Understanding Dementia

The Mid Wessex Lodge of Installed Masters No. 8859 are hosting V.W.Bro. Chris Caine PGSwdB, Grand Vice President of The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, who will be delivering a presentation on “Understanding Dementia”. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Lodge Secretary W.Bro. John Goss – jgoss@btinternet.com

The amazing story of Wilf’s Will Power

In a moving and emotional ceremony at the Lodge of Hospitality 7927 Wilf Candler raised himself from his wheelchair and into the Chair of King Solomon.  W.Bro. Wilf sadly passed away three days later, it was only by sheer force of will and the assistance of lodge brethren was he able to achieve his ‘dream’.

The lodge in Farnborough was determined to see its much-loved brother reach the highest office it has in its power to confer. Witnessing the installation was the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, William Withers, and his team of officers who were on an official visit.

Wilf, who was battling cancer, joined the lodge about ten years ago and had been through all the offices. Secretary Colin Howard said: “Wilf was determined to be installed as master and we as a lodge were determined to get him there, whatever it took. We wanted his name on our board with the list of Worshipful Masters because we love him.”

“He was in hospital the day prior to his installation and his courage was simply astonishing. Getting into that chair was what kept him going and I’m so pleased we did it”.  At the festive board Wilf, holding back tears, said: “I’d like to thank all those who have worked so hard to make my dream come true.” A long, standing ovation followed.

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master said: “It was a privilege to witness Wilf ascend to the Chair of King Solomon.  His determination was extraordinary and the brethren of the lodge assisted him with great love and kindness. It was a very special evening and all our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Wilf had chosen the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice as his charity for the year. He had been receiving help from the staff there.

RIP W.Bro. Wilf Candler 1943-2016

Social Media Course

The North East Area will be hosting a Social Media course at the Bordon Masonic Centre.  It is directed at Lodges that wish to understand, create and operate Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Please use the contact details on the flyer to book a space.

Farnborough Open Day Success

The Farnborough Masonic Centre open day was a well attended event with the Mayor of Rushmoor Borough Council attending to provide support.  The above photo shows the Major with the APGM, FiTC Manager Greg Williams, Sarah and David Blithing, Eric Robinson and a potential candidate.

The FITC small unit was deployed outside the centre to provide visibility to the public and answer any questions they might have.

Congratulations to everyone involved.




Veterans in Action Donation

Brethren, Veterans in Action Head Office duly received a presentation of £240 from the BBQ day that W. Bro Dave Leibrick hosted on behalf of the WM of Aldershot Royal Engineers Lodge 4178. Many members attended and contributed to a donation. It was very much appreciated.

Light Blue Festival

A superb demonstration of the Ceremony of Initiation at the Woolmer Forest Light Blue Ritual Festival this evening. The standard of work by the Master and his officers was excellent.

Victorian Cricket

Freemasons from the Alton Masonic Centre recently took part in the towns Victorian Cricket competition. This was the first year that the Alton Centre fielded a team, and all that participated commented on what an excellent event it was. At the culmination of the day the Alton Masons were presented the Barry Perkins Trophy for Sports Personalities of the Tournament.

All proceeds of the day were donated to the St. Michael’s Hospice, which includes profits from the beer tent so the donation is likely to be significant.