Somerset Freemasons

Provincial News 2018

Provincial News December 2018


W Bro David Medlock to take over as Provincial Grand Master

Provincial Grand Lodge of Somerset - new PGM appointed

The Most Worshipful Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, has been pleased to appoint W Bro David John Medlock DL PSGD, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master as the successor to RW Bro CA Stuart Hadler who will retire from office on 3rd April 2019

W Bro David is a Past Master of St Alphege Lodge No 4095, served as the Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 2001-2 and with distinction as Assistant Provincial Grand Master from 2006 until 2011.

He has been Chairman of the 2020 Festival since 2011. From both public and masonic life, W Bro David brings a wide range of experience, and expertise to his new role as the leader of the Craft in the Province of Somerset.

W Bro David will be installed at the Annual Meeting of Somerset Provincial Grand Lodge on Thursday 4th April 2019 at the Webbington Hotel, Loxton, Nr Axbridge.

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W Bro David pictured visiting the Royal Somerset Lodge No 973 in his capacity as Chairman of the 2020 Festival, receiving a cheque for the Festival from W Bro Clive Lambert,

Provincial News November 2018


Over £168,000 awarded to local charities in PGL Somerset’s 250th celebration year!

Over 50 invited brethren and guests joined the PGM Stuart Hadler and his wife, Susan, for a special charity event held at Weston-super-Mare Masonic Hall on November 30th 2018. Stuart welcomed the guests, and in particular, Councillor David Jolley, Chairman of North Somerset Council and his wife Susan. He then explained that the awards were funded either through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), The Somerset Masonic Charities (SMC) or individual Lodges. He said that the Province of Somerset are celebrating 250 years since its formation in 1768 and he was especially delighted to make these awards. Trevor Barnett, Charity Steward of Tivoli 9417 and St Kew 1222 was also in attendance representing both Lodges who donated to Prostate Cancer UK (9417) and Bone Cancer UK (1222).

Six charities were represented and in total received awards amounting to £168,000. A short presentation was made by each charity, explaining their work and how the award would be applied.

Bristol University Alzheimer’s Research

Dr Laura Palmer gave a fascinating talk on Dementia (a general term used to describe a range of neurological disorders), specifically Alzheimer’s disease. She said that currently around 850,000 people suffer from some form of Dementia and this is expected to rise to 1 million by 2025. Laura is the manager of the Bristol Brain Bank, where pioneering work is done to try and find a cure for this deliberating disease. She received an award of £5000 from the SMC which will be used to help purchase a new Microtome machine.

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Stuart Hadler, PGM presents Dr. Laura Palmer with her Award

The Poppy Factory

Trust Fundraising Manager, Claire Murray, explained that The Poppy Factory is the country’s leading employability organisation for veterans with disabilities. Since 2010 they have helped 950 people get back into work. The charity also employs around 30 veterans and dependents with disabilities in its factory, making remembrance products for The Royal British Legion and the Royal Family. She was delighted to receive an award from the MCF of £120,000 over 2 years to be managed by the SMC. Find out more about the Poppy Factory at

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PGM presents Claire Marray of The Poppy Factory with her Award Certificate

Children’s Hospice South West

Lisa McKeever representing the charity was pleased to accept an MCF award of £750. She told the audience that the charity provide hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families. These range from respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care to end-of-life care. “We operate three hospices” said Lisa, “Charlton Farm, here in Somerset, Little Bridge House in Devon and Little Harbour in Cornwall. We receive funding from various Freemasons Lodges and are most grateful for their support.”


Sam Davies from Lifelites surprised the PGM by making a presentation to him! He thanked the Province for taking part in the ‘Life for Lifelites’ charity event, in which CEO, Simone Enfer-Doy, travelled 2,500 miles to 47 famous landmarks around the UK, using a variety of unusual and extraordinary forms of transport, all in just 14 days! Freemasons across the country assisted Simone by providing the vehicles as she travelled through their Province. Earlier the MCF had awarded Lifelites £35,000, which was in turn used to fund projects at Children’s Hospice Southwest.

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The PGM receives a BIG THANK YOU from Sam Davies of Lifelites

Bone Cancer UK

Trevor Barnett Charity Steward of St Kew 1222 joined the PGM in making an award of £5000 to Sue Collard. The money was raised during IPM Mike Collins year as Master. Sue said that she has been raising money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust since their daughter, Mary died from the disease in 2012. She has run marathons and organised various fund raising events. She said “Our aim is to raise awareness of this terrible illness and we are grateful to the members of St. Kew for this most generous gift. There has been no improvement with Bone Cancer for more than 25 years which is why research is so desperately needed to find new treatments.”

