Saturday, 29 April 2017

St Alkmund Lodge Ladies' Luncheon

St Alkmund Lodge 2311 is to hold a Ladies' Luncheon on Sunday, 4th June at Tern Hill Hall, TF9 3PU, 12 noon for 12.45 p.m.. A wonderful three-course meal has been organised with drinks beforehand (and, if weather permits, garden games beforehand).

For a menu and booking form, please contact Stephen Casbolt before 28th May.

Philately, philately, philately...

Interested in stamps? Keith Dalrymple, Provincial Grand Master of the Isle of Man (but also well known to many Shropshire Masons) speaks about a new issue from the Isle of Man Post Office. 

For more, click here.

Victoria Cross Memorial at Grand Lodge

On Tuesday, 25th April the Queen Street headquarters of United Grand Lodge - itself a war memorial built to honour those who died in World War One - saw the unveiling of a new memorial to those Freemasons who have gained the highest decoration this country offers its servicemen and women - the Victoria Cross.

The ceremony, held in the presence of the Grand Master HRH the Duke of Kent, centred around the names of these heroes, which are now permanently on view before the main doors into Grand Lodge.

The sun shone on the ceremony, which was attended by a large crowd. For a video of the dedication, please click here.

For an image gallery from the event, please click here...

...and this is how Forces TV recorded the event.

Sixty-four Freemasons gained the Victoria Cross during the Great War - "For Valour" - and, as is to be expected, many of these did so at the cost of their lives. Now their supreme bravery and sacrifice is commemorated publicly in Great Queen Street.

Pictured (right) is Grand Lodge dramatically lit, and before it a WWI howitzer with a representation of the 64 'Brothers in Arms' who now form a special part of this memorial.

Picture credits: above: Chris Allerton. Right: Doug Peters (PA Wire).

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Great Teme Effort

Teme Lodge is delighted to have attained its target for the 2019 Festival with time to spare - so they welcomed VWBro Roger Pemberton who presented them with their Senior Warden's maul.

42 Masons witnessed the presentation, including 24 Visitors from four different Provinces. The meeting was the fourth to taken place at the Lodge's new premises at Whitton, near Kington. Thanks to Dave Hedley for the photo and information.

WM Alan Watson is pictured with SW Jez George, DepPrGM Roger Pemberton and Charity Steward Peter Mills.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Calling Masonic Philatelists everywhere...

We are honoured and very pleased to announce that we have sold 80% of our Limited Edition Stamp Sheets to Commemorate the UGLE Tercentenary of Freemasonry. We will soon offer the remainder to the general public at the market price of £60 per sheet.

If your members would like to take advantage of the current offer of £45 +p&p - please contact us as soon as possible:

We are now proud to offer the First Day Cover which accompanies the Commemorative Stamp Sheet, and is now available to order for delivery around 24th June 2017.

Our standard response follows :

         We are very pleased to offer you the first opportunity to purchase the
                        Tercentenary Commemorative First Day Cover
      (designed to accompany the Stained Glass Commemorative Stamp Sheet)
The front of the cover depicts an original illustration of the Goose and Gridiron public house, which was the venue for the first meeting of the Grand Lodge. The address of Great Queen Street is also shown. The cover has one of the stamps from the sheet (The Square and Compass) with the sponsored UGLE cancellation:
 '1717-2017 Celebrating 300 years Great Queen Street London 24.6.2017' 

The back of the cover features a portrait of Anthony Sayer, the First Grand Master of the Grand Lodge and also an image of the Grand Lodge Tercentenary Jewel.

The accompanying insert records in old English words, the meetings of the Founding Lodges in 1716 and 1717 that lead to the formation of the Grand Lodge and the election of Anthony Sayer as Grand Master of Masons.

