Saturday, 20 May 2017

Old Salopian Lodge Summer Meeting at Shrewsbury School

The Old Salopian Lodge summer visit to the Schools will take place on Saturday 3rd June 2017We will be meeting in the Clubroom of the School Boathouse. There will be an Emergency Meeting of the Lodge, commencing at 11.15 am. 

This will be followed by a drinks reception at 12.30 pm, followed by a buffet lunch with wine 
The drinks reception and lunch is open to all – members, visitors, potential members, wives, families and children. email Chris Wiliams -  07956 964937 

Dress code for the reception and lunch is jacket & tie, or equivalent. 

An advance party of OS Brethren, with wives, partners and friends, has in previous years met up for drinks and dinner on the Friday evening before the meeting. The plan is for drinks at the Lion Hotel, followed by dinner at Loch Fyne. This has worked very well in previous years. 

Brethren and friends are informed that every Friday evening,
including Friday 2nd June, an informal gathering of Shrewsbury/ Shropshire masons takes place at the Three Fishes pub, 4 Fish Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1UR, from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Their unofficial snug is the back left corner at the far end of the bar. They extend an open invitation to OS Brethren to join them. 

The Old Salopian Lodge is an 'associated lodge' of the Province of Shropshire. Please note that our Regular Meetings are held on the following dates:

Fourth Wednesday of September    – next meeting Wednesday 27th September 2017 
Fourth Tuesday of November (Installation)  – next meeting Tuesday 28th November 2017 
Fourth Tuesday of February     – next meeting Tuesday 27th February 2018 

Meetings are held at the City University Club, 50 Cornhill, London EC3V 3PD, commencing 5.00 pm

Derek Wood receives his 50 year certificate

On Thursday 18th May VWBro Roger Pemberton accompanied by WBro David Joyce and WBro Roger Powell visited Bro Derek Wood at his home in Presteigne. The purpose was to present Derek with a certificate marking 50 years in Masonry as a member of Teme Lodge No 4267. 

WBro Wood was Senior Warden of Teme Lodge when his wife became very ill, needing constant care from 1988 until five years ago when sadly she passed away. In spite of the fact that Derek could not attend his lodge for thirty years he still paid his subscription every year. Such loyalty needed to be rewarded. Derek was delighted to receive the certificate.

VWBro Roger Pemberton

Calling all walkers!!


For your interest (and in some cases, I hope, action!) I reproduce here a letter I recently received. I hope that this might inspire some Brethren to become involved - Combat Stress UK is a charity we have supported many times.

Having ridden past your lodge over the past eight years whilst on my way to the fire station I have often wondered what goes on when I see all those cars parked outside. Well I got a little insight with the recent series of programs I have been following, soon recognised the Miller Evans For Sale sign when I suddenly realised it was in Shrewsbury.

I'm on a committee organising a Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge on behalf of BAE Systems, for the first time we are opening it up to none BAE Systems teams, there is going to be a 6,12 and 26 mile walk, all fully marshalled with first aides, refreshments, evening meal with presentations etc. All proceeds are being donated to "Combat Stress".

There will be a small entry fee of £10 and a minimum pledge to raise £20 for chosen charity, so far we have 70 walkers, it would be great if you guys could help increase the numbers, it's going to take place on the 23rd September, so plenty of time for training.

If you would like more information please get in touch, or if you could pass on this information to the appropriate people within your organisation who may be able to help.


Keith Woodville

07773 765644

Tercentenary Jewels still available

from the PrGSec Ian Edgington:

The Province still has several Tercentenary Jewels for sale at a cost of £25.00. 

I have been advised that Grand Lodge have an expectation that these will be worn at the Quarterly Communications and perhaps more significantly for those fortunate enough to obtain a ticket,  at the Tercentenary Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall on 31st October.

Purchase of the jewel is a solid investment as it is perpetual and may be worn beyond the celebrations.

If you would like one please contact the Provincial Treasurer, W.Bro. John Hollick  who will advise of payment methods and arrange delivery.

