Over the weekend of the 29th & 30th September 2018, W.Bro. Richard Barnett from Granite Lodge, along with other members of the Province of Leicestershire & Rutland cycled an amazing 150 mile to raise money for Rainbows and the 2022 Festival.
Taking in all of the Masonic Hall's within the Province, the cyclists took off from Freemasons' Hall, Leicester on the Saturday morning, and made their way to Loughborough, Ashby De La Zouch, Coalville, Hinckley and Lutterworth before ending the days riding at 75 miles.
The second day again began at Freemasons' Hall in Leicester, and moved onto Market Harborough, Uppingham, Oakham, Melton Mowbray, Syston and then back to Leicester.
The weather was kind to the team, who made it safely round Province, raising over £6,000 for the worthy causes.
On Wednesday the 13th June 2018, members of Granite Lodge journeyed to London to visit the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge.
Starting off with an 8:30am train from Leicester Station, the six representatives from Granite Lodge made their way down to a busy St.Pancras Station to enjoy a spot of breakfast as the first stop on the way to Great Queens Street.
As usual, the day had been meticulously planned by W.Bro. Martin Stevenson to take into account breakfast, lunch, and sinner before the journey home. After breakfast and a short walk, Grand Lodge beckoned as they managed to keep to the planned 11:30am arrival time.
The proceedings began at 12 noon, as over 1,500 from across the UK gathered to here the business of the day, followed by a fascinating insight into the Library & Museum at Freemasons' Hall, Great Queens Street, by Doctor Vicky Carroll, Director of the Library & Museum of Freemasonry.
With a few hours to wait until the train home, several local public houses were visited before a superb fish supper and then finally the journey home.
An excellent day, which is very much recommended to others.
This year we were honoured by the presence of W.Bro. Kelvin Johnson PAGDC and his accompanying officer Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies W.Bro. Robert B Wood.
The lodge was opened by our Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Richard Barnett who carried out his duties as always in a professional manner, which included thanking his officers for all their support over the past year.
The installation ceremony was then commenced by W.Bro. Richard who very kindly handed over the chair to W.Bro. Tom Steele PPAGDC who was given the honour of installing our Master Elect, his son Bro. Andrew Steele in a manner that was a privilege to witness, both W.Bro's Richard and Tom doing their respective parts with much sincerity.
After our new Master was installed into the chair of our great lodge, W.Bro. Andrew carried out his duties very efficiently. This included the installation of his new team of officers and the closing of the lodge assisted by his new team which went very smoothly.
Afterwards we retired downstairs to the festive board which was a very enjoyable occasion, that was complimented by a fine meal.
Bro. Roy Evans gave an extremely comprehensive toast to the Province which W.Bro Kelvin thanked and complimented him on. W.Bro. Ian Phillips sang the Masters song accompanied by W.Bro. Don Salt, who'd very kindly taken over the organist's duties. The toasts to the absent brethren and our visitors were delivered by W.Bro's Stuart Larkins and Martin Stevenson respectively.
At the end of the evening we met up with our ladies at The Grand Hotel, who'd dined at Marco Pierre White's establishment. This year the evening was organised by W.Bro. Andrew's wife Jennifer, and everyone there also had an enjoyable time.
There can be no doubt that both Jennifer and our new Worshipful Master had a memorable night and will hopefully have a very successful year.
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".