The Newsletter of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons
Issue 41 Spring 2019
Supporting integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness in the local community
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Including: Editor’s Welcome, Dates for your Diary.
Including: Masonic Master Chef, Scrip, Purse and Caring Heart, Provincial Grand Masters Address.
Welcome to New Members.
Including: Light Blues Rugby Football Club Provinces in Union, Leicestershire & Rutland Masonic Golfing Association, Cyclists take to the road for Rainbows.
Including: Father and Son take centre stage at St. Wilfrid’s, St. Mary’s Lodge Enjoy Burns Night, 2022 Festival Jewels proudly on display in the Lodge of the Golden Fleece, A Family occasion at Framland Hundred, Tripartite charity evenings, Howe & Charnwood Lodge host a musical evening, Double Passing at the Derek Buswell Lodge, Hinckley Masons Prepare for the Lodge of Installed Masters Consecration, Burbach Lodge celebrates it’s 300th Meeting, Commercial Lodge celebrate Christmas in style, Enderby Lodge sporting a new initiate, Bingo night with St. Peter’s Lodge.
An away trip to Jersey & New & Young Masons Clubs Conference
Including: 6th April 2019 Cheque Presentation, Over £70,000 Raised by Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons, Lutterworth Lodges Donate £10,000 to the 2022 Festival, Classical recital to raise money for 2022 Festival.
Including: Long Service Awards, Certificate of 50 Years’ to W.Bro. Paul Raymond, W.Bro. Malcolm Longley receives 50 Year Certificate.
Royal Arch Matters
Including: Royal Arch Dinner Dance 2019, Dates for the diary, Provincial visit to Wayfarer Chapter, Provincial visit to Wiclif Chapter, Happy 99th Birthday!, Granite Chapter Provincial team visit, Provincial visit to St. Peter’s Chapter.
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Newarke Lodge Annual visit to Devonshire Court.
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Beyond the Craft
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Editor’s Welcome Dear Readers
When I first took over as Editor of our Provincial publication, my fear was being able to fill the editions with enough content, this fear was very much misplaced. In collating the news stories from all over the Province for issue 41, the hard task is deciding what to leave out, as we have an abundance of great stories, news, events and announcements to tell. Since the incredibly hectic year of our Tercentenary, all over the Province we have continued to create a huge amount of positive stories for our own notice boards, our websites and social media, and also the local press. Whilst thinking about what to write in this editorial, it reminded me of a recent visit to Wiclif Lodge in Lutterworth, where a surprise presentation was made of £10,000 to the 2022 Festival, which was followed by healthy donations to the Almoner’s
fund and also a raffle in aid of Charity. This makes me immensely proud to be part of such a caring organisation, and one that keeps giving in times of need. Stories like this, never grow tired. In this edition we have also added several features, introducing some of the Brethren that help make our Province work, from the Light Blue Club to the work of the Lodge Almoner.
All of this can only be achieved by your continued support for Leicester Square, so please, keep the stories coming, not only for the publication, but also for our website and the local press. I hope that you enjoy reading about Freemasonry in Leicestershire & Rutland and look forward to your feedback in due course. Richard Barnett Editor
Dates for your
18th - Combined Universities Scheme Meeting
20th - Initiates’ Evening
12th - Grand Lodge 22nd - LRMCA Cheque Presentation
SEPTEMBER 2nd - Hall Committee & Craft Stewards 12th - Craft General Purposes Meeting 14th - Provincial Team Visit to the Lodge of Chevaliers de Fer No.9732 19th - Craft Secretaries & Treasurers Meeting 21st - Heritage Open Day 26th - Provincial Team Visit to St Denys Lodge No.8276 30th - Provincial Team Visit to Vale of Catmos Lodge No.1265
3rd - Provincial Team Visit to Highcross Lodge No.4835 12th - LRMCA Cheque Presentation
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Masonic Master Chef Bro. Kwoklyn Wan of Grey Friars Lodge No.6803 is not only a keen member of the Lodge, but also a regular member in magazines and on television, being famed for his mastery of Chinese cooking and his best-selling “Chinese Takeaway Cookbook”. Initiated into Grey Friars Lodge No.6803 at the end of April 2016, after applying to join via the Provincial website, Kwoklyn’s enthusiasm quickly drew him in the direction of the Light Blue Club, where he enjoys a role on the committee, helping to organise social events, visits, outings and also the upcoming New & Young Masons Club Conference to be held in Leicester on the 28th September 2019.
Bro. Kwoklyn literally grew up in the kitchens of Chinese takeaways and restaurants; his playground was the kitchen store room and as he grew older, the beginning of his career as a chef, helping out with the washing up, peeling prawns or chopping vegetables. Kwoklyn is now a professional chef, restaurateur and regularly appears on radio and television as an expert on Chinese cuisine.
in Chinese restaurants, including tips on Chinese food etiquette, cooking techniques and wok craft. With over 70 recipes, it’s an ultimate guide to recreating favourite Chinese takeaway and Cantonese restaurant dishes at home. And for those visual learners among us, Kwoklyn has also now launched a new online cookery school, ‘Kwok On Kitchen’, where he will be teaching subscribers to ‘Cook the Book’ via step by step video tutorials
Outside of the Lodge, and when not deeply immersed in the kitchen, Bro. Kwoklyn continues his passion for teaching Martial Arts, both here in the UK as well as the US where he taught directly for the Bruce Lee Foundation, sharing his expertise in Bruce’s form, Jeet Kune Do. Having recently appeared on ITV’s “This Morning” alongside brother Gok, and presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby to demonstrate his cooking skills, the Leicester Mason is truly a household name and celebrity chef. In his Chinese Takeaway Cookbook, Kwoklyn reveals the culinary secrets he’s learned over a lifetime working
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Scrip, Purse and Caring Heart
When I was asked if I would consider taking over the Provincial “Scrip, Purse and Caring Heart” as W.Bro. Tony Molyneux was stepping down as Provincial Grand Almoner, my first response was “what does the role of Provincial Almoner involve?” I had been the Almoner in Beacon Lodge No.5208 since 2011, carrying out its pastoral role, and being involved with charitable donations and attending Provincial grant presentation mornings. Roll forward twelve months and at the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge in November 2018, the Provincial Grand Master appointed me as the Provincial Grand Almoner (ProvGAlm), and now nearly eighteen months on from the first approach, I am settling in and pleased to share a flavour of the development and support provided both by W.Bro. Tony and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).
At my induction, I received personal introductions to the Enquiries Team, who are the first point of contact if you personally contact the MCF. I was also introduced to the Grants Team, who become involved when an enquiry becomes a case with potential for support to be provided, and to the field based advice and support team who are of very experienced individuals, all of whom have a wealth of knowledge to respond to enquiries that are of a more complex nature.
There are indeed very close links with the MCF, and as ProvGAlm, I am the primary and principal link between the MCF Enquiries and Grant Teams. They ensure that all newly appointed ProvGAlms have an induction day at the MCF offices at Freemasons’ Hall, London.
Visiting Volunteers also gain and build up knowledge of the range of support that not only the MCF can provide, but also other benefits and grants that are available. There is no doubt that this element of the role adds significant knowledge and understanding of the availability of support and benefits that can be provided to the masonic community and their families. Through the close interaction with the MCF, our Leicestershire & Rutland Visiting Volunteers, and also engagement with the enquiries and cases that relate to our Province, it has been a significant eye opener into the important role the MCF is playing in the support given to our Brethren and families.
My first thoughts after being approached was to discuss with Tony an outline of the time and personal commitment required. My daily working life was to change during 2018, and having a regular, structured, yet flexible active voluntary role very much appealed. So it was in early 2018 with my wife’s support, I gave my commitment to take on the role. During the spring of 2018 I made regular visits to the Charity Office at Freemasons’ Hall Leicester and sat alongside Tony as he introduced me to the regular activities of the ProvGAlm. I quickly began to familiarise myself with the close links to the MCF which has led to a greater understanding of its workings and support structures, such as the MCF regional group meetings with neighbouring ProvGAlms, the national ProvGAlms meeting, and liaison with the RMBI Care Home managers.
the role is not just to assist in the completion of application forms and provision of supporting documents, but to also understand if there are any other needs and requirements.
