Saturday, 7 October 2017

Two 50 year certificates!

I was pleased to  witness a unique  presentation of not only one 50 year certificate, but a second 50 year certificate from the Scottish Constitution.

The evening was a wonderful meeting with Rt W Bro James McAllister Hodgson presenting the certificates to WBro David Stewart Gordon (Stewart) who was in full Scottish Regalia.

The Lodge of the Marches joined in to wish Stewart many more happy years in Masonry, very mindful that he travels from Seven Oaks for the meetings.

WBro Colin Edwards

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Tercentenary Celebration Choral Evensong in pictures

The Shropshire celebration of Choral Evensong to commemorate the Tercentenary of the Grand Lodge of England took place in Shrewsbury Abbey on Sunday, 1st October, 2017 in the presence of the RW Provincial Grand Master Peter Allan Taylor, his Deputy Roger Brentnall Pemberton and many Distinguished Guests including the Grand Chaplain, Rev Canon Michael Wilson.

The organ was played by WBro Jeremy Lund.

A Procession of Banners from the Lodges of the Province of Shropshire began proceedings with a pageant of colour and ceremony, with the Provincial Sword, Banner and Standard holding pride of place before the High Altar.

Provincial Grand Chaplain WBro Phil Niblock led the service.

Lessons were read by the Deputy and the Provincial Grand Master. Sitting with the Pr G Chaplain is the Vicar of Shrewsbury Abbey, Rev Paul Firmin.

A most distinguished array of guests took over the South side of the Choir for the afternoon.

The Sermon was preached by the Grand Chaplain, W Bro the Rev. Canon  Michael Wilson (below). At the end of the service, all agreed that it had been a great success and a fitting and memorable way tio mark 300 years of Freemasonry under the  English Grand Lodge.

pictures: our particular thanks to Geoff Glover, photographer for the day, from whose many images of the day we have chosen just a few.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

1st October celebrations

With the music still ringing in our ears from the magnificent Abbey organ at our Tercentenary celebration, here are the first rushes of pictures from the day, which was enjoyed by around 300 Masons, their wives, partners and families.

The day began with an ascent of Lord Hill's Column at the top of Abbey Foregate by some 25 intrepid climbers, who were given a short digest of the amazing history of this monument, erected to celebrate Viscount Rowland Hill, Wellington's second-in-command through the Peninsular campaign. 

The foundation stone was laid with Masonic ceremony on St John the Evangelist's Day, 27th December 2014, by members of Salopian Lodge 262 who included at that time the architect and Hill's nephew. The column, the tallest Doric column in the UK (and at one time in the world), measures 133.5 feet, and the statue (of Coade stone) stands 17 feet high. 

After a wonderful meal at the Lord Hill hotel nearby, a Choral Evensong service in Shrewsbury Abbey began with a Procession of the banners of the Shropshire lodges. 

Many Brethren were in regalia for the service, another novelty which lent the occasion a sense of pageantry and colour. The service included a sermon by the Rev Canon Michael Wilson, Grand Chaplain.

Roden's Antipodean visitor

Roden Lodge enjoyed a marvellous night recently with the visit to the lodge of WBro David Stenning, Deputy District Grand Master for New Zealand (pictured second left, next to VWBro Roger Pemberton). 

Midlands Air Ambulance receives MFest boost

Following the success of MFest300, the four Provincial Grand Masters involved joined with John Trainor, MFest300 Chairman, and representatives of the Midlands Air Ambulance at their Strensham base to present a cheque for £6726, being the surplus remaining from the event.

Heaven on Earth

South Shropshire Masonic Fellowship

The Ragleth
at Little Stretton

Thursday October 19th    

12.00 for 1.00 pm.
Sonja Mason
will give a talk entitled

Heaven on Earth
Please reply to: MelMcFarland

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Combat Stress receive generous cheque

from Nick Barrett:

Brethren, please take a minute to read so you can see where your kind donations will be applied:

Here is a photo taken when I handed over the cheque for £500 to Combat Stress in Newport on behalf of St Milburga Lodge in September.

