News 2016

New Font is dedicated at Exeter cathedral

PGM and his wife at the font in Exeter Cathedral The Provincial Grand Master RW. Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP and his wife Toni attending the Easter day service in Exeter Cathedral where a new Font was dedicated by the Lord Bishop Robert. This portable font in fine Portland stone completes the altar furniture donated by Devonshire Freemasons. This has included the Altar, Lectern, Credence Table and Altar Plinth; all architect designed to complement the colours and arches of the Cathedral. RW Bro. Kingsbury said "it is thanks to all the Freemasons in Devonshire that we have been able to continue our long history of contributing to and building Exeter Cathedral and we are delighted to have represented our Province here today".

Dedication of Garden of Remembrance in Sidmouth

sidmouth garden of remembranceFollowers of these reports may remember that last November the Perseverance Lodge No 164 in Sidmouth made a donation to the Royal British Legion local branch in answer to their appeal for funds to set up a Garden of Remembrance in the Connaught Gardens. By March this year the garden had been prepared and planted up with rose bushes donated by the Wyevale Garden Centre. Accordingly a dedication ceremony was arranged and publicised. On the 19th over 70 assorted souls gathered for this ceremony which was conducted by the Rev Bro Robin Laird. At least 16 members of the Lodge were in attendance. After the prayers of dedication had been given the Lord’s Prayer was recited by the assembled company.

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Teignbridge Masonic Widows

teignbridge masonic widowsOn Thursday 17th March the Almoners of seven Teignbridge lodges attended a lunch given by the Teignbridge Masonic Widows association, they were all delighted to be in attendance for a superb presentation given by a member of the Freewheelers Charity, a motorcycle group of volunteers who deliver out of hours emergency coverage to the NHS when blood or organs are desperately needed in any of our hospitals throughout Devon which was followed by a superb lunch.

There were some 45 widows in attendance who thanked the Teignbridge lodges on who’s behalf the almoners were attending, for the care and consideration shown by the brethren and for the contact’s made and the donations sent which helps to maintain the groups ability to exist. From the cheerful and happy greeting the almoners received along with the fine conversations held over lunch I have no doubt that this group will go from strength to strength and continue to meet and look after each other for many years to come. It was a pleasure to have been there.

Grand Lodge Appointments - 2016

Dear Sir and Brother

I am instructed to inform you that this evening the RW Provincial Grand Master has announced the MW Grand Master will be pleased to confer Grand Rank appointments and promotions on the following Brethren at the Grand Investiture on 27 April 2016:

First Appointments

WBro Charles Reginald Yelland ProvJGW of Conciliation Lodge No.3483 – Past Junior Grand Deacon
WBro Colin Antony James PPrSGW of Erme Lodge No.1091 – Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
WBro Richard Selby PPrSGW of Rolle Lodge No.2759 – Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
WBro Thomas Barrett White ProvGChStwd of Northcote Lodge No.2659 – Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
WBro Colin Heath PPrJGW of Pleiades Lodge No.710 – Past Assistant Grand Standard Bearer
WBro Mark James Richardson ProvAGReg LGR of St George’s Lodge No.112 – Past Assistant Grand Standard Bearer

Promotions

WBro Keith Martin Evans PJGD, Asst ProvGM (Worcs), of Plymouth Hoe Lodge No.4235 to Past Senior Grand Deacon
WBro Christopher Yard PAGDC, Asst ProvGM, of Brent Lodge No.1284 to Past Senior Grand Deacon
WBro Peter James Balsom PAGDC of Old Helean Lodge No.6797 to Past Junior Grand Deacon
WBro Ken Keast PGStB of Hauley Lodge No.797 to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

I trust you will be delighted for the recognition these Brethren will receive for their hard work in the promotion of our Order.
Yours sincerely and fraternally,

Richard Ebrey AGStB
Provincial Grand Secretary for Devonshire

Memory making holidays made possible for families coping with serious illness or bereavement thanks to Miles Coverdale Lodge

Miles Coverdale Lodge, 5069 in the Province of Devonshire, raised £300 for Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN), a charity which provides free holidays to families who have seriously ill children, families who are recently bereaved and families who have a terminally ill parent.

