europaBelfast & Bangor 4th to 11th May 2018.

Vicky and I would like as many members and family to attend the event as possible if not for the whole 4th -11th for as many days/nights as possible.

The hotel for the visit was

Europa Hotel
Great Victoria Street 
Belfast
BT2 7AP

The chosen hotel is part of the Europa group of hotels in Nothern Ireland.  

Europa Hotel is situated in Belfast central area, adjacent to the bus/coach/rail station (within yards/meters) in Great Victoria Street over looking the “Crown Bar” National Trust (but NO membership required here). Access to Belfast served by land sea & air. Land, rail and coach station next door to hotel, Sea ferry service to Belfast Stena Lines Belfast from Cairnryan (Stranraer Scotland) and Liverpool, short journey from ferry port to Hotel using one of the few Motorways in NI. By Air to Belfast International Airport (formally Aldergrove) about 20 miles NW. and Belfast City (George Best) on the south side of Belfast Lough, just 5 miles away, now no need for expensive taxi’s from the airport (Unless of course you wish?) as Ulsterbus company provide a service to/from airports to bus/coach station next door to hotel at a very, very reasonable cost and regular times. Ticket office in Airport arrivals hall. Cars if you are using, the Hotel has NO carpark BUT a public car park above the rail/bus/coach station at about £20 per day (i understand this can be discounted to £18 per day but not confirmed). As you will see from the projected itinerary we will be using a private coach company for visits in the Isle.

Proposed program & tours

Friday 4th May

Arrival day unpack and refresh after the journey.
Evening Private room welcome party 

Saturday 5th May

Coach trip from Hotel lobby to Mount Stewart National Trust house, gardens and park land, on the shore line of Strangford Lough on the Ards peninsular.
We explored the house of the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry Alexander Stewarts and his wife Frances Anne Vane-Tempest, searched for “Hambletonian” by George Stubbs. Enjoyed the Dodo terrace and looked for the Shamrock garden

Evening relax and catch up, remembering what you missed last night and don’t forget today’s venue, and plan tomorrow.

Sunday 6th May

From Belfast St. Georges Market to the Hop-on-Hop-off
RED bus tour of Belfast. First bus stops outside the Hotel at about 10:30 and run every 30 mins until 16:30.

Plenty of time to see the Titanic quarter, Crumlin Road Gaol, the Mhtseeing-tour/urals, Belfast City Hall and lots lot more of Belfast 

Evening free time to recharge those batteries.

Monday 7th May and Bank Holiday or May Day.

That RED bus tour of Belfast is still very much valid and all those stop-off’s you missed are again available. BUT in Holywood (just along the Bangor road out of Belfast past the City airport there's one of very few if not the only May Day celebration with Maypole dancers, A coach took us and returned to the Hotel. In the evening we visited the Prince of Wales Own Lodge meeting in in Belfast within walking distance.

Tuesday 8th May

We took the East coast road from Belfast through Carrikfergus then onwards north to the  Giants Causeway (NT),  And then onto Bushmills distillery for lunch and the distillery visit and then the North east coast of Antrim.
Evening relax and recharge.

 

Wednesday 9th May

“Lazy” (if you can have a lazy day here?) The Orange Museum the shores of Belfast Lough, Belfast Castle, Stormont including parliament building, Castle & grounds,
Orange MuseumCity HallTitanic Experience or just relaxing in Belfast in the “Crown” over the road!
Evening. Lodge meeting in Bangor for 746 Bangor Union Lodge with the ladies sampling the works of Copeland gins in Bangor.

Thursday 10th May

Coach to Castle Ward on the lower shores of Strangford Lough .

Returning for our evening closing dinner.

Friday May 11th

We said good bye, farewell and we will see you ALL again in Tamworth, Staffordshire, October 12th -14th.

I was there !!

Contributed by Stephen Gregory

Decided to travel from Liverpool, only thing that spoilt the trip was a telephone call from John Dutchman Smith advising that he and Joyce could not travel due to a family illness.

Having parked at the airport we walked straight through security and into the departure lounge. Not saying it was a short flight, but no sooner had we pointed upwards on take off before we were pointing down ready for landing.

Decided to use the bus which dropped us literally at the back of the Europa Hotel. Checked in, changed room! Went for a spot of lunch, discovered Belfast Black Beer, Primitivo Wine and Red Bush Whiskey!

Went to the Friday night welcome dinner, had a delightful evening with good food and even better company.

Saturday - Woke at seven and went down to Breakfast Wow! Was tempted to have the porridge and gravy, was even more tempted to have just the gravy! Outside for the first ‘official’ event of the trip. On a coach to Mount Stewart with some impressive scenery on the way. Really enjoyed the tour of the house and gardens only sad that I did not see any Red squirrels from the specially constructed hide that was recently erected. Back to the hotel. Meet in the foyer then off to the Masonic Hall on the Crumlin Road for a social. Fantastic atmosphere and a great example of Freemasonry working in the community by arranging events that all were welcome at. Like all good things the evening ended and it was back to the hotel.

