Saturday, 30 April 2016
The Shrewsbury Brass Band is led by WBro Steve Pritchard-Jones, PM of Salopian Lodge of Charity 117, and is already well known among Shropshire Masons for its excellent performances in Llandudno and Shrewsbury. A most entertaining evening is guaranteed, with special guest artists from the Berwyn School of Music in Oswestry.
Tickets are £10 and may be purchased at the door.
Friday, 29 April 2016
The weekend started with many Masons travelling from their respective homes all around the country to meet up at the Brighton centre in Ovingdene East Sussex. After a nice catch up the plans for the weekend were announced. These included W.Bro Clive chairing the group’s AGM on the Saturday morning, then arranging for the group to visit their long term friends at the Temple Lodge no 4962, where they witnessed a wonderful Passing ceremony. On alternate years the members of the Blind Veterans group take over and perform a demonstration of a degree. Considering the members come from all over the country, never rehearse or practise together, it is fantastic how well these demonstrations go! After the meeting and enjoying the company of the Temple lodge at their Festive Board, the members of Blind Veterans returned to Ovingdene.
A fantastic weekend was had by all Brethren in attendance, and the planning has already started for 2017.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Why not read about Clive Jones' recent national award by clicking here - or about the Provincial Perambulations by clicking here - or pick your own stories out of the many available by clicking here?!!
The Bookfest is very much a local charity, and began in 1999 as the only such festival in the country. Today it has grown out of all proportion, but is still reliant on local volunteers and donations.
Peter wrote "It was an emotional and heart-warming experience to see the wonderful work being done by the Bookfest volunteers to encourage and inspire youngsters from Shropshire to open their minds to the joy of reading books."
A special reception at Theatre Severn on a gloriously sunny Saturday was attended by many sponsors of the Bookfest, visiting authors and by a very large number of children! Caroline Thewles, of the Bookfest charity, thanked Peter Taylor for attending, and is looking forward to attending the SMCA's next round of donations to local charities in June!
Saturday, 23 April 2016
Huge thanks to the many Brethren involved in organizing the evening and to the new Officers for their support. Clive was one of the first Lodges to raffle an MFEST300 souvenir bottle of whisky - it was won by the newly appointed Junior Deacon and raised £216 for the Festival! Cheers!!
[Ed. - Huge thanks also to Mike for the story!]
The President of The Knighton Rotary Club, Kim Smith then gave a presentation on the origins and purposes of Rotary International.
All agreed that a great deal of synergy existed between the two organisations, a fact that was much discussed at the excellent dinner provided by The Knighton Hotel. Roger Pemberton said, "Masonry must be see as Part of the Community and not Apart from the Community. We must reach out to achieve a greater understanding amongst the popular world."
Saturday, 16 April 2016
The ashlar (pictured right) has been claimed 21 times so far - but only 13 lodges have held it. Come on the rest of you!! Top of the raiding table is Salopian Lodge of Charity 117 who have made four successful raids.
The longest 'ownership' of the Ashlar is claimed by St Mary's Lodge who held it for 13 months - the shortest by Fitz Alan Lodge who gave it up after just 14 days! The next opportunity to raid for the Ashlar will be on May 11th - please contact The Iron Bridge lodge for details. Please take a good picture or two of the raid and send me the details so that it can go on this blog - thus avoiding the near-fate of one Lodge (un-named) who were planning a raid on North Shropshire after the Ashlar had left!!
W Bro Andy Delamere, the first Master of 9897, was particularly interested to receive a Masonic jug from the Durobrivae Lodge 6956 in the Province of East Kent. It was immediately apparent that the jug was a long way from home, as it showed an early iron bridge across the River Wear - only the second such bridge after our own! The Wearmouth bridge opened in 1796, and was the brainchild of Rowland Burdon, M.P. for Durham and Provincial Grand Master. It was subsequently rebuilt by Robert Stephenson and eventually dismantled when the modern bridge was built on the same site between 1927 and 1929.The jug shows a splendid view of the original bridge.
Research at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry in Great Queen Street, London showed that this was an example of Sunderland ware, and though fascinating, is not particularly rare: other examples may be viewed in UGLE's catalogue (type Wearmouth bridge into the search box) : the bridge was evidently a popular subject for the local pottery designers. There is another example in Worcester's Masonic museum. Over 30 variations on the design are known to have been made.
A particular attraction of this jug is the Masonic verse it bears on the reverse, which is reproduced here:
At Shropshire Installed Masters Lodge 6262 three new Principal Officers were installed this morning. W Bro David Stott is pictured below as WM, flanked by SW W Bro Roger Wedlake (left) and W Bro Mike Brown (right), the new JW. W Bro Stott was well supported by Brethren from Wrekin lodge 2883 in London, of which he is a member.
The Almoner pledged £1000 to the 2019 Festival, a fine and positive end to the meeting!
Friday, 15 April 2016
A link should very shortly be available on the Provincial website.
Training is open to all - Masons and non-Masons - and is free. Any donations however will go to charity.
Why not sign up - you could save a life!
Please email John Martin.
