Freemasons “Reel In” New Members With Creation Of Lodge For Country Pursuits Lovers
Freemasons will be looking to “reel in” new members when a lodge for country pursuits lovers is launched.
The dedication of St Hubertus Lodge on November 3 will see field sports followers joining the ranks of football and rugby fans, who already have their own the dedicated lodges.
The United Grand Lodge of England – which next year celebrates its 300th anniversary – has sanctioned the formation of St Hubertus Lodge (No 9934), and its first meeting is being held in Castle Grove Masonic Hall, in Headingly, Leeds.
Named after the patron saint of hunters, the event will see Freemasons from all over the country traveling to West Yorkshire to attend the consecration ceremony.
Unlike the majority of lodges throughout the country which meet in one building – or lodge room – and usually in the morning, this lodge will move around the country and hold its ceremonies in the afternoon, giving the members chance to travel to and from the meeting.
St Hubertus Lodge is the brain child of Craig Kidd, pictured above and a paramedic from Kellington, who is a qualified deer manager and stalker. He is also a life member of the British Deer Society and its medical training manager
W.Bro Kidd, who is a Freemason of 19 years, said: “St Hubertus is a lodge for those who love all types of country pursuits, be it shooting, fishing, horse riding, rambling, deer stalking or bird watching.
“The idea for St Hubertus Lodge came whilst I was on a clay pigeon shoot organized by own lodge, De Lacy Lodge. I thought what a great way of getting like-minded people together.
“I spoke to a few other Freemasons with common interests, and, three years later, the result is St Hubertus Lodge.
“We already have 59 founders and seven joining members from all over the country, and it will be my honour and privilege to be its first Master.”
He added: “Yorkshire is home to a large number of game and country fairs, and Harrogate is home to one of the largest in the country, the Great Yorkshire Show.
“It’s our aim to have representatives at a good number, where we will already have a common connection, and talk to them about Freemasonry, its ethos, aims and its charitable work.”
Rt W Bro David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – who will be leading November’s consecration ceremony – said: “Freemasonry is as relevant today as it was when the first united grand lodge was formed 300 years ago, and the creation of St Hubertus Lodge is living proof.
“The fraternity attracts likeminded men and St Hubertus Lodge is for those who enjoy a wide range of country pursuits.
“A few years ago Rugby Football Lodge was formed here in our Province, in Huddersfield, and just recently Football Lodge was consecrated in Hampshire. All these are proving to be very popular, and I am confident St Hubertus Lodge will prove just as successful.”