Warning, Meeting may be cancelled or venue changed due to Covid-19 pandemic

The Lodge will meet in Stratford upon Avon from 9th to 11th October 2020

Stratford upon Avon a medieval market town in England's West Midlands is the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. Possibly the most famous writer in the English language,

It is an ideal venue for you to extend your stay and explore the town and the surrounding area. Here is a useful guide to what there is to see and do in Stratford. Warwick another tourist area is just a few miles away.

Ettington front

The preferred hotel is

The Ettington Chase
Ettington
Stratford upon Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 7NZ

+44 (0) 1789 740000

 

 

 

Ettington Guest BedroomsThe hotel offers very comfortable  accommodation in wonderful countryside'

We have arranged a special package to include bed and breakfast on Friday and Saturday nights, a welcome buffet on Friday night, an informal dinner on Saturday night and a farewell luncheon on Sunday at a very reasonable all-in cost.

Of course indivdual arrangements can be made if you are unable to spend the entire weekend or if you wish to extend your stay. Booking arrangements and costs will be provided nearer the time.

 

Programme

Friday 9th October 2020

There will be an Internet Chapter meeting. The venue is yet to be finalised. We hope to meet at Guy's Cliffe an interesting relic dating back to the 5th century but failing that we will meet in Warwick. There will be a practice at 10.00 a.m. or 11.00 a.m. (dependent on content of meeting) Chapter will open at 12.00 noon followed by a light buffet (soup and sandwiches, tea or coffee) - optional.

In the evening we will have our usual Friday get together renewing friendships and making new ones. This will be in the Ettington Chase hotel where your choice from the hotel restaurant wil be served.in a private room.

Saturday 10th October 2020

The Lodge will meet at 

Alderson House
23 High Street
Warwick
Warwickshire
CV34 4AX

The subject of the meeting will be a demonstration of the examination of a candidate and his initiation as practised by the National Grand Lodge of Romania.

Much to the relief of the majority of our membership the demonstration will be in English

There willl be a practice at 11:00 a.m. A light buffet will be available at Noon and lodge will tyle at 1.00 p.m.

In the evening we will have an informal "Sorry to Part" dinner at the hotel. Full details later.

Sunday 11th October 2020

After breakfast why not take the opportunity to explore for a couple of hours or have a lazy Sunday morning before
enjoying our "Happy to Eat Again" carvery luncheon at the hotel after which we part and look forward to 2021

Warning. Meeting may be cancelled or venue changed due to Covid-19 pandemic

On 10th October 2020 the Lodge will be based near Stratford upon Avon.

The meeting will take place at

Alderson House
23 High Street
Warwick
Warwickshire
CV34 4AX

The subject of the meeting will be a demonstration of the examination of a candidate and his initiation as practised by the National Grand Lodge of Romania.

Much to the relief of the majority of our membership the demonstration will be in English

There willl be a practice at 11:00 a.m. A light buffet will be available at Noon and lodge will tyle at 1.00 p.m.

There will be a full weekend of activities

Click here for for full details and details of the superb hotel accomodation 

There will be an overseas visit to Cyprus from the 12th to 18th May 2020

We will be based in Limassol at the Pefkos (City) Hotel

Pefkos

Located close to the old town of Limassol and Limassol Marina, the family-run Pefkos Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool with a sun terrace. It offers rooms that open to a balcony, enjoying Mediterranean Sea views. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

All rooms come with a satellite TV, mini fridge and air conditioning. They also have a bathroom with a hairdryer, free toiletries and a bath or shower.

A buffet breakfast is daily offered at Pefkos’ dining area. You can also enjoy a drink at the pool bar or try local and international specialties at the on-site restaurant. The shopping centre is within walking distance.

Limassol Port is 2.4 miles from the property, while Ladies Mile Beach can be reached within a 5-minute drive. Larnaca International Airport is approximately 43.5 miles away, and the international airport of Paphos is at a distance of 37.3 miles.

See more about Limassol here.

Booking the hotel.

Double Standard rooms (with breakfast) are available from the hotel at the discounted rate of 75 Euros (£63) per night. To obtain this rate you have to say that these are the rooms that Marios Pantelides \ Nigel Coombs arranged. The hotel telephone is +357 25 660066. It has however been reported that rooms can be booked at a somewhat lower rate by using the well known Internet booking sites. (Expedia.com, Bookings.com, Hotels.com etc). Superior rooms are available as is half board at increased prices. On some of these sites it is possible to book on a cancellable basis with no advanced payment. Early booking is recommended.