I was also introduced to “GAMES”, the online enquiry and application management system which is the window to all MCF enquiries, grants and cases for our Province. As a new ProvGAlm it was necessary for me to attend the Visiting Volunteers training programme, Like all Visiting Volunteers, I made an application to the MCF who take up references ensuring that I was a suitable person. In Leicestershire & Rutland, we have five visiting volunteers including myself, and also a local member of the Order of Women Freemasons for those enquiries that require a female contact. The training received does not go to waste, and is supported by periodic update sessions and monthly newsletters. When visiting applicants,
The engagement and support of the Lodge Almoners is also a key aspect of my role. Over recent years, Grand Lodge have developed guidance and support information for local Almoners, and locally we have held Almoners’ conferences, to update them and give support. Grand Lodge also provides guidance and information on many Almoner related topics. Going forward, new engagement initiatives and workshops are planned for our Province, which I am sure will feature in future editions of Leicester Square. I hope you have found this short article informative, which can only touch on a few of the activities and engagements of my role as ProvGAlm. I can generally be visited in the Charity Office on Tuesday and Thursday morning. W.Bro. David Highton Provincial Grand Almoner
Provincial Grand Masters Address At the Annual Communication of Provincial Grand Lodge, held at Freemasons’ Hall Leicester on the 30th November 2018, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, David Hagger gave his address to the Brethren. Paul Wallace, the Provincial Grand Mentor, W.Bro. Tony Stockton, the Provincial Membership Officer, and W.Bro. Rex Hazeldine, the Provincial Training Officer, all of whom together with myself gave a great deal of time and effort to ensure its success. The conference was well received by all who attended but unfortunately not all Lodges were represented. Despite certain of these projects having been voiced for some time, some Lodges, even struggling ones, are still talking about, but not acting upon these initiatives. The message from the conference was and is, “now is the time for every Lodge to embody them, whether at the present time they are strong or weak in membership”.
Brethren, I said last year, what an unbelievable year 2017 had been when we celebrated the Tercentenary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge in 1717. This year has been no less memorable and in many respects as challenging as any year since I was installed as your Provincial Grand Master in 2010. These challenges in this ever changing world, reflect the way that Freemasonry and Freemasons have had to react to the changes in Society, in our Nation and to the world in general. Freemasonry has had to adapt to reflect the society in which we live. Those changes must clearly be met by both the United Grand Lodge of England and our Province if Freemasonry has not only to survive but remain a relevant force in Society, Freemasons have to demonstrate their commitment to not only our Order but also the relevance of our Society to the
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Community. The directions in which we travel have been clearly seen in the reaction and advice that United Grand Lodge have given to all Freemasons under their jurisdiction. Whether it be, Data Protection, Gender Re-assignment, the Pathway Project and Lodge Membership Officers. I have taken the view that our Brethren should be advised directly of our Policy in respect of each and every change in Society. In September, we held a Pathway Project Conference where the lead speaker was Michael Baker, the Director of Communications at United Grand Lodge. It was well attended by most Lodges, and dealt with the Lodge Register, the Care Committee recommended for each Lodge and of course the Pathway scheme. Michael Baker was ably assisted by W.Bro.
I mentioned this year the possibility of further Lodges in this Province. We were approached last year by members of the Lodge of Chevaliers de Fer No.9732 curently meeting in Hampshire, to move their Lodge to meet at Lutterworth. This is a Bikers Lodge and will complement the Mark and Royal Ark Mariner; Joey Dunlop Lodges which also meet there. The consent of Grand Lodge has now been given, The Lodge is now within this Province and I intend to make a Provincial Team Visit next year. I have also been asked to approve the formation and the consecration of the Hinckley Lodge of Installed Masters. The Petition has been completed and sent to Grand Lodge, and subject to its approval, we hope to consecrate the Lodge in May next year. I am also pleased to say that proposals have been put to me for the creation of two special Interest Lodges, one being a Lodge for ex Service Personnel, a Military Lodge and the other emanating from the Light Blue Club, who have a Provincial Rugby Team, a Lodge with a focus on
Provincial NEWS Rugby for players past and present. My policy is whilst I would consider the formation of new Special Interest Lodges, I am reluctant to create new Lodges which are identical in many respects to existing ones within that particular centre. We have some Lodges which have almost 70 members and several prospective members but a closer analysis reveals only two thirds or less of the members attend. As in all Lodges, the focus should be on ascertaining why so many do not attend, by employment of the Lodge Register and Care Committee. On a lighter note, I was very pleased to read in the Registrar’s report that whilst the number of members and memberships has fallen, the number of initiates is up by 14 to 144 last year, resignations are down by 22, and 90% of Lodges have had Initiates. I think this is an indication that the measures we have taken are bearing fruit. This afternoon I have Appointed and Promoted Brethren within this Province in recognition of what they have already achieved in their Lodges but also as a spur, an incentive to further commitment and dedication to our Order. On my visits to Lodges, I always thank those Brethren in Office for their commitment and dedication. Where Brethren have shown this, I have not hesitated to reward them for instance by early Appointment to Provincial Grand Steward. Likewise, I also have made Appointments for the future and this has necessitated changes of roles within the Executive. I have already paid tribute to my Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro.. Jim Buckle, and I now wish to thank four other Brethren who have retired this evening after distinguished service. My thanks go to W.Bro. Paul Roberts, my Past Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, to W.Bro. Tony Molyneaux, my Past Provincial Grand Almoner, to W.Bro. Tony Sibson, my Past Provincial Grand Charity Steward, and W.Bro.. Ian Nesbitt the Past Assistant Grand Secretary. As regards charitable giving, this has
been a year of steady progress although only some 75% of Brethren make the minimum donation of £20 to the Leicestershire and Rutland Masonic Charity Association. In October, we had our quarterly cheque presentation morning, in which over 30 non masonic charities were presented with cheques, totalling £60,000. As I have said before, this is a humbling experience when you hear from mostly volunteers the work that they undertake on behalf of people less fortunate then ourselves. To this end, we will through the Charity Association, match fund a donation raised by a Lodge for a non-masonic Charity, if the sum raised by the Lodge is donated to the 2022 Festival. I am pleased to report that today the amount raised for the 2022 Festival by either donations or pledges has reached £1 million towards our target of £1.8 million. This is a very encouraging start after two years but obviously it will be difficult to maintain this if other Brethren do not participate. My thanks go to the Charity Association and the 2022 Festival Committee, so ably lead by their respective Chairman W.Bro. Philip Caswell and W.Bro. Dale Page. The support received by our Brethren and their dependants either directly or within our Masonic Homes amounted last year to over £255,000, an increase on the previous year of over 10%. Freemasons and their families have always been at the forefront of Charitable giving and long may this continue. I am also delighted to report that our RMBI Home at Oadby has also regained the highest CQC Qualification, a qualification held by only 1% of Care Homes in this Country and I wish to thank my colleagues from neighbouring Provinces who are here tonight for their valued support to the Home. Another success story is of course the first Anniversary of the Opening of the Memorial Wood in Bradgate Park by the Pro Grand Master as part of our Tercentenary Celebrations, a Project funded by us and the Masonic Charitable Foundation to create an
attractive, peaceful and dignified place of remembrance and reflection for the Community. During this first year, 500 Bronze Oak leaves , in memory of Loved Ones, have been purchased from the Bradgate Park Trust and installed on Wooden Oak Pillars within the Wood generating a net income for the Charity of £70,000. In the words of W.Bro.. Peter Tyldesley , one of the Trustees, a project that has been successful beyond their wildest expectations. Well Done Brethren. In this address, I often mention how very dependant we are on the work carried out by the Volunteers at our Headquarters and all our Masonic Centres which we all have great pride in. It is impossible to mention you all by name, but I do appreciate your work. My thanks go to the Charity Office, Registrar and Year Book Office, the Hall Management Team, to my Financial Director, W.Bro. Brian Carruthers and the dedicated staff at both Freemasons Hall and Devonshire Place. My special thanks go to my Provincial Grand Secretary W.Bro. Kelvin Johnson, my retiring Assistant Provincial Grand Secretary, W.Bro. Ian Nesbitt, my new Assistant Provincial Grand Secretary W.Bro. Tony Webb and also to W.Bro. Richard Sutton and W Bro Philip Wood in the Secretariat including of course our Personal Assistant Sandy Tanna. They, together with my Provincial Grand Treasurer W.Bro. Adrian Pearse and my Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies team ably supported by the members of the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge give such dedicated Service. I do not think that it is appreciated as much as it ought to be. My thanks to you all for the arrangements today and throughout the year. Finally, my thanks go to the Brethren of this Province, their wives, partners and families for all the support you give to me and this Province. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for that support and the kindness extended to me. Please continue to enjoy your Freemasonry as much as I do.
