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Kindness has always been a core principle of Freemasonry. Individuals give time and money to help others, whether locally, nationally or globally. It may be making donations to other UK charities or responding to an international disaster appeal.

Nationally Freemasons are one of the UK’s top charities contributing over £48 million to deserving causes in 2018 alone.

Charity Donation – December 2019

Exmouth & Lympstone Hospice Care, where delighted to receive a cheque for £110.

Chariry Donation of £110 to Exmouth and Lympstone Hospice

Chariry Donation of £110 to Exmouth and Lympstone Hospice

It was presented today (Thursday 5th Dec.) by W.Bro. Ian Matthews (a member of Sun Lodge No.106), and Mrs Debbie Matthews. Who together in October organised a fun filled Halloween Party for Exmouth Freemasons together with their friends and family. The fancy dress party was held at Exmouth Masonic Hall, and the money was raised from a raffle.

Thanks to all those who attended and contributed.


Sun Lodge No. 106 Masonic Charities Association – November 2019

The Sun Lodge Charity Presentation Evening was again, a great success.

On Wednesday 27th November 2019, Sun Lodge No. 106 Masonic Charities Association held its presentation evening for Non Masonic Charities and Organisations.

The presentation evening format which is now in its 14th year saw £3,500 presented to 11 organisations, many of them focused on youth-based activities.

Sun Lodge No. 106 Charity Association November 2019

Recipients of the Sun Lodge No. 106 Charity Association presentation evening.

Accompanied by Bro. David Bassett and W. Bro. David Greenaway.

Over 60 people gathered at the Exmouth Masonic Hall for this annual event, the presentation of money raised by the Sun Lodge Freemasons to local charities and good causes, which all sent representatives who each gave a short explanation of the work they carry out.

They were welcomed by Bro. David Bassett the Treasurer of the Charity Association and Lodge Charity Steward and W. Bro David Greenaway the Chairman of the Charity Association.

“We heard some very passionate speeches from the representatives of the charities and organisation. I am sure many left the evening feeling so happy that their contributions would be providing valuable support to so many worthy causes.”

“Freemasons are part of the community and are keen to be involved. This is our way to say thank you to all those who, like you, give up so much time and energy to benefit so many. Exmouth is a wonderful town and it is people such as you who help to make living and working here so worthwhile.”

Since 2006 a grand total of £39,000 has been donated in these types of presentations, this money having being raised from the Freemason members of Sun Lodge, their family and friends.

Total donated £3,500 this year to the following 11 local causes.

  • CEDA
  • Courtney Memory Café
  • Devon Young Carers
  • Exmouth Centre Stage
  • Exmouth & District Talking Newspaper
  • Exmouth Museum
  • Exmouth Stroke Survivors Club
  • 5th Exmouth Sea Scouts
  • Exmouth Air Radio
  • HeadsUp Mental Health Awareness
  • The Open Door, Exmouth
Cheque Presentation to CEDA

Cheque Presentation to CEDA

Cheque Presentation to Courtney Memory Café

Cheque Presentation to Devon Young Carers

Cheque Presentation to Exmouth Centre Stage, who also sang a wonderful selection of songs to entertain the representatives of the various organisations and members of Sun Lodge.

Cheque Presentation to Exmouth & District Talking Newspaper

Cheque Presentation to Exmouth Museum

Cheque Presentation to Exmouth Stroke Survivors Club

Cheque Presentation to 5th Exmouth Sea Scouts

Cheque Presentation to Exmouth Air Radio

Cheque Presentation to The Open Door, Exmouth

 


Exmouth Freemasons mark Remembrance Sunday – November 2019

At the Remembrance Day parade on Sunday 10th November the three Freemason’s Lodges in Exmouth were represented for the wreath laying ceremony, at The Strand, which attracted large crowds to the town centre war memorial.

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day or Poppy Day, no matter what you prefer to know it as, it is respected by all as a day to take a thought for those who are no longer with us, those who lay down their lives so that we can live as a free nation today, a day when the whirlwind rat race that so often has us chasing our tails can wait so that we can spare a moment to remember the fallen.

