In this episode of In The Chair I talk to Paul Watson, current Master of Kennet Lodge 4414, and the person that will be Installing me into The Chair in a couple of weeks’ time!

In recent episodes I have been speaking to authors, and part of In The Chair is to also speak to the people who make up the body of the membership. The people that learn their words and pack their regalia case for their monthly Lodge meeting. And where better to start than the Master of my own Lodge.

In a unique situation, as well as being Worshipful Master of Kennet Lodge, Paul also needed to be Master of Tenby Lodge in west Wales at the same time. This obviously presented many problems for Paul to overcome, and it’s not something he’d want to repeat again soon. He also does a lot of Provincial work for the Masonic Province of Berkshire.

Paul is a very good ritualist (actually excellent!), not only is he pretty much word perfect, he presents it very well. We discuss how important it is to have the understanding to the ritual, and how this is conveyed to the candidate, and entertaining for the members of the Lodge.

We also talk about the pressure of being Master of the Lodge, and how often this pressure is self-induced. This is Paul’s second time in the Chair of Kennet and talks candidly about how this second time is less stressful and more enjoyable, but also some of that enjoyment comes from watching new members learn and grow as both people and Masons.

Paul gives tips on learning Ritual, and one of his top tips is to find the way that words for you! (See Episode 3 of In The Chair where I talk to Rick Smith, author of Learning Masonic Ritual, for more information about methods to learn Ritual)

You can read about my 100 Day study plan for Master Elects on my blog, www.in-the-chair.co.uk

I also ask Paul the “quick questions”:

Why did he become a Mason?
Why did you stay a Mason? (And this leads to the important discussion of retention of members.)
Does Paul have a single memory of Freemasonry?
Any advice for people interested in joining Freemasonry?

Links from the show

Kennet Lodge, 4414
Tenby Lodge, 1177
Masonic Province of Berkshire
Magic and Mind Reading for Ladies Nights and Parties
“Learning Masonic Ritual” – Rick Smith
Masonic books available on Amazon

My 100 Day Study Guide for Emulation Ritual
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  • Scott Harris

    Bro. Bone,

    I’ve meant to drop a quick line before now, but have been very busy. I’ve caught every episode, and you’re doing extremely well! Very informative, very pleasant to listen to, and just plain fun. Enjoy your year in the East and I look forward to many more quality episodes from you.

    Cheers,
    Scott Harris, P.M.
    Argenta Lodge #3
    F. & A.M. of Utah

    • RobertBone

      Hi Scott,

      Many thanks for leaving a comment and saying that you enjoy the podcast – it really means a lot. Hope you enjoy the future episodes. I know there are quite a few US listerners so no doubt the show will start getting a bit more ‘trans-Atlantic’ with time!

      Robert