Welcome to new members
We are delighted to welcome the following Brethren as Freemasons and in particular to our Province. We wish them all many happy and enjoyable years as members of our Fraternity Harry Ward
Knights of Malta
John of Gaunt
Ferrers and Ivanhoe
Hardial Flora Singh
Howe and Charnwood
Vale of Catmos
Lodge of Friendship
Vale of Catmos
Sir John Corah
Sir John Corah
Lodge of the Golden Fleece
Lodge of the Round Table
Castle of Leicester
Castle of Leicester
Castle of Leicester
Lodge of the Holy Well
Lodge of the Holy Well
Lodge of the Argonauts
Lodge of the Argonauts
Lodge of Science and Art
Lodge of Science and Art
Lodge of Science and Art
Lodge of St Simon and St Jude
Lodge of St Simon and St Jude
Lodge of Welcome
Lodge of St Simon and St Jude
Uppingham in Rutland
Uppingham in Rutland
Uppingham in Rutland
Lodge of Gratitude
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Light Blue Rugby Football Club
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Leicestershire & Rutland Light Blues RFC accepted an invitation to participate in the inaugural match of the Province of West Lancashire’s new Masonic Rugby Team. After much planning between the Light Blue RFC and WLFRFC, the two sides met on the 9th February 2019. Wigan, a town more familiar with Rugby League, was to be the battleground and despite stormy weather throughout the night, the sun was shining and the Wigan RUFC pitch was in excellent condition. A 200-strong crowd was expected, and both teams were ready to compete for the Freemasons Rugby Challenge Cup, a cup donated by both clubs to encourage the development of Provincial Masonic rugby teams, and, of course, healthy fraternal rivalry. Both sides began the match with enthusiasm and, with ‘brotherly love’ being temporarily put to one side, in true rugby spirit! Despite it being their first match (and for some of their players, their first ever game), West Lancashire were competitive with resilient defence and probing attacks, but the first half finished with Leicestershire & Rutland having a narrow lead 10-13 due to their well drilled and efficient playing style. Whilst West Lancashire fielded an all-masonic team, part of the ethos of Leicestershire Light Blue RFC, who have been established for a number of years, is to work as a recruiting platform and a conduit
into Freemasonry. The fresh (and younger) legs of the Leicestershire & Rutland Brethren and gentlemen proved decisive and, after a hard-fought second half, the Leicestershire & Rutland team were victorious with a 30 points to 10 victory. The Freemasons Rugby Challenge Cup was presented to the Light Blue RFC Captain W.Bro. Andrew “Jock” Keenan by the WLFRFC Honorary Patron, R.W.Bro. Tony Harrison, Provincial Grand Master of the Province of West Lancashire, for a well-deserved victory. WLFRFC Honorary President, linesman and Deputy Grand Superintendent from the Royal Arch Province of West Lancashire E. Comp. Dr Paul Renton presented Man-of-the-Match awards to West Lancs’ Hooker, Bro. Mark Brant, and to Leicestershire & Rutland’s Fly Half, Bro. Ollie Stanley.
Thank you to the generosity and support of all who attended the match from both Provinces. Bro. Garry Hacking WLFRFC Chairman & Founder
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The Annual General Meeting of the Leicestershire & Rutland Golfing Association was held on 21st January 2019, highlighting the success of 2018, and the calendar of events for 2019. Bowl 3rd July Stapleford Park Golf Club, Parlby & Doleman Goblets 21st August, Hinckley Golf Club, Championships & Annual Dinner 6th September Glen Gorse Golf Club.
In his report, the outgoing President, W.Bro. Ashok Patel of Albert Edward Lodge No.1560 expressed his pleasure at the significant increase in participation by the Brethren and also that a number of different courses had been played during the season. Everyone agreed that the highlight of 2018 had been the year ending Championship held at The Leicestershire Golf Course, where there was a shot gun start, followed by a dinner at which all the trophies were presented to the winners and runners up in the various competitions during the season. It was with sorrow that he reported the sad death of W.Bro. Terry Watts in the summer, the dedicated and long serving Secretary of the Association for many years. It is proposed that a new event should be inaugurated in his memory; with a trophy to be
presented to the winners of the annual Invitation Open Event, and which will become a permanent fixture in the Masonic Golfing calendar. W.Bro. Malcolm Riddle, Lodge of the Round Table No.7762 was elected Hon. Secretary of the Association, after several years of assisting in the smooth running of the golfing events. W.Bro. Paul Cave of the Holmes Lodge No.4656 was elected as President, and W.Bro. Stephen Orange of Grey Friars Lodge No.6803 was elected as Vice President. The forthcoming season promises to be another active and enjoyable year, with the emphasis on the enjoyment of playing matches at different courses. The 2019 competitions have been arranged as follows: Swann Cup 22nd May Cosby Golf Club, Terry Watts Cup - Invitation Open 14th June Beedles Lake Golf Club, Coles
Inter Provincial matches have been arranged for 2019 (dates to be advised), Northants & Hunts Masonic Golfing Association, 5 Counties Championship, 6 Counties Championship (26th July), Morley Hayes Golf Club, Nottinghamshire Masonic Golfing Association, Derbyshire Masonic Golfing Association (24th May), South Chesterfield Golf Club. The Peter March Knockout Trophy will again be run throughout the season, and provide many challenging and keenly contested matches during the year.
The Association has continued to be active in charitable donations, these were agreed for 2019 as follows: • Prostaid £500 • Ashfields Academy special needs school £500 • Home Start £500
What a fantastic year we have had, I thank you all for your dedication and enthusiasm. W.Bro. Ashok Patel Albert Edward Lodge No.1560
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Cyclists take to the road
During September of 2018, ten Freemasons along with a several friends and family cycled around the Masonic Centres in Leicestershire & Rutland.
The plan was for the riders to visit every Masonic Centre in the Province over two days, however three of the riders decided to challenge themselves and visit every centre in just one day, and completed the ride with an average speed of 16mph over 150 miles.
Loughborough, arriving at 10am to be greeted by the team at Rainbows in readiness for the Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire & Rutland R.W.Bro. David Hagger, to present the cheque to Rainbows Hospice.
Following the ride, with all donations collected, time came to present the monies raised to the chosen Charities. A tremendous amount of over £7,000 was raised by the team, which was split 50/50 between the 2022 Festival and the Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough.
After light refreshments, the team heard first-hand about the amazing care and support provided by Rainbows for lifelimited children and their families and how the money raised would be used. It made all of the hard work of miles and miles of training rides through the depths of winter so very worthwhile.
A short ride was undertaken from Anstey to Rainbows Hospice at Lark Rise in
I would like to thank my fellow cyclists for once again participating and taking the time out to train and ride, and most importantly putting in the effort to raise funds to help support these charities. W.Bro. Simon Oldfield Wyggeston Lodge No.3448, ride organiser
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St. Wilfrid’s Lodge No.8350
Father and Son take centre stage On Wednesday 13th February 2019, W.Bro. Paul Simpson, the Immediate Past Master of St. Wilfrid’s Lodge was given the honour to once again take the seat in King Solomon’s chair to Raise his son, Bro. William Simpson. in a lifetime experience. W.Bro. Paul accepted this kind gesture and proceeded to Raise his son to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in what was an emotional ceremony.
The Master of the Lodge W.Bro. Richard Shepherd was delighted to make way for W.Bro. Paul on this once
W.Bro. Paul said “I was very honoured to be given the opportunity to raise William and would like to thank the Master, Wardens, and Brethren of St Wilfrid’s Lodge for enabling me to conduct the ceremony. It was a very proud moment
for both William and myself”.
supported the evening in great numbers as per usual.
Bro. William now lives in Liverpool having graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in July 2018. He now works as part of the Media Management team for Lime Pictures who produce T.V. shows such as Channel 4’s “Hollyoaks”.
To round off an excellent evening and continuing the theme of “keeping it in the family”, W.Bro. Paul was also able to welcome as his guest, W.Bro. Alf Edwards of St. Kenelm Lodge in Worcestershire, who will become W.Bro. Paul’s father in law when he marries his daughter, Mrs Denise Line on Saturday May 4th 2019 at Hothorpe Hall.
