Sunday, 30 August 2015

Talk at Dormer Lodge on the 8th January 2016 by Dr David Harrison

I will be giving a talk to Dormer Lodge on the 8th of January, 2016 on the topic of famous Freemasons. This will be the second time I'll be visiting Dormer, which is a great vibrant lodge and a pleasure to visit. The lodge meets at the Masonic Hall in Birkenhead, and I particularly enjoy visiting as the lodge working is slightly different to my own; the opening and closing of the lodge is longer and their use of tracing boards is particularly interesting, the lodge using smaller versions, propping them against the Junior Warden's pedistal instead of the centre of the lodge. The lodge room is also covered in shiny black and white tiles, being an interesting change as on the whole, a smaller carpet is usually the norm in English and Welsh lodges.

Birkenhead is still a lively centre for Freemasonry, and like its neighbouring port Liverpool, has lodges that practice the Bottomley Ritual, which is unique to the Merseyside area, an area rich in maritime history. It will be a pleasure to return to Dormer Lodge and I'm looking forward to giving the talk.

Birkenhead Masonic Hall

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