Somerset Freemasons

Lodge News 2017

News from Lodges March 2018

 

Donations from the Forest of Mendip Lodge

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The Forest of Mendip Lodge has been very pleased to present two Cheques to local charities. The first to the Great Western Air Ambulance for £1,300 which was collected during Barry Goodyer’s year as Worshipful Master of the Lodge and the second for £295 from a raffle held at the Lodge’s Christmas Lunch and presented to Baytree Special School.

Pictured above receiving their cheque from Ray Beckingham (right) on behalf of The Baytree School are (L -R); Aline Kay, Deputy Head and Heather Sullivan,with her children, Archie & Frankie who both attend the school.

Pictured below (L-R) are Dr Will Passmore (Critical Care Doctor), Barry Goodyer of the Forest of Mendip Lodge with his his wife Carolyn, Ray Beckingham, Gary Currell (the present Worshipful Master of Forest of Mendip Lodge) and James Yates (Critical Care Paramedic)


Story by Ray Beckingham

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50 Years for Roger

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Roger Earthrowl was initiated into the Lodge of Tolerance No 538 by his Father on 4th January 1968. He joined the Lodge of Unanimity and Sincerity No 261 in 2007 and was Worshipful Master in 2015. He was promoted to PPrJGW in 2016.

He was presented with his 50 Year Certificate by W Bro. John Winston at the January Meeting of 261 when Dillon Hughes was Installed as Master.
 

Portcullis donate to BARB

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Portcullis Lodge were appreciative of the help given to Langport and Muchenly by the Burnham Area Rescue Boat during the Somerset Floods so set about raising funds to help with operating costs (although the boat is crewed entirely by volunteers it still costs around £50, 000 a year to operate).

The photograph shows Richard Francis and Terry Haggett presenting a cheque for £450 as a small token of appreciation.
 

Cornucopia Lodge Go Bananas

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It was an evening of good company, delicious food and great music at Keynsham Masonic Hall on Saturday 24th March when an informal evening with friends and family celebrated the generosity of the Cornucopia Lodge Members who have raised £1,000 for the Golden Oldies Charity.

During the evening Mike Richardson, Trustee, Treasurer and Past Chairman, was presented with a cheque, to be used for local initiatives, by the Worshipful Master of Cornucopia Watts.

Mike explained how singing in a group improves the wellbeing of individuals by combatting loneliness and isolation.
Throughout the evening the happy revellers were entertained by “Mission Impossible - 2” a duo of singer, Roland Smith, and keyboard player Steve Lawrence, the Secretary of Cornucopia and organiser of the evening.

A Cornucopia is a symbol of plenty and fruitfulness (hence the bananas reference) is personified by the Lodge who welcome visitors to share their generous hospitality.

The photograph shows Jonathan Watts, Mike Richardson, Steve Lawrence and Barry McCormack at the presentation of the cheque.

Story by; David Hogg
 

£3600 donations from Queens College Taunton Lodge

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Recently, Geoff Dolling, the outgoing Worshipful Master of the Queen’s College Taunton Lodge was absolutely delighted to present cheques of £1800 each at the Beacon Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital to the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE) and also to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Pictured receiving cheques are Vanessa Marchmont, the Secretary of SURE, along with Jill Clarke a Cancer Information and Support Officer for Macmillan.

Geoff said; “Like most Masonic Lodges, when we meet (and Queens Lodge only meets four times a year) we raise funds, usually by raffle with the emphasis on donating to a local charity or charities nominated by our current Worshipful Master. The past year has been a very challenging one for me personally in dealing with illness generally and in particular a cancer, which entailed several weeks of intensive radiotherapy. My Wife and I have been immensely impressed and eternally grateful for the friendly and caring support received at the Beacon Centre throughout this ordeal. In deciding which deserving local cause should benefit from the money raised by the Lodge during my year in Office, it was natural for me to choose these charities whose wonderful work we should all be very proud of.”

Geoffrey will shortly install his successor, Alan Watkins, a former Queen’s parent

Story by;Richard Baker

 

£1000 donation from Showmen’s Guild Lodge

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The Brethren of The Showmen’s Guild Lodge and in particular, Roger O’Connor received a big thank you from Thomas, James, Chloe, Madison and Lewis Danter, for the donation of £1000 in memory and honour of their father (the late Thomas Danter) raised at a recent charity night hosted by Roger O’Connor.

