Somerset Freemasons

Lodge News 2017

News from Lodges February 2018


Sir Isaac Newton Lodge 9801 awarded 2nd Ashlar

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On 25th January the Sir Isaac Newton Lodge was pleased to receive their Honorary Member RW.Bro. Stuart Hadler Provincial Grand Master together with his wife Susan at a special 'Ladies' occasion at their first Lodge meeting of the new year.

Having completed the business of the day the Lodge was closed; the members removed their regalia, and all convened with the Ladies in the Temple for two presentations.
The first from the Provincial Grand Master was an explanation of the current Festival for brethren and Ladies, together with the presentation of the Lodges Second Ashlar to the WM. W.Bro. Dennis Hammond and Charity Steward Bro. Bob Harding.
The second presentation was a paper produced by W.Bro. Frank R Clarke, PAGDC, as part of last year's Tercentenary celebrations entitled “1717 Portrait of a year – turmoil & change”.

Pictured above L to R
Bro. Bob Harding, Charity Steward 9801, RW.Bro. Stuart Hadler PGM and W.Bro. Dennis Hammond WM.

News from Lodges January 2018


A trio of Assistant PGMs at Estune!

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It was indeed a very rare honour for Estune Lodge to have a trio of Assistant Provincial Grand Masters in attendance at the Lodge’s January Meeting. Rather like a London bus, you wait for one forever and then three come along together!
The Meeting was attended by 46 members and 17 visitors, many from the Province of Bristol where some of our Brethren are members of both Provinces. The main business of the evening was to initiate David John Rhodes (Second from left), a Mechanical Engineer/Project manager aged 41 living in Whitchurch. David was the 282nd person to join Estune since the Lodge’s Consecration in 1949, being Proposed and Seconded by two other, younger Brethren who are also from Bristol, namely Darren Clark and Jason Hill 2012 who were initiated into Estune Lodge in 2015 and 2012 respectively. Bristol’s loss is rather fortunately a big gain for the continuing strength of Estune.
Into the history books as a first for Estune – honoured by all three APGM’s led by W.Bro Ben Batley who also announced the Lodge Provincial appointments and promotions for 2018.

Story by John Wyatt - Pictured above are (from l-r) Martin Slocombe (AsstPGM), David Rhodes, The Worshipful Master, Ben Batley (AsstPGM) & Barry McCormack (AsstPGM)

On yer bike! Estune Lodge helps Local Charity

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One of the many Charities supported by the Province as part of the Tercentenary celebration was See Change. Estune Lodge were impressed by what this particular Charity did and as a result asked them what the Lodge could do to help out. ‘We need some bicycles for our bicycle workshops’ was the reply from Gemma at SeeChange, so the Brethren of Estune Lodge were asked to look into their sheds and garages to see what they could come up with. As you can see from the picture a number of very useful donations were made including our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Martin Slocombe’s most prized possession, the picture says it all….! Thanks should also be recorded to Bill Parsons, a Member of Backwell Lodge for all of his very kind help in organising the transport

Story by John W Wyatt, Secretary, Estune Lodge