Provincial Grand Lodge Of Gloucestershire

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In the heart of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, stands The Operative Masons Lodge 9044, a Masonic lodge that distinguishes itself from its contemporaries through a deep-rooted commitment to the venerable craft of stonemasonry. This unique brotherhood comprises active stonemasons dedicated to the hands-on preservation of their ancient trade.

Unlike many modern lodges focusing primarily on symbolic teachings, The Operative Masons Lodge harnesses centuries-old tools and techniques to construct stunning architectural works from solid stone. The air around them vibrates with the sounds of chisels and mallets as these master craftsmen turn raw materials into intricately carved masterpieces designed to stand the test of time.

At the core of The Operative Masons Lodge, 9044, is a profound dedication to preserving these time-honoured traditions— esteemed members of the lodge, W.Bro Roger Williams and Bro. Patrick Rowland recently demonstrated its commitment to fostering new talent in the field by awarding students of Bath Masonry College tutored by Paul Maggs with a few Masonry Books and the most outstanding student, Charlotte, with a bespoke bag of tools. This act of generosity is emblematic of the lodge’s dedication to nurturing future generations of stonemasons.

Beyond their educational endeavours, the brothers of The Operative Masons are equally committed to charitable efforts within their local community. Through various initiatives, from grassroots projects to supporting established charitable organisations, they embody the Masonic values of benevolence and community service.

The lodge thrives on a solid fraternal bond among its members. Seasoned masons mentor their less experienced brethren, imparting their technical expertise and the moral virtues that have been the cornerstone of stonemasonry for centuries. This mentorship fosters a true sense of brotherhood within the lodge.

The Operative Masons Lodge 9044 is a testament to the enduring relevance of the ancient art of stonemasonry, married seamlessly with the noble Masonic tradition of charity. As custodians of both tangible and intangible legacies, the members of this lodge secure their esteemed place in the annals of the modern world.

We thank Ian Tancred for this article

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The Operative Masons Lodge 9044
In Stone