Congratulations on putting your toe on the
ladder of Masonry - You are at the start of a
The exact origins of
Masonry are unknown but are certainly based on the early operative masons who
built the grand cathedrals, abbeys and castles long before the first Grand
Lodge was inaugurated some three hundred years ago.
The Masonic body grew in numbers over the
years. For instance, War bound men
together and from this many strong Masonic Lodges were formed. Nowadays we are no longer practising “operative
Masons” but non-practising or “speculative Masons”. Over the last three hundred years we have
become a didactic body teaching good men to be better through the moral
instruction contained in the ceremonies. This is not to say that Masonry should not be enjoyable as the teamwork
generated can result in a good spirit and new and lasting friendships. There is also a strong Charitable background
and the Masonic body is second only to the National Lottery in the amount of
money we donate.
However, despite all our strong attributes, we
have been losing Members at a faster rate than we have been gaining them. For this reason United Grand Lodge and the
Provinces have introduced a strong mentoring programme. In Bristol most Lodges and some Chapters have
Mentors who in turn control a small team of Personal Mentors. Our Provincial Grand Master Rt.W.Br. Alan
Vaughan is strongly supportive of this initiative as is our Deputy Provincial
Grand Master V.W.Br. Christopher Williams, who personally makes contact with
Masons who are considering or have recently resigned.
This section of the Provincial Website gives
much information on the three Craft Degrees as well as many other aspects
including etiquette, dress code, charities, officers, the Masonic structure and
history amongst many other aspects.
order to open up information on each Degree you will require the password given
to you at each of those ceremonies. This Website can never provide an exhaustive
list and the questionnaire at the end of this letter invites you to make
constructive comments on any worthwhile additions or alterations that you may
Apart from the
information on this Website, there are also copies of the excellent information
prepared by my predecessor, W.Br. Tony Baker P.A.G.D.C. You will probably have been given these in booklet form at the end of
each Degree Ceremony. These precis much of the information contained in the main
part of the Mentoring Website. You will also find information on Royal Arch
Masonry which forms the completion of your Third Degree. Consideration should be given to taking this
step as soon after you have gone through your Third Degree as you find
reasonably practicable. Your Lodge will
have a Royal Arch representative who will be in touch with you after that
Finally, please feel free to telephone me
directly if you need any further information or help.
However, I am sure that your Lodge Mentor or
Personal Mentor will be keen to provide you with all the information you need.
Note: The above documents require a password to view their content, which can be obtained direct from the Provincial Grand Mentor or by a Lodge Mentor, who will issue to a candidiate on successful completion of that degree.