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Answering your most Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an Associate Lodge of Instruction?
  2. How can my Lodge of Instruction become an Associate?
  3. Is it possible to become a personal member of the Taylor’s Ritual Association?
  4. Is there a central official Taylor’s Lodge of Instruction?
  5. What does the Taylor’s Ritual Association do?
  6. What is a Master Class and who can attend?
  7. Is there a fee for attending a local associate Lodge of Instruction?
  8. Who can attend Associate Lodges of Instruction?
  9. How can I find an Associate Lodge of Instruction suitable for me?

1. What is an Associate Lodge of Instruction?
The Taylor’s Ritual Association recognises a number of private Lodges of Instruction throughout London and the Home Counties as practitioners of excellence in terms of precepting, and who extend a warm welcome to visiting Brethren.

They act as guardians of the ritual, ensuring that its quality and meaning is maintained. Our long term aim is to have many such Lodges over the breadth of the country working toward this worthy cause. 

We are pleased to direct any Freemason wishing to develop his ritual skills to any of these Associate Lodges of Instruction.
For further information please see the list of Associate Lodges of Instruction.

2. How can my Lodge of Instruction become an Associate?
Any regular Lodge of Instruction associate with a UGLE Lodge working Taylor’s ritual may request to become an Associate providing it meets with various criteria:

  • Regular weekly or fortnightly predictable meetings, diarised and preferably scheduled by degree work being practised
  • Regular ‘temple’ meeting place
  • Designated Preceptor and Secretary
  • Good working standard at Lodge
  • Accepting of non-Lodge members and visitors
  • LOI and/or Lodge is contributing Associate Member of Taylor’s Ritual Association
  • Accept Taylor’s ‘standard’ as correct, even if they deviate and teach both
  • LOI Preceptor and Lodge Director of Ceremonies attend Taylor’s Ritual Association master classes

 An annual contribution of £20 is payable to the Taylor’s Ritual Association for Associate Lodge of Instruction status.

3. Is it possible to become a personal member of the Taylor’s Ritual Association?
Yes. We offer individual ‘Executive Membership’ of the Taylor’s Ritual Association to Freemasons who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Craft ritual and would like to become more involved in the work that we do.

As an Executive Member you would become involved in the running and delivery of our organisation’s aims. 
To find out more about becoming an Executive Member Click Here.

4. Is there a central official Taylor’s Lodge of Instruction?
No, there is no longer a central official Taylor’s Lodge of Instruction.

As our organisation has evolved and changed we have decided that Taylor’s Ritual teaching and precepting shall henceforth be taught at Associate Lodges of Instruction. These are currently based in London and the Home Counties. Our long-term aim is to have Associate Lodges of Instruction throughout the country. Associate Lodges of Instruction are accredited by the Association Committee as practitioners of best practice precepting and have referrals and regular dialogue with the Committee.

There will however be centrally-run master classes and demonstrations for Preceptors and Directors of Ceremonies regarding specific elements of the ritual to assist in best-practice performance and teaching.

5. What does the Taylor’s Ritual Association do?
The Taylor’s Ritual Association seeks to protect and preserve the quality and meaning of Masonic rituals as prescribe in the MM Taylor’s Handbook for Craft Freemasonry.

To find out more visit the following links on our website which provide information: 
About Us | Our History |Our Mission

6. What is a Master Class and who can attend?
Master Classes shall be arranged for the benefit of Directors of Ceremonies, Preceptors and those who want to develop their ritual skills. Run by Taylor’s Ritual Association Preceptors they will be periodically held on specific subjects to show how the ritual can and should be performed.

For Directors of Ceremonies and Assistant Directors of Ceremonies wishing to advance their knowledge of the ritual, to make their Lodge’s ceremonies more precise and enjoyable.

For Preceptors who want to develop their teaching skills to impart better understanding of the ritual to the members of the Lodge of Instruction.

7.Is there a fee for attending a local associate Lodge of Instruction?
There is no fee from the Taylor’s Ritual Association for attending any Associate Lodge of Instruction, however the individual Lodges of Instruction have their own attendance/subscription rates, usually on a pay-as-you-go basis to cover room rent etc. Attendees will be expected to pay the same fee as the rest of the Lodge of Instruction members.

8. Who can attend Associate Lodges of Instruction?
Any Freemason in good standing who can prove his bona fides can attend a Taylor’s Associate Lodge of Instruction. Contact should be made in advance however to ascertain that the work being practiced is suitable and appropriate.

9. How can I find an Associate Lodge of Instruction suitable for me?
A list of Associate Lodges of Instruction can be found by Clicking Here. Details of meeting times, days and locations are given so that Freemasons looking for a Lodge of Instruction that meets their requirements can be found.

 

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