Charities receive £28,921 in Farnborough

Freemasons are giving to local charities – it’s what we do!

On Tuesday 4th June 2019 the Farnborough Masonic Centre hosted a Charity Cheque Presentation event for 47 different Charities.  The event was attended by over 140 people and during the evening the Masonic Lodges meeting in Aldershot, Farnborough and Farnham presented cheques amounting £28,921. The cheques varied from £85 to £2,000 and each Charity briefly explained the work that they do, and the way in which these generous donations will help their various organisations.  The event was supported by local dignitaries, including the Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council. Other dignitaries included the President of the Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community, the Community Engagement Manager from Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance and several local Councillors.

Dignitaries that attended to provide support for the event:

  • Frank Rust (Deputy Mayor Rushmoor Borough Council)
  • Ken Muschamp (Deputy Leader Rushmoor Borough Council)
  • Callum Stewart (Councillor Rushmoor Borough Council)
  • Charles Choudhary(Chairman Hampshire County Council)
  • Jib Belbase (President of the Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community)
  • Ian Browning (Hampshire Air Ambulance)
  • Bill Withers (Hampshire County Councillor)
  • Father John Harvey (an Ordained Minister in the Diocese of Guildford)

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Hampshire & IOW Peter Vosser was in attendance and during the evening he was pleased to present two cheques to the Concert Band of the Royal British Legion totalling £2,150, which was primarily used to help towards the bands costs when they represented the Royal British Legion at a Ceremony of Remembrance at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium on 24th May 2019.

This was one of two events held in the North East Area, and a similar event at the Bordon Masonic Centre in May 2019 saw cheques presented to 41 Charities for an additional £24,502.  Across Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons regularly take part in a number of events, supporting charities and organisations too numerous to mention here but of many differing types to enable all of our members to support such organisations, either by direct giving or helping and supporting in a more practical way.

The money, collected by individual lodges over the past year, is in addition to the money already donated to our own masonic charities.

Representatives of the charities and other agencies spoke about their own work and how donations are put to good use. Listening to charity representatives explain the work they do was both interesting and inspirational, whilst at the same time being quite humbling.

All of the donations distributed to the charities had been raised from individual members of the area’s lodges. Of the many and varied methods of raising funds are raffles, special events and personal donations, all with the specific aim of distributing to local charities.

After the formal presentations had concluded, the attendees were invited to a buffet reception in the centre’s dining hall, where the charities were able to network and everyone socialised happily together, discussing many of the evening’s topics and recipients of the donations

Photo 1: Cheque presented to the Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion by the APGM for £1,900 from the North East Area to assist in enabling them to play in the Menin Gate Ypres, representing the Royal British Legion.

Charities in attendance:


Photo 2: Alder Tree Lodge presenting a cheque to The Brain Tumour Trust.

 Photo 3: Lodge of Hospitality presenting a cheque to Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Photo 4: Group picture after cheque presentation.



There are around 9,000 Freemasons in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, and over 250 Lodges.  Freemasons have been an open and transparent organisation throughout the ages, essentially being a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. We are acknowledged to be one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations.

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 to us, face to face –  and, yes, we welcome your questions on the many aspects of Freemasonry in a frank and open manner.

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Presentation of the Portrait of Waller Rodwell Wright

Presentation of the Portrait of Waller Rodwell Wright

Provincial Grand Master of Malta, Gozo and the Mediterranean 1815 to 1826

By W Bro John Perry PPJGD 6th April 2019

Brethren, on the 3rd December last year, some of us were privileged to attend the Installation meeting of St John and St Paul Lodge No 349 in Malta. It was a rather unique meeting in that W Bro Justin Tonna the WM (first time) installed Bro Norman Tonna (his father) into the Chair of King Solomon – a very rare occurrence, I believe.

It was a great evening and we were made most welcome, and by the number of young masons in the Lodge; Freemasonry is thriving in Malta.

On the Saturday preceding this meeting, W Bro Nigel and I, accompanied by our wives, Jennifer and Penny, were given a guided tour of the English Masonic Hall by the VW Bro Dr Lawrence (Larry) Porter, Grand Inspector, which was a fascinating insight into Freemasonry in Malta. During this visit we were shown the life size portrait of Waller Rodwell Wright, which sits in the lodge dining room and also a smaller copy newly commissioned which is situated in the smaller 2nd Lodge room.


WALLER RODWELL WRIGHT, was an important Masonic personality who was the Provincial Grand Master of Malta, Gozo and the Mediterranean from 1815 until his death in 1826. Born in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk in 1775, he was educated at Cambridge where he read civil law. He subsequently entered Lincoln’s Inn and was called to the Bar in 1800. In 1804 WALLER RODWELL WRIGHT took a constructive interest in the reorganising of the degree of the Red Cross of Constantine, following on from the earlier work started by Charles Shirreff in around 1780. He was the 4th Grand Master of the Order from 1807 to 1812 and followed HRH Prince Edward (later the Duke of Kent) and was succeeded by HRH the Duke of Sussex

WALLER RODWELL WRIGHT also played an important part in the greatest Masonic transaction of all time, for his name appears as one of the five signatories (immediately following that of  the Duke of Sussex) in the Articles of the Union of the two Grand Lodges – the Moderns and the Antients, to form the United Grand Lodge of England, the signing taking place at Kensington Palace on the 1st December 1813.

In 1814 he was appointed President of HM Court of Appeal and a Senior Member of the Supreme Council of Jurisdiction in Malta.****

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The painting, (attributed to Allingham) was commissioned to mark the foundation of the Lodge of St. John and St. Paul in 1818, and WALLER RODWELL WRIGHT is seen wearing the collar of the Provincial Grand Master and the distinctive jewel of the Prince of Wales Lodge. He is depicted holding a folio copy of the Book of Constitutions.

On seeing the copy of the painting, Penny and I wondered if it would be possible to get a copy produced for our Lodge, so that the “Great Man” could watch over us and with the help of the Grand Inspector, VW Bro Dr Lawrence (Larry) Porter this has been possible.

W Bro Nigel, it is with great pleasure that Penny and I present this copy of the portrait of WALLER RODWELL WRIGHT, in memory of my late father W Bro Arthur Perry, (a former Master of this Lodge) to the Lodge and hope you will accept it for future generations of Masons to see.

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:

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.

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.