This edition is limited to 500, only be purchased from us. We will dispatch as soon as possible after the cancellation date of 24th June 2017

The cost of this First Day Cover with insert is £9.95 + £ 2.50 p&p (Std UK rate)

International rates for the First Day Cover including p&p  (TOTAL PRICE)
Standard post:  Europe: £13.00   World Zone 1 and World Zone 2: £14.00
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Sincerely & Fraternally

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Radio Shropshire Interview with Jeremy Lund and Dave Stubbs

To hear the interview, please click here.

The angel of the Lord came down and switched to ITV...

My apologies to anyone who was watching the BBC for this morning's 'sofa' item with Peter Lowndes et al. It was on Good Morning Britain (ITV1) and you can still watch it (if you wish) by Googling "Good Morning Britain", going to their website and looking for today's recorded programme (0640h). It should be there for the next day or three...

St Alkmund Lodge and the Manx Connection

What a fantastic night St Alkmund Lodge 2311 had on Wednesday 12th April. We not only had the pleasure of the company of our own Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Peter Allan Taylor, but also the Provincial Grand Master of the Isle of Man, RWBro Robert Keith Dalrymple.

PrGM R K Dalrymple had come over especially to present, along with our PrGM P A Taylor, a 50 Year Certificate to WBro Peter Harold Sayer (PPrGRegistrar, IOM). Keith Dalrymple gave a history of the Isle of Man, and also an insight into WBro Sayer's Masonic career when living and working on the Isle of Man.

We also had a 2nd Degree Ceremony to raise Bro Robert Wasteney. What an evening he had. I am sure that all the Brethren who attended the evening will remember it for many years.

pictured above: PrGM R K Dalrymple, WBro Peter Sayer, PrGM P A Taylor, and WM Stephen Casbolt

Sunday, 16 April 2017

"Inside the Freemasons" - Video 'tasters' from Grand Lodge




Walking Maul

The Walking Maul has been on the move again, and three Brethren with Spring in their step are pictured here as long distance walker Roger Michell (Sabrina 4158) is met by Provincial Charity Steward Simon Aucott (3229) and Andrew Griffin of 117.

Any Brother interested in taking part in the Perambulations should please contact Roger, who will be only too delighted to train up some new apprentices following a recent world title which he's keeping modestly quiet about!!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Inside the Freemasons

As the Sky 1 programme approaches, media interest has been boosted. Click here to see a YouTube clip from BBC Breakfast. Even better, listen out on Radio Shropshire on Easter Monday at about 9.10 a.m. when Jeremy Lund and Dave Stubbs will be on the Morning Show. That same day the first episode of the Sky documentary goes out at 8.00 p.m..

On the printed page, the "Star" managed a couple of paragraphs, while the "Shrewsbury Chronicle" published the following:

What Ids All About...

At their April Meeting Idsall Lodge performed a ‘special’ Third Degree Ceremony, Raising Bro. Mel Edwards.

Bro. Mel was Initiated into Idsall Lodge but was suddenly struck down with Cancer, affecting his ability to walk. The subsequent operation and on-going treatment has been borne with great strength and fortitude but his determination to be Raised, and to walk unaided through the Ceremony, was his great goal.

The Lodge Officers, in recognition of Mel’s determination and after consideration of the implications of the necessary adjustments to accommodate his restricted mobility decided to go ahead with the Ceremony and adjust as required. Having advised the Province, and received approval, the Ceremony was carried out with the adjustments, and completed successfully, with the dignity to be expected.

The performance of the Officers, particularly the Deacons, in ensuring that Bro.Mel. was conducted safely and comfortably ensured that the Ceremony lost none of its impact. Chairs provided at strategic points added a further level of security.

Bro Mel, a former Welsh Guardsman, was surprised by two of his friends and former colleagues from the Regiment - W Bro Clive Jones and Bro Keith Stokes both from St Mary’s Lodge -  who had attended to witness Mel's Raising. This proved to be a nice surprise for Mel and he was presented by W.Bro Clive with a pair of masonic cufflinks, which were Master Masons' aprons with the inscription “Real men wear Aprons” which was apt, due to Bro Mel's grit, determination and fight. 