Exmouth Freemason Rememberance Day 2019

Left to Right (and proudly wearing their service medals)
Picture credit: John Bailey Photography (johnbaileyphotography.co.uk)

  • The wreath donated by Sun Lodge No. 106 was laid by W. Bro. Mike Bissett, formally a Corporal in the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards and a Constable in the Devon and Cornwall Police.
  • The wreath for the Rolle Lodge No. 2759 was laid by W. Bro. Trever Deadfield.
  • And the wreath for the Per Mare Per Terram Lodge No. 9355 was laid by W. Bro. Tom Devin, formerly a Warrant Officer 2 (Platoon Weapons Instructor) Royal Marines.

In a world with unfortunately dwindling traditions and ever changing focuses it became apparent that Remembrance Sunday day is as relevant today as it every was and the sheer enormity of the packed out parades backed this up with people from all walks of life showing their appreciation to those who had given their lives so that we could live ours free.

A tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars and other conflicts, made by the Exmouth Freemasons every year.


Freemasons help 20 good causes across Devon – November 2019

Exmouth Masonic Hall - WAKE fund disbursement November 2019

Exmouth Masonic Hall – WAKE fund disbursement November 2019

This year on Friday 1st November, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP. Provincial Grand Master for the Devonshire Freemasons presented cheques to 20 deserving causes. Meeting at the Exmouth Masonic Hall, St. Andrews Road, Exmouth. The charity representatives accompanied by a Mason from their nominating lodge were able to enjoy a buffet supper, explore the Lodge, ask questions about Freemasonry whilst receiving their cheques totalling the magnificent sum of £25,000. In total about 100 people attended the presentation evening. Making the contributions Ian Kingsbury said;

“I am delighted that the Freemasons of Devon are able to contribute to these important local causes many of which are so competently run by volunteers and hopefully these donations will make a real difference.”

The money is raised by the “WAKE Fund” a trust conceived by the Right Worshipful Brother William Alexander Kneel, the Provincial Grand Master from 1970 to 1984, the late owner of Kneels laundry & dry cleaners (now Johnsons). This fund now stands at £2 million and the interest earned is given annually to local non masonic organisations in need of help. Since the first disbursement in 2001 over £820,000 has been given to over 911 worthy causes selected by members of the 131 Masonic lodges based in the county.

Among the 20 recipients of this particular disbursement, one group was from Exmouth:

Devon Freemasons - WAKE charity presentation November 2019

Devon Freemasons. WAKE charity presentation November 2019, Cheques totalling £25,000 were presented to each of the 20 local Devon Charities.

Exmouth Gateway Club - Sponsored by Sun Lodge No. 106

Exmouth Gateway Club – Sponsored by Sun Lodge No. 106

 


Devon Freemasons listen to the needs of the Deaf – November 2019

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire has given £33,380 in total to the Deaf Academy which is gearing up to move into its new multi-million pound home in Exmouth. It is planned that completion of the new building will be by Easter 2020.

Deaf Academy - Devonshire Freemasons November 2019

Amongst the Deaf Academy students, Steve Morton, Dr. Reuben Ayres, Clive Eden. Picture: Devonshire Freemasons

The Freemasons initially agreed to give £5,000 to the Academy from its benevolent fund, back in September 2018.

Following a meeting with Steve Morton, the academy’s director of development, they agreed to donate a further £28,380 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation which will be used to equip a multi-sensory immersive space.

Dr Reuben Ayres – the Devonshire Provincial Grand Charity Steward accompanied by Clive Eden visited the Deaf Academy which is currently based in Topsham Road, Exeter. Here he met up again with Steve Morton and Appeals Manager Sarah Shaw and presented them with a certificate denoting the £28,380 which is going to support the wonderful work undertaken by the Academy.

All the students have additional needs, including multi-sensory disabilities, autism, epilepsy, and physical disabilities which is why, when designing the new building so much thought has gone in to making each part of the facility user friendly.

When presenting the certificate W. Bro. Dr. Reuben Ayres said:

“Young people all need us to be there to help them grow for the future, none more so than those with a lack of hearing who are denied the normal things that we take so much for granted in the world we live in.”

When receiving the certificate Steve Morton said:

““We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire and now the Masonic Charitable Foundation. Without the support of generous organisations like these we wouldn’t be able to change the lives of some of the most vulnerable Deaf young people in UK. Our work helps young people, who have often been isolated in the past, to access education and opportunities for development which ultimately will enable them to have more independent lives. The immersive room is there to help those facing the greatest challenges to benefit from our work and Ian, Reuben and their fellow Freemasons have played a large part in making that a reality”


Exmouth Masonic Hall celebrated its 125th Anniversary with a special dinner – September 2019

There are not too many organisations that have existed for 125 years in the same building but, on Monday 9th September 2019, that is exactly what the Freemasons of Exmouth celebrated – the 125th Anniversary of the opening of Exmouth Masonic Hall.