The Lodge was furthered honoured with the presence of their mother Lodge, St Peter’s Lodge No.1330 who
St. Mary’s Lodge No.7164
Enjoy a Burns Night Extravaganza On the evening of 26th February 2019, a most enjoyable Burns Night Celebration was held by St. Mary’s Lodge No.7164, organised by the Master, W.Bro. Michael Brooman and his wife Samantha with assistance from their friends and family. The evening was well attended with 65 members of the local Lodges meeting in Melton Mowbray, friends and family. The chosen Charity for the evening was ProstAid, for which over £600 was raised by the raffle, and a Burns Night themed game of “Neeps and Tatties” great fun was had by all! A most enjoyable meal, featuring, of course, a haggis, was duly piped around the dining room, and then eloquently addressed by Bro. Martin Fairbairn. For Whisky connoisseurs there were a number of varieties doing the rounds. After the meal, poems were read by W.Bro. William Hutchison, W.Bro. David Wall and others. The Master then gave a speech on
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behalf of the gentlemen present and his wife Samantha responded for the Ladies. One of the Lodge members, Bro. Paul Wright was celebrating his birthday and much to his surprise was presented with a birthday cake to much applause. Finally, the Master gave a short speech and thanked all those who had helped with the organisation of the evening. Bro. Raymond de Barry Blanchard responded on behalf of all of the guests. As mementoes of the evening, each couple was invited take home a decorative candle and some shortbread, and also a Whisky glass and a small bottle with a tot of Whisky.
A most enjoyable evening which left everyone saying, Roll on next year!
2022 Festival Jewels proudly on display
in the Lodge of the Golden Fleece No.2081 On Monday 18th February 2019, The Lodge of the Golden Fleece No.2081 held their 134th installation meeting, where W.Bro. David Walker installed the Master Elect Bro. Sebastian Maley into the chair of King Solomon. At the recent Installation meeting of the Lodge of the Golden Fleece, the newly installed Master, together with his Wardens were proudly promoting the 2022 Festival, with each wearing the Festival Jewel. The Lodge was pleased to receive the Provincial Junior Grand Warden W.Bro. Paul Beachell who was accompanied by W.Bro. John Edmond, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. The new Master of the Lodge, W.Bro. Sebastian Maley was pleased to appoint his officers, where Bro. David Williams and Bro. Samuel Harris were both appointed as Senior and Junior Warden respectively.
What a superb evening, and such a great pleasure to see the Master and his Wardens all proudly wearing their festival jewels W.Bro. Dale Page 2022 Festival Chairman
A Family Occasion
at Framland Hundred Lodge No.9453 On Monday 18th February 2019, The Framland Hundred Lodge No.9453 held its 116th Meeting and the first meeting of the New Year with the newly installed Master, W.Bro. Martin Smith at the helm. The meeting was well attended by members and visitors to welcome into Freemasonry Mr Edward Hrynewiecki. Also present at the meeting was W.Bro. John Torley Past Grand Steward, a visitor from the Grand Lodge of Ireland. As the installation of W.Bro. Martin was in December 2018, this was the first meeting for the new officers who showed such enthusiasm and professionalism with which they conducted the Ceremony. Three of the brethren who had recently been Raised to the degree of a Master Mason during the latter half of 2018, Bro. Mark Yeoman, Bro. Daniel Newham, and Bro. Richard Senior were all invested as Stewards of the Lodge, their first role in office. The meeting was very much a family
affair with Bro. Stephen Newham as Senior Warden witnessing his son, Bro. Daniel Newham, and also his son-inlaw Bro. Richard Senior, along with Bro. Mark Yeoman, receive their Grand Lodge Certificates, skilfully presented by W.Bro. Keith Harkness PAGDC, his first ever triple presentation of the Certificate. The meeting concluded with the proposal of a new candidate for Initiation, the third in the last twelve months. The Lodge now has enough work for over three years and a current membership of 34 which is as it was when the Lodge was consecrated in May 1992.
were well served by the new Lodge Stewards. In the absence of the usual guest singer, a new star was born when W.Bro. Andrew Gill (Director of Ceremonies) sang the Entered Apprentice Song with W.Bro. David Pratt presenting the Masonic Chain to Bro. Edward Hrynewiecki who expressed his thanks to all present for a very memorable evening.
Retiring to the dining hall to enjoy an excellent Festive Board, the Brethren
Tripartite meeting holds open Charity Evenings Lodge Semper Eadem No.3091 were the hosts of the 2019 Tripartite meeting at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester which also included the Holmes Lodge No.4656 and Prince Rupert Lodge No.7841. The Master of Lodge Semper Eadem No.3091 W.Bro. Paul Cullen was the host as this years’ annual Tripartite meeting saw the inclusion of partners and other guests to a most informative meeting detailing the fantastic work carried out by our very own Leicestershire & Rutland Masonic Charity Association (LRMCA) and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). With an audience of over fifty Lodge members and guests in the Holmes Lodge room, first up was the Chairman of the LRMCA, W.Bro. Phil Caswell who gave an inspirational talk on where the monies raised by Brethren were awarded to, and the wonderful
help that it gives to those in need. He also expressed his desire to help out Lodges where possible if they have a local charity that they wish to support, by match funding to not only help out the charity, but also the 2022 Festival as well. W.Bro. David Highton, the Provincial Grand Almoner then took to the stage and gave an informative talk on the role of the MCF and Lodge Almoners in ensuring that our Brethren and their families are supported where necessary. The evening was concluded with a white table festive board, where everyone enjoyed an excellent meal,
concluding with a raffle in support of the 2022 Festival, raising £250.
Pictured are (left to right): W.Bro. Phil Caswell LRMCA Chairman, W.Bro. Paul Cave Master of the Holmes Lodge No.4656, W.Bro. Paul Cullen Master of the Lodge Semper Eadem No.3091, W.Bro. John Ash Master of the Prince Rupert Lodge No.7841, W.Bro. David Highton Provincial Grand Almoner.
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Howe & Charnwood Lodge No.1007
host a musical evening
“If Music be the Food of Love” was the title of a concert given in the Carillon Rooms at Loughborough Masonic Hall on the 16th February. “Concorde”, a small group of singers based in the East Midlands, presented an evening of songs inspired by love in a wide variety of styles to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A packed audience was enthralled by a programme of songs from Musicals, Shows and many popular and jazz classics, many being especially arranged for the group by one of its singers, David Toft. Solo items from within the group made up the rest of what was a most enjoyable concert. As a result of the evening £1,000 was raised towards the cost of installing a toilet for the disabled at Loughborough Masonic Hall, a facility which will make it even more attractive in its increasing popularity as a venue for public and private events. A Christmas concert by the same group is planned for December 14th which again will raise money for Masonic Charities.
Double Passing at the Derek Buswell Lodge of Provincial Grand Stewards On the 26th February 2019, the Derek Buswell Lodge of Provincial Grand Stewards No.9705 warmly passed Bro. Joshua Thorpe and Bro. Paul Ambadiany to the Second Degree on behalf of the Wyggeston Lodge No.3448. The evening was attended by W.Bro. Richard Sutton, Master of the Derek Buswell Lodge and himself a member of Wyggeston Lodge, along with other members of the Wyggeston Lodge including the current Master, W.Bro. John Harvey and Immediate Past Master, W.Bro. Paul Marvin. The ceremony was carried out in the Oliver Lodge room at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester, followed by a most enjoyable festive board. The Wyggeston Lodge expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Derek Buswell Lodge for kindly assisting with the progression of two very keen Freemasons. Both Joshua and Paul have already made themselves well acquainted with other members of the Wyggeston Lodge as they begin their journey into Freemasonry.
Hinckley Masons Prepare for the Lodge of Installed Masters No.9972 Consecration With only weeks to go before the consecration of the new Hinckley Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9972, work has begun to gather together the Lodge Furniture & Regalia. One such aspect of any regular Lodge, are the gavels placed on the desks of the Master, Senior Warden, and Junior Warden. The Hinckley Lodge of Installed Masters is most grateful to one of the Lodge Founders, W.Bro. Bob Packer who has produced a beautiful set of three gavels, inlaid with the emblems of the three main officers of the Lodge and embellished in gold leaf. These will sit with great pride on the pedestals in the Lodge room during the ceremonies. The Consecration of the Lodge is due to take place on Thursday 23rd May and will be performed by the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Officers. This will be the first Lodge Consecration in the Province for 12 years and will be open to all Master Masons who may wish to witness a unique ceremony.
Ferrers and Ivanhoe Lodge No.779 Present £2,500 to the 2022 Festival On Tuesday 8th January 2019, at the regular meeting of the Ferrers and Ivanhoe Lodge No.779 in Ashby de la Zouch, a cheque presentation was made to the Leicestershire and Rutland 2022 Festival Chairman, W.Bro. Dale Page. Past Master, W.Bro. Terry Hueck had the pleasure, on behalf of the Lodge, of presenting W.Bro. Dale with a cheque for £2,500 which had been raised during 2018 by the members, families, and friends of the Lodge at a number of social events. The most significant being a very successful hog roast held in the summer. W.Bro. Dale was pleasantly surprised
and delighted to receive the donation into the 2022 Festival funds, saying that “such charitable donations give me confidence that the full sum of £1.8m will be raised across the Province by 2022. Thank you very much”. The Lodge is currently preparing plans to continue with 2022 Festival fundraising during 2019.