Itinerary

Monday 11th May

Early arrivals will check in to the hotel

Tuesday 12th May

The official first day.

In the evening we will visit a lodge in Limassol which will be followed by a white table dinner including ladies.

Wednesday 13th May

A trip to the Troodos mountains and the highly acclaimed Krkkos Monastery. Light lunch in a local restaurant. Return to the hotel 4:00 p.m. 

There will be a "Welcome to Cyprus " dinner in the hotel.
This will be a superb buffet meal (see the Menu here) including "unlimited consumption" of local wines, beers and soft drinks etc. We hope to be joined by local freemasons'
It promises to be an excellent eveningt and is extremely good value at just £22.00p per head. Bookings on the lodge bookings pages. 

Thursday 14th May

This is the day of the Peter Lowndes Golf Competition. Golfers may participate and others may if they wish attend the Presentation Lunch. Golfers will find an entry form here. Note bookings for the golf close 31st March at the latest. Those wishing to go to the lunch only (14:00 hrs) can book on the lodge booking site (£27 - closing date 30th April) Otherwise the day is free for you to enjoy

Friday 15th May

A day of leisure to enable you to enjoy whatever you wish, whether relaxation or the opportunity to explore the island further,

Saturday 16th May

District Grand Chapter and District Grand Lodge will hold annual meetings. These will be followed by a white table dinner with the Ladies. More information can be found here and here. Members can book on the lodge booking site (£39 - closing date 30th April).

There is much to do for the ladies in Limassol including places of interest such as the castle and cathedral. More worrying is the availabilty of retail therapy. Old Limassol town is also quite quaint.

Sunday 17th May

It may be possible to arrange a trip during the day.

karatello tavernIn the evening there will be a "Farewell" dinner at the Karatello Tavern which is about two miles from the hotel.

Karatello traditional tavern has managed to stand out with its genuine Cypriot cuisine, promoting the well-known, local flavours and scents through recipes adapted to the standards of the modern culinary art. The innovative meze dishes, and the option to create your own meze combination has made the tavern stand out. 

The menu wil be the meze. The cost is £20. A small charge for transport will be payable locally on the day.

 

Monday 18th May

This will be departure day for some but others may choose to extend their stay. The W.M. will be leaving on Wednesday May 20th.

BrookfieldOn Saturday 8th August 2020 the lodge will meet at

Brookfield (Westhoughton Masonic Hall)
Peel Street 
Westhoughton
Bolton
BL5 3SP

There will be  practice at 10.00 a.m. followed by a light lunch at Noon.

Lodge will tyle at 1.00 p.m.

The lodge will open in all three degrees and do a full closing in all three.

At appropriate times we will received the Traditional History, the Second Degree Tracing Board and the First Degree Tracing Board.

 

There will be a programme of events for the weekend.

See here for details and for details of the preferred hotel.

 

Warning. Likely to be cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

 

The lodge will meet in August at Westhoughton near Bolton Lancashire.

MercureThe preferred hotel wil be 

Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel
Manchester Road
Blackrod
Bolton
BL6 5RU

A block of rooms has been reserved in this hotel.

The agreed rate is £65 per room double occupancy including breakfast.

Further details and booking arrangements will be made available later

 

BrookfieldProgramme

Friday 7th August 2020 

There will be a meeting of Internet Chapter at

Brookfield (Westhoughton Masonic Hall)
Peel Street 
Westhoughton
Bolton
BL5 3SP

There will be  practice at 10.00 a.m. followed by the meeting at Noon.

We hope to have a ceremony of exaltation.

A light buffet (soup and sandwiches, tea or cofee) will be available after the meeting (optional).

In the evening we will have a usual Friday Night get together at the hotel, again meeting friends old and new

There will be a meal (details later).

Saturday 8th August 2020

Brookfield2There will be a meeting of Internet lodge at Brookfield (Westhoughton Masonic Hall)

There will be a practice at 10.00 a.m.

Lodge will tyle at Noon.

The lodge will open in all three degrees and do a full closing in all three.

At appropriate times we will received the Traditional History, the Second Degree Tracing Board and the First Degree Tracing Board.

