Engaging with the Community

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On Friday 10th September, the Chairman of Braintree District Council, Cllr. Sue Wilson, received guests to a Reception in the Town Hall, prior to a preview of The Lodge of Saint Mary’s exhibition, marking its 150 years of local service.

With artefacts, pictures and documents, the exhibition seeks to demonstrate that local Freemasons were normal, decent people; a significant number of whom, made a substantial contribution to local government, business and civil society. The Council Chairman said,

“My visit to the Town Hall and the Braintree Museum will definitely be a highlight of my manorial year and I felt very honoured to have been invited by St Mary’s Masons to open their history section being displayed in the Braintree Museum. A lot of very hard work has gone into presenting this exhibition which hopefully as many people as possible will be able to visit.”

“The Lodge of St Mary has shared 150 years of history with the town of Braintree both in terms of the community figures that have been members of the Lodge and the contribution the Lodge has made to the community over that time. This exhibition is a first in terms of a Masonic Lodge displaying its history in a public museum and we are delighted that visitors to the museum will not only be able to learn something about Freemasonry but also about the many ways in which the Lodge of St Mary has engaged with the local community.“

The Exhibition is being held at Braintree Museum:  11th September – 2nd October; Tuesdays – Saturdays; 10am – 4pm.