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Burbach Lodge No.8699 Celebrates it’s 300th Meeting in Hinckley The first ever meeting of the Burbach Lodge No.8699 was held on Tuesday 13th April 1976 at the Masonic Hall in Hinckley. Now 300 meetings later, on the 8th January 2019 the Lodge gathered to celebrate this landmark achievement. The Master of the Lodge, W.Bro. Michael Kennedy began the evening’s celebrations by welcoming the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. David Hagger together with the Provincial Team to Hinckley, making for a very well attended meeting with nearly ninety brethren in attendance. R.W.Bro. David began with an explanation of the Lodge shield and the origins of the name, which is deeprooted in history, having been derived from the words “BUR” meaning thistle, and “BACH”, meaning a lake or stream, both symbols being present on the Lodge shield. There is also a symbol showing a
Maltese cross. This refers to the fact that Burbach Lodge, along with Sparkenhoe Lodge No.8063 and St Simon & St Jude Lodge No.8729 are daughter Lodges of the Knights of Malta Lodge No.50, all of whom meet at the Masonic Hall in Hinckley. The first ever summons circulated for the April 1976 meeting was read out by one of the founding members, W.Bro. Clive Kidd, followed by a brief history of the Lodge by W.Bro. Alan James. It was then the turn of W.Bro. Michael Kennedy to lead his team in the raising of Bro. Nick Bryan to the degree of a Fellowcraft, before retiring for a hearty festive board.
R.W.Bro. David Hagger said:
The work that has gone into this celebration is a testament to the energy and enthusiasm within this Lodge, which will put Freemasonry in good stead for another forty-three years in Hinckley!
Commercial Lodge No.1391
Celebrate Christmas in Style The Master of Commercial Lodge No.1391, W.Bro. Roy Parker organised a white table event to replace the traditional Festive Board for the December meeting. choir, and was enjoyed by 140 guests, raising the remarkable sum of £1,500 for the Lodge’s chosen charities.
The Christmas themed event was extremely successful and popular with the Brethren and visitors. The evening included Christmas readings and a
During the course of the evening, the Master gave a brief talk about the values of Freemasonry which was received with interest and, as a result, one candidate is already scheduled for Initiation into the Lodge. A most enjoyable evening was had by all!
Pictured: Bro. Jason Hall, Senior Deacon of Commercial Lodge No.1391 and his wife Alison
Enderby Lodge No.5061 Sporting a new Initiate Reaping the rewards of the Light Blue Rugby Football Club, Enderby Lodge No.5061 are delighted to have recruited a new member from the Rugby Club into Freemasonry. The Light Blue Rugby Football Club (LBRFC) consists of individuals who have played the game at all levels, using rugby and the comradeship of rugby to introduce Masons of all abilities to the sport, as the spirit of rugby has many parallels with Freemasonry. Another important part of the ethos of the LBRFC is to use rugby to introduce prospective candidates to Freemasonry. During a recent game against the Jersey
Royals RFC, they were fortunate to have Mr Tony Percival play, Tony has played and coached at the Vipers RFC for over 40 years and was the captain of the Vipers first team in1999. Tony was very curious about Freemasonry, and asked lots of questions which the Brethren were only too happy to answer. As a consequence, Tony was proposed to join the Enderby Lodge No.5061 by Bro. Micheal ‘Spike’
Forster and seconded by the Master of Enderby Lodge, W.Bro. Andrew ‘Jock’ Keenan. Tony was initiated on the 26th March 2019 in what was an emotional occasion with Masons from the Vipers RFC and LBRFC there to see Tony’s Initiation and begin his journey into Freemasonry.
Bingo Night with St. Peter’s Lodge No.1330 On Saturday 16th March 2019 Bro. Luke Clark and his wife Heather organised a social bingo night at the Masonic Hall in Market Harborough on behalf of St. Peter’s Lodge No.1330. Brethren along with friends and family and fellow Bingo enthusiasts enjoyed a lively evening as numbers were called and prizes were won, all in support of
the 2022 Festival. Such a simple yet effective idea entertained and excited the Bingo players and helped to raise £360 towards the 2022 Festival. Well
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Done and Thank You to everyone who came and supported the event which will no doubt be repeated in the near future.
The Light Blue Rugby Club
An away trip to Jersey Brethren of the Light Blue Rugby Football Club, their partners and travelling supporters, were treated to a private tour of the recently renovated Freemasons’ Hall, in St Helier on the isle of Jersey. The visit began with Jersey’s very own Lodge historian W.Bro. Colin Goss who gave a very informative and interesting tour of the museum and Lodge Room and explained the difficulties and hardships that bestowed Freemasons throughout the occupation during the Second World War. Throughout this period, Masonic meetings were held in secret, often using aprons made from bedsheets, with the most severe penalty if caught, certainly made everyone appreciate just how lucky we are to be “free and accepted” in 2019. W.Bro. Colin then presented Light Blue Rugby Football Club President, W.Bro. Paul Toon of Knighton Lodge No.4711, with a book detailing the history of Freemasonry in Jersey which will be donated to our own superb library at Freemasons’ Hall in Leicester.
Later that evening, all of those who had travelled from Leicestershire & Rutland were joined by members of the Jersey Light Blue Club for social drinks and to swap stories at the Royal Yacht Hotel in St Helier. And of course, the trip was rounded off with a fantastic game of Rugby for the Leicestershire & Rutland Light Blues, who played valiantly, however lost the game 49 – 21 to the Jersey Royals.
W.Bro. Paul Toon receiving the History of Jersey Freemasonry by W.Bro. Colin Goss
Special thanks go to Bro. James Rondel of the Jersey Light Blue Club for organising both the St Helier Masonic Hall tour and social drinks. I would also like to thank the Jersey Royals RFC for being such fantastic hosts of the Light Blues Bro. Paul Wareing Club Chairman
New & Young Masons Clubs Conference The Province of Leicestershire & Rutland has been awarded the prestigious honour of hosting the 2019 New & Young Masons Clubs Conference at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester The Light Blue Club (LBC) for New & Young Masons within the Province of Leicestershire & Rutland will be well known to you, but you may not be aware that our own LBC forms part of a larger, New & Young Masons Clubs (NYMC) network (nymc.org.uk) bringing together ‘Light Blue’ and Young Masons’ Clubs from around the Constitution, to share ideas and best practice. The most prestigious event of the calendar is the annual NYMC Conference, which will be hosted this year by our LBC and will be held on Saturday 28th of September 2019. As per the wider ethos of NYMC, the conference allows club committees from around the country to come together and share ideas for their clubs. The attending clubs range from those
that have been running successfully for several years to others that are just starting up in their Provinces. The conference is a great place to learn about the “Do’s and Don’ts” of setting up and running the clubs as well as making new acquaintances with Brethren from around the country. This year’s theme as chosen by the Light Blue Club is “Building Bonds” and will look at ways to increase and improve the links between clubs throughout the country, including more inter-club events such as social visits and of course sporting matches. It is also a mechanism for building on the bonds that our clubs have with the Universities Scheme Lodges within the respective Provinces. Throughout the day, Brethren representing their clubs will break out
into smaller groups to discuss a number of topics within Freemasonry, which will then be presented back to group. As well as these informal discussion sessions, no conference would be complete without its speakers. To close the conference, V.W. Bro. Dr. David Staples, Grand Secretary will provide the keynote address to the Brethren. This is sure to be a splendid finish to the conference part of the day. After a short break from Labour to Refreshment there will be a special meeting of Wyggeston Lodge No.3448. Brethren that have attended the conference during the day will be invited to attend the Lodge meeting followed by a fabulous Festive Board. This is set to be a special day in the history of the LBC as well the NYMC.
