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  2. bod

    Hello

    Welcome to the forum Ian - hope you enjoy your time here
  3. Mike Martin

    Hello

    Welcome aboard Ian. ps I've just shifted your topic.
  4. Trouillogan

    Hello

    Welcome Ian. Looking forward to your questions and other input. It might be a good idea to put a similar entry in the 'Welcome to the Forum' area. You'll find there are several Scottish members here with whom you can reminisce. You've already found that things a very different south of the border - do you have any views?
  5. IAN W B PM

    Hello

    Hi my name is Ian I was initiated into a Scottish lodge in 1987 and I have life membership thanks to my Grandfather, this has enabled me to fall away from freemasonry while life got in the way with things like work, wife and children. Now live in Wales and I'm currently IPM of a lodge I joined around 2011. Looking forward to learning, contributing and enjoying the forum when I can.
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  7. Syam C

    Lodge in warsaw poland

    The procedure is to contact the home lodge secretary and then the GL and so on and so forth to the visiting lodge. Invitation works too. However, I couldn't find an address of the local lodge if I ever get a chance to visit. That brought me here on the forum and problemo solved. Thank you for all that info. I do sometimes get glares and stares because of my ring. Hahah. @mikevie .
  8. mikevie

    Lodge in warsaw poland

    It's also somewhat underground here in Austria. In Poland much more so, partly due to religion, partly due to the country's past. Generally it is hard to attend a meeting unless you are invited by the Lodge first or introduced by one of its members. As far as I know there is no regular lodge working in English. They do have some "Orient" lodges as well. I believe Freemasonry was taken to Poland by French and Scots merchants in the early to mid-1700's.
  9. Syam C

    Lodge in warsaw poland

    I did. Thank you.
  10. Sontaran

    Lodge in warsaw poland

    Have you looked at their web page? http://wlnp.pl/site/index.php?page=contact
  11. Syam C

    Lodge in warsaw poland

    Yeah. That explains it. Thank you.
  12. DavidGoode

    Lodge in warsaw poland

    Presumably because it’s a deeply conservative Roman Catholic country.
  13. Syam C

    Lodge in warsaw poland

    If I may ask, @mikevie why is it so underground in poland?
  14. Syam C

    Lodge in warsaw poland

    Underground. Huh? Thought so. Will contact the Sec. Thank you. 😀
  15. mikevie

    Lodge in warsaw poland

    It's quite "underground" in Poland. You should make contact via your Lodge Secretary and Grand Lodge. My experience has been that it is not a place where you just knock on the door out of the blue and ask to come in. Enjoy your travels.
  16. Greetings Brethren, I am Syam and and am a fellow seeker of light from India. I am in Warsaw Poland and couldn't find a local lodge. Could anyone here direct me to the temple here please? Thank you.
  17. PM George

    Seeking advice from UK Masons

    Where in the north of Scotland are you? We may be able to put you in touch with the Provincial Grand Lodge in your area, and they can put you in touch with your local Lodge's Secretary. I'm a bit disappointed to hear of your lack of success in getting contact with a Lodge. My own Lodge only has had one enquiry through our website so far, and we made sure that we responded immediately to his questions.
  18. Sentience

