Somerset Freemasons

Lodge News 2019

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!