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Postby PorkPie » Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:36 pm

Hi there,
Just a quick introduction, I live in Southampton, Province of Hampshire & IOW and became a Mason 18 months ago and thoroughly love every aspect of what I have seen so far.
I have just gone into IG and am doing small bits of ritual where I can (WT's at Installation).
I enjoy reading about Freemasonry and researching the history.
Anyhow, am on here to learn more and get involved with discussions.
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Re: Hello

Postby Dave B » Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:49 pm

Welcome and I hope you get the answers you are looking for.
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Re: Hello

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Re: Hello

Postby Trouillogan » Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:49 pm

PorkPie wrote:I enjoy reading about Freemasonry and researching the history.
Anyhow, am on here to learn more and get involved with discussions.
PorkPie

Welcome to Freemasonry and to this discussion group, PorkPie.
How are you setting about your researches into Freemasonry? Serious question. For instance have you been recommended any books to read? Are you attending any research Lodges?
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Re: Hello

Postby Saracen1970 » Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:25 am

Welcome to LRUK Brother
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Re: Hello

Postby Peter Moir » Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:56 am

Welcome Bro, pleasure to meet you.
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Postby wayne cowley » Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:39 pm

A very warm welcome from me too

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Re: Hello

Postby Lloyd Wiebe » Wed Oct 14, 2015 1:37 am

Welcome aboard.
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Postby Shaun127 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:59 am

A warm welcome from a wet and windy East Kent.
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Postby P471 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:58 pm

A warm welcome from South Wales
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Re: Hello

Postby PorkPie » Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:12 pm

Trouillogan wrote:
PorkPie wrote:I enjoy reading about Freemasonry and researching the history.
Anyhow, am on here to learn more and get involved with discussions.
PorkPie

Welcome to Freemasonry and to this discussion group, PorkPie.
How are you setting about your researches into Freemasonry? Serious question. For instance have you been recommended any books to read? Are you attending any research Lodges?


Hi Trouillogan,
Apologies for the delay in replying.
My research (that's what I call it anyway) isn't exactly structured. I am quite frustrated by the lack of instruction and/or direction from more experienced Brethren. Everyone is friendly and happy to offer guidance on whatever it is we are doing at that particular time but there is no actual forthcoming instruction. I remember saying that as an apprentice, aren't I supposed to be taught something and received disparaging looks. So I just read what I can, 'The Hiram Key' books, 'I just didn't know that', The Square magazine and online. I buy books such as The Walking Charge (Cornelius Sinclair) and Masonic Etiquette Today (Graham Redman) to try and build up my knowledge and I visit as many different Lodges as I can.
I do go to a weekly Lodge of Instruction which helps tremendously with floor work and practising ritual but there is a definite lack of information and guidance to new Masons in my opinion.
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Re: Hello

Postby David H » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:34 pm

PorkPie wrote:
Trouillogan wrote:
PorkPie wrote:I enjoy reading about Freemasonry and researching the history.
Anyhow, am on here to learn more and get involved with discussions.
PorkPie

Welcome to Freemasonry and to this discussion group, PorkPie.
How are you setting about your researches into Freemasonry? Serious question. For instance have you been recommended any books to read? Are you attending any research Lodges?


Hi Trouillogan,
Apologies for the delay in replying.
My research (that's what I call it anyway) isn't exactly structured. I am quite frustrated by the lack of instruction and/or direction from more experienced Brethren. Everyone is friendly and happy to offer guidance on whatever it is we are doing at that particular time but there is no actual forthcoming instruction. I remember saying that as an apprentice, aren't I supposed to be taught something and received disparaging looks. So I just read what I can, 'The Hiram Key' books, 'I just didn't know that', The Square magazine and online. I buy books such as The Walking Charge (Cornelius Sinclair) and Masonic Etiquette Today (Graham Redman) to try and build up my knowledge and I visit as many different Lodges as I can.
I do go to a weekly Lodge of Instruction which helps tremendously with floor work and practising ritual but there is a definite lack of information and guidance to new Masons in my opinion.
PorkPie


Welcome PorkPie. You have chosen well in signing up to this forum as there are many very knowledgeable folk here who I am sure you will find are very generous with their time and knowledge. I am surprised by what you term a "lack of instruction and/or direction" as you are attending LOI regularly and presumably your Lodge will have a mentor and other folks such as your Proposer and Seconder to refer to. I do know that in some areas (Dorset and Eastbourne for example) there are some very interesting informal initiatives aimed at encouraging people of all ages who are new to the Craft. Maybe there is something similar in your area or scope for something. Your enthusiasm does you great credit and I hope you find the journey rewarding. if there is anything I can do let me know
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Re: Hello

Postby Trouillogan » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:01 pm

PorkPie wrote:
Trouillogan wrote:
PorkPie wrote:I enjoy reading about Freemasonry and researching the history.
Anyhow, am on here to learn more and get involved with discussions.
PorkPie

Welcome to Freemasonry and to this discussion group, PorkPie.
How are you setting about your researches into Freemasonry? Serious question. For instance have you been recommended any books to read? Are you attending any research Lodges?


Hi Trouillogan,
Apologies for the delay in replying.
My research (that's what I call it anyway) isn't exactly structured. I am quite frustrated by the lack of instruction and/or direction from more experienced Brethren. Everyone is friendly and happy to offer guidance on whatever it is we are doing at that particular time but there is no actual forthcoming instruction. I remember saying that as an apprentice, aren't I supposed to be taught something and received disparaging looks. So I just read what I can, 'The Hiram Key' books, 'I just didn't know that', The Square magazine and online. I buy books such as The Walking Charge (Cornelius Sinclair) and Masonic Etiquette Today (Graham Redman) to try and build up my knowledge and I visit as many different Lodges as I can.
I do go to a weekly Lodge of Instruction which helps tremendously with floor work and practising ritual but there is a definite lack of information and guidance to new Masons in my opinion.
PorkPie

The books you mention are fine in their way but take a large dose of salt with Knight and Lomas! For excellent reference you might well consider getting The Freemason at Work by Harry Carr and The Freemasons' Guide and Compendium by Bernard E Jones. They will tell you just about everything you need to know and will stand you in good stead throughout your life when you need to know some hard facts. I've just checked with Abe Books and you can get the two for about £10. I firmly believe that no one who wants to know about his Freemasonry should be without these two books. I can also personally recommend the books by Neville Cryer, one of which you already have. Probably the most knowledgeable friend who is now very sadly missed.

As to the blank stares you get when asking questions in your Lodge or LoI, that's normal I'm afraid - Mentor or no Mentor (31) . In one of my well-worn books by Henry Sadler, Masonic Facts and Fictions, is the author's preface, which begins with these words: "Masons don't read". You've already discovered that and you are bucking the trend - go read and confound them all!! (1)
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