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Internet Lodge visit to General John J Pershing Lodge
July 2015

Over a hot and sunny weekend in July I had the very great pleasure in attended the installation of WBro Hugo Rietveld at General John J Pershing Lodge.

We started out journey on the Friday Morning. Thanks to operation Stack, Ferry delays and traffic around Brussels, the journey to our hotel in Genk, Belgium took nearly 10 hours longer than planned.

WBro Rob Allen, WBro Chris Malpus and I left in good time from our hotel to arrive at the hotel where the meeting was going to be held, on the outskirts of Maastricht. It was a beautiful, hot sunny day, so being British, we had hot drinks on the decking outside.

The room for the meeting was a downstairs conference room, to which we were helpfully guided; indeed there was a banner on the outside giving information of what was happening inside and how any member of the public could contact the secretary for further information.

Inside the lodge room, the members were bustling around getting ready, but everyone was very welcoming, ensuring that we were all greeted, and given more coffee. The room had a bar at one end, and the chairs were laid out as you would expect a lodge room to be, i.e. round the outside, but cordoning off the end closest to the door where the bar was.

The Masters table at the far end had the Warrant in front of it and a photograph of General John J. Pershing. The altar was in the centre of the room, with the candles placed about it. To the Master left was the secretary’s table and in pride of place a picture of WBro Ab Goedhalls , showing that he was thought of even in his absence. We met three other visitors from Internet Lodge, WBros Roy Hodgson, Peter Clarke, and Peter Bachmann. I was going to sit with our fellow visitors, but as installed masters several of us were directed to the south east.
The General John J Pershing Lodge usually works Newfoundland ritual, and works in English despite being in the centre of Europe, with most brothers being at least bilingual. Previously to this occasion, however, they had worked Emulation Ritual for installation, so this was going to be the first time ever that this lodge had worked Newfoundland ritual for installation. One of the reasons is that the ritual is very comprehensive and has a running time nearly twice as long as Emulation.

In order to preserve the accuracy and sincerity of the ceremony, the Lodge had taken the decision to read the longer sequences of the ritual. We found that the meanings and passions of the installation ceremony were in no way impacted by the brothers reading.

Much as I would like to go into detail about the workings, I feel I should not as not all of us have gone through this or the equivalent. Suffice to say WBro Hugo Reitveld was installed into the chair in a manner befitting his stature. The ritual is magnificent and the brethren ensured that it was a moving and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

There were toasts and sharing of wine immediately after the ceremony, and I was able to bring greetings from members of Internet Lodge.

I hope to visit this lodge again, when time permits, as the welcome was warm, the ceremony excellent and the sense of a universal fraternity was always at the forefront.

 

Ben Allen
Worshipful Master Internet Lodge 9659

 

 

 

During the installation meeting last week, our Worshipful Master announced that he planned to conduct a small team of Internet Lodge members and partners to attend the installation of Internet Lodge member, Bro. Hugo Rietveld into the chair of Gen John J Pershing Lodge. The date of the Lodge meeting coincides with the Andre Rieu weekend in Maastricht.

This email provides all the information that the brethren require to make a decision whether to participate in our sojourn to Maastricht; and how to make the necessary reservations.

The first thing to state is that owing to the size of the Lodge room, we are limited to 20 members attending the meeting; and 40 members and partners attending the luncheon afterwards.  Reservations for the meeting will be taken in strict order of application. We do not know how many members might wish to attend, but I apologise in advance if it is more than the requisite number as that might disappoint some brethren.

SATURDAY MORNING 11 JULY 2015  from 10:00 until 12:00 hours  At Masonic Hall, Heggestraat 16, Maastricht

To be followed by a lunch for lodge members, visitors and their partners and guests in a private restaurant at walking distance (about 500 metres) from 12:30 until 14:30 or thereabouts.

The Lodge usually works the Nova Scotia ritual (in English), which is very different from the main English rituals.

SUNDAY 12 July           Boat Tour stating at 12:00- (noon).

Andre Rieu Concert   09:00 PM   Vrijthof Maastricht, The Netherlands The WM has decided to attend the concert on Sunday.  Tickets may be available for the Friday or the Saturday night.

It's not possible for us to book tickets on behalf of the brethren and, in any case, we understand that it is approaching a sell-out. Tickets are still available at  the Andre Rieu WebsiteTo protect the commercial interests of Andre Rieu you may only be able to buy concert tickets in association with the hotel or dinner on the night.

This is an informal trip and many of the arrangements you will have to make yourself. The bookings website will not be used and no payments will go through Internet Lodge bank accounts.

1.      Please email me if you wish to attend the Lodge meeting and I will reserve a space. Please note that I already have six places reserved and I will contact those brethren immediately so they know that they are on the list.

2.      Please email me with a booking for the festive board advising whether your partner will be attending for the luncheon.

3.      please e-Mail me if you wish to go on the boat trip and I will make reservations.

4.      Please make your own reservations for the concert

General John J. Pershing Lodge

When the NATO HQ was created at Fontainebleau in France in the 1950's, NATO workers who also were regular masons (from all different NATO countries) petitioned the Grande Loge Nationale Francaise to consecrate several lodges.
The GLNF rewarded the request, and administratively had these lodges governed by 'The Continental District'.  General John J. Pershing Lodge was born. In 1964 President De Gaulle expelled NATO HQ from France. NATO HQ moved to Mons in Belgium and a part moved to Brunssum (near Maastricht) in The
Netherlands. The NATO Lodges followed their members and General John J.Pershing Lodge, still only existing of NATO personnel, moved to Brunssum.
Other Lodges from the Continental District followed to the other NATO locations (e.g. Belgium, Greece).  The General John J. Pershing Lodge, still governed by the Continental District of the GLNF, was working with permission within the jurisdiction of the Grand East of the Netherlands. This situation was
remarkable, but workable until 2010, when the GLNF top lost the trust oftheir members, resulting in - as you are all aware - de-recognition of the GLNF. The members of the General John J. Pershing lodge suffered from what happened in Paris, and petitioned the Grand East of the Netherlands to
transfer the Lodge from the GLNF to the GENL as soon as possible. It took the best part of two years, but the Lodge survived, and works now since two years on the role of the regular Grand East of the Netherlands. We lost some members, but we gained a lot too. The lodge moves slowly away from it's
military-only status, and becomes a tad more civilian, with new young members (many study at the famous Maastrichter University). We have at the moment four EA's, a couple of young Master Masons, and candidates on the processing plan.  It is the only English speaking Craft Lodge in the south of the
Netherlands.  The Lodge meets once a month at the Masonic Hall in Maastricht which is just one street beyond the Vrijthof.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Rob Allen

2015 Informal Events Steward

Internet Lodge No 9659

freemasonshallInternet Lodge will meet in London on the 7th and 8th August 2015.

