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W.Bro Alan Martin Breward was installed into the chair of Internet Lodge on Saturday March 17th 2018 at our meeting at Manchester Hall.

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The Worshipful Master with his Officers, members and principal guests

It was a weekend of highs and not so highs as our new Worshipful Master's story will tell !

 

amb2Brethren ALL,
A very, very BIG thank you ALL for the warm messages of congratulations both direct at the Festive board Saturday and on the social media pages.

Now I have to make my first apology as master of the Lodge. Because of a overnight in Salford General hospital Accident & Emergency dept. Following a slip, slide and fall! On the ice & snow! I wasn't able to get around to say farewell and god speed for your homeward journey on the Sunday.

Well Saturday started grand after what I thought was a very, very nice welcome buffet on the first floor room on the Friday evening, I thought the the food was fine and plentiful, we had seating for 50 with known 47 expected so we should ALL have been able to sit and talk, yes the beers, wines and drink were "top" city prices BUT it is the norm! Thank you Caid for the tankard gift it will be used!

So with the short drive by David thank you, as I had a great deal of "presentation" stuff to get to the Halls away we went. A short journey and we were one of the first to arrive, the festive board had been set up The test for the Working tools was then worked when an IT guru WBro Paul Span came to the rescue and worked out the screen and projector link! With the adaptor plugged into MacBook Pro and Bridge street system we were ready to go! A very short rehearsal, then open and on we go.

The Ceremony I found very, very touching and I hope that EVERYONE enjoyed it? If you had guests who aren't members please, please pass on my thanks. So it was up for the chair and after being presented by WBro Chris White (many thanks) it was on to the Obligation! WBro John Dutchman-Smith and now WBro Carl Freeland thank you both for the way you placed me into the chair of our truly WONDERFUL Lodge. Then the Board was closed and on with the Ceremony, and the entry for Master Masons. The test for the 3rd Degree tools and on came WBro Rajest Poddar from India and a perfect presentation with the working tools being held aloft by WBro Alan Turton. What then followed was the 2nd Degree tools from WBro Fernando Barrosa da Silva from Brazil and the 1st Degree tools from WBro Graham Russell in Malaysia. Thank you all.

Formalities over and thank you WBro Steve Gregory and WBro David Hedley for your smooth running of the appointments Etc. So then parade out a quick about turn and photos thanks to WBro Cristian Pocol. The Festive Board, thank you WBro Ken Morris for the rendition of the Masters song supported by WBro Chris Malpus (whose journey to Manchester is another story! Almost a good as mine to Bucharest 2 weeks ago!). So to the Tylers toast.

After a quick shower and change it was taxis for some to be entertained at Salford Masonic Hall and the Manchester Police band! Great but the "Street Car" drivers sat navs need up dating! So a Great evening of entertainment thanks WBro Peter Hegarty for info, with traditional Lancashire hot buffet. Wonderful old "swing time songs and tunes" and a raffle (or for you Roy a Ruffle!) now I believe this is where I started to "slip" won a bottle of Rose and as a lot of you know I have stopped the wine drinking!

But the party ended and taxis were called BUT busy night in Manchester and the expected times for taxies stretched from 16 to 40 mins! BUT eventually the first one came and Bill, Ken and Enid set off to AC Marriott, Vicky Chris and I made the decision that the warmest and quickest way back was by foot! Another mistake, compounded by me picking up my raffle prize! So not gone a 1/4 mile and the slip started and I'm sticking to my story of demonstrating the Welsh try (NO TRY) agains England! But my rugby ball was a litre bottle !! Down I went on both hands and knees! Bottle breaks and lots of blood from the right palm, tissues would not stop flow but we did what we could and kicked the glass to the side heading to the hotel. There McDonalds (the Golden Arches) clean toilet, hot coffee and free WiFi. Im pushed into the Loo by Vicky and wash the wounds, Now I have nothing but praise for the young manageress who provided bandages to wrap the hand and then get a taxi (less than a minute, wish I had here contacts with "Uber". And then back to the Hotel to what I though would be bed and rest! Vicky asked if they could provide a couple of plasters, no sooner said than done BUT wait the first aider appeared and cleaned the wounds saying I need hospitalisation and possible stitches, the Hotel staff were excellent and a Taxi called and paid for on the Hotel account and a card given to Vicky for return journey! Salford Hospital A & E. Nothing but praise for this staff, never been there before, every thing explained and waits expected and accepted. Nurse assess the cuts and wounds and dresses them, Xray where I was asked to remove bandages only to spill blood (lots of it) on to the plates! Some time latter I was seen by another nurse practitioner and cleaned up and no stitches BUT supper glued together. You will be pleased to know that Vicky has told me NO Photos!

