Sindlesham (Windsor) Events 2019
We will stay at
Best Western Reading Moat House
This is about 20 miles from Windsor and 7 miles from Reading
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
Sindlesham (Windsor) October 2019
The Lodge will meet at noon on Saturday 12th October 2019 at
Sindlesham Masonic Centre
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.
Brighton Events 2019
Details will be available later
Brighton August 2019
Details will be available later
Dublin Events May 2019
Details will be available later
Manchester Events 2019
Our accommodation will be at the
18-24 Princess Street
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.
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
Harrogate Events 2018
Access 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.
Accommodation has been “block booked” at the Cedar Court Hotel, that is within 5 minutes walking to the Masonic rooms.
Best Western Cedar Court Hotel
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/buffet for about 50 at £25 (approx.) per person.
The lodge meeting will be on Saturday at the Harrogate Masonic Hall
Alternative entertainment will be arranged for our ladies.
On Saturday evening from 6.30pm for dining at 7.30 pm will be the formal Ladies Festival dinner, black ties for men and cocktail/evening dresses for the ladies.
Standard format as per normal (English, Worcestershire, Lancashire and may be other provinces) for the Ladies evening including speeches and ladies’ song. And perhaps (yet to be confirmed) dancing? With carriages at midnight or take the air for a 5-minute walk to the hotel.
On Sunday morning we hope to arrange a trip to Harewood House or the Royal Horticultaral Society gardens at Harrogate.
Harrogate October 2018
The 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.
It is expected that our ladies will be entitled to see the demonstration.
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
Tamworth Events 2018
Tamworth 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.
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.
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.
Tamworth August 2018
The lodge will meet at noon on 11th August 2018 at
Tamworth Masonic Rooms
29 Lichfield Street
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 Grden of Remembrance.
Details of hotel accommodation and surrounding events can be found here
Future Meetings of Internet Lodge No. 9659
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.
|17th March||Manchester||East Lancashire||Installation of the Worshipful Master for 2018/19|
|11th August||Tamworth||Staffordshire||Masonic Garden of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum|
|13th October||Harrogate||West Yorkshire||Lodge of Sorrows demonstration. Ladies' Festival|
|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|
|21st March||Manchester||East Lancashire||Installation of the Worshipful Master for 2020/2021|
Bucharest September 2016
Brother Cristian Mihutoiu’s Installation
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!
Manchester March 2018
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 2018
Manchester Events 16th to 18th March 2018
We 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. Te 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 although we have secured 20 seats at the Lowry Theatre for the performance of Matthew
Bourn’s Cinderella at curtain up 19:30 ticket prices £44 per person (closing date 3rd January 2018).
On Sunday,following breakfast we will wish everyone a very safe journey home.
Great Malvern Events August 2018
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.
Belfast & Bangor Events May 2018
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
Great Victoria Street
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
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.
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 Lodge meeting in Holywood OR Newtownards for a ceremony where the ladies will also be entertained. (Coach at £175).
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 distilleryf or lunch and the distillery visit and ice creams at “Morelli’s” Portrush latter on the beach? returning by way of the Dark Hedges (if open).
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 Museum, City Hall, Titanic 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 .
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.
The Fraternal Visit to Edinburgh 13th -19th May 2016
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.
Barry October 2017
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.
Barry Events October 2017
Barry Island 13th to 15th October 2017
The lodge will meet in Barry, South Wales on the13th to 15th October 2017. This weekend will host our Ladies Festival.
The designated Hotel will be the
Fford Y Mileniwm,
From M4 take exit 33 for A4232, follow signs for A4050, then pass through 8 roundabouts, turn left onto Trinity Street, then turn right onto A4055/Broad Street. Continue for 0.2 miles and turn left for the Premier Inn.
Bookings should be made using the link above or by telephone on 0871 527 9370
The events on Saturday will take place the Barry Masonic Hall.
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 consisting of
Sliced Honey Roast Ham,
Sliced Topside of Beef,
Pasta & Tuna Salad,
Cheese & Grapes
Selection of Dips,
and Boiled New Potatoes
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
For the Ladies we have arranged a guided tour around the Welsh Heritage mueseum at St Fagan’s. In the 100-acre parkland of St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house, are over 30 buildings moved from various parts of Wales and re-erected to show how our forefathers lived, the old Oakdale workingman’s institute was one of the places frequented by Roy Morris 45 years ago before it was taken down stone by stone 1987 and transported and rebuilt in the museum.
Transport will cost £10.00 and the tour will leave at 10:00 a.m. returning to the hotel at 4:00 p.m.