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Lodge News 2018

News from Lodges December 2018


Wellington School Lodge thank Jon Cozens for 30 years service as Treasurer

Alan Baker presented a gift on behalf of the Wellington School Lodge to outgoing Treasurer Jon Cozens. Jon has been Treasurer of the School Lodge for over 30 years and will be a very hard act to follow.

Immediate Past Master and previously Bursar of Wellington School Richard Coupe OBE has been appointed as Jon's successor.

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Wellington School Lodge initiate old pupil

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Wellington School Lodge welcomed Mr Sean Grange an ex pupil of the School as a new initiate. Sean was formally welcomed by the Worshipful Master, Clive Dunster, Jeremy Hellier his proposer and only four years ago one of his teachers, Miles Dorrington the Lodge Mentor.

In the photograph to the right, Sean is confidently making his first address at a Festive Board - no doubt it won't be his last!

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Vivary Lodge make presentation to Junior Diabetes Research Foundation

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When a member’s six-year-old nephew was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes others in Vivary Lodge were reminded of this debilitating and life changing illness. They voted to donate £1,000 to aid research into the condition and a cheque was recently presented to Ally Colton, the SW Organiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by Peter Ball the WM of the Lodge.

Ally said that there in the 400,000 persons with Type1 diabetes in the UK, of these 29,000 are children, and that significant progress was being made to find new methods of prevention and treatment.

News from Lodges November 2018


Sir Isaac Newton Lodge 9801 – Double Celebration

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On 25th. November 2018 the Sir Isaac Newton Lodge was pleased to receive their Honorary Member R W Bro. C A Stuart Hadler Provincial Grand Master of Somerset together with his wife Susan to a special 'Ladies' occasion at our Lodge meeting to inform everyone of the progress towards the Provincial 2020 Festival.

Having completed the business of the day the Lodge was closed and all convened with the Ladies in the Temple for several presentations given by the Provincial Grand Master, the first of which were two Vice-Patron jewel bars to Sir Isaac Newton Brethren for donations to the 2020 Festival. The Provincial Grand Master gave an explanation of the current Festival for brethren and Ladies, culminating in the presentation of the Lodges Third Ashlar to the WM W Bro. Darrell Genge and Charity Steward Bro. Bob Harding. (see photograph)
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Following the presentation the Charity Steward, on behalf of the Worshipful Master, thanked the Provincial Grand Master and his wife for attending this special meeting and being able to present the Third Ashlar award for donations to the 2020 Festival. Bro. Bob Harding went on to explaining how Sir Isaac Newton Lodge has made such progress in donations both single and regular giving towards to 2020 Festival.

The Provincial Grand Master then gave a presentation of a 50 year award to W Bro. Frank R Clarke, PAGDC and gave a summary of Frank's life including the last fifty years in Freemasonry, with Frank intermittently giving his version of events. At one time, being the first Orator in the Province of Somerset, this is a prime time for him to give you his account of his 50 years in Masonry.

I joined Smith Child Lodge in Stoke-on-Trent on a November evening in 1968. Work finished at 5:30 and the Lodge started at 5:45, and I can still remember the looks of relief when I turned up "just in time". The Lodge was named after the Victorian benefactor of Tunstall, one of the Potteries Five Towns, and was my father's Lodge. Before going into the Chair ten years later I served every office on the floor of the Lodge, four of them after having moved to Bristol. This meant frequent journeys along the M5/M6, but fuel was quite cheap in those days, although the 50 mph speed limit during the winter of discontent made some of the return journeys a bit of a trial. I remember that the cost of the Ladies Evening was £6.50 including a 5-Course meal and a band !

After moving to Long Ashton in 1974 I joined the Lodge of Harmony in Bristol, closely followed by Estune Lodge here in Nailsea. By 1989 I was active in both Lodges, and ended up both as Secretary of Estune and Master of the Lodge of Harmony at the same time. Be careful what you volunteer for ! The year of retirement from full time work proved to be most significant and rewarding for my Masonic life because 2003 started a 10-year period of active Provincial office, first as Chaplain and then as the first Orator in Somerset. Both offices involved writing my own Orations and being a part of the Provincial Team-thus allowing me to express my own ideas and develop a county-wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

During this very active and fruitful period we founded Sir Isaac Newton Lodge and I became Master for the third time in 2005.The foundation of our Lodge is well documented, but it did express the spirit of harmony and co-operation; and developed a lot of new warm friendships which are ongoing today.
A memorable experience in 2007 was to receive Grand Honours from the Grand Master, accompanied by Graham Bell, the Lodge's Master. Masonic life then seemed to enter a more quiet period, until I joined the line of progression in the Somerset Masters Lodge. My year as Master in 2007 coincided with the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the Grand Lodge, and I had the privilege of welcoming the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wootton, to the Lodge as part of the tricentenary celebrations.

The final high point of my Masonic life was receiving the 50th anniversary certificate from the Provincial Grand Master in our November 2018 meeting. I wonder what the future holds ?


£10,000 Cheque presented to Friends of Avalon School by St Dunstan’s Lodge, Glastonbury

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On Friday 23rd November 2018 a cheque to the value of £10,000 was presented to Avalon School ’s Hydrotherapy Pool Campaign.

