Somerset Freemasons

Lodge News 2019

News from Lodges March 2019


Olympian Lodge Support Bristol Bears Disabled Rugby Section

Members of Olympian presented a cheque for £2500 to the Bristol Bears disabled rugby section. The presentation was announced at half time at the recent Gloucester game and made on the half way line in front of 17000 supporters.
The Lodge has already given £40,000+ to various disabled sports charities including a similar amount five years ago to Bristol Bears. A plaque on the main entrance wall of the stadium acknowledged this contribution.

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The fit looking sportsmen of Olympian pictured from the left - Brad Giles (WM 2018) Lee Roff, Derek Gunningham (Dings RFC Blazer), Sandy Kemlo, Brian Rees (Dings RFC Blazer), Keith Ham and Andy Gunningham


Queens College Lodge receive 5th Ashlar

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The PGM RW Bro Stuart Hadler presented a 5th Ashlar to Queen’s College, Taunton Lodge at their installation meeting on 16th March. W Bro Jim Wiltshire, centre (L) stepped aside for personal reasons in 2018 after spearheading Queen’s 2020 Festival campaign. W Bro Peter Thomas is the current Charity Steward. Wm Alan Watkins looks on.

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Despite meeting their commitment to 2020 Festival, Queen’s Lodge has still been able to support two local charities in the past 12 months; £2,500 to S.U.R.E. with help of £500 from Provincial ‘match funding’ scheme (WM Alan presenting to Chair, Paul Always), W Bro Peter looking on, and £550 at their popular Christmas meeting when £550 was donated to Yeovil Freewheelers (‘Blood Bikes’). Chair, Martin Surrey receiving from WM Alan.

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Chair of Yeovil Freewheelers (‘Blood Bikes’), Martin Surrey receiving their cheque from WM Alan.

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RW PGM Stuart Hadler and VW Deputy PGM John Winston were making their last visit to Queen’s Lodge in their official capacities, photographed alongside W Bro Graham Ten Broeke, newly installed Master being congratulated by IPM W Bro Alan Watkins, flanked by W Bro Ray Conneely, (L), SW and W Bro Lindsay Edmunds, (R), JW.

It was later learned that the Acting DC, W Bro George Sargeant PrAsstGDC, seated extreme (L) in visiting Queen’s Lodge had completed his ambition to visit all 89 craft lodges in the province during his year in office!

News from Lodges February 2019


St. Dunstan’s Lodge donate to Avalon School’s Hydrotherapy Pool Campaign

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On Friday 23rd November 2018 a Cheque to the value of £10,000 was presented to Avalon School’s Hydrotherapy Pool Campaign.

The presentation was made at the afternoon assembly by WM Tom Nutt of St Dunstan’s Lodge No 7973 Glastonbury to Alison Murkin, President, Friends of Avalon School and Head teacher, Avalon School.

Also in the photograph are Adrian Huggett, Lodge Secretary, Dudley Tremaine, Charity Steward (ret.) and children and staff of Avalon School.
Members of St Dunstan’s Lodge Glastonbury also made a donation of £500 in 2013 and £4500 in 2014.

John Hawkins
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Bro. Paul Binding Installed as Master of Tynte Lodge 7994

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W. Bro Tony Saunter installed Bro. Paul Binding into the chair of Tynte Lodge on 21st February, 2019.
There were 56 masons in attendance including W. Bro. Martin Slocombe, Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
After a very good ceremony everyone sojourned to the festive board where a convivial time was had by all.

Tivoli Lodge support Baytree Special Needs School

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W.Bro. Daniel Kennedy(Right) and W.Bro. Trevor Barnett (Left) presented a cheque for the sum of £1,130 to Baytree Special Needs School for special sensory equipment for classroom and playground.

A special thanks to all of the Weston Brethren for supporting the Burns night and adding their coffers from their lodge xmas cards and cakes to the coffers.

The photograph shows staff and children of Baytree School, especially the lovely Rose who accepted the cheque on their behalf.

David Kennedy CCLO

News from Lodges January 2019


Backwell Lodge donate to St Peter’s Hospice and feature in North Somerset Times

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Backwell Lodge Charity Steward Richard Barclay and Worshipful Master Harry Jordan made a donation of £1025 to St Peter's Hospice on behalf of the lodge and were thanked by Registered nurse Serena Edwards (Day Services) and Community Fundraiser Maddy Alton.


North Somerset Times Article


Andy Baird installed as Worshipful Master of Exmoor Lodge

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L-R. W.Bro’s Andy Baird, Ben Batley APGM, Andy Hadley. Presentation of Fifth Ashlar to Exmoor Lodge

The evening of Thursday 17th January saw Exmoor Lodge No 2390 install their new Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Andy Baird, at the Minehead Masonic Hall.

