Derbyshire Masonic Bowls Tournament

The Annual Derbyshire Masonic Flat Green Bowls Tournament has been arranged for 11am Sunday 20 August at Derby West End Bowls Club, 80 Markeaton Street, Derby DE1 1DW . Also we have our Match v Nottinghamshire Province at 2pm Wednesday 26 July at Nottingham Proprietary Bowls Club 29 Addison Street Nottingham. Anyone interested please contact the below named. New members will be made most welcome. Lodge Secretaries would you please inform your members. Chris Bowler 07855429236 or chris@floridabees.co.uk Mike Lake 01623 811657 or mikejlake@btinternet.com

Ecclesburne Donating Within The Community

The Worshipful Master of Eccleburne Lodge 2425 recently presented a cheque for £ 139.00 to Derbyshire Autism Services based in Ripley. DAS provide free advice and guidance on how to get the best out of an employee or colleague with autism.They also provide companionship and support to children and adults to achieve their goals, such as playing sport, attending a night class or looking for a job. Support can also be provided within the family unit for children alongside mum and dad in everyday activities such as getting up and ready for school or settling down for bed. The photograph shows Worshipful Brother Carl Reynolds WM of Ecclesburne making the presentation.

Provincial Grand Lodge Annual Meeting 2017

Saturday 8th April 2017 saw the annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire where a packed temple witnessed a flawless ceremony. The event was well supported by a large contingent of distinguished visitors including a number of Provincial Grand Masters. The ceremony was presided over by the ever cool and composed Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, WB Ravi Kumar-Sahnan. Whilst there were a few moments of sadness amongst the outgoing Provincial Officers there was a unanimous agreement that it had been a great year and it was time to ” hand over the reins ” to the incoming team. The newly appointed officers were evidently proud to have been invested and our Provincial photographer WBro David Joyce was on hand to record the event with his usual enthusiasm

Pioneer Celebrate Their Ladies!

Diana and I would like to invite you to attend the Pioneer Ladies Evening on Saturday 10th June at The Grange Banqueting Suite, Derby. The evening consist of a three course meal with coffee accompanied by live jazz/swing music with a singer. The music is provided by young people and who are very talented. Check your diaries, come and join us –  bring your friends and family along. It will be a great evening and an opportunity to spend some time with the members of Pioneer while having a wonderful time enjoying a fabulous banquet! WBro Andy Brown …… “just click here for more info (then check you downloads folder)”

It’s All Bowls!

Derbyshire Masonic Bowling Association are once again playing Nottinghamshire Province in the annual flat green bowls match and this year will once again be hosted by Nottinghamshire.  The venue is the Nottingham Proprietary Bowling Green Club , 29 Addison Street, Nottingham NG1 4HB and will commence at 2pm on Wednesday 26th July 2017.  Last year we were just beaten in a well fought contest of 3 wood triples.  Anyone interested in playing would you please contact Chris Bowler or Mike Lake (Team Captain): Chris Bowler 07855429236 chris@floridabees.co.uk Mike Lake 01623 811657  mikejlake@btinternet.com

Sure & Stedfast Celebrate England’s Patron Saint

Come and join Sure & Stedfast Lodge № 9130 to Celebrate St George’s Day on Saturday 22nd April 2017, at Dore Masonic Hall. A fun packed evening for all the family: Sherry Reception 6.30pm – 7.00pm 3 Course Traditional English Fayre (Dragon Pie – vegetarian option available) A rousing sing song – ‘Songs you think you should know’ by Melvin White Entertainment from Hilary – singing a selection of popular songs from the 50’s and 60’s. All of the above for only £18 per person (£10 for children under 10 – includes activity fun pack) !! To reserve your places please contact WBro Phil Schofield by clicking here  

A Wild Time!!

Tyrian Lodge № 253 presents The Wild Wild West Evening. Saturday June 3rd 2017 at the Grange, Saloon Doors open at 6.30pm. Chuck wagon inspired menu, saloon dancing girls, dead mans poker and all sorts of Cowboy inspired merriment!! Tickets now available from the Grange at £35pp. For further information click here  -then check your downloads folder. All enquiries please to WBro Guy Raynor-Edwards:  buxtoncat@hotmail.co.uk

It’s a family affair!

Friday 17th of March will be a day to go down into the history of Derbyshire Freemasonry as well as in Cantelupe Lodge № 8247, when a packed temple saw the spectacle of the Worshipful Master Adrian Gotheridge initiate no less than three of his sons in faultless style. For more info please click here  – then check check your downloads folder

60 Years in the Craft!

On Thursday 2nd March the Deputy Provincial Grand Master presented a Certificate of Distinguished Service to Very Worshipful Brother Dr David Ronald Dodsley PGSwdB. VWB Dodsley was initiated into Freemasonry on the 30th January 1957 at the Masonic Hall, Gower Street, Derby on the occasion of the 52nd Regular meeting of Mentor Lodge. The Worshipful Master at the time was WBro SG Woods. Some 60 years later he was back, again in Mentor Lodge but this time on the occasion if their 551st meeting and his Diamond Anniversary Celebration. He is a Derbyshire Mason but his parents originated from Loscoe. His career was in medicine but also was called to National Servive in 1945 where he met with many Freemasons and his interest was sparked. Once demobbed he resumed medical

Buxton soar with the best!