After lodge closes we will return to the hotel to relax before the evening's entertainment.

table

Ladies Evening will be held at Brookfield at 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

Dress will be black tie and we look forward to an excellent evening. 

Details of the menu and the entertainment will be published nearer the time.

It is hoped to arrange transport from the Mercure hotel to Brookfield and return for those who would prefer not to drive.

 

Sunday 9th August 2020

After breakfast we say our goodbyes and look forward to our next merry meeting.

 

Our annual Installation Meeting will take place in Manchester from 19th to 22nd March 2020

ManwestThe recommended hotel is

The Holiday Inn Manchester West
Liverpool Street
Salford
Manchester
M5 4LT

Telephone  +44-161-7430080

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/manchester/mchsa/hoteldetail

There is no fixed rate available for the hotel and you are advised to make your booking as soon as possible.

A refundable rate is available.

Programme

Thursday 19th March 2020

For the early birds the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Chapter will take place at King George's Hall Blackburn at 3.00 p.m.

Early arrivals will no doubt gather in the evening at the Holiday Inn.

Friday 20th March 2020

HemsleyManchester Epworth Chapter will meet at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley Hall, 41-42 The Crescent, Salford.M5 4PE at noon. There will be a practice at 11.00 a.m. A lecture will be given by E.Comp Tony Freemont, Assistant to the Three Grand Principals who is a member of the chapter. At the meeting it will be proposed that the name of the chapter be changed to Internet Chapter. A light buffet (soup and sandwiches, tea or coffee) will be served after the meeting at a cost of £11.00p. Freemasons who are not Royal Arch Masons wil be very welcome to join us for the buffet as will our wives and partners.

walker

Our traditional Friday evening get together will also be held at Salford Masonic Hall at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.Meet up with friends old and new in pleasant private surroundings. There will be a buffet meal. The proposed meal is Freshly roasted platters of 2 meats (Ham; Beef; Turkey or Pork) Assorted Quiches; Mini Pizzas; Spring Rolls; Onion Bhajis; BBQ Chicken Wings; Chinese Spare Ribs; Meatballs; Coleslaw; Potato Salad; Mixed Salad. Plus dessert and tea/coffee. Cost £16:00p

 

 

Saturday 21st March 2020

ManchesterhallThe Installation will take place on 21st March 2020 at the

Manchester Hall,
Bridge Street,
Manchester.
M3 3BT

There will be a practice at 10.00 a.m. and lodge will tyle at noon.

The meeting will be followed by a Festive Board.

Menu

Canapes
Starter:                 Plum Tomato Tart or Haggis
Main:                    Beef Brisket or Roasted Cod or Butternut Squash Risotto
Dessert:               Apple and Blackberry Pie or Fresh Fruit Salad or Cheese and Biscuits
Followed by:         Tea or Coffee.

Cost £26.50p

For the ladies and non masons

MuseumAt 12.30 p.m.there will be a guided tour of Salford Museum and Art Gallery which is located close to the Holiday Inn. Salford Museum and Art Gallery was the UK’s ‘first free public library’, which opened in January 1850, followed in November by a museum and art gallery. After the tour they will be served a delicious afternoon tea.

Cost £17.00p


Swingtime Flyer 2020

 

In the evening there will be the opportunity to join the Worshipful Master at "Springtime Swingtime" an event at Salford Masonic Hall organised by the Salford Ladies' Group.

Swingtime music by the Werneth Swing Band and a hot pot supper for just £17.50p. 

This promises to be a wonderful end to the day.

 

 

 

Sunday 22nd March 2020

Goose Gridiron Pin1The Lodge will hold a Lodge of Instruction at Salford Masonic Hall commencing at 10.30 a.m.

The lodge will demonstrate and educate the members of Goose and Grid Lodge 1717 of The Grand Lodge of Ohio

This will be an Installation ceremony in Emulation ritual which is the ritual adopted by Goose and Grid Iron lodge.Several members of that lodge who are also members of Internet lodge will act as the Principal Officers

At 1.00 p.m. we will have a farewell Sunday Luncheon at Salford Masonic Hall where our ladies and families will be most welcome.

Menu

Starter:                 Minestrone Soup
Main:                   Chicken in white wine and tarragon sauce or Salmon or Vegetarian
Dessert:               Peach Melba and Cheese and Biscuits
Followed by:         Tea or Coffee.

