We look back on 2017 in North Harrow Lodge

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As we look back on 2017

We again started on a high with another initiation at our January meeting . Our WM, Rimal, who incidentally was the first of our internet initiates in 2011, did a sterling job during his year having conducted all three Degrees during his mastership and as a plus during the Tercentennial year of United Grand Lodge we have been able to increase our membership to in excess of 40 whilst reducing the average membership age from 67 years in 2012 to 51 to date with a third aged under 45.

The March meeting

what another cracker with a second degree and another initiation with over ten lay brethren taking part and performing small pieces of ritual,  followed by a great festive board with over 38 attending.

North Harrow Lodge Ladies’ Night

Is the highlight of the Lodge’s Social calendar and was held at The Watford Hilton Hotel where about 90 members, partners and guests attended a wonderful evening of food, fun and fellowship and of course dancing… This year it is at the Runnymede Hotel at Egham on the 21st April and the ticket price is under £50 pp. Why not come along and join in the fun. The theme is ‘A night at the Opera’ Phantom?

The May meeting

was just as enjoyable with the 3rd Degree of one of our members at the tender age of 22 making him our youngest Master Mason. The ritual was superb with many of our young guys performing for the first time. It was a pleasure to behold.

Then along came the summer

over 35 enjoyed a Barby at Bro Secy’s Home, a visit to Guild Hall L3116 at Mansion House to witness the installation of the Lord Mayor of London as WM, a visit to Tara L1541 in Paris for a Lodge  twinning , we wallowed through the mud at Hatfield House Game Fair, got drenched on a 40′ Yacht during our usual sailing weekend on the Solent, scorched whilst watching Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards and thoroughly enjoyed  lunch at the East India Club and at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Boar’s Head Ceremony lunch at Pewterers’ Hall and afterwards at Mansion House and of course the Tercentenary Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall was a treat.

Before we knew it

at our October Installation meeting, we said well done and farewell to Rimal and welcome to Maurice our new joining member and of course,  Leonardo, our new Worshipful Master and the start of a new Masonic year. The first degree working tools delivered by our Paolo in Italian was sublime

What have we in store for 2018

well, you will have to wait and see. An initiation is scheduled for January, followed by maybe a double initiation and a second in March and a third in May, yet again giving our WM a chance to perform all three ceremonies during his year, if he so wishes.

Well that’s all for 2017

a busy but a most enjoyable year was had by all  . Onward and upward in 2018 as we drink to the health of our WM

Santa Comes Early Bearing a Gift of £300

Its not often that Santa comes early bearing gifts and bringing great joy.

However, following a request by RW Bro Alastair Mason, our ProProvGM ( of which an extract is below) and a unanimous decision taken by the North Harrow Lodge GP Committee, 

our WM and Charity Steward had great pleasure in presenting a cheque for £300 on Monday 20th November to mark the Tercentenary of United Grand Lodge to   “Kids Can Achieve” a local based Charity based in Harrow Weald this morning to enable them to have a Christmas Party for the Kids, parents and sibling at Christmas.

As the centre manager explained, They ran a Christmas party last year for the first time and was wondering if they could run one again this year with all the cutbacks.

This money will enable them to do so. Thank you so much….

Santa came early and at the right time.

EXTRACT  – PGO CLUB – PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS – 14th NOVEMBER 2017

“So – look – I have a plan.It’s not an order – it’s not a directive – if you don’t like it – fine – if you don’t want to do it – fine. But, it’s a plan – and I think it would be a terrific plan if you support it, and it can be done without any significant detriment to the Festival – but with terrific benefit to our local charities, and with great pride and satisfaction to our individual Lodges, Chapters, Brethren and Companions.

 I would like our Lodges and Chapters – well, those who would like to get involved – to choose their favourite local charity – preferably one where you could make a difference at Christmas (for a kids party, an OAP’s Christmas lunch – something fun – presents for under- privileged kids – that sort of thing) and give them a Tercentenary gift of £300 to make their Christmas a little bit special.

 Tell them it’s to celebrate our 300 years of trying to make others happier. I’d like you to get in touch and go along and give them the money personally – tell them you just want them to use it for some Christmas fun – and have a terrific time.