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Susan Collard on behalf of Bone Cancer Trust receives the Award Certificate from the PGM and Trevour Barnett (ChStwd St Kew 1222)

Prostate Cancer UK

Ian Adamson on receiving an award of £2000 told the audience that 11,000 men die from prostate cancer every year, and that on in eight will be diagnosed within their life time. To put this into perspective he said “Statistically 4 men in this very room will have prostate cancer and not know it. However 330,000 men are living with, and after prostate cancer treatment. Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition - to stop men dying from prostate cancer by focusing on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support.” The money was raised by the IPM of Tivoli 9417, Daniel Kennedy, during his year as Master.

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The PGM and Trevor Barnett (ChStwd Tivoli 9417) present Ian Adamson of Postate Cancer UK with the Award Certificate

Following the awards the Provincial Grand Charity Steward David Maddern explained the background of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and how Freemasonry over the past 40 years has donated over £130 million to charity; Current donations are running at over £5,000,000 and consist solely of the generosity of individual freemasons, their families and friends.

Barry Davies Editor - Compass Magazine

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The charities with their awards


SMFA (Central) raises £250 for Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital

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Money raised from raffles at recent SMFA (Central) coffee mornings totalling £250 has been presented to the Beacon Centre at Musgrove park Hospital towards the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE)

Pictured above is cheque being presented by W Bro Adrian Robson (SMFA central area coordinator) to Caroline Howard (Beacon Centre PA)
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Somerset Freemasons Armistice Service at Wells Cathedral

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Around 400 Freemasons and their families gathered at Wells Cathedral to join the regular congregation for a special Choral Evensong which included a commemoration of Somerset Freemasons who lost their lives during the First World War. The service was conducted by the Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle and the Sermon given by the Dean of Wells, the Very Reverend Dr John Davies DL (Deputy Lieutenant). The PGM, Stuart Hadler gave a reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah before laying a large wreath on behalf of the brethren of the Province. The service was attended by the High Sherriff of Somerset Denis Burn and a number of local dignitaries.

Earlier, in the North Transept, as the famous Cathedral clock struck one quarter before the hour of 3.00pm the first pair of sixteen brethren formed into two columns under the watchful eye of the ProvGDC Chris Marchmont, stepped forward, bowed and with all reverence placed a cross of remembrance under the brass plaque inscribed with the names of those Somerset Freemasons who had died. As each cross was placed, Reverend Jeremy Hellier read out the name and Lodge of the deceased whom the cross represented.

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Thirty one Somerset Freemasons have been identified as losing their lives while in the service of their country. Twenty eight are included on the Masonic Great War Project at Freemasons Hall and a further three were found on the Somerset Freemasons Memorial at the Cathedral. The 31 brethren were predominately officers from the middle and upper classes. They include 1 Peer, 1 Clergyman, 3 doctors, solicitors, teachers, soldiers, businessmen a professional Organist and a theatrical agent. Five were lost a sea, a further three died in Africa and two in Mesopotamia (Iraq). Four died back in England from ill health and one from a tragic accident. Their average age was 36, the youngest 22 and the oldest 55.

Mounted above the High Altar are seven statues. The two on the far right hand side were presented by the Freemasons of Somerset to commemorate those brethren who died in the First World War. That on the left is St Peter and that on the right St. George. They were erected at the same time as the brass plaque.

The plinth and crosses were made by W Bro David Lyons of Forest of Selwood Lodge No 8912, and the crosses were inscribed by W Bro Jeremy Hellier of Wellington School Lodge No 7230 - grateful thanks to both Brethren.

Barry Davies
Compass Editor

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Poppies flow down the stairs from the Chapter House

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The memorial is complete

Photo Courtesy: Donald Gray

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The PGM delivers the reading

Photo Courtesy: Donald Gray

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The Masonic Plaque

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Major John Webber, The Rifles; Revd Jeremy Hellier; Stuart Hadler (PGM) and Dennis Burn (High Sheriff of Somerset)

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Placing the cross

Provincial News October 2018


Brethren walk on red hot coals in the name of charity!

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This was Masonic Fire with a difference!

Ten intrepid brethren and one fearless lady braved temperatures of over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit (537 degrees Celsius) to walk on red hot coals and raise money for charity.

The event, which was held at Bower Farm, Bridgwater was the brainchild of Matthew Redman (Perpetual Friendship 135 and the Adair Club).

Matt told Compass “This is the latest of a number of unusual events that we’ve organised and by far the wackiest and the most scary.”
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‘Success Formulae Ltd’, who organised the walk itself, put the participants through 90 minutes of intensive training in ‘mind over matter’ which included the opportunity to walk on broken glass and break arrow heads against bare throats!