We offer a relaxed and informal gathering on Friday evening, a truly stimulating meeting on Saturday afternoon, and a tranquil cruise on the River Thames on Saturday evening

The lodge meeting will be held in Freemasons Hall in Great Queen Street, London. The main item for the lodge meeting is a presentation entiled "Welcome to the World of Tomorrow" by members of the Connaught Club

The Worshipful Master is a member of  the Connaught Club which has been established for younger masons to get together to better understand their craft and to not feel overwhelmed by the number of more senior members in their respective lodges. The members are are all under 35 and are very active in Craft Masonry. For example, the Connaught Club’s own lodge, Burgoyne no. 902 recently hosted an unofficial delivery of this year’s Prestonian Lecture by W.Bro. Dr. Paul R. Calderwood. The title of the lecture was “As we were seen: Freemasonry and the Press.” Burgoyne Lodge # 902 was saved from going into darkness by becoming a focal point for younger masons to get a better idea of their craft workings. The purpose of bringing Internet Lodge to UGLE Headquarters is to attract young masons to join us for a Saturday Afternoon meeting.

The officers of Internet Lodge will also give a collaborative presentation entitled "Internet Lodge Innovations for the 21st Century".

There are three recommended hotels which are :- (cheapest first)

Other hotels are being used by the membership and one group wil be staying at the St Giles Hotel in Central London and another in the Travelodge in Covent Garden very close to Great Queen Street 

The full progamme of events is
Friday 7th Fremasons Hall 3.00 p.m. Guided Tour - Limited Availability - Book Now Free of Charge
Friday 7th Freemasons Hall 4.00 p.m. Guided Tour - Limited Availability - Book Now Free of Charge
Friday 7th Tower Hill 7:00 p.m. Get together in the Minories a large public house
We have a private area and food will be available on demand.
Self funded
Saturday 8th Freemasons Hall 9:30 a.m. Arrive for rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. PROMPT Free of Charge
Saturday 8th Freemasons Hall 11:00 a.m. Optional tour of the Grand Temple (only) Free of Charge
Saturday 8th Freemasons Hall 11:30 a.m. Buffet Lunch (must be pre-booked) £13.50p
Saturday 8th Freemasons Hall 12:30 p.m. Lodge meeting - details above
Must book in even if not dining
Free of Charge
Saturday 8th Tower Millennium Pier 5:45 p.m. Summer Evening Thames Cruise
Departs at 6:00 p.m. PROMPT
£49.00p

Members MUST book in to all events via the Lodge Bookings System
None members ahould contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Introduction from the Worshipful Master

This city holds a special place in my heart as it part of my ancestry.  There is also no shortage of interesting things to do, and I think that a Ladies festival in such a culturally rich city will be a fine experience. It also provides reasonable transport links for our overseas brethren to join us. Newcastle Airport serves over 70 cities.

The weekend

The meeting is in Newcastle upon Tyne on the weekend of 9th and 10th October 2015

Comprehensive details of how to travel Newcastle can be seen HERE

Newcastle will be very busy in October owing to the Rugby Union World Cup.
We have reserved rooms in the Grand Hotel Tynemouth and have arranged a coach for transportation
There are no rooms available at a reasonable rate in the Newcastle area.

Therefore please contact the Grand Hotel as soon as possible and make your reservations as accommodation is already very limited.
Please mention Internet Lodge when you reserve your room.

The agreed rates for the rooms are for two nights and vary according to facilities.

We have reserved some additional rooms in guest houses in the area. If you are not able to get a room at the Grand Hotel, then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. without delay and he will work with you to get accommodation.

Programme

Friday 9th October

Friday Night Gathering with Supper
The Orchid suite in the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth
7:30pm until late
Cost £15:00

Saturday 10th October

Buffet Lunch prior to the Lodge Meeting
Masonic Hall, Corbridge Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HY
Cost just £8.00p

Lodge will open at 1.00 p.m. The main business is a demonstration of a 19th Century Third Degree Ritual

Ladies Night Masonic Hall, Corbridge Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HY

Dress: Black Tie
6:30pm for 7:00pm. Carriages 11:30pm
Cost £30.00p

Coaches will be available from Tynmouth to the Masonic Centre

Members should book for these events on the Lodge bookings site. Bookings are now open and will close on Monday 5th October 2015.

Non-members should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The lodge will visit the Principality of our Master elect from 10th to 12th October 2014.

As well as our regular lodge meeting this will be our Ladies' Festival

More details to follow

MKThe lodge will meet on Saturday 9th August 2014 in the premises used by Cowper & Newton Lodge No 2244 which meets at the Cowper Memorial United Reformed Church, High Street, Olney. We shall stay in Milton Keynes because it has very good transport links and is very close to Olney. Not only are there trains from the North (Manchester etc) calling at Milton Keynes but trains from London.There are direct coach services from Luton, Heathrow, Birmingham and Gatwick airports and numerous coach links from most towns and cities in the UK. By road it is accessible from the M1 at Junction 14. 

We shall be staying at the Holiday Inn
500 Saxon Gate West,
Milton Keynes MK92HQ
Telephone +44(0) 1908 698540 (ask for Mirka Davies)

We have agreed a special rate with the hotel of £55.00 per night Bed and Breakfast (Double or Single) for a "flexible" booking which can be cancelled without charge up to 28 days before arrival.  To obtain this special rate book direct with the hotel and quote "Masonic Weekend". You can telephone the hotel as above or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We have arranged car parking at the hotel on a reduced fee basis (the car park is not owned by the hotel but by the MK Authorities) and a coach company owned by one of our local Brethren will be offering transportation for all from the hotel to Olney for both the Lodge Meeting and the Saturday Evening Dinner without charge.