    Seeking advice from UK Masons

    Have you tried recontacting the Grand Lodge again? Contacting Masons directly with no introduction can make Brethren suspicious as to the reason for the contact. Better to have a formal introduction from either Grand Lodge or a member that you know. Getting to know you is as important as you getting to know them, which is usually done over social events or informal get togethers. We don't want people joining only to decide they don't like us or we don't like the character traits of you. They'll also want to know about your background re any criminality or disciplinary issues. Why you want to join. Finding out things that make them suspicious, such as multiple email addresses and names used, can deter Brethren from following the process. I would however, expect the Lodge Secretary to contact you informing you that they do not believe that you would fit in in their Lodge and wish you luck in trying elsewhere. Your problem then lies in if they have voiced their concerns to a higher level immediately putting everyone else off. There are plenty of pretend applicants who try to join just to try to gain an insight into a mythical world that doesn't exist. There is no pot of gold, there is no secret route to becoming the managing director of one of the FTSE 200 companies, there is no insider dealing, there is no wink to the judiciary to avoid punishment for crimes etc etc. Its a bunch of grown men raising money for good causes (charity) and raising their awareness and morals through a series of ceremonies, who then sit down and enjoy a meal together to close the evening. As for joining a Lodge a 4 hour bus ride away; well not for me. That's 8 hours of the day taken up just in travelling. 7 meetings a year, plus committee and rehearsal nights, and that becomes a serious bind, as well as expensive. Meetings and the festive board afterwards can last a few hours, which may mean an overnight stay too if meetings are conducted in the evenings. Recontact Grand Lodge who should have someone allocated to deal with applicants.
  19. Hello! Let me start by thanking all of those responsible for bringing this forum (this place of advice) to life! The name's Strivion. I’m 29 years old, and I've been longing to join Freemasonry since I was about 15. As soon as I turned 21, I started the process of joining. And that is where my first issue arose. Please, forgive me if this sounds judgmental, and please understand that this is NOT directed at Freemasonry, but rather the loss that I am feeling. I live in the north of Scotland, only a few local lodges that I could choose from, but none of them seem to want to pay me any mind. I first started by contacting the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Edinburgh, who put me in contact with a local mason. That mason and I shared several correspondences, until, they stopped randomly. I attempted to follow up, but no response. The next few years I tried contacting local masons, as the popular slogan suggests, “Ask one to be one.” I felt that it was very weird that none of them seemed to want to talk to me, to potentially gain another brother, and expand their lodge. Some more years passed, and I started emailing another one of the local lodges. The man seemed pleasant, and we shared a few emails. Then, in one email, he asked why my email address was under one surname, while I myself had introduced myself with a different surname. I apologised for the confusion, and informed him that I was an author, and had mistakenly used the email address registered to my pen name. I never heard from him after that. I found the local lodges webpage (while it was still active) and found about 12 of the members who had active profiles. I emailed all of them the same message (Hello, my name is so-and-so, I’m seeking to become a mason, etc etc, here’s some info about me, etc etc, any help you can provide would be most welcomed) Only one of them replied, and he informed me that I needed to be 21, and have 2 sponsors, and I never heard from him again. The problem that I seem to have encountered, is that no local mason wishes to talk about Masonry. But, as I understand it, Masonry isn’t a secret, it isn’t taboo, and normally their very open and helpful. I regret to say that I have not encountered this up here. However, a few local masons have finally given me an explanation. One mason said that he had left Masonry, as he felt the masons here had shut the doors to new comers. The second, still an active mason, said that I was wasting my time up here, as the average age of a local mason was 70+. And another mason said, unless I had family in the masons up here, joining would be impossible. This conclusion is heart-breaking, as I’ve been trying so hard and so long for this. Finally, I met the most pleasant fellow. He’s up here for work and isn’t a local. I saw his masonic ring, and I asked him. He suggested trying the city, about 4 hours away on a bus. Might any of you have advice for joining a lodge so far away? I’m almost certain joining a local lodge isn’t possible with the way things are currently. Thank you all for your time, and I hope to one day call you Brothers. Sincerely, Strivion.
  20. Sentience

    Rose Croix - Dwindling numbers?

    Raphael is a great piece of the ritual. Its a big jump though from Perfected straight to Raphael, which is more or less the equivalent of JD in Craft. Take note of when you remove the veil as some remove it too soon.
  21. Not quite so Uninitiated

    Rose Croix - Dwindling numbers?

    Although only Perfected in November, I'm delighted to have been asked to take the office of Raphael at our recent Installation
  22. mindmagic

    Sleepy Hollow Television Series

    The Freemasons were shown as benevolent in this series (as far as I remember). In any case, it's quite likely that the character would have been a Freemason, as he was well in with Washington.
  23. Trouillogan

    Sleepy Hollow Television Series

    I've not had a television set for a quarter of a century! Nowadays, I can actually get things done, go out and see/annoy other people too!
  24. Started watching this American TV series a couple of weeks ago, Ichabod Crane is resurrected into modern day Sleepy Hollow and continues his struggle against the headless horseman. All was going well then in episode 6 it turns out the Ichabod is a Freemason 😎
  25. Sentience

    Rose Croix - Dwindling numbers?

    The joining fee is nominal, much like Mark as the meetings are far less frequent. 3 times per year for Rose Croix. Annual subscriptions for me are £50 per year and dining is £18.50 not including drinks. Regalia for the 18th degree new can be got for around £60 if you shop around. Second hand much cheaper. Your 30th Degree regalia once you've been through the chair, is more expensive.
  26. Rueben Moriarty

    Rose Croix - Dwindling numbers?

    It does to a degree. The reason for asking is someone said "come and join Mark, it's only £50 a year etc." but to actually join you have the annual subs, a joining fee, the regalia and then the meals and £50 becomes £180. I wasn't sure if the initial cost to join would be similar?
  27. Sontaran

    Sporting Freemasons

    I wonder who I contact to mention two that I personally know who are missing - or if I should? W. Bro. D. Gent, PAGDC (and a past Inspector General in A&AR) who was a Division 1 (as was) football referee .. he did his second as a double with my father, and Bro. Dick Rogers (dec'd) who was Hon Sec of Cambridgeshire FA - we have a picture of him shaking hands with the GM in his (former) role as President of the FA. Dick was my seconder into masonry.
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