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


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,

Care Leavers Christmas Party

Ashfield House Burton upon Trent was filled with joy on Thursday 15th December when a Christmas Party took place for a group of teenage care leavers. The Provincial Grand Charity had received a plea for assistance from a Lodge Almoner who is also a care worker to the plight of these children many of whom will be spending Christmas in care. WBro Trandeep Sethi who masterminded the idea told us that even on Christmas day his staff go into the care home when off duty to visit the children just so they have someone to be with. These children may have lost parents, been abused by parents or have parents who have been deemed unfit fit to look after a child.  Following a lifetime in care some of the group

At Artemis House Christmas comes early

After receiving a request from Christine Nutt of Artemis House (a hostel for homeless men in Long Eaton) Fairfield Lodge were only too willing to answer the call. Click right here for some photos! Not only were the twelve clients (as referred to by the staff) presented with a gift wrapped shoe box full of every day essentials, they also received a personalised Christmas card, a notice board, a calendar and a time, day and date clock for their rooms. Through the support of the Provincial Grand Charity each room was also furnished with a microwave oven. After the presentation, the staff related the unfortunate circumstances of some of the residents present and past. The Worshipful Master of Fairfield Lodge WBro David Ross described the whole experience as extremely humbling.

Christmas donation from Derbyshire Freemasons to LEVEL’S disability outreach project

LEVEL, the national arts and disability charity based in Rowsley has received an early Christmas present of £700 from Derbyshire Freemasons. LEVEL offers many exciting and engaging contemporary art events and the money donated by the Freemasons has contributed towards the SENSE Performance Outreach Tour around rural Derbyshire and Derby City. The tour has been piloted in 10 centres across rural Derbyshire and Derby City and has focused on engaging people with PMLD (profound, multiple learning disabilities) and complex disabilities – from children to older people – as the piece is universal to all. Derbyshire Freemason, Ian Annable’s son Robert is a regular visitor at the LEVEL centre, “Robert loves to be involved in such high quality, stimulating, performances and he would not have the opportunity if it were not

The PGM goes back to school for lunch!

On Monday 19th December St Clares Special School in Mickleover very kindly extended an invitation to a Christmas lunch party to be held with the students of the school. Earlier in the month the Provincial Grand Masters of both the Craft and Mark degree attended the school along with the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Degree, the Provincial Grand Charity Steward and Special Events Coordinator to formally present a cheque on behalf of the joint orders for £ 1,178.00 to cover the cost of a travelling pantomime performance of Beauty and the Beast. The school were absolutely delighted with the charitable donation and we were told that the pantomime  had made a great impact with the students. The Head Teacher said” today is our thank you to you

Curtain Cash

Devonshire Lodge Charity Steward John Acton with Lodge members David Wood and Tony Lawton hands over a cheque for £400 to Andrew Wilson, Hon. Treasurer of the Partington Theatre Club, Glossop. The money will go towards the cost of the new fireproof stage curtains. Andrew said that the Partington Theatre building was constructed in 1914 as the then Liberal Club and the theatre acquired the building about 60 years ago. Over the years they have extensively renovated the interior to turn it into a much-admired intimate amateur theatre. They are currently planning further renovations to the auditorium and repairs are required to the North face stonework which will cost in the region of £10,500. John commented that the Lodge was pleased to be able to help this valuable local theatre

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