The Magnificent Seven

Yesterday the Magnificent Seven, a team of seven intrepid explorers, ventured over the boarder into the neighbouring Province of Staffordshire. We were greeted by Royalty (in a Masonic sense), which consisted of both Derbyshire and Staffordshire’s Provincial Grand Masters. Staffordshire also had their Deputy Provincial Grand Master – David Thomas present, the brainchild behind this initiative and Derbyshire had their Assistant Provincial Grand Master – Martin Giles, who was willing to get involved with the walking!

The idea behind the walk, was to raise money for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Charities in the name of the Universities Scheme, something Hartington Lodge is very proud to be a part of. The aim is to walk 2021 miles in 2021, in the form of a relay, travelling through all Provinces with a University Scheme Lodge, visiting numerous Freemasons Halls.

The walkers and Support team were all treated to breakfast by Staffordshire and Derbyshire, where we tried oat cakes and breakfast fillings. We’re told they’re a local Staffordshire delicacy. Not bad at all, the tastiest pancakes we’d ever had!! Our PGM, opted for the lighter, healthier option and had a full English instead!

Time for a quick cuppa
Our PGM in his new Masonic-wear, tucking into his healthier breakfast!
Staffordshire’s local delicacy – pancakes
Chatting before breakfast
Our PGM in his new Provincial T-Shirt
Putting the world to rights

The David Kenneth Williamson cup was presented from Staffordshire Province to Derbyshire.

Derbyshire and Staffordshire’s Provincial Grand Masters passing the cup between Provinces
Derbyshires APGM and PGM with Staffordshire’s PGM and DPGM
Hartington Lodges Worshipful Master and University Scheme Representative with the team and DKW Cup.
Derby’s PGM, Hartington WM, University Lodge of Staffordshire IPM and Staffordshire PGM

The walkers set off, full of spirit on their 18 mile stroll! They ventured through glorious sunshine, heavy rain, thunder storms and were even graced by a rainbow!

Most of the walk was along minor roads
The magnificent seven lead by our Assistant Provincial Grand Master
Somewhere over the rainbow

There were times when we had to dodge tractors and articulated lorries, but this wasn’t a problem due to our diligent support team, warning the traffic of our presence.

One part of our support team, notifying traffic of our presence

After a short while we stepped foot on to hallowed ground and crossed the border into the Province of Derbyshire.

The team and Province border
Slight change on the team members, but still at the border

After a while, the walkers started getting thirsty, so a pub was in order! Our first was a sign for the Ostrich, however this was just a farm, with a sick sense of humour, leaving two empty kegs for us to admire!

A sock sense of humour

After a few more miles, we did find a pub, where we all enjoyed a quick pint!

The team outside The Horseshoes
Beers in The Horseshoes Garden
Cheers

Another mile or so and we stumbled across another watering hole, so thought we’d pop in there for a drink!

Beers at The Bluebell
Beers at the Bluebell

After the beers, it was time to start pounding the Mile’s again and get this cup to the heart of Derbyshire Freemasonry.

A welcoming site, our University Scheme Representative stepping into his neck of the woods
Crossing the A38 on our final leg of the journey
Final leg home, crossing the A38

We arrived back at The Grange Banqueting Suite, at about 18:00, where we were greeted with a cold beer and a tasty curry.

The last six still standing outside Derbyshires Freemasons Hall

A representative from Daybrook Lodge from our other neighbouring Province of Nottinghamshire, was also there to greet us and take care of the cup, in its next leg of the walk.

Daybrook Lodge take delivery of the DKW cup from Peter Walklate, the Hartington Lodge University Scheme Representative

In total we walked about 38, 594 steps, which was about 19 miles. A great day was had by all who attended and a sum of money was raised for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Charities and the Derbyshire 2025 Festival.

Proof of steps

If anyone feels inclined to sponsor us, then please get in touch.

Hartington members swap their Aprons, for their tweed.

The other weekend, four of Hartington Lodges members, travelled North (and in one case south), to attend a simulated game day at Harboro Rocks Clay Shooting Ground.

The Hartington four

The day started with a cuppa, full English, safety briefing and drawing of pegs.

Breakfast

This was followed by some great shooting in the morning and then we had elevenses, which consisted of sausage rolls, sloe gin and gin and tonics!

One of Stewards in
Our Junior Warden AKA “Tommy Shelby”
Puss in Boots takes aim
Our Tyler and his Sloe Gin!
Our Junior Warden, seeing how it should be done!
Dinner is served

After dinner we had yet more shooting and a couple more fantastic drives!

Our Tyler during the action!
One of our Stewards in full swing!
Our Junior Warden in action.
Puss in Boots!

All-in-all, we had a great day and we will all be making a return visit.

Thanks Harboro Rocks, for your hospitality and your shooting.

One step closer………

And no we’re not talking about football! Although the football was on the cards when we met at The Grange Banqueting Suite for our July meeting.

It started off in the Lodge room, where we Passed Brother David Johnston to the degree of a Fellowcraft.

The ceremony was carried out in exemplary fashion adhering to the new Covid workings at all times.

Two more candidates were Proposed for Initiation and two more balloted for Initiation.

