Farnborough Freemasons support the Royal British Legion

On Saturday 1st February 2020 the Farnborough Masonic Centre hosted a free concert by the Concert Band of the Royal British Legion.  The event was a roaring success and was attended by over 100 guests and several VIP’s, including:

  • The Deputy Mayor of Rushmoor Borough Council, Cllr. Frank Rust
  • The Deputy Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Cllr. Ken Muschamp
  • Representatives of Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance
  • The Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the North East Area, W. Bro. Peter G. Vosser

The evening started with a surprise presentation to one of the band members. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master surprised Victoria Crowe with a cheque for £350, which was donated by two masonic lodges towards musical instruments at the school where she is Head of Music – Fernhill School near Farnborough.

During the 1½ hour concert the band entertained the audience with tunes such as Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, New York, Masquerade, Khachaturian’s Adagio from Spartacus, Mary Poppins, a Medley of Ennio Morricone screen soundtracks and many others.  A retiring collection raised over £520, which will help the band in their own efforts of raising funds for local charities.

The event demonstrated that Freemasons care about the community we meet in and there was a unanimous request from all participants for the band to return to the Masonic Centre for another concert later this year.



About Farnborough Freemasons

Freemasonry is open to men of all walks of life, of any race or religion, who believe in a Supreme Being. It has always actively encouraged its members to be active in their own religion. Kindness has always been a core principle of Freemasonry. Individuals give time and money to help others, whether locally, nationally or globally. It may be realising a dream for a member’s child, caring for older Freemasons, volunteering on a local community project, making donations to other UK charities or responding to an international disaster appeal.

There are about 330,000 Freemasons in England who belong to one or more of 8000 Lodges. Across the Masonic Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight there are 253 Lodges and a total membership of around 11,000 individual brethren.

You will find our display trailer and our support unit at many shows and events as well as in towns and villages across the county from shopping centres to high streets, these displays enable those interested in Freemasonry to come and speak with a real Freemason – and, yes, we welcome your questions on the many aspects of Freemasonry in a frank and open manner. Visit our area website: www.hantsmasonne.org.uk

About the Concert Band

The Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion was formed in 1987 and consists of over 40 enthusiastic musicians who enjoying performing and entertaining.

It has performed at many prestigious venues, including the Brit awards in 2011 and 2012 where they performed for the pre-awards event. In 2011 they played for the opening of Brighton football club performing in front of a crowd of 17,000 football fans. Each year the band play at Field Day in Hackney entertaining the vast crowds playing more modern music from well-known stars like Adele, Britney Spears and Olly Murs. The band also supports local remembrance events.

The band’s main charity performance is the annual proms style concert held in Aldershot in October with funds donated to charities including Parkinson’s UK, the Army Benevolent Fund, the Royal British Legion and other local charities.

Freemasons in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Support Local Farnborough School

Music being an interest and indeed a passion to many Freemasons throughout the Province of Hampshire & IOW, when the North East Area were asked if we could help establish a music room for one of our local schools, Fernhill in Farnborough, our appeal for new and second hand musical instruments was launched.

Mr John Hirst contacted us with the very generous offer of his late father’s electronic organ.
The late W Bro Tommy Hirst, a member of Ferneberga Lodge No 6314 in Farnborough, was a very accomplished organist, often playing for several local lodges, churches and at Masonic funerals. His wish was that the organ went to a good home and that it would be used.

The organ was gladly received by Mrs Victoria Crowe of the Music Department at Fernhill School, presented by W Bro Peter Vosser APGM, W Bro Simon Banham NEA Chairman, W Bro Steve Russell NEA Charity Steward and W Bro Simon Baigent.

Any Freemasons or Lodges who have, in particular any percussion instruments, or financial support they would like to donate, please contact W Bro Simon Baigent on 07985070590 or simonbaigent@virginmedia.com

We are hoping to make a further presentation to Mrs Crowe at the Royal British Legion concert to be held at the Farnborough Masonic Centre in February 2020.

The above is just one of many charities freemasons support if you wish to know more please visit our website: www.hantsmasonne.org.uk


PSA testing helps to certify Masons

Each year over 40,000 men across the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer. On Saturday 9th November the North East Area arranged for brethren across the area to have their Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) score tested at the Bordon Masonic Centre in order to check for the early signs of any prostate problems.

The event was run by the Prostate Cancer Support Organisation and in a 2-hour period 64 brethren had a sample of blood taken and sent to the QA Hospital in Portsmouth for analysis. The majority of these samples require no further action, but in 4 cases the PCaSO have highlighted a potential problem where further investigation should prevent a more serious situation.

The PCaSO do not make any mandatory charges for the PSA tests, but voluntary donations on the day raised a fantastic £850 towards the Charity’s costs.

We cannot over-emphasise the importance that any brother who does not know his PSA score has this checked. The event will be organised again next year and we would hope to see a lot more brethren from across the NEA. However, if you are suffering any urinary problems then please don’t wait until next year but arrange a Doctor’s appointment straight away.

December Trip to Quarterly Communications

The North East Area Light Blues Club would like to invite
all Master Masons to join us at

December Quarterly Communications
at Grand Lodge

Wednesday 11th December 2019

followed by luncheon at

Grange Holborn Hotel

The cost for dining is £43 per head and open to the first 200 Brethren that apply.

Meet at Great Queen Street for 10:30am

Contact nealightbluesevents@gmail.com for more information and a dining booking form.

Menu Options

  • Sundried Tomato and Brie Tart(V) Served with Wild Rocket and Tomato Chutney
  • Scottish Smoked Salmon with micro herb salad and English Mustard Dressing
  • Carrot and Orange Soup Served with Rustic Roll

  • Sirloin Steak, served with Fondant Potato, grilled tomato & wild mushroom Sauce
  • Loin of Cod served with Dill Mash Asparagus, and creamy lemon butter sauce
  • Vegetarian Option; Mushroom Ravioli Served with Creamy Tomato Sauce, Rocket & Parmesan

  • Pear and Ginger Cheesecake
  • Cheese & Biscuits
  • Fresh Fruit Salad.

LB Quarterly Communications Flyer