Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Running a Charity Shop talk by Jan Parry

South Shropshire Masonic Fellowship
 The Ragleth
  Little Stretton

 Thursday March 16th
 12.00 for 1.00 pm.

Prizes welcome for the Draw


   Please reply to:   Mr. MelMcFarland  by the Monday before the lunch with your choice of menu          
                                                      £14 Menu

Local Pork Sausage on Mash with Onion Gravy
Steak Diane
Creamy Fish Pie topped with Cheese
Wild Mushroom Stroganoff with Rice
Pork Belly on Mash with Madeira Gravy
Meat Lasagne, Garlic Bread and Salad
Chicken Curry with Rice

Puddings chosen on the day

Coffee

£10 Menu

Soup of the Day with Crusty Roll
Mini Fish Pie
Breaded Brie Wedge with Salad and Cranberry Sauce
Black Pudding Stack (Black Pudding, Bacon topped with Egg)
King Prawn Crustini
Chefs Parfait with Toast and Onion Chutney

Puddings chosen on the day


Coffee

 Future Speakers:


April 20th     AGM
May 18th      Mark Baldwin  The Enigma Machine
June 15th      Kate Innes  Local historical novelist. (The Errant Hours)
July 20th       TBA
August 17th  Annual Trip out

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Commemorative Tercentenary stamps

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the formation of the first Freemasons' Lodges in England.

To commemorate this event, The Masonic Philatelic Club, in conjunction with The Royal Mail, have released a beautifully designed commemorative sheet of ten images of Masonic stained glass windows and ten Royal Mail stamps, with an additional printed sheet with background information on the two Churches featured.

The stamps and images of the stained glass windows are framed beautifully by a classic piece of Masonic art, forming the background to the whole sheet. The two churches whose windows are featured could not be more different. The first is Kingston Parish Church in Jamaica and the second, a little closer to home, St Peter’s Church in Leicester. Ken Elston, Chairman of the Masonic Philatelic Club, is responsible for the design and image research for the project, ably assisted by the Masonic Philatelic Club Magazine graphics team. “When starting this project we explored a number of options for the images on the sheet, but our choice was made easier when we came across the two stained glass windows in Leicester and Kingston, Jamaica”, said Ken.

“As well as the team at the MPC magazine, we are indebted to Dr. Andrew Green, an Assistant Professor at The University of Nottingham, for his invaluable background information on St Peter’s Church and its Masonic stained glass window,” said Ken.

Another driving force behind the project has been John Chapman, former Director of the world renowned Bletchley Park Post Office. “The dedicated work of Ken and his team and Andrew Green’s expert background history has allowed us to produce a truly unique commemorative sheet to mark the 300th Anniversary of Freemasonry in England.” John continued, “It represents an opportunity for Masonic stamp collectors and general stamp collectors the world over to add a unique piece of Masonic postal history to their collections.”

A total of 200 sheets are being issued, so please make sure you place your order early to avoid any disappointment. The sheets can be purchased by emailing John Chapman at: chapdjman@gmail.com or by telephoning him on: 07850 239923.

If you go down to the woods next month...

The Teddies for Loving Care charity (TLC) in Shropshire is to have a new "Provincial Grand Teddy" from March 14th, as WBro Jeremy Lund steps down to focus on other duties. In charge will be WBro Allen Cadman of Sabrina Lodge 4158 (pictured right) who will be the main point of contact henceforward for ordering and distributing teddies, and who will also be keeping an eye on the finances to ensure the future of this favourite Masonic charity. 

Allen will inherit the small but faithful team of WBros Allan Caswell and WBro Ernie Storie who assist by keeping contact with the hospitals. Allan has been involved from the very start, while Ernie took over from WBro Mike Highfield when he became ill.

TLC began in 2000 in Essex with the aim of providing small, colourful teddies to children in traumatic circumstances in A&E units. The charity quickly spread around the country and even overseas, and Shropshire took the idea on in 2010, following the successful conclusion of the 2008 Festival. Since then they have distributed nearly 40,000 teddies to children in the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal (Telford) hospitals, the Minor Injuries units at Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry and Whitchurch, the medical centre at Market Drayton and even the Air Ambulance at Cosford.

WBro Jeremy (Lund, not Bear) is particularly proud of the Brethren who help fund the scheme. "TLC in Shropshire through the generosity of our Brethren has been self-funding from Day One. It has never called on the SMCA for assistance, and expanded rapidly to cover every possible outlet in the Province. It requires (on average) just £200 a year from each Lodge in the Province to maintain the charity, and 100% of the moneys raised go towards the provision of the teddies to patients in distress."