The presentation was made at the afternoon assembly by WM Tom Nutt of St Dunstan’s Lodge, Glastonbury to Alison Murkin, President, Friends of Avalon School and Headteacher, Avalon School .

Also in the photograph are Adrian Huggett, Lodge Secretary, Dudley Tremaine, retired Charity Steward and children and staff of Avalon School .

Members of St Dunstan’s Lodge Glastonbury also made a donation of £500 in 2013 and £4500 in 2014.

Gordano Lodge Sponsors a Poppy

Gordano Lodge sponsored one of the Poppies displayed on the "Full Fathom Five" art installation in Portishead, North Somerset. Along with 99 other institutions, businesses, schools and individuals, it raised £10,000 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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The photo below shows the 64 crosses commemorating the First World War dead from Portishead the home Town of Gordano Lodge.

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Lodge of Agriculture supports AppleShed Inclusive Theatre

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The AppleShed Inclusive Theatre is an exciting, inclusive, dynamic and accessible theatre group. It meets locally in Congresbury, North Somerset, where children, young people and adults with and without disabilities can interact together.

The Lodge of Agriculture handed over a donation of £411 as part of their initiative within the local community. AppleShed believes that everyone’s contribution is valid and should be valued; everyone is different but they are equal and this ethos of everyone being able to contribute leads to an interesting and diverse theatre which both entertains and moves audiences. Sentiments that Freemasonry concurs with.
The photo shows the WM, Paul Atherton handing over the donation. You can see the reaction of the recipients!

For more information please email or follow then on social media (Facebook and twitter). You can also check out the website


Alan Peters Celebrates 60 years in Freemasonry

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Backwell Lodge enjoyed a very special meeting and celebration on Friday 23rd November. The WM W Bro Harry Jordan welcomed the PGM RW Bro Stuart Hadler to the lodge who was then able to present W Bro Alan Peters with a certificate for 60 years since his initiation into Freemasonry.

Congratulations Alan!

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Wraxall Lodge donates to Westhaven Special School

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W.Bro Ray Beckingham made a presentation of £235 on behalf of Wraxall Lodge to Westhaven Special school on 9th November, Ray's granddaughter works at the school., and she mentioned that the school needed funds for certain projects. The school is for Children with complex barriers to learning.

The presentation was made at the morning assembly to Ms Tracy Towler, head of school, who thanked Ray and the Freemasons for the cheque, she stated that the money would help in restoring their garden at the side of the school.for the use of the children.

Ray Beckingham W.M. Wraxall Lodge.

The picture shows Ms Towler, Ray Beckingham and some of the children.

Permission has been given for the picture to be published.

News from Lodges October 2018


Minehead Masons Together Remember

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With the centenary of the end of The Great War fast approaching, the Masons of all the Masonic Orders which meet at Minehead Masonic Hall have united in the act of purchasing a ‘There But Not There’ silhouette sculpture of an Allied Forces ‘Tommy’ which is to be displayed in the town.

The 6ft tall aluminium figure acts as a hauntingly poignant visual reminder of The Fallen of The Great War.
The figure is produced on behalf of the charitable organisation ‘Remembered’ which is based at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.
The proceeds of donations and sales of their commemorative pieces contribute towards the work of the following charities viz; The Royal Foundation, Help For Heroes, Project Equinox, Combat Stress, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation and Walking With The Wounded.

It is proposed that the figure purchased by the Brethren of Minehead will be displayed together with the one recently purchased by the Minehead Town Council. The final resting place of the two figures in Minehead has yet to be decided.
An engraved metal plaque and stand to accompany the figure has been generously donated by W.Bro. Hedley Price, the current D.C. of Exmoor Lodge.

Thanks are due to all the Brethren belonging to Exmoor Lodge 2390, St Bernard Lodge 5361, Exmoor Mark 697, Exmoor Royal Arch Chapter 2390, Exmoor Royal Ark Mariners 697, Exmoor Preceptory Of Knights Templar 638 and St Decuman & St Dubricius Chapter 784 of The Ancient And Accepted Rite.

Bro. Andy Baird.
LIO. Exmoor Lodge 2390.

News from Lodges September 2018


A Half Century For Exmoor’s ‘Stormin’ Norman Ackland

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On Thursday 20th September 2018, the Brethren of Minehead’s Exmoor Lodge No 2390 and their guests were present to celebrate the occasion of W.Bro Norman Ackland receiving his 50th Masonic Year Certificate from Deputy P.G.M. the V.W.Bro. John Winston.

The presentation of the certificate was accompanied by a very erudite and witty precis of Norman’s formative years and his introduction to Freemasonry in West Somerset through the late W.Bro. Norman Coles of Quantock Lodge No 4446, from whom advice to the Initiate included the statement ‘you’ll only get out of it what you put in’!
Norman has certainly embraced that advice throughout his own busy Masonic journey.

Having been Master in Craft, Mark and RAM, Norman’s unerring commitment has seen him receive numerous past and active Provincial Honours in Craft and Mark. He now also holds Grand Rank in Royal Ark Mariners.