Sunday provided the first chance to explore so onto the hop on off Bus, boy are those tour guides humorous. Ellen wanted to visit the grave of her grandfather who is buried in a cemetery about a mile from Stormont. We suggested getting off at the bottom of the hill, about a mile away but were given an alternative route, through a ‘Do not enter’ sign which took us past lots of cameras, who said walking can’t be exciting! When we arrived at the gate at the bottom of the hill it was locked shut so we spent a further hour trying to find a way out without going back to the top of the hill. As we passed even more cameras I became convinced we would be offered a lift but uncertain as to the destination we would end up at. Finally having gone through two more “No public entry areas” we were out. Half an hour later we arrived at the cemetery. We had a reference of B4618. Found section B4 easily now is it 6 up and 18 across or is it 6 across and 18 up. Only one way to find out. Within 10 ten minutes we knew, it was neither! Fortunately, we found a member of staff who was able to show us a map and give us the location. It was in B4618 which was 27 up and 3 in! Back to the hotel and found a nice restaurant around the corner where we had a nice dinner.

Monday - went along to the May Day celebrations at Holywood enjoyed watching the Maypole dancing and the stalls along the streets. In the evening off to Arthur Square where we had a fantastic tour of the masonic hall complete with harmoniums. Quick lodge meeting then join the ladies for a joint social board. Yet again good food, great company and a fantastic atmosphere.

Tuesday the weather could have been a little kinder but the day started with a coach trip to Bushmills Distillery, including a tasting followed by a bite to eat in the café then off to the Giant ’s Causeway. What a well organised place that is, the audio guide gave so much interesting information over and above the story of what the Causeway was about. Then back to the hotel and out for dinner.

Wednesday visited the Titanic Experience, we even managed to get the lift to the private suite at he very top of the building, the only time in Ireland where we were not welcomed! Also tried to do the Crumlin Road Jail Tour but time defeated us. In the evening we dined with our ladies at the 1st Bangor scouts’ hut before visiting Bangor Union Lodge to witness an initiation, leaving the ladies to enjoy a Gin Tasting. The setting of the Lodge was In a wonderful building and the ceremony was delightful to witness, some parts were recognisable and many weren’t.

Thursday was a full day out to Castle Ward with some of the most picturesque scenery you will see. Part of Castle Ward is used for the filming of the Game of Thrones series which we followed up with a visit to the Dark Hedges, another location from GOT. Back to the hotel for the farewell dinner, yet another good do!

Early Friday morning, up for breakfast then the bus back to the airport with talk of next time we come we must…..

Well done to Vicky and Alan for a well organised, thoroughly enjoyable trip

WBro Stephen Gregory


May 2018

Contributed by Vicky Breward

Belfast Trip 4th - 11th May 2018 

Following a great deal of planning, loads of phone calls and e-mails we finally arrived in Belfast, at the Europa Hotel at the start of a packed week.

The Friday evening get together went very well, room was just the right size, four round tables of ten, all beautifully laid with a centre candelabra, and the buffet food was plentiful and delicious, giving us all plenty of time to get up and chat with friends we hadn’t seen for a while.

Saturday morning we boarded our coach for the first of our many excursions down to Mount Stewart, a National Trust property on the banks of the Strangford Lough. The gardens were lovely with a grand show of rhododendrons and the house has had a major refurb since Alan and I were last here. A leisurely walk around the lake, followed by a good lunch in the well stocked cafe.

Saturday night was a bit of an extra - we went to support a Masonic event at the Crumlin Road Masonic hall. Not sure what to expect, but it was fun. They were very welcoming, and the Guinness was cheaper than the hotel. The chap Alan organised the visit with gave us a guided tour of the lodge rooms and a potted history of the place. Food was a bit basic but the craic was good. Ann ended up singing happy birthday in several languages to two two blokes which went down really well and about midnight they played the National Anthem, which as Alan informed me is the signal to all to end the evening.

Sunday was a free day so Alan and I, Henry and Julie hopped on the open top bus. Georges market was our first hop off. The market is rather quirky, lots of food, loads of craft and interesting second hand stuff, we hopped on the bus again round to the Titanic centre - it was ‘heaving’, well it was Sunday on a bank holiday week end, so we found ourselves in the Titanic Hotel for lunch, and decided to come back on our next free day to do the exhibition. The bar/restaurant we were in was the original drawing office, fantastic room, light and airy and more good food.

