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.
A recent donation by Granite Lodge was made in support of Juniors Journey, to support a local child with Cerebral Palsy. The donation was made at Freemasons Hall, London Road, Leicester during the latest charity presentation day.
The article has been picked up by the local press, as seen above (Loughborough Echo) and below (Leicester Mercury). The donation of £2,310 will go towards fitting out Juniors home to aid his needs as he grows.
At our annual installation on Tuesday 3rd May 2016 our Worshipful Master, W.Bro Mark Stewart-Halford ably and sincerely installed our Master Elect, Bro. Gregory Scott Arnold into the chair of The Granite Lodge 2028.
It was a wonderful occasion which was made even more special with the presence of VWBro James Buckle DPGM and his accompanying officer W.Bro Mark Hancock PDGDC who attended on behalf of Provincial Grand Lodge.
The ceremony was conducted in the manor expected of such an occasion, with not only our Installing Master but also his officers performing some wonderful ritual.
The evening was interspersed with moments of light-heartedness, one such instance being when W.Bro Hancock remarked that our lodge had made history that evening by being the first one in the province of Leicestershire & Rutland to install a new Master - W.Bro Scott, after Leicester City FC had won the Premier League.
After his Installation, our new Master installed his officers and carried out his new duties in a very professional manner, culminating in a worthy closing accompanied by his new officers.
After the ceremony we retired down to our festive board, which was a very enjoyable occasion with over forty brethren sitting down.
Bro. Andrew Steele our new Senior Warden gave a comprehensive account of all the hard work The Provincial Grand Lodge of Leicestershire & Rutland carry out on our behalf when proposing the toast to the province.
VWBro James then thanked Bro. Andrew for his kind words and the fact he now had very little left to add to what had been said.
Whilst on the topic of toasts, our new Worshipful Master decided to take wine with all Leicester City F.C season ticket holders after their meteoric rise in fortunes this season, to which a number of the diners raised their glasses - unfortunately VWBro. James wasn't able to join them as he supports a team in the lower reaches of the Premier League residing somewhere up north in a place called Manchester.
We were honoured by the presence of so many visitors, over twenty in fact. Many had travelled from far away to be with us, one W.Bro from a lodge in France. Others a little closer to home, such as the brethren from various lodges in Norfolk including The Earl of Leicester lodge of which our very own RWBro. Gayton C Taylor PPGM is a member.
We were also happy to see visitors from our own province including WBro's from our daughter lodge, Enderby Lodge 5061.
It was really wonderful to see so many brethren sitting down to enjoy good food and good company all with smiles on their faces.
At the end of our festive board the brethren of our lodge retired after saying their goodbyes, to the front bar to meet up with our ladies who had had their traditional installation night meal, which had been organised this time by our new Worshipful Master's wife Natalie at Devonshire Place and again sang the praises of the establishment for the excellent service they too had received.
All in all I think it safe to say, we all had a very enjoyable evening and one hopefully that our new Worshipful Master, W.Bro Scott will remember for a long time to come.
Every year, members of Granite Lodge in Leicester make the journey down to London for a Grand Lodge visit. This year was no exception, with W.Bro Martin planning every little detail, from train journeys to the time to be at Great Queen Street, and then the return home.
Brethren from Granite Lodge were accompanied by guests for the annual journey, taking in the local sights and hospitality before departing the train from St. Pancras back up to Leicester.
As this event is proving to be popular, the recommendation is to get in early for next year, and book now!
Monday 1st February, we were honoured by the presence of W.Bro Darren Phipps, of Marengo Lodge No.138, Illinois, USA as a guest of our Junior Warden, Bro. Andrew Steele. Marengo Lodge, under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month in the home town of Marengo.
Being the first time Darren has visited a Lodge in the UK, he was treated to an excellent second degree, demonstrating the subtle differences between British and American Freemasonry.
All that remains is for us to do a return visit to Marengo Lodge!
Granite Lodge first met on the 14th February 1884, one hundred years later various events were organised to celebrate the centenary, one of which was the presentation of a set of commemorative plates to the brethren.
So far little is known of them, however we can see from the printing on the reverse:
"A Limited Edition of 60 plates to commemorate the Centenary of The Granite Lodge No. 2028 Consecrated on the 14th February 1884 at Narborough, Leicestershire"
Inside the original packaging is a certificate which states:
"The Staffordshire Collection Ltd, Fine Bone China Plate. Commissioned to commemorate the Centenary of The Granite Lodge No. 2028 - 14th February 1984 - in a limited edition of 60 plates of which this is number 4"
The plate was kindly donated by Lesley Patterson who had a relative in the Lodge at the time the plates were given out, the late Bro. Kenneth Greaves.
At the time of the Centenary, W.Bro John P. Phillis was Master of the Lodge, the task now begins to find out more about the plates and where the others maybe residing.
The start to Christmas in Granite Lodge No.2028 is typically the traditional Sunday Lunch held this year on 22nd November 2015 at the Lyric Rooms in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire situated next to the Masonic Hall. This year they raised £260 which will go towards the Master’s chosen charity, the Bone Marrow transplant unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary.With nearly 60 people dining, consisting of members of the Lodge, their family and friends it really was the start of the festive season. The money was raised by a raffle, organised by the Charity Steward, W.Bro. David Tarry and was keenly assisted by the children of the Brethren.
As a nice surprise, W.Bro. Ian Phillips led a rendition of “My Grandfather's Clock”, a song traditionally sung at this time of year in the Lodge, rounding off a fantastic day for all.