Courtesy of W. Bro. Chris MacDonald
Courtesy of W. Bro. Chris MacDonald
Glittering Star Lodge 322 I.C.
Will hold it’s Installation meeting on Saturday, 17th March 2018 at The Molesley Masonic Hall, 121 Alcester Road South, King’s Heath, Birmingham. BT14 6DT.
We will be honoured by the presence of the R.W. Assistant Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Leslie Nixon. If you are suitably qualified and would like to witness the Irish Installation Ceremony please let us know – we would be delighted to see you there.
Stolen from elswhere
The Night Before Christmas, Down At the Lodge
‘Twas the Night before Christmas, and down at the Lodge
Not a gavel was stirring, and in the hodge-podge
Of aprons and jewels and chairs East and West
you could savour the silence, most gladly divest
All metal and mineral, it mattered not,
since Christmas was nigh and the coals were still hot
In the hearth of your homestead, all Masons abed,
as visions of trestle boards danced in their head;
When up on the roof there arose such a clatter,
Our Tiler jumped up to see what was the matter!
He picked up his sword and ran fast to the door,
three knocks shook the panels – he wondered ‘What for?’
He answered the knocking with, raps of his own,
and once the door opened he saw, with a moan
Of delight it was Santa, all jolly and red
Except for one notable feature Instead!
Upon his large finger lie wore what we knew
was compass and square on a background of blue!
‘Why Santa!’ he shouted and lowered his blade
‘I see you’re a Mason!’ the Tiler relayed.
He looked toward the Master’s most dignified chair
and said, voice near trembling, ‘Most Worshipful there
Is a Gentleman properly clothed at the gate!’
The Master replied, ‘Let’s allow him – but wait!
You tell me a Gentleman, but I don’t see
His Apron beneath that red suit, can it be
Our visitor hasn’t been properly raised?
Must we offer a test that is suitably phrased?
‘I do beg your pardon,’ old’ Santa said quick
As he pulled up his coat and displayed not a stick
But a cane with, engraving, two balls did appear
and oh, what an apron, he wore and held dear!
Adorned like the Master’ complete with a sign
Of “Lodge Number One, the North Pole” on one line!
“Now let man enter,” the Master declared,
and once in the Lodge room the Brethren all stared,
For Santa was wearing a jewel not seen
for many a century – there in between
The fur of his coat and the splendid red collar
gleamed two golden reindeer that shone like a dollar!
“It’s Donner and Blitzen, who, I must confess
Are actually images brought from the West
By my Warden, a craftsman like none in the world!”
And with a great laugh from his bag he unfurled
An ear of fine corn and some oil from the east,
“My friend I have plenty, tonight we will feast
On all that is good! We are Masons, kind sir!”
A murmur went throughout the Lodge, quite a stir,
As presents and promises flew from his sack
This Santa, a Mason, showed he had a knack
For making this Christmas the best you could glean,
And soon even Deacons were laughing, they’d seen
On this very night only happiness reigned!
This jolly Saint Nicholas quickly explained
That only a Mason could be so inclined
to make all kids happy, make all people find
A Christmas so special, yes, Santa was right!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Grand Lodge of Ireland
October Quarterly Communication
Grand Lodge Meeting – Saturday, 7th October 2017
Notice is hereby given that a Stated Communication of the Grand Lodge will be held at the Mourne Country Hotel, 52 Belfast Road, Newry, BT34 1TR on Saturday, the 7th day of October, 2017, at the hour of 2.30 p.m. precisely.
There will be a lunch at 12.15 p.m. in The Mourne Country Hotel and Brethren wishing to book should contact the Provincial Grand Lodge of Down office: (NI) 028 9045 9694 (RoI) 048 9045 9694. E-mail: email@example.com
Cost Stg£22.00 / €25.00 No bookings accepted after Friday 29th September 2017
Secretaries of all Lodges are requested to publicise this event to the members of their Lodge and encourage as many as possible to attend.
Dress: Dark Lounge Suit.
Philip A.J. Daley
Acting Grand Secretary
Lets Talk Masonry 2017
Installation 19th March 2016
The Kidderminster Masonic Centre (The Kidderminster Cricket Club Ground), Chester Road North (Offmore Lane), Kidderminster, DY10 1TH., at 1500hrs
Please book in with Maj Tony Darlison 01905 775 012
North Staffs Round Table 8355 E.C. Meeting
Thank you so much for attending our Lodge on 8th Jan 2015 and providing not
only our Members but the Brother visitors to our Lodge, with a superb and
entertaining exemplification of a Third Degree in the Irish Constitution.
We enjoyed your company and that of your members tremendously.
W Bro Paul Molley PPrGStwd – ADC & Preceptor
Frederick Victory Henry Lynch was born on the 22nd September 1927 and brought up in Eye in Suffolk. His parents were Christopher James Lynch and Alice Elizabeth (nee Woolnough). His father lied about his age and joined the army at only 15, at the start of the First World War, joining the Northamptonshire Regiment as a streacher-bearer, and was wounded by shrapnel at the Somme.
At an early age Fred Lynch was known by the nickname ‘Joe’ which was handed down from his father Christopher, although know one knows why.
Just after his eighteenth birthday on 4th October 1945, he was conscripted into the Army (his army number was 14075696) at Bury St. Edmunds, which was then the assembly point for the General Service Corps. In November of the same year he was posted to the Depot the Worcestershire Regiment at Norton Barracks. No one could have realised at that time that he was destined to serve with the Army for thirty-four years and rise from the rank of a Private Soldier to a Lieutenant-Colonel.
There is a very detailed biography of the career of Lieut.-Colonel Frederick Victory Henry Lynch, M.B.E. on the Worcestershire Regiment website, with many interesting photographs – Lieut.-Colonel Frederick Victory Henry Lynch, M.B.E.