Assistant PGM Ben Batley, representing the Province said “It’s been an incredible evening and I congratulate all those taking part. It demonstrates just how far freemasons will go to raise money for good causes.”

You could hear a pin drop as the first walker braved the hot coals and made it to safety unscathed. Then the cheering started as one by one the participants made the long walk. David Maddern, the Provincial Grand Charity Steward (pictured right) took part as did the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Chris Marchmont, who, as former District Commander (Operations) of the Somerset Fire Brigade felt he needed to keep a close eye on things!

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Nearly £3,000 was raised to be shared between the following charities: Josh Evans Trust Fund;
Jemima Lazell Trust; 2020 Festival; Shark Conservation Project (Phoebe Redman) and MIND.
Final word from Matt, “This event brought together 6 Lodges, the Adair Club and non-masons with a spirit of adventure and a will to help others. I would particularly like to thank our sponsors, David Medlock of Sitec and Richard Winter of Team Green Growers along with Elder Grove Guest House without whose help the event would not have taken place.”

Barry Davies - Compass Editor

Provincial News August 2018


SMFA enjoys Cream Tea at Banwell Castle

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The North West area of the Masonic Friendship association held a successful Cream Tea afternoon at Banwell Castle,on Sunday 5th August.

61 widows, Brethren and families attended supported by the PGM Stuart Hadler and Sue and the A.P.G.M Martin Slocombe & Wilma.

The pictures show different areas of the verandah where the group sat sheltering from the heat of the sun.

My thanks go to Peter Harris for co co-ordinating the event.

Ray Beckingham

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Bro Phil Ticknell wins PGMs Golf Day!

After all the sunshine, thirty intrepid Somerset Masonic Golfers found their way to Wedmore Golf Club for the annual Provincial Grand Master's Golf Competition, to find the weather a little cooler but much more bearable to spend 4 hours or so out on the golf course. The recent exceptionally dry and hot spell of weather had unfortunately taken it’s toll on the course, where there were large cracks in all the fairways, but that didn't deter the golfers and some very good scores were recorded.

After the game, some liquid refreshment was very much the order of the day followed by a well earned dinner. Th Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Stuart Hadler had somehow found the time in his busy diary to accompany the golfers at for pre-dinner drinks, and at the Dinner afterwards, but event organiser, W Bro Allen day made him sing for his supper and RW Bro Stuart very kindly presented the prizes to the winners as follows;

1st Phil Ticknell (39 points)
2nd Ken Lavery (38 points)
3rd Martyn Russell (38 Points - Countback)
4th Jeff Body (37 points)
5th Trevor Barnetson (37 points - Countback)
6th Ian Pamplin (36 points)

Thanks go to W Bro Dave Flack for once again sponsoring the first 3 prizes and Roger Brigland for the fourth prize. Any Somerset Masonic golfer can enter this annual event, so if you are interested to play next year (date tbc but it will be around mid August once again), then please contact the Treasurer of Somerset Fairway Lodge, W Bro Allen Day at allenwday@gmail,com

Click on the image above to open a gallery of all the prizewinners

Story by Allen Day

Note from Ed; On behalf of all the golfers, well done and a big thanks to Allen Day for once again organising a great day of golf

Provincial News June 2018

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The PGM’s Escort approaches the South Entrance to St. Mary’s

Over 50 Masons, comprising Worshipful Masters (or their representatives) of 32 of Somerset’s 89 Lodges, together with the PGM and his team, all led by the banners of Royal Cumberland 41 and Perpetual Friendship 135, paraded through the streets of Bridgwater in celebration of 250 years since the formation of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Somerset.

With temperatures approaching 28 degrees Celsius and the England v Panama world cup match in full swing, the brethren were well received by the people of Bridgwater. The parade terminated at St Mary’s Church to be greeted by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, W.Bro David Medlock and the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr. Mike Creswell. Also in attendance were several Rulers from the various Masonic Orders: R.W.Bro John Morgan - Provincial Grand Master of Mark Master Masons; R.Ill.Comp David Nelson - District Grand Master of Royal & Select Masters; R.Wy.Bro C.Trevor Cooper - Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler of the Order of the Secret Monitor and V.Ill.Bro Ray Johnston-Smith - Inspector General of the Ancient & Accepted Rite (Rose Croix). Another well known local figure was the Chairman of the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Committee - Mr Malcolm Cattle, who, together with the many Brethren and their families, made up a congregation of about 250 for the Biennial Church Service.

