Framland Hundred

Lodge 9453 - Consecrated 1992
Framland Hundred

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ST MARY'S CHURCH MELTON MOWBRAY CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
The Annual Christmas Tree Festival will take place at St. Mary's Parish Church in Melton Mowbray from Friday 1st till Tuesday 5th December.
- This is the largest Christmas Tree Festival in the country with over 220 organisations taking part and over 1400 magical Christmas trees. The Church is close to all the town parks.
- Refreshments will be served in the Church and groups will be welcome.
THE TREE FESTIVAL WILL BE THE FIRST EVENT TO TAKE PLACE WHEN THE RENOVATIONS WILL BE NEARLY COMPLETED AT THE END OF NOVEMBER
- Entrance fee will be £2.00, accompanied children free. No dogs allowed except for Assistance Dogs.
Friday 1st December
9.00am - Church open for viewing (last entry 8.00pm)
Saturday 2nd December
9.00 am - Church open for viewing (last entry 8.00pm)
5.30pm - Family Carol service amongst the Christmas trees - (All Are welcome to attend the service)
Sunday 3rd December
9.00am - Church open for viewing (last entry 4.00pm)
6.00pm - Music in the church by Hathern Brass Band
6.30pm - Songs of raise amongst the Christmas trees - (All Are welcome to attend the service)
Monday 4th December
9.00am - Church open for viewing (last entry 8.00pm)
TUESDAY 5th December
9.00am - Church open for viewing (last entry 3.00pm)
4.00pm - Festival closes with prayers

Further details are available on the www.melton.gov.uk website. Or Tel 01664 562217 - Email ianneale@talktalk.net

In 2016 The Tree Festival raised over £10,000 for local charities

THE ANNUAL VICTORIAN MARKET WILL OPEN ON FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER AND CLOSE ON SUNDAY 3RD DECEMBER
MEMORIAL WOOD OPENING - As you will know, the Leicestershire and Rutland Masonic Charity Association and the United Grand Lodge of England have generously donated £20,000, as part of our Tercentenary celebrations, to the Bradgate Park Trust to dedicate an area for quiet reflection known as the Memorial Wood.
- Work has been undertaken over the past year to create the wood which is now nearing its completion. It is situated to the side of the accessible carriageway that crosses the Park and offers a tranquil setting overlooking Cropston Reservoir.
- I would like to thank the Tercentenary Committee, particularly W.Bro. Dale Page, the Bradgate Park Trust and all the volunteers for bringing this ambitious project to fruition as a lasting legacy of our 300th anniversary.
- I am delighted to inform you that the Memorial Wood will be officially opened by the Pro Grand Master M.W.Bro. Peter Lowndes on Thursday 5th October 2017 at 11am and I invite you, your family and friends to join us on this very special occasion. No booking is required and ample parking is available at either end of Bradgate Park (normal charges apply).
- If you are wishing to attend, please aim to arrive at the Memorial Wood by 10.45am at the very latest. The Memorial Wood is situated approximately 300 yards from the Visitor Centre towards the Hallgates Car Park.
- I very much look forward to seeing you there and thank you in advance for your support.
 
Yours sincerely and fraternally,
R.W.Bro. David V. Hagger
 
W.BRO HEDLEY KENDALL'S 95TH BIRTHDAY - W.Bro Hedley Kendall celebrated his 95th birthday on Thursday 24th August 2017.
Hedley was Initiated into St Mary's Lodge No7164 in February 1954. Over his many years in Freemasonry he has received many progressive promotions. He has been affectionately known as the father of the Lodge. He was a founder member of the Framland Hundred Lodge on 27th May 1992 and was installed as the first Worshipful master of the lodge and has served it well over the years.

Hedley reached the grand age of 95 on Thursday 24th August 2017, and we in all the Melton Lodges and side degrees wished him our very best wishes and a very happy birthday
He is a jolly good fellow,
And so say all of us.

Attached is a photo of Hedley with The Leicestershire & Rutland Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful David Victor Hagger, on the occasion in February 2014 when he was presented with a 60 years certificate in Freeemasonry.

PICTURE 1
MASONIC TERCENTENARY PLAQUE UNVEILING IN MELTON MOWBRAY
- Freemasonry as it is known today first met in London in 1717 and it grew quickly throughout
the country and to commemorate this it was agreed that all the Masonic Centres throughout
Leicestershire and Rutland should have a plaque defining this momentous situation.
- The Plaques were unveiled over two days by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro David V Hagger at the centres below which also included the home of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Leicestershire and Rutland at London Road in Leicester.
Saturday 15th July 2017
Syston, Loughborough, Coalville, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Hinckley
Saturday 29th July 2017
Melton Mowbray, Oakham (Victoria Hall), Uppingham (Falcon Hotel), Market Harborough
Lutterworth

PICTURE 1 - The Tercentenary Plaque.