In the event that he runs out of stock, the jewel may be purchased from Toye Kenning & Spencer individually or by Lodges in bulk on a sale or return basis. 

Ian Edgington, PrGSec

Lose your shirt again at Crewe Street!

from Andy Delamere:

I am holding a Horse Racing evening at Crewe Street on Friday 30th June for the 2019 Festival. This should be a great evening of fun. Please contact me for tickets.

If you cannot attend then you can still own a horse or be a Jockey/Trainer for only £2 each. If your horse wins then you win a bottle of Prosecco/Wine. 
Please invite your family/friends! Your support is appreciated and I hope you can make it. 


Consecration of new Universities Scheme Lodge in Warwickshire

The Consecration of the new Collegiate Lodge 9943 in Warwickshire is due to take place on 3rd June at the Dalecote Masonic Heritage Centre, Coventry. Support from Shropshire has been requested, and our PrGM will be involved as consecrating SW. John Williamson with Dave Percy and Andy Delamere are going as a representatives for The Iron Bridge Lodge, our own recently consecrated University Schemes lodge.

The first Master of this new lodge is Mark Greenburgh who is an Honorary Member of The Iron Bridge Lodge. The venue is spectacular, but the cost of £60 may be prohibitive to some. Application to attend should be made directly - click here for details and a downloadable booking form.

Brewery Visit to Salopian Brewery

Wednesday, 14th June 6pm to 9pm - Salopian Brewery in Hadnall .

Who could resist a tour of this award-winning Brewery, as much of their best ales as one can drink, some wholesome bread and cheese and Shropshire's best pork pies, courtesy of our PrJGW W.Bro Rodney Stokes?!!
Numbers are restricted to 30 for the brewery tour, but another 20 can be accommodated for tea & coffee.

There is a bus from Shrewsbury bus station just after 5pm and sharing taxis back 9pm

The cost of this extravaganza is just £15.00 per head 
To book contact David Griffiths 07802 725381

For more information on the Brewery itself go to

Masonic Fishing Charity event at Ellerdine Lake.

from Peter Robinson:     
The Masonic Fishing Charity held  its first event of the season  at Ellerdine Lakes on Wednesday 17th May. Even though the weather was not kind to us the children did not seem to notice and they all enjoyed a great day's fishing.   Many fish were caught and all children who wanted a fish took one home.

Children from Southall, Haughton, Severndale Schools and Carers Trust 4all and Action for Children all brought groups of children amounting to 31 in all.  With careers fishermen
and helpers we had a grand total of  89 for lunch which they all enjoyed.

Father of one young fisherman sent this message to Peter Robinson:  "My son Ben attended one of your fishing days today. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and was very proud of the fish he caught. Thank you and your lodge for the great work you do."

Certificates and medals were presented to the children by one of our fishermen - Roger Pemberton our Deputy PrGM, who writes:

Another brilliant day (no sun but lots of sunshine in the smiles) fishing at Ellerdine Lakes organised by Peter and Petrina Robinson. 31 children and young adults from various schools around Shropshire, including Haughton School, Southall School, Severndale School and the Shropshire Young Carers enjoyed a day’s fishing at Ellerdine and most went home with a fish.

A big thank you to everyone who supports the MTSFC with donations. To see the smiles on these young faces is a wonderful reward and a superb reflection of the generosity of Freemasons in our Province.

Roger Pemberton

News from The Shropshire Masonic Golf Society:

 The President was invited to join the Captain
and assist with the presentation of the prizes.

Presentation of prizes.       Spring meeting at Lilleshall Hall  G C                 22.5.2015.

1.                   The Jimmy Riddell Trophy.(May)  Members Only.

Winner .Mark Ashton  with a score of 38 off handicap of 3 in Div 1
Runner up David Percy with a score of 35 off handicap of 15 in Div. 1

Winner of other Div  Peter Barker with score of 30 off handicap of 27
Runner up of other Div  2  the Captain with score of 27 off handicap of 28.

