Back in September unfortunately Hartington Lodge were unable to meet, due to a Provincial Meeting of the Knights Templar.
With this in mind a handful of our members decided to get their Freemasonry fix by attending the Centenary Meeting of Saint Werburga Lodge No 4147.
The members from Hartington Lodge were their Worshipful Master, One of their newest Initiates Eke, is Proposer and his Mentor.
The meeting was a wonderful occasion and very memorable for all who attended, including the Provincial Grand Master of Derbyshire, Steven Varley, who was presented with a signature book of the Lodge which included his family members, who had also been Master of Saint Werburga many years ago.
There were no less than four Provincial Grand Masters in attendance and here they are handing over the Centenary Warrant to the current Master.
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!
The David Kenneth Williamson cup was presented from Staffordshire Province to Derbyshire.
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!
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.
After a short while we stepped foot on to hallowed ground and crossed the border into the Province of Derbyshire.
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!
After a few more miles, we did find a pub, where we all enjoyed a quick pint!
Another mile or so and we stumbled across another watering hole, so thought we’d pop in there for a drink!
After the beers, it was time to start pounding the Mile’s again and get this cup to the heart of Derbyshire Freemasonry.
We arrived back at The Grange Banqueting Suite, at about 18:00, where we were greeted with a cold beer and a tasty curry.
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.
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.
If anyone feels inclined to sponsor us, then please get in touch.
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.
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.
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 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.