Upon conclusion, it was agreed by all that the evening had been inspirational, particularly in the performance of Bro. Mel, who had completed the Ceremony unaided. The ensuing Festive Board proved to be a celebration and happy conclusion to a memorable evening.

Race Night

I would like to invite you and your family/friends to a Fun Horse Racing evening that I am holding at Crewe Street on Friday 30th June for the 2019 festival. This should be a great evening. 

Please contact Andy Delamere for tickets. If you cannot attend then you can still own a horse or be a Jockey/Trainer for only £2. If your horse wins then you win a prize. Your support is appreciated and I hope you can make it. 


Current holders - The Round Table Lodge - who's next???

Old Ben at 25

We are all in birthday mood at the moment, with UGLE nearly 300! 

Perhaps you might not know, however, that Old Ben Lodge will be 25 years old in May and a special celebration will be held at our Installation on Saturday 13th May.

"Old Ben" is the familiar name of the Newsvendors’ Benevolent & Provident Institution - click on the link above to discover more about the Association which lends its name to the Lodge.

The summons has not yet come out but if you want to book in please contact Craig Letheren

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

letter from WBro John Norman

Dear Brethren,

Over the past 13 months every Lodge in the Province of Shropshire has raffled a bottle of whisky, the proceeds of which will be ensuring that all the entertainment provided at the Family Fun Weekend at Weston Park on the 24th and 25th June 2017 is free.

You will be aware by now that in addition to the bottle your Lodge raffled, there were two more for the Province, one to the Lodge with the highest total amount raised and one to the Lodge with the highest amount raised per Member.  On Saturday 8th April 2017 at the Meeting of the Shropshire Installed Masters Lodge No. 6262, V.W.Bro.R.B.Pemberton, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, was able to present both those bottles to the Worshipful Master of Old Ellesmerian Lodge No 5368, the members of which are to be congratulated on a fantastic effort.

I am able to inform you that Old Ellesmerian raised £630.00, St.Oswald  No. 1124 were second, raising £412.00 and third equal was the Shropshire Round Table Lodge No. 9104 together with Pengwerne Lodge No. 3229, both raising £405.00.

The highest total per Member was Old Ellesmerian  No. 5368 - £14.43, St.Oswald  No.1124 - £12.50 and the Vale of Uscon Lodge No.8935 - £11.66. The average amount raised per bottle in this Province was £293.64 and the total amount raised was an absolutely magnificent sum of £9,984.00.

On behalf of the MFest 300 committee in general but from me in particular, can I thank you
all for the very generous manner in which you have each entered into the spirit of this raffle and for the staggering total amount of money raised. We are but a small Province compared with our neighbours, but Brethren of the Province of Shropshire you have all punched above your weight and your support for this venture has been enormous. Each and every one of you is to be congratulated and I thank you all most sincerely.

The names of all the Lodges in the Province will be listed in the Family Fun Weekend Programme as sponsors and for those that haven’t yet bought tickets I trust that you will do so and be able to witness all that the money in this Province has provided.

Yours sincerely and fraternally

John Norman

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Brownlow and the Brownies

Recently Brownlow Lodge 2131 in Ellesmere was approached by Caroline Ford, leader of the 2nd Ellesmere Brownies, hoping for support. 2017 is the Centenary of Girl Guiding in Shropshire, and various events have been organised to celebrate the anniversary, all at a cost. 

Mindful (perhaps) of the fact that Brownlow is an anagram of Brown Owl, Caroline was welcomed by the Lodge, which made a donation of £250. This will allow at least two disadvantaged youngsters to access the Brownies programme, including trips and outings. 

Pictured: Peter Kesketh with Caroline Ford at the presentation.

Wine Tasting

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Wine Tasting Evening at Crewe Street on Friday 7th April.

Thank you to Steve Pritchard-Jones for manning the cash desk; to Linda and Roger Michell, Andy Ibbott and Michelle Wildt for selling raffle tickets; to Peter Robinson and Jim Downer for being Wine Stewards and to all who helped us to clear away at the end of the evening. 

