Friday, 26 August 2016

Those boots were made for walking...

Put on your daisy roots and come out into the glorious Shropshire countryside for a Provincial Perambulation, says Roger Pemberton.

There are so many good reasons to join in the Provincial Perambulations this September and October. The Shropshire countryside looks beautiful at this time of the year; it’s a great way to get into shape before you tuck into a winter’s worth of Masonic dinners; walking is a wonderful social activity and a good way to raise a little bit more towards our £1,000,000 goal for the 2019 Festival in aid of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity.

Our Walking Maul has already completed hundreds of miles around Shropshire and been to the top of the highest peak in England. By the time we finish our Festival we hope it will have travelled a thousand miles and been to the top of Snowdon, Ben Nevis, Snaefell (in the Isle of Man) and Carrauntoohil (the highest mountain in Ireland). In October 2019 the Walking Maul will be raffled with tickets sold around the Province. All proceeds to the Festival Appeal.

Whatever is the level of your fitness you can take part in the Provincial Perambulations. You don’t have to walk the whole walk as advertised. Even if you travel just the last hundred yards you will be eligible to carry the walking maul.

So, what have we in September?

On Sunday 4th September Roger Michell will lead a walk from Oswestry to Ellesmere across the fields and along the canals. The distance is 13.5 miles and the walk will begin at 10am at Roft Street Masonic Hall, Oswestry. This walk is dedicated to The Brownlow Lodge which will be meeting on Wednesday 7th of September. It is hoped that one or two members of Brownlow will walk with Roger but of course anyone is invited for whatever distance they would like to travel. Please contact Roger on or on 01939 232293.

On Sunday 11th September Roger Michell will lead the walk from the Town Hall, Ellesmere to Market Drayton, a lovely journey following the canal. See kingfishers, swans and herons. The walk will begin at 8 am, an earlier time because the distance is greater – 21.6 miles. Don’t let that put you off, you can walk just one mile of it if you wish. This walk is to honour Clive Lodge which meets on Monday 12th September, the following day. One again, if you would like to join Roger for all or part of this walk, contact him on or on 01939 232293.

The next walk will take place on Monday 19th September from The Grove School, Market Drayton to Whitchurch. It is 13.5 miles and will end with a visit to Roden Lodge’s regular meeting which begins at 6.30pm. We can make arrangements for Masonic suits to be transported, showers to be available and pints of beer to be quaffed to slake walkers’ thirsts. I hope that a few Rodenmembers might join us on the walk. Roger Pemberton, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master will be leading this one which will start from the gates of the Grove School at 10.00am. If you would like to join this walk at any stage please contact Roger on roger@2rbp.couk or on 01952 884736 or 07767 377960

The final Provincial Perambulation for September will be a long one but don’t let that put you off. Remember you can walk any section, it’s hop on – hop off. The walk will be a two day affair leaving Castle Hill, Whitchurch at 10.00 am on Thursday 29th September. On the first day we will cover just 15 miles of the journey to Wellington and on the following day, Friday 30th September we will complete the second 15 miles finishing at the Wellington Masonic Hall where we will have the opportunity to attend a regular meeting of Old Wrekinian Lodge. (We will arrange facilities for changing, transportation etc.) This will be a special meeting with two 50 Year Certificates presented.

Once again, Roger Pemberton will be leading this walk as well as presenting the Certificates so if you would like a chance to walk and or attend the meeting please contact him on or 01952 884736 or 07767 377960.


Now if you have walked the Welshpool Walk before you will know how much fun it is. This year we will be walking to Powys Lodge along the Severn Way on Thursday 13th October. The members of Powys are always so hospitable – they really make us feel welcome. It’s a long day but a very rewarding one. If you would like to join for all or part of this walk please contact Roger Michellon or on 01939 232293. It would be marvellous to have a good party of Shropshire Masons at the Powys meeting.

So there we are; get those old walking boots out, give them a good coat of dubbin and come and join the walking fraternity, carry the Walking Maul and help the Festival Appeal a little. Above all, come and have some fun!


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Shropshire Star 23rd August

For full story go to New Masonic Charitable Foundation link on right hand side of the page...

Monday, 22 August 2016

Provincial Perambulations and Walk to Welshpool

The Provincial Perambulations arecontinuing thanks to the two Rogers – Michell and Pemberton – who are leadingthe walks which by 2019 will connect all Lodges in Shropshire together,culminating in a ‘Grand Walk’ to Great Queen Street in London.

Each walk isfollowed closely by a Meeting at a Lodge, and it is hoped that Brethren fromthe destination (or indeed any other) lodge will help raise fundsthrough sponsorship, raffles and the like.