High Peak lodge of Freemasons made a donation of £500 towards the replacement and refurbishment of musical instruments for the 2517 Buxton Squadron Air Training Corps. 2517 Squadron Air Training Corps is home to cadets living all over Buxton and the High Peak district. One of the talents which the Squadron is rightly proud of is the performance of the Corps of Drums. The picture shows the cadets receiving the cheque at the drill hall at one of their training nights. The cheque was presented to Flight Lieutenant Richard Vahter by Neil Tomlinson Master of High Peak Lodge.

Rugby legend visits Cherterfield Masonic Hall

Chesterfield Masonic Hall was delighted to host an “Evening with Bill Beaumont” on Monday 27th February. The former England, British Lions and “Question Of Sport” captain delighted and enthralled a packed house with both his warm personality and his reminiscences of what it was really like to play rugby for his country. Not afraid of speaking on current issues he enthusiastically addressed the issues of the changes in the rules (and the Italian interpretation of them), but his larger message, which was met with acclamation, was that rugby is a team sport which should be enjoyed by everyone across the board and encouraged at all levels. Throughout the evening, he encouraged people, from the newest members of the Lodge, to the PGM, to talk to him and ask any questions;

Devonshire ring in with a cheque

Devonshire Lodge of Freemasons Worshipful Master Colin Richardson hands over a cheque for £150 to Bell Ringer Alan Burlison, in Glossop Parish Church bell tower. The money will go towards the cost of major servicing to the essential parts that enable the bells to be rung, such as bearings & pulley wheels to name but a few. The bells have been rung in Old Glossop for over three hundred years, the last major change being made in 1932 when two bells were added making eight in all. Colin commented that the Lodge was pleased to be able to help as church bell ringing is a quintessentially English sound.

A Derbyshire Mason Raises the bar!

Pete Tryner of Grange Lodge is apparently the current weightlifting Champion of Champions after the 2016 World Championships, and is defending his title in October 2017. 22 Lifters competed at this year’s World Championships representing Australia USA England Finland and Scotland. The youngest lifter was Aiden Habecker 13yrs and the oldest was Art Montini at 88yrs. The lifters performed well over the six disciplines: Continental Clean, Pullover and Push, 2 x 2Vertical Bars Lift, The One Hand Clean and Jerk, Alternate Grip Clean and Press and Ciavattone Deadlift. The Overall Best Lifter: Peter Tryner of England, received the Champion of Champions Belt to hold for 12 months.

Bretby Lodge donate to Queens Hospital Neo-natal unit in Burton

Members of the Freemasons of Bretby Lodge held a charity ladies’ night in aid of the Queen’s Hospital neo-natal unit in Burton. Members donated prizes into a big raffle which raised £605 for the ward. On top of that the Provincial Grand Charity of Derbyshire matched the lodge’s donation to make a total of £1210 for the ward. John Haynes said, ‘A lot of us actually owe quite a bit to the neo-natal unit here. My son William was here for three days when he was born and some of the other members here have had children on the ward’. The night was topped off by a Frankie Valli tribute band which was enjoyed by all. Pictured are members of the Freemason of Bretby lodge and Hospital staff. John Haynes,

Square Wheels

To showcase three hundred years of English Freemasonry (1717-2017), the Masonic Classic Vehicle Club is organising the Classic 300 – a series of individual classic car runs that will take place in England and Wales during 2017. The non-competitive classic car runs are for the enjoyment of the participants, and to be seen and enjoyed by members of the public.  The runs will be open to Masons and those with an interest in Freemasonry, driving cars built before 1st January 1997 or future classics accepted as being of special interest.  In some cases motorcycles and commercial vehicles will also be included. ​ The Classic 300 will start on Sunday 21st May 2017 with a large gathering of vehicles at Windsor Castle.  Travelling gavels (made from con-rods) will be carried on

Derbyshire Masonic Golf Association

If you enjoy Golf then have you considered joining the DMGA. With a history of over 80 years, meetings are arranged about once a month throughout the County from April to October and allow you to enjoy a round of golf in friendly competitions. It is a wonderful way to meet fellow brethren with a shared interest and get even more out of your Masonry. Not surprisingly we aim to raise funds for charities through our activities via raffles and supporting Charity golf days too and we annually make charity donations on behalf of the society.  To view our full calendar click here. You will have the opportunity to play some lovely courses, both in Derbyshire and further afield when we have matches against other Provinces and we always aim

Alfreton Masonic Hall opens its doors

On Saturday 7th of January members of Alfreton Masonic Hall welcomed the Alfreton Heritage Group on their visit which was requested by WBro John White, assisted by WBro Roger Foster. WBro Neil Stone had prepared a paper providing factual and historical information leading up to the purchase of the Masonic Hall to be presented to the audience. Expecting around thirty visitors and with the correct number of cups and saucers at the ready, along with thirty copies of the paper and a ready supply of biscuits duly laid out, WBro Stone arrived at 9:00am expecting the presentation to start at 10:00am and last around two hours. He kept the doors locked until 9:45 but peering out at that time saw a queue snaking all the way up the main pathway

Vulcan Lodge donate £350 to Ilkeston Community Hospital League of Friends

The Worship Master of Vulcan Lodge, Worshipful Brother Ian Campbell, and his Lady Pat visited Ilkeston Community Hospital League of Friends Committee Meeting on the 17th January to present a cheque from the proceeds of the Ladies Festival. Eileen Knight, Chair of the League received the donation thankfully, and greeted the WM & his lady most warmly. The £350 will go towards their current project which is cafe for the use of visitors and outpatients.