Opening of Exmouth Masonic Hall 8th Sept 1894

Opening of Exmouth Masonic Hall 8th Sept. 1894

A total of 80 Exmouth Freemasons and guests celebrated with a special 4 course dinner to commemorate their forefathers foresight, exactly 125 years and 1 day ago.

The celebration marks that on 8th September 1894 (a Saturday), the Exmouth Masonic Hall, was first officially opened. Previous to this The Sun Lodge No. 106 first met in Exmouth in 1784 (235 years ago), at various establishments in the town, until settling in our current home.

Exmouth Masonic Hall is in St. Andrews Road, and was originally built in 1894, in the then named Ferry Road. Which was subsequently renamed after the nearby Church of St Andrew (now a Grade II Listed Building) was built in 1896.

On the Monday evening at the regular monthly meeting of The Sun Lodge No. 106, an informative and entertaining talk on the 125 year history of the Masonic Hall, was delivered by W. Bro. D Greenaway PPrJGW. The history highlighted the building’s origination from; obtaining the land, laying of the foundation stone, design along with high specification of all modern conveniences such as; hot water pipes, gas lights, fireplaces costs of approx. £2000, the opening & dedication, it’s combined use, later expansion, continued development, and future planned improvements.

The Freemasons of Exmouth might well have one foot in the past, but definably have the other foot firmly established in the future. The Masonic Hall enables past, present and future Freemasons to both meet and dine together and we look ahead in making the Hall fit for another 125 years.

An original news item which eloquently describes the opening of the Hall, written by the Devon and Exeter Gazette, which was also republished in The Freemasons Chronicle on 15th Sept 1894, is shown below.

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15th September 1894

NEW HALL AT EXMOUTH.
A COMMODIOUS and well-appointed Club, with a handsome Masonic Hall , for the use of the members of Sun Lodge, No. 106, has been erected in Ferry Road, Exmouth, and was opened and dedicated on Saturday. The Freemasons of Exmouth have hitherto held their Lodge meetings at the Beacon Hotel, but finding the accommodation not sufficient for their requirements, it was determined to form a Limited Liability Company and erect a Club and a Masonic Hall combined. The shares were readily taken up, and the foundation-stone of the Club was laid six months ago.

Since then the work has been pushed forward, and all concerned are to be congratulated upon the completion of a very comfortable and well-arranged Club, which will meet a long felt want in Exmouth, and enable the members of the Craft to more easily carry on their business. Mr. S. P. Firth was in attendance at the Club on Saturday, and very courteously showed visitors over the new premises.

The building is composed of red brick, and Bath and limestone dressings. It is entered by a covered porch, which leads to a vestibule, and then into a hall 24 feet by 10 feet. On the ground floor is the smoking-room, billiard-room, bar, lavatories, cloak-rooms, Secretary’s room, and caretaker’s apartments. The smoking-room is 27 ft. by 20 ft., and is furnished with mahogany card tables, settee, and comfortable chairs. The ceiling is divided into three panels, with cornices and centre flowers, and the windows are adorned with dark red plushette curtains. Next to this is the billiard room, which contains a very handsome mahogany table. At one end of the room is the bar, 16 ft. by 12 ft., fitted with walnut top counter, and doors and screen glazed with coloured leaded lights. Above these rooms are the reading-room, the Masonic Hall, and a couple of ante-rooms. The reading-room is 24 ft. by 16 ft., with a bay window overlooking the Manor House Grounds. The ceiling is a half open timbered one, and divided into panels by wood mouldings. The room is comfortably furnished and supplied with paper and writing materials.

The Lodge Room is 40 ft. long, 27 ft. wide, and 16 ft. high, with an open timbered roof . A raised dais is fixed at the east end. The Hall is heated with hot-water pipes. The walls in all the rooms are coloured in two harmonious tints, and the floors covered with suitable linoleum. There is a store-room over one of the anterooms, which leads to a lead flat, surrounded by ornamental iron railings, and from this position a capital view can be obtained. The whole of the Club is lighted by incandescent gas lights; and, in addition to hot-water pipes, each room is provided with handsome mantelpieces, with tiled grates and hearths.

