On Monday 4th December, members of the Granite Lodge gathered for a photograph to commemorate the tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England.
We were honoured by the presence of the Provincial Junior Grand Warden, W.Bro Andrew Green along with his accompanying officer Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies W.Bro Steven Skidmore.
This year our outgoing Worshipful Master, W.Bro Scott Arnold along with his team of officers, installed our Master Elect, Bro. Richard Barnett into the chair of King Solomon with a ceremony that he and his team could all be very proud of.
After his installation W.Bro Richard carried out his first duty as Master by installing his officers with much aplomb, which was nothing less than we’ve come to expect from him.
The closing was carried out by our Worshipful Master and his team with much skill and confidence by everyone involved and can only bode well for our upcoming season which begins in October.
Once our ceremony had ended we retired to the festive board, where the members of Granite Lodge were privileged to be honoured with the presence of over fifty guests, at least one of whom had travelled from the USA to join us.
The Absent Brethren and Visitors toasts were delivered by W.Bro’s Neil Scotchbrook & Martin Stevenson respectively, which W.Bro Martin Dodgson, from the Province of Yorkshire & West Riding responded to on behalf of the visitors, with both humour, charm and sincerity.
After our festive board had ended and we’d said goodbye to all our visitors, we met up with our ladies who’d enjoyed a meal at the Grand Hotel in Leicester. This year it was organised by our Worshipful Master's wife Abbie, which all those who attended said they enjoyed.
I’m sure it’s safe to say W.Bro Richard and his wife Abbie had a great night, as did we all and are very much looking forward to the coming year.
The Leicestershire & Rutland Masonic Cycling Association has been formed as part of the Tercentenary Celebrations taking place in 2017. The Tercentenary Centre Bike Ride is a Charity event aimed at all our keen cyclists in the Province and will be a 300 mile bike ride spread over four days starting on Thursday 8th June 2017 and ending on Sunday 11th June 2017. We will be visiting all Provincial Centres in Leicestershire and Rutland plus cycling to Freemasons’ Hall (United Grand Lodge of England) in London and the spot where the Grand Lodge was formed in 1717. The likely route is as follows:
Day 1, Leicester – Loughborough – Ashby – Coalville – Hinckley – Lutterworth, finishing in Northampton.
Day 2, Northampton to Freemasons' Hall, London.
Day 3, Freemasons' Hall, London – St. Paul's Cathedral – Northampton.
Day 4, Northampton – Market Harborough, Uppingham, Oakham, Melton Mowbray – Syston, finishing at Leicester.
Pictured above is Bro. Richard Barnett from Granite Lodge, along with W.Bro Simon Sharman of the Lodge of Welcome, out for a spot of training over the Bank Holiday.
Bro. Callum is the first member of Granite Lodge to join the newly formed Leicestershire & Rutland Light Blue Rugby Club, an organisation comprising entirely of Freemasons' within the province.
Callum is pictured above standing alongside his personal trainer / father W.Bro Mark.
On the 8th March 2017, members of the Lodge made the annual trip for the Quarterly Communication at Grand Lodge, Great Queens Street, London.
The morning started off well with a train trip into London, arriving at Grand Lodge in a timely fashion. Proceedings were completed by just after lunch, allowing those of us in attendance to sample some of the fine ales on offer in our nations capital. Starting off at the Jamaica Wine House, near to the Bank of England before moving on to the Counting House for a spot of lunch. Soon after, we sampled the hospitality at several other pubs, including "The Old Doctor Butler's Head" the "Old Red Cow", and the "Craft Beer Company Clerkenwell" before starting the journey home, stopping off on the way at "The Lamb" and the "North Sea Fish Restaurant".
To round off the evening, after arriving back in Leicester, a quick pit stop in "The Parcel Yard" and then homeward bound.
A jolly good time was had by all!
At the lodge annual Sunday Lunch event, held at the Lyric Rooms adjacent to the Ashby De La Zouch Masonic Hall, over 50 brethren including family and friends were treated to great company and fine dining to support the Worshipful Master and his chosen Charity. As now a long standing tradition, the children present organised the raffle, selling tickets to win many prizes kindly donated by the brethren. After all of the tickets were sold, £230 was raised for the Joe Humphries Trust.
On October 14th 2012, Joe Humphries a fit and healthy 14 year old boy collapsed and passed away whilst out jogging in Rothley, Leicestershire, just a stone’s throw away from his home. Joe was a victim of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), a condition that often strikes without warning. Joes became one of the 12 young people (aged 12 – 35 years old) a week and over 600 a year in Great Britain to lose his life to SADS.
At the informal Sunday lunch, all those in attendance were treated to a three course meal including a classic roast a wide variety of desserts.
On the 1st February 2016, Bro. Andrew Steele invited a guest to the lodge, W.Bro Darren Phipps of Marengo Lodge No.138, Illinois, USA. W.Bro Darren has now unexpectedly returned the favour by delivering to Bro. Andrew an intricately designed and produced leather regalia case.
Pictured above is the case, complete with working tools, and is large enough to fit Masonic regalia, which will surely stand out from the traditional black cases as usually seen in the lodge locker room.
The design is taken from the lodge logo, which depicts the granite quarries in Enderby, Leicestershire along with the lodge moto "sermons in stones, good in everything".
On Monday 7th November 2016, Granite Lodge welcomed a new member who came from an unusual source, Bro. Jason was the first ever member to have enquired about joining the Lodge through social media.
After seeing one of the lodges Facebook posts, Jason contacted the lodge, and after many meetings and social gatherings entered the lodge for the first time. The evening was well attended and was followed by a superb festive board and entertainment.
Pictured above left to right are the Junior Warden, Bro. Richard Barnett, the Worshipful Master, Bro. Scott Arnold, our new member, Bro. Jason Lock and the Senior Warden, Bro. Andrew Steele.