Sunday, 29 January 2017

Cae Glas Ladies Evening

The W.M. Keith Arscott and his good lady Sue look forward to your company at the 2017 Cae Glas Ladies Evening to be held at the Wynnstay Hotel, Oswestry on Saturday 11th February 2017. Drinks will be available from 7:00 pm with dinner served at 8:00 pm.

The menu choices are as follows:-
Lightly spiced butternut squash soup with sage fritted and toasted pumpkin seeds (V,G)
A terrine of layered chicken, Portobello mushroom and spinach, apple and port puree, pickled vegetable salad and home made Foccacia bread.
Pan seared scallops with a salad of green lentils, smoked bacon lardons, puree of celeriac, hickory foam and a red wine essence
Main Course
Lamb 3 ways
Rosemary infused rack, caramelised onion and shoulder croquette, lambs liver served with fondant potato, pickled baby carrot, parsnip crisp
Pan seared fillet of sea bass with a caramelised root vegetables, sweet potato puree wilted greens and a champagne and herb sauce (G)
Shitake mushroom and blue cheese fritters rested on a bed of Mediterranean vegetables, herbed diced potatoes finished with a tomato and chive butter sauce (V)
Roast breast of turkey with a sausage and bacon pin wheel, rosemary and garlic roasted potatoes, sage and apricot stuffing and a cranberry and sage jus
All main courses served with a panache of seasonal vegetables and herb buttered new potatoes
Assiette of Desserts
Warm tartlet of chocolate fondant, chocolate coated ice cream, Limoncello panna cotta, apple tart tatin
Coffee/Tea & Mints

Should you wish to attend, would you kindly contact the Lodge Secretary, Pete Adams at your very earliest convenience please. Tickets £33/head.

It's Easy Peasy!!

WBro Andy Delamere has set up the 2019 Festival on the Easy Peasy fund raising website!

This is a very simple way of raising funds for our appeal. It does not cost you a penny!! All you do is register and then use the site when buying goods and services online (from toasters to holidays and everything in between).

We then get a small commission of your total spend, but this does not increase what you pay for your goods. In other words a No-Brainer! 

Please take a look at the site and encourage all your friends and Brethren  to do the same. 

Please click here and follow a few simple steps to create your account and earn Easy Peasy money for the 2019 Appeal!

Sabrina Sunday lunch

A most enjoyable Sunday lunch was held on Sunday 29th January by Sabrina Lodge, with members, their ladies, children and other guests present. 61 people enjoyed a good meal and the raffle raised £205 towards the 2019 Grand Charity Festival, thanks to the bullying tactics employed by Bro Stuart Jones' two boys Henry and Charlie, who sold the tickets.

We hope that a similar function may be organised for next May.

Help save our Regimental Museum!

The funding for the Regimental Museum in Shrewsbury Castle is to be withdrawn and the museum is in danger of closing. It maintains the records of the local K.S.L.I and the Yeomanry Regiments and fascinating displays representing hundreds of years of service of local men, women and civilians in both peace and war.

Many brethren have a military background and would have served in local units. In addition at least one of our lodges - Salopian Lodge of Charity 117 - has close links with Shropshire military history.

The Lord Lieutenant, Sir Algernon Heber Percy has organised a concert in support of the museum. It will be held at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on Wednesday the 1st of February at 7.30 pm. Box Office 01743 281281.

It will feature the Regimental Band and Bugles of the Rifles which is based in Winchester, the Cosford Military Wives Choir, internationally known soloist Iona Fisher and  the Halfway House Male Voice Choir directed by WBro Brian Goodwin of Sabrina lodge 4158.

Brethren - your support would be much appreciated and you will be assured of an enjoyable evening.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Addressing the Haggis

Around the Province there has been a spate of kilt-wearing as lodges have embraced Burns Night at the same time as the cold snap which brought goose-pimples to the McGonagalls...

Pictured here is one closet Caledonian - WBro Allan Caswell - who gave the Address to the Haggis at 117's Installation last Wednesday (and indeed at Stretton Hills Mark Lodge the Friday before).

Any more pics from round the Province???

Clive digs deep in aid of Blind Veterans

WBro Clive Jones, not content with going 'dry' in aid of Blind Veterans during the Six Nations, and wearing an England shirt throughout the tournament (see previous post) in aid of the same cause is now throwing down the gauntlet to you all - sponsor him and he'll keep silent throughout the England/Wales game.

Come on Brethren - how can we ignore a Welshman willing to endure such primeval pain????

Monday, 23 January 2017

Fitzalan Ladies' evening Sat 18th March

You are warmly invited to the social event of year! Excellent company and a full night of fun guaranteed.

