“Learn Masonic Ritual in 100 Days” book on Amazon

Kennet Lodge prides itself on the quality of the “Ritual” performed by it’s members. It’s often noted by guests to the Lodge that it is done well to a high level, and many members have had recognition by the Province of Berkshire for their high standard.

Because the senior officers of the Lodge perform very well it inspires the younger members to work hard to maintain this standard. This of course is supplemented by an active Lodge of Instruction and supervision. This may sound like hard work (and I’d be lying to say it’s easy!) but if you’re looking to join a Lodge, you want it to be a Lodge you have pride in.

Our immediate past master knew he had to put some work in before he became Master of the Lodge for his year in the Master’s Chair. And he realised that this work needs to be structured to ensure everything that needs to be learnt is learnt. He therefore create a plan that lasted over the course of one hundred days that led up to his Installation as Master.

Following his year as Master he looked back over the plan and adjusted it – using the benefit of hindsight – to improve it further. Adding a whole sections of tips, tricks and methods to assist with the learning this was then turned into a book that is available for purchase from Amazon worldwide.

If you are in the UK you can purchase it here.

If you are outside the UK and the link doesn’t redirect you to your country’s Amazon store then just search for “100 Days to Learn Masonic Ritual”.

Although geared towards the Master Elect, it will be of benefit to anyone going through the progressive offices and needing to learn Masonic Ritual. It will then on their bookshelf ready for them to start working through the workbook section when it’s needed!

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Kennet Lodge’s Visiter from New Zealand

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Kennet Lodge 4414 welcome’s W. Bro Michael Chopping PAGDC,
Assistant District Grand Master of North Island, New Zealand.

W. Bro Michael is in the UK for the first time in 20 years visiting his cousins Keith and David.

W. Bro Michael is also part of the seven man New Zealand contingent in the UK to celebrate the Tercentenary and will be at the Royal Albert Hall on the 31st October 2017, celebrating 300 year of Masonry with the Grand Master, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent.

Twenty years ago, When W. Bro Keith Copping was in the chair of Kennet Lodge, W. Bro Michael came to the UK and brought with him Kauri timber which has come from trees which can be well over 2000 years old, this timber is native to New Zealand and now days it is protected.

Kennet Lodge ColumnsThe timber was then expertly fashioned by the Late Errol Page, a member of Kennet Lodge, into the two columns which you can see in the picture, the celestial globes which adorn the tops were donated by W. Bro Keith Chopping.

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Keith Chopping Celebrates 50 Years in Freemasonry

At Kennet Lodge’s meeting on Wednesday 26th October one of our members, Keith Chopping, celebrated his 50th anniversary of Freemasonry – to the day. He was presented with a certificate to mark this mile-stone by Nick Murzell, Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.

Keith Presented with 50 year certificate

Keith Presented with 50 year certificate

Keith was also accompanied by his brother David, who is a member of Sindlesham Lodge; which also meets at Sindlesham Masonic Centre, near Reading.

Prior to the presentation Nick summarised the last 50 years, both relating to Keith’s personal journey in Freemasonry, and what has happened in the world during those 50 years.

We’d all like to once again raise a glass to Keith for his ongoing commitment to Freemasonry, and his continuing energy and enthusiasm towards it.

Here’s the text of Nick presentation which is well worth a read:

This is what might be described as an auspicious occasion.   We are here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the initiation into Freemasonry of one of the Past Masters of this Lodge, W Bro Keith Chopping.  In order to be able to celebrate such an event, he must have entered our order at a reasonably young age.  While not at the absolute minimum age, Keith was 26 when initiated, which means he is now still quite a young man in masonic terms.  I’m not going embarrass him by telling you how old he is, I leave that to your own mental arithmetic.    W Bro Keith, just in case there are any visitors here who do not know you, or any members who have forgotten you (!), would you please stand for a moment so that you can be identified.     Thank you, please sit back down for the moment.

Keith and the members of Kennet Lodge

Keith and the members of Kennet Lodge

Brethren, W Bro Keith was initiated into this Lodge on October 26th, 1966, precisely 50 years ago to this day.  When you consider the service given by someone over such a period, the changes seen by the person concerned are significant.  Before we look at that, let us first climb into our time machine and transport ourselves back to October 1966.

