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Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby GM93 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:15 am

Hi all. My name is Gary and I'm a 19 year old British Soldier serving in Wales. I'm due to be there for 4 years so I thought it was time I looked into joining the Masons as several members of my family are/have been Masons. I looked up the local province and have sent 3 emails to the Provincial Secretary and after recieving no reply I took it upon myself to email the Lodge Secretary of the lodge I want to join - still no reply. I'm at a bit of a loss here, shy of just turning up at the lodge or asking one of my family members to help me out I'm a bit stumped. Any ideas?
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby admin » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:44 am

Welcome to the froum.

This is a job for our Wayne.

Grand Lodges are often slow to react, they think everyone still goes along at 2 MPH.

I am sure it will be sorted out.
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby jshandalla » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:09 am

GM93 wrote:asking one of my family members to help me out

That is exactly the route you should be taking.
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby wayne cowley » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:27 am

Welcome to LRUK Gary

Where in Wales are you based?

One possible issue is your age, it is usual for candidates to be at least 21 - though exceptions can be made and dispensations obtained

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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby McClef » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:00 am

Hi Gary,

You mentioned Mason relatives, is your father one by any chance?
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby Peter Taylor » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:42 am

I would talk to members of your family. If they are active members they should be able to help.
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby MrBenn » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:10 pm

Hi Gary - going via a family member would be the best option - as mentioned 21 is the usual minimum joining age - although there can be exceptions, one of which would be if your father is a freemason
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby GM93 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:44 pm

Going via family members seems to be rather hard considering they're in lodges based some 400 miles away as I'm Scottish, but I'll have a chat. My father is not a Freemason, my Grandfather is lapsed and my uncle is a Mason right now. Also I have a few of his friends that would be willing to sponsor me but if it's the age that's the issue then I suppose that's neither here nor there.

Forgot to add - I'm in Pembrokeshire.
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby McClef » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:19 pm

That is a different Province to either myself or Wayne.

I am sorry that you have not had a response to your queries. That is not something that should happen.
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby GM93 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:21 pm

They have recently updated their website so I'll take another crack at emailing them. If I don't hear anything back I'll get in contact with my Uncle.
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby Griff » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:13 pm

Hi , if you send me a PM I will try and direct you in the right direction. I live near Miilford Haven so should be able to help.
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby allan0406 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:52 pm

Do not get discouraged....keep on at them, you will get good advice on here and eventually you will be pointed in the right direction....Good Luck
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Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby Ian B » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:39 pm

When I decided to I wanted to join my Dad wrote to his provincial secretary, who got in touch with the province I was then living in and someone turned up on my doorstep to speak to me about joining. It all happened relatively quickly, by relatively I mean I was expecting it to take up to a year and I was proposed as an initiate within 6months, but the introduction by a member who knows you and can vouch for you does make the process easier.
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby Richard George » Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:47 am

MrBenn wrote:Hi Gary - going via a family member would be the best option - as mentioned 21 is the usual minimum joining age - although there can be exceptions, one of which would be if your father is a freemason


That's not actually true - at least not under the English Constitution. Under the EC, the only privilege is that he is the senior of 2 candidates. You would be correct if you were talking about the Scottish Constitution.
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby MrBenn » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:52 pm

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Oops, thanks Richard - apologies for the confusing mistake!
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby Sebastian » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:48 pm

I doi hope you contimue to look. I am in the army. One of our PTIs is a Mason. Many Scottish soldiers are in I think.
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby jcrick » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:28 pm

Did you get this resolved Gary?
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Re: Issues joining Welsh lodge

Postby Nik ODwyer » Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:33 pm

I would be interested in how this progresses Gary, please keep us updated - Welcome to the Forum also.
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