PM Hamlet of Van Lodge 8334 UGLE (Caerphilly - South Wales); J Hamlet of Van Chapter 8334 SW, Caerffili MMM 1348; PCN, Caerffili RAM 1348; St Teilo Chapter A&AR 789 Brangwyn SRIA 75; Castell Caerffili OSM 466; Fforest KT 582: Merthyr Tydfil R&SM 120, Penychen - Athelstan 53, RCC 295; KTP 100; OSC 21 TI
I assume stash = sash. In some of the Higher Degrees Sashes are worn , but in UGLE Craft Office Bearers and PMs wear Collars. As on another thread in most Craft Lodges the WM, SW and JW wear Gauntlets.
We only wear Aprons in my Lodge. All of our Aprons that we wear are just plain white Lambskin; the way we distinguish between the degrees is how the Apron is worn. EA bib/flap is turned up, FC bib/flap is turned down but left hand corner tucked in at the top, and ofcourse the MM apron just has the bib/flap turned down. No Rosettes for the FC apron, and Rosettes and Pillars on MM like I believe your UGLE Aprons are. The officers have UGLE style Aprons though with the respective jewel on the Apron, and they also wear the respective Jewel on a rope. No Gloves or Collars, we only wear gloves for our candlelight EA degrees, with the idea of appearing more flashy for the EA, to entice him to move onto the next degree, but only disappointment for him when he finds out we lower the Regalia standards only to be enticing him in the first degree .
The Master may declare summer dress (usually if it's above 35 deg. C.), meaning that dinner jackets and gloves may be removed. He may also declare (for hot days that are not declared summer dress) that gloves may be removed.
The lodge I attend is basically apron only; officers wear jewels and distinctive aprons. Being in a very warm section of the US they have a very relaxed dress code. Very few jackets, and even shorts are OK. They tend to believe it is more important that you attend the meeting than that you dress nice.
In LDH some Craft Lodges wear White Gloves and some do not. In addition every Brother wears an Apron appropriate to their Degree and if they are Installed Masters/Past Masters their Apron has Levels, instead of Rosettes, as in Malecraft. Officers and PMs wear a Collar and Jewel and those in the 18th, 30th to 33rd Degrees of A&ASR also wear the Collarette and Jewel of that Degree in Craft Lodge, so I wear my Red 18th Degree Collarette. Officers in the 32 and 33rd Degree can also wear their Sash on occasions such as Installations etc. In Le Driot Humain we do not wear Royal Arch Breast Jewels in Craft Lodge as RA is York Rite wheras Craft is Scottish Rite.
We wear aprons as a minimum, and gloves if the Master is wearing them. Officers wear a collar with jewel of office and gauntlets. Dress can be either formal or 'lounge suit'. Jackets must be worn in Lodge, but the Master can direct that jackets may be removed in refectory if it's a scorcher. As a Steward I never wear my jacket in refectory unless I'm sitting at a table - it's impractical to wear one while working.
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. - Shakespeare
omni: In my Lodge the Secretary is a hugh bully along with control issues. if anyone even asks a question he files masonic charges against them. He controls members mostly because they are afraid of him.
Apr 16, 2018 1:07:49 GMT