Feilding Herald : January 12th 2012
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Page 26 THOUGHTLESS Thieves at Christmas time.Page 3 Freemasons move with times Shutting the gate: After 94 years, John Lockyer and Craig Manning close the gate to the Kimbolton Masonic Lodge for the last time. Photo: LAURA WALTERS. By LAURA WALTERS John Lockyer will be sad to leave the Kimbolton Masonic Lodge, a place that has been a large part of his life as a Freemason for the past 20 years. But Mr Lockyer knew the lodge needed to move with the times, so the 106-year-old building has been sold, and the ceremonial interior stripped, ready for the society's move to Feilding's Manchester Lodge. A declining and aging member- ship, mostly in Feilding, meant it was logical to make the move, but the practicality of the shift has not made it any easier. Mr Lockyer said most people, even locals, did not realise the lodge had been around since 1902, and in the current building since 1913. John, a third generation Freemason, said his grandfather, along with other men, would jump on their horses or in their gigs in the early hours of the morning to ride to meetings. The building was purpose-built for the Freemasons in Kimbolton to meet and find camaraderie, after the group out-grew its premises on Grammer St. The lodge is based on brotherly love, truth, and belief,'' John said. However, many people still view Freemasonry as a secret society. While there was a secret hand- shake, and certain language used in the lodge, nothing surreptitious took place during meetings or cer- emonies. Of course we have a way of com- municating. It wouldn't be a secret if we told everyone,'' he said. The common misconception that the Freemasons were a secret society stemmed from how the group was initiated, he said. I believe our forefathers picked up their little cases and went to a meeting, and didn't tell anyone about it. It should never have been like that.'' John said the quiet approach of the Freemasons often meant what the society stood for, and the work they did, went unnoticed: Free- masonry has not promoted itself.'' It was not about gaining recog- nition, but it was important people knew what the society was, he said. Anyone can join.'' The society donated enormous amounts of money nationally and locally to research, education, and healthcare. But the charitable organisation was not into blowing its own horn, so to speak. The money for donations came from members of the Freemasons. Kimbolton had 19 members, at an average age of more than 70 years, including one member who was 93, and had been with the lodge for more than 50 years. In 1908 the average age of members was 34, John said. It's a sign of the times. It's harder to attract new people.'' Most members had family con- nections to the lodge. David John- son, who takes over as Master this year, was a fifth-generation Freemason. The society attracted a range of men, in a range of professions. After the war, membership in New Zealand peaked at about 40,000, but was now about 9500. John hoped the move to Feilding, to share the Manchester Lodge, would make the group more access- ible, and lift its membership. Kimbolton Lodge's youngest member, and current Master, Craig Manning, said he joined the Freemasons after going with a friend to a meeting. Mr Manning said the lodge helped his confidence and his skills as a public speaker. The ceremonial side of Freemasonry helped members develop their eloquence, like Toastmasters, he said. Mr Manning said the society also helped build respect, among members. We make good men better.'' The ceremonial elements of the society's proceedings were based on religion, but today Freemasons have a loose link to religion. It was more about friendship and charity, Mr Manning said. Members of Kimbolton Lodge were forbidden to discuss religion or politics to avoid rifts between members. The past few weeks have seen the end of an era for the Kimbolton Lodge. The old premises were cleared out, cleaned up, and sold to a private buyer with the help of Property Brokers. I was surprised how quickly it sold,'' John said. But the members hope the move into town will mean the start of a new, more prosperous, age.
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