The lodge hosted a unique Carol Concert in the underground chambers of Kents Cavern prehistoric caves, in the run up to Christmas 2015, when the forty-strong Yours in Harmony, an all-ladies close harmony cappella chorus, entertained the 80 guests to carols and favourite showcase songs. The audience was then led on a guided tour of the famous Torquay caves and enjoyed a candlelit sing-along.

Nick Powe, owner of Kents Cavern and WM of Miles Coverdale said: “It’s been many years since we have put on a Carol concert in the caves. The event sold out and how nice it is to see the proceeds going to THHN, a local charity we support throughout the year with free cavern visits for families the THHN are helping. The event was a great success and Yours in Harmony are booked to return on 15th December this year.”

Luke Tillen, THHN Founder said: "I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all at the Miles Coverdale Lodge, for their incredible support of our charity, by hosting this very special and unique fundraising event! We were honoured to be the benefiting charity and we truly value and appreciate such support, that enables us to continue to provide families affected by serious illness and bereavement with free fun filled, memory making holidays."

Eva Larsen, responsible for promotions at Yours in Harmony said: “I am delighted that our choral group has yet again been able to support THHN with this underground event. We always enjoy singing in these caverns. The acoustics are exceptional and all the ladies are looking forward to returning in December.”

George Adroit, charity steward for Miles Coverdale said: “The lodge is always keen to support local charities and on behalf of the members of Miles Coverdale, I am very pleased to present this cheque to such a good cause.”

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Pictured above in Kents Cavern: WBro. George Adroit (right) Charity Steward at Miles Coverdale Lodge 5069 presenting Luke Tillen from THHN with a cheque for £300, with WBro. Nick Powe (left), WM of 5069, and Eva Larsen from Yours in Harmony.

Ninjas of the Night

W. Bro. Trigger and PGMOn Friday the 11th of March under cover of darkness and in great secrecy, the Provincial Grand Master, Rt.W.Bro. Ian Kingsbury accompanied by W.Bro Richard Ebrey, Assistant Grand Standard Bearer of the United Grand Lodge of England made a clandestine visit to Yealm Lodge No.8277.

Timing their entry to the minute, they quietly knocked on the building door to which a very shocked and surprised Tyler gave them entry. Shortly after, the Tyler gave seven knocks on the door of the Lodge (which probably gave the DC a panic attack!) and the Provincial Grand Master demanded entry into the Lodge. Regaining his composure, the DC then admitted the visitors in due form and the Provincial Grand Master then proceeded with the purpose of the visit – to present a Certificate of Service award to W.Bro. David Trigger to mark his many years of service to Freemasony in general and the Yealm Lodge in particular. This was met with great approbation by the Brethren who were present.

Following the presentation Rt.W.Bro. Kingsbury and W.Bro Ebrey made their getaway and disappeared whence they came, leaving a much pleased and shocked W.Bro Trigger in their wake.

Lodge Tylers be on your guard - for they might return some evening.

Soon…

MH

Jeremiah’s Journey - Charity Evening

jeremiahs journey 5789W.Bro John Pritchard PPrGSwdb, The Worshipful Master of The Lord Roborough Lodge 5789 held a Charity evening at the Moorland Garden Hotel. John’s Charity for his year in office is Jeremiah’s Journey, Plymouth. The evening was well attended and enjoyed by all, music by Gerri Waite. Ms Joanne Anning , Chief Executive of the Charity was presented on the night with a cheque for £500.00. Joanne gave a short talk on the extremely valuable work they do with Children who have suffered a bereavement in the family or a close friend to them and thanked everyone for their generosity.

Left to right W.Bro Brian Pullen, Charity Steward; Ms Joanne Anning & W.Bro John Pritchard WM.

New Member Baz Gray set the pace

solo630Baz Gray, a serving Warrant Officer in the Royal Marines who is about to be Initiated in to Royal Marines Plymouth Lodge 9528, after an illustrious 26 year career in the Royal Marines aims to break the record for completing the Solo 630 mile South West Coast Path by crossing the finish line in under 10 days. Baz hopes to raise £10,000 for the armed forces charity The Baton, of which Baz is a trustee.

