AroraOur accommodation will be at the

Arora Hotel

18-24 Princess Street
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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Cedar Court Hotel
Park Parade

Telephone  +44 (0)1423 858 585

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

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

Menu Choices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Menu Choices

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

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

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


There are lots of things to do in Harrogate

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

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

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

Further information about the hall can be seen here

There will be a buffet lunch before the meeting.

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

Our ladies will be entitled to see the demonstration.

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

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

It is to commemorate the passing of a brother.

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

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

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

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

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

Several of our Lodge widows will be present

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 10th August

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

Saturday 11th August

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

Sunday 12th August

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


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

Tamworth Masonic Rooms
29 Lichfield Street
B79 7QE

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

Details of hotel accommodation and surrounding events can be found here

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

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


Date Venue Province Business
19th March Manchester East Lancashire Installation of the Worshipful Master for 2022/2023
13th August Coventry Warwickshire  
8th October Bristol Gloucesterhire  
18th March  Manchester  East Lancashire Installation of the Worshipful Master for 2023/2024
12th August Westhoughton West Lancashire  
14th October      
16th March Manchester East Lancashire Installation of the Worshipful Master for 2024/2025

Brother Cristian Mihutoiu’s Installation
Bucharest, Romania
September 2016

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

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

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

Manchester Events 16th to 18th March 2018

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

Our accommodation will be at the AC Hotel in Salford Quays

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

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

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

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


Great Malvern 10th to 12th August  2018

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


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

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

The hotel for the visit is 

Europa Hotel
Great Victoria Street 

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.

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

Proposed program & tours

Friday 4th May

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

Saturday 5th May

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

Sunday 6th May

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

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

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

Evening free time to recharge those batteries.

Monday 7th May and Bank Holiday or May Day.

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

Tuesday 8th

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


Wednesday 9th May

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

Thursday 10th May

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

Friday May 11th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For details of the hotel and other events please click here
Lodge members should book and make payment via the lodge website
Visitors and guests should contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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.
PremierBarryThe designated Hotel will be the

Premier Inn, Barry Island

Triangle Site
Fford Y Mileniwm
The Waterfront 
CF62 5QN

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

On Friday night we will have an informal get together for dinner at the Brewers' Fayre adjoining the hotel.
A raised area will be set aside for our gathering with adequate disabled access.


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,
Scotch eggs,
Quiche Lorraine,
Rice Salad,
Pasta & Tuna Salad,
French stick
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.

Should the weather be adverse then an alternative trip will be St. Davids shopping Centre Cardiff.
A Ladies festival will then be held at the Masonic Hall at 7:00 p.m.for dining at 7:30 p.m..
Entertainment and dancing to the sounds of Knight and Day an international Duo
Cost £35.00 each. 
Provisional Menu
Broccoli and Stilton Soup
Chilled Melon cocktail
Main Course
Slow roast Lamb & Rosemary
Chicken in a white wine and mushroom sauce.
Pesto Crusted Salmon.
Assortment of individual luxury deserts.
Trio of ice creams
3 cheese board
Coffee & Mints.
Lodge members should book and make payment via the lodge website
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The lodge will meet at Lutterworth Masonic Hall  in George St, Lutterworth LE17 4ED Leicestershire on the 12th August 2017. We will tyle at noon.

The meeting has specifically been planned to be attractive to as many as possible, particularly those from jurisdictions other than UGLE. The subject of the lecture is to be “Beyond the Craft - the Other Orders in Freemasonry”, which has been of interest to our continental European brothers since they have much more limited exposure. The guest lecturer is W.Bro Spencer T. E. Fenn P.A.G.D.C. who is very experienced and knowledgeable in the subject.

The talk will be illustrated by brothers wearing the regalia of many of these orders.

There will be a festive board after the meeting at the hall at a cost of £19:00

The menu is

Starter - Field mushrooms stuffed with pate and topped with stilton or Egg mayonnaise salad
Main Course – Roast loin of pork with apple sauce or Poached salmon with a citrus crust
Dessert - Raspberry pavlova or cheese and biscuits.