Having served as a Royal Marine for eight years from the age of 17, Norman then became a Somerset police officer until his retirement in 1986. He lives in Minehead with his wife Lee.

He is currently Lodge Chaplain at 2390 and remains actively interested and involved in supporting all aspects of Lodge life.
As he put it ‘I have enjoyed my life as a Freemason, with all its ups and downs. I would not change a thing and I hope I can continue to do so for a few years yet’.

The Brethren sincerely hope so too Norman.
Bro. Andy Baird.
Lodge Information Officer.
Exmoor Lodge 2390.

Gordano Lodge Host Successful Garden Party

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A very successful MacMillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning was held in Clevedon Masonic Hall on September 28th, raising £471.10. Don't know where the 10p came from!

Supported by Gordano Lodge 6244, the Worshipful Master, Marshall Westley, presented Mrs Carol Clayton, wife of the I.P.M. W Bro Brian Clayton, with a cheque for £100 to be added to the total. (Pictured above)

Brian and Carol would like to thank Clevedon Masonic Hall Committee for letting us use the Hall, Zena's Catering and Neil Hurcum for supervising the "hot water" end of things, all those who made cakes, provided raffle prizes, and especially all those who turned up and spent money.

Brian S. Clayton BA (Hons)

I.P.M. Gordano Lodge 6244

News from Lodges August 2018


Vivary Lodge celebrate their 300th Meeting

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At the last Meeting of Vivary Lodge in Taunton back in April, over 70 Freemasons were present to celebrate the Lodge’s 300th Meeting including the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Stuart Hadler and his immediate predecessor RW Bro David Jenkins

The main business of the Evening was to Initiate Ian Tucker into Freemasonry and newly made Brother Ian was given a surprise when part of the Ceremony was conducted by an old friend, W Bro Bob Horne who had travelled up from his Mother Lodge (Petitor 8264) down in Paignton, Devon. Ian and Bob are long time friends having served in the Merchant Navy together all the way back to their time as Cadets.

The Worshipful Master of the Lodge, Mark Crawley was presiding over his last Meeting before handing over to his successor in October

Vivary Lodge is a comparatively young lodge being founded in 1975. This, at a time when many Freemasons were moving to Taunton to work at GCHQ Culmhead (the UK Hydrographic Office) along with many other establishments and businesses. They wished to continue their active membership in Freemasonry but found that all the local lodges were at capacity and unable to accommodate them.

The ‘Festive Board’ served after the Meeting was based on the menu served to guests when the Lodge was Consecrated back in 1975.

Pictured above (l-r), RW Bro Stuart Hadler (Provincial Grand Master), newly made Brother Ian Tucker and the Worshipful Master Master, W Bro Mark Crawley presiding over his last Meeting before handing over to his successor in October)

Pictured below, the Worshipful Master and Provincial Grand Master cutting a celebratory anniversary cake

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Tynte Lodge hold a Charity Garden Party

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"Saturday 28th July and Worshipful Master of Tynte Lodge 7994 Tony Saunter and his wife Annette organised their 3rd Charity Garden Party.

This year all monies raised (c£1,800 before Giftaid) will be donated to St Margaret's Hospice in memory of Annette's Dad who passed away in September last year.

With the help of 3 of their 4 daughters and their partners, together with the BBQ skills of Tony's brother W.Bro David Saunter and Neil King who were in charge of cooking, some 175 burgers and 250 sausages were consumed!!!
They all successfully catered for 115 party-goers.

Music this year was provided by local band Shuffle. Even "Elvis" made a cameo appearance".
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Pictured above L to R - W.Bro Richard Winter WM 135, W Bro Terry Joyce IPM 7994 & Bro. Brian Kyle 7994

To the right is Annette - wife of Tony Saunter WM 7994

Report by W.Bro. Chris Marchmont PAGDC PrGDC

News from Lodges July 2018


£1,000 presented to St.Mary’s Church, Bridgwater

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A lovely warm summer morning in Bridgwater, and members of Tynte Lodge and PGL Somerset attended Holy Communion at St Mary’s Bridgwater where they presented the Reverend Trish Ollive with donations totalling £1,000 following on from the Provincial biennial church service held there in June.

The total comprised a £500 donation from Provincial Grand Lodge which was matched by a similar amount from the Brethren of Tynte Lodge 7994, the youngest of the three Bridgwater Craft Lodges.

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The presentation was attended by W.Bro Barry McCormack, APGM, W.Bro Chris Marchmont, ProvGDC, W.Bro Norman Hucker PPrSGW (Assistant Warden at St Mary’s), W.Bro Dai Wood (Ch.Stwd - 7994), W.Bro Tony Saunter (WM - 7994) and members of their families.

Rev Trish expressed her delight at the success of the biennial service and her grateful thanks for the donations, which are to be put towards the recent Gift Day appeal run by St Mary’s.

W.Bro. Chris Marchmont PAGDC PrGDC

Photographs by Jeff Searle of J&L Photography

News from Lodges June 2018


Gordano Lodge go Above and Beyond

In May 2018 Becky and Dan Milnor from Fearnville Estate, Clevedon joined another 57 riders on their bikes as they set off from Ashton Court. Their goal was to complete the cycle challenge to reach Paris some 430kms away by the following Bank Holiday Monday.

