Somerset Freemasons

Lodge News 2017

News from Lodges May 2017


Estune & Tyntesfield support “Tough as Nails”

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Two of Nailsea’s Lodges, Estune Lodge No. 6817 and Tyntesfield Lodge No. 4494 have joined together to provide funds to support the “Tough as Nails” Charity Event on July 16th.

The money has been donated to enable the youth of Nailsea to take part in a Charity Assault Course that will help in raising funds for the Nailsea Youth Shelter.

John Wyatt (Estune) & Dave Grounsell (Tyntesfield) stated they were pleased to support the event so as to help both the youth of Nailsea and the local Community at large.

Cheques we received by Julie Raby & Donna Jordan from Carpe Diem Boot Camp who run the event with help from the Nailsea Police Beat Team led by Sgt. Mark Raby.

Donna said “We really appreciate the support to enable the youth of Nailsea to take part in outdoor activities that raise much needed funds for local causes”.

The Members of Estune will also be stewarding at the event

News from Lodges March 2017


Queens College Lodge Installation

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Queens Installation Ceremony 18th March!

The passing of a resolution to remit a further £1,500 to Province for the 2020 Festival produced a fourth Ashlar from the pocket of Presiding Officer VW Deputy PGM John Winston, kept in case of need like the good Scout he is (was a District Commissioner!) and presented this to WBro Jim Wiltshire, Charity Steward, who had confirmed that the Provincial Match Funding Scheme agreed to contribute £1,000 to increase the amount shortly to be presented to the Taunton Association for the Homeless to nearly £4,500.

To a packed lodge and with Past PGM Stanley Hopkins looking on Wm Jim Virjee began the Extended Working Installation ceremony to install his successor, WBro Geoff Dolling. To say he was excellent was an understatement – he was superb! The commitment and effort which has characterised Jim’s twelve months in the Chair shone through the entire ceremony for which he justifiably received great credit.

Very generously, WBro Lionel Frewin decided to return his Past Masters Jewel to the Lodge recently and it gave him great pleasure when he was invited to present it formally to WBro Jim. From the hallmarks, Toye Kenning said it was originally made in 1954. Sadly the name of the original holder was erased before it was presented to Lionel in 1985. For posterity, his name along with that of WBro Jim are engraved on it this time.

After an excellent festive board and quite late into the evening, our VW Deputy PGM was to be found behind the bar under the watchful eye of WBro Peter Thomas!

A successful and memorable meeting for our many guests who clearly thoroughly enjoyed the occasion if the enthusiastic thanks are anything to go by.

A hugely successful Ladies Night for Connaught Lodge!

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On Saturday 11th February, the Members of Connaught Lodge with their many guests met at Cameley Lodge Hotel for their Ladies Festival. The Worshipful Master, Kevin Chard and his wife Alex, worked tirelessly to ensure that the evening was a huge success.
The venue for the night was Cameley Lodge, the function room was set-out with suitable party decorations and tables seating 12. The hotel provided a superb meal which was enjoyed by all and the Director of Ceremonies, Neil Arthur conducted proceedings in an excellent manner.
The Ladies all received a gift and a raffle raised £250, the proceeds of which will be presented to an Alzheimer's Charity, the Worshipful Masters chosen charity for the occasion.

Photographs taken during the event can be viewed on the Connaught Lodge website:

News from Lodges January 2017


Frome Lodges donate more Teddies!

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The two Craft Lodges at Frome, Royal Somerset Lodge and Forest of Selwood Lodge have for many years supplied Teddies to the A&E Department at the Frome Community Hospital, which allows the staff to use them as a comfort to any youngsters who unfortunately have to use this facility.

The Teddies are a great comfort to the children who are sometimes understandably very stressed depending on their injuries. Linda Green, one of the Healthcare Assistants at Frome insists they are a vital ingredient in keeping the children calm, sometimes even the teddies themselves getting bandaged can be a very useful distraction!

The Teddy bear liaison for the Freemasons at Frome, John Collier feels that supporting the hospital is a rewarding and satisfying use of Masonic resources. It is estimated that around 250 teddies are handed out at Frome Hospital in any one year which also demonstrates what a busy unit it is and just how popular the teddies are!

Pictured are Linda Green from the hospital, along with John Collier (Lodge Almoner) and Chris Stilton (Worshipful Master) of Royal Somerset Lodge

Fairway Sunday Lunch

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The Members of Fairway Lodge are spread far and wide throughout the Province and as a result, a function such as a Ladies Night would prove impractical so on the last Sunday in January, Fairway Lodge traditionally hold a “Sunday Lunch”. The venue changes year on year, with the Worshipful Master allegedly deciding where to go.
This year, on Sunday 29th January, Fairway paid a return visit to Cameley Lodge in Temple Cloud where the Members, their Partners and other non-Masonic Guests all enjoyed an excellent meal in very pleasant surroundings avoiding the below par weather around that day!

