TIM OULDS - WHAT INITIATED MY INTEREST IN FREEMASONRY ...cntd
She and her siblings (four boys and three girls) were educated and supported by Freemasonry in the UK. All the girls went to very good schools and the boys to Oxford University. My Grandfather had also undergone surgery and died in the Royal Masonic Hospital, London. Again, Freemasonry was there to assist my Grandmother and her family.
Due to my serving with the Royal Air Force I never really thought much about joining "The Craft" as I felt that it was really something of 'A Rich Man's Club'. Finally, while serving in Cyprus, I asked a friend - who was a Freemason - what was involved. He informed me that unfortunately I had left my enquiry too late as his Lodge was in recession and I was due to be posted back to the UK. ·
A few years later I met - in New Zealand - my son's future Father-in-Law who introduced me into the old Onehunga Lodge No. 424. Since then I have tried to give something back to Freemasonry to help repay the debt that I feel my family owes to Freemasonry in general.
Unfortunately, I feel that it is now easier for a total outsider to obtain help from our Association than it is for one of our members. I feel that perhaps we should consider reinstating some of the old ideals of Freemasonry and making it easier to assist our brethren and their families where necessary. I know that most Lodges present their Widows with a small Christmas gift so why not include our Ladies as we did in the past? After all, without their support our life
would be much more difficult!