Sunday, 22 May 2016
Everyone then retired downstairs for a Shropshire Festive Board with fidget pie and Shrewsbury biscuits. A coincidental placing of three Brothers in adjacent seats inspired the photograph below, with the caption "I look up to him" -- or, alternatively (from WBro Griffiths) "I know my place!" A great meeting - we look forward to next year.
In that time, we have had 13,159 pageviews - with a huge surge in May as our US audience has taken off! We are also being watched in many other countries, including Slovakia (3rd), Ireland (4th) and Germany (5th).
By a long way the most popular post has been that concerning Audley Court, and our contribution towards the building of a new entrance for their centre which is now in place and looking superb! Clive Jones has also 'gone viral' (almost!) and The Iron Bridge Lodge has figured prominently in the news stories, as has Old Ben Lodge and its recent filming session at Crewe Street.
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Sunday, 15 May 2016
At some point on Friday 13th, our blog passed 5,000 pageviews. In the three months since its inception, "Shropshire Blue" has not quite 'gone viral' (yet!), but it is becoming established as a popular and informative news vehicle for our wonderful Province. Keep spreading the word!! Most especially, keep sending in the news to your Provincial Communications Officer, WBro Jeremy Lund...
Craig Letheren was welcomed into the Lodge (he is still a member of St Luke's lodge in Cornwall), and is pictured here with WM Dave Stubbs. Craig has already been 'nabbed' to become Assistant Secretary and to manage the Twitter a/c @OldBen9461. Please follow!!!
The new Worshipful Master also had quite a following on his special day - from Salopian Lodge of Charity 117 , his Mother Lodge - and it was a special pleasure for those of us who saw David initiated into 117 to be there and witness his broadest of broad smiles as he took the Chair! Pictured (right) is his Proposer into Freemasonry, WBro Garry Breakwell.
Also present were some old friends of the lodge - WBre Ray Smith and John Adams (pictured below) who have visited the lodge each year for some time now! Ray and John were good friends of WBro Geoff Delamere - Geoff is still fondly remembered in Shropshire - and all belonged to Epworth lodge in Manchester, sadly now defunct. They still catch up with Geoff's son Andy who is
also well known in the Province and beyond!
'Old Ben' takes its name from the Old Benevolent Fund which supports members and former members of the news trade (now under the name "NewstrAid"). As £500 was raised at the meeting, it is clear that Benevolence and Charity were once more amply illustrated!
Saturday, 14 May 2016
Thursday, 12 May 2016
PrGM Peter Taylor was among those who recently presented the MAA Charity - based at RAF Cosford - with £5,000 from the Grand Charity. A reporter from the Press was put firmly in his place when he enquired if the Freemasons supported such charities often - our PrGM pointing out the more than £1.5m donated to the Air Ambulance movement since 2008.
Speaking with a medic at the same event who had experience supporting troops in Afghanistan, RWBro Peter was struck by the fact that Freemasonry has been quietly supporting so many very worthy charities over many years - including Combat Stress and many more besides. Let's be proud of our wonderful organisation, and publicize the superb work that it does!!
Twelve students from Derwen College are preparing for their Duke of Edinburgh skills, volunteering and physical elements with the help of a generous donation from Cae Glas lodge in Oswestry.
This summer the youngsters are to undertake a three-day (and two night) canoe expedition, and their training is being supported by £400 from Cae Glas. Pictured with Laura Griffith of Derwen College are WM Keith Arscott, WBro Andy Clarke and WBro Pete Adams.
Not stated is whether the Brethren are also getting out their paddles!!?!
Saturday, 7 May 2016
The Festive Board as ever was a splendid and enjoyable occasion at Lilleshall. During the evening over £1,000 was donated to Blind Veterans, £311 to MFEST 300 and £80 towards the 2019 Grand Charity Festival.
Thursday, 5 May 2016
From Andy Delamere
Whilst visiting Clive Lodge 1575 Installation onApril 11th, W. Bro Winston Cree who was sitting on my immediate left won the bottle of MFEST whisky. The next installation I attended was Lodge of Venture 6916 Staffordshire on April 23rd. I was shocked that the person on my immediate left also won the MFEST whisky. I was feeling unlucky!
Next I attended Idsall Installation and I mentioned my recent bad luck to Bro. Peter McConville (pictured) of Fitzalan Lodge, No. 1432 and suggested as he was on my immediate left that he might buy more tickets! Just before the draw I asked Peter if he wanted to swap his tickets and he declined. The draw was then taken and large gasps were given as W. Bro Bill Gould drew out ticket 250 which was Peter's ticket, with some Brethren comparing me with the magician Dynamo!!
I must be a lucky mascot so the big question is, Who wants to sit on my left at Old Ben's installation?
[thanks, Andy. Answers on a postcard, please! Ed.]