I would be grateful if you could pass on my thanks and that of Combat Stress Newport for the generous support from our brethren.

Combat Stress Newport is totally funded through charitable donations and support through our NHS and without this support our military heroes who have given so much at such a huge cost to themselves would be left to deal with the psychological stress by themselves. Its not only those who have served but the families attached to them who have to try to cope with post traumatic stress after returning from combat zones and scenes of devastation.

 Combat Stress say:

For almost a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, we provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict. On the phone and online. In the community and at our treatment centres.

We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to help them take on the future.

Just to remind the Brethren that this donation was part of collection over 2016 through our social events and once again I'd like to thank all those who donated and assisted in the running of those social events that proved so successful in getting us all together as well as raising all the funds.
Many thanks from Kristy and myself for the support.

Kind regards


Caer Bears?

Well done to Caer Caradoc lodge, who raised £120 by raffle towards the excellent Teddies for Loving Care charity. The generosity of a member saw the total doubled and a cheque for £240 has been sent to Allen Cadman and his cuddly team. 

The charity, which supplies teddy bears to children in A&E and other trauma units throughout most of the country, requires about £5,000 a year in Shropshire to meet its costs - if each lodge could match Caer Caradoc's efforts, the fine work of TLC would be guaranteed in Shropshire for years to come.

Provincial Walkers prepare!

Forgive the pun but the Provincial Walks Programme continues apace and in charge will be our very own Champion Race Walker, WBro Roger Michell (Sabrina Lodge No 4158).

On 12th October there will be a walk from Freemasons’ Hall, Crewe Street Shrewsbury to
Ellesmere College in honour of The Old Ellesmerian Lodge which will be meeting on Saturday 21st October. The walk will leave Shrewsbury at 8.00 am and will follow footpaths and country lanes. The pace will be steady (3 miles per hour), so no racing!  If you would like to join the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and WBro Roger Michell on that day please send Roger Michell an e-mail on . If you would like to attend the OE meeting please contact the Secretary, on

A second walk, a little shorter [of about 6 inches... (Ed)], will take place on 16th November,
this time from Ellesmere to Oswestry to honour Fitz Alan Lodge No 1432. This walk is timed to arrive at the Oswestry Masonic Hall a couple of hours before the start of the Fitz Alan Installation Ceremony.  (There will be time to change and  arrangements might be made for a shower).  Once again, if you are interested in this walk which might take in one or two canal tow paths, please contact Roger Michell at the above e mail address. If you are interested in attending the Installation meeting please contact

It is hoped that the two lodges might arrange to greet the walkers and possibly to arrange for  some informal sponsorship on the evening to go towards the 2019 Festival Appeal.  All sponsorship will be in the name of the Lodge and will go towards the Lodges’ targets.

Roger Pemberton
Deputy Provincial Grand Master

Chair 2019 Festival Appeal

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Forester Lodge Ladies Night

Forester Lodge Ladies' Night will be on Saturday, 18th November 1930h at the White House Hotel, Wellington. 

Please come and support WBro Bill Norton as part of his great year in the Chair. For menu details and bookings, please contact Russell Brooks  07973 506026

Pengwerne Ladies rockin' the night away

Brethren all,
It is both a great pleasure and an honour for me (and for the long serving and suffering present Mrs Baugh) to be inviting you all, your partners, friends and family to join together with us in celebrating the Pengwerne Lodge Ladies Night 2017 on Saturday, 18th November.

This year’s event is at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Please feel free to invite other Masons or friends and their partners to join you on your tables. Many Masons (me included) had their first ‘Masonic experience’ enjoying our company on Ladies Night, seeing the social side of Freemasonry and in this our 300th Anniversary Year, we should be proud to share and celebrate that with them.

We will celebrate in style too, as usual, it is a black tie or formal dress event; with complimentary drinks and canapes on arrival, an impressive three course dinner menu, specially created for us by the chef and hospitality team at STFC, optional cheese boards can be ordered too and a hand - picked selection of wines to accompany your food will be available by the bottle. 