WBro Allen Cadman will be well known to Masters on the circuit last year, as well as Visitors to Sabrina Lodge. With a background in London Masonry, he joined Sabrina in 2013. He is now settled in South Shropshire with wife Cilla, and is looking forward to expanding his Masonic involvements in this beautiful county. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Clive faces the true horror of Six Nations silence!

As I am sure you are all aware, WBro Clive Jones of St Mary’s lodge 8373 is currently undergoing a challenge to raise money for charity. The charity which Clive is raising money for is Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's), which has helped Clive regain his independence since losing his sight whilst serving in 2000.

Clive has been set several challenges during the Six Nations:

Go sober during the 4th Feb - 18th March (excluding St David's Day)
Undertake a vow of silence during the Wales v England game (80 minutes)
3.    Wear a England shirt for all games in his local pub, the Kings Arms in Market Drayton.

Clive is two weeks into his challenge, and he has overcome the hardest challenge.  This was the vow of silence. Clive said "Me quiet for 80 minutes? Even when I was in my coma in 2000, I was very vocal!”

Nevertheless, Clive managed this and said “It was horrible! Not being able to see, hear anything due to the noise of the pub (it was full to bursting) and not being able to ask for help, assistance or even find out the score. I felt very vulnerable, and I won't be doing it again!”

If you would like to sponsor Clive in his challenges, please donate to his JustGiving page:



Clive will be carrying on with his challenge after the Six Nations break. He would like to thank all of you who have donated so far, and looks forward to raising a glass to you all on the 18th March!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Shropshire Masters of 1989 28th annual Sunday Lunch

SUNDAY 7th MAY 2017
STAPLETON VILLAGE HALL SY5 7EF.

12.30 for 1.00
Dress: Smart Casual

This is a happy occasion when the remaining “1989 Masters” get together for an excellent lunch and much reminiscing. We will be very pleased to welcome Past Masters from any year either before or after 1989. Donations or Raffle Prizes would be most welcome.

CARADOC SOUP
SUCCULENT CARVERY SUNDAY LUNCH
FRUIT PLATTER
CHEESE BOARD
COFFEE
FULL RANGE OF BEVERAGES, SOFT DRINKS AND WINE AVAILABLE.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Name (please print)………………………………………………..
Please reserve………..places at the Family Sunday Lunch on 7th May 2017.(Cost of meal £18.00/head, £9.00 children). 
Payable to J.F.Williamson. Electronically to: sort code 30-91-19  A/C No. 00206067.
RETURN by FRIDAY 29th APRIL 2016 to John Williamson

Watch this space?

Dear Sir and Brother

I am a Master Mason from Frome Valley Lodge 8658 (Gloucester Province). I have designed a Limited Edition watch (250) to celebrate the Tercentenary - see right for picture.  It's fully approved and licensed by Grand Lodge. All profits go to the 2018 Festival/MCF .


Specification includes:  Ronda 5030D Swiss movement  42mm stainless steel screw-fixed case with logo  Rotating stainless steel bezel  30.5mm sapphire crystal and anti-glare coated.  Matt dial with 3 eyes, applied real index, luminous logo  PNP luminous hands  Stainless steel crown – stamped logo  Genuine leather strap, blue stitching, stamped logo  Stainless steel butterfly buckle, stamped logo  100 metre water resistant  2 Year  guarantee  Estimated delivery date 31-Jul-17 

Sincerely and fraternally
Bro Mike Dimery
Frome Valley Lodge 8658


07843 477851.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Iron Bridge Lodge certified, mauled and stoned!

This blog is never short of news from The Iron Bridge lodge 9897 - and their February  meeting provided a feast of Masonic entertainment.


VWBro Roger Pemberton presided over the Initiation of Bro Dom Howitt, the 9th candidate in two years to come into this University Scheme lodge. Although (slightly) over normal university age, Dom, who works for Cap Gemini) promises to be an enthusiastic addition to the lodge! WBro Mike Parry was present to give an explanation of his Preparation.

The RWPGM Peter Taylor was also at the 
meeting, and was delighted to present 9897's first Grand Lodge Certificates to Bros Colin Smith, Harvey Greatrex and Josh Greenroyd. The PGM was able to announce that it was well on target towards its 2019 target, with 58% in the bank, which qualified The Iron Bridge lodge to receive its JW maul, duly presented. WBro Andy Delamere writes:


We were not set a target in 2014 when the festival was launched but after our consecration we were given a stretching target seeing as all 38 founders were in other lodges! Various social events, Direct Debit giving, Raffles, Gift Aid envelopes etc have seen us bank nearly £6,000 in the two years since our Consecration. Tonight we added to that total by presenting the RW PGM with a cheque for £1,000 raised last year by WBro Simon Clare at various social events including a mammoth cycle ride from Kent to Telford in 2 days!
The Travelling Maul, however, is on its way again, with (I believe) a successful raiding party from Idsall Lodge 7133 (pictured above) claiming the stone. Their next meeting is on the first Wednesday in March at Lilleshall, and their Secretary can be contacted by clicking here. There was also a party from Salopian Lodge 262 (right), swelling the numbers present to 65 on a cold February evening. Unsuccessful they may have been, but a good night was had by all.

