Masonic Light Lecture in Area 1 – “The Secrets of the Master Masons Degree” – 14th September 2018

Lecture: “The Secrets of the Master Masons Degree.” Adapted from original presentations by Bro Dr. Robert Lomas

Date: Friday 14th September 2018

Venue: Hoyle Court, Baildon, BD17 6JS

Parking: On Site

Host: Eccleshill Faith & Fraternity Lodge No.1034

Format: Regular Lodge Meeting

Start Time: 6.30pm

Dress Code: Regalia, Dark Suit & White Gloves

Meal Cost: TBC

For Bookings information please see the Poster attached.

Any questions regarding the lecture should be directed to the Central Area ML Assistant email:

A1-ML-14-09-2018-Master Masons-EFF-1034

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Hugely Successful Area 1 Masonic Light Launch

Wednesday 14th of March saw the very successful launch of the Masonic Light educational and enlightenment programme in Area 1, hosted by the Lodge of St.Peter & Harmony 600 at Hoyle Court, Baildon. The launch event was very well attended with over 70 Freemasons in attendance, mostly from Area 1 lodges.

The Masonic Light programme was introduced by W.Bro. Tim Brooksbank, Area 1 Masonic Light Leader, who also introduced his team of very able Assistants, consisting of W.Bro. Richard Emmott (Keighley, Haworth, Bingley), W.Bro. Mark Sheldon (Bradford), W.Bro. Adrian Collins (Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, Dewsbury, Mirfield, W.Bro. Martin Hanson (Baildon) and W.Bro. Simon Buckingham (Communications). The Assistants will take care of all event bookings throughout Area 1 as well as event publicity, attendance and proactive promotion of Masonic Light education.

Masonic Light is designed primarily to explain to newer members about the meanings of our symbolism, rituals and traditions, however this is equally enlightening to more senior time-served members who invariably will learn something new. Everyone can gain better understanding of why we really do what we do. Through understanding, Masonic Light improves retention, engagement and attendance of members as well as generating the kind of enthusiasm which leads members to want to invite their friends and colleagues to join. As a side-effect Masonic Light also instils the concept of visiting into the minds of newer members by encouraging to attend organised Masonic Light events at other lodges near to them so they broaden their network of Masonic friends.

W.Bro. Tim Brooksbank then proceeded to deliver the first of six Masonic Light presentations entitled “An Explanation of the Secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree” which despite being quite a long lecture engaged the attention of everyone present for a considerable period of time. Tim didn’t see anyone fall asleep during a presentation which lasted nearly an hour!

At the end of the presentation Bro. Dr. Robert Lomas who originally researched the material for the Masonic Light programme joined W.Bro. Brooksbank to answer questions from the audience and W.Bro.Peter Smith, Masonic Light Manager explained about supporting materials for the Masonic Light programme and also explained about Light Nuggets which are brief presentations designed for lodges to deliver themselves, either in open lodge or on practice or junior presentation nights. Tim was very pleased to be able to take a step back from speaking at this point having almost completely lost his voice by this time; he had been unable to speak at all earlier that morning due to a heavy cold and delivered the presentation in his best “heavy metal rock singer” voice rather than his usual booming speaking manner. Next step, may be an audition for AC/DC…

The meeting closed and was followed by a very enjoyable Old English Night. Afterwards the Area 1 Masonic Light team was thrilled to be asked by so many lodges if they host a Masonic Light event in their own lodge, with many attendees commenting this was the most useful, interesting and best presented lecture they’d seen in their entire Masonic career, this being said even by members with 50+ years service to Freemasonry.

Masonic Light Presentations available for Area 1 are:

  • An Explanation of the Secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree
  • An Explanation of the Secrets of the Fellowcraft Degree
  • An Explanation of the Secrets of the Master Mason Degree
  • Basic Masonic Symbolism and the Six Tracing Boards
  • All the Working Tools of a Master Mason
  • So You Think You Want to Become a Freemason?
  • – this final presentation is designed to be given to non-Masons at gavel nights, afterlodge and social events.
    Currently Area 1 has a further 11 Masonic Light events booked between now and Summer 2019 recess. The target is to deliver at least 20 presentations within that period so if you would like to host an event or just want to know more please visit our dedicated Masonic Light website or email or call Tim on 07789 981463.

    Masonic Light Area 1 Launch. Pictured from left to right: W.Bro.Martin Hanson, W.Bro.Mark Sheldon, W.Bro.Adrian Collins, W.Bro.Tim Brooksbank, Bro.Dr.Robert Lomas, W.Bro.Richard Emmott, W.Bro.Simon Buckingham

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    Area 1 Launch of the Masonic Light Programme

    Masonic Light will be launching in Area 1 on Wednesday 14th March.

    This important event will be hosted by St.Peter & Harmony 600, 6.30pm start.

    Masonic Light is a series of lectures and presentations which better explain the symbolism, ritual and workings of our ceremonies to promote a deeper understanding of why we do what we do and what it’s really all about. It was developed originally by Bro. Dr. Robert Lomas and has been extremely well received, particularly in Areas 3 and 5.

    The lecture about the secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree will be presented by Tim Brooksbank. This is a really enlightening lecture for everyone, especially Entered Apprentices but also more experienced Masons too.

    Further information will be provided to all Area 1 Lodges in the next few weeks. If you’re from an Area 1 lodge please put this in your diary and ensure wherever possible your newer members attend plus as many of your experienced members as would like to be there. Visitors from other areas are of course very welcome too!

    Any immediate queries should be made to Tim Brooksbank, email or telephone 07789 981463.

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    The Internationally Renowned Writer and Masonic Historian

    Bro. Dr Robert Lomas

    Will be delivering a talk entitled

    “The Secrets of the Second Degree”

    See the poster for more detail and booking information:


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    This talk is especially for newer MM Brethren – but no matter how long it has been since your Raising you will find it fascinating, enjoyable and thought provoking – all Brethren above the rank of FC are welcome!

    The talk will be followed by a short question & answer session and will be held at:

    Vale of Nidd Lodge, Pateley Bridge
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    Please see the flyer below for booking details:

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    Please see the flyer below for more details:


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    We are pleased to inform you that a NEW batch of lectures have just been released to the Provincial Lectures Lists. There are now

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    Brethren, the MASONIC LIGHT program is to be introduced into Area 2 on 11th April 2017 at the Masonic Rooms, Brighouse, at 7.00pm.


    MASONIC LIGHT is a program which provides the opportunity for all of our Brethren to gain a better understanding of the rituals and the meaning of Freemasonry. It has been developed as a trial in Area 5 and recently also launched in Area 3.

    This first meeting will consist of a presentation, the first in the series, to be given by Bro Dr Robert Lomas and entitled

    “The Secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree, The Long and the Short of it”.

    This will be followed by questions and answers and a discussion on any topic that you may wish to ask about.

    The evening is open to all Masons from Entered Apprentice upwards.

    Dress code is casual, jeans are acceptable as are shirt and tie. This is meant to be a relaxed atmosphere.

    The bar will be open and there will be pie and peas afterwards at a nominal price of £5. There will also be a vegetarian option. THE CLOSING DATE FOR FOOD BOOKINGS IS 6th APRIL 2017

    If you wish to attend please contact Ken Hill on 07752 269861 or Arthur Wainwright on 07712155927 or E-mail

    The launch of MASONIC LIGHT is fully supported by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Area 2, W.Bro John Gledhill. It should be an excellent night and well worth participating in.

    At the end of the evening, further details will be provided on how the program is going to ‘Roll-out’ throughout the Area.

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