 Then – having done that – for the next 12 months – until the end of 2018 – I’d like you to print on the front of your Lodge or Chapter Summons – Tercentenary Supporter of the XYZ Charity (where you currently print your various patronages).”

As always, this is what Freemasonry does best and this time at the right time.

Tercentenary Celebrations of United Grand Lodge

 

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The Tercentenary Celebrations of United Grand Lodge

were held at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 31st October. 2017 and was a feast for the senses. The whole event was being streamed live and is available to watch as a catchup at  RAH300.org was superbly organised and ran smoothly despite the Piccadilly Line’s attempts to make me miss it by its glacial approach to mass transfer.

What a glorious occasion with some 4,500 Freemasons including 136 Grand Masters from around the world seated in one of London’s premier entertainment venues, enjoying a spectacular theatrical presentation, led by Sir Derek Jacobi, profiling the progress of Freemasonry over 300 years.

The Diversity of our Lodges

Images were also displayed on overhead screens of the diversity of many modern day Lodges, using social activities which have used to attain and retain its membership, we were pleased to have been one of those selected by Grand Lodge of the Annual North Harrow Lodge Sailing Trip.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation

The MCF highlighted the support it has given to various Masonic and Non Masonic Charities over the years  and have regularly supported air ambulance and rescue service charities, donating a total of around £1.5 million to 22 rescue services since 2007. Every air ambulance charity in England and Wales has received funding, and grants are made to equivalent services in areas where they do not operate.. and In recent years, over £2.5 million has been given to support emergency aid and  resources such as the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and major flooding in the UK during 2014 and 2015

Masonic Music

Music from Gilbert and Sullivan (the Mikadoand from Mozart (the Magic Flute) combined with extracts from the ceremonial delivered with Shakespearean panache……and throughout the celebration meeting I was alternately moved and informed by the display of both history and the aims & ideals that survive today. Sir Derek Jacoby gave a bravura performance and the ladies who played Faith, Hope & Charity were exemplary. There was even a tribute act to Cab Calloway with “Mini the Moocher”. To watch a Grand Officer singing “Hi dee hi dee hi – hoo de hoo de hoo” was priceless. “I Vow to Thee my Country”, “Jerusalem” and the National Anthem (two verses) were ‘sung’ with gusto and enthusiasm with mixed results but it filled many an eye – mine included.

A replacement Ark was inaugurated to replace the one that was lost to fire in the nineteenth century (I think) and will be on display in the main temple in future. The original contained the original articles of association drawn up at the ‘Goose & Gridiron’ and the new one contains copies of those articles and the original three great lights from the one of the four lodges that made up the Premier Grand Lodge of 1717.

The Grand Master

Letters of congratulations were receive from Her Majesty  the Queen  and a Tribute was paid to the Grand Master ‘by a considerable margin, the longest serving Grand Master in the history of English Freemasonry’

The Battersea Evolution

was the venue for what was a sumptuous affair with about 2,000 brothers being fed royally on a superb meal of treacle-roasted beef fillet and the red wine, which was just fabulous. Great chance to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Brethren, do make an effort to make the 400th – I know I will !

Acknowledgements : My grateful thanks to W.Bro David Russell for his initial review and Images:  courtesy of United Grand Lodge and various Twitter Lodges and Members. Thanks guys !! e&oe

Another Internet Mason reaches the Chair

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2012 was a special year for North Harrow Lodge

For it was in that year that we continued to initiate candidates who had mostly been referred to us through our newly constructed website. It was also a year that we had already initiated 6 candidates during the year, but most importantly, it was a year that at our October 2012 Installation Meeting we had the pleasure of initiating another candidate, that of Leonardo Monno, who was to be the seventh initiate that year AND NOW in ….

2017 and Five years to the day later

On Friday 13th October 2017 after watching him proudly progress through all the junior offices of the Lodge, we had the pleasure of installing Bro Leonardo into the chair of King Solomon as Worshipful Master of North Harrow Lodge and with almost 40 in attendance at the meeting, we were yet again blessed with a superb ceremony, including little gems like the 1st degree working tools delivered in Italian to the surprise of our newly installed Italian Master (did I detect a little tear?) The 2nd degree tools were delivered by our Serbian Junior Deacon and the 3rd degree tools delivered by our West African Senior Deacon all in an exceptional manner.