The challenge took in some very hilly terrain on day 1 as they cycled towards Salisbury and by day 2 they arrived at Portsmouth to get the overnight ferry to Caen.

Cycling through the beautiful wide open countryside in Normandy day 3 was the longest ride of 140kms. The saddle soreness and muscle aches were certainly something they will never forget.

The bike ride raised money for the charity ‘Above and Beyond’ and specifically the money raised from this event helped raise £150,000 for a new 3D ultrasound scanner in the Fetal Medicine Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital. This state of the art piece of equipment will provide greater diagnostic accuracy for fetal imaging, vital for conducting life-saving in-utero procedures.

It was a truly memorable and challenging event for them especially as the heat in Paris was 30 degrees and as Becky suffered heatstroke at the end of the event.

Becky and Dan raised nearly £4.500 for the charity to which Gordano Masonic Lodge contributed £150.

The Lodge is keen to support local good causes; please contact Philip on 0757 254 3837 for further information.

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Worshipful Master Marshall Westley presenting a Cheque for £150 to Becky and Dan Milnor.

Together with (from left to right);

Brian Clayton, Becky Milnor,Kevin Ollis, Marshall Westley,Paul Ollis, Dan Milnor and Peter Harris.


Corinthian Pillar Lodge make donation to Yeovil Sea Cadets

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On Friday 8th June the Yeovil Sea Cadets received a cheque for £650 donated by Corinthian Pillar Lodge No.7552 at the Sutton Bingham reservoir near Yeovil.

The cheque, presented by W Bro Steve Frost and his wife Pat, mirrors one sent to the Beacon Centre in Taunton. This is the closest treatment centre to Yeovil and has saved many people having to travel to Bristol for their cancer treatment since it opened.

Both the Centre and the Sea Cadets have a personal connection for Steve and Pat. The money was raised from events during Steve’s year in the Chair which included a 60’s Disco, Christmas Bingo and the Ladies Festival.
Also during the Steve’s year the Lodge regular meetings raised a further £125 for each charity. This was forwarded earlier in the year by the Charity Steward, W Bro John Warnes.

Seen in the picture from left to right are Mrs Pat Frost, W Bro Steve Frost, Sub Lt Hannah Robinson, Commanding Officer of the Sea Cadets and W Bro John Warnes. In the front row are Junior Sea Cadet 1st Class Hockley, Leading Junior Sea Cadet Sison and Junior Sea Cadets 1st Class Wharton, Nicholson and Huntley.

The donation will be used towards a bursary fund allowing more cadets to gain certification in some of the skills taught and offered.

W Bro Derek Marpole PPGSwdB

Lodge Information Officer


Quantock Lodge welcome special visitors and celebrate 60 years for Maurice Johnson

There was a full house at Quantock Lodge to celebrate the 60th Anniversary in Freemasonry for W Bro Maurice Johnson. The celebration was attended by Maurice’s wife Dorothy and a close family friend Yvonne Clark.

The APGM W Bro Ben Batley presented the certificate and pin to Maurice and to help him celebrate his evening he had amongst his many guests and friends brethren of all eminencies from Kent, Dorset, various parts of Somerset and in what was a first a visit by three Icelandic brothers.

On completion of the presentation and after the ladies left the Lodge W Bro Ben requested that they explain their regalia and this was duly carried out by WBro Oskar Sigurdsson.

The very different but nonetheless entertaining and interesting celebration meeting proved a fitting end to the Quantock Masonic Year.

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W Bro Maurice Johnson receiving his certificate and pin from the APGM

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Our Icelandic visitors:- W Bros Pall Palsson, Oskar Sigurdsson and Adrian Erwin

News from Lodges May 2018


Quantock Assist Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

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Quantock Lodge, which meets at the Masonic Hall in Watchet, received a presentation on the work of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance from Debbie Birtwisle the Area Fund raising coordinator. This coincided with an opportunity to present Debbie with a cheque for the sum of £300.00 from the Brethren in support of the DSAA. The Worshipful Master, Edward Martin and Brethren also extended an invitation for Debbie to attend a dinner afterwards which she duly accepted. Debbie received the cheque and she thanked everyone for their generosity. However, unbeknown to Debbie and the Brethren there was another cheque presented by Eric Murrell for the sum of £2,000.00. When presenting the cheque Eric said that although he was presenting the cheque it should be recognised that the money was not just from him it was also from his “family” the Brethren of the Lodge. That was not all. The Lodge Secretary had been asked to give Debbie an envelope with instructions that the content be read to the Brethren. To everyone’s surprise inside was another cheque for the sum of £5,000.00 from an anonymous donor. The covering letter said that the donation was in gratitude for the Dorset Air Ambulance saving his life when he suffered cardiac arrest while out walking. Debbie was quite emotional and thanked everyone for their generosity. Her presentation was very worthwhile, recommended to any organisation and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Backwell Lodge Support Brainwave

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Backwell Lodge presented a cheque for £1500 to Phil Edge, CEO of the Brainwave Charity Based in Bridgwater. During Richard Dyer’s year as Master the Lodge has raised £3,000 for Brainwave (Match Funded with £500 from the Province).