And what a service it was! Music had been specially written by Martin Emslie to complement the theme of Past, Present and Future. Provincial Grand Lodge - The Past: was a history of the Province given by Peter Russell, John Townsend and Andrew Baird. Provincial Grand Lodge - The Present: was introduced by the Provincial Grand Orator W.Bro Rev Jeremy Hellier and friends - in the form of an entertaining ‘talking heads’ discussion and Provincial Grand Lodge - The Future: was a most thought-provoking and pertinent address given by the Provincial Grand Chaplain, W.Bro Robert Moore.

A reading from the Old Testament was given by Lin Winston and the Offertory collection was donated to St. Mary’s along with a £500 donation by the Provincial Grand Lodge, generously ‘match funded’ by Tynte Lodge. The entire occasion was overseen by Provincial Grand DC W.Bro Chris Marchmont and his team. Chris told Compass: “I am delighted with the way things came together and would especially like to thank the Bridgwater Lodges for all their support and practical assistance”. The PGM R.W.Bro Stuart Hadler thanked everyone for supporting him, especially in view of the unfortunate timing of the World Cup match and the extremely warm weather. The service was followed by a complimentary cream tea served by the Ladies of the Bridgwater Lodges under the watchful eye of Mrs Delphine Hucker. W.Bro Keith Fisher baked the scones and W.Bro Richard Winter supplied the strawberries for the jam, which was topped off by some whipped cream sponsored by W.Bro Norman Hucker - a big thank you to them all – they were delicious!

If you missed this event don’t despair - there is another one at Bath on September 30th so make a note in your diaries!

Barry Davies
Compass Editor

To see the Parade as It happened courtesy of J & L Photography visit:

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At the entrance to St. Marys Church

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Provincial Banner proudly on display in St Mary’s Church

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The PGM gives his Address

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The PrpvGChap Robert Moore presenting 'PGL - The Future'

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The cream tea


Cadogan Court Summer Prize Draw Winners

The five lucky people of the Cadogan Court Summer Fair draw are:

1st Prize Michael Gill of Woodspring Lodge No 8791 (Somerset)

2nd Prize W E Meek of Bedford Lodge No 282 (Devon)

3rd Prize Steve Johnson of Friendship Lodge No 202 (Devon)

4th Prize T Musgrave of Yatton Lodge of Hospitality Lodge No 9299 (Somerset)

5thPrize R M Nicholls of Emergency Services Lodge No 9391 (Somerset)

The Chairman has contacted them all, and needless to say, they are all delighted.
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Provincial News April 2018


Successful new members meeting in Clevedon

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The Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro Stuart Hadler held a successful New Members meeting at Clevedon Masonic hall on 19th April, A goodly number turned up with wives partners and mentors. The attendees were firstly invited to the Lodge room where an explanation of Freemasonry and our ceremonies was explained by the PGM, the Chairman of the Adair club W.Bro Sam Mayer then spoke about the Adair Clubs activities. A general look around the lodge room took place with many questions asked by the new members and their partners, this continued during the excellent buffet provided by Neil and Zena.

Ray Beckingham
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Somerset visits Somersetshire!

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Brother Ross Batten could never have imagined that he would have the honour to be initiated AND raised by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Somerset. However, in March 2017 during the annual Provincial Team Visit to Somersetshire 2925 in London, APGM Ben Batley carried out the Ceremony of Initiation and just over a year later in March 2018 APGM Barry McCormack and members of the Provincial team, raised him to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. Taking active office during the Ceremony were the Provincial Senior Warden, David Ware, Junior Warden Val Cooke, Chaplain,. Keith Fisher, Director of Ceremonies Chris Marchmont, Senior Deacon Adrian Robson, Junior Deacon, Richard Kilburn, Inner Guard Ian Moore and Tyler Collin Snook. The Provincial Grand Master, Stuart Hadler told Compass Magazine “it’s become something a tradition for us to visit Somersetshire Lodge and it’s a wonderful outing for the team, many of whom were coming to the end of their year of office.” Worshipful Master, Anthony (Tony) Guthrie said he was delighted that over 30 Brethren from Somerset were able to support the PGM and make the journey to London. The Provincial Choir were in attendance accompanied by the Provincial Organist Martin Emslie which really made the Ceremony, held in the Grand Temple of Mark Masons Hall in St, James an even more memorable occasion.

Pictured above are Members of the Provincial Team including Barry McCormack (centre), the Assistant Provincial Grand Master who took the Chair for the Ceremony

Pictured below, the Provincial Grand Master, Stuart Hadler enjoys a glass of wine at the Festive Board with the current Worshipful Master of Somersetshire Lodge, W Bro Tony Guthrie

Story by Barry Davies, Compass Editor

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