Wynnstay Hotel, Oswestry     7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.           £33/headDress:  Black Tie/Suit

A.      Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup with Basil Pesto
B.      Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Roulade with Salad Leaves, Capers, Lemon and Dill Dressing
C.      Beef Tomato and Mozzarella with Rocket and Basil Salad and Balsamic Glaze
D.      Breast of Chicken served with Oven Roasted Plum Tomatoes and a Chasseur Sauce
E.       Braised Beef with Horseradish Mash and a Red Wine and Port Sauce
F.       Pan Fried Sea Bass Fillet with Wilted Greens and a Chablis Cream Sauce
G.     Caramelised Red Onion and Goats Cheese Tart

                              All served with a selection of vegetables and potatoes
H.     Lemon Tart with Raspberry Sauce
        J.   Rum Bread and Butter Pudding and Custard
        K.  Cheese and Biscuits
                                                Coffee and Mints

Entertainment: Marc Hopkins Band and DJ

For further details (including bank details) and to book places, contact Eric Booth.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

St Alkmund's Quiz Night

The St Alkmund Lodge Ladies Committee organised a Christmas Quiz on Friday 2nd December at the St Alkmund Lodge rooms. The quiz was compiled by Mrs Jade Downer and the question master was her husband Bro Jim Downer. The ladies provided supper consisting of baked potatoes with various toppings.

A draw was held and a great time was had by all, with the winning quiz team being presented with bottles of wine. A cheque will be presented to the Provincial Festival Charity for a fantastic amount of £462.69.

May I, on behalf of all the brethren of St Akmund Lodge, say a big "Thank You" to the Ladies Committee for all their hard work.

May I wish you and all your family a "Very Happy New Year"

Kind regards Bro Peter Hayward

The Globalteer Project:

Brethren - you can help the Globalteer Project which changes lives for children in Peru - and enjoy a curry at the same time! WBro Clive Jones (who else?) is running a charity curry night on Tuesday 21st February at the Oruna Cuisine, Market Drayton in aid of the project. The time is 1900h, the cost £15/head, and you will get a starter, a pappadum, a chicken or lamb curry with rice or nan and a mixed vegetables side dish.

Money raised will assist in bringing educational and recreational activities to children in Cusco, Peru's ancient capital, where Geraldine Parkin and Anita Bickerdike are going to do volunteer work. Even if you can't make the curry, you can help by clicking on one or both of these links:

To reserve a place for the curry, just email Clive Jones.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Cornerstone ready to do some Painting...

We're excited to announce our upcoming Paintballing Day, which will be held at Warped Sports, Cosford. The day will start at 9:00am on Saturday 20th May and will finish around 1:00pm. 

Everyone is welcome, light blue, dark blue, friends, partners, wives and girlfriends.

The day will be £20 for Members, £23 for non-Members and will include 5 or 6 games. We hope to finish off for a drink at The Bell at Tong.

Contact Bro. Ryan Preece to book in. 

Come and support Shropshire's newest masonic group (or at any rate shoot at them...!!!)

This you'll never believe!!!...

Those who know WBro Clive Jones know that he is never absent from these pages for long! Clive's amazing reputation for raising money from his friends is possibly set to exceed even his past exploits.

This avid Welshman and follower of the Welsh rugby team has volunteered to do two things in aid of Blind Veterans UK, one of his favoured charities, this Spring. 

First, he will go 'dry' from 4th February until 18th March (with the single exception of St David's Day) - a mighty feat in itself. However, Clive aims to go further than that - during the Six Nations, he will actually be wearing an England shirt!!!

"A Charity that has helped me face my blindness and progress from a scared little child to a  confident and happy former Soldier who lives independently in his own community.
If you can support me by giving what you are able too so that I can give back a very small part of a thank you to the Charity that has helped me move on in life I would be most grateful. I thank you all in advance, and truly appreciate any donation you are able to give".

Come along Brethren - that must be worth a donation! A JustGiving page is in the offing, and when it appears, this page will have the link!!!

Travelling Ashlar up for grabs!!

The Travelling Ashlar is again awaiting a raid - four or more Masons from the same lodge who are prepared to declare their intention to claim it from its holders!

The next opportunity is at the February meeting of The Iron Bridge lodge 9897 on 6th February - an Initiation - so get planning!!

For more details look at and to book in, please contact  

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Organ Recital at Grand Lodge

12 January 2017
from the Grand Secretary

All Brethren and their wives, partners, family and friends are cordially invited to attend the latest in the series of “Tercentenary” one-hour free organ concerts, which is at 18:00 on the Wednesday, 8th March 2017.

