Somerset Freemasons

The Somerset Masonic Friendship Association

Somerset Masonic Friendship Association (SMFA). So What’s it all about?

The Somerset Masonic Friendship Association’s (SMFA) primary aim is to bring together people who have, or have had, something special in common – the companionship of Freemasonry. You may be an elderly mason, a masonic widow or widower or a relative of someone involved with masonry – it doesn’t matter, you are welcome to join. The association organises social functions throughout the year, arranges visits to places of interest, and offers support to existing groups such as the Somerset Masonic Widows Association (SMWA) as well as individual members. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and get out and about.

The Province has been divided into five areas, each with its own representative, so why not pick up the phone, give yours a ring or speak with your Lodge Almoner and find out What’s it all about?

North West Peter Harris 01275 848450

North East Martyn Russell 01761 418909

Central John Hartry 01458 443726

South East Norman Crang 01935 472673
South East Mike Froom 01460 65751

South West John Trowbridge 01823 412044
South West Steve Ford 01398 323016


Somerset Masonic Friendship Association (SMFA) News and Forthcoming Events

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North West Area enjoy a very well attended lunch

On Sunday 2nd April the N.W. branch of the Friendship Association held a Lunch at Nailsea Masonic Hall. This was attended by 74 people, which included widows & brethren.
After the meal we were entertained by Brigadier (Retired) Bruce Jackman, O.B.E. M.C. who gave a very interesting talk on the History of the Ghurkhas. Bruce's family have served with the Regiment over many years.
Bruce showed us a kukri and his hat that he explained was specially made for the Ghurkhas.
Donations were made to the Ghurkha welfare trust after the talk. Bruce has since written to say that with Gift Aid a total of £3396-12 was raised which could supply a roof for one of the earthquake resistant homes, for a veteran or widow who lost everything in the 2015 earthquake, it could provide health changing smokeless stoves to 6 new homes or it could provide a welfare pensioner with five and a half months Pension plus other things.
I wish to thank W. Bro. Peter Harris for organising the Lunch, I also thank all those who supported it and last but not least our guest speaker Bruce Jackman.

Photos include a photo of the guests and Bruce explaining the Kukri

Ray Beckingham Team Leader.


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Central Area enjoy a Grand Day out

Sunday 17th July saw 60 people from across the central SMFA area enjoyed a Sunday morning horse drawn barge trip along the Grand Western Tiverton canal in North Devon. Being one of the last remaining horse drawn barges in the U.K it was a lovely opportunity for all on-board to sit back, relax and take in the diverse wild-life, beautifully tended gardens and wonderful views on the route.
Our ‘skipper and Horseman’ David; provided us with his wealth of knowledge on the history of the Grand Western Canal and the Tivertonian barge whilst his wife Becky tended the on-board licenced bar and kept us all refreshed with an assortment of beverages from local ales to lemonades. All the hard work of pulling us along the canal was courteous of an 11 year old shire horse named Ross, standing at an incredible 17.1 hands high; however he was generously rewarded with many polo mints for his efforts!
Our day out continued onto the Fisherman’s Cot in Bickleigh, a thatched public house and restaurant set on the banks of the River Exe. A Sunday carvery lunch was enjoyed by all including a number of guests who had joined us after the canal trip. The day concluded enjoying the sunshine and warm summer afternoon, relaxing and chatting in the wonderful gardens whilst enjoying a refreshing cold drink or two whilst listening to the stunning River Exe and views.

W Bro Adrian Robson
(SMFA Central Coordinator)
Almoner - Admiral Blake lodge No.4692


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Another successful Sunday lunch at West Huntspill!!


Another successful and well attended Sunday Carvery Lunch was held at The White Cottage, West Huntspill, Nr Highbridge, Somerset on Sunday 25th October 2015. Over 50 guests enjoyed a traditional home-cooked Carvery Lunch followed by a selection of puddings, for those who could manage one!

This was the second occasion this year that the SMFA Central Area has hosted a Sunday lunch at the White Cottage after receiving many requests to return again (See the article below relating to the first one back in February).

Our sincere thanks to Mr Colin Frost and all of his staff at the White Cottage for their warm and friendly welcome and for looking after us in such an excellent manner.

Report provided by W.Bro. Adrian Robson
Almoner - Admiral Blake lodge No.4692
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Sunday lunch at West Huntspill


‘The Somerset Masonic Friendship Association (Central Area) held a most successful Sunday Lunch on 22nd February 2015 at The White Cottage, West Huntspill, Nr Highbridge, Somerset. The lunch was attended by 60 guests who enjoyed an excellent home cooked 2-course carvery’

Report provided by W.Bro. Adrian Robson
Almoner - Admiral Blake lodge No.4692