Thank you to everyone who attended - you helped raise a surplus of £1150 for the 2019 Festival Appeal.                               
Roger Pemberton, Deputy Provincial Grand Master

[oh yes - and thanks to Roger and Monica for all that they did in organising and running the event!!]

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Lodge of the Marches social events

Lodge of the Marches in Ludlow has two dates for your diaries -

23rd April - The Master's Lunch: 23rd April at Culmington Village Hall
16th July - Annual BBQ at Culmington Village Hall.

In both cases, please contact Colin Edwards for details and bookings.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Shropshire Twitter reaches new milestone

The use of social media has revolutionised the lifestyle of so many people in recent years, and inevitably Masons are well represented online. On Twitter, as well as @shropshiremason (our Provincial site) and @MasonicFestival, many individuals are there to be found. 

So too are several Lodges - @St_Milburga1120, @OldBen9461, @StAlkmundLodge, @Idsall_Lodge and @RoundTable9104. It comes as no surprise that the Shropshire Cornerstone Club (@shrops csc) is also represented!

@shropshiremason 'follows' 490 other Masonic and charitable links and has tweeted just short of 4,000 times since its inception. Although we make a policy of not generally 'following' individual Masons outside our Province unless there is a particular reason to do so, we attract enough interest that @shropshiremason has just passed the 1500 follower mark.

Facebook is also making its mark, and for those who use it, a simple search will find The Iron Bridge Lodge 9897, Old-Ben-Lodge-No-9461, Shropshire Round Table Lodge 9104, Idsall Lodge no 7133, Teme Lodge, Shropshire Cornerstone Club and 117's newly established and very interesting "Charity Steward" Facebook site, which features a good deal of historical material from David Trumper. Facebook also boasts the Masonic Province of Shropshire Festival Appeal 2019 site which is well worth a look (free of charge, actually...).

Have I missed your Twitter or Facebook site? If so, I apologise, and will update this page. Oh, and there's a good social media game in Shropshire - score 1 for every link you follow on our sites, but lose 5 each time you see the name 'Delamere'. I haven't managed a positive score yet...

Cae Glas at 300

The 300th meeting of Cae Glas lodge falls in the 300th year of the United Grand Lodge of England and Wales - so book in now! Thursday, 4th May at 1815h at Roft Street, Oswestry. A Third Degree ceremony is being lined up for the occasion and the usual highly enjoyable Festive Board!

There will also be a historical aspect to the evening. Book in by contacting Keith Arscott.

Salopian Lodge of Charity Bond Night

Have you booked in yet? Don't miss the chance to come as Bond, Bond girl or villain. Cats not provided.

All present will be given 'money' with which to bet: the most successful at the end of the evening will receive a bottle of champagne (Bollinger???). Contact Moneypenny.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Have we met somewhere before?

This meeting in Ludlow was a very special occasion; the presentation of a Fifty Year certificate to WBro Richard Noel Howard Beeching. WBro Beeching was initiated into Freemasonry in the Lodge of the Marches exactly fifty years ago to the evening. Although he lives in North Devon he visits his mother lodge at least once a year. Now 87, he relies on the Brethren of his Devon Lodge, Lodge of Concord, to drive him up to Ludlow.

On this evening, the Past Masters demonstrated a first degree ceremony and Richard Beeching acted as the Candidate.  You might find it difficult to believe but the Junior Deacon on this evening was the same person who took him round the lodge on that April evening 50 years ago, WBro Keith Armstrong PPrSGW!

It really was a very special evening. At the Festive Board the Brethren presented WBro Beeching with a huge cake to celebrate his fifty years in Masonry.

St Milburga Lodge of Instruction Festival

The Provincial Grand Master had much pleasure in attending St Milburga Lodge of Instruction early in April, where he saw a First Degree ceremony enacted in fine style, with many 'new to Freemasonry' participants involved. This was an Initiation that would have graced any Lodge, and the PrGM announced that it did his heart good to see such fine work from all concerned.

