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I have been attempting to combine my three passions - the great outdoors, the game of Fives and Freemasonry - in an attempt to raise funds for good causes. To mark the three centuries of the United Grand Lodge of England I climbed three peaks in three countries and played three games of Fives, all in three days! Between 7pm on June 29th and 7pm on July 2nd - I visited Scotland for a game of Fives in Edinburgh and climbed Ben Nevis, before moving on to St Bees, in Cumbria, for some more Fives, and reached the summit of Scafell Pike. The event then moved to Wales for a game of Fives in Colwyn Bay before hiking up Snowdon. Please help me by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button - click here to find it!
For more pics, visit Audley lodge's Facebook site!
The Ragleth

 Little Stretton
 Thursday July 20th 

12.00 for 1.00 pm.


Prizes welcome for the Draw

Jan Parry

Will talk about the ups and downs of

Running a Charity Shop

   Please reply to:


Mr. Mel McFarland, Dale House, Longville, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6DS

                                            


by the Monday before the lunch with your choice of menu

Thursday 24th August    Trip to British

 Ironwork Centre at Oswestry

£14.00 Menu (Main and Puds)


Lambs Liver and Bacon on Mash with Onion Gravy
Pork on Black Pudding with a Dijon Sauce
Ham and Parsley Sauce with Peas and Mash Potato
Chilli Con Carni and Rice
Salmon Supreme on Stir Fried with Port and Plum Sauce
Or
Vegetable Lasagne with Garlic Bread and Salad
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Choose Puddings on the Day

Coffee

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£10.00 Menu (Starters and Puds)

Homemade Soup of the Day with Crusty Roll
Chefs Parfait with Toast and Chutney
Breaded Whitebait with Salad and Tartar Sauce
Seafood Pancake topped with Melted Cheese
Crayfish and Prawn Salad topped with Marie Rose Sauce
Or
Warm Goats cheese Salad

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Choose Puddings on the Day


Coffee

by the Monday before the lunch with your choice of menu

For those of you who are already filling up your diaries for the new Masonic season, don't forget to pencil in 30th September, the expected date of the annual visit of the Wrekin Lodge 2883 from London. This lodge has a special connection with our Province: although they are officially under Metropolitan Grand Lodge, they are 'associated' with Shropshire as a connection with Shropshire is a requirement of membership.

WBro Andrew Symon informs us that the Ceremony is to be an Initiation - the first for some time - so let's support our Associate Lodge with a really good attendance!

Please book in with WBro Kelvin Stead.
At a packed but mercifully not sweltering meeting of The Iron Bridge Lodge 9897 on 3rd July, a Double Raising was carried out in fine form by WM RWBro Roger Pemberton, ably assisted by his team and most particularly by WBro Melvin Gough who delivered the Traditional History, Tracing Board and Extended Signs.

The raffle made £187 and new MMs John and Ryan had a great evening in the company of a packed house, which included RWBro Peter Taylor and one Visitor from Apollo Lodge, the Oxford University Lodge which featured in the recent Sky documentary series "Inside the Freemasons". 
This year the Worshipful Master of The Iron Bridge Lodge, V.W.Bro Roger Pemberton has agreed to host a Winter Ball for Brethren, spouses and of course friends and family both Masonic and non-Masonic. 

The evening will be taking place on Friday 3rd November 2017 at the Wroxeter Hotel and promises to be a fantastic evening including a disco and a 3 course dinner. 

Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis so please make sure you get yours soon to avoid disappointment. To book in please contact Bro. Ryan Preece.

Idsall Lodge is holding a Dog Racing Night on Saturday, 28th October at Monmore Green Stadium, Wolverhampton.

Great fun is guaranteed, with a three-course meal, table service and a track-side seat all guaranteed for just £30/head.

Please contact Dean Rickerby by 10th September for further details and bookings. Why not bring a party from your lodge?
It is now nearly three weeks since the launch of the MCF Community Awards on 12th June.  The MCF will be donating 3 million pounds to the charities that Provinces have selected, and the size of donation will depend on the votes that people make for these charities. The charities selected for Shropshire have been detailed here.

Provinces have been grouped as Small, Medium or Large based on the proportionate number of charities shortlisted for an Award in each area.  Metropolitan Grand Lodge voting numbers are recorded separately.  I’m sure you’ll agree that the 88,879 votes received over the past three weeks represents an impressive achievement.


We are now halfway through the voting period and are keen to maintain the momentum.  To that end I should be most grateful if you could encourage all Freemasons and their families in your areas to vote for their favourite local charity.  Although we know many Freemasons have already voted (and you can only vote once, so choose your charity carefully!) we also know that 88% of votes have been received from beyond the Masonic community which tells me that there are many more votes waiting to be placed from within the Craft. 


50% of respondents have said that voting improved their opinion of Freemasonry and we are very keen to make the most of this opportunity.  My thanks goes to your Provincial Communication Officers for all their efforts in promoting the vote so far.


Votes can be placed online at mcf.org.uk/vote until midnight on 31stJuly - one vote per person - Masonic or otherwise.  The results will be announced to the charities at the end of the summer.

Handicaps : The holding of an official handicap is not needed.
You only need to play occasional golf and have an idea of what handicap you play to.

The only problem we would have is the golfer who has played recently maybe within the last year off 7, and then no longer is a member of a golf club, and so claims a handicap of 28 even though he still plays to 7 – but that is in your hands.

Membership of a Golf Club:This really goes hand in hand with the handicap situation above. Membership of a Golf Club is not needed.


The Shropshire Provincial Masonic Golf Society plays golf in a competition format at the Opens as well as in the Social matches against other Provinces. The prime objective is to have an enjoyable day whilst playing golf with a meal afterwards....with laughter, jokes, some beer and Masonic Fraternity and Brotherhood throughout...... and someone will win!
AND we do invite and enjoy guests.