Richard Barclay LIO

Forest of Mendip Receive Third Ashlar

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The Forest of Mendip Lodge welcomed the APGM Martin Slocombe to their May Meeting where he presented the lodge with their third Ashlar. Martin also enlightened the Brethren on what happens to the Charitable Donations the make to the 2020 Festival and the type of assistance afforded by the MCF to Members, their Families and our Widows.

The photograph shows Martin Slocombe; APGM - Garry Currell; WM - Ian Angell; CS

Ray Beckingham; LIO

Coleridge provide valuable support to Crohn’s & Colitis

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Peter Niccol, the outgoing Worshipful Master had great pleasure recently, in presenting a cheque from the brethren of Coleridge Lodge for £1000 to his chosen charity Crohn's & Colitis UK.

Pictured right receiving the cheque is Tony Walmsley from the charity. Peter said “ I chose this particular charity, which, although not local to Clevedon, has assisted several of our members who suffer from Crohn’s and given them excellent support”.

Coleridge Lodge were also delighted to donate a further £400 towards the 2020 festival.

Peter Niccol
LIO Coleridge Lodge

News from Lodges April 2018


The Annual Estune Big Band Event

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The annual Estune Big Band Event held on Thursday 19th April 2018 was the best ever attended.

The Nailsea Masonic Hall was packed with well over 100 Big Band and Jazz enthusiasts.
£1,000 was raised for the Southmead Hospital Neurological Research Fund which we appreciate makes a difference to many thousands of patients at Southmead.

This money was raised by our outstanding Lodge Almoner, Bob Williams, who organised this special ‘Big Band’ event with the help of Andy Champion, the musical director of the Dave Salt twenty-two strong group of professional musicians. Together with a wonderful singer ‘Lucy’, they all came together for this charity evening, giving their time free of any charge to perform for a packed audience of Estune Lodge brethren and their guests.

We remain extremely grateful to them all for a very entertaining evening in support of this charity.

John W Wyatt
Lodge Secretary

Double celebrations at Gordano Lodge

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Pictured are Gordano Lodge Worshipful Master W.Bro Matt Westley, and Charity Steward W.Bro Paul Hinkley presenting a Cheque for £213 to Bro. Ben Grimes for The Julian Trust Night Shelter. This money was the proceeds of the raffle held at their November Sunday Lunch and presented at their April meeting.

The Night Shelter was started by Bro. Grimes’ mother. When she was a nurse in the 1980’s, on her way to work she would often pass a woman sleeping rough on the street and from then on was determined to provide shelter for homeless people.

Her motto was – To love a human being is to accept him as he is. If you wait until he is different, you are only loving an idea. That motto came from the words of Dame Julian of Norwich and is the reason for the name Julian Trust.

Bro. Ben an, active member of Gordano Lodge, is still very involved with the Night Shelter and is very proud of his mothers achievements.

More information is available at

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At the Gordano Lodge meeting on 22nd January, W.Bro Roy Williams was presented with his 50 year certificate by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro Martin Slocombe.

Pictured right are W.Bro Marshall Westley Gordano (WM), W.Bro. Roy Williams and W.Bro. Martin Slocombe APGM

Eventful Evening at Loyal Vacation Lodge

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Bob Page (Charity Steward) with Debbie Bertwhistle from Somerset/Dorset Air Ambulance. Holding cheque: Phil Saunders( Inner Guard) and Russell Reeve (Steward)

Loyal Vacation Lodge, which meets at Wiveliscombe on the far west of the Province, held an interesting meeting recently and were favoured by a “mini” fraternal visit by a goodly number of the active Officers of the Province, lead by The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Ben Batley, W.Bro. Keith Surry, Provincial Grand Treasurer,W.Bro. David Maddern, Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro. Chris Cliff, Provincial Grand Supt.of Works and W.Bro. Steve Defries, Assistant Provincial Grand Almoner, all of whom contributed to the enjoyment of the evening, both in the Temple and at the Festive Board, which followed.

The Lodge was also pleased to welcome Mrs Debbie Bertwhistle from the Somerset/Dorset Air Ambulance who gave a short presentation of the invaluable work carried out by the service. She was later presented with a cheque for £300 by the Lodge Charity Steward, W.Bro. Bob Page.
It was a busy evening for W.Bro. Bob as following that presentation, he received, on behalf of the Lodge, a third Ashlar which was presented by W.Bro. David Maddern, who thanked the Lodge for the effort it had made and hoped that further ashlars would be received before the Festival Appeal ended in 2020.

The Festive Board which followed was Fish & Chips which everyone who attended seemed to enjoy. The usual Toasts were honoured and the Provincial Party were thanked by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Chris Summers, for their attendance

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David Maddern (Provincial Charity Steward), Chris Summers (Worshipful Master) and Bob Page (Charity Steward)

News from Lodges March 2018


Donations from the Forest of Mendip Lodge

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The Forest of Mendip Lodge has been very pleased to present two Cheques to local charities. The first to the Great Western Air Ambulance for £1,300 which was collected during Barry Goodyer’s year as Worshipful Master of the Lodge and the second for £295 from a raffle held at the Lodge’s Christmas Lunch and presented to Baytree Special School.

