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It is a sad fact that recent years have seen a steady decline in the number of Freemasons within the United Kingdom. That is not all, two further worrying trends compound the situation. Many of our newer brethren leave within the first 3 – 5 years of their Masonic life and the number of active Masons in each lodge is often declining. Everybody says that the future of Freemasonry lies with the newer brethren. This is true, but what do the experienced masons do about this?

The Mentoring system can provide the time and knowledge required to care for Candidates and develop their understanding of our Order.  The Mentoring system is not however intended to replace the Proposer and Seconder who must always maintain a close relationship with their Candidates.  After all, they are usually the reason they joined the Craft and their enduring friendly relationship with them will only further enhance the work of Mentoring.

In addition to helping to retain new members Mentoring can provide help and support to brethren who are progressing through the various offices of the Lodge up to and even after the Chair.

Mentoring has a role to play in not only retaining members but also in keeping in touch with and visiting lapsed members and seeking to re-kindle their interest in Freemasonry.

Mentoring has been actively pursued in some Provinces for the last 2 or 3 years and early indications have shown that the decline in membership in those Provinces has been arrested by between 3% and 5%!

Following his successful presentation at the Grand Officers Meeting on 5th July 2010 on the subject of Mentoring, W Bro. John Tomlin PAGDC is willing to come along to your Lodge and provide you with information on the nature and establishment of the role of Mentoring.

All enquires and requests can be made to John personally via the Provincial Office Tel. No. 0191 2324685, or his home No. 01670 514091, or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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