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
A generous donation from Caer Caradoc lodge in Church Stretton has been sent to the SMCA Treasurer who administers our funds, then two separate deliveries of teddies have been taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Minor Injuries Unit at Bridgnorth, and finally we have received this note from the Reception staff at the A&E unit in Shrewsbury.
Thanks - and keep those donations coming!!
Brother Josh Greenroyd began proceedings with an excellent rendition of his Answers, and Worshipful Master Nick Barrett and his team followed in fine style. 14 members of Brother Josh's mother lodge attended to see him become a Fellow Craft Freemason, on an occasion which was not just memorable for the ritual, but also for the great sense of fraternal affection between the two lodges.
St Milburga lodge is celebrating its 150th birthday in December - The Iron Bridge lodge has more than 148 years to go to catch them up!
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
PROVINCIAL ROYAL ARCH ADDRESS 2016I have great pleasure in welcoming you all to the Annual Convocation of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Shropshire. We assemble together in support and promotion of the Royal Arch and I have to say that it does my heart good to see such a full array of Royal Arch colours filling this Hall – we have the red and the blue, the scarlet, the flash of gold, - and the occasional tantalising glimpse of the red socks! You will perhaps be aware Companions that I have not yet succumbed to the entreaties of the advocates of the red sock but have to admit that there are many changes afoot!
CRAFT ADDRESS 2016
congratulate both Alan and Dennis and wish them happiness and fulfilment as Grand Officers.
As we close one Masonic Provincial year may I give my thanks to my outgoing Wardens, W Bro Chris Jones, the PSGW and W Bro
Friday, 8 April 2016
Thursday, 7 April 2016
Pictured are WBre Martin Edwards and WM Keith Arscott. Martin has been the architect of charitable giving to TLC, the Princess Royal neo-natal unit and the Stroke Association.
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
After the presentation was over, WM David Lewis asked why it was that his granddaughter Solie had not received a teddy when she had to go to A&E recently with a split lip. Perhaps an oversight?
No sooner mentioned than solved - WBro David received a pristine yellow teddy and was asked to pass it to Solie with our compliments - better late than never!
The work of the charity may be viewed at www.tlcappeal.org.
Sunday, 3 April 2016
A somewhat grey and rainy day emerged as Shropshire geared up for its Annual meetings of Provincial Grand Chapter and Provincial Grand Lodge. We welcomed distinguished guests from as far away as Suffolk and the Isle of Man, as well as other familar friends from neighbouring Provinces.
Somewhat sadly, a ban had to be enforced on photography and social media naming of our traditional venue - sadly, as all of the comments which were published were unfailingly positive and full of praise for the warmth of the welcome and especially the exceptional lunch laid on for those present.
MEGS and PrGM Peter Taylor settled into his day's work with the aplomb born of experience: the only technical glitch of the day fortunately came (just) before the start of the Chapter meeting, when the tablet controlling the PA system turned out to be capable also of automatically lowering a video screen across the stage. With screen removed and important guests in place, the meeting proceeded, and appointments and promotion were made. As ever, the colour and pageantry of the Royal Arch didn't disappoint, and our new 2nd and 3rd Provincial Grand Principals Mike Parry and Mike Brown took their places either side of the MEGS.
In the afternoon, many of those present enjoyed a fine lunch, which was exceptional in more ways than one, with Mrs Maria Gough in attendance alongside her husband Andy. Peter Taylor presented the couple (who had donated £1000 to the Festival in lieu of receiving wedding gifts) with an album of photographs of the happy event. An announcement was also made about progress towards our Festival target of £1m: after two years, and with three years to go, Shropshire has raised around £420k. Well done all - don't slacken now!
The Craft meeting saw John Norman and Robin Richardson installed as the Provincial Wardens, and the PrGM's speech announced (among other things) the imminent launch of a Light Blue club for Shropshire, following the pattern of those now being established in many other Provinces. The many appointments and promotions pleased the audience of Masons - there seemed especially to be a good number of lodge Secretaries being rewarded for their labours! The sun came out in time for the journey home.
Particular thanks to Pengwerne Chapter and Idsall Lodge, who stewarded the event in fine style, despite being rained on in the morning. See you all again next year!!
Oh, yes - someone left a glove...
Reception 1900h: Meal 2000h: Carriages at Midnight. £28/head
This traditional Ladies Evening will include the Toast to the Ladies and the Ladies' Song, with bouquets and gifts, a raffle and Dancing to Hotsy Totsy afterwards. Dress: formal.
For information and bookings please email Assistant Secretary Nigel Pocock.
The May meeting will feature the competition for the Jimmy Riddell Spring Cup, open to members of Shropshire lodges only, and details will be sent on application. If you wish to attend, please contact Secretary Mike Charles by Wednesday, 4th May at the latest.
Other dates for your diaries include:
24th June Cleobury Mortimer GC Match v Herefordshire Province
11th August Cleobury Mortimer GC Match v Worcestershire Province
16th September Mile End Autumn meeting
1st October Cleobury Mortimer GC Family Fun Day in aid of Provincial Festival