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.
To see the photographs of the progress of the renovation click here - Gallery
Initiation of Bro. Christopher Davies: Monday 16th April 2018
At the April meeting of The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453, just before the summer recess, Bro. Christopher Davies was initiated into the mysteries and privileges of ancient Freemasonry.
The ceremony was performed by the Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Alan Marshall ProvGStwd who was ably assisted by the Officers and Brethren of the Lodge, some of whom were delivering their first ever floor work, to create a happy and harmonious environment for our newest member to remember for many years to come.
Judging by the quality of the work by some of our newest members The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 4953 will be looking forward to some great work and we encourage Brethren from other Lodges to come and enjoy an evening at one of our Ceremonies.
After the Initiation W. Bro. Keith Harkness PAGDC presented Grand Lodge Certificates to two of our recently raised Brethren, Bro. Dean Warner and Bro. Raymond McPhee, Bro. McPhee having stood in as Senior Deacon for the evening.
Once the Lodge was closed an excellent Festive Board from the Stewards provided a fine way for the members of the Lodge to go into the summer recess.
Since the meeting closed Bro. Davies has been in touch to say thank you for all those present and helped with his Initiation into Freemasonry – we are sure that he will be an asset to both the Lodge and to Freemasonry in general and wish him well in his Masonic career.
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Monday the 21st May saw a sell-out attendance of almost 70 Brethren from around the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland at the Wicklow Lodge in Melton Mowbray for the final meeting before the summer recess – and the start of work which will improve the catering facilities at the centre. The meeting itself was for the Installation of Brother Michael Brooman as the 67th Master of St Mary’s Lodge No 7164 and was to provide a great way to start the summer recess.
The ceremony was honoured by the presence of the Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden, W. Bro. Bruce White PAGDC, accompanied by the Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, W. Bro. Pravesh Ganda, reprising the success of their visit to the Installation of the Master at St Mary’s daughter Lodge earlier this year. Ironically during that visit he said that he rarely got the chance to visit Lodges in Melton Mowbray so they must have enjoyed their last visit!
As a member of the Light Blues Rugby Football Club Bro. Brooman was supported by a strong contingent of fellow members all keen to see one of their number be Installed as Master of their Lodge.
The evening’s ceremony was conducted in an exemplary manner by the Director of Ceremonies team of W. Bro. Paul Wright PSD and his ADC W. Bro. Martin Oliver who ensured that all of the work in the Temple went smoothly.
This provided W. Bro. Brooman with a fantastic Installation into the Chair of his Lodge after which he proceeded to appoint and invest his Officers for the coming year before presenting a Past Masters Jewel to W. Bro. Geoff Benford and thanking him for his work during his Mastership.
He also thanked W. Bro. Mike Rawson who this year stepped down as Lodge Almoner for his work both for the Brethren of St Mary’s Lodge but also as Assistant Almoner for the Province. We all wish W. Bro. Keith Hallam PPSGW who has taken over the role all the very best of luck for the future.
At the subsequent Festive Board all of the Brethren enjoyed an excellent meal thanks to the Stewards of the Lodge with the Senior Steward, Bro. Vince Howard, being awarded the title of Favourite Lodge Steward by Barbara on behalf of all the catering team at Wicklow Lodge.
With the evenings labours being ended all of those present went off to enjoy the summer break – many with new roles and ritual to learn ahead of the Autumn season.
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The funeral of Bro. Douglas Alfred Peet took place at the Grantham Crematorium on Friday 11th May 2018 and was well attended by members of The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453 as well as representatives of all the Masonic orders which meet at Melton Mowbray. Bro. Peet passed to the Grand Lodge Above on Wednesday 18th April 2018 after a short illness aged 92 years.
The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Graham Spencer who knew Douglas and spoke about a life well lived; many of the recollections bringing a smile to the assembled guests including his wife Elisabeth and other relatives. The subsequent Wake was held at Wicklow Lodge where the catering team had put on a wonderful spread for the many guests who attended to pay their respects.
Bro. Peet had led an incredibly full life having been conscripted into RAF Bomber Command where he trained as a pilot before going on to become a navigator on Lancaster bombers serving from 1943 through until the end of the war. After demobilisation he went on to join Nestle as the first salesman for Nescafe in the UK before going on to have a successful career with the business.
Whilst based in Surrey with Nestle, Bro. Peet was initiated into Freemasonry in the Province of Surrey.
After retirement from Nestle Bro.Peet initially moved to Colsterworth where he joined a Lodge in Grantham, wrote poetry and enjoyed gardening. However in 2003 at an age when many are settling down to a quiet life Bro. Peet and his wife, who was born in Austria, went to live for 10 years in Vienna. On his return he joined The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453 and in 2016 had his first book, Legal Brief, published.