The building has been designed by Messrs. Kerley and Ellis, Architects, of Exmouth, the contractor being Mr. A. Hayman, of the same town, the cost of the entire work is about £2,000.

Devon and Exeter Gazette
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Exmouth Journal – original news articles from 125 years ago.


Discover Freemasonry – September 2019

Discover Freemasonry New video just published by UGLE.

It has been welcomed by both Devon, and Exmouth Freemasons alike.

Freemasonry is centuries old, arriving in Devonshire in 1732 but, as the video shows, modern Freemasonry fully reflects the new face of 21st century Britain.

You’ll hear all about who the Freemasons are, what we do, our ceremonies, work for communities & charity and what it means to be a mason.

The film provides unique insight into what happens in a Lodge meeting, as well as stunning new footage of Freemasons’ Hall in London.

It not only explains our history, but showcases modern Freemasonry and reflects our status as one of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world.

Freemasonry Videos


Freemasons help 25 good causes across Devon – May 2019

Devon Freemasons - WAKE charity presentation May 2019

Devon Freemasons. WAKE charity presentation May 2019. Cheques totalling £25,000 were presented to each of the 23 local Devon Charities.

As part of an annual programme of charitable giving, The Devon Freemasons WAKE Fund has again distributed another £25,000 to 23 local charities and worthy causes. The donations were presented by the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP, at the Mount Edgcumbe Masonic Hall Plymouth on Friday 31st May 2019.

The programme commenced in 2001 and since that date over £690,000 has been given by the WAKE Fund to worthy causes within the Province of Devon. Approximately 790 worthy causes, charities and organisations have benefited since it started. There are two disbursements one in the spring and one in the autumn — where representatives of the charities are invited to meet Freemasons and enjoy a buffet supper.

Among the 23 recipients of this particular disbursement, two where from Exmouth:

Exmouth in Bloom - Sponsored by Sun Lodge No. 106

Exmouth in Bloom – Sponsored by Sun Lodge No. 106

Exmouth Sea Scouts - Sponsored by The Rolle Lodge No. 2759

Exmouth Sea Scouts – Sponsored by The Rolle Lodge No. 2759


Freemasons help Exmouth Library create a community space – May 2019

Freemason - Exmouth Library

Exmouth Freemasons. Left to right: David Greenaway, David Bassett and Bob Bryant who are inspecting the new facilities at Exmouth Library.

People from Exmouth will be able to enjoy improved library facilities thanks to a £2,750 donation from the town freemasons.The money was used to readjust the wood shelves to accommodate the adult non-fiction collection, to create a community space for study, activities, events and meetings, to create a chill area for teenagers, to offer refreshment facilities and to replace the seating furniture.

Senior Library Supervisor Béatrice Coveney said:

“Exmouth Library is extremely grateful to Exmouth Freemasons for their generous donation, which has enabled us to create this new community space with free wi-fi, already popular among young people. The community space allows the library to offer more events during our opening hours and can be hired by local groups.

I would also like to thank the Friends of Exmouth Library for their support in this project.”

Exmouth Library is one of 50 libraries in Devon, whose aims are to bring ideas, imagination, information and knowledge to people’s lives and communities, providing inspiring spaces and supporting learning through a variety of resources, support and events.


Per Mare Per Terram Lodge Support The Royal Marines – February 2019

The Royal Marine Lodge in Exmouth ‘Per Mare Per Terram‘ recent made a grant of £300 to the Royal Marines charity based in Lympstone towards their planned new Support hub. This will help both Serving and retired Royal Marines and their families who are for whatever reason going through difficult times.

PMPT Lodge - Charity DonationThe photograph shows the cheque being presented by the Lodge’s Worshipful Master Tom Devin together with W. Bro. John Langford their charity steward to Zan Whale the Royal Marines Charity Events coordination Manager.

W. Bro. John Devin said that it was seen by the members of his lodge, most of who are either active or retired Royal Marines, as being very important to support the men and their families while conflict is sadly continues to be a part of the lives of so many in the armed forces.

This donation is a part of £1,800 currently being distributed to local good causes by the brethren of Per Mare Per Terram Lodge who meet at the Masonic Hall, Exmouth.


