January 25th saw Marmion Masonic Lodge’s 6th annual Gentlemen’s Burns Supper
With all of the fun and revelry expected from a Marmion event. This years Burns supper was no exception and was again hailed an overwhelming success by all. The Haggis was piped in and duly addressed in Scots. The grand whisky raffle and off beat Scottish quiz, a regular part of the evening’s celebrations, were very well received. Organiser Iain Semple thanks everyone for their attendance and participation and looks forward to next year’s celebrations, which will coincide with the Lodge’s 150th Anniversary.
History of Freemasonry
Marmion Lodge 1060 is Tamworth’s oldest surviving masonic lodge, having been consecrated (opened) in 1865. It has previously resided in the White Horse Hotel (demolished 1968), 14 Church Street (now The Wardrobe shop) and the Municipal Buildings before moving to 29 Lichfield Street, a Grade 2 Listed Building in 1930. See the following link: Marmion history for more information.
Freemasonry is the largest and oldest fraternal organisation, with over 250,000 members in over 8,000 lodges in England. As a body, Freemasonry is also the UK’s largest giver to charity after the National Lottery.
Freemasonry is neither religious nor political, indeed discussion of both subjects is banned at masonic meetings. The main difference between Freemasonry and other fraternal and charitable organisations is its ritual, some of which is explained in the following links: what is freemasonry?, the lodge room, masonic offices and Marmion Lodge Brochure
Freemasonry is founded on three main principles; brotherly love, relief and truth. The purpose of the masonic ritual is to develop these themes. Thus brotherly love is concerned with goodwill and peace towards and amongst all mankind; relief is concerned with charity and being of service to others and truth is concerned with self-knowledge and personal development.
Freemasons address each other as Brother (Bro.) or Brethren. This is intended as an expression of equality amongst members. Those who have been a Master of a Lodge are addressed as Worshipful Brother (W. Bro). This stems from a time when a “Gentleman” was an aristocratic rank or title and as such, most men were not entitled to be called “a Gentleman”. Thus, “Brother” and “Brethren” removed all notion of personal rank in the Lodge room. A Duke, Baron, Gentleman, or indeed a King was a Brother equal to a carpenter, stonemason, doctor or any other trade or profession