Monday, 31 July 2017

Hair today, gone tomorrow.

On Saturday 29th June Ieuan Jones, a young man of 12 years of age took it upon himself to “Brave the Shave” for Macmillan Cancer Research. Ieuan of Market Drayton, a pupil at Sir John Talbot's school in Whitchurch, braved the shave in front of dozens of family friends and well-wishers in the King's Arms pub in Market Drayton - a very welcoming pub in town which has friendship and raising money for many causes at its heart.

Ieuan said ”I wanted to raise money for children with cancer and to raise further awareness. I want to support those going through cancer”. Ieuan also wanted to do this in memory of a family friend, Bro. Mel Edwards of Idsall Lodge who lost his battle only recently.

A wonderful day was had at the King's Arms and in excess of £700 has been raised by Ieuan so far for Macmillan Cancer Research. This has been achieved by having a wonderful raffle and through the kindness of many regulars in the pub, family friends, Shropshire Freemasons as well as the kind donations of many local businesses in Town.

Ieuan's parents Clive and Stephanie Jones said “We are extremely proud of what Ieuan has achieved. His focus and determination to make a difference has been wonderful.”

Ieuan is pictured before and after having his head shaved and with those who helped to put the day together. 

Below: Miss Georgia Stead of Harvey's hair salon, Mrs Stephanie Jones (Mum), Ieuan Jones, Clive Jones (Dad) and Mrs Alex Knight, the Manager of the King's Arms in Market Drayton.

Clive writes ”A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has donated, bought raffle tickets and supported Ieuan with his fundraiser. In excess of £700 is a wonderful amount for a worthwhile charity and we cannot thank you enough.”

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ludlow BBQ mentioned in Shropshire Star!

Details of the Ludlow Lodge of the Marches BBQ appeared in the Shropshire Star recently - thanks to Colin Edwards and team for publicising their wonderful event!

Click here to read more!

Live screening of London Tercentenary celebration

Grand Lodge has offered a live screening of the London celebrations on October 31st for those who are not attending in person.

Errol Dyer, Secretary of Cleobury Lodge has been looking into the possibility of combining with Herefordshire Masons and arranging such a screening in the Tenbury Wells cinema, together with a buffet meal at about £10/head - bring your own drinks!

Perhaps on account of the summer holidays, this proposal has not yet met with the support it requires - if you are interested in attending please contact Errol soon.

From Mark Yates

We made it! 

To celebrate three centuries of Freemasonry, we traveled more than 1000 miles around three countries. I played three games of Fives and scaled the three Peaks. It was a great experience, especially the summit of Snowdon, as my son Jack joined me (and raised some money for his Cub pack in Newport). If you'd be kind enough to donate please click here.

A huge thank you to all those who have sponsored and supported the event.

More photographs can be found on the Audley Lodge No. 1896 Facebook page.

From Clive Jones

Our son Ieuan, aged 12, has taken it upon himself to Brave the Shave in aid of Macmillan Cancer. This means he will be having all his hair shaved off.

Ieuan said that he wanted to raise money for children with cancer and to raise further awareness. He wants to support those going through cancer.He also wanted to do this in memory of a family friend who lost his battle only recently.

Ieuan will be braving the shave in the Kings Arms on Saturday 29th July. You can donate to his fundraising page:

If you or any local businesses are able to sponsor him or are in a position to donate a raffle prize for this event I would be most grateful. Please could you contact me, Clive Jones on 07854 800256.  

Many thanks.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W.Bro Clive Jones
Master Elect
Lodge Mentor
St Mary’s Lodge 8373

Message from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master

To all Shropshire Master Masons:

On Thursday 26th October this year I shall be installed Master of Dinorben Lodge No 8580 in the Province of North Wales. The meeting will begin at 4.45pm at the Colwyn Bay Masonic Hall, Sea View Road.

The Installation has been declared a full Provincial visit by the PrGM of North Wales, RWBro Ieuan Redvers Jones who will be giving the address to the Master in Welsh. 

There are currently 83 Brethren signed up to attend. I would like to extend an invitation to all Shropshire Master Masons who would like to join with me in what will be a very pleasant evening. We will be holding the Festive Board at the Colwyn Bay Cricket Club if numbers remain below 100 or at a different venue if there are more than 100.

If there are quite a few travelling I could arrange hotel accommodation in Llandudno or a bus could be hired to take Shropshire men to and from Colwyn Bay. The journey time from Shrewsbury is around 1 he 30 minutes.

What is the Deputy PrGM doing in a North Wales Lodge?

My father was a founder member and several of the Brethren when I joined many years ago had taught me at the Grammar School in Abergele. Today there is only one of my former teachers still in the lodge, the others have passed to the GLA.

If you would like to come up to visit Dinorben on this or any future occasion please let me know.
In the meantime please let me know as quickly as possible by e mail.