Members must book through the members' website. Visitors should contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Lutterworh Events 11th to 13th August 2017

The location for the weekend is south Leicestershire, close to the geographical centre of Roman England. The venues are ideally situated close to the M1 motorway (Junction 20), the M69 (Junction 1) and the A5 trunk road which runs between the two motorway junctions. The nearest airports are Birmingham (25 miles) and East Midlands (30 miles).
The nearest major cities, both about 12 miles away, are Leicester and Coventry.

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The hotel for the weekend will be the Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa situated just outside Hinkley. 

Hotel booking is now open - Room prices are £95:00 double, £80.00 single, with breakfast.

40 rooms have been reserved for Friday 11th August and a lesser number for Thursday 10th and Saturday 12th, but the Hotel advises that there are plenty of rooms available in addition and for other nights. However, book early to avoid disappointment. The guarantee on rooms expires 1 month prior to the meeting.

The meeting will take place at the Lutterworth Masonic Hall – the previous intention to meet at Hinckley having fallen foul of administrative process – which is less than 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel and has ample car parking right in the centre of this small market town 5 minutes from M1 J20. Ths will be followed by a Festive Board at the hall at a cost of £19:00

Friday evening at the Lodge August meeting will be an informal social event at the weekend hotel, Sketchley Grange

We have the use of an attractive bar area opening on to pleasant lawns, and also a function room if wet. It is intended that this will give maximum opportunity for Brethren and partners to circulate and make new friends as well as meeting old ones.
We are hoping that a short musical entertainment will be organised during the evening– more news soon.

The menu, described as a “BBQ Style Menu” consists of the following items:

Pork and herb Sausages with Caramelised Onions
Tender Chicken Pieces
Homemade Beef Burger
Chinese Style Spare Ribs
Vegetarian Burgers
Tomato Onion Salad
Jacket Potatoes
Mixed Leaf Salad
Garlic Ciabatta Bread

The cost will be £21.00. Booking will be on the Lodge web-site, to be pre-paid to the Treasurer. It will not be possible to charge the event to your hotel account.

It is hoped to arrange something for the Ladies on the Saturday or at least give some ideas of things they can do or places they can go to. Watch this space!!

Other ideas for the weekend are :- Both the cities of Coventry (major Motor-themed museum sponsored by Jaguar Cars) and Leicester (Cathedral tomb and museum of King Richard III, largest permanent open-air market in Europe) are within 15 miles of the Hotel.

Our Worshipful Master looks forward to welcoming you to his first regular meeting, and we look forward to welcoming you to Hinckley, the home of one of the world’s first taxis (the Hansom Cab), and of Central Regalia, makers of regalia for Freemasonry, Livery companies and the armed forces.


Installation meeting 2017 - 2018


Saturday 18th March 2017, 12:00hrs

at Freemasons Hall, 36 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BT

(summons will follow)


Rehearsal at 10:00am for all [2016/17- and 2017/18-] Officers

(anyone unable to attend should inform the DC)


Pre Installation coffee / refreshments are available (at own cost) from the

Costa Coffee, Avenue North, 18-22 Bridge Street

(to the immediate right when facing Freemasons Hall)


The Installation Meeting will be followed by a Festive Board

at Freemasons Hall at approx. 15:00hrs with a projected finish time of 17:00hrs

(£21.00 – menu options and booking via the Lodge's Private website)


Raffle for Charity will be held during the Festive Board

tickets £1.00 each / £5.00 per strip; donation of prizes is welcomed

The Friday evening informal gathering will be in the Beefeater Inn, 19:30hrs

(adjoining the Premier Inn)            (Click here for more information)


An optional Saturday evening Theatre trip to see the show “Evita” has been arranged

further details, travel arrangements and prices will be announced on the website


Arriving on Friday 17th:

The recommended hotel is:

The Premier Inn, Manchester Salford Quays            (Click here for more information)

11 The Quays, Salford Quays, Manchester M50 3SQ

The Hotel has ample free car parking


Booking via the link above, or by calling on 0871 527 9222.*

Lines are open 8am-10pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-10pm on Sundays

*Calls cost 13p a minute plus any extra charges from your phone operator

(calls to UK from abroad may be considerably more expensive)

0333 003 8101 for general booking enquiries,

for Saver rate queries call 0333 003 0025

(calls are charged at local UK rates)


Breakfast is served in the adjoining Beefeater Inn       (Click here for more information)

at £8.99 for the full breakfast and £6.99 for the continental option

breakfasts can be booked with the Room or paid cash when taken.