Cost £20.00p

rink1The Rink Suite at Salford Masonic Hall

Our annual Installation Meeting will take place in Manchester from 19th to 22nd March 2020

ManwestThe recommended hotel is

The Holiday Inn Manchester West
Liverpool Street
Salford
Manchester
M5 4LT

Telephone  +44-161-7430080

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/manchester/mchsa/hoteldetail

 

There is no fixed rate available for the hotel and you are advised to make your booking as soon as possible.

A refundable rate is available

 

ManchesterhallThe Installation will take place on 21st March 2020 at the

Manchester Hall,
Bridge Street,
Manchester.
M3 3BT

There will be a practice at 10.00 a.m. and lodge will tyle at noon.

The meeting will be followed by a Festive Board

Cancelled due to Coronavirus

Menu

Canapes
Starter:                 Plum Tomato Tart or Haggis
Main:                    Beef Brisket or Roasted Cod or Butternut Squash Risotto
Dessert:               Apple and Blackberry Pie or Fresh Fruit Salad or Cheese and Biscuits
Followed by:         Tea or Coffee.

Cost £26.50p

There will be a programme of events from 19th to 22nd March 2020

See here for details

Our postponed annual Installation Meeting will take place in Salford from 13th to 14th August 2021

ManwestThe recommended hotel is

The Holiday Inn Manchester West
Liverpool Street
Salford
Manchester
M5 4LT

Telephone  +44-161-7430080

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/manchester/mchsa/hoteldetail

There is no fixed rate available for the hotel and you are advised to make your booking as soon as possible.

A refundable rate is available.

 

Saturday 14th August 2021

The Installation will take place on 14th August 2021 atHemsley

Salford Masonic Hall,
41-42 The Crescent,
Salford.
M5 4PE

There will be a practice at 10.00 a.m. and lodge will tyle at noon.

The meeting will be followed by a Festive Board.

 



 

 

 

 

 

Our postponed annual Installation Meeting will take place in Salford from 13th to 14th August 2021

ManwestThe recommended hotel is

The Holiday Inn Manchester West
Liverpool Street
Salford
Manchester
M5 4LT

Telephone  +44-161-7430080

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/manchester/mchsa/hoteldetail

There is no fixed rate available for the hotel and you are advised to make your booking as soon as possible.

A refundable rate is available.

Friday 13th August 2021

HemsleyInternet Chapter will meet at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley Hall, 41-42 The Crescent, Salford.M5 4PE at 1.00 p.m.. There will be a practice at 12.00 noon.  A light buffet (soup and sandwiches, tea or coffee) will be served after the meeting at a cost of £12.00p. Freemasons who are not Royal Arch Masons wil be very welcome to join us for the buffet as will our wives and partners.
Bookings.Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pay on the day (we know where you live)

 

 

 

Our traditional Friday evening get together will be held  at the hotel at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.Meet up with friends old and new in pleasant surroundings. 

 

Saturday 14th August 2021

The Installation will take place on 14th August 2021 atrink1

Salford Masonic Hall,
41-42 The Crescent,
Salford.
M5 4PE

There will be a practice at 10.00 a.m. and lodge will tyle at noon.

The meeting will be followed by a Festive Board at a cost of £22.50p

 Bokings via the member's website.


Menu

 Starter

Goats cheese on a crumpet with sun-blushed tomatoes and pesto
Pate with Red Onion Chutney
Special Diet

Main Course
Roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, gravy, and fondant potatoes
Poached salmon with bearnaise sauce and new potatoes
Special Diet

Desert
Apple Pie with custard or cream
StrawberryTrifle

To finish

Three English cheeses served with chutney and crackers.
Tea or filter coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributed by Bro Emmanouil Diamantas from Greece