The evening concluded with a fish-and-chip supper at the Venue, Madeley. It was noted (by those less familiar with the intricate weavings of Telford and its surrounds) that this was an occasion where the cars left the Constitution Hill lodge rooms in the light and arrived at the Festive Board in Madeley in the dark... but the trip was eminently worthwhile. 

Now, Brethren, let's all get to our L of Is and give them the support they deserve (and, indeed, our local fish-and-chip shops!). Cae Glas already run their curry service,and 117 open the bar after their practice - what new delights can others in the Province devise?

Monday, 3 April 2017

Wine Tasting a sell-out!!

To everyone who will be attending the Charity Wine Tasting at Crewe Street on Friday 7th April:

Thank you so much for  agreeing to support Monica and myself. This note is just to let you know that the preparations are well in hand for a great evening. We have 130 booked in which is capacity. 80 bottles of wine have been delivered and on Friday we will be picking up 24 specially baked artisan loaves and 24 Kilos of cheeses of various provenance.  

Our Master of Wine is travelling to Shrewsbury on Thursday evening and on Friday morning he will be decanting the reds. Monica has prepared the bunting and table decorations and Roger has been polishing his beret...

Roger Pemberton

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Uxacona Lodge (like every Lodge in the Province) has been hard at work raising money for the 2019 Festival and pictured here is WBro Richard Webster presenting a Junior Warden's Maul to the Worshipful Master.

The Festival is making good progress, with most Lodges having reached 50% of their target with two years to go, a good few at 100% and one or two having gone past 150% and still motoring!!

The secret is in pledging money by Direct Debit - please have a word with your Charity Steward if you have not yet done so - no-one is asked to pledge more than they can reasonably afford, but everyone is asked to search their conscience if they have not yet made a donation.

If in doubt about the good work Masonry is doing through the national charities, read this ... or this!

Masonic Charitable Foundation donates £100,000 to East African famine crisis

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (the combined charity which was recently established to unite the existing Masonic charitable funds) has made its mark with a marvellous donation to the East African food crisis of £100,000.

To read more, click here!
A band of Brothers travelled to see WBro Neil Pulker take the Chair of The Lodge of Progression - the Editor would be delighted for any further details of the day to go with the excellent photograph!

Three Wardens

Three Provincial Wardens in the frame, all of them current members of The Shropshire Round Table Lodge 9104. One called Adopt, one Adapt and the other Improve...?

TIBL Mother's Day Sunday Lunch

The Iron Bridge Lodge 9897 held its third annual Mother's Day Sunday Lunch at the end of February. The venue was the Buckatree Hall Hotel near Wellington, and 78 people of all ages sat down to enjoy the event, which raised a fantastic £268 for the 2019 Festival.

Saturday, 1 April 2017


THE SHROPSHIRE CORNERSTONE CLUB is holding a SUMMER LAUNCH BBQ (or is that summer lunch BBQ?) on


contact Secretary RYAN PREECE

St Mary's Lodge Ladies Night

On behalf of our Worshipful Master and his lady, Geraldine, I am please to invite you to attend the:

St. Mary’s Lodge Ladies Evening
at Tern Hill Hall Hotel
on Saturday the 20th May 2017.
Reception 18.30 hours prompt please.

The meal will start at 19.30 hours
and be followed by the toast to the Ladies:

Then the Ladies Song:

With a reply from the Worshipful Master’s Lady
And the distribution of gifts to the Ladies and some bouquets.

There will also be a raffle.
Music for dancing by Hotsy Totsy will follow.
Carriages at midnight.

Dress is formal please - with dinner jackets  (or Tuxedos) and black tie for the gentlemen .

