St Werburga Lodge No 4147 Installation

On Friday evening after we’d had the Provincial Shoot, many of the participants headed to The Grange Banqueting Suite, for the St Werburga Lodge Installation.

Here we saw Robert Ingram Install the Senior Warden, Alan Draper as the Master of the Lodge for the next two years.

Although Alan is a Past Master and has already been through the Chair, he confirmed it was still a very emotional night for him having three of his School friends present. One of these being our very own Alan Cudworth.

Alan Cudworth, Craig Whittle and Peter Walklate were all present at this very enjoyable and well attended meeting.

A super night was had by all.

Derbyshire V Hertfordshire – Clay Pigeon Shoot

Friday saw 37 Freemasons from the Provinces of Derbyshire and Hertfordshire brave the weather for their Annual Clay Pigeon Shooting Competition.

This year it was held in the Province of Derbyshire at Lowes Lane Clay Shooting Ground.

The morning started with breakfast and drinks and then various groups went off to shoot a 50 bird Sporting lay-out.

Derbyshires Provincial Grand Master was present along with Hertfordshire’s Deputy Provincial Grand Master.

The highest ten scores for each Province were added together to give a combined Provincial total.

Derby scored a total of 349, whilst Hertfordshire scored a total of 339. So it was quite a closely shot match in the end.

Two of Hartington’s members scored were counted as part of the top ten and a very enjoyable day was had by all.

Hartington – Initiation

On Wednesday evening the members of Hartington Lodge No 1085, returned back after their summer recess.

The highlight of the evening was Brother Marc Patrick Anthony’s Initiation, which went considerably well, considering our Worshipful Master and his team had had two months off!

The Working Tools were delivered excellently by the Initiates Brother-In-Law, Brother Marco Echeverria.

The Ceremony concluded with a Proposition from Brother Gareth Collins and Peter Walklate for another new member.

There was a great atmosphere at the Festive Board and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

University of Derby – Freshers Fair

On Monday our IPM attended the Freshers Fair at the University of Derby.

He was joined by some ladies from the Order of Woman’s Freemasonry.

Everyone had an enjoyable day promoting our wonderful organisations.

There was a lot of interest for both organisations from not only students, but also the staff.

On the second day our Worshipful Master also attended and we had a surprise visit from another of our members and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master – Stephen Jones.

Again the day was enjoyed by those who attended and we had a number of interesting discussions.

Tag Heuer – Masonic Watch

People have been working on an exciting project that aims to raise significant funds (potentially £25,000) for The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).

In direct partnership with Tag Heuer the quality Swiss watch manufacturer, they have developed an exclusive, totally bespoke watch for those involved in Freemasonry. The aim was to produce a watch that was unique to Freemasonry, discretely designed, and personalised on an individual basis for each owner.

The attached poster provides details of the ‘Faith, Hope and Charity’ watch that is now available for a limited period for customers to register their interest and order. Once the ordering window has closed, the watch will be manufactured on an individual basis directly by Tag Heuer at their factory in Switzerland.

A video of the watch is available via the following link:

They believe that this is the first time that a quality watch maker of the calibre of Tag Heuer has commissioned and put their name to a project of this type for Freemasonry.

You may have already seen an advert in the latest edition of the FMT (Freemasonry Today) magazine.

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

During the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline leaving party Hartington lodge 1085 were pleased to present a cheque for 1200 pounds.

This will go a long way towards allowing the Derby and Burton Link to host another set of children in 2020.

The cheque was presented by David Greenway the Lodges Charity Steward.

The children and members of the link gave a big thank you to all the members of the lodge for their fundraising efforts.

Hartington’s last meet before the summer

Last Wednesday was Hartington Lodge 1085’s last meeting before we broke up for the summer.

We were graced with ten visitors, who as always were made to feel most welcome, one of whom was Worshipful Brother Tony Harvey PAGDC, who had come to deliver his talk “Is the Belief in a Supreme Being Really Necessary”. Although the talk has only just been written by Tony, as always it proved both informative and thought provoking. The talk concluded with quite an interesting questions and answer session, which Tony seemed to have been looking forward to.

The Festive Board was quite a social affair with a number of Brethren drinking until quite late on.

It was a great evening, great end to the year and a great night for Derbyshire Freemasonry.

See you all in October.

Apollo University Lodge No 357 Raising

On Saturday four of our Members travelled south to go and visit Oxford, but more importantly Apollo 357.

This was one of the Universities Scheme visits – organised by Worshipful Brother Daniel Hayward and also organised as part of the New and Young Masons Clubs.

Hartington 1085 was represented by the Worshipful Master, Immediate Past Master and two of our more junior Brethren (two Stewards).

It started off with a couple of drinks in the Oxford Students Union, then a short walk to the Macdonald Randolph Hotel to watch two Brothers being Raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.

After the ceremony we were treated to a Champagne reception and a tasty Festive Board.

Following this, it was back to the Students Union for a few more drinks, then off to a couple of clubs in Oxford.

An excellent day was had by all………..same time again next year?

Three members en route.

David and Peter in their way to the Union.

The Randolph Hotel.

IPM, WM and Steward in the Union.

Hartington 1085 and their new friend.

Hartington, before the start of the meeting.

Seated, ready for the start of the Ceremony.

Hartington 1085 at the Champagne reception.

Ready for the start of the Festive Board.

One of the speaches (in French no less).

Hartington 1085 and Apollo 357’s JW.

Hartington WM, 2018 Prestonian Lecturer, IPM, Apollo 357 WM, two Hartington 1085 Stewards and last, but by no means least W. Bro Hayward (the instigator).

David and his new German friend.

David and Peter back in the Union.

Their WM and our IPM

Our IPM in his study.

Day drinks at the Union.

Derbyshire Festival Essentials Event

Last Thursday was the Festival Essentials Event at Pride Park.

The event was aimed at Charity Stewards, Festival Stewards and Worshipful Masters of the Lodge and it was hoped all Lodges in the Province would attend.

The evening started with paying our respect to those who took part in the D Day Landings to mark the 75th Anniversary.

Surhail Alam, of the Masonic Charitable Foundation was in attendance, who gave an informative overview of what the MCF was all about and how it has a huge impact on a lot of people’s lives and ways in which we’re able to raise more money from our donations.

The Provincial Grand Master announced that we have already raised £262,000 towards our target, whilst still donating to local charities.

An enjoyable evening was had by all those in attendance.

St Werburga Lodge

Well these last couple of weeks have been busy, considering we’re supposed to be winding down for the summer break.

Last Friday our IPM visited St Werburga Lodge to see his friend Rob Ingram conduct his first – Third Degree.

Rob’s currently in the Chair for his second year and this is the first opportunity his Lodge and the Province have seen him perform. All I can say is, we’ve all been missing out! Do I detect a possible Silver Matchbox contender in the making?!

It was a great ceremony and he did everyone proud. He was also well supported by his fellow ATM.

The ATM gang at St Werburga