Bro. Peet continued to be an active member of The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453 through until earlier this year when he decided that, with regret, he was too frail to continue attending the Lodge on a regular basis.
Bro. Peet was a remarkable man with a gentle sense of humour that we will miss at our meetings; I still recall with a smile his comment that he felt safer in a Lancaster over Germany than in the lift at Wicklow Lodge after it had became stuck one evening!
Bro. Douglas Alfred Peet - Truly did he live respected and die regretted in our Masonic community.
The funeral of W. Bro. Hedley Kendall PJGW was held on St Mary’s Parish Church in Melton Mowbray on Tuesday 8th May 2018 at 10.30am followed by an Interment Ceremony at Thorpe Road Cemetery. Donations to the St Mary’s Lodge No 7164 Benevolent Fund. Funeral Directors, Richard Barnes Funeral Directors, Wilton Road, Melton Mowbray LE14 0UJ.
The funeral was well attended by brethren of The Rutland Lodge, St Mary's Lodge, Framland Lodge and the Rutland Mark and Royal Ark Mariners Lodges, and all other side orders which meet at Wicklow Lodge.
W.Bro Hedley Kendall who was described as one of the leading lights of Freemasonry in Melton Mowbray, passed to the Grand Lodge Above on Friday 20th April 2018 aged 95 years.
In February 2014, at the presentation of a Certificate celebrating his 60 Years in Freemasonry, W. Bro. Kendall was described by the Provincial Grand Master, VW.Bro David Victor Hagger, as being the “Father Figure of Masonry in Melton Mowbray,”
W. Bro. Kendall was initiated into St Mary’s Lodge No 7164 on the 25th January 1954 and would go on to achieve the high rank of Past Junior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England.
He was certainly a father figure for The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453 being both a founder member of the Lodge as well as being Installed as its first Master on 27th May 1992. W. Bro. Kendall went on to serve it well over the years and many were saddened that at the 25th Anniversary meeting of the Lodge in 2017 he was too frail to attend the evening.
Royal Arch Masonry - W. Bro. Kendall was Exalted into the Vale of Catmos Chapter No. 1265 on the 15th March 1962 and went on to achieve Grand Rank as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.
Mark Master Masons - W. Bro. Kendall was Advanced to the Rutland Lodge of Mark Master Mason’s No 1051 on 9th December 1964 and went on to achieve Grand Rank as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. He was presented with a 50th year Certificate by the Mark Provincial Grand Master, VW.Bro Tony Morris, in 2015.
Royal Ark Mariners - W. Bro. Kendall joined the Rutland Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1051 on 28th January 1977 and went on to receive Grand Rank on 4th December 2004.
Throughout his long Masonic career W. Bro. Kendall always remained a stalwart supporter of Freemasonry in Melton Mowbray and will long be remembered for his great contribution to the numerous Lodges and other Orders which meet at Wicklow Lodge in Melton Mowbray.
W. Bro. Samuel Hedley Kendall – a shining example of a man and a Freemason.
RUTLAND LODGE LADIES FESTIVAL – MARCH 2018
Report by W.Bro. Daviid Wall – The Rutland Lodge
The Rutland Lodge annual Ladies Festival Night took place on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at the Wicklow Masonic Rooms in Melton Mowbray.
The evening approached with Siberian threat of unpredictable phases and threats. Everything crossable was crossed in the hope that the downfalls of white stuff would not spoil the evening so eagerly looked forward to by 80+ guests.
However, with a highly successful season drawing to a close, due to the leadership of our Worshipful Master, Andrew Finn and a dedicated team at 6.30pm the full complement of guests, our high class caterer and staff were mingling happily ready for the formal evening to commence.
From the outset with formally attired hosts, elegantly, colourful guests, the atmosphere was all one could hope for at an event linked to an historic association in existence for 300 years and our vehicle, number 1130 with one hundred and fifty-two years of service.
Our Lady President, Julie, and Brother Consort, Andrew, brought much warmth to the reception and pre-dining activities.
Dining proceeded happily with toasting as appropriate.
Brother Peter Finn gave an entertaining toast to the Lady President, who responded in a very relaxed, delightful manner.
The Ladies Song was performed unaccompanied and so clearly by W Bro. Brian Golland and supported by brethren went well. The Lady President “absolutely loved this” and this went for all.
W.Bro. Steve Archer toasted the Visitors and Ladies sincerely and warmly.
During coffee, the Stewards dispensed gifts to all the ladies, these were perfume atomisers which were well received by the ladies.