Pictured above receiving their cheque from Ray Beckingham (right) on behalf of The Baytree School are (L -R); Aline Kay, Deputy Head and Heather Sullivan,with her children, Archie & Frankie who both attend the school.

Pictured below (L-R) are Dr Will Passmore (Critical Care Doctor), Barry Goodyer of the Forest of Mendip Lodge with his his wife Carolyn, Ray Beckingham, Gary Currell (the present Worshipful Master of Forest of Mendip Lodge) and James Yates (Critical Care Paramedic)

Story by Ray Beckingham

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50 Years for Roger

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Roger Earthrowl was initiated into the Lodge of Tolerance No 538 by his Father on 4th January 1968. He joined the Lodge of Unanimity and Sincerity No 261 in 2007 and was Worshipful Master in 2015. He was promoted to PPrJGW in 2016.

He was presented with his 50 Year Certificate by W Bro. John Winston at the January Meeting of 261 when Dillon Hughes was Installed as Master.

Portcullis donate to BARB

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Portcullis Lodge were appreciative of the help given to Langport and Muchenly by the Burnham Area Rescue Boat during the Somerset Floods so set about raising funds to help with operating costs (although the boat is crewed entirely by volunteers it still costs around £50, 000 a year to operate).

The photograph shows Richard Francis and Terry Haggett presenting a cheque for £450 as a small token of appreciation.

Cornucopia Lodge Go Bananas

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It was an evening of good company, delicious food and great music at Keynsham Masonic Hall on Saturday 24th March when an informal evening with friends and family celebrated the generosity of the Cornucopia Lodge Members who have raised £1,000 for the Golden Oldies Charity.

During the evening Mike Richardson, Trustee, Treasurer and Past Chairman, was presented with a cheque, to be used for local initiatives, by the Worshipful Master of Cornucopia Watts.

Mike explained how singing in a group improves the wellbeing of individuals by combatting loneliness and isolation.
Throughout the evening the happy revellers were entertained by “Mission Impossible - 2” a duo of singer, Roland Smith, and keyboard player Steve Lawrence, the Secretary of Cornucopia and organiser of the evening.

A Cornucopia is a symbol of plenty and fruitfulness (hence the bananas reference) is personified by the Lodge who welcome visitors to share their generous hospitality.

The photograph shows Jonathan Watts, Mike Richardson, Steve Lawrence and Barry McCormack at the presentation of the cheque.

Story by; David Hogg

£3600 donations from Queens College Taunton Lodge

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Recently, Geoff Dolling, the outgoing Worshipful Master of the Queen’s College Taunton Lodge was absolutely delighted to present cheques of £1800 each at the Beacon Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital to the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE) and also to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Pictured receiving cheques are Vanessa Marchmont, the Secretary of SURE, along with Jill Clarke a Cancer Information and Support Officer for Macmillan.

Geoff said; “Like most Masonic Lodges, when we meet (and Queens Lodge only meets four times a year) we raise funds, usually by raffle with the emphasis on donating to a local charity or charities nominated by our current Worshipful Master. The past year has been a very challenging one for me personally in dealing with illness generally and in particular a cancer, which entailed several weeks of intensive radiotherapy. My Wife and I have been immensely impressed and eternally grateful for the friendly and caring support received at the Beacon Centre throughout this ordeal. In deciding which deserving local cause should benefit from the money raised by the Lodge during my year in Office, it was natural for me to choose these charities whose wonderful work we should all be very proud of.”

Geoffrey will shortly install his successor, Alan Watkins, a former Queen’s parent

Story by;Richard Baker


£1000 donation from Showmen’s Guild Lodge

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The Brethren of The Showmen’s Guild Lodge and in particular, Roger O’Connor received a big thank you from Thomas, James, Chloe, Madison and Lewis Danter, for the donation of £1000 in memory and honour of their father (the late Thomas Danter) raised at a recent charity night hosted by Roger O’Connor.

The money was donated to the Brompton Fountain which provides support, resources and equipment to children and their families at The Royal Brompton Hospital to buy a new heart monitor for the Children’s Ward there.

James Danter and his mum were very pleased and proud to present the cheque to the charity (see photo opposite) during a recent visit when James underwent a heart check up which was all clear and good for another 2 years.

Story by K Dean


60 Years for Eric Kellett at Sir Thomas de Cheddre Lodge

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Sir Thomas de Cheddre Lodge had a delightful night at their February meeting. The Worshipful Master, Bryan Kenna, with the assistance of his Officers, conducted a wonderful Initiation Ceremony, welcoming now Brother, Keith Bissix, which was appreciated by everyone that attended.

Later in the meeting the Provincial Grand Master, Stuart Hadler (Pictured on the right opposite) presented Eric Kellett with a sixty year certificate in Masonry along with a commemorative pin. Many of Eric’s friends were present and amongst them were: John Morgan (Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Degree), and his Deputy, Phil Voisey, along with Trevor Cooper (Provincial Supreme Ruler of the Order of the Secret Monitor) and his Deputy, Julian Frost.

