Into the chair

By 7.00pm this evening I should have been Installed as Worshipful Master of my Mother Lodge, The Grove Park Lodge No.2732, for the second time.

The out-going Worshipful Master is a wargamer – as is the Director of Ceremonies – and one of my guests is also a wargamer and a Freemason.

I know that there are quite a few of my regular blog readers who are also wargaming Freemasons, and it set me wondering if we might all meet at some point in the future. There are other Masonic groups in existence where the members share a common interest outside The Craft. Most Provinces have their own Golf Society, some have groups of anglers and clay pigeon shooters, and there are – of course – the ‘Sons of the Widow’ Masonic motorcyclists. These groups all raise money for charity … and it struck me that perhaps we could do something similar.

This is something that I can give some thought to during my time in the Chair. In the meantime, if any of my regular blog readers are interested in doing something like this, perhaps they could let me know.


8 Comments on “Into the chair”

  1. Jim Duncan says:

    Congratulations and good luck with your charitable endeavour.

  2. Jim Duncan,

    Thanks! It was a great meeting and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

    I'm not sure if anything will come of my idea to run a wargame – or wargames – to raise money for charity … but I hope that it will.

    All the best,


  3. guy says:

    V many congratulations Bob. You are truly a glutton for punishment. Thankfully I have only ever done one year in the chair of my lodge (we have rarely had WM's going through twice)although I have done 4 years as Z in my chapter but that is only because my chapter has so few members we are forced to multi task and repeat. I'm now secretary and SE trying to run them both.

    Lodges with common interests seem to be the way forward in Berkshire. In recent years they have set them up for those associated with scouts, motorbikes, the military, country sports and they are talking about one for service clubs such as Rotary and Roundtable. Never met a masonic wargamer so far in Berkshire!

    If you are ever able to travel to Windsor, you would be more than welcome at any meeting.


  4. Guy,

    I am told that second time around one has time to enjoy oneself … and that is exactly what I am going to do!

    I will actually be attending a meeting in Berkshire in the near future. I have been asked to present a lecture about Freemasonry in the British Army to the Combined Services Lodge (No.9900) on 1st June. The Lodge is a very new one (it was Consecrated on 11th November 2014) and it will be an great honour for me to attend only its second regular meeting. Perhaps you could get yourself invited to the meeting? If so, it would be nice to be able to put a face to the name.



  5. sounds like a good idea brother, I may be moving back to Canada next year, so I will see which lodge I could rejoin, as Ive heard my old one may have folded

  6. Irishhighlander,

    If I can bring two of my hobbies together so that I can help raise money for charity, it cannot be a bad thing can it?

    I hope that your old Lodge has not handed its warrant in and you can rejoin it … but if it has, I am sure that you will have little trouble finding another that you can join.

    All the best,


  7. guy says:

    Now that is a huge shame. Regretfully Monday evenings are a bit of a problem for me. I'm learning Spanish at night school and I have reached the dizzy heights of the lower intermediary class. The lessons take place on Monday and we are in the middle of some assessments which will then allow us to carry on next year so I dare not miss it.

    I'm sure you will have a great time at Sindlesham which is the Berkshire HQ just south of Reading. I v good mate called Rod Bancroft is in the chair.


  8. Guy,

    It is a pity that you won't be able to attend the meeting, but advancing your personal knowledge is just as important … and I hope that you do well in your assessments.

    I have been to Sindlesham a couple of times before, and thought that it was an excellent Masonic centre. My contact in the Lodge is the Secretary, Paul Thomsett (I met him ten years ago whilst on a cruise and we have kept in touch ever since … and he was at my Installation on Wednesday). I will certainly mention to the WM that I know you when we meet.

    All the best,


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