We will be entertained by the superb ‘Dirty Rockin’ Scoundrels’, in my opinion, the best Rock’n’Roll party band I have seen in years and sure to end the evening in fine style. Please feel free to watch their preview video on Youtube!

Let’s make it a night to remember.          W.Bro Simon BaughPengwerne Lodge 3229

TIBL are at it again!

Welcome to Jason McComb (centre) who last night became the 10th candidate to be initiated into The Iron Bridge Lodge, No. 9897 since our consecration less than three years ago. He is pictured with his proposer Bro. Steve Venezia (right) and W. Bro Jon Hughes who was the WM for the evening, as VW Bro Roger Pemberton was otherwise engaged at Grand Lodge.

This initiation would not have happened without the help and support of St. Alkmund Lodge, no. 2311 who after interviewing Jason thought he was more suited to our lodge due to the location of his home address being over an hour away from Whitchurch. It was not an easy decision to turn him away especially when lodges are always looking for good candidates!

We also welcomed Bro. James Buckley (who has taken on the mantle of our Organist) after joining us from Gatwick Lodge, no. 2502 after moving to Telford a few years ago. He played the organ and trumpet at our meeting for the first time and is pictured with singers W. Bro Brian Goodwin and Bro. Steve Venezia.

Finally during the evening two more candidates were proposed for 2018.      

WBro Andy Delamere

St Alkmunds Lodge - dates for your diary

Sat 7th October. St. Alkmund and Roden Lodges and the Masonic Fishing Charity are attending the Blackberry Fair in Whitchurch. This is an annual event which promotes Freemasonry and the Fishing Charity in the community. Come and see our fly tying demonstration bring the children to have a go at hook a duck.
Its a great day out and its all free.

Friday 13th October. The   Masonic Fishing Charity are holding a Pate, Pie and Pickles  night with quiz at the North Shropshire Masonic Rooms. Tickets are £10.00 doors open 7.00pm for 7.30 start.  Cash prize. All welcome.

Friday 1st December. St. Alkmunds Ladies Committee are holding their annual Christmas social at the North Shropshire Masonic Rooms.Tickets to include supper and mince pies, quiz and carols around the tree
with David Williams. Tickets £10.00 doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm.All profits going to the 2019 festival.Come and get into the Christmas spirit.

Tickets from Petrina Robinson 01948 780218.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Paul Brennan at the South Shropshire Fellowship

The Ragleth
 At Little Stretton
 Thursday September 21st   
 12.00 for 1.00 pm.
 Prizes welcome for the Draw

Paul Brennan
Will give a talk entitled
 The Mysterious Death of
 Sgt. Leonard Gaffee RAF(VR).

Please reply to:

Mr. Mel McFarland, Dale House, Longville, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6DS

Telephone  01694 771 288
 Mobile 07887  533 392

E Mail

by the Monday before the lunch with your choice of menu

Teme and Arrow Lodges Ladies' Festival

Teme & Arrow Lodge Ladies Festival
                          W.Bro Alan & Mrs. Julie Watson and W.Bro Terence & Mrs. Emma Payen
extend a cordial invitation for you and your lady to join them as guests of the Lodge and attend the joint
                Ladies Festival
to be held at the Burton Hotel, Kington
on Saturday 21st October 2017
7.00pm for 7.30pm
Choice of Menu

To accept your invitation and for any additional place(s) please contact David Hedley.
Please book by the 9th October to assist with the arrangements.

Lot Eight!

At the Grand Promise Auction held at The Wynnstay Hotel on Friday 1st July 2016, WBro. John Williamson and his wife Ann outbid the attendees to take a trip on a narrowboat. Yesterday, Sunday 3rd of September, John and Ann met with John and Kaye Weaver on their narrowboat, “Nebuchadnezzar”: it was an early morning start meeting up at the marina in Audlem at 08.00.

After preparing the boat for its voyage, they cast off at 08.30, their destination The Olde Bar
Bridge Inn at Bar Bridge just north of Nantwich, a distance of 7 miles. With a total of two locks to navigate, and the trip taking an elevated journey through Nantwich Town and over a short cast iron Aqueduct (not quite the same as the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in North Wales, but still constructed by the Great Thomas Telford, as was the whole of the Shropshire Union Canal) the stretch of water to be navigated today is known as “Weaver Way” (nothing to do with the boat owners).

