ROCHFORD COACH FOR 2017 PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE
The usual non dining coach from Rochford for PGL
on 23rd March is being organised by Derek Potter.
It will leave at 12.00 midday and return directly after the
meeting at approximately 6.00- 6.30pm back to Rochford by
Cost will be in the region of £10.00-£12.50. depending on the
number but we need a minimum of 35 seats to brake even at
There will be a list on the notice board and Derek's contact details
are 01268 750123 or 07857481962 email email@example.com
2017 PROVINCIAL GRAND RANK ADVICES
All 2017 Provincial Grand Ranks are now listed on The Cube, q.v.
announcements made by PGM RW Bro Rodney Bass
A few announcements made by PGM RW Bro Rodney Bass at the Grand Officers Mess on 1st December 2016.
Phil Lovelock to be Provincial Grand Secretary in March 2017, with Andrew Bishop continuing as Provincial Scribe E until September.
Laurie Justice will be retiring as APGM and Nick Franklin will take his place and look after the same group of Lodges.
Phil Campbell will replace Nick Franklin as Third Provincial Grand Principal in the Royal Arch.
John Helliar & John Robertson will be awarded the Distinguished Service to Essex Freemasonry (DSEM)
Mike Fisher to be Provincial Grand Mentor
NEW CHAIRMAN of Rochford Masonic Hall
After 8 years as Chairman of Rochford Masonic Hall Ltd, Ian Whitley had decided to retire.
At a Board meeting held on 13th July 2016 David McNeill was elected Chairman.
EASTWOODURY WEB SITE
look at the Lodge News page for the latest web site.
NEW COMPUTER ORGAN INSTALLED
To assist Lodges etc who may be too small to afford an Organist, a "One Touch Organ" has now been installed
The Screen is password protected so that there can be no expensive mistakes in 'opening and shutting' it down.
On Saturday 4th October, St Katharines Lodge welcomed W Bro John Davies PSGD, APGM.
The Lodge became the first to use the system and it was an apparent success. Bill Knapp was the first member to actually use it in a ceremony and found it easy to use. The (very) few mistakes were taken well.
Once again it is emphasised that for the those Lodges who are fortunate to have an Organist, it is not intended to be a replacement for him; more a facility to enable those Lodges, too small enough to be able to afford one, have an enhancement to their Lodge meetings.
Further details and training evenings are available subject to demand, please contact Derek Childs
Essex Provincial Media Committee
Following the reorganisation of the Essex Provincial Media Committee,
Frank James PGStB PPGJW is replacing Chris Hicks and has been assigned to cover Rochford and Southend.
Frank is of course well known to us at Rochford where he is a member of two Lodges. He is also Secretary of a Lodge and Scribe E of a Chapter at Saxon Hall, where he is a Director. He regularly contributes to the Rochford Masonic web-site in his additional capacity as Secretary of the Southend Masonic Golf Society and is a member of Rochford Golf Club.
The Media Committee will be sending out monthly Briefings and Frank says he would like to personalise them a little to give Rochford news. If there is any item like major Lodge /Chapter events or long service presentations please let him know.
HE SAYS HE IS PREPARED TO HELP IN WRITING ARTICLES FOR ESSEX MASON OR, IF ANY UNIT WISHES, FOR THE LOCAL PRESS.
With over 35 years experience in Freemasonry he is keen to help in any area of Provincial communication and can be contacted by email by clicking this link. Frank James
Please keep him informed of any changes in Rochford Secretaries/Scribe E's
ESSEX MASTERS LODGE
New By-Laws By Laws were authorised at the Lodge meeting on the 19th February 2013
they contain an update to the compostion of the General Purposes Committee and also bring up to date the regularity of the Lodge meeting dates
As a reminder that all Masters are eligible to become members click here for a welcome letter from the Lodge Secretary, Phil Lovelock
John Smoothy has published a Brief History of Lodge of True Friendship - Click on the Documents Page above. It is a good example of a 'Brief History'.
It would be a good idea if Secretaries could compile a brief History of their Lodge for inclusion on that Page.
Please send your history, or give Ian Whitley, via the Contacts page, some notes. He will compile an entry for you and re-submit it for your approval.
Banner photos have been taken and will be loaded at some stage, either as a separate page or to replace an existing one. Some histories have been received, but more would be welcome.
STAIRS, ENTRANCE and OTHER CHANGES
The Stairs and Entrance have now all been recarpeted.
There are new lights and a lowered ceiling downstairs.
Also the light switch for has been moved from the entrance lobby to the bottom of the stairs to make it easier to use by those coming in through the back entrance.
Plans are in place for better hand 'blowers' in the toilets
Will members please note that no drink is allowed in the Temple, only water.
As has already been commented:
"I am most grateful for the efforts of all concerned in restoring our Temple to better than its former glory. It certainly looks fantastic again."
