Scheme President, Sir David Wootton Addresses the Conference
As one of the newest Lodges to be appointed to the UGLE University Scheme 4 members from Saint Padarn Lodge attended the scheme conference on the 16th November at Cheshire View which is home to many Lodges and Chapters of Cheshire Freemasonry.
After an early start from Aberystwyth we were among the first to arrive at a very well organised and busy conference agenda which saw 170 delegates and 40 Lodges represented.
The day included a multiple candidate 3rd degree ceremony demonstration, how to do social media, student engagement, how to do finance, promoting masonic learning and Solomon and more. We split up and did our best to attend as many of the workshops as possible with all taking something away from a very informative day.
Our biggest surprise and honour came very early in the day when the Assistant Grand Master Sir David Wootton mentioned Saint Padarn Lodge in his opening speech as one of the new lodges on the Universities Scheme and that he planned to visit our installation on the 15th October 2020.
The 16th November 2019 saw 4 members of Saint Padarn Lodge make another daily advancement in masonic knowledge thanks to the UGLE University Scheme, Cheshire Provincial Grand Lodge and everyone involved in the organisation of a very fine conference in beautiful settings.
By W Bro Ian Brodie
The Provincial Grand Master Drops By
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro James Ross paid an unannounced visit to Saint Padarn Lodge to hear all about the University Scheme Conference and got more than he bargained for when he discovered that the Lodge had invited all their prospective candidates (yes there really are 8 of them) to the Festive Board. RW Bro James was very pleased to be able to spend a little time finding out about them all and wished them well on their masonic journey.
RW Bro James said: "I am delighted to see that the University Scheme is having such a positive impact on Saint Padarn Lodge. I look forward to attending some ceremonies in the New Year.
In the centre of the photo is W Bro Chris Samuel, WM of Saint Padarn Lodge. He very kindly let the PGM appear in the photo with the candidates, providing he stayed in the background!!