After turning the boat around, they moored up outside the pub at 12.00, where they enjoyed a Sunday Lunch of Roast Beef and a modicum of libation, and a great deal of light heated banter.

All the crew refreshed, they cast off for the homeward journey at 14.00, this time with John and Ann taking turns to pilot the boat,(under a little supervision). Both pilots handled the boat with a deal of expertise, considering this was their first time on a narrowboat, and in challenging weather conditions with quite strong cross winds; no significant episodes were reported.

We returned to Overwater Marina at 17.15 to moor up and put the boat back to bed, ready for its next voyage. A great time had by all!

John Weaver

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The results are in!

£3 million has been given to a whole range of community charities the length and breadth of England and Wales as part of our Tercentenary celebrations. Click here to see the full range of results. 

The different grants were assessed by size of Province, and then by dividing each Province's 'pot' according to the number of online votes made by members of the public - another 'first' for Freemasonry.

In Shropshire, the Shropshire Rural Communities Charity has been awarded £25,000, the Perry Group Riding for the Disabled £15,000, the Move On Club £6,000 and Shropshire MIND £4,000. Thank you for all your votes, and be assured that each of these four grants will make a very real difference to the four charities concerned.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Future Initiate hits the ground running - join him?

BAE Systems Three Peaks Challenge – Ribblesdale, Yorkshire            Saturday 23rd September 2017 

Afternoon folks,

Many thanks to all those who have already sent off their entry forms for this year’s event. This is just a reminder to those yet to send their forms off to get your entries in as soon as possible.

Don’t forget that there will be a post event presentation and meal at the nearby Golden Lion and there are plenty of nearby B&Bs and campsites for those who want to stay over on the Friday or Saturday.

Oliver Boast (future Initiate for Old Ben Lodge)

Vital Information:

Intranet link: Click here   (if this link doesn't work, please email me for details)

§  Entry fee - £10 (all those entering will need to pledge or raise an additional £20 for charity, as with previous challenges).
§  Team sizes – 3-5 people (although individual entries are also encouraged).

§  6-mile family walk
§  12-mile single peak challenge
§  26-mile three peak challenge
§  26-mile Fell Run (following three-peak route)

Entry criteria:
§  Open to all BAE Systems employees, as well as to customers, friends and suppliers. I am joining Masonry this year, so...

Download the entry form now from our intranet page and send to   

Freemasonry Afloat!

On the 16th July 2017 Rona and I went on a P&O Cruise to the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland for two weeks. On the 26th July we held a Freemasonry Afloat Charity afternoon reception with 16 Masons and their Ladies, and we also had a Masonic widow, Mrs Delia Askew, and two guests.

The Ship's Captain, Luko Vojvoda, Deputy Captain' Denis Blaic, Hotel General Manager, Snezana Katic and the Chief Engineer William Robinson also came along and spent time talking to us.

The Masons and wives raised over £350 for the Captain's Charity, which was MacMillan Cancer Relief and we all had a great time.

Has anyone else in the Province been on a P&O Cruise and attended a Freemasonry Afloat Meeting ?  

Bro Peter Hayward St Alkmund Lodge 2311

Inter Provincial Golf

News of the inaugural golf match between Shropshire and Staffordshire Masonic Golf Societies, played on the Championship Course at Hawkstone Park GC in July.The magnificent ‘Provinces in Brotherhood’ trophy that was played for has been kindly donated by Mike Charles. 

Whilst there were just two Provinces represented on this first occasion, it is expected that the number increases in coming years, starting with the hope that Cheshire will be the hosts next year. We were blessed with warm, sunny weather, a fine course, good food and drink, new golfing friendships made and a little more money for Shropshire Charities as a useful by-product. All in all a great start to this new association. The first name to be engraved on the trophy is that of the visitors from Staffordshire.

In the picture, from left to right, are;

Mike Higgins – Captain of Shropshire MGS,
Peter Taylor – PGM of Shropshire,
Mike Charles – Joint Secretary & Treasurer of Shropshire MGS,
Mark Ashton – Secretary & Treasurer of Staffordshire MGS.