Please could successful raiding parties keep "Shropshire Blue" up to date with the whereabouts of the Ashlar - click here to contact me with this or any other stories you may have!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Idsall Beetle Drive and Supper

The Worshipful Master of Idsall Lodge, W.Bro David Waldron, is keen to continue his social
calendar with our annual Beetle Drive. We can now confirm this has been arranged for Friday the 17th February 2017, and he is hoping for your continued support. The venue, as normal, will be The British Legion Club, Delaware Avenue, Albrighton, WV7 3AW. Please book early to avoid disappointment. All proceeds will be for the benefit of charities to be announced by the Worshipful Master on the evening.

            7.00pm                  Doors Open-Time of arrival- Bar Open
            7.15-7.45pm          Drinks/Explanation of rules/Sale of raffle tickets
            7.45-8.30pm                            First Half
            8.30-9.15pm                            Supper/Raffle
            9.15-10.15pm                          Second Half
            10.15-10.30pm approx            Prizes

To reserve your place and bring along family or friends at what we know will be a most enjoyable evening, please contact Richard Webster who will send an application form.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Iron Bridge Lodge 9897 – Mothers Day Family Lunch 26th March 2017


Starters
1.      Watercress and potato soup with croutons
2.      Watermelon, feta cheese and pomegranate salad with lime and mint dressing
3.      Terrine of duck and soft green peppercorn with cherry red onion marmalade
4.      Smoked haddock and spring onion tart, caper, lemon and crème fraiche sauce
5.      Casserole of button mushroom in a garlic cream sauce served on brioche croute

Main Courses
1.      Roast topside of beef with Yorkshire pudding, pan gravy and horseradish sauce
2.      Baked leg of lamb, redcurrant, apple and mint confit, rosemary and red wine jus
3.      Grilled fillet of cod, roasted Mediterranean vegetables with a tomato and vodka vinaigrette
4.      Smoked bacon wrapped breast of chicken served with a spicy apricot sauce
5.      Leek and broccoli in a cheddar cheese and grain mustard sauce topped with herb crumble
Desserts
  1. Fresh fruit salad served in a crisp brandy snap basket
  2. Irish cream cheesecake with coffee cream sauce
  3. Dark chocolate and orange charlotte, citrus syrup and chocolate curls
  4. Apple and sultana crumble tart with English custard
  5. Raspberry crème brulee finished with caramel crust and berry clusters
12.00 for 12.30 pm. Venue to be announced here.

Please email details to Paul Brennan (pmo@pglsalop.org.uk):
Total number of places required:
Number of adult places @ £16.95: Number of child places @ £9.95: Number of ‘baby’ places (free)                 
Name and menu choices for each person.
Any special dietary or other requirements.

Please pay via BACS to:- Royal Bank of Scotland sort code 16-33-17, a/c 10815859 or email Paul asking where to send a cheque.

CHRISTMAS CHARITY QUIZ

A big thank-you to all who submitted answers - there were a lot more to mark this year.
Although correct answers were found to all the questions, no single entry achieved 100 full marks.

Congratulations to K Blanche, P Blanche and E McBrien, three joint winners who achieved 96/100 marks. They will share the £250 prize.