A first timer in Dublin, May 2019


080519Since I had not been to Ireland before I was more than glad to join this journey. The adventure started as soon as my first flight from Athens arrived delayed in Frankfurt at the time of the boarding of my second flight! I managed to board but what about my luggage? Would I be able to attend the lodge meeting in the afternoon? To cut the long story short, as soon as I boarded, I used the Lufthansa mobile application which assured me that my luggage had also been loaded. Well done! Arrived in Dublin at 11am, recovered my luggage and used the air shuttle express to reach Arlington Hotel. Did I mention the light rain? Light or not so light the rain would be our sincere companion until Friday. Arriving at the hotel I had to wait until 3pm to enter my room. Luckily, Christian and Aurora had arrived an hour earlier so I joined them at the nearby Arlington bar for a pint of beer. I also tried the Irish cottage pie which was tasty -or I was really hungry, at this point it did not matter at all! Back at the hotel we were happy to meet Alan and Vicky! Next stop, meeting at the hotel lobby at 6pm to walk to the Masonic Hall of the Grand Lodge of Ireland. Most brethren had arrived at this time except for the brethren from Wales who encountered some flight issues and arrived safely a couple of hours later. At the Masonic Hall, we had a warm welcome and Christian was to be tested by the Grand Tyler and vow for all of us. We assisted him with our prayers while drinking coffee and beer… We had no doubt that our WM would pass the exam and half an hour later the meeting of the 510 Kingstown Lodge commenced, in the Grand Hall of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, a truly magnificent temple. In the meanwhile, the ladies had a guided tour of the Grand Lodge. Our WM introduced us to the Irish brethren and gave their WM a commemorative plaque on behalf of our lodge. At the festive board we enjoyed the company of the Irish brethren and were glad to answer their questions about our very unique lodge. After the festive board we walked back to our hotel to rest, having been awake for more than seventeen hours.


090519On Thursday morning we welcomed the rest of our brethren at breakfast -which included white pudding! A short walk under light rain to Trinity College, then at 11am the tour started. A student walked us through the campus and enlightened us with the history of the College and its breathtaking buildings. The last part of the tour was the exhibition of the legendary Book of Kells. Our next guided tour was that of the Dublin Castle; we walked through the ruins of its foundations, the basement, the moat, the fortifications, its chapel, the interior, including various rooms and finally the Grand Hall, still used for state events. Some of us decided to wander through the streets of Dublin but, due to heavy rain, we had to seek refuge in a shopping centre. Our next adventure was to find a taxi to return us to the hotel while testing if our jackets were waterproof enough… An hour to recover until our next tour, the canal dinner cruise. We once again experienced the horrible traffic of Dublin while our taxi driver rushed to transfer us to the canal boat on time. Nevertheless we were compensated by a picturesque canal cruise and a lovely dinner. At this time the rain had stopped. Before returning to our hotel, we entered a nearby pub to enjoy a local singer and some beer.


100519Waking up on Friday, we found out that it was not raining. Having no intent to solve this mystery, we crossed fingers and wished our luck continued until our walking tour of Dublin the next day. However, on this special day we had to go on a pilgrimage to the Guinness Storehouse, the temple of beer. A kind lady walked us through the process of brewing beer. At the end of the tour we claimed our “free” pint of Guinness at the Gravity Bar, high above Dublin’s historical rooftops as the brochure said, though several brethren pointed out that this was the most highly priced pint of beer in the world! We had a quick light lunch and then visited the impressive Christ Church Cathedral and its catacombs. Return to the hotel for a quick recovery before the next lodge meeting. This second time we visited the building of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, we were familiar to them so they did not examine our WM again. A warm meeting of the 998 Square and Compass lodge followed, our WM gave their WM an elegant commemorative plaque and they surprised us by giving our WM a meticulously hand-crafted gavel in a wooden presentation box -my description is poor to describe its beauty, I am sure there are some photos of it though… After the festive board we said goodbye to our hosts. Standard operating procedure before sleep, a stop at a pub to listen to the songs of local singers over beer.


110519Saturday was a sunny, warm day, ideal for our walking tour. Our guide was an experienced lady who met us at the entrance of the Trinity College and initiated us into the secrets of the fascinating history of Dublin and Ireland, as we walked past several landmarks such as the Bank of Ireland/former parliament, the Town Hall, the Dublin Castle, the etc. She was very extensive, as a matter of fact the tour lasted an hour more than originally scheduled! As if three hours of walking were not enough, we continued walking to St Patrick’s Cathedral. Then once again we visited the Grand Lodge of Ireland for a guided tour. The Grand Hall, Royal Arch Chapter, the Commandery and the Princes’ Hall were the highlights of this stunning 19th century building. Finally, the farewell dinner at 7pm sealed the day, followed by a rather entertaining show of Celtic songs and dances at Arlington Hotel. We said good bye and safe return to each other, until the next meeting of August in Brighton.