So its just after 5 and lots of snow but "Street cars" arrive and we go back to the Hotel only waking at 08:45! So missed a number of you heading home "Sorry" Anyway Breakfast and goodbyes and fill Bills car with baggage Etc. and the journey home south to Birmingham, excellent clean and clear until 3 miles from home and the flurries in Manchester were a little deeper here in Birmingham. Gave Bill opportunity to select "snow" drive in the Land Rover! Home unpacked shower rest and slept all afternoon and a short break and bed until 0600 and the cat wanting out this morning! So after this it shower again and rest.

Brethren,
Thanks again to ALL of you and this wonderful Lodge.
Looking forward to our next happy meeting.

WBro Alan Breward

March 2018

DSCN5256My story begins in 1995 when I joined a small group of freemasons who were interested in the fledgling Internet and wished to investigate the possibility of forming a Masonic Lodge to develop the use of the Internet in Masonry. By January 1998 we had grown to 52 Founders and Internet Lodge 9659 was consecrated in the Province of East Lancashire on the 29th of that month.

Fast forward to May 2012 and the lodge had grown to 299 members worldwide. As a lodge we visited Malta and there met for the first time 11 of our members from Romania who invited us to visit their country the following year.

So May 2013 saw us visit Romania a country emerging from the darkness of an oppressive dictatorship where Freemasonry was similarly emerging from darkness. Here we met many more Romanian Freemasons who later joined our lodge and firm International friendships were established.

Jump again to 2015.Internet Lodge now had 403 members (Currently 481). A group of its members who were Mark Masons harboured the idea of creating a Mark Internet Lodge. They were encouraged by the then Mark Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Monmouthshire and were driven by a small number of very determined Mark Masons from that area. The result was that in June 2016 Mark Internet Lodge 1975 was consecrated at Mark Masons Hall (http://www.themarkinternetlodge.online/What-is-it.asp).

In November 2016 5 Romanian Freemasons attended a meeting of Mark Internet Lodge in South Wales and were advanced into Mark Masonry in Mark Internet Lodge. They were the pioneers of Mark Masonry in Romania

In two consecutive days in July 2017 Mark Internet Lodge was opened by dispensation in Bucharest, Romania. On the first day 32 Romanians were advanced into Mark Masonry and on the second day A further 30 (including the Craft Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania) were also advanced. It had been my intention to attend these meetings but family illness meant a late cancellation. I was however admitted as a joining member at the first meeting.

In November 2017 Mark Internet Lodge again travelled to Romania and another 72 brethren were advanced into the lodge, making 134 in total.

On 1st March 2018 I did travel with other members to Bucharest in dreadful weather conditions.


DSCN5251On the 2nd March there were two ceremonies in Mark Internet Lodge, In the first a total of 42 Romanians were advanced into the lodge. There were 7 Mark Provincial Grand Masters present. This was the first multiple advancement that I had seen and I was very impressed by the way it was carried out will all the candidates formed into a phalanx repeating their obligation. They were all made to feel part of the ceremony and of Mark Masonry. Those below the rank of a Mark Installed Master were then requested to leave the lodge with the exception of the Craft Grand Master of Romania and his Grand Chancellor. Then in a ceremony I have not witnessed before they were entrusted with the secrets of a Mark Master. Lodge was then closed and we retired for the Festive Board.

 

DSCN5253On the 3rd March 2018 we were honoured by the presence of RWBro John Herbert Prizeman Deputy Grand Master and a Grand Lodge deputation. A meeting of The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and its Districts and Lodges Overseas was opened by RWBro Prizeman at 11:00 a.m.

This was the consecration of the Alexandru Vaida-Voevod Lodge of Mark Master Masons, the first Mark Masons Lodge in Romania. There were over 200 present. It was a remarkable ceremony with 50+ founders present all from Romania. This was followed by The Installation Meeting of the new Lodge. W.Bro Florin Birlea was the first Master of the Lodge and his Acting IPM was Wbro Radu Balanescu (The Romanian Grand Master)

Before the end of proceedings the Deputy bestowed upon WBro Radu Balanescu the rank of Past Grand Junior warden.

We retired to the Festive Board where the wine flowed freely along with the local fire water.

After a suitable period of rest we were treated in the evening to a Gala dinner with music and entertainment. The first such entertainment was provided by a group of young children who sang and danced for us. We were later informed that they were from the local orphanage. This obviously touched Mark Masonic feelings and it was soon announced that the MBF would donate £10,000 to the orphanage. A great weekend.

And for the future?

A second Romanian Mark Lodge is to be consecrated in Mark Masons’ Hall in London on 2nd June 2018 and a third in Constanta Romania on November 10th 2018. The formation of a District in Romania will then follow.