As we climb out of our time machine in Reading’s Friar Street, we have to be careful not to be run over the still running Trolley buses, not due to be phased out for another two years, the unique sound and smell of steam locomotives pulling trains at the nearby station are still there, though not for long, and if we study the cars passing us we see Ford Prefects, Morris Oxfords, Austin A30’s and, that new-fangled small car, the Morris Mini Minor, (as it was then called).  The Prime Minister is Harold Wilson, in his second year of office, having displaced the Conservatives in 1964, amid much inter-party bickering.  (That’s one thing that hasn’t changed!).   The queen has been on the throne for a mere fourteen years and her youngest child, Prince Edward, is only two years old.  Her eldest son, Prince Charles, is nearing the end of his school education and has yet to become the Prince of Wales.  Speaking of Wales, the coaltip disaster at Aberfan has just happened and everyone, old and young, is reeling at the tragic loss of life.   The money in our pockets is still pounds, shillings and pence and we are still five years away from going decimal with our coinage.   A pint of beer costs between two and three shillings (ten to fifteen pence in todays money) and twenty cigarettes cost about 3/6 (that is, seventeen and a half pence).  We are still five years away from entering the Common Market or European Economic Community, having tried to enter previously and been vetoed by the French!    The Americans are still three years away from landing their first men on the moon and the Russians and Americans, bristling with nuclear weapons, are facing each other down at the height of the cold war.  On a lighter note, we are in the middle of the swinging sixties, and the greatest invention of them all is in strong evidence wherever we look.  I refer, of course, to the mini-skirt.

Keith and his brother David

Keith and his brother David

So, Keith, the world, and this country in particular, was a very different place at the time that you entered freemasonry.  In those days, Grand Lodge, whenever asked questions by the media, always answered ‘No comment’ and there was still the perception amongst the public at large, that we were a ‘secret society’ and to some people, a sinister society as well.  I used the word ‘media’ just now but that consisted of just the press in its traditional sense, together with a very early version of television and radio journalism.  So the only people who understood freemasonry were those who were either related to members or were their close friends.  Most new members were either relatives or close friends of existing members.   Masonry in Reading was at that time based at the masonic centre in Greyfriars Road.  This centre, here at Sindlesham, had yet to be purchased and it would be 1969 before the Kennet Lodge, along with the others, would relocate here.  Masonic communication in those days was by post and telephone.   We were still thirty years away from the internet and email, in their earliest implementations, becoming available, and five more years away from them coming into common use in the world and staring to appear in masonry.  I am sure many of us can remember our Lodge Secretary sending out agendas and correspondence in envelopes addressed by hand.  Agendas in those days were printed by small professional printing companies, an industry which now has virtually died out.   Speaking of technology, Keith, you would have been a mason for between twenty and twenty-five years before the mobile telephone in its earliest version began to invade our lives.

So let’s get back to you, Keith Leonard Druce Chopping.  You were initiated into Masonry on October 26th 1966.  The ceremony was conducted by your father, W Bro Leonard William Chopping.  He was actually the Master at the time of your initiation so perhaps the timing was no co-incidence!  It is always special for both father and son when Dad initiates his son.  You were passed on February 22nd 1967 and raised a year later on February 28th 1968.  You progressed through the offices and you were installed into the Chair of this Lodge in September 1977.   Like so many of us, you served again in the Chair in 1995.  Records show that for a period, there were three generations of your family in the Lodge, with your father, yourself and your son, Phillip Keith Chopping, whom was initiated in 1992.  Sadly, your Dad passed to Grand Lodge Above in 2002 and your son is no longer a member, but for a period of about 10 years, this Lodge was a family affair for you.   Your brother, David, is a Past Master of the Sindlesham Lodge and it is a pleasure to see him here tonight to help you celebrate.  You also had an uncle who was a Past Master in Lodge 8293 and a cousin in New Zealand who was also a mason.  I note that you were Exalted into the Royal Arch in the Charles Nicholl Chapter No 7318 in 1997 and served in its three Chairs in 2004 to 2006.  On looking up that Chapter I note that there are a significant number of members of this Lodge who are also members of that Chapter.  It’s interesting that you were a Mason for 31 years before you took the step of being exalted into the Royal Arch but perhaps there is a story there.

In the Craft Province of Berkshire, you received your first Provincial appointment in 1984 with the rank of Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer.  In 1993 you were promoted to Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon and in 2002 you received the rank of Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works.  Further promotion followed in 2009 with the rank of Past Provincial Grand Registrar.  This year, last month, you were promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden, a fitting recognition of your long service to Masonry in general and this Lodge in particular.   In the Royal Arch you received the rank of Provincial Grand Steward in 2009.

Within the Lodge you served as Chaplain from 1999 until 2009.  More interestingly, you are known for your presentation at each Installation meeting of the traditional Address to the Brethren.  This is a special extension to the regular address and I understand it was laid down by one of the Lodge Founders, a W Bro Pugh, and has been in use ever since.  The Lodge has been granted a special dispensation to continue to use it.

Brethren, service to Lodges and to masonry is about commitment and involvement.   I think we have seen both those qualities in ample quantities in W Bro Keith.   As I mentioned earlier, in his fifty years as a Mason he has seen massive change both within and outside our Order.  In his slightly longer time in life he will have seen even greater change.  W Bro Keith we wish you many more years to continue that process.