A full weekend of Masonic and social activities are being planned.

Friday 8th August 2014

Holiday Inn are providing an informal dinner on the Friday evening in a private room for members, their ladies and guests. Dress code - casual. The cost of this will be £20.00 and the menu is below. Members should make bookings in the usual way. Non-members should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their requirements

Starter

Classic Prawn Cocktail
Garlic Mushroom on brioche bread topped with stilton
Chefs Soup of the Day with rustic bread

Main Course

Chicken breast with diced potatoes and summer vegetables
Grilled salmon fillet with new potatoes and green vegetables
Beef casserole
Vegetable lasagne with garlic bread and salad

Dessert

Fresh fruit salad
Apple crumble with custard
Baked vanilla cheesecake with cream

OlneyURCSaturday 9th August 2014 - daytime

Brethren


The lodge will meet on Saturday 9th August 2014 in the premises used by Cowper & Newton Lodge No 2244 which meets at the Cowper Memorial United Reformed Church, High Street, Olney. Lodge will tyle at 1:00p.m. A finger buffet lunch at a cost of £11 will be served at Noon in the Carlton Club, which is right next door to the URC Church. A local Brother WBro Paul Collins, who is also on the Board of the Cowper & Newton Museum, will be giving our Brethren a lecture on the impact that Olney had on Church Music especially the Olney Hymnery which was the forerunner of many hymnbooks across the world. In detail the hymns ‘Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ were both products of Olney, the Revd John Newton vicar of St Peter and St Pauls Church in Olney together with William Cowper,  were instrumental in producing so many hymns. There in the house that today houses the museum is the summerhouse where they wrote many of their verses.

 Ladies

There will be optional activities on Saturday for the ladies

  • Bletchley Park
  • Olney
  • Milton Keynes Shopping

BletchleyBletchley Park is approximately 4 miles from the hotel. Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction. Open daily, visitors can explore some of the iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts and Blocks and marvel at the astonishing achievements of the Codebreakers whose work is said to have helped shorten the war by two years. Opening times are 9.30 – 17.00. If you make your own way admission costs £15.00 each for adults or £13.00each for over 60’s. If there is sufficient interest it may be possible to arrange group travel. A group visit of 20 or more including cold lunch would be £21.00 plus the cost of the coach. If you are interested in a group visit please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible (no later than 20th July 2014).

Olney is a small market town with unique shops and plenty of coffee shops for lunch or alternatively a buffet lunch can be taken with the men at the Carlton Club at a cost of £11.00 per head. There is the Cowper Newton Museum, which celebrates two men the Revd John Newton vicar of St Peter and St Pauls Church in Olney and William Cowper, who was a learned man and translated Homer. They were instrumental in producing so many hymns including Amazing grace. There in the house that today houses the museum is the summerhouse where they wrote many of their verses.

Milton Keynes TheCentre:MK is an enormous shopping complex situated just over the road from the hotel.

Saturday 9th August 2014 - evening

On the Saturday evening we will be dining at The Carlton Club, Olney. This will be a dinner with our ladies and with entertainment during the evening. Transportation by coach from the hotel to Olney and return will be provided.

We shall have music and comedy from "Jay the entertainer" both during and after the meal.

The all important menu is

Starter Course

Duck and Champagne Terrine
Chicken and Chorizo Skewer
Cheddar Cheese and Tomato Chutney Tart (V)

Main Course

Stuffed Beef Medallions with Red Wine Gravy
(Tender thin cut topside steak, stuffed with cumberland sausage,red peppers and shallots)
Somerset Chicken
(Chicken breast fillet, stuffed and wrapped in bacon and served with a cider, sage and rosemary sauce)
Mushroom and Walnut Hot Pot Pie (V)
(A red onion pastry case with braised onions and mushrooms, topped with sliced potatoes and finished with chopped walnuts)

Dessert

Homemade Apple Pie and Custard
Strawberry Eton Mess Cheesecake
Key Lime Pie

Coffee and Mints

We anticipate several of the local Brethren and their spouses joining us on that occasion. They will have worked hard on the Friday setting up the Lodge in the Church and we will have to return the Church to its normal setup before we leave on the Saturday.

Dress code is "Jackets required" suit, blazer or sports coat but not dinner suit.

The cost is £25.00. Members should make bookings in the usual way. Non-members should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their requirements

Sunday 10th August 2014 

Depart hotel after breakfast. Free to make own arrangements before travelling home.

 

 

 

The October 2014 lodge weekend, which will include our Ladies' Evening will take place in Newport, Gwent, South Wales, the home of our Worshipful Master Roy Morris

Roy and his wife Maria extend a very warm welcome to all members, friends and guests who wish to join them on what promises to be a very happy occasion.

HINewport1We shall be staying at the

Holiday Inn
The Coldra
Newport
Gwent
NP18 2YG

Telephone +44(0) 1633 412777
DO NOT PRESS 1 - wait for operator to answer

We have agreed a special rate with the hotel of £55.00 per night Bed and Breakfast (Double or Single).
To obtain this special rate book direct with the hotel and quote "Masonic Ladies Weekend".
We have reserved a block of rooms until 10th September 2014.
Bookings after that date will not be able to take advantage of the special rate but will have to pay the normal rates, so please book early.

You will need to pay when you book and the booking is non-redundable.You can telephone the hotel as above or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Car parking at the hotel is plentiful and free. Transport will be aranged from the hotel to the Lodge Meeting

A full weekend of Masonic and social activities is being planned.

Friday 10th October 2014

HINewport3We will meet in the Holiday Inn where we will have an informal dinner together in the evening at around 7.30 p.m.