1
Torticollis
7
Wryneck
2
Follows first person singular
3
Jay
3
Large one in Blackpool
6
Dipper
4
Pay your account for shaving implement
9
Razorbill
5
Small period of work
6,5
Little Stint
6
IV and XX in a crustum
9
Blackbird
7
Grain husk and twelfth of a foot
9
Chaffinch
8
Smallest in Europe
9
Goldcrest
9
Philomel with melody
11
Nightingale
10
Rakes
5
Saker
11
Talk to a shrub with Iron Oxide
6,8
Rufous Bushchat
12
Royal angler
10
Kingfisher
13
Professor Augustus Barclay
5,10
Green Woodpecker
14
Wan and quick
6,5
Pallid Swift
15
On a cricket pitch?
6
Roller
16
Push the button firmly
7
Buzzard
17
Authority bars brine
8,10
Siberian Rubythroat
18
Related to Pasiphae, flies in Iteru’s vale
4,6,7
Nile valley Sunbird
19
Fleetwood Mac single with a bright proboscis
11,9
Yellow-nosed Albatross
20
Alexander cut through one with a sword
4
Knot
21
Curse f4f0ec butcher
10,6
Isabelline Shrike
22
Predict or call
6,7
Arctic Redpoll
23
Franciscan straggles without the sizzle
7
Greylag
24
Tchaikovsky Op.71a
10
Nutcracker
25
Pint sized?
6
Cuckoo
26
Dick Turpin’s profession?
5
Robin
27
Plays at Camden Yards?
9,6
Baltimore Oriole
28
Does Tom Daley live above Watford Gap?
5,8,5
Great Northern Diver
29
Habitual male cow repeated
6,6
Common Bulbul
30
101 of these at a crossing?
9,7
Dalmatian Pelican
31
Payment for lodgings without a cuppa
4
Wren
32
Hairpiece for a very long time
6
Wigeon
33
Silent Jenbird
4,4
Mute Swan
34
Get your bum pinched in America’s hat
6,5
Canada Goose
35
Celestial body and a fish
8
Starling
36
Advise Arthur
6
Merlin
37
Petty verbal attack
5
Snipe
38
Need this in castling
4
Rook
39
In pursuit of a mollusc
13
Oystercatcher
40
A third-person singular present active subjunctive of “be free”
6
Avocet
41
Noah with remorseful bovines
6,5
Cattle Egret
42
An empty tank on a Portuguese archipelago – you need?
8,6
Madeiran Petrel
43
Game with a donkey
7
Pintail
44
Leafy green vegetable for the pot
7
Pochard
45
Removing the white from outside the barber leaves
7
Redpoll
46
Take a swing at a conventional buffoon
9,4
Harlequin Duck
47
At a snail’s pace along Hadrians’
11
Wallcreeper
48
Slay Cervidae
8
Killdeer
49
Viridescent legs
10
Greenshank
50
Ian Fleming’s house
9
Goldeneye
51
Moan on a beach about a rash
7,10
Spotted Sandgrouse
52
Can’t tell this from butter and its achromatic
5,5
White Stork
53
Ebony and courage
5,10
Black Woodpecker
54
Birds make this – start with a b and it’s terrific
5,7
Great Bustard
55
PR to cordial love
8,6
Sociable Plover
56
Target of attack from a Roman mouth
6
Osprey
57
Largest canary, tiny king
8,7
Tenerife Kinglet
58
Six in a Polo match
6
Chukar
59
Caelifera Singing
11,7
Grasshopper Warbler
60
Old name for Izmir and 12
6,10
Smyrna Kingfisher
61
Sweep’s friend cutting through H2O
5,10
Sooty Shearwater
62
Proposed law by an irate Caledonian
8,9
Scottish Crossbill
63
Person aiming for 180?
6
Darter
64
Hiding from Napoleon Solo near Lake Baikal?
8,6
Siberian Thrush
65
An American might call your baby this
4
Coot
66
Apis in the diet
8
Bee-eater
67
Liverpudlian apologises
4
Sora
68
Stony-faced time at Del boy’s company
6,3
Sombre Tit
69
Caught the idiot stealing solid fuel
8,10
Collared Pratincole
70
Undertake fall – I bled
10,8
Red- flanked Bluetail
71
Bored people should take up one
5
Hobby
72
What’s Billy doing?
6
Puffin
73
Juliet tells a porky- it’s not 9 but?
7
SkyLark
74
Discipline and sustenance
9
Fieldfare
75
Woolert
4,3
Barn Owl
76
Not good for the convicted if the judge wears one
8
Blackcap
77
Add e to an intensifier in the English language
5
Veery
78
Durum auricle
Wheatear
79
Noisy brook in Mesopotamia
4,7
Iraq Babbler
80
Serf with an h
8
Pheasant
81
Captain Jack, done for and nonplussed
4,3,7
Dead Sea Sparrow
82
Call 1521260512
4,5
Ring Ouzel
83
Shout at the sleeping cat
9
Kittiwake
84
Who?  The author of “The Raven”
6
Hoopoe
85
Not oral
7
Ortolan
86
Take a hobbit known as “Pippin”
9
Peregrine
87
Have a good look at “Portrait of a Gentleman” by El Greco
4
Ruff
88
A playing card with 37
4,5
Jack Snipe
89
LNER Class A4 4468
7
Mallard
90
Lean over the hedge and have?
8,4
Familiar Chat
91
Related to a female sibling
6
Siskin
92
Thank you for the rice noodle
9
Ptarmigan
93
Fine cut tobacco
4
Shag
94
Sung about in “Mary Poppins”
4
Kite
95
Danger ahead so execute a manoeuvre
5,4
Swift Tern
96
Chivvy a fowl
3,7
Hen Harrier
97
Chuzzlewit praenomen and a dynasty
5,6
House Martin
98
Have an evening drink
8
Nightjar
99
Recoil in dread
5
Quail
100
Germinate a hard-shelled fruit in Tipaza
8,8
Algerian Nuthatch