6th April 2019 Cheque Presentation Morning Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons have donated £31,718 to local charities at the recent presentation morning hosted by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. David Hagger and the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Companion Noel Manby. The presentation morning was well attended with 23 local charities in attendance with donations from Lodges, Chapters, and the LRMCA. The Provincial Grand Master led the proceedings by presenting sixteen donations totalling £27,818 from the LRMCA and also individual Lodges. Additionally, the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Noel Manby was on hand to present seven donations totalling £3,900 from the Royal Arch. Charities The Lord Lieutenant’s Charity Award for Young People
SNIPS (Special Needs Integration Project) Hinckley Provides Saturday sessions, Summer play schemes and residential breaks for children with special needs
Hospice for Children & Young People
Jades Retreat Provides a holiday retreat for
families touched by cancer or with special needs charity set up in memory of daughter Jade
Home Start Horizons Charity supports parents with young children and responds directly to family needs
Wishes 4Kids Grants wishes to children with life limiting conditions
Lodge or Chapter
LRMCA Masonic Charitable Foundation
Tudor House Lodge
Jakin Pregnancy Care and Counselling Provides counselling to those facing unplanned pregnancy, loss of baby through abortion and miscarriage
Lymphoma Action Ensure those affected by Lymphoma have access to the relevant, accurate and timely information and support. Charity operates local workshops “Entitled Live your Life”
St Leonard’s Church Swithland Bell Restoration Donation towards the cost of renovation of the church’s bells
3RD Braunstone Guides Group operates in area of severe deprivation with children in care, medical and/or learning disabilities. Funds to provide for a week’s camping activity Admiral Nurses (Dementia UK Leicestershire Fund Raising Group) The group is raising funds to enable an Admiral Nurse to operate in the county
Uppingham PCC WW1 Memorial
Funds towards the renovation of the Memorial
Prince Rupert Lodge
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St Peter’s Lodge
Friends of Birkett House Special School Funds towards setting up
workshop/pop up shop to develop the relevant skills of the children to assist in their development for the next stage in their lives
Shopmobility Melton Mowbray
To promote the welfare and independence of people with impaired mobility living in or visiting Melton Mowbray through the provision of motorised scooters and wheelchairs.
Macmillan Cancer Support Macmillan Cancer Support exists to help improve the lives of people affected by cancer - those with cancer and their families, carers and communities. We are a source for support, helping anyone affected by cancer. raises funds for cancer research in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Bloodwise Bloodwise is the UK’s leading
Shepshed Dolphin Swimming Group
Runs weekly swim session and other sports/ social activities for persons with a physical, sensory and learning disability or recovering from short term illness or injury
Charity provides on loan electric and manual wheelchairs plus escort if required
Hope Against Cancer The Charity
Alex’s Wishes Supports scientific
research into the improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Shopmobility Market Harborough
blood cancer research charity. It funds research to improve treatment and care for people living with all types of blood cancer.
Brains Trust We help brain tumour patients and carers engage in their care so that they can take control and be confident that they are working towards the best possible outcome for their situation. Mesothelioma UK The advancement of health or saving of lives by raising funds and making grants to promote and protect the health of sufferers of Mesothelioma including but not limited to the support of a national resource centre for sufferers of Mesothelioma. Trinity Hospital To provide the
prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need, hardship or distress, in particular people over the age of 60 years and of limited financial means.
Vale of Catmos Chapter
Wiclif Chapter Royal Arch St Martin’s Chapter
Royal Arch Saint Crispin Chapter
Royal Arch Reynard Chapter
Royal Arch Chapter of Fortitude
Royal Arch Granite Chapter
Royal Arch TOTAL
Over £70,000 Raised by Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons The eagerly awaited Sportsman’s Dinner was held on the 21st March 2019 at the Leicester Tigers ground on Welford Road, hosted by Roger Dakin with special guest speaker, former England Cricketer Phil Tufnell. The evening began with convivial drinks served in the Legends VIP bar and also the Final Whistle bar before being seated ready for the entertainment to begin. The host for the evening was none other than Roger Dakin, the ex-England Hockey Goalkeeper, who delighted the audience with his famed jokes and stories throughout the night. Aside from an entertaining evening, the more serious side was to raise money for worthy causes, which began with silent auctions for many items of signed sporting memorabilia and relaxing events for family and friends. A live auction was also held, with prizes including a holiday to Antigua, tickets to the Monaco Grand Prix, and a painting by artist Ben Mosley. The auctioneers’ role went to Ed Giddins, former England
Test Cricketer who played for Sussex, Warwickshire, Surrey and Hampshire during his career. The former England and Middlesex leftarm spin bowler Phil Tufnell then took to the stage to recount some of his more famed sporting events throughout the course of his career as a sportsman, and then subsequently his foray into television on shows such as Question of Sport, Strictly Come Dancing, and his reign as King of the Jungle on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. The evening was a huge success, with over £70,000 being raised, which was boosted by the proceeds of the live and silent auctions, to support the Leicestershire & Rutland 2022 Festival and the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
I would like to praise and thank the organisers of this event, to raise over £70,000 in support of such worthy causes is a testimony to the generosity of all who attended R.W.Bro. David Hagger The Provincial Grand Master
Lutterworth Lodges Donate £10,000 to the 2022 Festival
At a meeting in Lutterworth of the Wiclif Lodge No.3078 on the 13th March 2019, the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. David Hagger was in attendance along with the team of Provincial Grand Officers. Unbeknown to the Provincial Grand Master, the two Lodges who meet in Lutterworth, the Edwards Sherrier Lodge, and the Wiclif Lodge, had arranged a surprise presentation of a cheque totaling £10,000 from Lutterworth Freemasons to the 2022 Festival Appeal, raising money for the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The cheque presentation was made by W.Bro. Clive Weston who was representing Lutterworth Freemasons, which will go towards the target of raising £1.8m by 2022. The money was raised by the members, friends, and families of Lutterworth Freemasons from events and fundraising activities on behalf of both Lodges and the Sherricliff fund.
R.W.Bro. David Hagger said:
What a wonderful surprise to receive this most generous donation towards our appeal, a fantastic example of the generosity of our members
to raise money for 2022 Festival The Knighton Lodge No.4711 plans a Classical Music Recital by renowned pianist Vicky Yannoula. In support of local charities and the Leicestershire & Rutland 2022 Festival, Bro. Dennis McCauley of the Knighton Lodge No.4711 is organising a musical evening to be held at the Leicester Cathedral on Friday 7th June, starting at 7:30pm. The Classical Recital is being performed by Vicky Yannoula, a classical musician who has performed in venues such as The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place, Thessaloniki Concert Halls, and Llangollen International Pavilion. In addition to her activities as a concert pianist,
Vicky is Chief Executive of the Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust and Director of Akouson Classical Artists. The emphasis of the evening is very much on the enjoyment of what is promising to be a spectacular event of classical music, but with a strong wish to raise as much money for charity as possible. If you would like to partake in this musical extravaganza, please contact Bro. Dennis McCauley for tickets, which are priced at £15 each by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Long Service Awards
The following Brethren have or are about to receive continuous long service awards. Daniel McKeown Halford Lodge No.3919
Malcolm Longley Wiclif Lodge No.3078
Alec Braybrooke Rutland Lodge No.1130
Charles Bagshaw St Martin’s Lodge No.3431
Victor Petrie Wiclif Lodge No.3078
Michael Molloy St John’s Lodge No.279
Gerald Goddard Wyvern Lodge No.6167
Keith Newland-Smith Knights of Malta No.50
David Carter Albert Edward Lodge No.1560
Paul Raymond St Mary’s Lodge No.7164
Neville Harris Lodge of the Argonauts No.8210
Certificate of 50 Years’ service to Freemasonry
presented to W.Bro. Paul Raymond A wonderful evening on the 25th February 2019 as St Mary’s Lodge No.7164 celebrated 50 years in Freemasonry for W.Bro. Paul F. Raymond PPSGW. To present the certificate was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W. Bro. Peter C. Kinder, accompanied by W.Bro John T.S Edmond, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.
During the presentation, V.W.Bro. Peter stated that he and W.Bro. Paul had been good friends for many years, yet despite this, it was rather difficult to obtain any details regarding the private life of Paul. However, he was extremely well prepared and he gave a summary of Paul’s school years, his marriage to Rosemary and the two daughters that they were both extremely proud of,
one who is now a GP and the other working in Architecture. Paul spent much of his working life as a Public Health Inspector which is known today as an Environmental Health Inspector with Melton Mowbray Urban District Council and later when retired was pleased to help out within Rutland County Council. Paul’s other interests include cars, and
also proud of being a Churchwarden of St Andrew’s Church in Whissendine, where he has made his home. Within Freemasonry, Paul’s father who was a Founding Member of St. Mary’s Lodge, acted as Senior Deacon at the Consecration meeting in 1952. Paul very much kept up the tradition by joining St. Mary’s Lodge on the 24th February 1969.
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W.Bro. Malcolm Longley Receives 50 Year Certificate At the 914th Regular meeting of the Wiclif Lodge No.3078 in Lutterworth, the Provincial Grand Master along with his team of Provincial Grand Officers visited to celebrate W.Bro. Malcolmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 years in Freemasonry. team as Bro. James Malin was passed to the degree of a Fellowcraft.
