Daytime lodges serve a vital purpose
“The Lodge of Light & Reflection fulfils a purpose,” says the WM, Steve Rickwood. “As a ‘daytime’ lodge, it was set up to provide ongoing Freemasonry for those brethren whose evenings are otherwise occupied, or indeed, those who may no longer be able to venture out on dark nights. Likewise, for those who have retired from an active life and prefer an opportunity to get away from daytime telly!
“But we also have the chance to invite along a group of Bristol masons, one of whom entertained and educated us. Historian and author, Tony Baker, gave us a fascinating history of Bristol Freemasonry stretching back centuries.”
The Lodge of Light & Reflection meets at Avonmouth four times a year, and is one of three daytime lodges which serve the Province of Gloucestershire; the others being at Tewkesbury and Stroud. The Festive Board last week included the compulsory raffle. It raised £190, to be shared between Children’s Hospice Southwest, and St Peter’s Hospice, with which Tony’s lodge, St Vincent’s, is closely associated.
Another of those Bristol masons, who has a challenging health issue, afterwards wrote to his host, “Many, many thanks for the great visit. From the moment I stepped through the door until the time I left, your Brethren treated me to the true spirit of Masonry. Please convey my heartfelt thanks to them.”