PROVINCIAL OFFICER CHANGES 2019
At the Grand Officers Mess meeting on Thursday 13th December , held at Hutton Masonic Centre, The PGM advised that at the Annual Provincial Meeting at Grand Lodge next March
John Davies and Ken Montgomery will be retiring and Lee Taylor and Graham Dickerson will be appointed as APGMs in their place
Geoff Turpin will take over as
Provincial DC in both the Craft and Royal Arch;
John Bold will be appointed as
SW and David Branch as JW. Clive Dunnico will also be awarded the DSEM
The PGM also announced that he will be launching a Visiting
Officer initiative in 2019, more details to be announced soon.
2019 PROVINCIAL GRAND RANKS
Names etc of those announced for the year 2019 and of which have been advised before the Provincial Web Site list has been published, in no particular order
for the year 2019
Click on the blue link above for more detail.
SOUTHEND MASONIC GOLF SOCIETY
Please find attached our fixture list for 2019. All dates are now confirmed so you can put them in your diaries and phone calendars.
Booking forms for the Captains away day will be emailed out before Christmas but it would be helpful at the moment if you could let me know if you might be interested or not.
Paul Halley, Hon. Secretary
Southend Masonic Golf Society 01702 615660 07549 416540
Click this link>> 2019 Fixture List
ROCHFORD M H MENUS & COSTS 2018
NO CHANGE, SEE LODGE NEWS PAGE.
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 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.
MISSING GAVEL - HELP please
Tony Goater, Sec of Ashingdon Lodge, advises
" At our September Installation meeting our large Special Heavy Gavel was left at the Festive Board and has not been recovered. Has anyone has seen it?
Or can other lodges etc please have a look in their Lodge's cupboard or boxes it case it has been placed in there by mistake.
He advises that it is a very exceptionally large Black Heavy Maul.
Please contact Tony if you can help. His details are on the LIST of SECRETARIES on this page of the web site.
Alan Harvey OBE
Congratulations to Board Director Alan Harvey OBE on being awarded the Distinguished Service to Essex Freemasonry (DSEM) by the PGM at the Annual Provincial Grand Lodge meeting on Thursday 22nd March 2018.
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.
Terry Webb posted a in the CUBE group Southend and Essex Masonic Welfare Trust: IMPORTANT CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS - Please note that to contact the Trust via our secretary W.BRO. MICHAEL WESTWICK the email address to use is: email@example.com : Would you please update your computer address book to make this the default email address
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.!
ROCHFORD DAYLIGHT LODGE
See Lodge News Page for detail of White Table 7th December 2018.
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
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.