It will be the last of Baz’s fundraising endurance challenges, previously Baz raised money with a 24-hour non-stop skiing marathon in -30 temperatures, a 1000 mile roller-ski from John O’Groats to Land’s End, and a 176-mile 48-hour non-stop trek on the coast path between Poole and Lympstone and back. He is one of only two men who’ve successfully re-enacted Shackleton’s heroic voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia.

He hopes to get a 1000 members of the public to join him or by offering accommodation at each night stop as he makes his way along the route from Minehead to Poole starting on the 25th April and hopefully finishing before 10am on Thursday 5 May.

You can follow Baz on social media https://www.facebook.com/solo630 and you can donate at: www.justgiving.com/solo630/ or buy the T-shirts, available soon at: www.royalmarinesshop.com and The Baton: www.thebaton.co.uk

Brian Phillips
Secretary
Royal Marines Plymouth Lodge No.9528

W Bro John Evans PPrJGW

john evans 50 yrsOn Thursday 25th February 2016, W Bro Derek G Webber the Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master attended St John the Baptist Lodge No 39 to present W Bro John Dunbar Evans PPrJGW with the Provincial Grand Masters Certificate marking W.Bro John celebrating his fifty years as a freemason in this wonderful province of Devonshire.

But more particularly St John the Baptist Lodge No 39. John was initiated on the 24th February 1966 following in the foot steps of his late father brother Bertie Evans who had been a member of the lodge for 31 years. W.Bro Derek spoke at great length about W. Bro John’s fifty years both Masonic and family, noting that W.Bro John was still the organist of the lodge, in presenting the certificate W.Bro Derek brought the best wishes and congratulations of our Provincial Grand Master Rt W.Bro Ian Kingsbury.

W.Bro John thanked W.Bro Derek for the effort and the kind way he had presented the certificate, remarking where has the time gone? The brethren then retired for an excellent festive board where W.Bro John was presented with a gift from the lodge and all present drank his health, as a new brother had be initiated on the evening it showed the two ends of the scale, thus ending a very happy evening

George Tout
Secretary No 39

Cheque Presentation to The Donkey Sanctuary

donkey sanctuaryOn Friday 19th February 2016, W.Bro. John Pritchard PPrGSwdB – W.M. accompanied by W.Bro. John Speak – Almoner, visited The Donkey Sanctuary at Ivybridge to present a cheque for £200 from the Lodge to Naomi Kinsman, Ivybridge Sanctuary Manager. The photo right shows Pooh the donkey who was also very pleased with this presentation!

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Devonshire Freemasons Help Sidmouth Raiders U14’s Football Team

Devonshire Freemasons have kindly purchased new Match day Kit for the Sidmouth Raiders Under 14’s Team. Manager Wade Monaghan commented: We are absolutely delighted with our new Kit. The boys are growing and the old kit was getting a little tight on them.

Father, and Past Master of the Old Helean Lodge Simon James said, They are a hard working successful team under the guidance of our Coach Tony West and Assistant Trevor Lorkin and it is lovely that the Devonshire Freemasons were happy to help our team, they all look very smart indeed. I would like to pass on my thanks to Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire for all he has done for our team.

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1. The Team in their new kit

2. L to R: Coach Tony West, Manager Wade Monaghan, Simon James and Ass. Coach Trevor Lorkin

Clive Eden.

Children’s Hospice South West receives £1622 from the Grand Charity

chsw grand charityChildren’s Hospice South West’s, Little Bridge House hospice in Fremington, Barnstaple has received a cheque for £1622 from Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury, the provincial grand master of the Devonshire Freemasons.

The Freemasons Grand Charity has been a long term supporter of CHSW and this cheque was just part of the annual donation made by the Freemasons Grand Charity - which this year is giving nearly £14,000 to seven hospices in Devon.

Over many years, Little Bridge House has received a total of almost £90,000 in support from the Freemasons Grand Charity and also local Lodges here in Devon. Emma Perry Senior Community Fundraiser at the hospice said: ‘We are so delighted with the ongoing support from the Freemasons. It costs over £3million each year to run our services for life-limited children and their families at Little Bridge House, and we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations. This support will help us to continue in our work to make the most of short and precious lives.’

