|Consecration:||6 February 2003|
|Meeting Place:||Ashwell House – St Albans|
|Meeting Dates:||1st Tuesday February (Installation)
1st Tuesday May
1st Tuesday July
1st Tuesday October
The Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Club (MTSFC) is now a registered charity but was first set up by a few fly fishing masons to take disabled and disadvantaged children on days out to enjoy a fishing and countryside experience. So it was after discussions in the Charity’s management committee, that the idea of forming a new lodge was proposed. This was considered to be an ideal vehicle to spread the word of the Charity’s positive contribution not just to the community but also to other freemasons. As with the Charity, the idea of the new lodge was to be inter-provincial and that it would be able to travel to any Province where an interest had been expressed in the Charity’s activities. In this way it would raise awareness in that Province and encourage them to organise their own events, thereby spreading the word of this ideal opportunity for freemasonry to be a real part of the community.
Lodge of Opportunity No: 9777
In no time at all here were over 30 masons keen and eager to become founders of this ‘new concept’ of a Masonic Lodge, ‘A Lodge with a Purpose’. The lodge was consecrated on 6th February 2004.
The banner has been designed to represent the link between freemasonry and The Masonic Trout and Salmon Flyfishing Charity. In the centre is the logo of the Charity, showing a leaping Rainbow Trout against a blue sky and a sun indicating that the Charity brings happier times to those less fortunate than ourselves by introducing them to the sport of fishing. The initials of the Charity ‘MTSFC’ emphasises the Lodge’s connection with the Charity, where the founders of the Lodge came from and the intention of the lodge to promote the work of the Charity in masonic circles. Over the Charity badge is the slogan ‘In the Face of Adversity’, which has been modified from the Charity’s motto, ‘Fishing In The Face of Adversity’, to indicate that the lodge will work in bringing ‘opportunities’ to all those who may be in need. This is surrounded by arched trout fishing rods with the lines suspending the masonic square and compasses. Whilst the name MTSFC is still used, the Charity is now generally known as The Masonic Fishing Charity.