The Lodge room was completely full, with over 80 Brethren in attendance to witness a superb Passing ceremony executed expertly by the Master of the Lodge, W.Bro. James Robertson and his
Afterwards, the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. David Hagger addressed the Lodge Secretary, W.Bro. Malcolm to present his fifty yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; service to Freemasonry certificate. Malcolm was initiated into the Brunel Lodge No.7356 in the Province of Bristol on the 16th January 1969 in what must have been a unique ceremony, being carried out by his father Jack Longley, and with it being a double initiation alongside his brother.
Thank you to all those who have attended to make this evening so special and one I will remember always
After receiving his certificate, Malcolm then addressed the Lodge and thanked all for attending to help celebrate this most memorable occasion.
Farewells We are sad to announce the passing of the following Brethren to the Grand Lodge above and our thoughts go to their families and loved ones. Each one will be missed but not forgotten.
W.Bro. Malcom Longley, said:
Alan Charles Anderton John Michael Butler Bernard Hedgecock Graham Moores George Thomas Dixon James Wills Steven Derek Payne Philip Norman Wilson Brian Edward Head Robert Anthony Jones Michael Arthur Kellett Ian Wixon Willis John Ernest Dakin Richard Frank Waddy Anthony John Rudge James John Thomas Wheatley Raymond Thomas Baggott Philip William Grinyer Michael Wilmot Dennis Norman Fisher Stephen Haines Robert Arthur Townsend William Kilgour Miller Alfred Newton Norman George Green Philip Arthur Keyworth Berridge
Burbach Burbach Edward Sherrier Framland Hundred Grace Dieu Grace Dieu Guthlaxton Howe and Charnwood Lodge of Research Lodge of St Simon and St Jude Lodge of the Flaming Torch Loughborough Lodge of Installed Masters Morley Old Oakhamian Saint James' Showmen's Sparkenhoe St Martin's St Martin's St Mary's St Mary's St Peters St Peters St Wilfrid's Temperantia Uppingham in Rutland
No.8699 No.8699 No.6757 No.9453 No.2428 No.2428 No.7717 No.1007 No.2429 No.8729 No.4874 No.8312 No.8320 No.8033 No.8478 No.9826 No.8063 No.3431 No.3431 No.7164 No.7164 No.1330 No.1330 No.8350 No.4088 No.9119
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Royal Arch Dinner Dance 2019
On Saturday 26th January 2019 a large number of Royal Arch Companions and their partners descended on Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester for what has become an eagerly awaited event in the Royal Arch calendar.
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Noel Manby, together with his wife Jackie welcomed everyone before they took their seats to enjoy an excellent meal. The theme of the event this year was “Music from the Shows” and the assembled company were entertained by a trio of singers who provided songs to listen to during dining, and then afterwards turned up the volume with music to dance the night away. A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all and many of the Companions are already asking for the date of next year’s event.
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Provincial Visit to Wayfarer Chapter No.8679 Continuing with his desire to take the Provincial Team out to visit Chapters within other centres, The Grand Superintendent and Provincial Team visited the Wayfarer Chapter No.8679 in Coalville.
The visit took place on Tuesday 15th January 2019, and was coordinated in order to help celebrate the Chapterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th Anniversary, having
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received its warrant on the 9th January 1994.
other members that a new Chapter should be formed.
The formation and subsequent consecration later that year came from an idea by the then Treasurer of the Wayfarer Lodge who was also a member of the Wiclif Chapter. The Masonic Hall at Coalville had only two other Lodges meeting there, a Craft and a Mark Lodge; one had already held its centenary, and the other was only two years away from it. But as the Hall was greatly underused, he therefore proposed to
The visiting Provincial Team on the date of the anniversary were treated to a superb Exaltation of Bro. Adrian Dewar of Wayfarer Lodge by the MEZ Comp. Mark Street and his officers. Also that evening, Comp. Roger Spencer was welcomed into the Chapter as a joining member. The evening finished by all Companions present enjoying a convivial Festive Board.
Provincial Visit to Wiclif Chapter No.3078 On Thursday 28th November 2018 the Grand Superintendent took his team of Provincial Officers together with some Grand Officers to the Wiclif Chapter No.3078 in Lutterworth. The visiting team enjoyed a superb evening, witnessing the Installation of Companion Christopher Greenhill into the chair of the Chapter.
A first class installation ceremony was performed by E.Comp. Geoffrey Phipps, who together with the team made the entire ceremony and the subsequent investiture of the officers an enjoyable experience for all of those in attendance. During the evening, the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Noel Manby made a special presentation of a certificate of 50
yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; service in the Royal Arch to E.Comp. Michael Robinson. Although the 50th anniversary was last year, the Grand Superintendent wanted to do this at this time as he was unable to do so last year on the actual date, which was appreciated by all.
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Happy 99th Birthday!
De Mowbray Chapter No.523, who meet at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester celebrated a most special occasion at the meeting of the Chapter on the 1st March.
99th Birthday. At the festive board, a cake was presented to E.Comp. Maurice, and was ably assisted by the MEZ in making the first cut.
holding the rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer.
E.Comp. Maurice Roberts was exalted into Royal Arch Masonry on the 1st November 1957 this now being his 61st year in the Royal Arch, and became MEZ of De Mowbray Chapter in 1973. He was made a Grand Officer in 1982
The MEZ Comp. Philip Caswell led the occasion as E.Comp. Maurice Roberts celebrated his
Granite Chapter No.2028 Provincial Team Visit On Monday 18th March 2019, Granite Chapter No.2028 was honoured to receive many distinguished guests at the installation of Excellent Companion Daniel Hayward as MEZ for the ensuing year. IThe Chapter at first was pleased to receive the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Noel Manby together with his Provincial team. With E.Comp. Daniel being a member of the committee of the Universities Scheme, he was also pleased to have present at his installation the Past Third Grand Principal, Most Excellent Companion Sir David Hugh Wootton as President of the Scheme, and also the former Chairman, E.Comp. Mark Greenburgh. The Holmes Lodge room at Freemasons’ Hall Leicester was in full splendour with the Royal Arch banners ready for the evening. All were treated to a superb Installation ceremony as E.Comp. Don Salt handed over the running of the Chapter to E.Comp. Daniel and 32
his new team. The Charter was expertly presented by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent before everyone retired to enjoy a fantastic festive board, where E.Comp. Noel presented the Past Third Grand Principal with a bottle of Burleigh’s Tigers Gin sporting the full colours of the Leicester Tigers, a particularly hard task for E.Comp. Noel being a staunch Northampton Saints fan!
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The Grand Superintendent said
What a great occasion to have nearly eighty Companions present, a truly magnificent sight of all in their striking Royal Arch regalia
Provincial Visit to St. Peter’s Chapter No.1330
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On Thursday 21st February 2019, E.Comp. Noel Manby, accompanied by the Provincial Grand Lodge Officers of the year made another visit to one of the Provincial Centres, this time to visit the St. Peter’s Chapter No.1330 in Market Harborough.
St. Peter’s Chapter was consecrated in the Assembly Rooms in Market Harborough, on Wednesday 8th March 1939 and was led by the then Grand Superintendent, E.Comp. Sir Frederick Oliver, supported by 20 Founder members, most of whom were already Companions at the Vale of Catmos Chapter.
Craig Sutherland, a member of the St. Wilfrid’s Lodge No.8350.
Nearly 80 years later, on the occasion of the recent Provincial visit, the MEZ E.Comp. Andrew Moore assisted by members of the Chapter exalted Bro.
After the ceremony at a very enjoyable Festive Board the renowned St Peter’s raffle took place for the Chapter Discretionary Fund which raised Michael John Half Page.pdf 1 £285. 18/02/2019 09:45
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Antient Mark Re-enactment Demonstration coming to Leicester in June
The Mark Province of Leicestershire & Rutland is delighted to be hosting the Sussex Mark Antient Re-enactment Team at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester on the evening of Tuesday 18th June 2019.
The group comprises volunteers who, in colourful period costume, bring to life Masonic history. Using carefully researched ritual, they hope to give Brethren a greater understanding of the origins of the present Mark ritual forms, particularly the distinction between the Ceremonies of Mark Mason (Mark Man) and Mark Master. Invitations to attend the demonstration will shortly be sent out to all Mark Master Masons in the Province, and this rare event will hopefully encourage our Brethren to learn more about the Mark Degree and their knowledge of Masonry in general. The two ceremonies to be demonstrated were researched by the eminent Masonic historian R.W.Bro. Revd. Neville Barker Cryer from old documents discovered among the archives at Mark Masons’ Hall. The period covered runs from 1780 through to 1850. They demonstrate how the present day Mark ritual draws upon its predecessors, how the Craft, Mark and Royal Arch Ceremonies were previously connected, and how certain symbols and ceremonies have an explanation which has tended to become obscured in more recent times.