Freemasons Interview on Exmouth Air Radio – January 2019

Exmouth AirOn the morning of Sunday 13th Jan. 2019, Ian Kingsbury (Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire), accompanied by Clive Eden (Provincial Press Officer) was interviewed by local radio presenter Howard James, on Exmouth Air.

For 30 minutes of the 2 hour radio show, many aspects of Freemasonry were openly explained and candidly answered.

Freemasons interview, Exmouth Air Radio
Some items that where discussed:

  • History
  • Size of membership in the UK and Worldwide
  • Aspects of Freemasonry
  • Lady Freemasons
  • Charity; both local and national, and how the money is raised
  • Freemason Lodges in Devon
  • Membership qualities
  • Dispelling preconceptions
  • Openness in Freemasonry
  • Masonic Secrets (yes it was openly discussed!)
  • How to join Freemasons, and the process
  • Future of Freemasonry

A very frank and open discussion of Freemasonry took place, and credit to those involved.

Relevant Links
www.pgldevonshire.org.uk

 


Sun Lodge No. 106 Masonic Charities Association – November 2018

On 28th November 2018, Sun Lodge No. 106 Masonic Charities Association held its presentation evening for Non Masonic Charities and Organisations. The presentation evening which is in its 13th year saw £2,350 presented to ten organisations.

The evening opened with welcomes from Bro. David Bassett the Treasurer of the Charity Association and Lodge Charity Steward and W. Bro David Greenaway the Chairman of the Charity Association.

The first recipients of the evening were Centre Stage Exmouth who entertained representatives of the organisations and Brethren of Sun Lodge with a fantastic performance of four songs. This was followed by a very enjoyable buffet supper.

£200 Donations

  • Courtney Memory Café
  • Age Concern Exmouth
  • Exmouth in Bloom
  • Exmouth Macular Support Group

£250 Donations

  • Exmouth Centre Stage
  • Open Door Exmouth
  • 5th Exmouth Sea Scouts
  • HALFF (Health and Local Food for Families)
  • Parkinson’s East Devon Support Group

£300 Donation

  • Pete’s Dragons

Photo’s of just some of the recipients, during the presentation evening.

Performance by Exmouth Centre Stage

Performance by Exmouth Centre Stage, prior to receiving their cheque

Sun Lodge Masonic Charities Association -Cheque Presentation to Pete’s Dragons

Cheque Presentation to Pete’s Dragons

Cheque Presentation to Exmouth in Bloom

Cheque Presentation to Exmouth in Bloom

Sun Lodge Masonic Charities Association - Cheque Presentation to 5th Exmouth Sea Scouts

Cheque Presentation to 5th Exmouth Sea Scouts

Cheque Presentation to Open Door Exmouth

Cheque Presentation to Open Door Exmouth

Cheque Presentation to Parkinson's East Devon Support Group

Cheque Presentation to Parkinson’s East Devon Support Group

Cheque Presentation to Age Concern Exmouth

Cheque Presentation to Age Concern Exmouth

Cheque Presentation to Exmouth Macular Support Group

Cheque Presentation to Exmouth Macular Support Group

 

Total Non Masonic Charity Donations to 10 Organisations – £2350

 


The Exmouth Journal’s Joseph Bulmer given special access to the town’s Masonic Hall by Devon’s top freemason – September 2018

Exmouth Journal reporter Joseph Bulmer was given a guided tour of the building by the county’s Provincial Grand Master Ian Kingsbury.

Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, Ian Kingsbury.

Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, Ian Kingsbury.

The Masonic Hall on St. Andrews Road was opened in 1894, first used by The Sun Lodge who where established in 1759, and regularly sees gatherings of up to 140 people, with an estimated 2,000 people using or visiting the building each year.

See full article in the Exmouth Journal.

Ian explained the appeal of becoming a Freemason, he said:

“I think men, especially younger men, see us as an upstanding organisation that enjoys doing good work.

We like to show people that they can lead a good life, personally, in business and in society at large, plus we have a lot of fun raising money for charity.

The ceremonies and rituals we perform have not changed for 300 years, in this changing world freemasonry is a reliable constant.”

Exmouth Freemason David Richards, 65, joined the lodge in 2003 after being invited to by another member. He said: “For me it’s the camaraderie, you make masses of new friends and when you visit other lodges across the country you are always given a warm welcome.”

Several Masonic lodges use Exmouth’s Masonic Hall, including the Per Mare Per Terram Lodge No. 9355 for Royal Marines.