The money was donated to the Brompton Fountain which provides support, resources and equipment to children and their families at The Royal Brompton Hospital to buy a new heart monitor for the Children’s Ward there.

James Danter and his mum were very pleased and proud to present the cheque to the charity (see photo opposite) during a recent visit when James underwent a heart check up which was all clear and good for another 2 years.

Story by K Dean

 

60 Years for Eric Kellett at Sir Thomas de Cheddre Lodge

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Sir Thomas de Cheddre Lodge had a delightful night at their February meeting. The Worshipful Master, Bryan Kenna, with the assistance of his Officers, conducted a wonderful Initiation Ceremony, welcoming now Brother, Keith Bissix, which was appreciated by everyone that attended.

Later in the meeting the Provincial Grand Master, Stuart Hadler (Pictured on the right opposite) presented Eric Kellett with a sixty year certificate in Masonry along with a commemorative pin. Many of Eric’s friends were present and amongst them were: John Morgan (Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Degree), and his Deputy, Phil Voisey, along with Trevor Cooper (Provincial Supreme Ruler of the Order of the Secret Monitor) and his Deputy, Julian Frost.

On completion of the meeting everyone retired to the dining room and enjoyed a convivial and delicious Festive Board.

Pictured are (l-r); John Morgan, Eric Kellett & Stuart Hadler

Story by Ted Toon

 

St. Alphege lodge enjoy a triple celebration

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OH, WHAT A NIGHT!

After the chaos brought about by the Beast from the East and Storm Emma there was some doubt that the Meeting planned for Saturday 3rd March would indeed go ahead. However, with a forecast of kinder weather, the decision was made to proceed and 22 intrepid Brethren, including our PGM, RW.Bro. Stuart Hadler, took to the icy roads with some caution.
How glad we are that everyone arrived safely as we had a full and varied evening ahead.

W.Bro Morian Davies PPrJGW and now an honorary member of the lodge, received a 60 year certificate which was presented by the Provincial Grand Master.

W.Bro. Morian was born on the 6 June 1922 at Treharris near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales.
On leaving school he became a cashier at the main office of the Newark Co-op.

When war broke out, a local ball bearing factory was bombed in Newark which so incensed Morian, that he decided to volunteer for pilot training and commit himself to the war effort. His initial training was at Scarborough, flying Tiger Moths and he was then sent to America to continue training. This did not work out as expected and he was then sent to Canada to continue his training, where he was trained as an Observer, Navigator and Bomb Aimer.

On returning to the UK, Morian was allocated to the Pathfinder Squadron of Bomber Command and after further extensive training ,started to fly missions over Germany, leading the way and marking the targets for the bombers following on behind.

His first ten missions were in the Sterling aircraft and the next twenty were in the Lancaster Bomber. Between 19 June 1943 and 2 January 1944, he flew a total of thirty missions over Germany.

On the 3 January 1944, he was flying a night mission over Berlin when his aircraft was attacked by a night fighter which set fire to their port engine. It was clear that the aircraft was not fit to fly much further, so the order was given to prepare to abandon the aircraft; Morian at this time was lying on the escape hatch busy with his bomb aiming task. The last thing he remembers is his crew mate Jimmy Weeway putting his knee in Morian’s back and the hatch was then released and Morian was thrown out into the night sky……………. That was the last he ever saw of his crew mates and he believes that the aircraft disintegrated very shortly after his exit. Morian parachuted safely to the ground on the outskirts of Berlin and he felt that he would not be very popular with the locals if captured, due to the amount of damage inflicted by him and his colleagues over previous months. He hid for 24hrs and then tried to make his way to the local train station where he was spotted and captured and taken into the signal box to await transport. Much to his surprise and relief, his captors treated him very well and the first thing that they did was to give him a cup of coffee. He was collected the following day and after a few days interrogation, sent to Stalag 4B Prison camp at Marburg, which is located between Dresden and Leipzig. He spent the rest of the war there until eventually being liberated by the Russians and handed over to the Canadians.