Winners receive a bottle of Scotch and runners up a bottle of wine.
These prizes were the gift of the Captain who got back his own bottle of wine.

2.                   The Guest Prize: Non Masonic and Masonic who have NEVER been members in Shropshire.
Winner of other Guests Rob Wagstaffe, ( M D Golf Club Captain)  with a score of 34 from the runner up Paul Robertson who sadly only gets our thanks for attending.

Winner received a bottle of Scotch.

All the above prizes were donated by our Captain, W Bro M J Higgins.

3.                   The Lodge Salver.  (Not awarded till September)

The three leading Lodges are Ironbridge with 73, St Mary’s with 59 and Pengwerne with 58.
Onward to the Autumn!
TWO’s: Roger Davy, Rob Wagstaffe, Mark Ashton, Stephen Rogers and Nigel Hinton with three alls to each. 

Anyone interested in joining - or rejoining - please contact Mike Charles.

Teme Lodge Sunday Family Buffet Lunch

W.Bro Alan and Julie Watson extend a cordial invitation for you to join them for a Family Sunday Buffet to be held at the Whitton Community Centre, Knighton. LD7 1NP on Sunday 4th June 2017 12.30 for 1.00pm. (Children welcome & encouraged.) 

Selected Family Buffet with Vegetarian options + Cheese Cake or Cheese & Biscuits + Tea/Coffee          £14.00 / head

To apply for your place(s) please contact Dave Hedley. Please book ASAP to assist with the arrangements. As always a Raffle will take place in support of our 2019 appeal for the Grand Charity. If you would like to bring along a prize for the draw it would be very much appreciated and welcomed. 

Emulation Lodge of Improvement

Interested in seeing Emulation Lodge in action? Click here for booking form and further details.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Gulliver's travels...

Pictured here is WBro Richard Gulliver of Albric Festival Lodge receiving his 60 Years Certificate in his Mother Lodge (Portcullis Lodge in the Province of Somerset). The presentation was by the Past Provincial Grand Master. 

WBro Richard Webster was also there and was honoured to present a certificate from the Province of Shropshire.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Cae Glas at 300!!!

Cae Glas Lodge enjoyed a full house for our 300th meeting on 4th May. Visitors outnumbered our members – with a fantastic 32 visitors form 12 lodges present! It was good to see a number of members from the former Aston Manor Lodge with us, and also a delegation, including the W.M., from Westminster Lodge in the Province of Cheshire, with whom Cae Glas are arranging a ‘twinning’ and a formal annual reciprocal visit.
The Brethren enjoyed an excerpt from the minutes of the very first meeting of Cae Glas Lodge in 1974, delivered by Bro. Secretary, followed by a Third Degree ceremony for Bro. Allen undertaken by the Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Neil Bevan, with W. Bros. Dave Bramwell and Martin Wildman concluding the ceremony. The Wardens, Bros. James and Hickman, showed their prowess in demonstrating the full closing in the Third Degree. The evening also included the presentation of a Grand Lodge Certificate to Bro. T. Evans.
The evening concluded with a very enjoyable Festive Board at which every Brother present received a gift of a special commemorate bottle of Stonehouse Brewery Station Bitter (brewed by one of our members!). A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all – with the bar staying open until late as the Brethren continued to enjoy the fellowship long after the Festive Board had closed!
Th evening marked the end of our meetings before the Summer recess – but we still have the Preceptors Evening to look forward to on 25th May, at which the Provincial Grand Master will be present!

Salopian Lodge of Charity Ladies Evening

Salopian Lodge of Charity117

Ladies Evening
Saturday 8th July 2017

Peach Tree, Shrewsbury

7.00pm Drinks for       7.30pm Dinner

Dress: Black Tie      Invite family and friends for a truly enjoyable evening

Please help me to make 2017 a truly memorable year for our Lodge and on this very special occasion, for our lovely Ladies too.