Video: Tour of Exmouth Masonic Hall

Charity work is central to Freemasonry and the Exmouth’s members have raised more than £8,000 in the last year, contributed to the town’s library, provided a wheelchair to a young girl suffering form cerebral palsy and donated £3,000 to Exmouth Hospital for a patient hoist.

The new Deaf Academy also received £7,500 in funding from Devon’s Freemasons.

What is Freemasonry?

 


Exmouth Freemasons Donation to the Friends of Exmouth Library – August 2018

Exmouth Freemasons continue to support their local community with a further donation of £1500 to the Friends of Exmouth Library.

Before the presentation at the Library, Lodge representatives were given a tour of the recently refurbished children’s section which was partly funded by donations from the Provincial WAKE Fund and the Freemasons of Exmouth to the Friends of Exmouth Library, whose Chairman is W. Bro. Bob Bryant of Sun Lodge No 106.

This latest donation will help fund the next phase of work to transform a room into a community space for use by local community groups.

Beatrice Coveney – Exmouth Library Senior Library Supervisor commented:

“Exmouth Library would like to thank the Freemason Lodges of Exmouth for their generous contribution to the Friends of Exmouth Library. The Friends of Exmouth Library support Exmouth library and will invest the money in transforming a room into a welcoming community space to meet, socialise, learn, read and enjoy new experiences while supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals and local communities. We plan to create a dedicated meeting room with refreshment facilities and an informal area for young people for the Autumn 2018.”

Exmouth Freemasons, donation to Friends of Exmouth Library

Left to right: W. Bro. Nigel Bradford – Rolle Lodge No 2759, W. Bro. Chris Brookbank – Per Mare Per Terram Lodge No 9355 , W. Bro. Dave Greenaway – Sun Chapter No 106 & Bishop Surtees Chapter Rose Croix No 628, Beatrice Coveney – Exmouth Library, Bro. David Bassett – Sun Lodge No 106, W. Bro. Bob Bryant – Amity Lodge of MMM No 849

 


Exmouth Festival – Provincial Membership Team – May 2018

During the 2018 Exmouth Festival held at the Recreation Ground, the Provincial Membership Team was present with its splendid new stand (pictured), for 3 days inclusive, from Saturday 26th May until Monday 28th May.
Exmouth Festival - Freemasons - Provincial Membership TeamThe event followed several already attended by the Provincial Team during the 2018 show season.

So far this year the Team have spoken to 417 people promoting Freemasonry, (although this number will go up when the number is received from the History festival event in Plymouth).

Many interesting question where asked about Freemasonry.

The Team was able to speak openly and honestly to give both informed and useful answers.

As well as communicate the values, attractions and contributions of Freemasonry.

Exmouth Festival - Freemasonry - Provincial Membership TeamSome visitors to the Festival, came to the stand, just to say hello as they had family connections to Freemasonry, or where Freemasons on holiday in the area.

Overall the Team received a number of approaches for information on joining Freemasonry from Plymouth, Exmouth, East Devon and Dawlish.

These potential candidates will now start the 12 months process of joining (should they be suitable and finally agree to make the commitment needed).

The Plymouth Team were W.Bro’s Cotter and Hornibrook and Bro. Herd.

The Exmouth Team were W.Bro’s Taylor, Sidwell, Oliver, Lewis and Bro. Chundee. They were supported by W.Bro. Robshaw, Sun Lodge and W.Bro. Jim Orridge, The Lodge of Harmony.

The Provincial Team will now move forward to attending:

  • Plymouth (The Hoe) and Exmouth Armed Forces Day (The Strand) (Saturday 30th June 2018)
  • Powderham Castle classic car show (Sat. 7th Jul – Sun. 8th Jul 2018)
  • Babbacombe Model Village 2023 festival event (Sat. 7th Jul – Sun. 8th Jul 2018)
  • Mid Devon Show (Saturday 28th July 2018)
  • Totnes Show (Sunday 29th July 2018)
  • Honiton Show (Thursday 2nd August 2018)

So if you happen to be at any of these other events, pop in and speak to the Team.