Most of us returned on Sunday, the unlucky ones had flights in the morning, the lucky ones in the afternoon, and some stayed for an extra day!
In conclusion, this was a very rewarding experience of Dublin, combining masonic duties with sightseeing.

I’d like to congratulate our WM Christian and the organising committee for planning thoroughly every part of it. Furthermore, I’d like to emphasise that the feeling of our brotherly love and bonding was overwhelming at all times. I feel proud to be a member of this unique lodge, I am glad that I participated in this activity and I am waiting for our next one!

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So mote it be.

Bro Emmanouil Diamantas

May 2019

 

Contributed by Bro Adi Cojan from Romania

Together in Dublin, May 2019

"For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal." - James Joyce

We travel from need or out of curiosity. We are traveling to discover for ourselves. We are traveling to know new things, to meet people and places. We are traveling to tell others how it is at home. Those are traveling alongside our stories. Almost without realizing our travels unite our souls.

”Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime...” Mark Twain

As part of an International Lodge, being with brothers from different corners of the world is a privilege and a unique opportunity to learn from each other in diversity. Nowhere universal ideals could be more easily imagined than together with such brothers. And what city can be a better meeting place for us than Dublin with its history, culture and universality?

From 8th to 12th of May, the Internet Lodge 9659 brothers benefited from the wet mystery or the clear brilliance of the Irish city. We visited, we chatted, and lived together building a long lasting friendship.

On the first day, the program included a visit to the Grand Lodge of Ireland and a Joint Meeting with the Irish Brothers.

On 9th of May we all visited the famous Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Whether it was book walls or stone walls, the greatness of the people who built the history of those places had given us creeps and had led us to meditate on the path of humanity through the times. When the spirit was threatened there were books to feed it; when the body was threatened there were fortifications to defend it. That day ended with a dinner on Dublin's Grand Canal.

May 10th began a visit to the world of Guinness beer. We went through the initiation into the mystery of brewing of one of the most famous beverages in the world. After the necessary tasting, the evening's arrival brought a new visit to the Grand Lodge of Ireland and a new Meeting with the Irish Brothers.

May 11th brought the sun over the capital and the perfect opportunity for a new guided tour. The morning was dedicated to the most important historical objectives, such as the Bank of Ireland, the Town Hall, the Dublin Castle and others. In the afternoon we returned to the Grand Lodge of Ireland, being already accustomed to the place, glad to be once again witnesses of the present of our Brotherhood meeting the past and seeing the future.

The farewell party took place at The Arlington Hotel in a specific Irish atmosphere.

The separation from brothers and city of Dublin could not be easy unless you know another meeting is coming, and the Universal Brotherhood's Chain of Communion is long as the world is, and other places await to be discovered. Hopefully there are still opportunities for us to be together and enjoy our friendship.

Finally, I would like to give my sincerest thanks to all who have contributed to this wonderful meeting in such a delightful place.

"This never was my town,
I was not born or bred
Nor schooled here and she will not
Have me alive or dead
But yet she holds my mind
With her seedy elegance,
With her gentle veils of rain
And all her ghosts that walk
And all that hide behind
Her Georgian facades-
The catcalls and the pain,
The glamour of her squalor,
The bravado of her talk."

Louis MacNeice – Dublin

Bro Adi Cojan

May 2019

Original Brochure

FB centre piece sThe newest constituent lodge of the Grand Loge of Ohio, USA, was created on Sunday March 31, 2019 with the essential assistance of members of Internet Lodge 9659. The Installing team, which put RWBro Caid McKinley (also a member of our Lodge) in the chair of King Solomon, consisted of five of our members viz. WBro Steve Gregory as Installing Master, WBro David Starbuck as SW, WBro Kai Hughes as JW, WBro Rob Allen as IG and WBro Alan Tibbetts.

As background about this unique lodge, the resolution creating it by the Grand Lodge of Ohio, was passed in October 2018. The work prior to that had started more than a year before by RWBro McKinley assisted by brethren from Ohio and WBro Gregory who became a Charter member. Normally, urgent Resolutions to Grand Lodge never pass the first time they are put forward, as only 25 negative votes out of several thousand are required to defer them for a year. Only19 negative votes were recorded. RWBro McKinley had created an impressive display booth at Grand Lodge to support the effort, and all supporters talked up the concept to attendees. This is the only lodge in Ohio authorized to work the English Emulation ritual.