                                                          Paul Luff - Worshipful Master

Shropshire Cornerstone Club BBQ 15th July

A barbecue is to be held by the SHROPSHIRE CORNERSTONE CLUB on 15th July, 2017 at David Bromley's beautiful garden.

Early bird tickets £5/head till end of May: thereafter £8.50/head for adults; £5.00/head for children between 3 and 13 yrs old; and under 3 yrs being free. These prices include entrance to the park, and food, but not drinks. We will only be selling soft drinks, so if anything else is required, then feel free to bring your own. Since the usual price for entry only to the garden is £5.00 per head, we still think this is an absolute bargain!

 Information on the location can be found at . Since there is a quite small access road, we have decided to make this a ticket only event, to prevent queueing on the road whilst people pay at the gate. Therefore NO TICKET, NO ENTRY.

For tickets, please contact Jon Ward-Baggley, Ryan Preece, or Marcellus Archer -,, respectively.

Apply for tickets NOW, to get one for £5.00.
Jon Ward-Baggley


You are cordially invited to attend the 2017 Cae Glas Lodge of Instruction Preceptors Night to be held on Thursday May 25th starting at 6:15 pm.

This will be an evening of interesting and unique ritual followed by the Festive Board. Please come along and support the Cae Glas LOI brethren to help make the evening even more enjoyable.

The dining fee will be £16, everyone needs to book in to dine, please email to book your place before Monday 22nd May. Please note that the dress code is Lounge Suits, no Regalia to be worn.

1940s-1950s Night

1940/50’S NIGHT at the RED HOUSEALBRIGHTON27/05/201719.00 UNTIL 23.30STARRING

Cost £17.00 pp includes Brilliant Entertainment and Buffet
To Book please contact Derek Mattinson

Charity Curry evening In aid of the Masonic Fishing Charity

If you enjoy a curry and a lovely relaxing evening with family & friends, why don’t you come along and join us at this charity evening. The cost for this evening is £15 per head and there are only 50 places available so please don’t hesitate. You get Poppadum, Starter, Curry & Rice and Nan Bread.
All monies raised will go towards the Masonic Fishing Charity.

“The aim of the charity is to provide disadvantaged Children from Shropshire with a special day out where they can enjoy fishing, food, friendship and fun in pleasant& safe outdoor surroundings.

If this evening is as good as the last curry night, it will be a wonderful gathering of special people raising money for a worthwhile charity. If you would like to book your plaice, the details are below:

Date- Tuesday, 9th May 2017.
Time- 19.00
Venue- The Oruna Cuisine, Shropshire Street, Market Drayton, Shropshire.TF9 3BA.

There will be a raffle on the evening, and for any queries, to book a place or to donate a raffle prize, please contact me - Clive Jones -  on 07854 800256 or email Clive on

Thank you for your support, and I hope to see you all there.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

The Essex Masonic Clay Shooting Association is proud to host and invite you to The 13th & Tercentenary National Masonic Clay Shooting Championships to be held at the prestigious West London Shooting School  at Sharvel Lane, West End Road, Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 6RA on Saturday 17th June 2017.

Full details and application forms can be found on the Essex Masonic Clay Shooting Association website: details can be found on the National Masonic Clay Shooting website:

In addition the NAMCSS is pleased to confirm that, to commemorate United Grand Lodge of England’s 300th anniversary, they will be hosting The Jonathan Spence Challenge Cup Shoot at the Eriswell Lodge Shooting Ground Brandon Road, Eriswell, Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 9FB on Saturday 16th September 2017 in the presence of the President of the NAMCSS, RW.Bro Jonathan Spence, Deputy Grand Master. Full details will soon be posted on the NAMCSS website.

The Clayton bunch!!

The Clanton gang famously took on Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in the 30 second Gunfight at the O.K. Corral...

Pictured here is the equally impressive Clayton gang at Idsall lodge recently, where over 70 Brethren looked on as father Tony installed his son Simon into the Chair, witnessed by grandfather John, Uncle Ashley and cousin Chris! 