Royal Ark Mariner Annual Grand Assembly On Tuesday 11th December 2018, a sizeable party of Royal Ark Mariner brethren travelled to London for a superb buffet lunch at Mark Masons’ Hall, and afterwards continued on to Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street for the annual Royal Ark Mariner Grand Assembly. At the meeting, the Pro Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Raymond
J. Smith, appointed and invested W.Bros. Bryan Simpson and Barrie Percival with Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. Thanks go to the organiser, W.Bro. John Goodacre, ably assisted by W.Bro. Michael Cocks. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all and without doubt now one of the highlight events of the year.
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Mark Christmas Lunch
On Sunday the 16th December 2018, the traditional annual Mark Christmas Lunch was held at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester. This popular event was attended by over 180 Brethren and their families, and a special visit from Father Christmas and his Elves whilst on their travels delivering presents, delighted many happy children from one to ninetytwo. The very popular Wigston Brass Band entertained with carols, and a raffle which raised £710, was donated to the Provincial Grand Master’s Discretionary Fund. Thanks go out to the organisers and the hard working staff for a fun-filled festive afternoon.
Mark Benevolent Fund Honorifics Scheme The Mark Benevolent Fund came into existence in 1868 on the suggestion of the Reverend Canon George Raymond Portal, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons.
His views on charity were far more radical and progressive than the general thinking of the time. He felt that for charity to be effective it had to be disbursed swiftly and without the bureaucratic formalities of other Masonic charities. To him it was wrong for there to be any delay in providing assistance to those in need and his own Latin tag “Bis dat qui cito dat” – he gives twice who gives promptly – became, and still is, the principal guideline of the Mark Benevolent Fund.
UK, £300,000 to seventeen Blood Bike charities in England and Wales, and £3.2m went to St. John Ambulance to fund a combination of fifty-two state of the art ambulances, mobile treatment centres and support vehicles to be stationed throughout England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
make a donation direct to the Fund which is administered from Mark Masons’ Hall, and donations are credited and progressively aggregated towards a fund qualification, with six classifications; Life Governor, VicePatron, Patron, Grand Patron, Grand Patron Gold, and the highest Grand Patron Diamond.
Such disbursements and projects can only be funded with the generosity and dedication of Mark Masons who contribute so selflessly year after year. The M.B.F. Honorifics Scheme makes it very easy for either a Lodge and/or a Brother, either on his own behalf, or for his partner, to
The appropriate collarette and jewel is issued when a qualification threshold is achieved. Collarettes can be worn at all Mark and Royal Ark Mariner meetings and events. Our Provincial Grand Charity Steward W.Bro. Clive Weston is happy to provide further information in the first instance.
The Fund has disbursed many millions to individual petitioners and an even greater sum in grants to charities within the wider community. A major grant of £1.6m was made to the RNLI to help fund a new life boat, Addenbrooke’s Hospital Trust received over £2m for machines to help in the diagnosis of prostate cancer, £2.6m made to Hope for Tomorrow Cancer Charity for the purchase of mobile chemotherapy units throughout the
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Newarke Lodge No.6794 Annual visit to Devonshire Court Each year, the Master of the Lodge arranges this annual event, which is open to members, family and friends, and this year was held on Sunday 13th January. During the course of the morning, all who attend are given the opportunity to meet some of the residents of Devonshire Court and to sit and chat with them. It is so wonderful to see the response from the residents and to know that they enjoy seeing some of the new faces we bring along. Often, they have such fantastic stories to tell which add to the enjoyment for all. We also held a short Sunday service, during which the residents were able to sing some of their favourite hymns. The service was once again organised and very ably conducted by a very good friend to the lodge, W.Bro. Roger
Flowers of the Lodge of the Argonauts No.8210. The team at Devonshire Court always makes us feel very welcome and look after us with light refreshments. Indeed, this year, they finished off the proceedings with a warming glass of sherry. Our grateful thanks go to the staff for allowing us to carry out this event and look forward to seeing them next year. This is an event, which the lodge has supported for many years, and long may it continue to do so. It is something that the members feel is worthwhile and something that the
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residents appear to enjoy greatly. Following the service, we all left and headed for the Glen Gorse Golf Club in Oadby, the venue for our Sunday Lunch. There, we were well looked after and enjoyed a beautifully presented three course meal. As part of our function, we take a collection at the service and then have a raffle at the lunch venue. This year, thanks to the generosity of all concerned, just over £280 was raised. This fantastic donation goes back to Devonshire Court for them to put towards other social functions for the residents.
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V.Ill.Bro. Henry Kukiewicz was installed as the new Inspector General of the District of Leicestershire & Rutland on Wednesday 7th November 2019 at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester. There were over 130 members of the Order present to witness the event which included visiting Heads of other Districts and members of the Supreme Council who conducted the Installation ceremony. This was the first time that the ceremony had been conducted in Leicester for over 33 years, with V.Ill.Bro. David Parkes Bowen being the last recipient. The meeting was held under a Dispensation of the Venonae Chapter, with members being
involved in the organisation of the day and some having active roles in the ceremony itself. An Alms collection was taken where over £450 was raised. This is to be donated to McMillan Nurses in acknowledgement of the support given to V.Ill.Bro. Henry and his family during his past illness.
held afterwards where local gifts of Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Stilton Cheeses were given to the members and officials of the Supreme Council as a token of thanks for their work during the day. All departed after a memorable day, having renewed or made new friendships
V.Ill.Bro. Henry’s Address to the members included a reflection of the Past, Present and Future plans for the District. A Festive Board was
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V.Ill.Kt. David Parkes Bowen receives a
50 year certificate and Commemorative Jewel On 4th October 2018, at a meeting of Byzantine Conclave, No. 44, V. Ill. Kt.M. David M. Parkes Bowen, Past Grand Junior General, was presented with a certificate and jewel to mark his 50 years of membership of the Order. V.Ill.Kt. David was installed into the Byzantine Conclave on the 3rd October 1968, when V.Ill.Kt.S. F. Herbert PGHAlm was Sovereign. He became a founder member of the Isle of Patmos Conclave, No.277 (meeting at Loughborough) when Alan G Davies was the first Sovereign. In 1993, David received a first appointment in Grand Imperial Conclave to the rank of Past Grand Chamberlain, and in 1998 was promoted to Past Grand High Almoner. Having served as Divisional Recorder for many years, R.Ill.Kt. Michael H. Roalfe, the then Intendant General for the East Midlands Division, promoted him to Divisional Viceroy in 2000. In the same year David was promoted by the then Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Commander Ronald Champion to the
very high active rank of Grand Junior General. In 2002, David was a founder member of the Recorders’ Conclave, No. 471 (whose membership is composed entirely of present and past Divisional Recorders) and in 2005 he was also a founder member of the Crux Rubra Conclave, No.481, an East Midlands Conclave, meeting at Peterborough. In 2009 he became a founder member under M.Ill.Kt. Richard Wallis of the Grand Sovereign’s Conclave, No.500 (of which he is still a member). In Byzantine Conclave, David was the Orator for many years until relatively recently and he now attends the Conclave on a regular basis and enjoys the proceedings from the ‘back benches’.
The Intendant General, R.Ill.Kt. John Manby wished him well and expressed a wish that he would be receiving his 60 year jewel and certificate in due time!
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Rose Croix Milestone V.Ill.Bro. MDM (David) Parkes Bowen having served 33 years as Inspector General of the District of Leicestershire & Rutland of the Ancient & Accepted Rite (Rose Croix) resigned his Patent in June 2018. He was appointed as Inspector General in 1985 and has since then, had his Patent extended five times. This amazing achievement is unheard of, with him being the longest serving holder of the 33rd degree of the Order. During his tenure as Inspector General, he attended almost every Chapter meeting in the District (as well as playing the organ at most) and those few that he did miss, were due to unavoidable circumstances such as the accident he suffered in 2017. As well as individual Chapters showing
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event at London Road on Saturday 15th September 2018, with over 90 in attendance to mark his service to the District. Attendees included some of David’s children, members and their wives and partners. A cheque for £790 was presented to him for his own choice, which he in turn donated to Rainbows and LOROS Hospices.
their own appreciation of David’s service to their respective Chapters, the District organised a surprise social
As Head of the Order in Leicestershire & Rutland he has given great service to all of its members, and his love for the order, and the members admiration towards him, are well known.
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