Wednesday, 30 August 2017

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

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Live Streaming from the Royal Albert Hall

Book now for the Tercentenary Celebrations on 31st October, 2017.

Exclusive streaming of the event broadcast LIVE from the Royal Albert Hall, London to the historic art deco Regal Cinema, Tenbury Wells, Worcs..

Doors open at 2.00 pm  Live Streaming:  3.15 pm – 5.15 pm  

* followed by a Buffet Dinner in the Regal Function room incl. Coffee / Tea  @  £12.00 per person (incl. Buffet). Bar facilities will be available. Any surplus will go towards the 2019 Festival.

* All are welcome including non - Masons. A once in a lifetime opportunity to see the splendour and ceremonial Grandeur  of the United Grand Lodge of England Live!

* Contact: Eric Humphries       Tel: 01584 781570;  M:07821 032925

Shropshire Cornerstone Club events - diary dates

* 25/09/17 - early committee meeting followed by an open invitation social; time and location Corbet Arms, Uffington
* 07/04/18 - Family Fun Day & BBQ; Parsons Barracks, Donnington; Time TBA

* 12/04/18 - AGM (members only) followed by an open invitation social ; Timings and Location(s) TBA.

Golf Club is open to all players!

The Shropshire Masonic Golf Society has an enjoyable calendar of events open to all golfers - not just club members with impressive handicaps (although these are welcomed too, especially for the inter-Provincial competitions!!!). If you play golf please find the time to read the message from Mike Charles below, and hopefully support one or more of the Society's events. To register interest, please contact Mike or Dave Hedley using the links below.

From Mike Charles:              Brethren all,

The Shropshire Masonic Golf Society plays about six events during the summer months. We are 4 players at least short for the match v. Worcestershire at Bromsgrove G.C. 10th. Aug. 2017. If you can help, please contact Dave Hedley.

Events are played off a golf handicap, but we have last year widened this limit. If you are a member of a golf club then that is the handicap you need to play off. If you are not a member of a Golf Club and only play a relatively few games of golf any year, then membership of the Society may still be for you.

The subscription is £20 annually from the 1st January 2018. Golf events are charged at a society rate for golf plus a 2 course meal and £38 is a good guide price. The only optional extras are your travelling costs, drinks, and maybe £5 into the raffle.

With regards to a handicap, each of you knows where you are roughly when you play golf with regards to a handicap, and we can reach an agreement on that basis.

The Golf Society exists to promote Brotherhood and fraternity within Freemasonry but we have events open to non-Masons. We also aim to support Masonic charities through having fun!

Please Google Shropshire Masonic Golf for the details, or click here.

Yours sincerely and fraternally,

W.Bro.Mike Charles, joint organiser with W Bro Dave Hedley

Ursula, Queen of the Jungle

WBro David Purslow has inadvertently found himself booked to spend two weeks ensconced in a Masonic Lodge, but not in his home town of Shrewsbury,but in Edinburgh.

David is the technical support for his wife, Joanna’s, one woman play to be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe this August. And the allocated venue is the Lodge room in Hill Street Masonic Halls, Edinburgh. To accommodate over 3,000 shows over 25 days it appears that every possible space is converted into a theatre, and that includes Masonic Lodges.

Premiered in Shrewsbury last May, “Ursula Queen of The Jungle” is a new play by veteran Radio 4 producer Chris Eldon Lee telling the unlikely but totally true account of the amazing auntie of the former BBC Delhi correspondent Sir Mark Tully.

‘I thought you’d be a lady missionary with creaking stays…’ Ursula Graham Bower was a Kensington debutante sent to India to do a little anthropology. When war broke out she wound up organising the head-hunting natives against the Japanese invasion; becoming the Allies’ only combatant female officer. She was hidden in army records as a typist until a Girl Magazine strip cartoon created the legend of The Naga Queen.

The play is being performed at 4.35pm every day from the 13-28th August at C primo (studio) venue 41 19 Hill Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JP (The home of The Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No.1. If you are visiting the City over the summer or have friends or family who are in the area why not come along and enjoy this almighty girl’s own adventure with monumental consequences.