Hello, My name is Alan Hulmes, I am 53 years old, I recently joined Greenhill Lodge No 6260 who meet at Westhoughton Masonic Hall.
I was born in Manchester and after leaving full time education ;I joined the Royal Marines. On leaving the Marines I joined the Prison Service in 1984 which is where I am today.
My hobbies include cooking, playing golf and researching military history.
I can say that it is my interest in history that first attracted me to Freemasonry and as an ex-serviceman ;I can appreciate the sense of tradition and values that are held so highly in the Craft.
I find the element of mystique surrounding the different degree ceremonies very intriguing and ;I am eager to know more.
I had the good fortune to meet someone who is a Freemason, we soon became very great friends, I asked lots of questions and ;I was given very helpful and patient answers. I was beginning to learn and the more ;I learnt the more ;I realised there was to know.
I was impressed that it is an organisation based on equality whether it be on the grounds of race, religion or social standing. I made a decision to take things further and with the help and guidance of my friend whom I now know to be the Chorley Group Membership Officer Peter Horgan, I applied to join.
I attended what was a very informal interview with several Greenhill lodge members, everyone I met was warm and friendly and made me feel very welcome.
The interview, well more of a meeting really, was an opportunity for the lodge to find out something about me and a chance for me to ask any questions that ;I may have.
Within a few days I received an email from the lodge secretary informing me that my application had been successful, of course ;I was delighted.
I am now looking forward to meeting new people and forging new friendships as well as embarking on an exciting voyage of self discovery.