Little Bridge House is one of three children’s hospices here in the South West. Opened in 1995, the hospice provides expert holistic and family centred care for life-limited children across Devon. Providing a home from home environment, the hospice offers respite, emergency and end of life care for local children and their families, including a dedicated sibling service.

The Provincial Grand Master Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury said when presenting the cheque: “The Freemasons in Devon are delighted that the Freemasons Grand Charity has been able to continue to provide vital funding for our local hospices. The care and support they provide for the community is amazing, and we are delighted that we are able to show our dedication towards their ever-growing need for support within the community.” Photo above shows L to R Sally Norden, Emma Perry, Ian Kingsbury, Toni Kingsbury.

St. Luke’s Hospice Plymouth receive £2,700 from the Freemasons

st lukes hospiceStaff at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are seen here receiving a cheque for £2,507 from Very Worshipful Brother Nicholas Ball, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire.

This is part of the annual donation made by the Freemasons grand charity which this year is giving nearly £14,000 to seven hospices in Devon.

St Luke’s has been caring for thousands of terminally ill patients, 24 hours, 7 days a week for over 30 years and their passion and dedication to offer dignity and choice has never dwindled. The hospices vision is a community, where no person has to die alone in pain or distress. Caring for local people, no matter where, at home, in hospital, or in the hospice itself.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master V. W. Bro. Nicholas Ball said when presenting the cheque “The Freemasons in Devon are delighted that the Freemasons Grand Charity have been able to continue to provide vital funding for or local hospices, the care and support they provide for the community is amazing, we are delighted that we are able to show our dedication towards their ever growing need for support within the community”. When presenting the cheque for £2,507 Nicholas also presented a cheque for a further £200 donated by the members of The Pelican lodge who meet in Plymouth.

A total of two hundred and forty five adult and children’s hospices throughout England and Wales will receive over £600,000 this year. Since 1984 the Freemasons Grand Charity have given nearly £12 million in support of hospices.
Over the last 21 years the Freemasons of Devonshire have combined with the Grand Charity to give total donations to St. Lukes amounting to almost £61,000 a figure they can all be very proud of.

On receiving the cheque Head of Community Services at St Luke's Hospice Plymouth, Maggie Draper said: "We are very grateful to the Freemasons for their donation and continued support year on year. As somebody who is responsible for our Community Team of nurses, Crisis Team and occupational therapists who deliver care at home, I know just how a contribution like this can make a difference to a patient and their family dealing with a terminal illness. It costs on average £1,000 per patient to provide this specialist care at home and this contribution will enable us to ensure another 2 people in our community avoid unnecessary admission to hospital and receive the specialist care they require at home.

The above photo’s show Nicholas Ball with Maggie Draper, Head of Community Services and Sharon Smerdon, Crisis Team Lead, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

North Devon Hospice Receive £2025 from the Freemasons

north devon hospiceMembers of staff from the North Devon Hospice in Barnstaple are seen here receiving a cheque for £2025 from Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury, the provincial grand master of Devonshire. Over many years North Devon Hospice has received over £47,000 from the Freemasons Grand Charity and local lodges.

The donation is part of the annual assistance made by the Freemasons grand charity which this year is giving nearly £14,000 to seven hospices in Devon.

Two hundred and forty five adult and children’s hospices throughout England and Wales will receive a total of over £600,000 this year. Since 1984 the Freemasons Grand Charity have given nearly £12 million in support of hospices.
Since 1984 when the first hospice nurse was appointed North Devon Hospice have provided expert palliative and family centred care for patients within the community. This includes day care, care in the home as well as within the hospice as well as bereavement and carers support groups.

The Provincial Grand Master Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury said when presenting the cheque “The Freemasons in Devon are delighted that the Freemasons Grand Charity have been able to continue to provide vital funding for or local hospices, the care and support they provide for the community is amazing, we are delighted that we are able to show our dedication towards their ever growing need for support within the community”.

On receiving the cheque Stephen Roberts, Chief Executive of North Devon Hospice, said “We are delighted to be receiving this cheque from the Freemasons and are incredibly grateful for their continued and generous support of North Devon Hospice. To ensure that we continue to be there for all the family at a time in their lives when they need all the care and support they can get, we are utterly reliant on the communities’ generosity. Therefore, Grants from the freemasons have had a fantastic impact on enabling us to provide care around the clock, wherever and whenever it is needed. The Freemasons Grand Charity should be very proud that they have had a part to play in this.”

