North East Area Hampshire Freemasonry

The Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Freemasons support the Royal British Legion

On Saturday 9th March 2019 the Farnborough Masonic Centre hosted an evening of musical entertainment for the Farnborough Concert band of the Royal British Legion. The concert was a roaring success and was attended by 90 guests, including the Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr. Steve Masterton, and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the North East Area, Peter G. Vosser.

W.Bro. Peter G. Vosser APGM

The 26-strong band included some well-known compositions, including The Dambusters, Shepherds Song and Jerusalem and much of this was a rehearsal for an event which is shortly to be held in Belgium. On 24th May 2019 the concert band has been selected to represent the Royal British Legion to play at the Ceremony of Remembrance at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium. A wreath will be laid following the sounding of the Last Post and the band will then play for the large crowds that gather to remember the fallen of World War 1.

The free concert at the Farnborough Masonic Centre was a celebration for the support already received from Freemasons in North East Hampshire towards the bands travelling costs to the Menin Gate. Masonic Lodges across the area, including Farnborough, Aldershot, Bordon, Alton and Petersfield were encouraged to support the Concert Band and cheques to the value of £1,550 were presented on Saturday evening. The concert raised a further £350 in additional donations.

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 in December this year.

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.

On 24th May 2019 the band has been selected to represent the Royal British Legion and play at the Ceremony of Remembrance at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium. A wreath will be laid following the sounding of the Last Post and the band will then play for the large crowds that gather to remember the fallen of World War 1.

For more information on the Farnborough Concert Band: www.farnboroughconcertband.org

Mid-Wessex Lodge of Installed Masters

Brethren including Light Blues are invited to attend the Mid-Wessex Lodge of Installation Masters next meeting. There will be an Official Visit by W.Bro. Darren Lawrence Provincial Grand Senior Warden.

W.Bro. Ian Thornton-Bryar will present “The Lancashire Witches Walk”, an interesting and historical journey on how it changed English Law.

Border Lodge Celebrate 125th Anniversary

40 Years of Petersfield Masonic Centre

The Petersfield Masonic Centre was dedicated 40 years ago today and this was celebrated last night by Lodge of Friendship 928.

WM Simon Baigent cutting the birthday cake

Our masonic history explains that the Lodge of Friendship had met in an upper room in the Hall behind the Red Lion Hotel in College Street prior to 1965, and as the Lodge expanded this building became less attractive. The semi-derelict, Primitive Methodist Chapel and Wartime School in Windsor Road first became available in 1958, but it was not considered suitable to house a Lodge and the owners rented it to the Red Cross for a number of years until it eventually became available to purchase.

A feasibility study was carried out and it was decided to purchase the Chapel for the sum of £6,000. The lease at the Red Lion was surrendered in June 1966 and the first Lodge Meeting at the new premises took place on 4th October 1966. The Dedication of the Masonic Hall in Windsor Road took place on Tuesday, 3rd October 1978 by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro The Rev. Bishop John Phillips with the Deputy Provincial Grand Master in the Chair and the Provincial Grand Wardens in attendance.

Two daughter lodges were formed from Lodge of Friendship – Clanfield Lodge No 8203 was formed in 1967 and initially met in Petersfield, but now meets in Horndean.  Union of Malta Lodge No. 407 moved to Petersfield in 1981 and St Peter’s Lodge No 9182 was founded in 1985.  In 1993 East Hampshire Masters Lodge No. 9513 was consecrated.

Today the Petersfield Masonic Centre is the home of these 4 craft lodges, as well other Orders, which are Knights Templar, 2 Chapters (Petersfield Chapter and William Kingston), a Rose Croix (Durford Abbey) and William of Orange Mark – in all these various units have over 250 Members between them.

NEA Light Blue Breakfast

Border Lodge Meetings

13th M ARCH 2018
Border Lodge will be having a Past Masters Evening on March 13th 2018 at Farnham Masonic Centre
They will be demonstrating  a Second Degree, and our Mother Lodge Panmure 723 will be attending
The lodge will close Tyle at 6.00pm
Please contact the Secretary W.Bro John Goss at jgoss@btinternet.com for more information.
10th APRIL 2018
Border lodge will be hosting and evening of Masonic Talks and all are welcome. The Lodge will close Tyle at 6.00pm at the Farnham Masonic Centre.
Please contact the Secretary W.Bro John Goss at jgoss@btinternet.com, for more details

NEA Light Blue Breakfast Meeting Success

Christmas Toy Appeal for Scratch 2017!!

With the approval of the Provincial Grand Master, RW. Bro. Mike Wilks, the Widows Sons assisted by the H&IOW Motorcyclists Lodge, are collecting BRAND NEW UNWRAPPED TOYS for their annual appeal (No Toy Guns please).

Toys will be donated to SCRATCH, Southampton City and Region Action to Combat Hardship. Please see the flyer attached for further information.

The North East Area will have collection boxes located at all Centres from Mid-October, and it is hoped that all Lodges will provide support. Please note that Financial donations are as welcome as toys, and queries should be directed to the NEA Charity Steward:

W.Bro. Steve Russell
07811 140270
stephenrussell3@aol.com

Your support will make a huge difference to this years Christmas experience for so many Children.

Royal Bournemouth Hospital Open Day

On the 9th September W Bro Kevin Head, Provincial Grand Charity Steward and his wife Jo, along with Barry Hills, South West Area Charity Steward, visited the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Open Day. They spent some time at the Teddy Bear clinic where bears provided under the Masonic Teddies for Loving Care scheme were handed out to young visitors. The wonderful nurses there explained how the ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ scheme operated for them, and how giving a traumatised child a teddy to cuddle made such a difference. This scheme, which commenced in Hants & IOW Province during 2005, has proved to be one of the most popular charities that we support.

Kevin (left) and Barry are pictured with the Paediatric Lead at Bournemouth, Elaine Wilson.

The Provincial fund to supply teddies to most hospitals across Hampshire & Isle of Wight does need the occasional top up. Kevin asks our Lodges and members to bear this very worthwhile charity in mind from time to time during your meetings and Festive Boards. Further information is available through the Provincial Website.

Alton Victorian Cricket Tournament

Brethren from all the five masonic lodges in Alton; Shalden, Amery, Aultoun, Camelot and Holybourne came together to field a team, called “Alton Masons” at this year’s Alton Victorian Cricket Tournament, held on The Butts, Alton, on Sunday 25th June 2017.

Rules of the tournament required at least one lady to play in each team, with Lady Morag Steel joining the Alton Masons.

All proceeds raised by the Alton Victorian Cricket Tournament were this year donated to the Alton and Basingstoke Cardiac Rehabilitation charity.

As part of the North East Area’s Tercentenary celebrations the team presented a cheque for £1,000 to the charity.

On the day the team was well supported by fellow masons, family, friends and the FITC unit on the day.

Team Captain Bro Neil Sole along with Coach W Bro David Spurdle, both agreed that despite a superb performance by the Alton Masons, they fell a few runs short of making the final.

 

 

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