The Board of Directors have requested Secretaries etc. to REMIND all members on your 3rd Rising that NO drinks, other than water, should be taken into the Temple; particularly now the new carpets are fitted. This also applies to Lodges, Chapters etc of Instruction.
UGLE have always insisted that no alcohol is allowed into Temples. This means at any time, no matter if there is a meeting or not.
see Lodge News page
Interesting article about Templewood Chapters 50th Annuversary
Interesting article about W Bro Ken Jump
CHANGE OF RMH MENTOR CO-ORDINATOR
W Bro Mike Fisher advises that W.Bro Chris Barclay [Trinity Lodge No.1734] has kindly accepted the invitation to become the Rochford Mentoring Coordinator.
We all wish Chris every success in this role.
Click here for Chris‘s email address.
This of course follows on from W Bro Mike's forthcoming PGR appointment of Provincial Mentor. We also send our Congratulations to W Bro Mike.!
CASTLE POINT LODGE
See Lodge News Page for article re presentations at their November meeting by APGM Laurie Justice and visiting Acting PJW Peter Banks.
ROCHFORD DAYLIGHT LODGE
See Lodge News Page for interesting article about the Inter Lodge Bowls Tournament
Tony advises that future eevents will be published here too.
EAGLE GOLF TROPHY
See LODGE NEWS page for 2016 Day results and date for 2017
SOUTHEND MASONIC GOLF CLUB
Click this link > New Please see the attached for the details of the next event on 22nd JULY , results of the BALLARDS GORE meeting and the away day Wensum Valley Golf and Country Club, Taverham, Norwich meeting in September.
NEW PROVINCIAL CUFFLINKS
Details of new cufflinks to match new Provincial Tie>> CLICK HERE FOR Amended link with order form
see Lodge News Page
for an interesting article about a father, son and grandson at
St Margaret's Lodge No. 5168
UGLE REMINDER re TAKING OF PHOTOS etc
At the Quarterly Communication meeting of 10 September 2014, a new consolidation statement was approved concerning any photgraph or information (whether in the form of text, images or otherwise) by electronic means from within a Lodge Room relating to a meeting in progress there, whether transmission is to a single person or group of individuals, is prohibited.
A reminder of Rule 177 of the Book of Constitutions is given. It also points out that whilst the taking of photographs during the after proceedings (and, less importantly, during a reception between a meeting and dinner) is unlikely to offend against any Rule of the B of C, it can nevertheless be intrusive and distracting.
Brethren are remminded that good manners dictate that an agreement of the individuals concerned should be obtained before they are photographed informally in such a context, and that such photographs be taken during the after proceedings only with the permission of the Master or whoever presides at dinner.
Please see the links on the Lodge News Page
LIST OF ORGANISTS AND TYLERS AVAILABLE AT ROCHFORD
Alan Harvey OBE has compiled a confirmed list of the above , correct at 30 April 2014
Click this link>> List
FIRE DOOR BARS INSTALLED
Door push bars have been fitted to the exit door leading from the bar to the door leading to the rear staircase and from the temple fire exit door (to the left of the Masters Chair) to the stairs.
It is no longer possible to gain access to the bar and toilet from this fire exit from the temple.
Its also important that nothing is placed in front of the exit door in the dining room at the bottom of the stairs that leads into the dining room
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO SOUTHEND AND ESSEX MASONIC WELFARE TRUST
Requests for equipment should now be made to 07732 378656 and not the previous number.
Please send any donations to Terry Webb, 63 Branksome Avenue, Hockley SS5 5PG who is Treasurer.
A defibrillator has now been purchased for Rochford Masonic
Hall at no cost to Lodges, Chapters or other Orders meeting here.
It is situated behind the bar.
It is completely automatic.
To boost the confidence of those
willing to use it, a free training programme is available at Basildon Eastgate
This is run by Lee Riches, a member
of St Katharine's Lodge.
He is fully qualified and accredited by the British Heart Foundation.
Lodges, Chapters etc are requested to put forward 2 or 3
members who can attend these sessions at no cost to themselves or Lodges.
Please click here to advise W Bro Derek Childs
by email of the names and he will liaise with Bro Lee Riches for a suitably convenient
time. Training/explanation of the procedure will be in small groups of 6.
It is however expected that the Lodge will make a
donation of at least £50 to The British Heart Foundation.
These cheques should be taken or sent to Derek Childs at the Rochford Masonic Hall (address above)
in an envelope marked BHF.
He will collate them and present them to the Foundation via Bro Lee Riches.
ROCHFORD TEMPLE ROOF
Please see the page ROOF REPAIRS for updates and pictures.
The work has now finished and the photos show the new roof covering.
Click on the blue link above for more detail.
It is necessary to include a short 'disclaimer' which also includes some acknowledgements.