The Swan of Avon Lodge, No. 2133 - Stratford-upon-Avon

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The Master and his Wardens for the 2017/18

 

Dear Brethren and visitors,

Like the Immediate Past Master, W.Bro. Peter Woolley, I started my Masonic journey just five years ago, in 2012 and my ‘journey’ through the various roles in the Lodge has been challenging but also very enjoyable. My election as Master, for the 2017/18 year came as something of a surprise but I have been overwhelmed by the groundswell of support from both experienced Brethren and those new to Freemasonry in our Lodge. Indeed, I am very grateful and humbled by the support from everyone and trust that the coming year will be both an enjoyable and challenging one. For what is life, without its challenges, which test our mettle and forge a spirit of collaboration within the Lodge.

Reflecting on my Installation, on 7 February 2017, is a bit like watching snatches from an old movie. Segments are remembered in great colour and vividness whilst other parts are a blur and I find myself thinking “was that me?; did I really experience that?”. Wrapped around the whole evening however, is a sense of great warmth and support from the Brethren who attended; something which will stay with me for the rest of my life.

My chosen charity for the coming year is ‘Refuge’ which supports more than 4,600 women, children and men on any given day who are experiencing domestic violence. This is achieved through a range of services including provision of refuge, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services. The organisation, which through necessity operates ‘under the radar’, provides life saving and life changing support and is one which I am proud to be able to support in a practical way during my year as Master.

More details about their life saving work can be found at https://www.refuge.org.uk

The coming year is going to be a challenging one, both for myself and for the Lodge, as we adapt to ever present change. New members will join the Brethren whilst others, their work done, will be content to observe the Lodge grow from strength to strength. Underpinning everything we do in the coming year, I hope there will be a sense of friendship, enjoyment and purposeful activity. If you have the opportunity, please come and visit us; you will be made very welcome. 

W.Bro. Graham Hollowell

 

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