Glen Innes Masonic lodge lifts the veil of mystery

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THE Glen Innes Masonic Lodge opened up its doors to the public recently, lifting the veil on myths and mysteries that have been perpetuated for years. CRAIG THOMSON Reports….


Glen Innes Masonic Lodge Director of Ceremonies Ross Haron

Glen Innes Masonic Lodge Director of Ceremonies Ross Haron

Walking into the grand old building that is the Glen Innes Masonic Lodge one is struck with not only how well it has been constructed but by how majestic the structure is.

I am given a guided tour of the lodge by Masonic Lodge Director of Ceremonies Ross Haron and he proves to be a very knowledgeable host.

“Up until a few years ago members of the public did not get access to the lodge or get to see how things worked,” he said.

“However, there is now a conscious effort being made to promote Masonry and demystify it and to make it available to the public and to tell people what we do, because we are proud of what we do and how we contribute to the local community.

“In the past some of the secrecy behind Masonry has been counterproductive and there were various reasons for that secrecy, but over the last 10 to 15 years we have tried to be more open and proactive in terms of promoting the good work that Mason’s do.”

The Freemasons contribute to the Glen Innes community by doing charity work and helping individuals and organisations where they can.

“We try to focus on charitable work that stays in the town, we have given money to the Rural Fire Service, we have raised money for the leukaemia foundation, we’ve raised money for the local scouts and we are also able to facilitate grants through Masonic charities,” Mr Haron said.

“We particularly like to support local young people and the disadvantaged, it is a very large fraternal charitable organisation and its origins go back to ancient times.”

Mr Haron said the origins of Masonry go back to biblical times to the building of King Solomon’s temple.

“Back in those times Stonemason’s were skilled craftsmen who built the great buildings of Europe, and a lot of our present teachings and some of the secrets that everyone asks about such as handshakes and secret words to identify Masons, go back to those times when operative Mason’s had to prove to others their bona fides,” he said.

“Those handshakes and certain other secrets was how they proved they were who they said they were and that they had the skills they said they had.

“Trade secrets go back to those times and Masons, now there are still some things that we vow to keep secret, they are not ground-breaking, nor would they be important to anyone else, they are just symbolic, they  are just ways of proving that a Mason can be trustworthy and keeping those secrets are ways of proving that.”

Mr Haron said that evenings like their open night are all about letting the public see that nothing scary goes on within the building and that they are not a religious organisation.

“We are not a religious organisation, we have no theology, although Mason’s must believe in God,” he said.

“But, that God can be any God, we have Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others religions well represented in Masonic lodges; we do not discuss religion at our meetings.

“Mason’s don’t rank one religion above any other.”

Mr Haron is also keen to dispel any myths that popular novelists like Dan Brown try to preserve such as drinking wine from a skull to become a ranking Freemason.

“Traditionally Masons don’t recruit members, we simply accept those who approach us of their own free will,” he said.

“Masonry has a lot going for it; it allows people to grow to develop skills in public speaking and gives them an avenue to contribute to the community via charitable works.

“The stuff that people read in Dan Brown novels is fiction, but we know that people are naturally curious about what we do, and by opening up our doors, letting people know that our secret handshakes and words and such are not sinister, we can break down barriers and by gaining new members we can continue the good work that we do long into the future.”

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Glen Innes Masonic Lodge 44 Installation

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Glen Innes Masonic Lodge 44 Installation

When: Saturday 13th February 2016

Time: From 4.00pm

Where: Glen Innes Masonic Lodge, 126 Church Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

The Ladies will meet for afternoon tea and activities at the Lodge Hall.

Following the Installation meeting, a dinner Banquet will commence from 7.30pm.

Tickets $30.00p.p.

RSVP for Ladies afternoon tea: Christl

RSVP for Dinner: Col Lute


Picnic in the Park Ladies Lunch

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Standing Stones Nov 2008“Picnic in the Park” Ladies Lunch

 When: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Where: The Standing Stones, Glen Innes NSW 2370 (map)

The Glen Innes Masonic Ladies Group will be seeing the year in with a Picnic at the Standing Stones in Glen Innes from 12.30pm. Please bring a plate to share, pinic blanket or chairs. This event is no charge. Coffee and Tea can be purchased from Crofters Cottage. RSVP: Christl 0414 232 539

Deepwater Races

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Deepwater Races _ Glen Innes Events

Deepwater Races Soft Drink and Water Stall Fundraiser

When: Saturday, January 16, 2016

Time: 11am – 9pm

Where: Deepwater Racetrack, NSW 2371, Australia (map)

 The Men will be selling soft drinks and water at the Deepwater Races as a fundraiser.

All invited to assist!

Ladies Welcome – Please BYO plate to share and “dress to impress” !