After the war, Morian returned to his job at Newark on Trent but by this time his family had moved back to Porthcawl in Wales. Feeling that he needed to live nearer his family, Morian applied for a transfer to the office in Bath which would bring him nearer to Wales. His skills were very quickly recognised and he attended the Co-op academy and qualified as a Chartered Secretary. Here, he met June his wife to be with whom he enjoyed 66 years of marriage until December 2017 when she passed away.

Interests throughout his life have been travel and he has travelled extensively! It’s more a case of where hasn’t he and his wife been during their life together. But the main passion for them revolved around Amateur Dramatics, June being a very active pianist and performer for many years with Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society (BODS), Morian giving her his full support. Asked if whether he had ever been tempted to get involved with the stage himself, Morian admitted to once having had a very small part in a Pantomime, on the conclusion of which they asked him if he would like to be Treasurer…… so, I think that he realised that acting was not for him. However, he was Treasurer for very many years. At a time when the group was about to fold through lack of funds, Morian managed to obtain a grant of £10,000 for the group, which was a substantial amount in those days and allowed the group not only to survive but to flourish. BODS is still the premier amateur group in Bath, performing at least two shows a year at the Bath Theatre Royal to a very high standard. Morian quite rightly feels proud of his achievement in this area and was given the title of ‘The Money Man’ by the group members.

His career continued within accountancy and he worked for Huntleys the Grocers in Wiltshire and then settled as the main accountant for Wiltshire Farmers Association, a job which he held down for just over 20yrs. He retired at the age of 64yrs and then took up a role with Hebron and Medlock here in Bath, managing their property portfolio which he carried out for another 20yrs !!! Finally retiring at the age of 84yrs. He is now 95yrs of age.

W.Bro. Morian was Initiated into Venables Llewelyn Lodge No 3756 as a LEWIS as this was his father’s Lodge. He was initiated in a double first ceremony on the same day with his Cousin Allan Morgan and passed in a double second ceremony with his cousin on the 5 April 1958 and Raised on the 1 January 1959. He joined St. Alphege Lodge on 4th March 1961and Installed as W.M. on 1st April 1976.


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The Provincial Grand Master then presented the Lodge with its fifth Ashlar and awarded several Brethren with Festival Jewels and Bars in recognition of their contributions to the 2020 Festival.

Pictured left is the lodge Charity Steward W.Bro. Brian Mogg PPrJGD receiving the 5th Ashlar from the Provincial Grand Master

The final celebration was the well-executed Ceremony undertaken by a willing team of Past Masters, who Raised Bro. Lukas Vermeire to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.
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We are all extremely grateful to everyone who made the effort to attend and especially our PGM who travelled in from the depths of wintry Somerset and who despite the Rail Service cancelling his Train managed to brave the elements and drive to Bath in order to ensure that W.Bro. Morian Davies was properly recognised for his services to masonry.

Pictured right are W.Bro. Morian our most senior member at the age of age 95, with our WM W.Bro. Neil Hawes and our youngest member, Bro. Lukas Vermeire at the very youthful age of 21, but greatly enjoying his masonry and the interaction with the elder statesmen.

The Festive Board having been cancelled due to the uncertain weather conditions, all went home tired and hungry but extremely pleased and happy to have witnessed such an historic and enjoyable meeting.

David Hogg PPrGReg
DC – St Alphege Lodge


News from Lodges March 2018

 

Admiral Blake’s annual sojourn to Cadogan Court

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Saturday 17th February 2018 saw the arrival of a goodly number of brethren from Admiral Blake Lodge No. 4692 who held their annual and extraordinary meeting at Cadogan Court, Exeter for the resident brethren.

A short presentation was provided by W.Bro. Robin Back entitled ‘It all started at the Goose and Gridiron’.
 

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.


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At the 13th. Installation Festival at Sir Isaac Newton Lodge 9801, on the 26th. October 2017, W.Bro. Dennis R Hammond, PPrGReg, was elected as Worshipful Master.

The raffle money raised from the Festive Board was donated to Cossham Hospital following a course of treatment by that hospital to our Worshipful Master.

The photograph shows the cheque for £200.00 being received, on 7th February 2018 by Adrian Brown, the Community Manager of the Southmead Hospital Trust Charity, with W.Bro Dennis Hammond on the left and the Charity Steward Bro. Robert Harding on the right.

Bob Harding
Charity Steward

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