On completion of the meeting everyone retired to the dining room and enjoyed a convivial and delicious Festive Board.

Pictured are (l-r); John Morgan, Eric Kellett & Stuart Hadler

Story by Ted Toon


St. Alphege lodge enjoy a triple celebration

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After the chaos brought about by the Beast from the East and Storm Emma there was some doubt that the Meeting planned for Saturday 3rd March would indeed go ahead. However, with a forecast of kinder weather, the decision was made to proceed and 22 intrepid Brethren, including our PGM, RW.Bro. Stuart Hadler, took to the icy roads with some caution.
How glad we are that everyone arrived safely as we had a full and varied evening ahead.

W.Bro Morian Davies PPrJGW and now an honorary member of the lodge, received a 60 year certificate which was presented by the Provincial Grand Master.

W.Bro. Morian was born on the 6 June 1922 at Treharris near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales.
On leaving school he became a cashier at the main office of the Newark Co-op.

When war broke out, a local ball bearing factory was bombed in Newark which so incensed Morian, that he decided to volunteer for pilot training and commit himself to the war effort. His initial training was at Scarborough, flying Tiger Moths and he was then sent to America to continue training. This did not work out as expected and he was then sent to Canada to continue his training, where he was trained as an Observer, Navigator and Bomb Aimer.

On returning to the UK, Morian was allocated to the Pathfinder Squadron of Bomber Command and after further extensive training ,started to fly missions over Germany, leading the way and marking the targets for the bombers following on behind.

His first ten missions were in the Sterling aircraft and the next twenty were in the Lancaster Bomber. Between 19 June 1943 and 2 January 1944, he flew a total of thirty missions over Germany.

On the 3 January 1944, he was flying a night mission over Berlin when his aircraft was attacked by a night fighter which set fire to their port engine. It was clear that the aircraft was not fit to fly much further, so the order was given to prepare to abandon the aircraft; Morian at this time was lying on the escape hatch busy with his bomb aiming task. The last thing he remembers is his crew mate Jimmy Weeway putting his knee in Morian’s back and the hatch was then released and Morian was thrown out into the night sky……………. That was the last he ever saw of his crew mates and he believes that the aircraft disintegrated very shortly after his exit. Morian parachuted safely to the ground on the outskirts of Berlin and he felt that he would not be very popular with the locals if captured, due to the amount of damage inflicted by him and his colleagues over previous months. He hid for 24hrs and then tried to make his way to the local train station where he was spotted and captured and taken into the signal box to await transport. Much to his surprise and relief, his captors treated him very well and the first thing that they did was to give him a cup of coffee. He was collected the following day and after a few days interrogation, sent to Stalag 4B Prison camp at Marburg, which is located between Dresden and Leipzig. He spent the rest of the war there until eventually being liberated by the Russians and handed over to the Canadians.

After the war, Morian returned to his job at Newark on Trent but by this time his family had moved back to Porthcawl in Wales. Feeling that he needed to live nearer his family, Morian applied for a transfer to the office in Bath which would bring him nearer to Wales. His skills were very quickly recognised and he attended the Co-op academy and qualified as a Chartered Secretary. Here, he met June his wife to be with whom he enjoyed 66 years of marriage until December 2017 when she passed away.

Interests throughout his life have been travel and he has travelled extensively! It’s more a case of where hasn’t he and his wife been during their life together. But the main passion for them revolved around Amateur Dramatics, June being a very active pianist and performer for many years with Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society (BODS), Morian giving her his full support. Asked if whether he had ever been tempted to get involved with the stage himself, Morian admitted to once having had a very small part in a Pantomime, on the conclusion of which they asked him if he would like to be Treasurer…… so, I think that he realised that acting was not for him. However, he was Treasurer for very many years. At a time when the group was about to fold through lack of funds, Morian managed to obtain a grant of £10,000 for the group, which was a substantial amount in those days and allowed the group not only to survive but to flourish. BODS is still the premier amateur group in Bath, performing at least two shows a year at the Bath Theatre Royal to a very high standard. Morian quite rightly feels proud of his achievement in this area and was given the title of ‘The Money Man’ by the group members.

His career continued within accountancy and he worked for Huntleys the Grocers in Wiltshire and then settled as the main accountant for Wiltshire Farmers Association, a job which he held down for just over 20yrs. He retired at the age of 64yrs and then took up a role with Hebron and Medlock here in Bath, managing their property portfolio which he carried out for another 20yrs !!! Finally retiring at the age of 84yrs. He is now 95yrs of age.

W.Bro. Morian was Initiated into Venables Llewelyn Lodge No 3756 as a LEWIS as this was his father’s Lodge. He was initiated in a double first ceremony on the same day with his Cousin Allan Morgan and passed in a double second ceremony with his cousin on the 5 April 1958 and Raised on the 1 January 1959. He joined St. Alphege Lodge on 4th March 1961and Installed as W.M. on 1st April 1976.