Will Fairfield win hearts?

Ladbrooks give 300-1 odds that a gift to Special Needs Children from the Provincial Grand Master RWBro Steven Varley, will win the hearts of its riders and will give many years of pleasure. Wednesday February 1st saw the Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Steven Varley welcomed to Fairfield Lodge Annual Burns Night by the Worshipful Master, WBro David Ross, where 26 visitors along with the Lodge members witnessed the ceremony of Passing on Bro Paul Allen. The Haggis was of course piped in and presented in a most perfect manner and was addressed and toasted by WBro Stephen Fraser – Burton PrG Stwd , followed by the traditional parade to the room prior to the commencement of the jovialities. The Festive Board was enhanced by an articulate and at times very entertaining presentation by WBro Barry

3 Provincial Grand Masters, a Piper and a Wee Dram

The annual St Werburga Lodge № 4147 Burn’s night celebration was held last Friday evening at the Grange, Littleover. It was very well attended by three PGMs, our own RWBro Steven Varley, Provincial Grand Master of Derbyshire, along with RWBro Philip Marshall, the Provincial Grand Master of Nottinghamshire and RWBro John Lockley Provincial Grand Master of Staffordshire.  With 146 Brethren attending including a 21 man delegation from Lodge Clyde № 408 in the Scottish Constitution, the atmosphere was exactly as Robbie Burns would have wanted and expected.  The delegation from Lodge Clyde was piped into the Lodge in fine and traditional form.  To the enjoyment of all, their Third Degree ceremony was a perfect example of the workings of the Scottish Constitution. The menu for the festive board had a

Dale Abbey pay attention and then pay up!

On Monday 23rd January, Dale Abbey Lodge 5603, invited Dr Tim Gray MBE, Chairman and founder of EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme) to deliver a presentation outlining the work done by the team across the East Midlands. Dr Gray gave a fascinating talk demonstrating the vital nature of the service. EMICS is staffed by GPs, surgeons, medical consultants and paramedics, who give up their own time to attend at serious incidents. The scheme is funded purely by charitable donations and receives no NHS assistance, despite the EMICS team working alongside the ambulance service. WBro Jeremy Thomas, Worshipful Master, received assistance from one of the EMICS doctors 10 years ago when he collapsed due to an infection in his heart. When approached by the scheme to see if Freemasonry could

DERBYSHIRE FREEMASONS GET ON THEIR BIKES!

During the summer of 2016 the Provincial Grand Charity in association with Cycle Derby made it possible for six groups of children with disabilities and special educational needs to enjoy the thrill of cycling in Derby’s Markeaton Park. Following on from these events and the association made with Cycle Derby, the Freemasons were approached by Christine Kelly, manager of the organisation to see if any assistance could be provided for the purchase of a special adaptive seat. The seat is designed to be fitted to one of the special bikes and will provide more flexibility of use particularly for children requiring physical support. The Provincial Grand Charity were delighted to fully fund the purchase. The photograph shows Christine Kelly receiving the seat from the Vice Chairman of the PGC, Michael

Local Derby schools invited to attend a Pantomime

Through the funding of the Derbyshire Freemasons and in conjunction with the support of Derby Theatre, a nearly packed house of local school children, most whom have special needs, together with their teachers and carers, were invited to attend a relaxed performance of Alice in Wonderland. Some of the schools from further afield received free transport to and from the theatre and all were treated to an ice cream at the interval. The pantomime was obviously enjoyed by all with text messages of thanks being received within only a few hours of the finish. This is the second year that this joint venture has taken place and negotiations are already ongoing for January 2018. To see a little more of the evening just click here

£1,000 donation from Derbyshire Provincial Grand Charity to support Toyota fund raising for destitute families and children

On 16th December 2016, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Ian Copestake accompanied by WBro Martin Harris from Lodge of St John 8070 visited Toyota Manufacturing UK in Burnaston to meet with members of the plant maintenance team who have been raising funds and collecting food for destitute families and children from Burton and the surround area. Toyota maintenance manager Barry Scraton started the activities to support the families via the Burton branch of the Salvation Army only 6 weeks ago and mentioned the project to WBro Harris who in turn requested support from Provincial Grand Charity which responded with the £1,000 donation. During the presentation of the cheque it was discovered that the size of the problem had grown significantly since we were originally made aware. Three weeks ago,

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