Oh ! how I do love the diversity of our Lodge

It was also special as we welcomed W.Bro Maurice into our midst as a joining member of the Lodge, squeezed in a presentation of a Grand Lodge Certificate to Bro Aiedan and culminating in Bro Secretary reading yet another registration Form ‘P’ for an initiate in January, (advancing our membership to 42), and the singing of both the English and Italian National Anthems brought a fitting end to a very long but most enjoyable meeting, giving everyone  just enough time to dash to the bar to quench the dry throats.

The Festive Board

Was a delight, in the newly refurbished Harrow dining room at the Harrow Masonic Centre and amidst the usual hubbub of chatter, laughter, copious amounts of great food, wine and a rendition of the Masters’ Song delivered superbly by one of our resident guests W.Bro Phil Scully. An end to another great meeting of fun fellowship and ritual to die for.

ONWARD AND UPWARD

Roll on to our next meeting on January 19th 2018  as we all set for an initiation. Our March meeting, a Second Degree and another initiation (TBC) and finally May, a Third Degree,

North Harrow Sailing 2017

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For the 6th year running, a few North Harrow Lodge members gathered for their annual sailing weekend  at Hamble Point Marina on a Friday afternoon in July where we had arranged the charter of  “Tenaciousan almost new 34′ Hanse Yacht . With a slightly reduced crew this year, this yacht was a perfect size for the trip, with mod cons like a self tacking headsail so the winches were not always needed and spacious sleeping and living accommodation. Pure luxury for us city salts.

 

The next morning, the weather conditions were not entirely in our favour with persistent rain forecast, so after a hearty cooked breakfast of sausage, bacon, egg, beans and black pudding, we hoisted our Middlesex Masonic Flag and burgees of the East India, R.A.F and City Livery Sailing Clubs and ventured down the Hamble on a full stomach and into the Solent, enjoying a great sail never the less and reaching Yarmouth Marina in the afternoon, securing a mooring on the town quay and a well earned rest.

We decided that the best option for the evening was to venture into town and sample the delights of the island, rather than be subjected to more cooking from the ship’s cook and ended up in the local hostelry enjoying a lovely dinner and consuming several glasses of Fuggles.

On Sunday morning we were greeted with glorious sunshine and great conditions for sailing. How wrong we were !!

The Solent has its own micro climate and what you see can change in minutes and it did. Half an hour after clearing the harbour the skies darkened and we prepared to don our wet gear just in time for torrential storm.  The wind was definitely in our favour even if the rain wasn’t. But we arrived back safely back in the Hamble later that afternoon and made our separate ways home with stories of high seas, serpents and pirates. Almost as good as any fisherman’s tale. Already looking forward to next year’s trip.

A final thanks must again go to our Skipper and Lodge Mentor Vaughan Coleridge-Matthews for organising and getting us out and back safely. 5*****

Trooping with North Harrow Lodge

 
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Trooping the Colour 2017 is one of Britain’s finest traditions and once again members of North Harrow Lodge accompanied by partners and guests had the pleasure of attending this year’s spectacle.

The event held on the 10th June was The Queen’s Birthday parade , ‘Colonel’s Review’ which is the final dress rehearsal before the main Parade next week where the Queen takes the salute. This year Prince William, Colonel of The Irish Guards had the honour of presiding for the first time in uniform riding his horse Wellesley.

North Harrow Lodge on Parade

We were very fortunate to have been blessed with glorious sunshine throughout the ceremony where the Colour being trooped was presented to 1st Battalion Irish Guards by Her Majesty The Queen in 2009. Music was played by 400 musicians of the Massed Bands, Drums and Pipes of the Household Division, supported by The Household Cavalry, King’s Troop Royal Artillery, reinforced by Guardsmen from all five Foot Guards Regiments, 6 groups in all numbering 426 men and 200 horses.
 

Amid high security, more than 6,000 spectators watched the event in Horse Guards Parade. The streets are lined with crowds waving flags as the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, alongside Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.