We shall dine from the hotel's Table d'hote menu ( a selection of 3 courses)

Dress casual

The cost will be £17.00p. Residents will be charged on their accounts. Non Residents must pay the Treasurer in advance. Members should make bookings in the usual way. Non-members should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their requirements

 

Saturday 11th October 2014 - daytime

Brethren

The lodge will meet on Saturday 11th October 2014
The meeting will be at Newport Masonic Hall, 109 Lower Dock Street, Newport NP20 2AG.Newport Hall

There are parking restrictions and it is not suitable for walking from the hotel (Unless you are David from Altrincham

A bus will leave the hotel at 10.00 a.m. and the cost will be cost £5.00 return.
Upon arrival at the Masonic Hall we will have a rehearsal

Lodge will tyle at 12.00 noon.

We will call off 1.00 p.m for a plated buffet lunch (3 courses). The cost will be £17.00
Lodge will resume at 2.15 p.m.
There will be a demonstration of The Russian Initiation Ceremony (circa 1810) presented by the Monmouthshire Demonstration team
Lodge will close around 3.30 p.m. when we shall return by bus to the hotel.

Ladies

bigpit2bigpitThere will be an optional excursion on Saturday for the ladies to the Big Pit and on to Abergavenny for lunch and shopping.

The Big Pit is a unique museum has been designated a World heritage Site by UNESCO

As this is a museum then like all museums in Wales there is no charge for entry, There will however be a charge for the bus which will leave the hotel at 9:30 a.m.

There is a free option to vist underground but this is completely at the discretion of the individual. Those wishing to visit underground should meet at the tour entrance at 10:45 a.m. The underground tour will take approximately one hour .Sensible shoes and warm clothing are recommended.

For those not venturing underground there is much else to see at the museum.

The bus will leave around 12:30 p.m. to go over the scenic mountain route to Abergavenny arriving around 1:00 p.m. There you will be able to have lunch and explore this small pretty town.

You will return by bus to the hotel leaving around 2:45 p.m. arriving back around 3:30 p.m.

Saturday 11th October 2014 - evening

Saturday Night is Ladies Night !!Dancers

We shall meet in the reception for drinks and wine ordering from 7:00 p.m.

Entrance to the suite is at 7:45 p.m. and we shall dine at 8:00 p.m.

Dress.

Gentlemen Dinner Jackets and bow tie. Ladies evening or cocktail dress.

Cost

£38.00p each. Members should make bookings in the usual way. Non-members should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their requirements

Entertainment

Currently a closely guarded secret but it promises to be exceptional.

Menu

Starter

Roast red pepper and butternut squash soup served with crusty bread roll
Chicken liver and wild mushroom parfait with apple and rhubarb chutney and herb crustini
Honey glazed pears, Carmarthen ham and rocket salad with a balsamic dressing

Main Course

Roast peppered Sirloin of Beef with rich onion and Guinness gravy
Seared Chicken Supreme stuffed with Black Pudding
Asparagus and wild mushroom risotto cakes on a saffron cream sauce

Dessert

Classic apple pie and cream
Vanilla Panna cotta with fresh strawberries
Classic chocolate tart with minted berry compote

Freshly brewed coffee and chocolate mints

Sunday 12th October 2014

Depart hotel after breakfast. Free to make own arrangements before travelling home.

 

Ladies’ Festival Weekend, Bangor, 9 – 11 August 2013

From Vic Dorman

After a leisurely drive up, Sue, myself and our guests checked in to the Careg Bran Hotel. A smooth check-in was followed by something like an expedition in the foothills of the Himalayas! No sooner did we reach the top of the stairs when we found another set going down And then back up again, down again and then up. Not easy with heavy suitcases and certainly not “disabled friendly”.

We had arranged to meet Derek & Pat Watts and take a look at some of the island. We didn’t get far. Having arrived at Red Wharf Bay and a beautiful view across the Menai Strait, we spotted a pub – now there’s a surprise! The pub had Conwy Bitter, specially brewed for the landlord – Kinnealy’s Bitter, and very nice it was too. The menu was also tempting – fresh caught fish and lobster – but having booked for dinner at the Victoria Hotel we resisted the temptation.

On returning to the hotel we spotted some familiar faces in the bar. A couple of pints later and we had caught up with many old friends and met one or two new ones. So far, so good.

We booked a taxi to take us to the Victoria Hotel and gave out names to reception. The cab turned up on time and, as we walked down to it, someone else got in. The cabbie said that they don’t get names for the booking and drove off with his solo passenger. Some ten minutes later, a mini bus turned up and, as several of those who had booked it had already gone, we hitched a lift in that.

Dinner at the Victoria was a frightful muddle. The food, when it eventually arrived, was good but the service was appalling. Very slow. Very late. And we had to beg for bread rolls. The result of this was serious indigestion due to drinking on an empty stomach and eating so late and more was to follow. I called the taxi company to return to the hotel and, when the cab arrived, the same person that took ours on the way jumped into it. We were not happy. However, things could only get better.

On Saturday morning, we saw the ladies of on a coach to Portmeirion – a trip which they all enjoyed immensely. As usual, on a pleasantly sunny day, us men had chosen to lock ourselves up in a room with no windows. It was, however, all worthwhile. The new Masonic Hall outside Bangor is a wonderful place. Plenty of parking and beautifully finished. An excellent buffet had been laid on for us and with beer at £2 per pint what more could a man want.

Once the business of the meeting – mostly consisting of John Dutchman-Smith struggling with fifty foreign names – we closed the lodge and adjourned to the dining room where Dave Sivitar, the principal organiser of the weekend, delivered an interesting illustrated talk on Staffordshire Pottery figurines and their connection with Freemasonry.

The Ladies’ Festival dinner, in complete contrast to the night before, was excellent. The food was good, the service impeccable. The meal was rounded off by a recital on two harps which was further embellished by the very attractive harpist. She gave renditions of a mixture of classical and popular music and seemed to have twenty fingers when she played, not he customary ten! (And this is from someone who can’t even cope with the six strings on his classical guitar.)

All in all, this was a splendid weekend enjoyed by all. I look forward to next year’s event with anticipation.

