Burns Night Meeting in Warwick
The Lodge of Warwick 8011 is holding its Annual Burns Night Supper, following a short Lodge Meeting, on Wednesday 11th January 2012 with a 6pm start. It will be a Gentlemen’s Evening and all Masons and their friends are cordially invited.
The Supper, complete with Piper, will take the traditional format with the Address to Haggis, Address to the Skin and a Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robbie Burns.
The Menu is:-
Cock a Leekie Soup
Haggis, Tatties and Neaps (with a wee dram)
Blade of Beef and Seasonal Vegetables
Coffee and Mints
The meal will cost £20 per head.
Bro Stuart Reed of Trinity Lodge 254 and his crew raised a splendid £3,300 in sponsorship from their participation in the 26th Atlantic Rally fro Cruisers. Here is Stuart's "log".
16 DAYS IN THE ATLANTIC.
After 7 months of preparing Elphin 11 for an Atlantic crossing, and sailing her 2,700 nautical miles from Turkey to the start line in Gran Canaria we were excited about the event, which started on November 20th 2011 at 1300 hours. We were fortunate to cross the start line second out of 220 boats all trying to cross at exactly 1 o’clock, however it did take us 36 hours to settle down to the job in hand.
We found it surprising how quickly such a large fleet all going to the same destination could disappear from sight thus giving us a isolated feeling. Our briefing for the rally, was to leave Gran Canaria to starboard travel South until the butter melted, then turn right for St Lucia rounding North side to port! (straight line distance 2700 nautical miles) Somehow we managed 3186 nautical miles & blamed it on the butter not melting quick enough!
The adventurous side was 200,000 ton tankers disappearing in the swell & accelerating our own speed to a frightening 17 knots. As one young helmsman said ‘you cannot beat surfing a 12 ton yacht at that speed’
From the Marine life side came whales with curious young coming within 10 yards of our boat, flying fish trying to hitch a ride on our decks, and even gaining access to the salon through the hatch, just missing the frying pan. One day we were fortunate enough to catch a very large & tasty Dorado fish which kept us fed for two days.
One of our more disappointing days was losing our very powerful spinnaker overboard. This piece of equipment is equivalent to 42 double bed sheets & takes a great deal of skilful handling. Unfortunately we had overstepped the mark to which the boats morale went into mourning. However we fortunately had another on board regaining a happier atmosphere.
An interesting part of the challenge was keeping provisions for 6 hungry crew, over a voyage that might last for a month. Fresh fruit and vegetables were particularly difficult as the temperature & humidity climbed. The worst concern was when we lost the use of the generator thus disabling our ability to make fresh water & keep perishables refrigerated, however needs must, and we rectified this problem (no easy task in mid Atlantic). The one thing we could not fix was the wind which disappeared 36 hours out from St Lucia (our destination) Here we had to resort to the iron topsail (engine) as did most of the others in the fleet. After 16 days 5.5 hours we were all very relieved and thankful to be the 53rd boat to cross the finish line safely.
On contacting my wife I was very surprised to hear of the interest that this trip had generated and me and the crew of Elphin 11 thank most sincerely the brethren for their support and generous donations.
All that remains is to get Elphin 11 back into familiar waters, however this will probably be .........another story.
Mid Atlantic and a bit of a lilt!
Stuart plotting the charts
All safely ashore
Carrying the Torch
In recognition of his hard work in raising funds for charities, the Master of Lodge of St Blaise 6113, W Bro Peter Woodfield, was proposed by various brethren and has been chosen as an Olympic Torchbearer. He will carry the Torch on 1st July somewhere between Birmingham and Coventry.
The full story and a picture of Peter can be seen on the Lodge Website
Catching Up with the Paperwork
W Bro H J (Jack) Hier, who was initiated into Murdoch Lodge 3480 on 13th October 1977 and took his third degree on 13th December 1979, is one of the older members of the Lodge yet still undertakes many regular offices as well as his role as Lodge Almoner.
Having recently realised he had never received a Grand Lodge Certificate, due enquiries were made and the Certificate has now arrived.
It will be presented to Jack at the regular Lodge meeting to be held on Thursday 13th December 2012 by Visiting Officer W Bro Robert Newton, exactly 33 years to the day from Jack taking his third degree.
The Lodge would be delighted for visiting Brethren to attend the meeting, at the Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston, especially those who have known Jack during his 35 years membership.
Cycling for Babies
Intrepid cyclists Bros Dave Rose and Tony Shannon of Guy's Lodge 395, which meets in Leamington Spa, cycled the 140 miles from Provincial Grand Lodge in Birmingham all the way to Grand Lodge in London to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit of Warwick Hospital.
The delightful ride, although tough at times, took them through many of the backwater villages and small towns in Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, and they enjoyed all the weather elements of the UK, starting in bright sunshine in Birmingham and ending in the rain in London!
Their Worshipful Master nominated the Special Care Baby Unit as his designated charity for the year 2012 and since Tony's son Patrick was nursed there, it has been especially near to his heart.
Tony Shannon and Dave Rose at the start of their journey