While in the UK visiting family and friends, and following the All Blacks, I made contact with a Lodge located in Maidstone, Kent.
The Lodge season was just beginning and i was fortunate to attend the installation of Bearsted Lodge no. 6069
On entering the building, I was asked a serious of qualifying questions and then introduced to a number of the Brethren. We were admitted to the Lodge room and the nights events then proceeded. The number of differances in the ceremony was of particular interest.
Bearsted Lodge is located in the Maidstone Masonic Centre. This is a modern centre with a number of rooms including practice rooms and a dedicated dining area. A main Drinks Bar was also a feature which was well used by attendees
I was made extremely welcomed and looked after by the Lodge including transport back to my accomodation. A number of Bearsted members expect to visit NZ in the future, which i will most happliy return their hospitality.
While very nervous about initially contacting the Lodge, my visit was a highlight of the trip. To make a connection with members and share the camaraderie of the evening was a true joy.
Should you be away on holiday, I highly recommend visiting a Lodge.