And now, on behalf of the Province of Berkshire, I am delighted and privileged to present you with this Certificate, on behalf of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, to mark your fifty years in Masonry and in the Kennet Lodge in particular.

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Kennet Lodge Ladies Night 2016

Kennet Lodge Ladies Night 2016

Kennet Lodge Ladies Night on Saturday 23rd April 2016

Helen and Robert's Ladies NightOn Saturday 23rd April members of Kennet Lodge (and their any guests!) descended onto Sand Martins Golf Club near Wokingham for our annual Ladies Night event.

This was our first Ladies Night at this venue and it I for one was very impressed by the food (I had duck salad and lamb shank). Not only did the meat fall off the bone, the portion sizes were very generous too!

Ladies Night TablesWe started the evening with drinks, a great opportunity to speak to friends and meet the family of other Lodge members; before sitting for the meal. Speeches and toasts were kept to the minimum, though I did (as current Master of the Lodge) give a short talk; which was followed by my wife who also read a poem.

After a teas and coffees were served we had a short break before commencing with the entertainment. This started with a raffle (the star prize being a bottle of Scotch – it must have been a good one because it was in its own cardboard tube!)

Blobbie Williams at Ladies Night 2016Next I performed a short mind-reading cabaret (by trade I’m a professional magician), before introducing the headline act for the evening: Blobbie Williams!

Blobbie Williams (aka Tony James) has a fantastic comedy/parody/tribute act featuring the songs and music of Robbie Williams. But this wasn’t the usual tribute act, but full of comedy and interaction. Not only were people up on the dance-floor bopping away, but we even had members of the audience re-uniting the super-group “Take Fat”!

I’ve had some great feedback from those that attended; and although it wasn’t the traditional Ladies Night members may have expected, it was a fun night that they’ll remember and talk about long afterwards.

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Next meeting on Wednesday 23rd March

Kennet Lodge’s next meeting is on Wednesday 23rd March at Sindlesham Masonic Centre (near Reading, Berkshire) and starts at 5:30pm. The meeting will be a Third Degree ceremony for our newest member Chris.

If you haven’t heard the In The Chair Masonic Podcast (presented and hosted by the current Master of Kennet Lodge) then check out episode 26 where Chris discusses how he’s been finding the last six months of being a Mason.

If you would like to visit Kennet Lodge please email secretary@berkshire-masons.co.uk and we’ll forward you a Summons with all the details, as well as the details regarding the Festive Board afterwards.

This meeting is only open for those who are already Master Masons; however, if you’d like to become a Master Mason yourself please fill in the short form on the right hand side of this page and we’ll email you over some further information.

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Ladies Night in April

Kennet Lodge are having our annual Ladies Night on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at Sand Martins Golf Club, near Wokingham, Berkshire.

Ladies NightThe food at Sand Martins is great, and it’s a great venue. We have some fantastic entertainment lined up too (which will be a surprise on the night!)

If you would like to come please email secretary@berkshire-masons.co.uk for more details.

Please note that space is limited at Sand Martins and ticket sales are already quite healthy, so please don’t wait until the last minute and find out it’s sold out!

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Kennet Lodge Christmas Party at The Winning Hand

On Saturday 19th December the Brethren of Kennet Lodge, their friends, family and guests had got together at The Winning Hand in Padworth (near Reading) for the annual Kennet Lodge Christmas party.

Not only is this a fun night with food and music, but it also raises funds for what we term the “Lodge Widows”. These are the widows of past members of Kennet Lodge, and they are invited to attend the meal, as well as receiving a gift voucher from the Lodge.

The annual Christmas Dinner is obviously a great social event and allows the wives and partners to also socialise with each other. Once the dinner has been eaten we like to have a small carol service. It’s usually lead by an organist, but this year it was lead by the WM’s wife and mother-in-law (who sing and run a local choir).

You can listen to the highlights of the Kennet Lodge Christmas Dinner on the 19th episode of “In The Chair” Masonic Podcast: www.masonicpodcast.com/itc-19-chair-masonic-podcast-christmas-party-edition

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Tony Robinson visits the United Grand Lodge of England

Tony Robinson is in this short film where he visits Freemasons Hall in London to undercover some of the secrets and myths of Freemasonry – and uncovers it may not be as exciting has he had hoped!

If you too are interested in visiting the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England, including a look around the museum, library and tour around the building (including the main Lodge room) then check out the website for more information: www.ugle.org.uk. Best of all, you can visit for free!

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Welcome to Kennet Lodge’s website

Hi there,

Also this website has been around for a couple of years it had a face lift over the summer of 2015, and is currently undergoing a few touch-ups to make it more user friendly. This includes contact forms and as well as a Frequently Asked Questions section.

And also this news/blog section.

If you have any questions or suggestions please let us know: info@berkshire-masons.co.uk.

Thank for looking, Robert

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