The W.M. on Snowdon

Addendum from John Dutchman-Smith

On Sunday morning about twenty budding mountaineers assembled at Llanberis for the ascent of Snowdon at 8.30 a.m. After a quick filmshow and a briefing we left base camp at 9.00 a.m. and were at the summit around 9.45 a.m. It's quite an easy ascent on the train.

Sadly, as is often the case, the summit was in cloud but we did get there and so did our Worshipful Master (pictured right as he descended). We returned around 11.30 a.m. after an interesting and for the most part scenic journey. Goodbyes were said and we went our separate ways all looking towards our next merry meeting.

 

 

 

Our October 2013 meeting will see us gather in Colchester, Essex on Friday 11th October 2013.

There will be a welcome and get together in the George hotel on Friday Evening

This will be a buffet at a cost of £11.75p

Accommodation has been arranged at the George Hotel, High Street Colchester

Car Parking for 30 to 40 cars

Rate for B&B £75. per room Double or twin.

No single rooms but mini doubles used in lieu.
To obtain the rate members must book direct with the hotel by phone NOT on the internet.
The telephone number is 01206 578494.
 In addition to quoting  "masonic lodge" when booking the following reference should be quoted "60169"
Any problems the contact is the Deputy General Manager Wendy Harris.
Initially 20 rooms have been set aside but more will be made available  if required.
Members should book by 1 August.

george

The lodge will meet at noon on 12th October at Manningtree Masonic Hall, South Street, Manningtree, Essex

manningtree

The speaker will be Richard Gan who retired in June 2010 as Deputy Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, and all the other various Masonic Orders administered from Mark Masons’ Hall, London.

A senior Grand Officer in all the major Orders of Freemasonry, he is currently the Editor of The Square, an independent magazine for Freemasons.

Maureen Neller has made arrangements for the ladies the Saturday, - 12th October.
 
Sha has spoken to the people who organise the Town Tours. They start in the centre of town and take about one and a half hours, so it's suggested we do one from 10.30 to 12noon. The start will only be a short walk from the hotel. 

If you wish to join the tour it will cost £ 3.75, which should be paid to Brian Cozens, the Treasurer when your husband pays his account.A Guide can only take 20 people, so it is important to get the numbers right. 
 
Beth Chatto's Gardens are also in Colchester, which is a short drive out from the centre of the town, or you should be able to get there on a local bus. Maureen will find out the number of the bus, and the frequency which they go from town. This may be something that you may want to do in the afternoon by yourself or with someone else who is interested.

Flatford Mill, Constable Country, N.T., and Dedham are also a short drive out of Colchester, and well worth a visit if it is a nice day, and could be done in the afternoon. Maureen is sure we can organise cars to be available for us, if our husbands organise themselves with their cars, for their meeting in Manningtree. Maningtree itself is also a pretty town on the estuary of the River Stour. Also a nice afternoon trip.

Maureen thinks the food in the Hotel is good, so it could be the place to eat at lunchtime.

 

If any member cannot get a booking at the George, the Red Lion is directly opposite and has 24 rooms. However the rates are slightly more at £84 B&B double and £76 single.

Edinburgh is a wonderful compact cosmopolitan city and we hope to enjoy some of it’s history, ambience and colour together. I promise the lodge meeting will be different and you may need a translator, but it will be fun. It will be a flying week end or week for those wishing to stay on.
Accommodation - at IBIS Hotel Edinburgh Centre (South Bridge)

 

ITINERARY


Friday 13 May
Arrive at Ibis Hotel South Bridge Friday 13 May. 1930 hours Welcome get together and buffet.

Saturday 14 May
Free time to explore
1500 hours Men meet at Waverley train station to Lime Kilns
1630 hours Ladies meet in hotel to walk down to Waverley train station. 

Local coach to be arranged for short journey to Lime Kilns
1630 Lodge at Lime Kilns with Elgin Bruce Lodge 1077
1900 -- 1930 we will dine together at historic Kings Cellar kindly hosted by Elgin Bruce Lodge.
Return by coach to Ibis Hotel, Edinburgh at around 2300 hours

Sunday 15 May
Meet at 0930 hours in the hotel for the coach at 1000 hours from hotel to Abbotsford which is the very charming and quirky home of Sir Walter Scott
Lunch at Abbotsford
1400 hours we will take the coach to Rosslyn Chapel where we can join in a guided tour or for those who are revisiting an opportunity to discover yet more.
1700 hours we will return to the hotel with our coach.
1930 hours an evening buffet at The Royal Scotts Club which is a bus ride away.

Monday 16th May
The Royal Edinburgh Ticket Cost £49- 50 (£43-00 Concession) Price at January 2016.
This ticket gives us fast track entry to The Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Royal Yacht and Edinburgh Castle for 6 months and provides with our transport for sight seeing for 48 hours on the open top tourist buses.
1000 hours meet to catch the tourist bus to the Botanical Gardens not to be missed as they will be magnificent and very beautiful in May.
From the gardens we will continue on the tourist bus to The Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queens decommissioned floating home.
There is a good selection of restaurants and cafes at the centre, so feel free to eat first then visit the yacht or visa versa.
We will return back to the hotel on the tourist bus where we will probably be so exhausted that we can meet in the hotel in the evening and grab a bite to eat there.

Tuesday 17th May
1000 hours A morning visit to The Palace of Holyroodhouse situated at one end of the Royal Mile is planned.
Then we wander up the Royal Mile, pick up some lunch and have a look at Celtic Lodge rooms which is the oldest lodge building in Scotland.
Using our tourist bus tickets we will then visit the Grand Lodge of Scotland building on Queen Street in the new town district of Edinburgh.
1800 we will meet and catch an ordinary bus to take us to Dunedin Caritas Lodge 1361 where the men will have a short lodge meeting after which we will all dine together provided very kindly by Dunedin Lodge..

Wednesday 18th May
1000 hours. No trip to Edinburgh can be complete without a visit to the Castle, after which we can all explore where we will.
1900 hours and our grand finale. Just a short walk from the hotel is The City Cafe where the food is irresistible and there is a bar for those fancying a drink.
Sue and I do hope you will all enjoy our Masonic trip abroad and hope you take home some souvenirs and fond memories of Scottish hospitality.

