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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

Lal

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

 

 

Inst2017

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.