 


Bro. Kenneth Parsons’ 50th anniversary – April 2018

50th anniversary of FreemasonryBro. Kenneth Parsons of The Rolle Lodge No. 2759 and previously of The Lodge of Sincerity No. 189 recently celebrated his 50 years in Freemasonry. Worshipful Master W.Bro. Peter O’Connor presented the certificate after a citation was read by the Lodge Secretary, W.Bro. Steven Sugden in which he mentioned… Ken is a good example of the backbone of what Freemasonry is about. It is not necessary to pursue rank and fortune but to be a sound, loyal and a faithful Master Mason being an asset to the foundations of the fraternity…


Cheque presentation to Exmouth Memory Cafe – April 2018

Sun Lodge Ladies night 2018. £140 cheque presentation to Exmouth Memory CafeWorshipful Master Ian Matthews his wife Debbie, and W.Bro. Tony Howe as Treasurer of the Sun Lodge Ladies Night committee presented a cheque for £140 to Jean Honey a founder of Exmouth Memory Cafe.

The Memory Cafe in Exmouth is open to anyone worried about their memory, worried about someone else’s memory or affected by dementia.

Proceeds were raised from the Draw held at the Sun Lodge No. 106 Ladies Night, held at the Royal Beacon Hotel on 24th March 2018.

Left to right, Tony Howe, Jean Honey, Debbie Matthews, Ian Matthews.


Holman family visit – April 2018

Sun Lodge No. 106 at their regular meeting, welcomed the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother John Holman, and the Brethren of the Tennyson Lodge No. 4947 which meets in Clevedon in the Province of Somerset.

The association between Sun Lodge and the Holman family commenced on the 8th September 1952 when Mr Albert Edward Holman (Grandfather of Worshipful Brother John), a retired police officer aged 54 years residing at 16 Seymour Road Exmouth was initiated into Sun Lodge having been proposed by Worshipful Brother W.H. Kennard and seconded by Worshipful Brother J.H. Gorfin.

The association was further enhanced:

On the 11th April 1960 when Mr Edward William Holman (Father of Worshipful Brother John) a post office engineer residing at 57 Roseway Littleham Exmouth was initiated into Sun Lodge having been proposed by his father Brother A.E. Holman and seconded by Worshipful Brother J.H. Gorfin.

On the 8th March 1965 when Mr John Albert Holman (Uncle of Worshipful Brother John) a police constable aged 33 years residing at 45 Roseland Avenue Heavitree Exeter was initiated into Sun Lodge having been proposed by his father Brother A.E. Holman and seconded by Worshipful Brother J.H. Gorfin.

Worshipful Brother Ted (Father of Worshipful Brother John) was installed as Worshipful Master of Sun Lodge on 10th January 1972.

The minutes of that meeting state:

The Lodge was opened in the 2nd Degree and Brother E.W. Holman, Master Elect, was presented by his father, Brother A.E. Holman. Later in the ceremony Brother Albert presented the 2nd Degree Working Tools to his son Worshipful Brother Ted.

Worshipful Brother John has visited Sun Lodge on previous occasions with his uncle Brother Jack but on Monday 9th April 2018,  Sun Lodge welcomed him again, but this time as Worshipful Master and congratulated him on attaining the Chair of Tennyson Lodge No. 4947.


Charity presentation to Exmouth Hospital – February 2018

Charity presentation to Exmouth Hospital for £3,000 - February 2018A cheque for £3,000 from the Exmouth Freemasons was presented to the Exmouth Hospital on Tuesday 13th February 2018 to purchase a mobile patient hoist.

The Worshipful Masters of the Per Mare Per Terram Lodge 9355 (T Devin), Sun Lodge 106 (Ian Matthews) & The Rolle Lodge 2759 (Peter O’Connor) were present.

The amount was raised from small change placed in the “Hospital Box” which is passed around at festive boards at all the Freemasons lodges in Exmouth over the past 5 years.


Freemasons provide Assistance for New Wheelchair – December 2017

Exmouth Freemasons -Assistance for New WheelchairAndrea is a resident of Exmouth who lives with cerebral palsy. Her mobility is extremely limited and she depends completely on an electric wheelchair. She has two, neither of which are fit for purpose, and the engineer who looks after them has told her that they are both beyond any meaningful repair and a replacement is the only option. He has recommended an American chair, purpose built for her needs. It is, however, very expensive, but as she suffers from other debilitating conditions this is the one recommended for her very specialised needs – not just a luxury item. Andrea can’t afford that so a charity appeal was launched to try and raise the funds.

