The Installation of The Framland Hundred Lodge - 9453 (27th Master) took place on Monday the 17th.
The meeting saw a great attendance from around the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland at the Wicklow Lodge in Melton Mowbray for the final meeting before the Christmas recess which was to install Bro. Martin Smith as 27thMaster of The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453.
The ceremony was honoured by the presence of the newly appointed Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden, W. Bro. Paul A Beachell accompanied by the Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, W. Bro. John T S Edmond.
The evening’s ceremony was conducted in an exemplary manner by the Director of Ceremonies team of W. Bro. David Pratt PPGSwdB and his ADC W. Bro. Andrew Gill who ensured that all of the work in the Temple went smoothly for the Installing Master, W. Bro. Alan Marshall PPSGD.
The evening Ceremony provided W. Bro. Smith with a fantastic Installation into the Chair of his Lodge after which he proceeded to appoint and invest all of his new Officers for the coming year before presenting a Past Masters Jewel to W. Bro. Alan Marshall PPSGD and thanking him for his work during his Mastership. We particularly wish all of those who are taking up new roles within the Lodge the very best for their success.
The evening also saw a successful ballot for a new Member, Mr Oliver Jeffcote, which signals the continued strength of our Lodge – and ensures a good range of ceremonies in 2019 for the new Master and his team. Sadly we also had a resignation from one of the Brethren, W. Bro. Grahame Joneswho was no longer able to attend the Lodge on a regular basis – we wish him well for his future.
At the subsequent Festive Board all of the Brethren enjoyed an excellent meal thanks to the Stewards of the Lodge.
Then with the evenings labours being ended all of those present went off to enjoy the Christmas recess with friends and family - and new ritual to learn ahead of the 2019 season.
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Thursday evening, 29th November 2018 saw the Official Opening of the St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray 16th Christmas Tree Festival. In a packed Church, standing room only, Mr. Ian Neale began by welcoming everyone and thanking all who had taken part,in whatever way, to have the Church looking so beautiful. He also thanked Diana Thompson,The High Sheriff of Leicestershire, and The Mayor of Melton for attending.
Rev.Kevin Ashby then led a short service of dedication before everyone joined in to sing The High Sheriff's favourite Carol 'Hark, The Herald Angels Sing.'
The High Sheriff then spoke of her delight in being asked to switch on the lights, and said she was amazed at the imagination and diversity of the trees, from the first year, which began with just 100 trees, 16 years later there are 1500 all different shapes and sizes and themes.
The switch was then thrown and the whole Church was bathed in the soft glow of a myriad twinkling lights.
Everyone was then invited to view the trees and partake of the wonderful buffet provided by the catering team.
The Church will be open daily, from Friday 30th November until Tuesday 4th December. Do visit if you possibly can, £2 per adult and when you are in need of a break, refreshments are being served every day.
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RAISING BRO. RICHARD SENIOR - Monday 19th November 2018
On Monday 19thNovember 2018 The Framland Hundered Lodge No. 9453 were pleased to Raise the son-in-law of our Junior Warden, Bro. Steve Newham, to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.
Bro. Richard Senior had previously been Initiated into our Lodge almost two years ago on the 21stNovember 2016 and Passed to the Degree of Fellowcraft in October 2017. Indeed the Lodge has recently conducted three Raising Ceremonies in a row to help reduce the length of time it was taking for some Brethren to reach the Third Degree on their Masonic journey.
We are pleased to say that in 2019 our Master Elect, Bro. Martin Smith, should have a far more varied workload for the coming year!
Once again, the Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Alan Marshall, was ably assisted in the Ceremony by his Officers where W. Bro. Keith Harkness delivered the Exhortation and the Fifteen Fellowcrafts after which W. Bro. Paul Raymond recited the Ecclesiastes with the Charge being delivered by Bro. Richard Piskula.
Bro. Steve Newham was delighted to communicate the Signs and Secrets to his son-in-law before Bro. Senior retired from the Lodge to restore himself to his personal comforts.
On returning to the Lodge Bro. Senior was invested with the distinguishing badge of a Master Mason by the Senior Warden after which the Address on the Apron and Traditional History were both given by W. Bro. Andrew Gill. Finally, the Working Tools of the degree were then presented and explained to the candidate by Bro. Neil Castledine.
The next order of business was to propose and ballot for Mr Edward Hrynewiecki as a candidate for Initiation into the mysteries and privileges of Antient Freemasonry – the ballot was unanimously in favour of the Candidate who will be informed by our Secretary accordingly.
Finally the Lodge then accepted by acclaim Bro. Martin Smith as its Master Elect for the coming year as well as moving to reappoint W. Bro. Harkness as its Treasurer.
The Lodge was then closed with no further business to transact other than the enjoyment of an excellent Festive Board thanks to our W. Bro Richard Heathcote and his Stewards providing a pleasant conclusion to a most enjoyable evening for all concerned.
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RAISING BRO. DANIEL NEWHAM - Monday 15th October 2018
On Monday 15thOctober 2018 The Framland Hundered Lodge No. 9453 held a special meeting to Raise the son of our Junior Warden, Bro. Steve Newham, to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.
The meeting was made possible thanks to a Special Dispensation granted from the Provincial Grand Master R. W. Bro. David Hagger to help reduce the time it was taking for Brethren to reach the Degree of a Master Mason which had been growing in recent years.
Bro. Daniel Newham had previously been Initiated into our Lodge on the 20th March 2017 and Passed to the Degree of Fellowcraft in October of that year. It is ironic that both of these Ceremonies were also by Special Dispensation so Bro. Newham must be one of the few Freemasons to be both a Lewis and to have completed all three Craft Degrees by Special Dispensation.
The Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Alan Marshall ProvGStwd, was ably assisted in the Ceremony by his Officers where W. Bro. Keith Harkness delivered the Exhortation and the Fifteen Fellowcrafts after which W. Bro. Paul Raymond recited the Ecclesiastes with the Charge delivered by Bro. Richard Piskula.
Bro. Steve Newham was delighted to communicate the Signs and Secrets to his son before Bro. Newham retired from the Lodge to restore himself to his personal comforts.
On returning to the Lodge Bro. Newman was invested with the distinguishing badge of a Master Mason by the Senior Warden after which the Address on the Apron and Traditional History were both given by W. Bro. Andrew Gill. Finally, the Working Tools of the degree were then presented and explained by Bro. Neil Castledine.
Since this was a Special Meeting the Lodge was then closed with no futher business other than the enjoyment of an excellent Festive Board thanks to our Stewards providing an excellent conclusion to a most enjoyable evening for all concerned.
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The summer months are now behind us marking the start of a new Masonic season here in Melton Mowbray. However, as you can see from our GALLERY, people have been very busy installing a new kitchen at Wicklow Lodge and The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453 became the first to benefit from all of this hard work at our 113th meeting which was held on Monday September 17th 2018.
Despite the unlucky auspices of number 113, something which initially seemed to be confirmed by the absence of a number of Officers for the meeting, the ceremony went well and saw Bro. Mark Yeoman Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason by W. Bro. Alan Marshall ProvGStwd.
By necessity the evening saw a number of Brethren filling in for absent members and it was wonderful to see how well some of the more junior Brethren filled their posts for the ceremony. Particular mention must go to Bro. Richard Piskula, who not only delivered the Charge but also acted as Junior Deacon and to Bro. Ray MacPhee who ably filled in as Assistant Director of Ceremonies for the evening despite short notice. It is very encouraging to see the enthusiasm of our younger Brethren to take on work within the Lodge which should secure a strong future for our Lodge.
The harmony of the evening continued out of the Temple at the Festive Board which saw the new Kitchen at the Centre used for the first time. The quality of the food suggests that it has been a good investment and was largely made possible thanks to a generous bequest from a former Member of our Mother Lodge - The Rutland Lodge No.1130. After the meal W. Bro. Alan Marshall ProvGStwd, Master of The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453 was pleased to present our fantastic catering team with flowers and thanks for all of their hard work in preparing an excellent meal in the new kitchen.
Bro Andrew Gill - Assistant Director of Ceremonies
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The long awaited renovation of the kitchen at the Wicklow Masonic Centre in Melton Mowbray was started on Tuesday 22nd May. The last Lodge meeting, St Marys Lodge, was held on Monday 21st May. On the morning of 22nd May all the kitchen equipment was moved into the dining room and the bar.
The renovation of the kitchen and boiler room was completed by early in September 2018 and the first Lodge see the kitchen in action was The Framland Hundred Lodge - 9453 at its first meetig of the Aumn/Winter season on September 17th.
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To All Brethren in the Province from the Leicestershire & Rutland Provincial Secretary - 15th March 2018
A number of Brethren have queried the continued wearing of the Tercentenary Jewel, and I thought that some guidance was required now that the Tercentenary celebrations have finished.
In June 2016 the Grand Master designated the Tercentenary Jewel as a Permanent Jewel and it may therefore be worn by qualified Brethren of the English Constitution FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
The Jewel may be worn only by Master Masons and above, but any Brother who was at any time a member of a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England in the period from 24th June 2016 until 31st December 2017 is so qualified. Entered Apprentices and / or Fellow-Crafts during the qualifying period are entitled to wear the Jewel as soon as they have been Raised.
The Pro Grand Master hopes that Grand Officers will continue to wear it.
If applicable, a Royal Arch Jewel is worn on the left breast nearest the centre of the body. The Tercentenary Jewel is worn next to the left of the Royal Arch Jewel, but if a Royal Arch Jewel is not worn then the Tercentenary Jewel will be on the left breast nearest to the centre of the body. A L& R 2022 Festival Jewel can be worn to the left of the Tercentenary Jewel, and if applicable a Past Master’s Jewel is worn next to the left of the Festival Jewel ( nearest to the left arm).
Brethren are also reminded that it is not now permissible to wear a L&R Festival Jewel of a previous Festival, i.e. 2012 or 2002 Festivals. In similar vein the Provincial Grand Master hopes that only the L & R 2022 Festival Tie is worn, and not previous Festival versions.
The Provincial Grand Scribe E wishes for Brethren to be advised that the wearing of Craft Past Master’s Jewels is not permissible at Royal Arch meetings.
Kelvin F.J. Johnson - Provincial Grand Secretary.
The Freemasons are suffering from discrimination with their members "undeservedly stigmatised" in the media, their chief executive has claimed.
Members will hold "Q&A events" with the public in the next six months to prove it is not a secret society.
David Staples, chief executive of the United Grand Lodge of England, responded after a report that two lodges for MPs and political journalists were operating in Westminster, and a third for journalists in London. "The United Grand Lodge of England believes that the ongoing gross misrepresentation of £200,000-plus members is discrimination, he told The Times, "Our members should not be stigmatised. No other organisation would stand for this and nor shall we.”
It is not clear what the Grand Lodge believes was misrepresentation in the Guardian story but Dr Staples said members of the two Westminster lodges would reveal their identity if they did not fear prejudice and discrimination.
Gallery Lodge, made up of political journalists, has 45 members, while New Welcome Lodge has between 30 and 40 MPs. Alfred Robbins Lodge, for journalists in London, has 18. Last year the out going chairman of the Police Federation, Steve White said progress for women and ethnic groups in the police was being thwarted, mainly by Freemasons. Dr Staples denied the allegations.
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