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

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   Acc name: D J Chapman      Include your name as reference

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

Sunday, 16 April 2017

"Inside the Freemasons" - Video 'tasters' from Grand Lodge








Walking Maul

The Walking Maul has been on the move again, and three Brethren with Spring in their step are pictured here as long distance walker Roger Michell (Sabrina 4158) is met by Provincial Charity Steward Simon Aucott (3229) and Andrew Griffin of 117.

Any Brother interested in taking part in the Perambulations should please contact Roger, who will be only too delighted to train up some new apprentices following a recent world title which he's keeping modestly quiet about!!

Curried Fish??

Clive Jones of St Mary's Lodge is running another fantastic Curry Night for charity - this time he is supporting the Masonic Fishing Charity  The event is on Tuesday 5th May at the Oruna Cuisine in Market Drayton - 1900 hours sharp!

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 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 and 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.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Inside the Freemasons

As the Sky 1 programme approaches, media interest has been boosted. Click here to see a YouTube clip from BBC Breakfast. Even better, listen out on Radio Shropshire on Easter Monday at about 9.10 a.m. when Jeremy Lund and Dave Stubbs will be on the Morning Show. That same day the first episode of the Sky documentary goes out at 8.00 p.m..

On the printed page, the "Star" managed a couple of paragraphs, while the "Shrewsbury Chronicle" published the following:

What Ids All About...

At their April Meeting Idsall Lodge performed a ‘special’ Third Degree Ceremony, Raising Bro. Mel Edwards.

Bro. Mel was Initiated into Idsall Lodge but was suddenly struck down with Cancer, affecting his ability to walk. The subsequent operation and on-going treatment has been borne with great strength and fortitude but his determination to be Raised, and to walk unaided through the Ceremony, was his great goal.

The Lodge Officers, in recognition of Mel’s determination and after consideration of the implications of the necessary adjustments to accommodate his restricted mobility decided to go ahead with the Ceremony and adjust as required. Having advised the Province, and received approval, the Ceremony was carried out with the adjustments, and completed successfully, with the dignity to be expected.

The performance of the Officers, particularly the Deacons, in ensuring that Bro.Mel. was conducted safely and comfortably ensured that the Ceremony lost none of its impact. Chairs provided at strategic points added a further level of security.

Bro Mel, a former Welsh Guardsman, was surprised by two of his friends and former colleagues from the Regiment - W Bro Clive Jones and Bro Keith Stokes both from St Mary’s Lodge -  who had attended to witness Mel's Raising. This proved to be a nice surprise for Mel and he was presented by W.Bro Clive with a pair of masonic cufflinks, which were Master Masons' aprons with the inscription “Real men wear Aprons” which was apt, due to Bro Mel's grit, determination and fight. 

Upon conclusion, it was agreed by all that the evening had been inspirational, particularly in the performance of Bro. Mel, who had completed the Ceremony unaided. The ensuing Festive Board proved to be a celebration and happy conclusion to a memorable evening.

Race Night

I would like to invite you and your family/friends to a Fun Horse Racing evening that I am holding at Crewe Street on Friday 30th June for the 2019 festival. This should be a great evening. 

Please contact Andy Delamere for tickets. If you cannot attend then you can still own a horse or be a Jockey/Trainer for only £2. If your horse wins then you win a prize. Your support is appreciated and I hope you can make it. 


Current holders - The Round Table Lodge - who's next???

Old Ben at 25

We are all in birthday mood at the moment, with UGLE nearly 300! 

Perhaps you might not know, however, that Old Ben Lodge will be 25 years old in May and a special celebration will be held at our Installation on Saturday 13th May.

"Old Ben" is the familiar name of the Newsvendors’ Benevolent & Provident Institution - click on the link above to discover more about the Association which lends its name to the Lodge.

The summons has not yet come out but if you want to book in please contact Craig Letheren

TIBL Invitation

You maybe interested in the next meeting of The Iron Bridge Lodge which is a double passing on Wednesday 10th May at 7pm at Meeting Point House, Telford. Book in online. Dining is £8 for a buffet after our meeting. I am happy to send you the summons later if you want one. I look forward to seeing you if you can make it -  but don't worry if you cannot as no reply is necessary. 

Our next meeting after that will be a double raising on Monday 3rd July.

Andy Delamere 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

letter from WBro John Norman

Dear Brethren,

Over the past 13 months every Lodge in the Province of Shropshire has raffled a bottle of whisky, the proceeds of which will be ensuring that all the entertainment provided at the Family Fun Weekend at Weston Park on the 24th and 25th June 2017 is free.

You will be aware by now that in addition to the bottle your Lodge raffled, there were two more for the Province, one to the Lodge with the highest total amount raised and one to the Lodge with the highest amount raised per Member.  On Saturday 8th April 2017 at the Meeting of the Shropshire Installed Masters Lodge No. 6262, V.W.Bro.R.B.Pemberton, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, was able to present both those bottles to the Worshipful Master of Old Ellesmerian Lodge No 5368, the members of which are to be congratulated on a fantastic effort.

I am able to inform you that Old Ellesmerian raised £630.00, St.Oswald  No. 1124 were second, raising £412.00 and third equal was the Shropshire Round Table Lodge No. 9104 together with Pengwerne Lodge No. 3229, both raising £405.00.

The highest total per Member was Old Ellesmerian  No. 5368 - £14.43, St.Oswald  No.1124 - £12.50 and the Vale of Uscon Lodge No.8935 - £11.66. The average amount raised per bottle in this Province was £293.64 and the total amount raised was an absolutely magnificent sum of £9,984.00.

On behalf of the MFest 300 committee in general but from me in particular, can I thank you
all for the very generous manner in which you have each entered into the spirit of this raffle and for the staggering total amount of money raised. We are but a small Province compared with our neighbours, but Brethren of the Province of Shropshire you have all punched above your weight and your support for this venture has been enormous. Each and every one of you is to be congratulated and I thank you all most sincerely.

The names of all the Lodges in the Province will be listed in the Family Fun Weekend Programme as sponsors and for those that haven’t yet bought tickets I trust that you will do so and be able to witness all that the money in this Province has provided.

Yours sincerely and fraternally

John Norman

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Brownlow and the Brownies

Recently Brownlow Lodge 2131 in Ellesmere was approached by Caroline Ford, leader of the 2nd Ellesmere Brownies, hoping for support. 2017 is the Centenary of Girl Guiding in Shropshire, and various events have been organised to celebrate the anniversary, all at a cost. 

Mindful (perhaps) of the fact that Brownlow is an anagram of Brown Owl, Caroline was welcomed by the Lodge, which made a donation of £250. This will allow at least two disadvantaged youngsters to access the Brownies programme, including trips and outings. 

Pictured: Peter Kesketh with Caroline Ford at the presentation.

Wine Tasting

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Wine Tasting Evening at Crewe Street on Friday 7th April.

Thank you to Steve Pritchard-Jones for manning the cash desk; to Linda and Roger Michell, Andy Ibbott and Michelle Wildt for selling raffle tickets; to Peter Robinson and Jim Downer for being Wine Stewards and to all who helped us to clear away at the end of the evening. 

Thank you to everyone who attended - you helped raise a surplus of £1150 for the 2019 Festival Appeal.                               
Roger Pemberton, Deputy Provincial Grand Master

[oh yes - and thanks to Roger and Monica for all that they did in organising and running the event!!]