The above photo shows L to R Jessica Marsland, Ian Kingsbury, Toni Kingsbury, Ali Hunt

A double 50-year celebration for WBro. Robert Garrett and Bro. Corkery

double fiftyW Bro. Robert John Garrett was proposed into Freemasonry by his late father W Bro. Herbert Garrett and seconded by the late W Bro. Freddie Earland. He was initiated into the Vale of Culm Lodge No. 4781 on 7th February 1966. Passed on 2nd May 1966 and Raised on 7th November 1966. W Bro. Robert became Worshipful Master on 1st March 1976, a position he went on to occupy for two years due to Bro. James Corkery having to decide not to proceed to the chair of the Lodge.

Bro. Corkery’s significant business commitments over the years has required him to work away in the Middle East for much of his time in Freemasonry. Nevertheless, his achievement in maintaining his contribution to the Order where his circumstances have allowed, demands much respect and appreciation.

W Bro. Robert again went into the chair of that Lodge on 4th March 2002 to allow for the more gradual progression of Junior brethren. His talents were acknowledged by the Province and in April 1985 he was appointed Provincial Senior Grand Deacon. Later in April 1994 he was promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden.

During his time within the lodge he has served virtually every office from Secretary, Director of Ceremonies through to Lodge Mentor with distinction.

During his many conversations with the late W Bro. Terrence Corkery he expressed his desire for a new Lodge based on the farming industry. W Bro. Robert, encouraged by the response from the Province’s desire to ensure there was sufficient support for a new lodge, formed a small group which included the late WBro. Frank Rowe John Spence and WBro. Bill Carnell. Soon 35 brethren came forward as Founder Members, the end result of which was the consecration of the Devon Farmers Lodge No. 9250 at the Rougemont Hotel Exeter on 13th February 1988. This Lodge has continued to flourish and currently boasts a membership of 65.

W Bro. Robert was the Founding Senior Warden in 1988 and was installed as WM in September 1988. He subsequently was unanimously elected to serve as its Master again in 2012, and during this period of Office the Devon Farmers Lodge celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Within this Lodge WBro. Robert has also occupied the offices of Mentor and Assistant Director of Ceremonies.

The late W Bro. Ronald Discombe during a conversation with Robert remarked that the Masonic Hall at Uffculme would make an ideal venue for a Chapter. This set WBro. Robert thinking and with the support of RWBro. Stanley Hopkins, W Bros. Bill Carnell, Chris Summers and the late WBro. Michael Hitt and Len Evis, set about the creation of a new cross border Chapter. Indeed when approaches were initially made to the then Grand Superintendent E.Comp Roy Webber, WBro. Robert was not even a member of the Order. Realising this, Ex Comp Roy Webber proposed Robert into the St Peter Chapter No. 1125 and he was exalted in May 1987.

The Devon & Somerset Farmers Chapter No. 9250 was consecrated on 30th September 1999 with 24 Founder Members. This again has proved another wonderful success story and the Chapter currently boasts a membership of 60. Robert became the Chapters First Principal in 2007. Again his talents were recognised by the Province and he currently holds the rank of Past Provincial Grand Sojourner.

W Bro. Keith Farmer during discussion with WBro. Robert during the autumn of 2011 mentioned that there didn’t appear to be a Lodge in the area based on the construction industry. Not satisfied with already having been central to the formation of one new Craft Lodge and Chapter, WBro. Robert enlisted the support of VWBro. Peter Layzell, WBro. Keith Farmer, Bro. Ian Firth and WBro. Bill Carnell and set about gauging support for another new craft Lodge. This resulted in the consecration of the Lodge of Construction No. 9892 on 5th September 2013 with 31 Founder Members. This new craft Lodge is again proving a success with a current membership of 40. WBro. Robert has already occupied the office of Immediate Past Master of the Lodge.

W Bro. Robert has also been prominent with the running of the Masonic Hall. His predecessors recognised his talents at an early stage and he was appointed a trustee some 35 years ago. With the advent of so many other Lodges and the Chapter utilising the facility he was one of the prime movers in realising that the premises needed to be run by a Management Committee incorporating members from each organisation as opposed to a group of Trustees. Indeed, a Management Committee was formed in 1986 and Robert has occupied the office of Chairman for over 20 years.

