In his Masonic travels, Furness and South Lakeland Group Chairman Peter Schofield has observed the success of clubs designed to cater for Masons who are junior in rank. He was sufficiently impressed to put out feelers to see if anyone in his group would like to be involved in such an enterprise.
Volunteers put themselves forward and under the guidance of group mentoring co-ordinator Kieron Mullan a mission statement and constitution were drawn up by a team of junior brethren comprising of Carl Hallows, Phil Renney, Stuart Braithwaite and Allan Ritchie. It was decided to name the club the Cavendish Club.
The aim of the club will be to provide an opportunity for social interaction for junior and new members of the Craft. The first proposed outing will be a trip to Hawkshead Brewery. Also under consideration is joining in with the wider community in one of the litter picks which take place in the town or on the local beaches.
It is anticipated that social events will not be restricted to Masons but will at times be opened up to friends; an initiative that may attract new members eventually. The club has no age restrictions and all Masons who have not received Provincial honours will be eligible to join.
At a well-attended meeting at Barrow-in-Furness Masonic Hall, the constitution and aims of the club were formally accepted with representatives from the lodges being elected to the new committee. The first elected officers were Phil Renney as chairman, Allan Ritchie as vice chairman, Carl Hallows as secretary and Stuart Braithwaite as treasurer.
The enthusiasm of those involved will drive the venture forwards as it looks to provide something a little different for those of junior rank. That can only help to keep them engaged and involved with Freemasonry.