Monday we boarded our coach for a short trip down to Holywood, where they hold an annual May Day event. Hollywood is reputed to have the only permanent May Pole in the whole of Europe. We were able to watch children from three local schools performing the intricate dances, followed by some traditional Irish Dancing. There were all sorts of side shows and food to be sampled.
Returning to the hotel, the fellas got spruced up and we walked a short distance to the Lodge rooms - fabulous building over several floors. Drinks in the bar and then while the men went off for their meeting we chatted with their ladies. Would your believe that none of the Belfast ladies had ever been in the lodge rooms, and it had been twenty years since they had held a ladies to dine. Anyway we had a good evening and the food was good.

Tuesday was the long day trip to the north coast - it was wellying down with rain, but not to worry our first call was Bushmills Whiskey Distillery - done one, you've done them all! Good guide though and the tasting at the end was enjoyable. On to Giants Causeway and the rain had drifted away. The Causeway was looking tired and over visited by tourists, but it is a spectacular sight. On the journey home our driver very kindly drove us past the dark hedges, significant if you are into game of thrones, but spectacular none the less.

Wednesday was a free day, so Alan and I, Henry and Julie hopped on the red bus and journeyed round to the Titanic Centre, much quieter than Sunday and we were almost first in the queue - a splendid tour topped off with another lunch in the gorgeous bar/restaurant.
Wednesday evening was another lodge meeting. We gathered at 1st Bangor Scout
Hall - some might have thought an unusual venue for a gathering, but as this Scout Group is one of Alan’s chosen charities for the year, and the Bangor Masonic Lodge would not allow ladies over their threshold, we thought we would give it a try. The Scouts did us proud - they have been doing a major refurbishment of the building and our impending visit spurred them on to get some work done. Yummy food was provided by Mark, a scout chum of Simon’s, and the gin tasting was provided by a former Cub of Simon’s, Gareth. The men left to walk the short distance to the Lodge rooms while the ladies got stuck into the gin tasting - we did have fun! who would guess there are so many ways of tasting gin! We sat around chatting until the men returned, more beer was consumed then back to the hotel.

Thursday was our final day, a trip to another spectacular National Trust property Castle Ward. Alan Titchmarsh has been doing a series of programmes on NT houses and Castle Ward featured some time ago. A very interesting house as the him and her owners could not agree on style, so the house is virtually split down the middle, one side Gothic, the other Palladian, well worth a visit, and as usual the grounds were magnificent. Our driver took us back a different way, and we travelled the sort distance across Strangford Lough on the ferry, up the eastern side of the Ards Peninsula, stopping of for a photo opportunity at the most easterly point of the island of Ireland, an ice cream stop in Donagadee - all big kids - then back to the hotel for the farewell meal. We were let down by our original choice of venue for this function only a few days earlier, so ended up using the Europa again. A different room this time, again beautifully set out with a buffet meal. Jessica and Simon along with Simon’s mother Myrtle joined us which was lovely, as Jessica and Simon had put a great deal of time into the arranging of the whole week. Thanks all round, and farewell to all.

 Vicky Breward

May2018

 

 

Accommodation

We will stay at 

Best Western Reading Moat House
Mill Lane
Sindlesham
Earley
Wokingham
RG41 5DG

This is about 20 miles from Windsor and 7 miles from Reading

Program

Friday Evening - Informal dinner gathering all together and having a buffet organized in the hotel.

Saturday - Lodge Meeting

Saturday for Ladies - Day trip to Windsor

Saturday Evening - Ladies Festival icluding a 3 course meal. misic and dancing either in the Hotel or the Masonic Centre

The Lodge will meet at noon on Saturday 12th October 2019 at

Sindlesham Masonic Centre
Mole Road
Sindlesham
Wokingham
RG41 5EA

The main business will be a demonstration of old ritual given by the local Provincial demonstartion team

The meeting will be followed by a short festive board.

Details will be available later

Details will be available later

Details will be available later

AroraOur accommodation will be at the

Arora Hotel

18-24 Princess Street
Manchester
M1 4LG

Telephone +44 (0)161 236 8999

Contemporary in design, yet still maintaining the unique character of its grade-two-listed Heritage, the four-star Arora Hotel in the heart of Manchester City Centre is directly opposite the Manchester Art Gallery and just a 10 minute walk to the Masonic Hall.

Program

On Friday Evening we will have a "White Table" Dinner ( A more formal dinner but not a Ladies' Evening nor an informal get-together but something in between)

On Saturday there will be a practice at 10:00 a.m. followed by Lodge at noon nd a festive board thereafter

Meanwhile the ladies will visit an attraction in Manchester (John Rylands Museum / Library or Manchester Tour) folowed by a visit / meal in China town

On Saturday evening there will be an informal get-together in the hotel with those wishing to go to the theatre leaving to suit that itinerary

The Installation of our 22nd Worshipful Master will be at Manchester Hall, Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BT at noon on 16th March 2019. It will be followed by a Festive Board

Details of the meeting, the hotel accommodation and surrounding events can be found here.