Grantham is a very ancient market town on the Great North Road with easy access by road, train and airports.
We are staying at two hotels, both in the town of Grantham and a very short walk from the Masonic Hall.

We will be visiting St. Wolframs Church and their very famous Chain Library containing a book from Naples printed 1476, and Polyglot, Vinigar, Breeches and King James Bibles bought as a cart load from Cambridge for £100.
Whilst we are at Lodge our partners will visit the town of Grantham which has a wonderful old world atmosphere, is packed with historical interest and Saturday is market day.
On Sunday we will visit Belton House by bus only 5 miles outside town. Belton house was a party venue for Edward VII & Mrs Simpson, a wonderful country house and gardens.

In order to accommodate us all we have reserved rooms at the Eden House Hotel and Angel and Royal Hotel, the oldest Inn in England and patronised by two of our Kings and Grand Masters. Both are small hotels having only 20 rooms, situated in town and have been booked at a minimum price, so bookings need to made by 30/04/2016. Both hotels have car parking.
The hotels are a very short distance apart with Faraday House, our Masonic Hall and St. Wolframs Church in the middle.

Our Friday gathering and buffet being held at the Angel and Royal and Saturday evening we will be dining at the Eden house Hotel. Being in town allows us the opportunity to explore Grantham on foot. Our partners will enjoy this small and very pretty town and open market whilst we meet at Lodge. In the evening when we will gather and dine together at Eden House.
On Sunday we will enjoy an outing to Belton House and Gardens with the option of a garden centre across the road.

ITINERARY

Friday 12 August 19:30 Welcome buffet at the Angel and Royal hotel

Saturday 13 August 09:30 St Wolfram‘s Church and Chain Library which is very small so we will organise those who would like to visit into groups, those involved in the lodge practice being first. They have a Polyglot Bible.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Trigge_Chained_Library
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Wulfram's_Church,_Grantham#Library
http://www.discoverstwulframs.org.uk/the-trigge-library.aspx

12:00 The Lodge meets at Faraday House. Continuing our theme “The Future” through our meetings, our August speaker at Grantham will be John Acaster PProvSGW. John is a Masonic historian, a Past Master of Quatuor Coranati Lodge 2076 and regularly published in “The Square” Masonic magazine. John will be presenting: “Freemasonry: Our Future”, expressing some international thoughts.

14:00 There will be a Festive Board

The Ladies are free explore historic Grantham and the open market.

On my last visit I found a 1st edition 2 volume National Burns by the Rev. George Gillifan 1878. Keep your eyes peeled ladies there is gold out there.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grantham

19:30 Meet at The Eden Hotel to dine together

Sunday 14 August 10:30 Meet to catch local bus to Belton House. The bus is at 1100. When numbers are known we will arrange a group booking which will include a guided tour.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house

October meeting 7th - 9th Costings

NovotelNOVOTEL SHEFFIELD CENTRE
50 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PR, South Yorkshire, UK
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Web accorhotels.com

Date SINGLE ROOM DOUBLE ROOM
THURSDAY 6th OCT £75.00 £80.00
FRIDAY 7th OCT £65.00 £70.00
SATURDAY 8th OCT £85.00 £90.00

 

 

 

 

These prices will be held until 9th September after which the price will be the cheapest price offered on that day. Rooms will be paid for by members at the time of booking. Quote “Internet lodge 9659” when booking.

Fri. 7th Oct
7:30 PM: Buffet.at the hotel Price: £18.

Chef`s Soup of the day with crusty bread rolls
Sweet potato & butternut squash
Cured Meat & Smoked Fish
Freshly dressed salad

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Mustard & Herb Rubbed Leg of Lamb with whole grain mustard sauce
Pan-fried Salmon served with beurre Blanc Sauce
Vegetable Risotto (v)
Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Vegetables & Rice

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Selection of treats from the desserts counter
Fresh fruit salad

 

Tapton Masonic HallTAPTON MASONIC HALL (www.taptonhall.com)
Shore Ln,
Sheffield S10 3BU
Phone: 0114 266 0051

Sat. 8th Oct
10:00 AM: A tour of Tapton Masonic Hall including Museum and Library. Spouse and friends are welcome.

12:00 PM: A light buffet for brethren and partners at the Tapton Masonic Hall. Price: £8.50.
Assorted Sandwiches
Sausage Rolls
Cheese and Onion Lattice
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Homemade Scones with Jam and cream
Selection of Gateaux
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Tea and Coffee

1:30 PM: IL9659 Lodge meeting.
The speaker will be Patrick Belton. His subject is “The Future of Freemasonry”. Patrick is a writer and journalist.

3:30 PM: Expected close of the Lodge meeting.

1:30 PM: Lillies meeting for ladies at Tapton Masonic Hall.

6.45 PM: Meet in hotel and take taxi's to Tapton Masonic Hall.

7:30 PM: For 8:00 PM: Ladies Festival. Price: £ 35.

Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup
Or
Smoked Haddock & Spring Onion Fishcake
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Roasted Chicken Breast Wrapped in Parma Ham with Tomato & Basil Sauce
Or
Pan Seared Salmon Fillet with Lemon Butter
Served with chefs selection of Potatoes and vegetables
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Lemon Tart served with Seasonal Fruits
Or
Cheese and Biscuits
Or
Ice-Cream

Dress code: dinner jackets and long frocks.

Entertainment by Andy Lee Marsh, guitarist/vocalist.

Sun 9th Oct.
Hardwick HallVisit to Hardwick Hall (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick-hall)
10:30 AM: Meet at hotel for a visit to Hardwick Hall.
Price: Ranging from £12-70 to £19.10 depending on number of visitors and visiting only the House and Gardens or including the Old Hall.
Note: Free for National Trust Members.

 

Grantham is a very ancient market town on the Great North Road with easy access by road, train and airports.
We are staying at two hotels, both in the town of Grantham and a very short walk from the Masonic Hall.