PICTURE 2 - The unveiling at Freemasons Hall Melton Mowbray with the Provincial Grand Master R.W Bro David V Hagger and the Worshipful Masters of St Mary’s Lodge (left) Geoff Benford and The Rutland Lodge (right) Andrew Finn.

PICTURE 3 - Those attending the unveiling were, The PGM of Mark master masons for Leicestershire's Rutland, V.W.Bro Philip Mann, Bro Steve Newham (Framland Hundred Lodge), the gentleman and his wife who erected the unveiling curtain, the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro David Hagger, the assistant PGM, V.W.Bro Peter C Kinder and Mrs Sandy Kinder, W.Bro. Rod Large, W.Bro Kelvin Johnson (Provincial Grand Secretary), W.Bro. Brian Gibbons, W.Bro. Andrew Finn, W.Bro. Geoff Benford and W.Bro. Ian Wilkinson. Also present W.Bro. Dr Andy Green and W.Bro. Mike Rawson

UNVEILING OF FREEMASONRY 300 YEARS BLUE PLAQUE AT WICKLOW LODGE - The Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland, David Hagger, has approved a timetable for the unveiling of the 300 years blue plaques. The Blue plaque at Wicklow Lodge will be unveiled at 9am on Saturday 29th July. Members of Wicklow Lodges will be welcome to attend but be sure to arrive well before 9am.
PLEASE NOTE NEW TIMETABLE - 0855-0915 (20 MINUTES)

- The Leicester Plaque at the Provincial Grand Lodge was unveiled a few weeks ago to much interest in the local media including BBC East Midlands Today, Leicester Mercury, BBC Radio Leicester and it is anticipated that there will be similar interest for the other plaques.
THE 300 MILE MASONIC TERCENTENARY BIKE RIDE VISITS WICKLOW LODGE - The Tercentenary Masonic 300 mile charity ride which was organised by Paul Simpson (The Lodge of Welcome No. 5664), of the Leicestershire and Rutland Masonic Cycling Association. The aim of the ride was to collect £20,000 which will be divided between The Rainbows Rainbows Childrens Hospice & The Leicestershire & Rutland 2022 MCF Festival.

The 300 mile Charity Bike ride started in Leicestershire on Thursday 8th June and after visiting a number of the Masonic centres started on the long ride to the The United Grand Lodge in Queen Street, London, close to Covent Garden. They also took a short detour to the site of the former Goose and Gridiron Ale House in St Paul's Churchyard, London, where the first Grand Lodge was formed in June 1717 before heading back to Leicestershire.
- On Sunday 11th June they called at Market Harborough Masonic Centre and then Uppingham and Oakham before calling at Wicklow Lodge in Melton Mowbray for a Food and comfort break.
- They were due at Wicklow Lodge around 13.45 but due to strong head winds they arrived closer to 14.00. The masters of the Farmland Hundred, Rutland and St Mary's lodges were present, together with other brethren, and also Phillip Mann, The PGM of Leicestershire Mark Masonry, welcomed the riders and support team.
- Barbara, head waitress of Wicklow Lodge, provided and served an excellent spread of food and drinks which was very much appreciated by everyone.
- Before leaving Wicklow all the bikers were assembled in the Temple where Andy Green from Provincial Grand Lodge took a number photos. Robin Hainsworth from Framland Hundred Lodge presented Paul Simpson with donations from the lodges and brethren and Phillip Mann presented a cheque from the Leicestershire and Rutland Mark Masons. Their aim of raising £20,000 which will be divided between The Rainbows Rainbows Childrens Hospice & The Leicestershire & Rutland 2022 MCF Festival. Their aim had nearly been realised by Sunday and there would be more to come.
- At around 15.00 the bikers assembled and were sent on their way to Syston and Leicester.
- All it all it was a very successful occasion and very much enjoyed by all who attended.
- For further information on the Bike Ride and how to give to the charities visit www/pglleics.org.uk
ST MARY'S CHURCH, MELTON MOWBRAY
ST MARY'S CHURCH RESTORATION UPDATE
- Since the New Year the inside and outside of St. Mary's Church has seen a lot of activity with workmen carrying out the preparation work for the laying of the new floor within the main part of the church.
- On Saturday 13th May 90 visitors attended a presentation, with photographs, by the Rector of the Parish, Kevin Ashby, of the first major restoration work since Victorian times being carried out inside the Church.
- After the presentation the visitors were split into six groups of fifteen for a conducted tour, organised by Ian Neale, of the progress of the restoration work inside the church.
wa progressing.
- As you can see from the photographs the work is progressing well, with the new sub floor nearly 75% completed. Underfloor heating pipework and electrical ducts have been covered by limecrete and work on replacing the original stone flooring has begun in the Lady Chapel.
- Unfortunately the Church will not be reopened until December just in time for the Annual Christmas Tree Festival from 1st to 5th December. The dedication service will take place on Sunday 10th December. The organ will be returned early in 2018 and should be in full operation for Easter time.
- After the presentation and tour of the church the visitors were treated to an excellent buffet.
- The evening raised around £900 to be added to restoration fund. Also many generous donations were also sent in during the days following the evening.


DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW STAINED GLASS WINDOW
On Saturday evening 3rd June 60 visitors will be attending a talk by the designer of the stained glass window which will replace a plain glass window. This window will incorporate everything to do with Melton Mowbray over the ages.

(left to right) W. Bro Darryl Scott (Treasurer) with outgoing Treasurer W. Bro Nigel Lane, and outgoing Secretary W.Bro Keith Hallam with W.Bro Martin Fairbairn (Secretary).
ST. MARY'S LODGE 7164 - INSTALLATION
On Monday 15th May, the St Mary’s Lodge no 7164 installed its new Worshipful Master, Bro. Geoff Benford, in the presence of the Provincial Junior Grand Warden W. Bro. Andrew Green and the Prov AGDC, W. Bro. Robert B Wood. This meeting also marked a significant change in Officers within the lodge, with W.Bro. Nigel Lane stepping aside as Treasurer after 21 years; W. Bro John Southerington stepping aside as Chaplain after 16 years and W.Bro. Keith Hallam stepping aside as Secretary after 14 years. The outgoing Worshipful Master W. Bro Mike Rowe made special mention of the service these brethren had given to the lodge and thanked them for such dedication to their offices and the lodge.
WEARING 2022 FESTIVAL TIES AND JEWELS A letter explaining the wearing of 2022 ties and jewels.
Download here - WEARING 2022 FESTIVAL TIES AND JEWELS
INSIDE THE FREEMASONS- SKY 1 DOCUMENTARY
THE FIRST EPISODE OF THE FORTHCOMING SKY 1 DOCUMENTARY SERIES 'INSIDE THE FREEMASONS' WILL AIR ON THE 17TH APRIL AT 8PM
Emporium Productions, who were commissioned by Sky to produce the series, have this to say on their website: 'Welcome to one of the oldest social networking organisations in the world; a fraternal order that welcomes members regardless of their status, creed or political persuasion – Freemasonry.
- 'With unique and unprecedented access to the Freemasons, 'Inside the Freemasons' asks who are Freemasons and what do they do? As the United Grand Lodge of England celebrates its tercentenary in 2017, we go beyond the myth and legend to discover what it means to be a Freemason today through the words and lives of Freemasons themselves.
- 'While most who are not members of the Fraternity are familiar with the concept of Freemasons, few can describe who they are and what they do with any confidence or accuracy. What has motivated generations of men to join its ranks? What does the symbolism mean? How does public perception differ to reality? And what does Freemasonry have to offer men and society in the 21st Century?'
- The Province of Leicestershire and Rutland will be featured in the series.
- Watch the first part of this four part series. 8pm, Monday 17th April on Sky 1.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL ST MARY'S CHURCH MELTON MOWBRAY The Annual Christmas Tree Festival will take place at St. Mary's Parish Church in Melton Mowbray from Friday 1st till Tuesday 5th December. Framland Hundred Masonic Lodge is hoping to have a tree at the Festival as it did in 2016. Full details we be available later in the year.
- This is the largest Christmas Tree Festival in the country with over 220 organisations taking part and over 1340 magical trees. Close to all the town parking. Refreshments served in the Church. Groups welcome.The Melton Victorian Market will open on Friday 1st and close on Sunday 3rd December.
- The Festival will open daily from 9.00am. Further details are available on the www.melton.gov.uk website. Or Tel 01664 562217 - Email ianneale@talktalk.net
In 2016 The Tree Festival over £10,000 was given to local charities.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL ST MARY'S CHURCH MELTON MOWBRAY
The Annual Christmas Tree Festival will take place at St. Mary's Parish Church in Melton Mowbray from Friday 1st till Tuesday 5th December. Framland Hundred Masonic Lodge is hoping to have a tree at the Festival as it did in 2016. Full details we be available later in the year.
- This is the largest Christmas Tree Festival in the country with over 220 organisations taking part and over 1340 magical trees. Close to all the town parking. Refreshments served in the Church. Groups welcome.The Melton Victorian Market will open on Friday 1st and close on Sunday 3rd December.
- The Festival will open daily from 9.00am. Further details are available on the www.melton.gov.uk website. Or Tel 01664 562217 - Email ianneale@talktalk.net
In 2016 The Tree Festival over £10,000 was given to local charities.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL ST MARY'S CHURCH MELTON MOWBRAY
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