Harrogate2Access to Harrogate is from Leeds/Bradford airport or there aare excellent rail services and road access via the A1(M) or from across the Pennines and Manchester airport via M62 then M1 & A1(M) or northern route M6 and the M65, or even Darlington coming south on the A1.

 


cedar court hotelAccommodation has been “block booked” at the Cedar Court Hotel, that is within 5 minutes walking to the Masonic rooms.

Cedar Court Hotel
Park Parade
Harrogate
HG1 4AH

Telephone  +44 (0)1423 858 585

Accommodation Has been reserved for 20+ Standard twin/double rooms @ £55 per person/night. Single occupancy @ £80 per room (a £10 supplement has been forced on us if Saturday 1 night only booking).

The welcome get together which will be on the Friday night at 8pm in the “Queens” dining room is a 3-course dinner for about 50 at £25 per person.

Menu Choices

Starters
Soup of the day (v)
Vegetable Spring Rolls (v) oriental salad and hot sin dressing
Ham Hock Terrine piccalilli pure and toasted sourdough

Main
Herb Crusted Cod crushed citrus potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Chicken Cordon Bleu sautéed potatoes with mushroom cream sauce
Stuffed Capsicum Pepper (v) cous cous and tomato coulis

Desert
Tarte Au Citron raspberry coulis and almond praline
Baked Vanilla Cheesecake orange gel and candied orange
Chocolate Pot clotted cream and ginger crumb

The lodge meeting will be on Saturday at the Harrogate Masonic Hall

There will be a demonstration of the Lodge of Sorrows presented by members of Glossopdale Lodge. Ladies will be invited to a buffet lunch (£15) before lodge opens and to the demonstration.

FestivalOn Saturday evening from 6.30pm for dining at 7.30 pm will be the formal Ladies Festival dinner costing just £26 Dress code will if possible be black ties for men and cocktail/evening dresses for the ladies but jacket and tie will be fine if you wish.

Standard format as per normal (English, Worcestershire, Lancashire and may be other provinces) for the Ladies evening including speeches and ladies’ song.

The entertainment will be self motivated and we can enjoy our own company without competing with the high decibels generated by the dance band, rock group or DJ!

With carriages at midnight or take the air for a 5-minute walk to the hotel.

Menu Choices

Starter
Assiette of Melon with Lime sorbet
Chicken Liver Pate
Broccoli & Stilton Soup

Main
Roast Beef & Yorkshire pudding
Salmon Steak with Spinach Hollandaise sauce
Onion Risotto fried leeks and Black Olive & Red wine reduction
All with Selection of Fresh Vegetables

Desert
Strawberry Eaton mess
Raspberry & Hazelnut Pavlova
Lemon Posset and Shortbread
Tea OR Coffee

 

There are lots of things to do in Harrogate

 On Sunday morning we hope to arrange a trip to a local attraction.

HarrogateThe Lodge will meet at noon on 13th October 2018 at

Harrogate Masonic Hall, Station Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. HG1 5NE

Further information about the hall can be seen here

There will be a buffet lunch before the meeting.

The main business of the meeting will be a demonstration of the Lodge of Sorrows.

Our ladies will be entitled to see the demonstration.

This meeting offers the very rare chance to see a ceremony hardly ever seen in UGLE

Questions have been asked about the "Lodge of Sorrows" it is very worthy of an explanation. Similar ceremonies are carried out in Australia and in other countries throughout the world nut not in the U.K.

It is to commemorate the passing of a brother.

The ceremony to be demonstrated was put together by Glossopdale lodge under the guidance of our late brother David Slack who researched these ceremonies overseas and constructed this from the "best bits" elsewhere

David Slack was the prime author of this ceremony. Sadly the first occasion on which it was carried out for real was in respect of David who died suddenly this year.

 David had arranged for this demonstration at Harrogate before he died and we are grateful that Glossopdale Lodge decided to continue with their visit our lodge and give the demonstration

It is a very moving and poignant ceremony to which the widow and family are invited. It is very suitable for our ladies and very interesting to all.

Wedo hope that as many as possible will take the opportunity to see this and to thank Glossopdale Lodge for their presentation of it.

Several of our Lodge widows will be present

There is no need to stay for the whole weekend if you do not wish to do so but this ceremony is worth seeing

There will be a Ladies' Evening commencing at 6:30 p.m.for 7:30 p.m. at the Masonoc Hall

 

Details of hotel accommodation, The Ladies' Evening and surrounding events can be found here

 

Holiday Inn Express TamworthTamworth Events 10th to 12th August 2018

Tamworth in Staffordshire ia a "new" town developed in the 1950's for the Birmingham overspill

Tamwoth is well served from both Birmingham International airport and East Midlands airport at Kegworth.