The Assistant PGM for Somerset, W.Bro. Ben Batley accompanied by the Assistant PGDC, W.Bro George Sargeant joined the brethren and their guests to enjoy the occasion of the Installation and the ‘sell-out’ festive board afterwards.

W.Bro John Lendon opened the Lodge and then, much to Andy’s surprise, it was his good friend and proposer into Freemasonry, W.Bro Clive Dunster who installed him as Master according to ancient custom.

Having been Installed, Andy thanked W.Bro Ben for attending, whereupon he was pleased to present Exmoor’s Charity Steward, W.Bro Andy Hadley with their fifth Grand Charity Festival Ashlar.

W.Bro Andy, the son of a Scottish Freemason, was initiated into Exmoor Lodge 2390 in February 2013. He is also a joining member of Royal Somerset Lodge 973, meeting at Frome.
He became Exmoor Lodge Information Officer in January 2016 and was appointed as PGLS S.W. Area Communications Officer in April 2018. He is currently working with others to assist W.Bro Barry Davies in the successful delivery of the new Compass annual magazine due out in April 2019.Andy is also a member of the Mark Lodge at Minehead and Chapter at Frome. He is a retired Avon and Somerset Police Officer living in Timsbury near Bath. He is married to Heather and they have a daughter, Jessica.

Andy was also delighted to welcome two Scottish brethren to his Installation.
W.Bro’s Tom Smith and Raymond Kerr are both past masters of Lodge St Peter 331 meeting at the fabulous Barr Castle in the Ayrshire town of Galston. This was the home town Mother Lodge of Andy’s late father, Nat, which Andy visits annually on his fishing holiday with Minehead brethren, W.Bro’s Clive Dunster, John Munson and Paul ‘Woody’ Wood.

Tom and Raymond caused quite a stir at Minehead’s Foxes Academy Hotel when they entered the hotel lounge wearing their kilts for pre-meeting drinks with fellow hotel guests, brethren from Frome. Not something seen every day at Foxes, whereupon the duty students made sure the photo-op wasn’t missed!

The ‘Student Fund’ at Foxes is Andy’s principle local good cause recipient of Exmoor Lodge financial support during his year in the chair.

Another recipient is the ‘Keep In Touch Club’ (KIT), which is voluntarily run by the staff of The Seahorse Centre, effectively as a youth club for those with learning difficulties who currently attend that centre, but often at different times to each other.

Exmoor Lodge will also purchase some essential equipment for the Minehead RNLI Lifeboat Station, to be utilised locally.

Andy received some totally unexpected, beautiful and generous gifts during the festive board.
From the Scottish brethren, a dedication engraved silver Quaich (Friendship Cup) together with a limited edition re-print of Robert Burns’ first book of poems from 1786.
From the brethren of Royal Somerset Lodge in Frome, a dedication engraved glass wine goblet.
All are now proudly on display at his home.
The words ‘Thank you’ cannot adequately sum up exactly what they mean to him!

It was a great evening and Andy is very much looking forward to the year ahead.

W.Bro Andy Baird
Exmoor Lodge Information Officer

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Barr Castle, Galston, Ayrshire. Owned and occupied by Lodge St Peter 331

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Interior view of Barr Castle

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W.Bro’s Raymond Kerr & Tom Smith with Foxes Academy Hotel students


Showmen’s Guild Lodge hold special meeting

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On Thursday 17th January, The Showmen’s Guild Lodge 9089 held a very successful raising and initiation ceremony in the presence of W Bro David Medlock and a Fraternal Visit from Admiral Blake Lodge 4692.

The Lodge Tyled early to raise Bro Brandon Fullwood, after which the Lodge was called off for a short period to allow the brethren to take refreshment. The Worshipful Master W Bro Edward Henderson then called the Lodge on and proceeded to initiated his son Bro Charles Henderson into freemasonry. Ensuring that this was a memorable evening for the initiate, the worshipful master was assisted by his other son Bro Edward Henderson, the Senior Warden, who invested the initiate with distinguishing badge of a mason, bringing the total number of Henderson in the lodge to seven, and complicating the secretaries job even more.

The Worshipful Master and the Officers of the Lodge, some of the officer being called upon at short notice, delivered two memorable ceremonies, and for those present it was an experience which I doubt will be seen often.

Pictured L to R are Bro Charles Henderson (Initiate), W Bro Edward Henderson (Worshipful Master) and Bro Edward Henderson (Senior Warden).

Kevin Dean


Tynte Lodge present cheque to St Margaret’s Hospice

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Following a very successful summer garden party organized by W. Bro. Tony Saunter, ably assisted by his wife Annette and their family, when they cooked 300 sausages and 300 beef burgers, with music provided by ‘The Jukeboxers’. A cheque for £2100 was presented to Kara of St Margaret’s Hospice, Taunton on Friday 11th January.

The photo shows Tony and his wife Annette, Dai Wood, Charity Steward and W. Bro Terry Joyce, who thought he was going for free beer!