Fairway Lodge meets 4 times a year, three of those Meetings (in April, June and September) being preceded by Golf at various locations around Somerset. The Lodge also took over the responsibilities of the Somerset Masonic Golf Society some years ago and arranges all “Masonic Golf” within the Province (matches against other Provinces, PGMs Golf Day etc).
If you would like to know more about Masonic Golf in Somerset you can contact the Lodge Secretary, Iain Robertson

Pictured right is the Worshipful Master for 2017, W Bro Tony Guthrie with his partner, Jayne.

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Tynte Burns Night

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On Friday 27th January, with the the Haggis Hunting Season in full swing, a very successful Burns Night was held at the Walnut Tree Hotel, North Petherton by the Brethren, Ladies and Guests of Tynte Lodge No 7994.
In keeping with tradition the haggis was piped in and addressed by W. Bro. Chris Marchmont (in his best Robbie Burn’s accent) before it was carved and then served along with the usual whiskey gravy.
Following the meal the guests were entertained by Bro. Ian Moore’s extremely amusing toast to the memory of Robbie Burns.
After the formalities a local trio provided musical accompaniment while everyone a relaxed social gathering.

Dai Wood (obviously a honorary Scotsman)
Information Officer, Tynte Lodge


Bath Masonic Hall Celebrates 150 Years

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A most unique occasion was celebrated at the Masonic Hall, Old Orchard Street, Bath on Saturday 3rd December 2016 when the Mayor and Mayoress of Bath joined Brethren and Guests to celebrate 150 years (to the day) of Masonry at the Old Theatre Royal.
The assembled audience were treated to a humorous enactment of the opening of a Lodge by W Bro. John Townsend assisted by the Masters of the other six Bath Lodges W Bro. Malcolm Toogood then related a very interesting and informative talk on the history of Masonry in Bath with particular reference to the events leading up to the acquisition of the building. (Even the most enlightened of the audience learnt something new about this fine old building!).
The “formal” part of the evening was followed by a delicious buffet and a late night disco with tour Guides in attendance to provide our guests with the opportunity to explore the building and learn about its chequered past.
A full account of the evening can be found on the Old Theatre Royal Website.

Phil Cottrell, WM Royal Albert Edward Lodge No. 906

Sir Thomas de Cheddre Presentation to Frenchay After Burns Children’s Unit

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In part celebration of having served a second term as WM of Sir Thomas de Cheddre Lodge 9188, W. Bro. Geoff Adams stood in at our January Meeting while his successor took a well-earned break.In doing so he was able to arrange a small presentation to one of his and Sue’s favourite charities, the Frenchay After Burns (FAB) Children’s Club which aims to support and help children to recognise that their hopes and goals are still the same and achievable as any other child in spite of suffering from highly traumatic injuries.

To emphasise the work of the FAB Charity the brethren of 9188 received a talk from Mrs Cathy Marsh a nurse and FAB Trustee at the (now based) Bristol Children’s Burns Unit. Cathy was accompanied by her husband Nick who is also a Trustee. This was followed by a short presentation from Geoff and the donation of cheque for £700 by the Charity Steward, W. Bro. David Harris, on behalf of 9188.

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During his second term as WM of Sir Thomas de Cheddre Lodge 9188, W. Bro. Geoff Adams (and his wife Susan) aimed to support two local charities; the Frenchay After Burns (FAB) Children’s Club and the Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary. Having presented a cheque for £700 to FAB in January, Geoff accompanied by W. Bro. Frank Kendall (Chaplain) presented a similar cheque to Holly Hedge at Barrow Gurney on the 27th February.

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary was founded in 1982 by Pauline Leeson with the aim to provide a safe haven for cats and dogs until caring, permanent and responsible new owners can be found. It is an independent charity which relies on the generosity and goodwill of its supporters to meet its £475,000 annual running costs.

Pictured left is Pauline receiving the cheque from Geoff. Also in the photo left to right are Nicky Leeson (HH), Janet Temperton (HH), Pat Moon, Frank Kendall and Angela Millard (HH) with Susan, Winnie and Buddy in the foreground.

W.Bro Tony Schofield

Lodge Information Officer - 9188

Perpetual Friendship’s Warming Winter Wander

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What better way to beat the January blues than a very enjoyable evening of good food and great companionship!!

Perpetual Friendship enjoyed some pre-dinner Cocktails followed by a visit to a local Thai Restaurant.
The evening proved to be great success, as we all enjoyed some freshly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge.
The evening was made that little bit more special; as we were joined by members of other Bridgwater lodges.
By coincidence, there just so happened to be a birthday celebration (always a good reason for the pre-dinner Mojitos).

We must also acknowledge the sturdy efforts of Charity Steward Matthew Redman who kindly organised another great evening.

Kevin Richardson
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