Friday evening informal gathering in the Beefeater Inn          (Click here for more information)

(There is no pre-arranged meal arrangement)

Brethren may order meals / drinks at own expense


Public Transport to / from the Hotel and Freemasons Hall, or Manchester Hall    (Click here for more information)

can be checked using the following link:      (Click here for more information)


Those travelling from the Hotel to Freemasons Hall by car are invited to offer lifts to those without cars


Car parking close to Freemasons Hall is available at the usual “discounted” rate

through the Freemasons Hall Reception: 

The designated car park is the House of Fraser car park (formerly Kendal's)

King Street West, M3 2WY

(close to the Manchester Hall)


Route to the Car park

  • Travelling up Bridge Street from Salford Central Railway Station

  • Turn led at the traffic lights into St Mary's Parsonage 

  • Turn next right into King Street West 

  • Continue up King Street West (Betfred on right)

  • Ignore first small street on left then turn led into Southgate

  • Go past pedestrian entrance to car park on left

  • Take next left into Back South Parade

  • Multi Storey Car Park entrance is on left

  • Take ticket from machine as you enter the car park

  • Park and proceed on foot to Masonic Hall on Bridge Street

  • Then - important bit speak to the receptionist at the Masonic Hall and pay £6.50p (new price) for an additional car park ticket.

  • If you do not do this your car parking will likely cost £25. 

  • When you return to your car follow the instructions to use BOTH tickets which will then validate your exit



Further entertainment options close to the Hotel for Partners can be found by looking at:

Greater Manchester's Waterfront The Quays

discover a festive CITY Salford

The LOWRY Art and Entertainment




Friday Gathering 12th August 2016

Buffet Angel & Royal Hotel 7:30 p.m.

Fork Buffet Menu - £17.50 per person

Hot Honey Baked Ham with Cloves & Brown Sugar

Hot Roast Sirloin of Beef with

  Creamed Horseradish Sauce

  Minted New Potatoes


  Tomato & Red Onion

  Cheese & Leek Quiche

  Cucumber with Yoghurt

  Mixed Leaves

Melton Mowbray Pork Pie


Fresh Fruit Salad

Pouring Cream


Strawberry Cheesecake


Saturday 13th August 2016
Festive Board
Grantham Masonic Hall Faraday House. 2:00 p.m.
£16:00 per person

Homemade Stilton & Broccoli soup served with a warm roll
Smoked Salmon & Prawn Cocktail with a Green Thai Dressing

Roast Loin Of Pork, New and Roast Potatoes, Apple Sauce & Seasonal Vegetables

Caribbean Chicken, Whole Chicken Fillet served with a creamy pineapple & onion sauce and vegetable rice

Three Cheese and Spinach Roulade, Three various cheeses cooked with spinach & herbs wrapped in filo pastry served with a mushroom sauce, new potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Strawberries and Cream
Sticky Toffee Sponge & Custard
Cheese & Biscuits
Tea / Coffee

Saturday 13th August 2016
Eden House Hotel 7:30 p.m.
£24.95 per person


Lincolnshire Potato & Leek Soup with chive crème fraiche (V)

Chicken Liver Parfait, red onion marmalade, melba toast

Prawn & Crayfish Cocktail, Marie rose sauce, mixed leaf

Wild Mushroom & Stilton Tart balsamic dressing (V)


Roast Sirloin of Beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, red wine jus

Pan Fried Salmon Fillet, new potatoes, cucumber ribbons, lemon beurre blanc

Mediterranean Vegetable Risotto, parmesan crisp, wilted rocket (V)

All served with sides of seasonal vegetables


Apple & Cinnamon Crumble, warm custard

Raspberry Crème Brulee, homemade shortbread

Citrus Lemon Tart, fruit coulis

Eden Cheeseboard, grapes, celery, crackers and fruit chutney