Evidently, you don't mess with the Claytons!!

Come and see an Enigma Machine!

South Shropshire Fellowship is to receive a talk by Mark Baldwin on Codes and Code Breaking. Mark will have with him a genuine Enigma machine.

May 18th, 12 noon for 1 pm at the Masonic Hall, Church Stretton. Talk and meal £15. Please book in with Tony Madeley.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

St Alkmund Lodge Ladies' Luncheon

St Alkmund Lodge 2311 is to hold a Ladies' Luncheon on Sunday, 4th June at Tern Hill Hall, TF9 3PU, 12 noon for 12.45 p.m.. A wonderful three-course meal has been organised with drinks beforehand (and, if weather permits, garden games beforehand).

For a menu and booking form, please contact Stephen Casbolt before 28th May.

Philately, philately, philately...

Interested in stamps? Keith Dalrymple, Provincial Grand Master of the Isle of Man (but also well known to many Shropshire Masons) speaks about a new issue from the Isle of Man Post Office. 

For more, click here.

Victoria Cross Memorial at Grand Lodge

On Tuesday, 25th April the Queen Street headquarters of United Grand Lodge - itself a war memorial built to honour those who died in World War One - saw the unveiling of a new memorial to those Freemasons who have gained the highest decoration this country offers its servicemen and women - the Victoria Cross.

The ceremony, held in the presence of the Grand Master HRH the Duke of Kent, centred around the names of these heroes, which are now permanently on view before the main doors into Grand Lodge.

The sun shone on the ceremony, which was attended by a large crowd. For a video of the dedication, please click here.

For an image gallery from the event, please click here...

...and this is how Forces TV recorded the event.

Sixty-four Freemasons gained the Victoria Cross during the Great War - "For Valour" - and, as is to be expected, many of these did so at the cost of their lives. Now their supreme bravery and sacrifice is commemorated publicly in Great Queen Street.

Pictured (right) is Grand Lodge dramatically lit, and before it a WWI howitzer with a representation of the 64 'Brothers in Arms' who now form a special part of this memorial.

Picture credits: above: Chris Allerton. Right: Doug Peters (PA Wire).

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Great Teme Effort

Teme Lodge is delighted to have attained its target for the 2019 Festival with time to spare - so they welcomed VWBro Roger Pemberton who presented them with their Senior Warden's maul.

42 Masons witnessed the presentation, including 24 Visitors from four different Provinces. The meeting was the fourth to taken place at the Lodge's new premises at Whitton, near Kington. Thanks to Dave Hedley for the photo and information.

WM Alan Watson is pictured with SW Jez George, DepPrGM Roger Pemberton and Charity Steward Peter Mills.

Fish and Chip Supper at Church Stretton

The Brethren of West Mercia Lodge invite you to a Fish and Chip Supper which is to take place at the Masonic Hall, High Street, Church Stretton on Saturday 20th May 2017.

The event, starting at 6.45pm, will consist of a quiz night, supper, fund raising, the proceeds to be split between the 2019 Festival and other Charities and will only cost you £10 per person.

You are invited to form teams of four for the quiz and there will be prizes for the winners.

In addition, there are items listed below for which you are able to send in a sealed bid so even if you are unable to attend the event you can still take part in supporting the charities.

1.    A large supply of engine oil or a free stay at one of their Holiday Home Parks, provided by Morris Oil Works.(Morris Lubricants)
2.    A BMW convertible (or other BMW model) for a long weekend, provided by Rybrook BMW.
3.    A Jaguar Car experience, car of your choice for a long weekend, provided by Hatfield Jaguar.
4.    A pair of Flower Show Tickets, either day, provided by Shropshire Horticulture Society.
5.    A free will writing service and guidance for a couple, provided by Stephen Thornton Solicitors of Shrewsbury.