John Dutchman-Smith

March 2018

 

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Happy 20th Anniversary Internet Lodge 9659

Our wonderful Lodge was consecrated on January 29, 1998 at Bridge Street,Manchester by the Provincial Grand Master of East Lancashire and his talented team, with 52 Founding Members. As we enter our 21st year, we now have almost 500 members and may we go from strength to strength.

WM20asMy Installation, Manchester - March 2017

Bro Carl Freeland Worshipful Master

This Installation meeting was held in Manchester Bridge Street, a building in a state of disarray due to the on-going reconstruction works.

The main party stayed at the Premier Inn, Salford Quays. It was a great hotel overlooking the quay, with good transport links by tram, a shopping centre and the Lowry Theatre nearby and the adjacent Beefeater Inn.

On Friday evening we met in the Beefeater Inn for an informal gathering. There was no pre-booked meal and Brethren ordered as they wished from the menu. Some brethren spent the evening running up and down the stairs, as some arrived and ordered meals on the ground floor only to find out later a number of Brethren we seated upstairs. It was a damp evening, raining on and off, I recall John Dutchman-Smith unable to attend due to a family emergency calling in for a few minutes, wet through just walking a few yards from the car park to the bar.

On Saturday morning, rehearsals started on time at 10am in the temple, when after a few moments the lights failed, and the rehearsal was left in total darkness, the DC Steve Gregory moved us into the adjacent dining room, arranging chairs to mirror the Lodge layout in a smaller scale, constantly telling the Brethren milling about to leave the dining room if they were not PMs, including me when it came to the Installation part.

Fortunately the electrical problem was fixed, and the Installation ceremony commenced on time at 12 noon, the DC had worked hard to fine tune the ceremony to minimise the time it would take with a target to start the festive board at 3pm. So it commenced like a whirlwind, with Lodge business, the eulogy to our dear Brother Junior Warden who passed to the Grand Lodge above in November, and then on a happier note a celebration of Satinder Lal’s 50th year in Freemasonry, eloquently presented by APGM Christopher J Welton.

The main event was my Installation into the Chair of King Solomon, and what a wonderful experience it was, with excellent ritual by the Installing Officers, and those Brethren presenting the addresses and working tools, pressed onwards by the DC, often seen looking at his watch.

The special moment for me was to proudly invest my Officers for the year, then I received a number of wonderful presentations, including my very own gavel all the way from America as an Installation gift from PM Jim Hogg who was sadly unable to attend, onwards with the rest of the business to closing a full 6 minutes before the DC’s own 3pm deadline!

The Festive Board followed in the refurbished dining room, and we were told we were the first Lodge to use the room following its renovation, and it was a truly beautiful and fitting venue for our Festive Board with around 100 dinning, an excellent meal, with great service, speeches and some wonderful stories about Satinder’s exploits as a Doctor and a Mason.

Earlier in the day I noticed there was no piano or organ in the dining room, but one appeared ready for the Festive Board, I was told that Chris and Naunton searched building, and found an instrument  and the two of them pushed it to the dining room, which proved a fitting accompaniment to John Dutchman-Smith’s excellent rendition of the Master’s Song.

The Festive board ended in time for many to catch their trains home, and those staying had a short walk from the Premier Inn to the Lowry Theatre, enjoying a memorable performance of Evita, all arranged by our Secretary David Starbuck.

A weekend I will never forget, a major step in my Masonic advancement, after being a Mason for 20 years and a member of this wonderful Lodge for almost 10 years, now proudly serving as it 20th Worshipful Master in the UGLE Tercentenary Year.

Carl Freeland

March 2017

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Brethren from across Europe, America and the UK attended the Installation meeting of Internet Lodge on Saturday 18 March at Manchester Hall Bridge Street.   The Lodge meeting was held in the Goulburn Lodge room followed by the Social Board in the newly refurbished dining room. It was also a special day for WBro Satinder Lal PSGD who celebrated Fifty years in Freemasonry.

Full story here

 

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Bro Carl Freeland was installed as the 20th Master of the lodge at the annual installation ceremony in Manchester U.K. on 18th March 2017.

 The Provincial Grand Master was represented by W. Bro. Christopher John Welton, APGM, Past Senior Grand Deacon of the United Grand Lodge of England.

You can read Carl's opening address here

 

 

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The Worshipful Master and his officers

DemetriosDemetrios A. Drossos, MD – Internet Lodge Member

On Tuesday 24th of January 2017, (A.L. 6017), at 18.00 hours, at the Masonic Headquarter of the Grand Lodge of Greece in Athens.

The Consecration of ALEA ATHENA Lodge No. 181 in the Orient Of Tegea (ArKadi) was performed by the M.W. Grand Master of Greece assisted by the RtWs officers of the Grand Council.

Our Brother Demetrios is very honoured to have become the new Lodge’s Worshipful and Founding Master.

Alan Turton WM optW.Bro Alan Turton was installed as the 19th Master of the lodge at the annual installation ceremony in Manchester U.K. on 19th March 2016.