Indeed, during his time as a trustee/chairman of the Management Committee the building at Uffculme has undergone a complete overhaul. Phase 1 was the enlargement of the Lodge Room increasing its capacity by some 40%. Phase 2 was the rebuilding of the Kitchen at the Southerly end of the premises. Phase 3 quickly followed with the repositioning of the bar and creation of a dining room which can now cater for 115 brethren.

One of W Bro. Garrett’s keen interests is local history and Masonic artefacts. The Vale of Culm Lodge was bequeathed a large quantity of Masonic memorabilia by the late Dr. Huth who was also a Founder Member of the Vale of Culm. Indeed, Robert has created a most interesting talk on the artefacts and the history behind the various items in the collection which he has kindly given to a number of local Lodges.

Another of W Bro. Roberts’s pastimes is the study of archaeology and he and his wife have spent many an hour digging just under the beacon at Pitt Farm. Indeed, on a number of occasions he has appeared on television with the bits of broken pottery and other finds he has uncovered. Likewise, Robert and family have over the years also created a museum of agricultural implements that have been used down the ages. Indeed, many people within the community and brethren have been given the opportunity to have a guided tour of the museum. He is also frequently contacted by television companies making period dramas to use some of their equipment in their production.

To conclude, they always say behind every good man is a good woman. In Sheila Garrett he has just that and she has supported W Bro. Robert every inch of the way throughout his Masonic career.

Roger Tozer
JW
Vale of Culm No. 4781

W.Bro. W.D. 'Bill' Bedworth celebrates 50 years a Mason

bill bedworth 6927The main business of the evening at the February meeting of The Lodge of Good Intention No.6927 in Barnstaple was to raise Bro. Neil Johnson to the third degree, and this was carried out in superb manner by the W.M. W.Bro. Richard Harding and his team which included W.Bro. W.D. 'Bill' Bedworth who gave the Exhortation, a piece of work he first carried out in the Lodge in 1985 and one he has continually done over the past thirty one years.

The ceremony completed, under the item of 'Any Other Business' the W.M. asked W.Bro. Maurice Eglinton P.S.G.D., P.Asst.P.G.M, a Past Master of 6927, to present W.Bro Bill with a certificate to celebrate his 50 years in Masonry and during that presentation he referred to the outstanding contribution that Bill had made to Freemasonry not only in North Devon but throughout the whole Province.

The assembled company then retired to the refectory where a glass of Champagne was waiting for everyone prior to the Festive Board to celebrate Bill's 50 years and where, during the speeches the W.M. deviated from the usual toast list to include a special toast to W.Bro. Bill.

All in all a great evening and we look forward to Bill's next 50 years!!

Alan Cockman

Kings House Hospiscare Honiton Receive £1,000 from the Freemasons

kings house hospiceHospiscare staff from Kings House Day Hospice in Honiton are seen here receiving a cheque for £1,000 from Worshipful Brother Chris Yard the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire.

This forms part of the annual donation made by the Freemasons grand charity which this year is giving nearly £14,000 to seven hospices in Devon.

Two hundred and forty five adult and children’s hospices throughout England and Wales will receive a total of over £600,000 this year. Since 1984 the Freemasons Grand Charity have given nearly £12 million in support of hospices.
Computer records of giving to Hospicecare only go back to 1994 but in that time the Freemasons grand Charity along with many local Devonshire lodges have given an astounding £93,000 to this charity alone.

Kings House Day Hospice opened in February 2015 with great support within the local community. The heart of the centre is a large multi-purpose comfortable and flexible lounge, there is also a quiet room for contemplation or conversation, an education room, a consultation and therapy treatment room, all contained in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Patients have access to expert support, advice or treatment and Hospiscare’s team of community nurse specialists are now based at Kings House.