If you would like to play or to join us then all I need is an email contact and we will go on from there.

AND - why not Google Shropshire Masonic Golf and have a look at the website which is still a work in progress.


Click on my name below to contact!
Yours sincerely and fraternally,


Joint Secretary and Treasurer with W Bro Dave Hedley. 

At long last Freemasonry under the United Grand Lodge of England has entered its fourth century, and the way that Masons in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire chose to celebrate was thoroughly in keeping with modern values. The decision to hold a Family Fun weekend at Weston Park on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border over the weekend of the 24th-25th June proved to be a great success, with thousands attending - Masons, their partners, families and friends.


There was a great deal to do aside from enjoying warm but occasionally blustery weather: but the highlight was undoubtedly the storming of the Alamo (or at any rate, the re-enactment of the event) by some 500+ enthusiasts, including (so they said) one or two from the States whose forbears had actually taken part! The audience also included two Masons from California, pictured (right) with
some well-known Shropshire faces!

Not everyone camped or caravanned overnight, but many picnicked, a few tried out the beer tent, it was good to see so many of the charities there - and so many children! -  and at length all went away with a wonderful sense of togetherness and happiness. Our thanks indeed to all who organised and assisted with this memorable event. Please send your special photos to me if you want them to be considered for the blog: please note that for reasons of space I can only publish a handful!!!














To celebrate the Tercentenary of United Grand Lodge, awards totalling £3 million are to be made to charities across the jurisdiction of UGLE.

Each Province is supporting charities selected by themselves: in Shropshire, we are supporting Shropshire MIND, the Move On club, Perry RDA and the Shropshire Rural Community Council. But WE NEED YOU TO VOTE - and your friends, relatives and workmates - one vote per person - to ensure our charities receive their fair share of the cash!!!

June 12th saw the launch of an online vote in which you are able to decide how much of the MCF's £3 million will come to Shropshire! Vote for one of our four nominated charities, and get colleagues, friends and family to do the same!              Here's how to vote:
 

1.     click on mcf.org.uk/vote
2.     scroll down the page till you reach
SHROPSHIRE
3.     Click on
Explore the region...
4.     Select your chosen Shropshire charity then click on
vote.
5.     You will be asked for
your name and e-mail address. This is to ensure no block voting!


Details of the four charities may be found by clicking on one or other of the links below:

SHROPSHIRE MIND
MOVE ON CLUB
PERRY RDA
SHROPSHIRE RURAL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

VOTE NOW - AND TELL EVERYONE ELSE TO DO THE SAME!!!
The long awaited DVD of the SKY documentary "Inside the Freemasons" is now available to order.

Included here is a link to Letchworth's shop. Cost is £14.99 net.
It is no surprise to hear that London Freemasons have made a prompt £100,000 award to the disaster relief fund for the Grenfell Tower fire.

Sir Michael Snyder, Leader of London Freemasons, commented: 'This donation is made on behalf of all London Freemasons. 'The Metropolitan Masonic Charity regularly supports many local charities and community initiatives across London and we wish to assist those who have lost their homes as well as all of their possessions.'

For more, click here.
Just under a week ago, the Shropshire Masonic Charitable Association gathered for its annual gala givings to local charities. 32 grants were made totalling nearly £25,000, and most of these charities were represented at the event. RWBro Peter Taylor presided as the representatives of the worthy causes received their cheques and spoke a little about their work. 



Some visitors were very clearly affected by the scale and scope of Masonic charitable giving. Although the occasion followed a similar pattern to previous years, one charity made sure that 2017 stood out in the memory, presenting RWBro Peter Taylor with a rugby ball signed by Jason Leonard. Our PrGM showed he still had the talent to throw a dummy as he feinted his way past the rest of the top dais...

Headline grants included those made to Shropshire MIND, the Masonic Fishing Charity, the Shrewsbury Ark, all three Shropshire hospices, the Midlands Air Ambulance, Combat Stress and Macmillan Cancer Care and SSAFA, all of who received four-figure sums. Often, however, smaller amounts meant as much to small local charities like the Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest and the Newport First Responders.


A buffet lunch after the gala presentation enabled those who attended to meet others and compare notes, and a different kind of spread in the "Shropshire Magazine" is expected later in the year !

(pictured top: the gathering after the gala presentation: middle: the Move On club, one of 32 charities receiving donations this year: bottom: an unlikely back row?)





My name is Errol Dyer, and I am a retiree ex-local Businessman, living in Clows Top and a member of the Tenbury & District Art Group, that meets every Thursday at the Scouts' hut in Tenbury Wells. I am also a member of Cleobury Lodge.


I am a member of the SAA (Society of All Artists), a National group for all artists in the UK and abroad. They circulate a monthly magazine and run demonstrations etc. www.saa.co.uk


They hold an annual competition for artists of all skills, headed The SAA Artist of the Year Competition, from beginners to professionals, with 35 different sectors, ie. Landscapes, portraits and animals. I have only been painting for just under two years and qualified for the Beginners category and entered two paintings.

I was informed by post recently that I had been awarded the SAA Artist of the Year, June Atherton Beginners Award for the painting entitled: “My Hare with attitude” (see below). The painting will hang with all the other winners in an exhibition first to the SAA Head Office in Newark, Notts. and feature in several events there between July and October, and then move to the highly prestigious ICHF event at the Birmingham NEC from the 2nd to the 5thof Nov. 2017, visited by thousands.

The painting was the first painting I sold last year at our club exhibition in Tenbury Wells. The owners have very kindly lent me the original for this period and will be getting it back in November.


Please contact me if you need any more information

E: errol.dyer@btinternet.com. T: 01299 832383 M: 07933 993086



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