The venue  was chosen by W.Bro Alan Breward as he would like to take a group to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alweras which is about 15 miles North West of our venue.

Other possible visits are to Tamworth Castle or for the adventurous the Snow Dome or Drayton Manor Park (get there early on Friday and have a great time.)

We have secured 30 double rooms in the Holiday Inn Express Tamworth for the weekend @ £109 per room per night including breakfast.
Bookings at this rate are open until 15th June 2018.
Code F2R
Phone Central Reservations on 0800434040 and quote F2R over the phone or use this link.

Friday 10th August

Friday night welcome buffet and venue is in the adjacent “Snow Dome” Tirol rooms at £25 per person. From 19:30 to late.

Saturday 11th August

We will meet in Tamworth Masonic Hall. There will be a practice at 10:00 a.am. Lodge will tyle at Noon.
After the meeting we will be dining with the ladies in the halls at around 13:30. After the festive board I will be presenting a talk on the “National Memorial Arboretum & the New Masonic garden of Remembrance”. Vicky and I were guides for many years at the NMA, from its infancy, starting off as weekend Gardners and bush and tree “trimmers” along with other tasks, then as volunteers in the main centre (i also drove the land train in the early days shouting commentary to the visitors whilst driving around the site (now DVD and CD commentary on the train).
Evening, rest and recharge those batteries.

Sunday 12th August

Coach trip to the National Memorial Arboretum 
The coach will get us to the Arboretum for 10:30 time to refresh and be there for the 11:00 service of remembrance in the Chapel. After the Chapel service and talk we will make our way to the “Land Train” for a guided tour of the site. Following lunch in the Gallery we will have a small service of Remembrance and a wreath laying. The rest of the afternoon until 16:30 is yours. We will return to the Hotel in Tamworth by coach and then say our fond farewells and relax looking forward to our next merry meeting in Harrogate in October.

 

The lodge will meet at noon on 11th August 2018 at

Tamworth Masonic Rooms
29 Lichfield Street
Tamworth
Staffordshire
B79 7QE

After the meeting we will be joined for lunch by our ladies and non-Masonic guests following which there will be a short presentation on the National memorial Arboretum and the new Masonic Garden of Remembrance.

Details of hotel accommodation and surrounding events can be found here

Freemasons are always very welcome as visitors to our meetings. We do however request that you make prior arrangements with the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will be required to prove yourself when you attend.

The theme for 2018/19 will be “Reconciliation and Remembrance” with the marking of 100 years since the guns fell quiet on the western front and the “war to end all wars” was over. We will be remembering fallen brethren, friends and families at our venues in both Tamworth and Harrogate along with history as we visit overseas in our journey to Belfast in Northern Ireland. The charity for the year will be “Fisher Homes” where families of injured troops can spend time with the injured whilst they are hospitalised.

Clicking on the links will provide much more information about the meeting.

 

Date Venue Province Business
2019
16th March Manchester East Lancashire Installation of the Worshipful Master for 2019/2020
10th August Brighton Sussex To be decided
12th October Sindlesham Berkshire Old Ritual Demonstration
2020
21st March Manchester East Lancashire Installation of the Worshipful Master for 2020/2021
8th August Westhoughton West Lancashire  
10th October Stratford upon Avon Worcestershire  
2021
20th March Manchester East Lancashire Installation of the Worshipful Master for 2021/2022
14th August Leeds Yorkshire West Riding  
9th October Nottingham Nottinghamshire  
2022
19th March Manchester East Lancashire Installation of the Worshipful Master for 2022/2023

Brother Cristian Mihutoiu’s Installation
Bucharest, Romania
September 2016

A few days before our brother Cristian Mihutoiu was confirmed by ballot as our 2019 Worshipful Master a party of 10 Internet Lodge members visited Bucharest to attend his installation in the Chair of King Solomon of the Mesterul Manole Lodge No. 24 – his first Chair.
The party consisted of our Worshipful Master, Alan Turton, W.Bros. Alan Breward, David Starbuck, Steve Gregory, Roy Morris, Ken Morris, Ken Donaghue and (special trip from Florida) Jim Hogg.
During a 5-day stay we received the utmost hospitality by our Romanian friends, being personally transported to and from the airport, and with all arrangements made to keep us entertained, fed and watered.
The meeting was held in the Ghica Palace in Bucharest, and was conducted with great formality. All visitors entered the Lodge in appropriate groupings and were individually welcomed by the Worshipful Master before being seated. The IL group entered under the direction and acting DC Steve Gregory and was courteously welcomed in English. There were many other visitors from Romania and surrounding jurisdictions, and a significant number of chain-wearing distinguished brethren.
The ceremony was most impressive and was conducted with great dignity. It was enhanced throughout by appropriately chosen, choreographed and, where appropriate, dramatic music. We all enjoyed it immensely. Although it was, of course, conducted in Romanian, it was very easy to understand what was going on from the floor work choreography. The musical enhancement was amazing, using classical and modern music beautifully integrated with the ritual.
After the ceremony, greetings were given – sometimes at great length – by all and sundry. When our “DC” called the Internet Lodge to order, well over 20 stood up – the visitors and many of our Romanian brethren.
Although not an official Internet Lodge event, it was one of the many social and masonic visits which make the lodge so special. It had particular significance because our brother Secretary, David Starbuck, already knew that in a few short days Cristian would emerge the winner of the 2019 WM ballot. He didn’t tell anyone!

