Hartington do Leicester

Before the festive holidays Brothers Ian Johnson, Daniel Illsley and Marco Echeverria attended an Initiation ceremony at the Sir John Corah Lodge No. 7736 in Leicester.

The lodge were very welcoming to the visitors and after the ceremony gave them a tour of the masonic hall which was truly breath-taking.

The festive board was Christmas themed, involved Santa hats and songs and was a fabulous evening. The Brothers are already on about going back next Christmas.

Hartington Lodge January Meeting

Back on January 2nd, when a lot of people were still recovering from the New Year celebrations, Hartington Lodge were getting together for their first meeting of 2019.

It was an enjoyable evening and among some of the visitors were Steve Jones the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Derbyshire, along with five members of the Association of Tercentenary Masters or ATM. The APGM, came bearing gifts of recently rolled cigars, from his recent visit to Cuba. These cigars are destined for some members of The Porchway Club, a recently formed group, for new and young Masons within the Province of Derbyshire.

The main reason for the meeting was to Pass Brother Ian Johnson to the Degree of a Fellowcraft. Brother Johnson did the Lodge proud and had clearly put a lot of work into his part of the ceremony.

An enjoyable evening was had by all.

Initiation for Arboretum Lodge

A few weeks back, was an important night for Arboretum Lodge in Derbyshire and for Paul Baldwin who was Initiated into Freemasonry in particular.

For those that don’t know he’s our trusty barman at Derby Masonic Hall, Littleover, so is at The Grange most evenings anyway.

Below he is is seen with Hartington Lodge Worshipful Master Craig Whittle.

I think the most important photo has to be the one below with out Worshipful Master again, but more importantly his Father, Eddie Baldwin – who is also another familiar face at The Grange.

Spencer Installation

Cast your minds back to June, when the sun was beating down over Derbyshire. Our WM was flying the Hartington flag at Spencer Lodge Installation, where he saw Bro Richard Ray Installed as their Worshipful Master. It’s quite a while ago, but he’s confident he had a great evening!

Beaureper 787 – Passing

Last night the W.M., S.W. & I.P.M visited Belper, Derbyshire, where they saw Beaureper carry out an excellent Passing. This was the teams first Ceremony since their Installation and all Officers did a fantastic job.

Unfortunately there weren’t enough members to make a claim on the Travelling Gavel, but this has moved on after three weeks in Beaureper’s charge, to Burlington Lodge and the Derby Masonic Hall.

We even managed to sing some Christmas Carols at the Festive Board.

A great night was had by all who attended.

Craft and The Holy Royal Arch

Last night our IPM and newest member of The Lodge attended Royal Sussex Lodge at Burton-On-Trent, Derbyshire for an interesting night of Freemasonry.

Excellent Companions Graeme Hutchinson – Deputy Grand Superintendent for Derbyshire and Excellent Companion Tony Harvey gave a very interesting talk on why members of the Craft should complete their journey in Pure Ancient Freemasonry. All who attended found the presentation both interesting and enjoyable and allowed the Brethren to discover that indissoluble link between the two degrees.

Afterwards the 70 attendees sat down for the Festive Board where we were entertained by a brass band playing Christmas Carols.

It was a great night for Derbyshire Freemasonry.

Hartington Christmas Social

Wednesday night was the Worshipful Masters, Christmas Ladies do, which was well supported and enjoyed by all who attended.

The evening had a slight Russian twist, which featured Vodka and lots of it, followed by Caviar canapés and a sit down meal.

Cathedral Carol Concert

Today saw the start of the countdown to Christmas, with the Provincial Carol Service at Derby Cathedral

This was attended by many Brethren, their families and friends and a lovely afternoon was had by all in attendance.

The photos were taken prior to the service, before the Cathedral had filled up.

St George’s Day Meeting

Wednesday 25th April was a special night for Derbyshire Freemasonry and a special night for Spencer Lodge in particular.
It was their annual St George’s Day Meeting, their 41st St George’s Day Meeting to be precise. The Lodge being consecrated on St George’s Day, it’s always close to Spencer Lodges heart.
Present were two of their founding members.
The Ceremony was a Second Degree which was carried out by Past Masters of the Lodge.
An excellent evening was had by all who attended both during the Ceremony and at the Festive Board.