The Freemasons of Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton, both in the Craft and the Royal Arch have come together and made a huge contribution towards the chair. It started with £100 from the Widows Sons SW Motorcycle Association and rapidly grew with donations from the following Lodges and Chapters.

Sun Lodge 106 – £250
Rolle Lodge 2759 – £500
Per Mare Per Terram 9355 – £250
Lodge of Harmony 372 – £250
Chapter of Harmony 372 – £250

This was followed by a very generous donation of £1,500 by the Provincial Grand Superintendent, E Comp Simon Rowe. Other Masons have made personal donations to raise a total of £3,300 for this worthy cause.

Andrea is now well on the way to the total needed. The Freemasons of Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton have demonstrated once again that charity is one of the leading lights of Freemasonry in helping this lady to become mobile again. Andrea was invited to the Exmouth Lodge building on Friday 10 November to receive the cheques.

Andrea sends her sincere thanks to all the Lodges and Chapters and all others who have contributed. She has promised to visit us and show us the new chair when it arrives. We all wish her the best of luck.


Freemasons help Exmouth library refurbish Childrens Area – December 2017

Freemasons help Exmouth library refurbish Childrens Area - December 2017

Photo, from Exmouth Journal. Exmouth library’s Beatrice Coveney and Holly Armstrong with freemasons Tom Devin and
David Bassett at the Gruffalo party. exe 47 17TI 3527. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth Library, in Exeter Road, celebrated improvements to its childrens’ area by holding a Gruffalo party for youngsters and their parents.

A Gruffalo party held at Exmouth Library to celebrate the refurbishment of the children’s area has been hailed a success.

After a fundraising effort by Friends of Exmouth Library and a donation from the Exmouth Freemasons, the library was able to make some improvements to the area dedicated to Exmouth’s younger generation.
The refurbishment of the children’s area is the first phase of improvements planned for the library.

There is a now a big sofa, a new rug, seats and shelving units for more books.


 

Sun Lodge No. 106 Masonic Charities Association – December 2017

Sun Lodge No.106 Masonic Charities Association - December 2017Sun Lodge No 106 Masonic Charities Association recently held its presentation evening for Non Masonic Charities and Organisations. The presentation evening which is in its twelfth year saw £2,200 presented to nine organisations.

The evening opened with welcomes from Bro. David Bassett the Treasurer of the Charity Association and Lodge Charity Steward and W. Bro. David Greenaway the Chairman of the Charity Association.

The first recipients of the evening were Centre Stage Exmouth who entertained representatives of the organisations and Brethren of Sun Lodge with a fantastic performance of four songs. This was followed by a very enjoyable buffet supper.

The other recipients who received donations were:

  • Courtney Memory Café
  • Exmouth Beach Rescue Club
  • Exmouth Gateway Club
  • Exmouth in Bloom
  • Exmouth Museum
  • Balloons
  • 5th Exmouth Sea Scouts
  • Open Door Exmouth

Exmouth Remembrance wreaths laid by former servicemen – November 2017

The Royal Marines and the Royal Navy were already well established when Freemasonry was born, and over the past three centuries have provided fellowship and a watering hole for countless sailors and marines all around the Globe.

Exmouth Lodges Remembrance Day 2017All three of the Lodges in Exmouth are blessed with former Royal Marines as members, with the majority of those being Members of Per Mare Per Terram Lodge. Within Per Mare Per Terram there are several Members still serving in the Royal Marines, and indeed our next ceremony in December will see a further addition as the candidate is a serving Warrant Officer.

With the three Exmouth Lodges all having former Royal Marines as members, it creates a bond between these Lodges and goes some to explaining why an evening spent at any of the three is such a pleasant experience as the banter can only be described as witty and constant if totally harmless.

At the Remembrance Day parade on Sunday 12th November the three Freemason’s Lodges in Exmouth were represented by their Worshipful Masters for the wreath laying ceremony.

The wreath donated by Sun Lodge No.106 was laid by W. Bro. Simon Skinner formerly a Leading Seaman in the Royal Navy.

The wreath for the Rolle Lodge No.2759 was laid by W. Bro. Peter O’Connor, formerly a Warrant Officer 1 (Helicopter Pilot) Royal Marines.

And the wreath for the Per Mare Per Terram Lodge No.9355 was laid by W. Bro. Tom Devin, formerly a Warrant Officer 2 (Platoon Weapons Instructor) Royal Marines.


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