The Installation of Bro Alan Breward as our 21st Worshipful Master will be at Manchester Hall, Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BT at noon on 17th March 2018. It will be followed by a traditional festive board.

Details of hotel accommodation and surrounding events can be found here.

Manchester Events 16th to 18th March 2018

ACHotelWe have sourced accommodation with private facilities for our March meeting in Manchester which, as usual is the venue for the installation meeting and weekend of our 21st Worshipful Master

Our accommodation will be at the AC Hotel in Salford Quays

We have negotiated a special rate for the rooms of 99 UKP per night including breakfast. To obtain this rate please book in with this form. (note the form incorrectly quotes USD)

The weekend will start with the brethren and their guests arriving in Manchester with perhaps a meander around the fine City. The “formal” festivities commence with a private meeting room for a meet and greet to either reacquaint ourselves or meet the new brethren and especially their guests. The private function room and buffet at a cost of £20 per person will be a wonderful time to meet each other reflect on past events and discuss the planned events as we go forward.

Saturday morning will dawn and after the hearty breakfast a short walk or ride into the newly refurbished Manchester Hall for the all important rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. where the DC will refresh us with the East Lancashire emulation workings! Then the installation and appointments will commence at noon and afterwards we adjourn to the Festive Board. The meeting and the Festive Board will be in the newly refurbished and splendid rooms. 

Following the tyler's toast and the return to our non masonic guests at the hotel Saturday evening will be open to your own entertainment. On Sunday,following breakfast we will wish everyone a very safe journey home.

 

Great Malvern 10th to 12th August  2018

For the August meeting of the year the lodge will meet in Great Malvern, Worcestershire. Accommodation will be at at the Abbey Hotel.
Great Malvern is in the home Province of our current Senior Warden in wonderful Worcestershire under the slopes of the Malvern Hills
and in Elgar country,
We will start with a welcome on the Friday night. The Saturday meeting will include a short talk on the National Memorial Arboretum
which will be open to the ladies.
Saturday evening will be in the Abbey Hotel with entertainment. On Sunday we plan a coach trip to the National Memorial Arboretum for a guided tour.

europa

We will visit Belfast & Bangor from 4th to 11th May 2018.

Vicky and I would like as many members and family to attend the event as possible if not for the whole 4th -11th for as many days/nights as possible.

The hotel for the visit is 

Europa Hotel
Great Victoria Street 
Belfast
BT2 7AP

The chosen hotel is part of the Europa group of hotels in Nothern Ireland.  

Europa Hotel is situated in Belfast central area, adjacent to the bus/coach/rail station (within yards/meters) in Great Victoria Street over looking the “Crown Bar” National Trust (but NO membership required here). Access to Belfast served by land sea & air. Land, rail and coach station next door to hotel, Sea ferry service to Belfast Stena Lines Belfast from Cairnryan (Stranraer Scotland) and Liverpool, short journey from ferry port to Hotel using one of the few Motorways in NI. By Air to Belfast International Airport (formally Aldergrove) about 20 miles NW. and Belfast City (George Best) on the south side of Belfast Lough, just 5 miles away, now no need for expensive taxi’s from the airport (Unless of course you wish?) as Ulsterbus company provide a service to/from airports to bus/coach station next door to hotel at a very, very reasonable cost and regular times. Ticket office in Airport arrivals hall. Cars if you are using, the Hotel has NO carpark BUT a public car park above the rail/bus/coach station at about £20 per day (i understand this can be discounted to £18 per day but not confirmed). As you will see from the projected itinerary we will be using a private coach company for visits in the Isle.

We have Block booked the following (open until the first week in March 2018)

25 Rooms all inclusive of Breakfast.
Cost Twin/Doubles are £59 per person sharing (£65 Saturday)
Singles are £97 per room per night (£106 Saturday)
Triples are £57 per person sharing (£63 Saturday)
Children under 14 years Free of Charge (over 14 years charged as adults)

A deposit of £50 per room deposit is required at time of booking.