With best wishes 


Friday, 14 July 2017

Three Peaks - a message from Mark Yates


I have been attempting to combine my three passions - the great outdoors, the game of Fives and Freemasonry - in an attempt to raise funds for good causes. To mark the three centuries of the United Grand Lodge of England I climbed three peaks in three countries and played three games of Fives, all in three days! Between 7pm on June 29th and 7pm on July 2nd - I visited Scotland for a game of Fives in Edinburgh and climbed Ben Nevis, before moving on to St Bees, in Cumbria, for some more Fives, and reached the summit of Scafell Pike. The event then moved to Wales for a game of Fives in Colwyn Bay before hiking up Snowdon. Please help me by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button - click here to find it!
For more pics, visit Audley lodge's Facebook site!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Wrekin Lodge annual Visit to Shropshire

For those of you who are already filling up your diaries for the new Masonic season, don't forget to pencil in 30th September, the expected date of the annual visit of the Wrekin Lodge 2883 from London. This lodge has a special connection with our Province: although they are officially under Metropolitan Grand Lodge, they are 'associated' with Shropshire as a connection with Shropshire is a requirement of membership.

WBro Andrew Symon informs us that the Ceremony is to be an Initiation - the first for some time - so let's support our Associate Lodge with a really good attendance!

Please book in with WBro Kelvin Stead.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

First new Shropshire Master Masons of the fourth century???

At a packed but mercifully not sweltering meeting of The Iron Bridge Lodge 9897 on 3rd July, a Double Raising was carried out in fine form by WM RWBro Roger Pemberton, ably assisted by his team and most particularly by WBro Melvin Gough who delivered the Traditional History, Tracing Board and Extended Signs.

The raffle made £187 and new MMs John and Ryan had a great evening in the company of a packed house, which included RWBro Peter Taylor and one Visitor from Apollo Lodge, the Oxford University Lodge which featured in the recent Sky documentary series "Inside the Freemasons". 

From Andy Delamere

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Winter Ball - book now!

This year the Worshipful Master of The Iron Bridge Lodge, V.W.Bro Roger Pemberton has agreed to host a Winter Ball for Brethren, spouses and of course friends and family both Masonic and non-Masonic. 

The evening will be taking place on Friday 3rd November 2017 at the Wroxeter Hotel and promises to be a fantastic evening including a disco and a 3 course dinner. 

Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis so please make sure you get yours soon to avoid disappointment. To book in please contact Bro. Ryan Preece.

Idsall goes to the dogs!

Idsall Lodge is holding a Dog Racing Night on Saturday, 28th October at Monmore Green Stadium, Wolverhampton.

Great fun is guaranteed, with a three-course meal, table service and a track-side seat all guaranteed for just £30/head.

Please contact Dean Rickerby by 10th September for further details and bookings. Why not bring a party from your lodge?

Vote for local charities!

It is now nearly three weeks since the launch of the MCF Community Awards on 12th June.  The MCF will be donating 3 million pounds to the charities that Provinces have selected, and the size of donation will depend on the votes that people make for these charities. The charities selected for Shropshire have been detailed here.

Provinces have been grouped as Small, Medium or Large based on the proportionate number of charities shortlisted for an Award in each area.  Metropolitan Grand Lodge voting numbers are recorded separately.  I’m sure you’ll agree that the 88,879 votes received over the past three weeks represents an impressive achievement.

We are now halfway through the voting period and are keen to maintain the momentum.  To that end I should be most grateful if you could encourage all Freemasons and their families in your areas to vote for their favourite local charity.  Although we know many Freemasons have already voted (and you can only vote once, so choose your charity carefully!) we also know that 88% of votes have been received from beyond the Masonic community which tells me that there are many more votes waiting to be placed from within the Craft. 

50% of respondents have said that voting improved their opinion of Freemasonry and we are very keen to make the most of this opportunity.  My thanks goes to your Provincial Communication Officers for all their efforts in promoting the vote so far.

Votes can be placed online at until midnight on 31st July - one vote per person - Masonic or otherwise.  The results will be announced to the charities at the end of the summer.

Shropshire Masonic Golf - come and join!!!

Handicaps : The holding of an official handicap is not needed.
You only need to play occasional golf and have an idea of what handicap you play to.
The only problem we would have is the golfer who has played recently maybe within the last year off 7, and then no longer is a member of a golf club, and so claims a handicap of 28 even though he still plays to 7 – but that is in your hands.
Membership of a Golf Club: This really goes hand in hand with the handicap situation above. Membership of a Golf Club is not needed.

The Shropshire Provincial Masonic Golf Society plays golf in a competition format at the Opens as well as in the Social matches against other Provinces. The prime objective is to have an enjoyable day whilst playing golf with a meal afterwards....with laughter, jokes, some beer and Masonic Fraternity and Brotherhood throughout...... and someone will win!
AND we do invite and enjoy guests.

If you would like to play or to join us then all I need is an email contact and we will go on from there.
AND - why not Google Shropshire Masonic Golf and have a look at the website which is still a work in progress.

Click on my name below to contact!
Yours sincerely and fraternally,

Joint Secretary and Treasurer with W Bro Dave Hedley.