We will be visiting St. Wulframs Church and their very famous Chain Library containing a book from Naples printed 1476, and Polyglot, Vinigar, Breeches and King James Bibles bought as a cart load from Cambridge for £100.
Whilst we are at Lodge our partners will visit the town of Grantham which has a wonderful old world atmosphere, is packed with historical interest and Saturday is market day.
On Sunday we will visit Belton House by bus only 5 miles outside town. Belton house was a party venue for Edward VII & Mrs Simpson, a wonderful country house and gardens.

ACCOMMODATION

In order to accommodate us all we have reserved rooms at the Eden House Hotel and Angel and Royal Hotel, the oldest Inn in England and patronised by two of our Kings and Grand Masters. Both are small hotels having only 20 rooms, situated in town and very early booking is recommended. Both hotels have car parking.

 Hotel Booking details

Angel   EHH
The Angel & Royal Hotel
High Street
Grantham
Lincolnshire
NG31 6PN
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web site: www.angelandroyal.co.uk
Reservations 0808 178 7666
Telephone +44 (0)1476 565816
Fax +44 (0)1476 567149
The Eden House Hotel
130 North Parade
Lincolnshire
NG31 8AU 
Events & Admin Manager Sophie Holman
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web site: www.edenhh.co.uk 
Telephone. +44 (0)1476590800


The hotels are a very short distance apart with Faraday House, our Masonic Hall and St. Wulframs Church in the middle.

faraday stwulframs
Faraday House St Wulfram's Church

 

Our Friday gathering and buffet wil be held at the Angel and Royal and on Saturday evening we will be dining at the Eden House Hotel. Being in town allows us the opportunity to explore Grantham on foot. Our partners will enjoy this small and very pretty town and open market whilst we meet at Lodge. In the evening when we will gather and dine together at Eden House Hotel.
On Sunday we will enjoy an outing to Belton House and Gardens with the option of a garden centre across the road.

ITINERARY

Friday 12 August 2016

19:30 Welcome buffet at the Angel and Royal hotel. Cost £17.50p For menu see here.

Saturday 13 August 2016

09:30 St Wulfram‘s Church and Chain Library which is very small so we will organise those who would like to visit into groups, those involved in the lodge practice being first. They have a Polyglot Bible.
Wikipedia - Chained Library
Wikipedia - St Wulfram's Church
St Wulfram's - The Trigge Library
 

The Ladies are free to explore historic Grantham and the open market.

On my last visit I found a 1st edition 2 volume National Burns by the Rev. George Gillifan 1878. Keep your eyes peeled ladies there is gold out there.

10:30 Officers Practice at Faraday House
12:00 Lodge meeting at Faraday House. Continuing our theme “The Future” through our meetings, our August speaker at Grantham will be John Acaster PProvSGW. John is a Masonic historian, a Past Master of Quatuor Coranati Lodge 2076 and regularly published in “The Square” Masonic magazine. John will be presenting: “Freemasonry: Our Future”, expressing some international thoughts.
14:00 Festive Board at Faraday House Cost £16.00p For menu see here.
19:30 Eden House Hotel We meet to dine together £24.95 For menu see here.

 

Sunday 14 August 2016

10:30 Belton House We meet to catch the local bus to Belton House. The bus is at 11:00. When numbers are known we will arrange a group booking which will include a guided tour. Cost £13.10 each.

 

BOOKING

Lodge members will be able to book for all events on the lodge website. Non members must email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ladies Festival Weekend 9th to 11th August 2013


The Lodge meeting and Ladies festival in August 2013 will be based in Bangor North Wales

carregThe main hotel will be the Careg Bran Hotel.  NOW SOLD OUT
This country hotel is in the village of 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch' and has 29 rooms one of which is a single. We have block booked the whole hotel for the 9th and 10th of August 2013.
The hotel may not have room for everyone and details of overflow hotel(s) are shown below.
There are no suitable larger hotels in the area.
 

 

Bookings for the Hotels are now open. Please book direct with your chosen hotel.

The Carreg Bran (Carreg Mon) for which we have the whole Hotel booked, is now sold out.

 Another hotel is the Victoria Hotel which is about 1 mile from the Carreg Bran at Telford Road, Menai Bridge, Isle Of Anglesey. LL59 5DR. Telephone +44 [0]1248 712309 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Victoria is situated in the heart of the picturesque bustling town of Menai Bridge on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. This family run establishment offers excellent accomodation in 17 well appointed en suite bedrooms, with additional ensuite accommodation in the adjacent annex. One ground-floor bedroom is designed specifically for the disabled and access to the building is good. Most of the bedrooms are not at ground level and as there is no lift,
access to them involves climbing stairs.

The following rates apply for Friday 9th and Saturday 10th August 2012.
Bed & Breakfast
Single Room- £49.50 (per room)
Double or Twin Room - £69.50 (per room)

Our original block booking for ten rooms have all been sold but we have negotiated a further three rooms which remain available at 2nd April 2013

Family rooms and rooms with facilities for the disabled are available on request.

There is also the Anglesey Arms in Menai Bridge, with just 12 rooms.

The following rates apply for Friday 9th and Saturday 10th August 2012.
Bed & Breakfast
Single Room- £65.00 
Double or Twin Room - £90.00 (per room)

We have a block booknig for a small number of rooms here but these must be booked before 31st May

Another hotel is the Royal Victoria Hotel Llanberis. This hotel is a bit further away but some with their own cars may well be tempted by its location opposite the Snowdon Railway. We have secured 5 or 6 double rooms here which will be released to the general public after 30th June if they are not booked. The cost is around.£69 b&b. Their ref No. Is 61963 and "Dave Siviter" and Internet Lodge should be quoted. Please note  This is NOT the Victoria Menai Bridge

Any further overspill may wish to look at the Premier Inn which is next door to the Masonic Hall 

Caravans and camping.