The evening concluded with a local Irish Band ‘Ruff and Ready’ entertaining with singing, rhythmic hand clapping and arm movement. All with much enthusiasm and participation.
A raffle for the Lady President's choice of charity, The Alzheimer's Society, raised the wonderful amount of £320.
During the short interim between the end of the formal proceedings and the entertainment W Bro Brian Golland escorted a number of visitors on a visit the Temple.
Heartfelt thanks to all who worked so hard to give all the guests a wonderful evening.
“We all recognise your worth,
Our best friends upon this earth.”
“Four things greater than all things are
Women and Horses and Power and War”
Ballad of the King’s Jester.
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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Monday the 22nd January saw a special meeting of St Marys Lodge No. 7164 at Wicklow Lodge in Melton Mowbray to Pass Bro. Robert Davies and Bro. Mark Yeoman to the Degree of Fellowcraft. Both Brethren were from their Daughter Lodge, The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453, which has been bucking the trend of declining Masonic numbers in recent years. This has already meant an increase in the number of meetings from 4 per year to 5 to manage the upturn and St Marys Lodge No. 7164 were kind enough to help to ease the pressure further by conducting this double Passing.
The meeting itself was attended by over 40 Brethren representing a cross section of all the Lodges meeting at Melton Mowbray highlighting the harmony which exists between Mother, Daughter and Grand-daughter Lodges.
The meeting was opened by the Worshipful Master of St Mary’s Lodge No. 7164, W. Bro Geoff Benford, who then placed his Lodge Secretary, W.Bro Martin Fairbairn, into the Chair to conduct the ceremony which was beautifully presented by the Brethren of St Mary’s Lodge No. 7164. However, not wishing to make the Brethren of St Mary’s do all of the work, the Working Tools and Tracing Board were ably delivered by The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453 Inner Guard, Bro. Richard Piskula, and DC, W.Bro David Pratt, respectively. Both candidates were then warmly congratulated by W.Bro Alan Marshall ProvGStwd, the current Master of The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453, followed by the acting Master.
W.Bro Geoff Benford then resumed the Chair to continue the evening's work and close the Lodge where at the Second Rising W.Bro Tony Molyneaux, Provincial Almoner, gave an interesting presentation to the Brethren explaining how and where funds from the MBF money were distributed.
Having closed the Lodge in Peace and Harmony, the subsequent Festive Board, courtesy of Bro. Vince Howard and his Stewards, provided an excellent way to conclude a most enjoyable evening for all concerned. Over 10 members of The Framland Hundred Lodge were present at the Festive Board.
Over 10 members of The Framland Hundred Lodge were present at the meeting and together with our candidates would like to warmly thank the Brethren of St Mary’s Lodge No. 7164 for their hospitality and trust that these meetings help provide the mortar which will maintain the strongest bonds between ourselves - and ensure the future success of Freemasonry in Melton Mowbray.
The Framland Hundred Lodge No. 9453, now entering its 26th year, recently installed W.Bro Alan Marshall, ProvGStwd as their 22nd Master in a very enjoyable ceremony held at Wicklow Lodge on the 15th January 2018 attended by W.Bro Pravesh Ganda, Assistant Provincial Director of Ceremonies and W.Bro Bruce White, Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden. The meeting went ahead thanks to a special dispensation granted by the PGM RW.Bro. David Hagger following the unfortunate resignation of the Master Elect in December 2017. Fortunately W. Bro. Alan - already a Past Master of the Lodge - agreed to be put forwards as Master Elect at the December meeting where he was unanimously elected by the Brethren of the Lodge to become Master for the coming year. Despite the short notice W.Bro. Phillip Mann, PPGSwdB, acting as the Installing Master, performed the ceremony of Installation in a very friendly manner making everyone, including all of our guests feel most welcome. This theme of harmony was continued when the new Master proceeded to install his Officers for the coming year in a very courteous manner. Here we can see W. Bro. Alan with (left to right) with W.Bro. Phillip Mann PPGSwdB, W.Bro Pravesh Ganda - PADC, W.Bro Bruce White - PPSGW, Bro. Martin Smith (Senior Warden, Bro. Steve Newham (Junior Warden), W. Bro. David Pratt - PPGSwdB, W. Bro. Andrew Gill and Bro. Richard Piskula (Inner Guard) after the ceremony. The Stewards under Bro. Neil Castledine once again provided a splendid Festive Board for the Brethren where W.Bro Bruce White, PPSGW, gave an excellent update on events at London Road and W.Bro Phillip Potter provided a memorable version of the Masters Song with which everyone joined in with verve for the chorus! This concluded a very enjoyable evening and we trust will mark the start of a wonderful year under the leadership of W. Bro. Alan.'