Approval resulted in the work to get things going being compressed into a very short time period, but these brethren were up to the task. There are 20 Charter members and a further 40 Founding members (first joiners) who signed on to this effort. A great advantage was the presence of the current Grand Master, MWBro Jess Raines and two Past Grand Masters among the Charter members. There are also Masons from California, Alabama and Ontario among the members.

Prior to the big event, the Internet Lodge brethren from England, Bros Starbuck, Gregory (and Ellen his wife) had arrived a few days early after a horrendous trip across the Atlantic including a four hour ordeal at US Customs in Atlanta. Bro Allen arrived from Phoenix and Bro Tibbetts from Tucson Arizona on Friday, and Bro Hughes from Washington DC on Saturday.

KIng sSome members of Internet Lodge (Left to Right) WBro Kai Hughes (U.K.), RWBro Caid Mckinley (Ohio),
 Bro Ronald King (Alabama), WBro Stephen Gregory (U.K.). Many others were present.

Saturday include a rehearsal by the Installing team at the Masonic Hall in Sandusky, a huge 100 years old stone building in the middle of town. As a matter of interest, the city was laid out by a Freemason in the 1800’s, with a street plan in the form of a square and compasses. Saturday evening was the annual visitation to the 16th Masonic District by Grand Master MWBro Jess Raines and his Lady Kelly. A banquet was held for several hundred Masons and wives where community service awards were presented to a teen boy who is a member of the Masonic Order of DeMolay, to a teen girl who is member of the affiliated Order of the Rainbow for Girls and a further award for a man, who is not a Mason, who was reminded by the Grand Master that “it is never too late to join”.

Geneva Bible 1599 sSunday morning included another rehearsal with some of the members of the new lodge also participating, with some being co-opted in to do the perambulations. Teaching them the Fellowcraft salute was quite comical to see! The initial WM of the lodge had arranged to have made a beautiful banner made for the lodge, as well as a Goose and Gridiron statue on a gold crown. As it is intended to be a travelling lodge, he had made an engraved metal tube to hold the Charter of the lodge. He also took his obligations on a 1599 Geneva Bible.

The meeting started with the opening of the Grand Lodge of Ohio by the Grand Master. He was supported by over a dozen of his Grand Officers, who were all formally introduced. The Grand Secretary then read out the Charter of the Lodge, which was presented by the Grand Master. Individual miniature certificates along with inscribed goose quill pens were given to each Charter member and to each Founder present.

After a brief break, the Installing Master, WBro Gregory opened the lodge with the Internet Lodge brethren in the chairs. WBro Tibbetts had the honour of presenting the WM-elect. The Installation ceremony was carried out in an exemplary manner, with the IL brethren bringing great credit to our Lodge. The brethren of Ohio, including the Grand Line were most impressed with the quality of our work and expressed their enthusiastic appreciation.

The Festive Board, also a new experience for our Ohio brethren, was held at the Sandusky Yacht Club on the shores of Lake Erie. A choice of steak or salmon was on the menu, and after all the work we did, a fair amount of wine also flowed at our table. Table centre pieces, a goose and gridiron in a tin bucket, were raffled off, and David Starbuck, who won at our table, was a gentleman in giving his to Ellen Gregory. Engraved wine glasses were given to every attendee.

Banner and Statue sIn his speech, Worshipful Master Caid McKinley paid tribute to his experiences with his membership in Internet Lodge as well as his attendance at the celebration of the Tercentenary of UGLE at Royal Albert Hall in 2017 as being his inspiration in forming an Emulation ritual lodge back home. He spoke of being so impressed by what Internet Lodge stands for and what we do in very warm terms.

The weekend was a wonderful experience for all the members of Internet Lodge who took part, and we were very happy to be part of this unique undertaking. It is a continuation of our earlier work in assisting Sir Winston Churchill Lodge in Minneapolis get established several years ago, and our help to new lodges in former communist countries in eastern Europe, as a part of our lodge’s original purpose in supporting Freemasonry Universal.

 

Installing Team s

The Installation Team (Left to Right)

 RWBro. Alan Tibbetts, WBro David Starbuck, WBro Kai Hughes,
RWBro Caid McKinley, WBro Stephen Gregory, WBro Rob Allen

Alan Tibbetts
Lodge Historian

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.