Booking id 130434

Bookings for the hotel can be made through the Hotel website, call +44 (0)2890 271066 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Proposed program & tours

Friday 4th May

Arrival day unpack and refresh after the journey.
Evening Private room welcome party (Penthouse suite TBC) @ £26 pp.

Saturday 5th May

Coach trip (Coach cost £205) from Hotel lobby at 10:30 to Mount Stewart National Trust house, gardens and park land, on the shore line of Strangford Lough on the Ards peninsular.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart
Explore the house of the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry Alexander Stewarts and his wife Frances Anne Vane-Tempest, search for “Hambletonian” by George Stubbs. Enjoy the Dodo terrace and look for the Shamrock garden. Returning at about 16:30 from Mount Stewart.
Now Not a National Trust member? why not join, OR join the National Trust of Malta (I am reliably informed BIG savings) this has reciprocal access to National Trust of England, as does the National Trust for Scotland (and many many other NT’s) Also I am expecting to collect in the New Year your welcome packs & various flyers one of which (St. Patrick’s Trail) had 2 for 1 tickets for County Down (Not the Giants Causeway but more about that site later.)
Evening relax and catch up, remembering what you missed last night and don’t forget today’s venue, and plan tomorrow.

Sunday 6th May

Things don't start to early in Northern Ireland on a Sunday BUT.

From Belfast St. Georges Market to the Hop-on-Hop-off
RED bus tour of Belfast. First bus stops outside the Hotel at about 10:30 and run every 30 mins until 16:30.

Plenty of time to see the Titanic quarter, Crumlin Road Gaol, the Mhtseeing-tour/urals, Belfast City Hall and lots lot more of Belfast (don’t try and do it all in one Sunday, as we will be here on Monday).

Evening free time to recharge those batteries.

Monday 7th May and Bank Holiday or May Day.

That RED bus tour of Belfast is still very much valid and all those stop-off’s you missed are again available. BUT in Holywood (just along the Bangor road out of Belfast past the City airport there's one of very few if not the only May Day celebration with Maypole dancers, A coach can take us and return to the Hotel after the event so you won’t miss anything.
In the evening I have received an invitation to a meeting of the Prince of Wales Own Lodge meeting in in Belfast within walking distance.Ladies entertainment to be aranged..

Tuesday 8th

What a day planned to take the East coast road from Belfast through Carrikfergus (possible stop at the Castle NOT NT) then onwards north to the  Giants Causeway (NT), (Note access to the shore line and “Causeway” can be gained avoiding the NT Shop so no membership required) And then onto Bushmills distillery for lunch and the distillery visit and then the North east coast of Antrim.
Evening relax and recharge.

 

Wednesday 9th May

“Lazy” (if you can have a lazy day here?) Why not take in those “Must” see’s you have in your pack, The Orange Museum the shores of Belfast Lough, Belfast Castle, Stormont including parliament building, Castle & grounds,
Orange MuseumCity HallTitanic Experience or just relax in Belfast in the “Crown” over the road!
Evening. Lodge meeting in Bangor for 746 Bangor Union Lodge with the ladies sampling the works of Copeland gins in Bangor.

Thursday 10th May

Coach to Castle Ward on the lower shores of Strangford Lough .
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward
And 18th century country house and garden. Again National Trust
Returning for our evening closing dinner.
Evening still in planning a suitable dining venue in Belfast or close by.

Friday May 11th

It's good bye, farewell and we will see you ALL again in Tamworth, Staffordshire, October 12th -14th.


From the drive up on the Friday 13th May to the drive home on the 19th.

Arrival evening was taken with the "welsh" in Biblos restaurant where we sampled the Haggis Tatties & Neeps (Haggis balls in deep fried batter) Excellent.

Day one Saturday started with an excellent breakfast from the Ibis Hotel on South Bridge Street, followed by a leisurely stroll to the Waverley Station to board the local train to Dunfermline on the other side of the "Forth" so over the Forth rail bridge with views of the new (still in construction) and the current (under repair! Again!) road bridges. So we arrive in Dunfermline to board our coach for the next two days with the driver Arthur and the days guide/host Bro James Swann (PM of Lodge Elgin of Bruce Lodge). So sorting ourselves the coach takes us to the birthplace and early childhood house of Sir Andrew Carnegie. After the cottage visit we "strolled" up the road & hill to the Dunfermline Abbey, the burial place of more Kings & Queens than any other Abbey or Church in the UK. The guided tour inside the Abbey and the surrounding yards was most educating and fascinating. a lunch/snack was then taken in the City Hotel before boarding the coach which took us to picture's village of Culross to visit the National Trust of Scotland's Palace or Great Lodging of Culross, built for Sir George Bruce. The Palace and many of the villages houses/cottages are managed by the NTS. Following ice creams on the green in the sunshine we were coached to Limekilns and the Kings Cellar and the home of Lodge Elgin Bruce where the stories from Brother Jim were wonderful and kept all amazed (& very amused!). On arrival at the Lodge rooms we were met by David Starbuck and our European brethren Markus Renggli & Reinhard Gerlich who had arrived at the Ibis that afternoon and picked up by Bro. Gerard O'Donnell our local contact, BUT the highlight was when Bro's Herbert Lazet and Sjoerd Papa from the Netherlands stepped from their motor bikes and opened their "leathers" to reveal full dinner suits! We had planned that we would be entertained by Lodge Elgin Bruce BUT due to small numbers had to be revised. Our tour of the Lodge rooms completed some hour plus latter was then onwards to our evening meal at the "Riverview Restaurant" and after the coach back to the Ibis.