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W. Bro. Chris Yard said when presenting the cheque “The Freemasons in Devon are delighted that the Freemasons Grand Charity have been able to continue to provide vital funding for or local hospices, the care and support they provide for the community is amazing, we are delighted that we are able to show our dedication towards their ever growing need for support within the community”. Glynis Atherton, Hospiscare Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to receive this continuing support from the Freemasons and are very grateful that they recognise the vital work we carry out in East Devon. Receiving regular support like this is essential in helping us maintain our services which this year will cost more than £6m to provide across Exeter, Mid and East Devon.”

Pictured above right is Katie Chantler, Chris Yard, Angela Phillips & Sarah Smith.

Exeter Hospiscare Receive £2,757 from the Freemasons

Staff from Exeter Hospiscare received a cheque for £2,757 from Worshipful Brother Chris Yard, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire. This is part of the annual donation made by the Freemasons grand charity which this year is giving nearly £14,000 to seven hospices in Devon. Two hundred and forty five adult and children’s hospices throughout England and Wales will receive a total of over £600,000 this year. Since 1984 the Freemasons Grand Charity have given nearly £12 million in support of hospices.

Computer records show that since 1994 Freemasons Grand Charity along with many local Devonshire lodges have donated an amazing £93,000 to Hospicecare. Exeter Hospiscare helps hundreds of city people living with life limiting illness, providing care and support at home as well as within the hospice for both patients and their families.

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W. Bro. Chris Yard said when presenting the cheque “The Freemasons in Devon are delighted that the Freemasons Grand Charity have been able to continue to provide vital funding for or local hospices, the care and support they provide for the community is amazing, we are delighted that we are able to show our dedication towards their ever growing need for support within the community”. Hospiscare Chief Executive Glynis Atherton said: “We are delighted to receive this continuing support from the Freemasons and are very grateful that they recognise the vital work we carry out in the city. Receiving regular support like this is essential in helping us maintain our services which this year will cost more than £6m to provide. “

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Pictured above: Barry White, Chris Yard with Nurses Liz & Nicola - 3. Chris Yard Nurse Ann & Barry White

Perseverance’s Interesting Meeting.

When the current WM’s plan for his year in office was drawn up last Autumn it had seemed that the February meeting would be a quiet one with a lecture being presented. As the WM needed to find suitable dates to take his wife on a winter cruise it seemed early February would be the most suitable and the IPM was available to take that meeting. Having made his booking, those well known words of Robert Burns “the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry” swang into action.

Firstly, Meridian Lodge, 164’s daughter Lodge, approached with a request for Perseverance to perform a Raising on their behalf. This was readily agreed to, could fit into the February meeting and members were found to present different parts of the ceremony. Next, while I was at my Lodge in Weston-super-Mare just before Christmas, some of the Brethren who had made a visit to 164 early in 2015 showed an interest in repeating the trip early in 2016. On finding that I was taking part in the ceremony and was busy learning the Perseverance version they decided to come down for the February meeting (as cheerleaders or critics I’m still not sure which). At first there were about 5 interested but as time passed the number grew and once the summons was distributed the number had grown to a dozen members of Tivoli Lodge.

With another group attending from Meridian to witness the raising of their member what had been expected to be one of 164’s smallest and quietest meetings of the year was now going to be a busy and well attended one.
In the left hand picture we see Bro Ernie Gregory the candidate’s proposer and grandfather, Bro Joseph Gladwin the candidate, W Bro Chris Taylor IPM and acting WM and W Bro Cyril Reed who had been WM of Meridian for the candidate’s Initiation as well as his seconder into Freemasonry. The right hand picture shows the members of Tivoli with the acting WM. Front centre is W Bro David Pettitt WM 9417 with W Bro Chris Taylor.

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Come the night of the meeting all the visitors arrived though a few were last minute due to the road works that have currently closed one of the main arteries into Sidmouth town centre. By then our WM should have flown into Barbados and be settling into the cruise ship that was to take him and his good lady “up the Amazon”. A week or so before this meeting he had discovered that another member of Perseverance would also be on the trip. It transpired that E Comp Jonathan Walker was making the trip as a resident lecturer and would be addressing those interested on a variety of subjects while they were heading South on the high seas as well as on the return journey.

