We may not like to acknowledge it but some brethren in our Lodges can be rather cliquey, which is a natural progression of friends wanting to sit and have a meal and a drink together. Nothing wrong in that. However it can be off putting to the newer Mason. Please make sure that there is someone with him both in the Lodge room and Festive board. It may not always be possible for his proposer/and or seconder to be available to do this, especially if they are Officers in the Lodge.