Sunday, 13 August 2017


from Bernard Townson

Brethren all 

I write on behalf of our Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Scott Smith, to invite you to a Golf Day which he will be hosting at Mile End Golf Club, Oswestry on Saturday 9th September 2017. The event is open to all comers, both Masons and non-Masons and should be an excellent day’s fun. Scott is used to organising such events as he and his friends organise one each year for a charity near to his heart, and they have raised a considerable sum for the charity over the years. This will, therefore be the second one he has organised this year and will be in aid of the 2019 Festival. 

The prizes will be sponsored by Scott, and the competition will be an 18 hole individual Stableford format. It is hoped that there will be sufficient interest to have teams of four to compete for a team prize as well as the individual prizes. 

If anyone would like to promote their business, they can do so by sponsoring one or more of the 18 tees at a cost of £25 per tee. Scott can print any details you want on an A4 laminated poster which will be put out on the Tee the night before the event and will be viewed by not only the golfers attending the event, but by many more golfers as the posters will be left out for the weekend. If you wish, you can provide your own A4 poster, if preferred. 

After the golf, there will be a meal available which is for not only those playing golf, but also for family and friends who are more than welcome to partake of the meal. The menu will be two choices, either a Chicken Curry or Gammon and Egg. The food is excellent, as the Chef, Andy, used to be the chef at the Queen’s Head pub/restaurant, many years ago. There will be no set time for the meal, a rolling programme of eating will be in operation. After the food there will be time for drinks and a raffle. 

Timings are as follows:- 

Golf from 11am
Dining from 3pm

Costs are as follows:-
Tee Sponsor £25
Golf plus meal £35
Meal only £12

Mile End Golf Club Members £12

 Anyone interested in sponsoring a hole and/or playing golf or just dining, please contact:-
 Bernard by e-mail on or Scott Smith, Worshipful Master. Lodge of St. Oswald by e-mail on (that is “scott underscore ace”, as the underscore seems to have been lost in the underlining). Should you wish to contact him by phone, his mobile number is 07710 595221 or landline 01691 610003. Please let one of us have details by 29th August 2017. 

Please bring friends, family, Masonic and non-Masonic, for what should be a very enjoyable day. 
Kind regards, yours S&F 

Secretary, Lodge of St Oswald 1124               Telephone - 01691 682715

Fourth Thursday irregulars (Cae Glas)

Friday the 25th of August

With our last Fti attendance at well over 20, Brethren have expressed an interest in having another evening together to keep in contact over the summer months. Therefore, for those who have been missing the evenings, or indeed the curry, we’re having a Cae Glas social get together later in the month. As always, freemasons who are not members of Cae Glas are most welcome. 

Please note though, that for August, it’s a little different to normal. We will NOT be meeting at the Freemasons’ Hall, instead we will meet at the Red Lion Inn, Bailey Head, in Oswestry. We plan to start the evening with a beer at 7.00 for 7.30.

Enjoy a few drinks in comfort, annoy Big Frank, catch up with all the latest news, talk all things masonic and enjoy a few more beers. What’s not to like?  

When all are assembled (we estimate this to be at about 8.30pm) there will be  a quick 5 minute walk to the Simla Indian Restaurant in Beatrice St, Oswestry.

At the restaurant a full menu of top quality Indian cuisine awaits you.

Non-Masonic guests are most welcome. If you have a friend who you feel might be interested in Freemasonry...bring him along, it should be a great night and a good "icebreaker" too….even if he’s not interested in Freemasonry, good beer followed by a good curry is too good to miss !!!

As always, the dress code is casual. That's about all for now, see you at the Red Lion.

Sincerely and fraternally, 

In view of the fact that we need to reserve a table at the restaurant, I need to have an idea of numbers likely to attend please. Therefore, if you intend to join us, or even if you are a little uncertain, could you please let me know by phone or a quick email? 


My contact details are: Work 01691 650159   Home 01691 777383 Mobile 07801 690728    Email