In March the Brethren welcomed Mr David Collins as a new initiate into the Lodge. Bro David had been proposed and balloted over the previous months and was guided around the lodge most expertly by the Junior Deacon, Bro Jamie Reach. Bro David was initiated by the Worshipful Master (WM) W Bro Jonny Reach, with work being conducted on the floor by W Bro Roger Blanthorne, Bro Ed Davies and Bro Don Cochrane. The Lodge was also issued its 5thAshlar as part of the 2020 festival for raising £35,000 over the past 3 years. The funds will go towards charitable causes going forward, a truly huge achievement.
At the festive board the Bro David was treated to some fine fare, good company and found the lodge in good voice. At the festive board the brethren also managed to raise a further £135 for the WMs Charity.
The February meeting was for the most part a combination of a business meeting and a presentation on a local school expedition to Borneo. They were conducted in the presence of a Provincial delegation as part of a fraternal visit. The business meeting consisted of a ballot for a new initiate and discussion of the lodge’s audited accounts By W Bro Kevin Aldred (Charity Steward), W Bro Tony Wilcox (Almoner) and W Bro Alan Chin (Treasurer).
Henry, a 16-year-old student, gave a most informative 30 minute presentation to the 50 brethren attending, following King Arthur’s Secondary School trip to Borneo. Henry and one other member of his party had been sponsored by the Lodge and he wanted to show the lodge what its sponsorship had helped to achieve. The presentation covered the 4-week expedition, including conservation and environmental work, building and improvements made by students to aid the local population, cultural interaction and a week-long trek through the Borneo Jungle.
January saw the installation of our new Worshipful Master (WM) W Bro Jonny Reach who was installed into the chair of King Solomon by the Previous WM W Bro Garry Hall. W Bro Garry now takes up the role of Immediate Past Master (IPM) and will aide and guide the new WM over the next 12 months. Both the installation of the new WM and the installation of the new WMs officers were conducted in the most excellent manner.
At the Festive Board the officers and brethren of the lodge and visiting brethren gave speeches wishing the new WM all the very best for the coming year and how much everyone was looking forward to what was the new 12 months would bring.
The Lodge held its annual Christmas social evening on Sat 14th Dec 19 at the Masonic Hall, Wincanton. The event was organised by our Charity Steward, W Bro Kevin Aldred and his wife Tina. It was wonderful evening seeing over 50 friends, family and partners dining and we were treated to a delicious traditional Christmas fare by our caterers.
Our October and November meetings saw Bro Ed Davies receive his Grand Lodge Certificate and receive an explanation of certificate from W Bro.Toni Wilcox. The November meeting also included and update on the role of Lodge Communication Officer, changes to the Lodge Website and an explanation and demonstration of Solomon by Bro Don Cochrane. Solomon was created by UGLE as a learning repository to help inform and educate masons.
The Lodge Open Day was held on Sat 29th June 2019. It was well attended by the general public, current and past masons as well as masons from other lodges. Our aim was to raise the profile of the Lodge and welcome in the local community highlighting our ties with Wincanton, the charities we support and breaking down barriers and assumptions. We also had a number of local residents raise their interest in joining us.