Sunday and an early start for the coach drive to the borders and on to Abbotsford and the home of Sir Walter Scott (writer and Freemason). PM saw us traveling through the picturesque river Tay valley to Roslin and the Rosslyn Chapel to explore the mystery and discover the History or the KT? or satisfy the curiosity from the Da Vinci Code? I came away having satisfied that curiosity but a little disappointed, don't get me wrong the American guide certainly knew her history and stories and I'd like to leave it at that. The "ONLY" S&C's i found were upon a tomb stone in the cemetery! Back to the Ibis and farewell to Arthur our fantastic driver. Wash and brush up before we (Vicky & i) took the stroll to the evening not at the Scotts Guards but a wonderful Italian restaurant "Mama Roma" on Antiqua Street. Here we dined and were entertained by Bro. Alan Rutland a member of Lodge St David No 36 (Uni Lodge) and a PM of Lodge Holyroodhouse St. Lukes No 44, on the life of Sir Walter Scott. Walking off the meal and wine back to the Ibis.

Monday and a later start took a short stroll walk down to Holyroodhouse Palace, passing the Lodge rooms of the Operative Masons of Cowgate. Following the tour of the Palace and coffee, we boarded the open top bus to the Botanical Gardens, we (Vicky & i) took the route around the city to the gardens again (well worth it) before getting off to have coffee and snacks in the gardens and walks before catching the last bus back to the city and a very short walk to the Ibis.

Tuesday and another early stroll to the Waverley Station and Scotts monument to board the open top bus tour to take us out to the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith with "fast track" tickets to the Yacht. New sites to see on this wonderful Yacht and a meeting with an ex RM Yachtsman for a deeper "secrets" of the Yacht. PM saws us boarding the bus still out in the open sunshine to get of at the stop on Cannongate close to St. Johns Street to visit the home of the Royal Order of Scotland to visit the "oldest" purpose built Lodge rooms in the world and the place where "Rabbie Burns" was initiated and made Poet Lauriat (check out the picture!) the tour guide of the rooms was conducted by Bro Maurice Wilson MBE a Past Substitute Grand Master and the Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master of Edinburgh, and a Past Master of Lodge St. James's Operative Masons No 97 (felt very humble and privileged). Head is now full of masonic knowledge i'm bursting! BUT catch a "Fast Black" and onwards to Lodge Edinburgh St. Mary's Chapel where the Lodges first minutes were recorded and available (certainly meeting before that date!) 1597 (see picture of Master in 1597. Again our excellent guide Bro. Alan Dickson (see the talk on Walter Scott above) gave us a wonderful enlightening talk on the rooms Etc. So then another "Fast Black" to the Ibis and ready for the evening masonic meeting. Fast Black to Dunedin Caritas Lodge No 1361 (short meeting !! 2nd degree with TB!) but the meeting was followed by the festive board with the ladies and a late return to the Ibis.

Wednesday dawned "wet" but our first damp day, not enough to stop us taking the air after another FULL breakfast and the walk up the Royal Mile to the Edinburgh Castle and buildings including the WW1 memorial. Following the One o'clock gun firing it was down the hill and across the rails again now in the sunshine. St. Georges Street to the Grand Lodge of Scotland Lodge rooms and Museum and a guided tour FASCINATING and NO S&C's in the halls as its used as a public meeting and entertainment arena! The evening meal at the "City Cafe/Restaurant" was too much for my hearing aids even on "T" so Vicky and I ate in the Italian Restaurant opposite for "Glasgow Pizza"! we met up again with the party in "Foggs" the Ibis for final drinks and goodbye's before readying for the 300 mile journey home on the Thursday.

The lodge will meet at Barry Masonic Hall, South Wales on 14th October 2017.

There will be a lodge practice at 10:00 a.m.

We will have a buffet lunch at 12:00 noon at a cost of £10.00

Lodge will open at 1:00 p.m.The principal business will be a Tercentenary Celebration of the first meeting of UGLE 1717 enacted by the Monmouthshire enactment team.

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