The event is open to everyone so bring your friends and family. If you wish to attend please reply directly to Andy Morrison before Wednesday 3rd May 2017 requesting an menu/booking form.

We look forward to your company.

Andy Morrison
Bramble Wood,
SY10 9QF 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Calling Masonic Philatelists everywhere...

We are honoured and very pleased to announce that we have sold 80% of our Limited Edition Stamp Sheets to Commemorate the UGLE Tercentenary of Freemasonry. We will soon offer the remainder to the general public at the market price of £60 per sheet.

If your members would like to take advantage of the current offer of £45 +p&p - please contact us as soon as possible:

We are now proud to offer the First Day Cover which accompanies the Commemorative Stamp Sheet, and is now available to order for delivery around 24th June 2017.

Our standard response follows :

         We are very pleased to offer you the first opportunity to purchase the
                        Tercentenary Commemorative First Day Cover
      (designed to accompany the Stained Glass Commemorative Stamp Sheet)
The front of the cover depicts an original illustration of the Goose and Gridiron public house, which was the venue for the first meeting of the Grand Lodge. The address of Great Queen Street is also shown. The cover has one of the stamps from the sheet (The Square and Compass) with the sponsored UGLE cancellation:
 '1717-2017 Celebrating 300 years Great Queen Street London 24.6.2017' 

The back of the cover features a portrait of Anthony Sayer, the First Grand Master of the Grand Lodge and also an image of the Grand Lodge Tercentenary Jewel.

The accompanying insert records in old English words, the meetings of the Founding Lodges in 1716 and 1717 that lead to the formation of the Grand Lodge and the election of Anthony Sayer as Grand Master of Masons.

This edition is limited to 500, only be purchased from us. We will dispatch as soon as possible after the cancellation date of 24th June 2017

The cost of this First Day Cover with insert is £9.95 + £ 2.50 p&p (Std UK rate)

International rates for the First Day Cover including p&p  (TOTAL PRICE)
Standard post:  Europe: £13.00   World Zone 1 and World Zone 2: £14.00
Tracked & Signed for: Europe: £17.00   World Zone 1 and World Zone 2: £19.00

Payment options to suit you:

1.By cheque payable to D.J. Chapman to 10 Chantry Drive Halesowen B62 9DE

2.By PayPal using email address: 
   Include your address in the notes

3.By Bank transfer: Sort code:40-47-61 Acc no: 45103010 
   Acc name: D J Chapman      Include your name as reference

To place your order, please contact me by email:  or
                                                                    by mobile: 07850 239923

Don't forget we need your address

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely & Fraternally

John Chapman

Monday, 17 April 2017

Radio Shropshire Interview with Jeremy Lund and Dave Stubbs

To hear the interview, please click here.

The angel of the Lord came down and switched to ITV...

My apologies to anyone who was watching the BBC for this morning's 'sofa' item with Peter Lowndes et al. It was on Good Morning Britain (ITV1) and you can still watch it (if you wish) by Googling "Good Morning Britain", going to their website and looking for today's recorded programme (0640h). It should be there for the next day or three...

St Alkmund Lodge and the Manx Connection

What a fantastic night St Alkmund Lodge 2311 had on Wednesday 12th April. We not only had the pleasure of the company of our own Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Peter Allan Taylor, but also the Provincial Grand Master of the Isle of Man, RWBro Robert Keith Dalrymple.

PrGM R K Dalrymple had come over especially to present, along with our PrGM P A Taylor, a 50 Year Certificate to WBro Peter Harold Sayer (PPrGRegistrar, IOM). Keith Dalrymple gave a history of the Isle of Man, and also an insight into WBro Sayer's Masonic career when living and working on the Isle of Man.

We also had a 2nd Degree Ceremony to raise Bro Robert Wasteney. What an evening he had. I am sure that all the Brethren who attended the evening will remember it for many years.

pictured above: PrGM R K Dalrymple, WBro Peter Sayer, PrGM P A Taylor, and WM Stephen Casbolt