Urmston Masonic Hall opened its doors to the public with an effort to convey hospitality, explanation and general openness to both Masonic and non-Masonic enquirers.
In fact, enquiries were also welcome from unattached past members from other areas having either now moved into the local area or that their circumstances changed enabling them to consider re-joining a lodge meeting at Urmston.
South Eastern Group Membership Officer Ezra McGowan, ably assisted by other lodge members and other attendees including Neil Ward, Provincial Group Membership Officer, group officers and recent entered apprentice Wayne Devlin who were more than pleased to assist with enquiries.
Those who attended were given guided tours of areas of the building along with explanations about Freemasonry, its personal advantages with respect to making a good person better and of course the social development side with family inclusion.
Prior to the weekend event, Ezra had personally arranged and delivered in excess of 5,000 leaflets throughout the local areas, an effort of which clearly proved to be a very successful exercise.
There was a pleasant turn out of individuals including ladies who wanted to enquire about Freemasonry for ladies.
Ezra directed a good number of enquiries to lodges meeting at Urmston and some enquirers have already been introduced to those respective lodges for further progress in joining.
As a result of the weekend event the local Messenger newspaper had given a press release which had the effect of producing other enquiries back to the group.
Ezra had indicated that due to the success of the Urmston initiative, his next Masonic enlightenment objective would be aimed at South Eastern Group of lodges meeting place, The Grange Club Masonic Hall in Edgeley, Stockport.
Article and photography by Eddie Wilkinson.