The concert is being given by the young theatre organist, David Gray (right), on the refurbished Grand Temple organ.

Whilst the concert will be no less serious than its predecessors, the works being played (subject to final confirmation) will include music from films such as Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Star Wars and Schindler’s List as well as music by Gershwin, Glenn Miller and JP Sousa. British light music classics by Haydn Wood, Sidney Torch and Eric Coates are also included in the programme.

Tickets can be reserved, free of charge at: or,

Yours sincerely and fraternally

Brigadier Willie Shackell, CBE, Grand Secretary

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Eddie keeping the standard up

On the 14th January 2017 Brother Eddie Mansfield of St. Milburga Lodge 1120, who is the Branch Standard Bearer for the Royal British Legion in Dawley, Telford, attended the County Conference for the Royal British Legion held at Shirehall in Shrewsbury.

After the County business had been concluded there was an award ceremony for members of the RBL who have contributed the most during the year 2016. Brother Eddie was awarded the Standard Bearers Cup for the most parades throughout the County of Shropshire. It came as a complete surprise to him as he is still only in his first year as a Royal British Legion Standard Bearer. He also carries the standard for the Wrekin (Wellington) Branch of the Royal Air Force Association so it has been a very busy year.

Part of the duties of being a standard bearer is also to attend funerals with the standard if requested by family members. The standard bearer attends other events such as the Shrewsbury Flower Show every year and the Battle of Britain Parades at RAF Cosford held in September, which is a busy month as two are held in the area. 

pictured above:  (l to r) Royal British Legion County President,  Eddie Mansfield and Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

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117 Installation and 'Burns Night' Festive Board

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Cae Glas Burns Night

Thursday, 2nd Feb @ Roft Street, Oswestry   

3rd Degree & Burns Night Festive Board

Once again the most famous Burns Night meeting south of Edinburgh - with the haggis piped in by Bro Izzy MacLachlan and Junior Brethren in traditional style. Leave space for a wee dram to wash it all down!

£19 for Members, £17 for Visitors. 10% discount to kilt wearers - early booking advised!

Contact Keith Arscott and book in for one of Shropshire's Caledonian classics.

Spectacular Wine Tasting Evening

Friday, 7th April, Crewe Street, SHREWSBURY SY1 2HQ.

You are invited to a fun evening of wine tasting hosted by Christopher Wildt, Master of Wine and Lord of Misrule! Gingham table cloths, low lights, Jacques Brel, good wine, great cheese and a whole lot of fun.

Christopher will entertain you with his great knowledge of wine and his enthusiasm for finding really good stuff at low prices in your local stores!

Competitions for best French costume, and prizes for "Hommes et Femmes". All proceeds to the 2019 Grand Charity Festival. 

Tickets £15/head - apply to Deputy Provincial Grand Master Roger Pemberton to book places - payment will then be taken at the door.

SMCA at Hope House

WBro David Thomas of Albric Festival Lodge recently received his 50 year Certificate, and is pictured here with that hard-earned award!

Albric Festival Lodge is based in the 'Wolverhampton village'
 of Albrighton, at one time famous for its clock-makers. Thus the dandelion 'clock' on its banner. Best wishes to David for the next 50 years!!

150 years of St Oswald lodge

Thanks to Denzil Ellis who prepared this article for the "Oswestry Advertiser"

“The Lodge of St Oswald” was consecrated on 5th November 1866 when Oswestry was so different from today. Oswestry was one of the first towns to be lit by gas, and sewage was in open drains running into a fetid pool at Coney Green.

The foundation of the Lodge of St Oswald came at a time when the town was going through a period of rapid transition, largely due to the opening of the Oswestry to Newtown railway, the choice of Oswestry as Headquarters of the Cambrian Railway, and the company’s decision to establish its works in the town. This was a happy coincidence, and several of the Lodge founders were prominent in the Cambrian Railway in the early years.

The name St Oswald was adapted after St Oswald or King Oswald (they were one and the same) who was the Son of Ethelfrith, King of Northumbria (605 – 642). Oswald was eventually defeated and slain in the battle of Maserfield (on the outskirts of Oswestry) by Penda, King of Mercia.

When the Lodge was formed Sir Watkin Williams Wynn of Wynnstay estate presented the Lodge with three chairs and six candle sticks dated on invoice at 1771 at a cost of £84 -11p

These chairs and candle stick are still in use.

The first meeting was on 1st October 1866 with the consecration on 5th November 1866. The Lodge met at the Wynnstay Hotel from 1866 to 1903 after which it was held at the new Masonic Hall in Smithfield Street/Roft Street, Oswestry and has met there ever since.

