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Seven Candidates, Two Ceremonies, One Lodge Meeting…

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Monday, 18th January 2016 saw the Passing of two candidates to the 2nd Degree and the Initiation of an impressive FIVE candidates into Freemasonry. The candidates were a mixture of local gentlemen, and students who approached the Lodge through the UGLE Universities Scheme. It would be tempting to describe such an occasion as unique but it is becoming increasingly commonplace for Singleton Lodge which has been regularly carrying out multiple ceremonies with multiple candidates since joining the Universities Scheme back in 2008. (more…)

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Universities Scheme

Tradition and continuity are two of the values which characterise the relationship between Freemasonry and universities. It was nearly 200 years ago that the first university Lodge, Apollo University Lodge, was founded at Oxford, with Isaac Newton University Lodge following soon afterwards at Cambridge. Since then many thousands of young men have been introduced to Freemasonry through these two Lodges, and they provided the inspiration for the Universities Scheme. This was set up at the beginning of 2005 with the objective: ‘To establish and/or enhance arrangements and opportunities for undergraduates and other university members to enjoy Freemasonry’.

There are now 29 other Lodges pursuing a similar, yet distinct, course. Their membership consists of undergraduates, postgraduates, senior members of the university and alumni, ranging in age from 18 upwards. All under-25s benefit from the recent decision by Grand Lodge to halve their dues in order to make Freemasonry as accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Singleton Lodge No. 8399 is one of two University Lodges in Wales, the other being Universities Lodge, Cardiff No. 5461, Cardiff

The Scheme is headed by the Assistant Grand Master, David Williamson, who explains: “We know from these long-established university lodges that students – whether undergraduates or postgraduates – enjoy Freemasonry to the full. Through the Universities Scheme, we hope that university members from all over the country will be able to gain the same inspiration, fulfilment and enjoyment.”

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Freemason through the Universities Scheme, please contact us for further information or visit the United Grand Lodge of England’s University Scheme website.

Download the Singleton Lodge University Scheme leaflet here