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The Provincial Grand Master then presented the Lodge with its fifth Ashlar and awarded several Brethren with Festival Jewels and Bars in recognition of their contributions to the 2020 Festival.

Pictured left is the lodge Charity Steward W.Bro. Brian Mogg PPrJGD receiving the 5th Ashlar from the Provincial Grand Master

The final celebration was the well-executed Ceremony undertaken by a willing team of Past Masters, who Raised Bro. Lukas Vermeire to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.
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We are all extremely grateful to everyone who made the effort to attend and especially our PGM who travelled in from the depths of wintry Somerset and who despite the Rail Service cancelling his Train managed to brave the elements and drive to Bath in order to ensure that W.Bro. Morian Davies was properly recognised for his services to masonry.

Pictured right are W.Bro. Morian our most senior member at the age of age 95, with our WM W.Bro. Neil Hawes and our youngest member, Bro. Lukas Vermeire at the very youthful age of 21, but greatly enjoying his masonry and the interaction with the elder statesmen.

The Festive Board having been cancelled due to the uncertain weather conditions, all went home tired and hungry but extremely pleased and happy to have witnessed such an historic and enjoyable meeting.

David Hogg PPrGReg
DC – St Alphege Lodge

News from Lodges March 2018


Admiral Blake’s annual sojourn to Cadogan Court

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Saturday 17th February 2018 saw the arrival of a goodly number of brethren from Admiral Blake Lodge No. 4692 who held their annual and extraordinary meeting at Cadogan Court, Exeter for the resident brethren.

A short presentation was provided by W.Bro. Robin Back entitled ‘It all started at the Goose and Gridiron’.

Sir Isaac Newton Lodge 9801 awarded 2nd Ashlar

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On 25th January the Sir Isaac Newton Lodge was pleased to receive their Honorary Member RW.Bro. Stuart Hadler Provincial Grand Master together with his wife Susan at a special 'Ladies' occasion at their first Lodge meeting of the new year.

Having completed the business of the day the Lodge was closed; the members removed their regalia, and all convened with the Ladies in the Temple for two presentations.
The first from the Provincial Grand Master was an explanation of the current Festival for brethren and Ladies, together with the presentation of the Lodges Second Ashlar to the WM. W.Bro. Dennis Hammond and Charity Steward Bro. Bob Harding.
The second presentation was a paper produced by W.Bro. Frank R Clarke, PAGDC, as part of last year's Tercentenary celebrations entitled “1717 Portrait of a year – turmoil & change”.

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Bro. Bob Harding, Charity Steward 9801, RW.Bro. Stuart Hadler PGM and W.Bro. Dennis Hammond WM.

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At the 13th. Installation Festival at Sir Isaac Newton Lodge 9801, on the 26th. October 2017, W.Bro. Dennis R Hammond, PPrGReg, was elected as Worshipful Master.

The raffle money raised from the Festive Board was donated to Cossham Hospital following a course of treatment by that hospital to our Worshipful Master.

The photograph shows the cheque for £200.00 being received, on 7th February 2018 by Adrian Brown, the Community Manager of the Southmead Hospital Trust Charity, with W.Bro Dennis Hammond on the left and the Charity Steward Bro. Robert Harding on the right.

Bob Harding
Charity Steward

News from Lodges January 2018


A trio of Assistant PGMs at Estune!

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It was indeed a very rare honour for Estune Lodge to have a trio of Assistant Provincial Grand Masters in attendance at the Lodge’s January Meeting. Rather like a London bus, you wait for one forever and then three come along together!
The Meeting was attended by 46 members and 17 visitors, many from the Province of Bristol where some of our Brethren are members of both Provinces. The main business of the evening was to initiate David John Rhodes (Second from left), a Mechanical Engineer/Project manager aged 41 living in Whitchurch. David was the 282nd person to join Estune since the Lodge’s Consecration in 1949, being Proposed and Seconded by two other, younger Brethren who are also from Bristol, namely Darren Clark and Jason Hill 2012 who were initiated into Estune Lodge in 2015 and 2012 respectively. Bristol’s loss is rather fortunately a big gain for the continuing strength of Estune.
Into the history books as a first for Estune – honoured by all three APGM’s led by W.Bro Ben Batley who also announced the Lodge Provincial appointments and promotions for 2018.

Story by John Wyatt - Pictured above are (from l-r) Martin Slocombe (AsstPGM), David Rhodes, The Worshipful Master, Ben Batley (AsstPGM) & Barry McCormack (AsstPGM)

On yer bike! Estune Lodge helps Local Charity

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One of the many Charities supported by the Province as part of the Tercentenary celebration was See Change. Estune Lodge were impressed by what this particular Charity did and as a result asked them what the Lodge could do to help out. ‘We need some bicycles for our bicycle workshops’ was the reply from Gemma at SeeChange, so the Brethren of Estune Lodge were asked to look into their sheds and garages to see what they could come up with. As you can see from the picture a number of very useful donations were made including our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Martin Slocombe’s most prized possession, the picture says it all….! Thanks should also be recorded to Bill Parsons, a Member of Backwell Lodge for all of his very kind help in organising the transport

Story by John W Wyatt, Secretary, Estune Lodge