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.

 

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Yateley Lodge donation to Hannah’s House

Yateley Lodge No. 9107 have recently been able to provide support for the wonderful charity Hannah’s Holiday Home. The charity was created in memory of Hannah Westbrook, who sadly died aged eight from cancer. After her passing Hannah’s family created the charity to provide holiday homes for families with terminally ill children. The charity is now operating four holiday homes along the south coast.

Yateley Lodge were able to donate £500 to the charity, which will enable two families to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Referring to Hannah’s family, W. Bro. Steve Saunders, Worshipful Master of Yateley Lodge at the time of the donation, commented:

“I have known the family in question for over 25 years through my neighbour. I was approached to see if Freemasonry could provide support for the charity, and Yateley Lodge were more than happy to engage. I’m very proud of our members, and it shows the level of commitment Yateley Lodge has in supporting the community”

The attached photograph features (left) Pam Marshal (right) Carolyn Westbrook, both charity trustees, (middle) W. Bro S. Saunders (lower left) Pam’s daughter Grace.

More information can be found at: http://www.hannahsappeal.org/

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.

North East WM/ME Dinner

Last night the Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. William Withers hosted the annual North East Area Worshipful Master and Master Elect dinner, at the Bordon Masonic Centre. We were very pleased to welcome the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. Michael J. Wilks, who was able to meet the attending Brethren and address them in regards to the role and duties of being Master of a Lodge.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Provincial Grand Master for attending, and also those Brethren who assisted in the organisation and running of the event.

2016 Gala Festival

To celebrate the culmination of fund raising for the RMTGB by our Brethren, the Province will be organising a Gala Festival at the Bournemouth International Centre on Saturday 22nd October 2016 (17:30 – 01:00). The event will be a chance to enjoy and celebrate the achievement, with dinner and dancing.

Booking for the event can be made via the http://squareevents.org/ service, and there is a closing date of the 30th September to reserve your places. This is a Black Tie (and Black Dinner Jacket) event and costs £75 per person, which includes a half bottle of wine. Please note that tables seat 10.

The Farnborough Masonic Centre has organised a free of charge chauffeur driven coach for those members attending. It departs at 14:45 from the centre, with the return journey leaving Bournemouth International Centre at 23:00. Places are limited and therefore will be operated on a first come first served basis. Please contact Dennis Skouras for further information in regards to booking your place. 

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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.