This Autumn’sprogramme of walks is well on in the planning stage: for now, here are thedates and locations, so that the Brethren of Shropshire can add them totheir diaries. Please remember that it is always possible to join in for just apart of any walk if time or circumstance should prevent you from doing the fulldistance!

host lodge
Sun 04 Sep
1000h Roft St
Sun 11 Sep
0800h Town Hall
Ellesmere-Mkt Drayton
Mon 19 Sep
1000h Grove School
Mkt Drayton - Whitchurch
Thu-Fri 29-30 Sep
time? North Shrops Masonic Rooms
Whitchurch - Wellington
Old Wrekinian


The annual Walk to Welshpool (via the Severn Way) isalso taking place as detailed below:

host lodge
Thu 13 Oct
0600h Crewe Street
Shrewsbury - Welshpool


The Sunday walks andthe Walk to Welshpool above are being led by Roger Michell,and the rest by Roger Pemberton.If you would like to do all or part of a walk, or just attend the Lodge meetingto support the walkers, please in the first instance contact the walk leader rather than the LodgeSecretary.

More details willfollow in due course. Get those walking boots out, Brethren!!


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

New Masonic Charitable Foundation supports young football star

“Talent Aid”, a new charitable venture funded by Freemasons, has come to the assistance of football-crazy youngster Daniel Stuart from Shropshire. A substantial grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation will help fund costs such as kit and travel this season.

Nine-year-old Dan, who is a pupil at Whitchurch Church of England Junior School, has played soccer since he was just four years old. While a member of Prees under VIIs he was spotted by talent scouts from Stoke, Manchester United and Aston Villa and had trials with these clubs, but opted to go on the books of Shrewsbury Town last year as a more practical choice.

Dan’s talent as a central midfielder has been appreciated by his coaches as he trains each week at the Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology and the Sundorne Sports Village. So too has his temperament, which is pleasant and generous – he is often called on to assist younger players in their training.

Mother Mandy and grandfather Ron Ingall (of St Alkmund Lodge) have been only too aware of the strain on the family that travelling to away games and training sessions have caused, and for a time it seemed as though Dan might have to set aside his dream of training to become a senior footballer. Fortunately, the newly formed MCF – the result of four national Masonic charities combining into one – judged that Daniel’s case was worthy of their support, and approved the grant. 

Dan is one of the first young people in Shropshire to benefit from a “Talent Aid” grant. We wish this talented and pleasant lad a bright future!


Friday, 12 August 2016

Curry on currying

The irrepressible Clive Jones has been at it again - consuming curry in the cause of fund raising! Here is his report of the event:

£600 Curry Night boost for Blind Veterans UK

Serial fundraisers W.Bro Clive & Steph Jones and fifty curry chums dined out in Market Drayton on 2nd August, to support Blind Veterans UK.  Hosted by Oruna Cuisine, all the happy diners enjoyed a very generous three-course meal supplemented by Clive’s customary jovial take on life.  Steph took charge of financial matters and a well-supported raffle prize draw generated a fund raising result in excess of £600.

Blind Veterans UK is a charity very close to Clive’s heart.  The Charity supported former Welsh Guardsman Clive and his family when he lost his sight in December 2000.  “I really cannot put into words the debt I owe to Blind Veterans.” Clive said, “Unexpectedly catapulted into a world of total darkness the charity worked steadfastly with me and my family, helping to rebuild our lives.  Simply saying ‘thank you’ is just not enough!”

Sir Arthur Pearson, who owned the Evening Standard and founded the Daily Express, established St Dunstans in 1915. Having lost his own sight through glaucoma, he was shocked at society's attitude to blindness. He decided to help those who had lost their vision in the First World War by giving them the care and rehabilitation they needed to lead constructive, self-sufficient lives.

Nearly a century later, Blind Veterans UK (the successor to St Dunstan's) not only cares for ex-Service men and women blinded in action, but for veterans who have lost their sight through accident, illness or old age. The Charity has three centres (Brighton, Llandudno and Sheffield) that provide residential and respite care plus sports facilities, as well as qualified welfare staff who help blind veterans across the UK to live independently within their own communities.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Memories of summer...

Masonic dress in England certainly doesn't lend itself to hot weather, as was seen recently when the hottest day of the year coincided with The Iron Bridge lodge's emergency Double Raising in July.

With air con unavailable in the room at Meeting Point House in Telford and two fans only (one working only fitfully) the dress code was quickly adapted to shirt sleeve order in the interests of comfort - indeed, survival!

The ceremony, however, lost nothing as the lodge acquired its first 'home-grown' Master Masons, both of who assented to wear their full suit to have their picture taken with WM Simon Clare.

Arrangements are now in hand for a further 9897 candidate under the banner of the Salopian Lodge of Charity 117 on the 4th Wednesday in September at Crewe Street. Book in by emailing Russell Price, the 117 Secretary. Please note that 117's meetings commence at 6.15 p.m..