The Provincial Grand Master was represented by W. Bro. Chad Northcott, APGM, Past Senior Grand Deacon of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Read the message of W. Bro Chad Northcott here

 

You can read Alan's Inaugural Address here

  

 

 Officers for 2016

Officers for 2016

(Back Row) Cristian Pocol, Petar Damnjanovic, Chris Hegarty, Cristian Mihutoui, Dave Hedley,

David Starbuck Philip Harris,Peter Van Oosten,Claudiu Ionescu.

(Front Row) Ben Allen, Carl Freeland, Alan Turton, Peter Clark, Roy Morris, Jeff Robins.

 HOS7145 JPGBro Carl Freeland, the current Charity Steward of the lodge, was presented with the ESDPEUPOL Afghanistan medal on 5th May 2014.

Bro Freeland was formerly based in Kosovo but is now stationed in Kabul where he is Supply Chain Coordination Officer, European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan

The lodge congratulates Bro Freeland  and is proud to recognise his work in this most difficult scenario.

 

CarlFreeland1The election has taken place for the selection of the Junior Warden for 2015/16.

Voting opened on 1st September and the poll remained open until 30th September.

There were two very able candidates and as usual the members made their choice based on a Manifesto submitted by the candidate describing his intended program for 2017/18 when the elected candidate is expected to be installed as Worshipful Master.

The brethren selected Bro Carl Freeland from Kabul in Afghanistan. Bro Carl is already looking forward to being in the chair of the lodge for the UGLE tri-centenary celebrations.

This unusual method of selecting the senior officers of the lodge has been adopted since the consecration in 1998.

Frank HarrisWhen the late W.Bro Frank Harris passed the Grand Lodge above it transpired that in his will he had made a bequest to the Lodge of $10,000

Frank enjoyed travel, visiting other countries, meeting fellow travellers, nationals of the country he was visiting and most of all being in the company of other Masonic Brethren.

A committee was set up to determine the use of the fund and the unanimous recommendation was to use the Legacy to assist one Brother, who had been unable to visit the lodge for five years, to attend our Installation Meeting in Manchester (or such other location as may be determined) for as long as the Legacy has sufficient funds to action this recommendation.

Terry RyanHaving taken into consideration the distribution across the globe of our Brethren, we came to the conclusion that the opportunity should be open to all Lodge Members wherever they are domiciled; we believe this to be the fairest way to ensure that no one is disadvantaged by the process.


We are delighted that the first winner, selected randomly, was Bro Terry Ryan of New South Wales, Australia and even more delighted at Terry's acceptance of the award and his decision to travel to Manchester in March 2014.

 

After the installation Bro Terry wrote :-

"I wish to thank Internet lodge for the honour conferred on me, being the first recipient of the Bro Frank Harris legacy.
I had a wonderful time in Manchester, March 2014, and it was an experience I shall not forget.
The highlight for me was, so many Masons took the time to make me welcome, and I met Masons from all over.
Once again, thank you all, and I hope the next person drawn for the Frank Harris legacy, has as much fun warmth as I received
Regards
VW Bro Terry Ryan
NSW Australia "

Frank's Legacy to the Internet Lodge No: 9659



Frank HarrisWhen the late W.Bro Frank Harris passed the Grand Lodge above it transpired that in his will he had made a bequest to the Lodge of $10,000.

Accordingly the then  WM commissioned a small committee of Lodge members charged to make a recommendation as to how we should use the Legacy.

The WM appointed Roy Hodgson to chair the committee.

The Committee did consult with some senior Lodge members and it was clear from comments received that the Legacy ought not to be donated to charities. Frank enjoyed travel, visiting other countries, meeting fellow travellers, nationals of the country he was visiting and most of all being in the company of other Masonic Brethren.

The unanimous recommendation therefore was to use the Legacy to assist one Brother, in each year, to attend our Installation Meeting in Manchester (or such other location as may be determined) for as long as the Legacy has sufficient funds to action this recommendation.

Having taken into consideration the distribution across the globe of our Brethren, we came to the conclusion that the opportunity should be open to all Lodge Members wherever they are domiciled; we believe this to be the fairest way to ensure that no one is disadvantaged by the process.

Currently there are 150 Brethren who have been unable to attend any Internet Lodge Meeting and the hope is that this Legacy may permit some of these Brethren to experience their Lodge Installation Ceremony.

Frank's $10000 has been converted to Sterling and thus the Legacy expressed in Sterling is £6,400. Capping the benefit at a maximum of £600 will enable the fund to assist one Brother each year and should last for up to ten years. The benefit will be paid to the successful brother in Sterling and upon his arrival at the hotel.

We believe that the system will be relatively easy to administer and is a fitting memorial to the late W.Bro Frank Harris.