The meeting went smoothly and I’m sure will have proved a most interesting experience for Brother Joseph. It should be remarked that Perseverance working has quite a few differences from that seen throughout most of Devonshire let alone the rest of the country. However, it was still quite late when the Lodge was closed and the Company had returned downstairs, packed regalia away and found their drinks and table places in the dining room. Throughout the meal the room was abuzz was conversation and an extremely cheerful atmosphere prevailed. Thanks must be recorded to the catering officer who in his table plan had skilfully intermingled Tivoli and Perseverance members allowing some quite interesting and illuminating discussions on ritual variations.

With the meal completed some of the lost time had been made up and the DC moved things on speedily through the normal toasts. Proposals and responses were kept short and proved remarkably pertinent. First comers to 164 were, as often happens, taken aback by Perseverance Fire. It had been a very successful and satisfying gathering but all too soon goodbyes were exchanged as Brethren left for their respective trips home.

Arthur Rowe

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  5. Freemasonry Opens its Doors to Local Historians
  6. 300 First Aid Boxes donated to Local Communities
  7. Plympton Freemasons mark the start of 300 years of Freemasonry in England...
  8. Lodge St John’s No 70 Family and Friends Night - 7th January 2016
  9. 70th Birthday Celebrations of St. Margaret's Lodge No. 6128
  10. Freemasons present £4,000 to Devon Air Ambulance
  11. W.Bro Michael John Bartlett PPJGW
  12. Victory Lodge Donates to Derriford Hospital Neonatal ICU
  13. Wing Walking for Charity
  14. The Sun Lodge No.106 Ladies Festival
  15. Rain Fails to Dampen Children's Spirits
  16. Nick Ball, Deputy PrGM again ran the Plymouth Half Marathon on Sunday 17th April.
  17. Plymouth History Festival 2016
  18. W.Bro Wes Nicholls shows a clean set of heels!
  19. W.Bro.(Mathew) Peter Haigh
  20. Excester Lodge No: 6228
  21. Provincial Grand Lodge 18th April 2016
  22. Wing Walk for HeartSWell South West.
  23. The Lodge of Fortitude presents £1000 cheque to a Local Charity
  24. Lodge of Perseverance No 164 Sidmouth – Donations Evening
  25. "The Widows Sons" Chapter
  26. Per Mare Per Terram Lodge No. 9355 shows that age is no problem!
  27. Something to SHOUT ABOUT!
  28. If it's not bolted down...
  29. Tercentenary Jewel
  30. Worshipful Masters wing walk raises money for defibrillator
  31. Special Presentation Night at Sir John Hawkins Lodge No 3704
  32. Diary Dates - St Aubyns Masonic Widows Association
  33. Provincial Teddy Master gets a day out!
  34. Armed Forces Day Plymouth 2016
  35. Devon Freemasons donate £7500 to local charity
  36. Excester Lodge No. 6228
  37. Letter to all Brethren from Rt.W.Bro. Peter Hawken
  38. Tercentenary Banner
  39. Sons of the Widow
  40. Diary Dates
  41. Listening to the wants of Deaf Children
  42. Presentation to Childrens Hospice SW
  43. Honiton Show 2016
  44. North Devon Masters Installation.
  45. Devonshire Freemasons help with the cost of cancer
  46. Devon Masonic Golf Association Summer Meeting
  47. £18.9 million provided in support
  48. London Marathon 2016
  49. £50,000 to help fund research into Type 1 Diabetes
  50. Davie Masonic Hall Presented with Defibrillator
  51. Celebration of Evensong
  52. Reach for the Stars
  53. Past Grand Master of Nova Scotia visits Bideford
  54. Freemasonry for all generations
  55. Provincial Grand Wardens 2017-2018
  56. Bovey Tracey Lodge hits the headlines
  57. The New Provincial Tie
  58. Grand Master of Romania visits Okehampton
  59. MCF donates £50,000 to Red Cross
  60. Devonshire Mason awarded British Rowing Medal of Honour
  61. The Mark Degree gets a new Provincial Grand Master
  62. St. Margaret’s Lodge Topsham helps Stroke Unit
  63. Miles Coverdale Lodge No. 5069 Goes Underground
  64. W.Bro R.O.J. Taylor P.Pr.J.G.W.
  65. The St Andrew Lodge No.4097
  66. Teddies on the mend
  67. Remembrance Sunday
  68. Surprise 70 year Certificate for W.Bro. Basil Williams