The cost is £28.00 per head. Please contact Nigel Pocock for details and to book in.

from the Province of West Wales' Provincial Golf Society

Tercentenary Golf challenge to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support (our nominated Provincial charity) on Monday 5th, June at Derllys Court Golf Club, Bancyfelin, Carmarthen. (Two Tee start) 

The competition will be an 18 hole Singles stable-ford competition. There will be individual prizes on the day for First, Second, Third and Fourth best placed cards and nearest-the-pin competition on two holes. This is primarily a Fun Day to celebrate 300 years of Masonry as a society but also to assist the Province in maximising and obtaining a substantial fund for this very worthwhile charity. Sadly many of us have already been touched by the marvellous work this organisation does and sadly and very probably, many will be in the future. Please support.!! 

Golfing Costs will be £35 for the day and will include donations to the Charity, Bacon Roll/Coffee on arrival and a meal on completion of your round. 

Yours in Golf   

Michael Bradney   West Wales Golf Society Secretary 

The Iron Bridge Lodge 9897 Bowling Night

On Tuesday 27th June The Iron Bridge Lodge will be hosting its second annual Bowling and Buffet Night, this long standing tradition was well attended last year and after a fierce competition the trophy was taken home by Shaun Willocks and his band of merry men from the Shropshire Round Table Lodge: hopefully this year will give the chance for another lodge to take home the prize in this inter-lodge competition.

This year we will once again be holding the Bowling part of the evening at Tenpin Telford (next to Meeting Point House), but in a break from our long-standing tradition we will be moving the buffet part of the evening to ‘Four Corners Buffet’ next door to the Bowling alley. The buffet serves Chinese, Indian, Mexican and Italian along with a live cooking bar and fresh desserts made in front of you.

The evening will start at 6:30pm at the bowling alley where this year we will be having two games of bowling, we will then move onto the buffet around 7:30pm for our meal.

The cost of the evening is £17.00 and friends, family, children and relatives from out of town are all welcome.

All funds raised will be donated to the 2019 Shropshire Festival Appeal.

For more details or to book in please contact Bro. Ryan Preece.

Provincial Communication 2017

A busy Provincial Communication interspersed by an excellent meal was enjoyed by many Brethren including distinguished Visitors from as far away as the Isle of Man on Saturday, April 1st. 

The Chapter meeting saw (among many other items of business) E Comp John Williamson step down as DepGSupt after 11 years' service to the Royal Arch, to be replaced by E Comp Dave Kettle. The other major change came in the afternoon when the Craft meeting saw Dave replaced by WBro Ian Edgington as Provincial Grand Secretary. 

PrGM Peter Taylor presided over a full meeting at which another highlight was the presentation of a generous cheque towards the 2019 Festival from the Mark Province of Staffordshire and Shropshire, whose PrGM, DepPrGM, AsstPrGM and PrGSec were all present (picture above) - with the PrGSW behind the camera!

Other features of the speeches included the news that membership in the Craft is very encouraging with around 80 new members in Shropshire during the last year, with resignations down, and Royal Arch membership at a creditable 44%, which compares very favourably with other areas. Keep it up, Shropshire!!

I add for your interest a letter of thanks from John Williamson which he sent in reply to the presentations made to him and to his lady at the Provincial Officers' Dinner:

Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch

Provincial Grand Chapter of Shropshire

John F. Williamson. P.G.Swd.B.
Deputy Grand Superintendant

  Damson House.
25 March 2017

Dear All,

I write to express my grateful thanks to each of you, for the overwhelming generosity afforded to me in making the presentation of the Masonic Orb and the gift vouchers at the Provincial Officer’s dinner last evening, to mark the completion of my term as Deputy Grand Superintendent. My wife Ann, was surprised and very moved, with the presentation of a beautiful bouquet of flowers after being serenaded with a song from W.Bro. Philip Niblock.
It goes without saying that I have enjoyed every minute of my tenure as D.G,S., it has been a great privilege to serve the Royal Arch Province and you the Companions, I have always been warmly welcomed and received great kindness wherever I have been and it has been much appreciated.
I hope that I have managed to be of some service to the Chapters, and contributed in some small part to the wellbeing of Royal Arch Masonry in Shropshire.
Once again many thanks to you all.

Yours sincerely and  fraternally,


John F. Williamson.  P.G.Swd.B.   DepGSupt.