Saturday, 24 September 2016

The Password leading from the 2nd to the 3rd degree?

On the second last Friday in September, Longmynd Lodge 4877  in Church Stretton hosted an unusual Third Degree ceremony as it assisted The Iron Bridge Lodge 9897 from Telford in Raising Bro Thomas Perring (3rd left) to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. 

The team, led by WM David Heywood, performed to a high standard and a good time was had by all - but the ceremony nearly didn't happen as Tom had suffered a painful accident and injured his shoulder earlier in the month, while WBro Heywood (also acting Organist) had hurt his hand. 

All was well in the end, however, as Tom was determined to enjoy his special night, and David (a music teacher with the Shropshire Music Service) brought his tuba to accompany the singing from the south-west corner instead...

And, please... no jokes about the password leading from the Second to the Third Degree...

Group Six Burns Night

Book early for an unmissable Burns Night organised by Group 6 lodges in aid of the 2019 Festival and the Royal British Legion. This Black Tie Burns Night Charity Supper at the Park Inn (next to the Radisson) in Telford will include a three- course meal (three menu choices, all Scottish!), pipes and drums, poetry, raffle, entertainment and a disco to take you through to 3am.

28th January, 2017 1900h-0300h, £35/head. 

Contact for more information.

Friday, 23 September 2016


Great news - a group of "New to Masonry" Brethren gathered in the Peach Tree restaurant
on Thursday 22nd September to launch the new Light Blue Club for Shropshire. A curry afterwards made it an evening to remember.

This club is especially aimed at young and also junior Brethren, and has the full support of the Province. Hopefully it will encourage younger and 'new to Masonry' Brethren to get to know others at the same stage of their Masonry, to enjoy themselves, to aid their Masonic education and possibly to add to the good charitable work being done in the Lodges.

Anyone interested should contact A second event is already in the planning!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Slack by name but certainly not by nature!!!

The Iron Bridge Lodge 9897 welcomed a new Brother Initiate on the 14th when WBro Simon Clare (left) conducted an efficient Ceremony following his lengthy bicycle ride from the South-East.

Brother Richard Slack became a Freemason on the same night that VWBro Roger Pemberton became Master Elect of Shropshire's newest lodge. Richard is a security guard at a certain well-known local University college - so it was very appropriate that he should become a member of our first University Scheme lodge. Richard is also to be complimented on his appearance wearing his Festival Jewel on his first night in Masonry!

The evening was a warm one again, and several of those present are pictured enjoying a cooling drink after the formal part of the evening - which took only a little over an hour...

Richard was soon out and about, visiting Pengwerne Lodge the
following night, and is pictured (left) being greeted by Pengwerne's Worshipful Master, WBro David Knight. Welcome to Shropshire Masonry!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Let's all get behind this challenge!!!

Readers of this blog have no need of introduction to WBro Clive Jones of St Mary's Lodge, star fundraiser, proud Welshman and fond of an 'occasional' pint or three...

Basil Brockhurst of Basil's Taxis in Market Drayton has already offered Clive £500 towards Blind Veterans UK if he (Clive) can stay sober between 4th February and 18th March (in the kindness of his heart he excluded St David's Day from the bet). 

Clive has already received further sponsorship to watch the 2017 Six Nations rugby tournament wearing an England shirt. This he will do in the King's Arms, Market Drayton with a glass of lemonade at his side!! All monies raised will go to Blind Veterans UK.

A JustGiving page is shortly to be set up and a link will be provided from this blog when it is ready. In the meantime, Clive can be contacted Or give in Market Drayton (many tins around the town) or even better direct at the pub during the England/Wales match!!

Wooden Spoon charity news

One great cause supported by the S.M.C.A. this June was the Wooden Spoon charity, which uses rugby to support and inspire young people with a physical or other disadvantage.

Read more about the great work they do here!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Early Evening Television ratings set to Soar!!!

Brethren who settle down for a little early evening TV before dressing up and setting off to Lodge should not snooze off over the coming weeks or months - or they may miss a television 'first' - as WBre Allan Caswell and Colin Bolton form the "Red Team" in an unmissable episode of the "Bargain Hunt" programme.

Filmed recently at Oswestry Showground, Allan and Colin were (possibly unwisely) given £300 and let loose on the best buys to be had, all under the watchful eye of expert John Cameron. In October they will see how their three purchases do at auction in Whitchurch. We are delighted to hear that if they make a profit, it will be donated to the 2019 Festival.

However, I have seen this show, and wonder if the 2019 Festival is expected to pick up the tab if they make a loss!??!! Further details, including a likely broadcast date will be circulated as soon as we know. Come on, you Reds!!


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Teddies for Loving Care receives boost

Teddies for Loving Care is a favourite charity of Freemasons around the country and indeed beyond, with well over a million teddies distributed to children in Accident and Emergency situations in England, Ireland, and even abroad.

Shropshire has given out around 30,000 of the cute bears since 2010, and the charity received a welcome boost early in September when a meeting of Column Lodge featured a talk about TLC by WBro Jeremy Lund, and WM David Heywood presented cheques totalling £600 to WBro Lund. This magnificent contribution represents donations from both Column and Longmynd - WBro Heywood is Master of both lodges, and is very committed to the charity as his son William has received three teddies on different occasions!

Monday, 5 September 2016

Thanks for The Memory Walk

On Sunday 4th September Freemasons from Market Drayton took part in The Memory Walk 2016 to help raise much needed funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, because they want a world without Dementia. The walk took place at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.

The three Brethren who took part were WBro Clive Jones, the Junior Warden and Almoner of St Mary’s Lodge 8373, WBro Clownes Smith (Hartfell Lodge 728) and Bro Steve Jones (Lodge Forbes 67). Both Clownes and Steve are masons of the Scottish constitution, however they visit St Mary’s Lodge 8373 regularly and they are firm friends and supporters of St Mary’s Lodge.

The Team named The Brothers in Arms are all Brothers and all drink in the Kings Arms in Market Drayton. The team had a great day but more importantly in excess of £600 was raised by the team for the Alzheimer's Society. Anyone who would like to support the walkers further, please click on 

[thanks again, Clive for the copy]