Warm greeting to members the Lodge of Unity Peace & Concord No 316.
As we came out of Covid restrictions, we had hoped that attendance at our meetings would increase but we were then hit with a Rail Strike on the day of our Installation meeting in June. 35 members braved the traffic and attended, with a hastily arranged Festive Board (thanks to Tony Harvey’s daughter) at the Pillars Public House, opposite Grand Lodge. Membership of the Lodge currently stands at 74.
We look to Lodge KLA Representatives to promote this Lodge to the member Lodges and their WMs and Past Masters especially. It would be good to see the Lodge reach 100 members.
Autumn Meeting October 2022
The lodge met at the Stroud Masonic Hall, Stroud, Gloucestershire on 22nd October 2022. The new home for Impeesa Lodge No 9385 founded on 29 April 1990, a Scout Lodge covering the South West, South Wales Regions and surrounding Provinces, previously meeting at Downend, Bristol .
We received a very interesting talk given by W Bro Frank M L Smith PJGD, one of their Founder Members entitled “An uphill strategy to solve an uphill problem”.
Due to other Masonic commitments and the delay of the Autumn Festival of the Kindred Lodges Association to November, only 13 members were able to attend.
Each Member received 3 publicity pens with a challenge from our Master to recruit 3 new members before our next meeting in June 2023.
The Charity Steward recommended that we give donations of £250 each to the MetGL Christmas Lifelite Appeal and to Blood Bikes.
Gilwell Reunion 2022
This year’s Gilwell Reunion for those with connections with Scouting, was a live event. The KLA had a stand in the Training Ground marquee supported by members and by the Order of Women Freemasons. We had a good number of people visit and some very interesting and positive discussions. We received four requests for information about how Freemasonry can support local Scouting and one person expressed an interest in becoming a Freemason.
KLA Autumn Festival
The Autumn Festival of the KLA is to be hosted by Pax Hill Lodge No 9878 on Saturday 19th November 2022 at Botley, Hampshire.