Masons teach Beavers
The Beaver Colony in the Barford Scout Group contacted Shipston-on-Stour Lodge 9418 and as part of their activities to achieve their Community Badge asked how freemasons benefit the community through charitable works.
W Bros Steven Bailey, Jeremy Mallin and Robert Swain visited the group with a representative of the Lodge and gave a presentation to the audience of about 25 children with an age range of 6 to 15, together with two of their leaders. As a result of his own experience in Scouting, Jeremy was in particular very effective at communicating with the youngsters, who appeared to comprehend what was being said.
The presentation went very well, with the dialogue range pitching from the "Teddys for Loving Care" at the youngest to the Onaway Scout and Guide Group activities aimed at the older members.
Afterwards, the two leaders expressed an interest in attending the Lodge’s Ladies' Evening in November, to which they were cordially invited.
Neville Barker Cryer at Aston Manor
W Bro Bill Zygmant of Jephson Lodge 4336, who was a very well known Fleet Street photographer in the 1960's and who still enjoys considerable fame for his images, was amongst the visitors who attended Aston Manor Lodge 6323 to listen to well known masonic author and raconteuer W Bro Revd Neville Barker Cryer.
Neville's talk entitled 'A Walk Around Our Lodge Room' was extremely well received by all present at the meeting. It was illuminating, informative, of great interest and with humorous interludes throughout. Neville's style of presentation made the occasion all the better, with his enthusiasm for the subject along with his unsurpassed knowledge making listening to him highly enjoyable. The talk was followed by a lively question and answer discussion which Neville handled with his usual skill, answering the questions fully and to everyone's satisfaction.
An extremely convivial festive board then followed which Neville enjoyed greatly, expressing his thanks to the staff in his inimitable fashion, and the whole night was an unqualified and enjoyable success.
Neville was hosted overnight by the Master of Aston Manor Lodge W Bro Simon Abel and his wife, and entertained one of their granddaughters (who was staying with them for a few days) over breakfast, before returning to York a little later in the morning.
Neville Barker Cryer (centre left) with Simon Abel (centre right) with various members and guests, photographed by Bill Zygmant
President Talks for England
The Rugby Lions Rugby Club is under new ownership and has recently welcomed Neil Back (England no7 in the World Cup winning side of 2003) as Head Coach. They are top of their league and winning in style for the first time in some years.
In addition, members of the William Webb Ellis Lodge 9754 (named after the founder of the game) are very proud that their very own W Bro Michael Tarrant, who was Master in 2002, has agreed to step into the limelight as Club President.
A Lodge spokesman said, "now the Lions will be unstoppable, they have a world beating coach who played for England and a world beating President who can talk for England!"
A marvellous evening was had by all who attended the 93rd Annual Festival of The General Lodge of Instruction, at which the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Alan Wellan was President.
He singled out the more junior brethren for special praise and in particular Bro A Hulme (Fellowcraft, Integrity 4563) for acting as Candidate and reciting his First Degree Obligation, Bro M Biggs (Integrity 4563) for the way he controlled and looked after the candidate, Bro N Johnson (Fellowcraft, Fire Service Lodge 8401) for his Working Tools and finally Bro J Herrick (Fire Service Lodge 8401) for a magnificent Tracing Board.
The President was lavish in his praise and said "if this were a meeting of Past Masters then the standard of the ritual was outstanding but the fact that all the Brethren performing were below the chair made it all the more remarkable"
The only disappointment for the evening was that there were only 32 Brethren to witness such a marvellous presentation, and the Preceptors of the General Lodge of Instruction were exhorted to bang the drum for next year’s Festival and encourage Junior Brethren from the Province to attend.
W Bro Michael Parkes, Provincial Grand Steward, recently celebrated his 60th birthday, a fact that he tried to keep quiet! However, at the April meeting of Lodge of Loyalty 4340, his mother Lodge, thanks to his wife Christine, the Brethren sang "Happy Birthday" and a cake was paraded into the Festive Board, together with champagne.
Michael was suitably embarrassed but nevertheless thanked the Brethren and said it was one of the best birthday celebrations he had had.