MACCLESFIELD TOWN MAYOR, Councillor Liz Durham was one of 40 guests and members attending the Old Castle Lodge 4646 white table social board on Wednesday 3 Feb 2016 at Oakleigh House, Riseley St. Macclesfield.
The visitors, men and women, were treated to an explanation of members’ roles and their jewels of office whilst sat in full regalia in their formal places in the Masonic Lodge room. There was also an explanation of Freemasonry and some searching questions from the ladies present which were expertly handled by experienced masons WBro Tony Costello PAGDC and WBro Roger Hordley PProvSGD.
Freemasonry can be different things to different people ; meeting like-minded people and making new friends, watching or acting in ceremonies, helping deserving causes, delving into history or a mixture of all . It is a multi-faceted hobby which can develop an individual through a series of 2-part plays which in turn promote integrity, honesty, spirituality and fairness.
The mysteries often referred to as masonic secrets, were not revealed but refer to the modes of recognition used to recognise each other in Masonic circles and how ancient stonemasons used to know each other. Freemasonry is one of the oldest fraternal organisations with many famous people being members like Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Isaac Newton and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Questions from visitors asked about women in freemasonry, what does the church think of freemasonry and the variety of regalia worn.
Cllr Liz Durham is the first Mayor of the new Macclesfield Town Council and is working hard establishing the constitution and structure of the council She is also identifying opportunities to help local citizens through the Community Grants Scheme which is funding the Barnaby Festival, Victoria Park, Arts in the Town and Macclesfield Pioneering Women. Cllr Durham is holding a Mayors Charity Ball on 27 February 2016