The recommended site is Treborth Leisure

Programme of Events

Lodge members can book for all events on the lodge website. Non members must email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Friday 9th August there will be an informal meal/get together at the  Victoria Hotel Menai Bridge. The meal will be at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm and will cost £15.00p

The menu is

Homemade Vegetable Soup
or Paté with Melba Toast
or Fresh Chilled Melon
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Home baked Ham with Parsley Sauce
or Fresh Grilled Salmon
or Homemade Leek and Mushroom Crumble
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Strawberry Pavlova
or Homemade Apple and Blackberry Crumble
or Ice Cream
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Tea / Coffee

On Saturday 10th August the lodge will meet at the new Masonic Hall at

The Masonic Hall, Ffordd y Parc, Parc Menai, Bangor, LL57 4FA.

 Telephone 01248 671788

 Tea/Coffee on arrival after 10am. 11.30 to 12.30pm Buffet Lunch 

Carved Buffet Service including Salmon, Ham, Meats, Sausage Rolls, Vegetarian Alternative, Salad, Coleslaw, Pasta, Quiches, Dauphinoise and other Potatoes, Bread Rolls,  - Sweet - Cheesecake or Profiteroles. 

Lodge will open at 1.00 pm.

The main business will be an Illustrated Talk by member W.Bro, Dave Siviter, PPSGW entitled 'Masonic Staffordshire Pottery Portrait Figures of the Victorian Era' (A fairly lighthearted insight into this famous genre of pottery.) Non Masons may attend the talk as lodge will either be closed or called off.. 

For the Ladies and any non masons who do not want to attend the talk there will be a full day trip to visit Portmeirion, the most popular attraction in North Wales. Transport will be provided from the Victoria, Carreg Bran and Royal Victoria Llanberis hotels and the Masonic Hall, to Portmeirion and will start at 9.00 am start returning about 4.00pm

Acquired by Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925 as a derelict wilderness he spent the next 50 years designing and building his Italian village. Whilst renowned for its gardens and architecture, Portmeirion shot to fame in the 1960s when it was used as ‘the village’ in Patrick McGoohan’s surreal spy drama The Prisoner.

So if you are interested in beautiful gardens, architecture, country walks or exploring the home of Number 6, Portmeirion will have something of interest for all of you.

There is also a shop where you can purchase Portmeirion pottery, created by Susan William-Ellis.

To join the ladies trip please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISABLE

On Saturday evening we shall hold our Ladies' Festival at the Careg Bran. This will be a Welsh Themed musically enriched evening. Dress Code is "jacket and tie required".

The cost is £25.00p and an excellent menu is provided:-

Homemade Tomato and Basil Soup served with a Crusty Bread Roll
or Tandoori Chicken and Roast Pepper Salad with Wholegrain Mustard Dressing
or Trio of Melon Gateaux with Elderflower Syrup
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Stuffed Breast of Chicken with a Tarragon and Cream Cheese Mousse
or Fillet of Salmon with Butter Sauce and Spring Onion Mash
or Wild Mushroom Rissotto with Welsh Rarebit Glaze and Side Salad
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Orange and Dark Chocolate Torte served with Clotted Cream
or Citrus Tart  with Mulled Strawberries
or Scone and Butter Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream
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Coffee and Mints

 On Sunday 11th August there is an early morning excursion to ascend on the railway to the summit of Snowdon commencing at 8.30am and returning at midday.

£24 per head return fare from Llanberis Station to the summit.

There is the excellent National Slate Museum Workshops and Quarry Exhibit across the road from the Snowdon Railway which is FREE and a good trip in its own right. (Cafés and gift shops, illustrated talks)

Optional return Transport £6 per head (16 places)
7.30am Victoria Hotel, 7.45am Carreg Bran Hotel, 8,00am Masonic Hall Bangor to arrive at Llanberis Station 8.30am
Collection 2.30pm from Llanberis and return to the Hotels or The Masonic Hall

We have booked on the railway for a group of 24 so again EARLY BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL so that we may try to obtain further places if required.

 

 

Flights from U.K. to Bucharest
Outbound 3rd May 2013 Inbound 10th May 2013

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Prices change daily so this information is not provided

Airport Carrier Direction Time Flight No Arrives Comment
London Heathrow
British Airways Outbound 11.00 BA 0886 16:15  *
British Airways Outbound 18:05 BA 0884 23:20 Late Arrival
British Airways Return 09:55 BA 0885 11:25  *
British Airways Return 17:05 BA 0887 18:30
Tarom (Romanian) Outbound 08.20 RO 394 13:40
Tarom (Romanian) Outbound 14:50 RO 392 20:05 Late Arrival
Tarom (Romanian) Return 12:30 RO 391 14:05
Tarom (Romanian) Return 19:35 RO 393 21:10
London Luton
Wizz Air Outbound 08:25 W6 3002 13:35
Wizz Air Outbound 20:30 W6 3010 01:20 Next Day Arrival
Wizz Air Return 06:15 W6 3001 07:40
Wizz Air Return 18:35 W6 3009 20:00
Manchester
Lufthansa Outbound 06:55 LH 2505 \ LH 1652 1630 Change in Munich  *
Lufthansa Outbound 08:20 LH 3429 \ LH 3080 1520 Change in Dusseldorf  *
Lufthansa Return 12:55 LH 1651 \ LH 2502 16:40 Change in Dusseldorf  *
Air France Outbound 06:45 AF 1999 \ AF 1888 14:15 Change in Paris
Air France (KLM) Return 14:00 KL 1374 \ KL 1093 16:50 Change in Amsterdam 
Birmingham
Lufthansa Outbound 07:25 LH 2513 \ LH 1652 16:25 Change in Munich  *
Lufthansa Return 15:55 LH 3081 \ LH 3448 19:40 Change in Dusseldorf  *

* These flights have been booked by members of the group

There are very many other flights from the U.K. which involve one stop \ change in Europe (try Lufthansa, Air France KLM etc)

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romflagThe lodge visited Romania from 3rd to 10th May 2013 to experience the country and its Freemasonry.

The tour was arranged by members of the lodge in Romania

 

Full details of the trip will be found here.

 

The visit was a resounding success and many thanks are due to our Romanian brethren for making such spledid arrangements.

The trip coincided with the Romanian celebration of Orthodox Easter which you can read about here

You can read Alan Wyer's Blog here

And a view from the Lilies - Bronwen Liles' Blog here