The PGM Opens The Conference
The time is 8-30am on Saturday the 19th March. The Education and Development Committee members are arriving at Salford Masonic Hall to prepare for the 8th “Let’s Talk Masonry Conference”. By 9-15 the delegates are completing their registration and, with their morning coffee in hand, set about meeting old and new friends.
The conference this year had the title “Freemasonry – The Past, The Present and The Future”. The Conference always attracts notable Masonic speakers of national and international standard, who share their knowledge and experience whilst interacting with their audience. Two were Past Masters of Quatuor Coronati Lodge of London. The world’s premier Lodge of Masonic Research.
The first speaker was WBro. John Acaster, also a Past Master of the Manchester Lodge of Masonic Research, who delivered his views of Masonry – The Past and, as with all the conference talks, finished with Q & A allowing everyone a chance to air their opinions.
The second speaker, WBro. Tony Baker, a retired consultant vascular and general surgeon from Bristol and also a PM of Quatuor Coronati Lodge, who delivered his brief on Masonry – The Present. Again followed by a Q & A session.
The third speaker, flying in from Dublin for the day, was WBro. Padraig (Paddy) Belton, a foreign affairs journalist, who expressed his views as to the future of Masonry in the same manner as the earlier speakers.
Following lunch, the delegate were divided into five groups and given a short set of questions based on the topics’ of the day, where they could communicate their views and suggestions. They elected a group representative who had the task of collating their ideas and would deliver their answers to the whole delegation as the day was nearing its closure.
WBro. Chris Powell, a musicologist, supervised 13 colleges in the University of Cambridge before moving to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, chaired the Summing-up and Open Q & A Session where the delegates had the opportunity to address questions to all three plenary speakers taking part in an open discussion.
There were many interesting questions asked and suggestions as to how Freemasonry could change to suit the needs of its present members without losing its traditions in the process.
As the day came to an end, and on completion of a short questionnaire asking for their views of the day, each was given a copy of the main speakers lecture.
Next year will be the 9th Conference with the date to be notified.
Watch for the date! It’s too good to miss
Link to the Education & Development Committee Web Site HERE