After the Parade, all 17 of us went off to a nearby restaurant for a lunch and refreshments ably booked by our Assistant Secretary completing another brilliant end to another successful social event for North Harrow Lodge.

 

 

The Third Degree in Freemasonry

Like most Lodges, we have always regarded our meetings as being special and the culmination of hours and sometimes days of hard work put in by the members at the weekly or fortnightly L.O.I’s. But once in a while one comes along that has to be acknowledged as exceptional. Last night was one of those meetings.

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North Harrow Lodge (class of 2017)

Last night we performed a Third Degree ceremony for our youngest member, who was initiated in January and had only recently turned 22 years old. I could only imagine how nervous he must have felt not knowing what was in store for the next couple of hours. However, the ceremony was pure theatre with ten brethren seamlessly appearing and disappearing in the gloom of that glimmering ray, delivering some of the best and heartfelt ritual I have heard in many a year, remembering that most of these guys have only been in Freemasonry for a short amount of time, which showed their commitment and love of North Harrow Lodge and the craft in general.

The Festive board was also no exception, Great food, fellowship, fun and a fitting end to the last Lodge meeting of the season. we now can look forward to the activities and events that we have in store for the summer and of course a new Master taking the chair in October. Why not book your place now and come join the fun.

Onward and upward……..

 

 

North Harrow Lodge’s Contribution to the 2020 Festival

The 2020 Festival

In less that 2 years and with the generosity of our members,  we are proud to announce that the Lodge has already achieved the status of GRAND STEWARD of the 2020 Festival and are well on the way to the next level of GRAND VICE-PATRON. Well done guys, you deserve a pat on the back…

£2m in less than 2 years !

This is what the brethren of Middlesex have raised, it is a wonderful achievement.
However, whilst there is no target for our Festival, other than to raise as much as we can, we still have 3 years to go, lots of Members are still to contribute and there is much more we can do for the children……

What is The 2020 Festival ?

A period of 5 years, ending in 2020, when all Masons in Middlesex are asked to support one of our Masonic Charities, the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. This is a charity doing amazing work.

Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys

As you discover more about the work of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB) you will feel reassured that by supporting The 2020 Festival you will be making a lasting difference to a great many young people who most need our help.

The RMTGB’s mission statement:

‘To relieve poverty and advance the education of children of a Masonic family and, where funds permit, support other children in need.’

The Middlesex 2020 Festival 

The Middlesex 2020 Festival in support of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and BoysProvincial Logo

has now been running for less than 2 years and already the members of our great Lodge have pledged in excess of £17,000 in those years, enabling us to achieve the honorific status of Grand Steward of the RMTGB 2020 Festival and are now less than £2,000 away from achieving Grand Vice-Patron 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #charity #Whatwedobest

Really proud of you guys !!

Give yourselves a pat on the back 🖐🖐

The  Festival as a whole has reached over £2m in two years

Each year the RMTGB supports around 2000 children of the Masonic family

in many different ways to ensure they can reach their potential, despite the tragedy they have often faced during their young lives.

It is important to emphasise that in the first instance the RMTGB is a poverty charity, not an educational charity. It exists to ensure that poverty, which has arisen due to a distress, does not impact on a child’s welfare and education.

In recent years there have been an increasing number of applications that have been accepted and as this trend looks likely to continue The 2020 Festival appeal is vital.

In addition, the RMTGB provides support to around 10,000 children who have no connection to Freemasonry, but are educationally disadvantaged.

As for Middlesex, during the past five years, the RMTGB has supported 34 young people in the Province at a cost of £524,037.

The Provincial Grand Master, the Provincial Executives (Craft and Royal Arch), the RMTGB and more importantly the thousands of disadvantaged children who never had the chances in life that most of us had, thank you in advance for your support of The 2020 Festival.

Freemasonry Today Spring 2017 Issue

United Grand Lodge‘s Freemasonry Today Spring 2017 issue is now available to view from the Middlesex Provincial Website by following the link below.

http://pglm.org.uk/new/freemasonry-today/issue-37/

A hard copy will be dropping through Freemason’s letterboxes over the next couple of days, except for those masons who live abroad , who I believe are just sent a link

This issue has a full calendar update of all the events covering the 300 year tercentennial celebrations.