Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.


Oct. 2019

Vespasian Lodge passes Universities Scheme candidate.

Chris Wilmoth, a Universities Scheme candidate and member of London Haven Lodge, was Passed to the Second Degree in an impressive ceremony at the Vespasian Lodge.

Chris, together with members of London Haven, was welcomed to Vespasian Lodge by the Master, Robert Fletcher. The Passing ceremony was ably carried out by Steve Spender, the Immediate Past Master.

Tradition and continuity are two of the values which characterise the relationship between Freemasonry and universities. It was nearly 200 years ago that the first university Lodge, Apollo University Lodge, was founded at Oxford, with Isaac Newton University Lodge following soon afterwards at Cambridge. Since then many thousands of young men have been introduced to Freemasonry through these two Lodges, and they provided the inspiration for the Universities Scheme. This was set up at the beginning of 2005 with the objective: 'To establish and/or enhance arrangements and opportunities for undergraduates and other university members to enjoy Freemasonry'.

There are now 85 other Lodges pursuing a similar, yet distinct, course. Their membership consists of undergraduates, postgraduates, senior members of the university and alumni, ranging in age from 18 upwards. All under-25s benefit from the recent decision by Grand Lodge to halve their dues in order to make Freemasonry as accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

London Haven is our United Grand Lodge of England Universities Scheme Lodge here in Dorset Freemasonry

Photograph shows (l-r):
Ted Bishop of London Haven Lodge, Robert Fletcher, Master of Vespasian Lodge, Chris Wilmoth, Steve Spender


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