We then finished the evening in the bar, where out tables had been set for dinner, so we were able to watch the game! We were also accompanied by some of our candidates who are waiting to be Initiated and balloted.

Hartington represented at Derbyshire Lodge of Installed Masters

Our Tyler, flying the flag for Hartington Lodge, at Derbyshire Lodge of Installed Masters.

Having not been inside a Lodge room for a meeting, for about fifteen months, it made a refreshing change.

He did feel like the odd one out, being greeted by a sea of Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge Officers! At least, that was until, our three newly admitted members entered. One of which was wearing light blue, a Past Master hailing from Old Denstonian Lodge in our neighbouring Province of Staffordshire. Another joining member, was Staffordshire’s Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Very Worshipful Brother David Thomas.

We were treated to a tasty meal in The Grange Banqueting Suite afterwards and some great company.

It was a great evening for Derbyshire Freemasonry, but Derbyshire Lodge of Installed Masters in particular.

Nearly normal meetings resume at Hartington

Wednesday 2nd June saw Hartington Lodge, meet and conduct its first ceremony in a long time!

A Passing was carried out for Brother Marc Anthony. This was due to be a double, but due to unfortunate circumstances, we were only able to carry out a single on this occasion.

The Officers all did really well, a lot of them stepping into Offices that they’re not usually in.

Following the ceremony we had a meal, where yet again a number of future candidates were able to join us.

It was another great night for Derbyshire Freemasons, but Hartington Lodge in particular.

Brother Marc, accompanied by The Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens.

Hartington 1085 meet Cumberland 3858

Last Saturday, Cumberland Lodge headed North, from their home town of Luton, to come and sample some of Derbyshire and Staffordshire’s finest. That’s hills not people!

The idea was spear-headed by Bill Henderson, who organised the weekend and itinerary and is also our University Scheme representative for RG6

The two Lodges met at Ilam Hall, where we went on a little ramble, around the two counties. We took in Wetton, Thor’s Cave, the Manifold Valley and Beeston Tor.

We finished back at Ilam Youth Hostel for a sociable drink in the bar, before departing company.

An enjoyable day was had by all who attended, however our Worshipful Master, was a little achy after all the hills……I don’t think he realised what he was signing up for!

Hartington’s first meeting back post lockdown

Last Wednesday saw Hartington Lodge No 1085’s first meeting back since October 2020.

The Lodge usually meeting in May, we were allowed to hold a late meeting and get on with some Business.

The Worshipful Master was Proclaimed in Office for another year and he Installed those Officers present.

We were also able to Propose a couple of Candidates, getting them ready to start their journey in Freemasonry.

We had a white table meal in the restaurant afterwards and had three Candidates with us, getting to know the members of the Lodge.

An enjoyable evening was had by those who were able to attend. It was great to be back!

Universally Challenged

Friday night saw the first of the Universally Challenged quizzes, organised by UGLE’s University Scheme.

It was a wonderful evening, with over eighty people participating, including Sir David Wootton, the Assistant Grand Master, Dr David Staples, the Grand Secretary and Chief Executive of UGLE and James Hilditch, the Provincial Grand Master of Oxfordshire, to name but a few.

There were nine rounds of five questions, with the subjects of general knowledge, sports, hobbies and games, history, geography, popular culture, music and trivia.

The results were as follows:

45 London Management

43 ULS Staffordshire

43           Hotspur Lodge 

43           City of Lancaster Lodge 

43           University of Liverpool 

43           Province of East Kent 

41           Apollo Lodge 

40           Hartington Lodge 

37           Province of Norfolk 

37           Old MancunIans with Mount Sinai 

36           Province of Durham 

35           Yorkshire, West Riding 

34           Southampton 

34           Surrey and Sussex 

34           Lodge of Chisel 

33           Iron Bridge Lodge 

31           Leadership team – The A-Team 

29           Blockley Lodge 

28.5        St David’s Lodge 

22           Collegiate Lodge 

15 Cumberland Lodge

Hartington Lodge came in at a respectable fourth position with a score of 40 points.

A great evening was had by all who attended and thanks must go to those who organised it. Looking forward to the next event.

James Hilditch – Chairman of the Universities Scheme.
Peter Hughes – Quiz Master extraordinaire.
A shot of all the participants.
The trophy, which will soon be winging its way to London.

Hartington’s first meeting since lockdown

Wednesday 7th March, saw Hartington Lodge No 1085 first meeting since March. The Grand Master had suspended all meetings until July, when restrictions were eased. Unfortunately this came, after our July meeting so we were unable to meet in July.

It was a great evening, albeit a little different to usual meetings, as only six members were able to attend and it was all socially distanced!

Still it felt great to be back!

Hartington Lodge’s first socially distanced meeting since March.

Hartington visit Beaureper

On Thursday 27th Feb, our WM accompanied by his IPM visited Beaureper Lodge 787 to witness the initiation of Bro Gregory Broadbent.

A great ceremony followed by a wonderful festive board where our WM gave another excellent response from the visitors.

The DoC at Beaureper is of course our very own Secretary W.Bro Greenway.

The photo has the majority of the team with our WM and IPM in the back row.