Forester Masonic Lodge

7760 Loughton, Essex, UK

New Provincial Grand Master of Essex Announced

At the Quarterly Communications meeting of Grand Lodge today the Most Worshipful Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes, announced that the new Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Essex will be Rodney Bass.

Rodney Bass will replace John Michael Webb at a special meeting at Freemason’s Hall on the 3rd September 2015 when he will be installed as the 19th Provincial Grand Master of Essex.  Rodney Bass will also be the Provincial Grand Superintendent of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Essex and will also be installed to that rank on the same day.

Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex awarded Pride of Essex Award.

Essex Provincial Grand Lodge

Essex Provincial Grand Lodge

On the 26th of November the 2014 Pride of essex Awards were held and from a wealth of stiff competition the Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex was awarded the 2014 Pride of Essex Award (category Top Team Community).  This award was made in recognition of the extensive charitable work carried out by Essex Freemasons with regular donations in excess of £1,000,000 made each and every year to a large number of local charities. Continue reading

Forester Lodge sponsors the 2014 Essex Masonic Fishing Charity Day

Medal for most fish caught

Medal for most fish caught

The Masonic Fishing Charity was set up to bring interactive fishing and countryside experiences to people with special needs. Our past Assistant Deputy Grand Master is associated with the charity and Forester Lodge has been a firm supporter of the charity. This year Forester Lodge sponsored the annual fishing day which was very well attended and a great time was had by all.

The day was attended by WM WBro Keith Jebbitt, IPM WBro Rob Hall and ADC WBro Dominic Hall. WBro Rob presents an account of the day’s activities:

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Forester Lodge donates to Flood Relief and Masonic Fishing Charities

Forester Lodge VSL cushion and drape

Forester Lodge VSL cushion and drape

Last night at our lodge meeting we were honoured to have our Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Ken Birnie, in attendance for a third degree ceremony. Brother David was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in a ceremony overseen by acting Master WBro Rob, incorporating workings from a number of other brothers in traditional Forester fashion. Brother Iain, with his first work in the temple, presented the 3rd Degree working tools.

Our charity donations for the meeting provided £250 to Ken Birnie’s Masonic Fishing Charity and a further £250 to the Provincial Flood Relief Charity Chest.

Masonic Aid for people affected by UK flooding

The RW Provincial Grand Master has today asked that a new Relief Chest be set up as a matter of urgency to raise funds for flood victims in the UK.

As you may be aware Somerset has a particular problem and they are trying to raise £200,000 to assist those that have suffered. Our PGM is anticipating similar calls for assistance from Surrey, Berkshire and other Provinces – and we have heard today that the weather has also caused flooding in Saffron Walden. A separate Relief Chest will therefore allow us to channel funds to those in greatest need.

Forester Lodge welcomes its newest initiate

Forester Lodge Temple at Loughton, Essex

Forester Lodge Temple at Loughton, Essex

Last night Forester Lodge welcomed its newest member when Bro Adam was initiated under the watchful eye of our Official Visitor WBro Nigel Catchpole APGM.  There was a large number of both lodge members and visiting brethren in the temple to witness the ceremony.

Bro Adam took it all in his stride, and throughly enjoyed the events of the evening both in the temple and later on at the festive board. Continue reading

Promotions and Essex Provincial Grand Lodge

Essex Provincial Grand Lodge

Essex Provincial Grand Lodge

The Essex Provincial Grand Lodge will be held this year, as usual, at Freemason’s Hall, Great Queens Street.  The meeting is to be in the Grand Temple on the 27th March at 3:30.  Brethren wishing to attend are advised to arrive early to ensure a good seat and view of the ceremonies.

This year Forester Lodge has one promotion with the Essex Grand Lodge.  WBro Patrick C will receive a promotion to PPSGD.  Congratulations to WBro Pat.

Emulation Lodge of Improvement Annual Festival

Emulation Lodge of Improvement will hold its Annual Festival at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London on Friday 28th February 2014 at 17.00hrs.

There will be a demonstration of four Sections of the Lectures under the watchful eye of VW Bro Graham Redman, PGSwdB DepGSec. The sections to be demonstrated are as follows

· Section 1 of the 1st Lecture

· Section 5 of the 1st Lecture

· Section 2 of the 2nd Lecture

· Section 5 of the 2nd Lecture

This year, the Pro Provincial Grand Master for Middlesex, RW Bro Roger J Croome is to Preside and it is expected that he will be joined by several very senior Brethren from London and the Provinces.

This event is open to all Master Masons and Past Masters regardless of Rank or ritual background. Ticket costs are £38 for Temple and Dining. Dinner will be served at The Grand Connaught Rooms.