bucks to increase access to these vital rehearsal sessions. And I shall be attending the meetings to brush up my own ritual skills. ”
The Manor Class of Instruction meets at the Bletchley centre on Wednesdays and the Slough MLOI takes place at the Ragstone Road centre on Tuesday evenings.
Pictured, left to right: John Clark, Kevin Taylor and Malcolm Simmonds.