The Lodge met on 1st November 1869 at the Victoria Rooms with a special meeting to lay a foundation stone for the Oswestry Cottage Hospital. This was a great day, and the ‘Oswestry Advertiser’ published a special Masonic edition with an account of the proceedings.This Foundation Stone can still be seen at what is now Holbache House in Welsh Walls.

Sir H.L. Watkin Williams Wynn, Baronet, Provincial Grand Master of North Wales 1914 to 1945. The Province of North Wales and Shropshire was split in 1926 when Rt Hon. Lord Harlech was appointed Provincial Grand Master for Shropshire. The Lodge is unique in its history of having four Provincial Grand Masters, Four Deputy Grand Masters and six Members of Parliaments

On 22nd June 1937, another historic Masonic Ceremony was conducted for the laying of a foundation Stone for Oswestry Hospital in Trefonen Road. The Stone was laid and dedicated by Sir Watkin W. Wynn the Provincial Grand Master of North Wales assisted by the Provincial Grand Master of Shropshire, The Right Honourable Lord Harlech.

Recently a Model Steam Exhibition was held in the Memorial Hall, Oswestry (covered by Articles in the Advertiser) which enabled the Lodge to 
support Porthywaen Youth and Training Band with a £2000 donation with prospect of what is called matched funding increasing this for another £2000. The Band is to perform a Concert on 25th November.

The Lodge celebrated with a special meeting on 7th November 2016 by reflection of past years.

The Lodge of St Oswald No. 1124 meets on the first Monday October to April and anyone interested in Freemasonry can obtain advice online on the Province of Shropshire website.

Friday, 13 January 2017

SMCA visit to Severn Hospice, Apley

It was lovely to meet you all from the Shropshire Masonic Charitable Association this morning and to be able to thank you personally for the significant contribution you’ve made to supporting Severn Hospice.

I’m still waiting for information about the ceiling hoist! By the way, I think it was Roger who mentioned that your members might be generously minded to donate something particularly tangible to the hospice. If that were indeed the case at any time in the future, then you might be interested to know that we have a list of “Specific Gifts”. These include items of equipment, like specialist mattresses, that Becky and her counterpart Matron of Inpatient Services raise as being in need of funding. I have to admit that ceiling hoists weren’t on the list, so thank you for opening our eyes to this omission!

Many thanks again for the most generous donations of your members to our three hospice sites. I will copy you the formal letter of thanks to the MCF once I have the receipts from our Finance Team. And it would be a pleasure to host a future visit from yourselves.

Kind regards

Gillian Asbury

Project Manager, Severn Hospice, Apley Castle

Paws for thought...

Visitors to the Chief Executive's office at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital are now welcomed by two cheery teddies who invite people to pick up a business card carrying the TLC charity's details.

Thanks go to Column Lodge's new Senior Warden, Brendan Knott, whose good lady whisked the pink and blue duo from the Installation to the hospital quicker than an ambulance!!!

Monday, 9 January 2017

From the Provincial Charity Steward

Brethren All
May I start by wishing a Happy New Year to you, and your families.
At the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in April 2014 our Provincial Grand Master set the Province a target to raise £1m for The Freemasons’ Grand Charity by October 2019.
We are a little over halfway through our Festival...
The most popular way of contributing to the Festival has been through monthly subscription using Direct Debit.
It is important that every Mason in the Province has an opportunity to qualify for the magnificent, yellow-ribboned, Festival Steward’s Jewel. This confers the right to attend the very exciting celebration planned for the climax of the Festival in October 2019.
Please ask your Lodge Charity Steward for your current contribution record. He will be able to tell you what may be required for your personal Honorific qualification as well as more details of our fund raising so far.      
                                  (above: Simon far right with Laura Chapman, Peter and Pat Taylor)
He can also provide you with a range of options for contribution and opportunity to obtain Gift Aid relief.
I wish you well for the remainder of the Festival and thank you all for your support.

Yours sincerely and fraternally,

WBro Simon Aucott


MFest 300 ahoy!!!

With the tercentenary celebrations at Weston Park on 24th and 25th June fast approaching, Brethren are needed not only to attend and have a great time, but also to assist with stewarding the event - traffic management, ticket scanning and so forth. The rota will be so organised that you will have plenty of time to enjoy all that is to be on offer.

To offer help, please contact your Secretary or else direct to Ralph Howarth - or indeed John Norman.
Brethren - this promises to be a once in a lifetime event - please help to ensure its success!