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Brethren all,
 
It is both a great pleasure and an honour for me (and for the long serving and suffering present Mrs Baugh) to be inviting you all, your partners, friends and family to join together with us in celebrating the Pengwerne Lodge Ladies Night 2017 on Saturday, 18th November.


This year’s event is at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Please feel free to invite other Masons or friends and their partners to join you on your tables. Many Masons (me included) had their first ‘Masonic experience’ enjoying our company on Ladies Night, seeing the social side of Freemasonry and in this our 300th Anniversary Year, we should be proud to share and celebrate that with them.


We will celebrate in style too, as usual, it is a black tie or formal dress event; with complimentary drinks and canapes on arrival, an impressive three course dinner menu, specially created for us by the chef and hospitality team at STFC, optional cheese boards can be ordered too and a hand - picked selection of wines to accompany your food will be available by the bottle. 


We will be entertained by the superb ‘Dirty Rockin’ Scoundrels’, in my opinion, the best Rock’n’Roll party band I have seen in years and sure to end the evening in fine style. Please feel free to watch their preview video on Youtube!

Let’s make it a night to remember.          W.Bro Simon BaughPengwerne Lodge 3229
Welcome to Jason McComb (centre) who last night became the 10th candidate to be initiated into The Iron Bridge Lodge, No. 9897 since our consecration less than three years ago. He is pictured with his proposer Bro. Steve Venezia (right) and W. Bro Jon Hughes who was the WM for the evening, as VW Bro Roger Pemberton was otherwise engaged at Grand Lodge.

This initiation would not have happened without the help and support of St. Alkmund Lodge, no. 2311 who after interviewing Jason thought he was more suited to our lodge due to the location of his home address being over an hour away from Whitchurch. It was not an easy decision to turn him away especially when lodges are always looking for good candidates!

We also welcomed Bro. James Buckley (who has taken on the mantle of our Organist) after joining us from Gatwick Lodge, no. 2502 after moving to Telford a few years ago. He played the organ and trumpet at our meeting for the first time and is pictured with singers W. Bro Brian Goodwin and Bro. Steve Venezia.

Finally during the evening two more candidates were proposed for 2018.      

WBro Andy Delamere
Sat 7th October. St. Alkmund and Roden Lodges and the Masonic Fishing Charity are attending the Blackberry Fair in Whitchurch. This is an annual event which promotes Freemasonry and the Fishing Charity in the community. Come and see our fly tying demonstration bring the children to have a go at hook a duck.


Its a great day out and its all free.



Friday 13th October. The   Masonic Fishing Charity are holding a Pate, Pie and Pickles  night with quiz at the North Shropshire Masonic Rooms. Tickets are £10.00 doors open 7.00pm for 7.30 start.  Cash prize. All welcome.



Friday 1st December. St. Alkmunds Ladies Committee are holding their annual Christmas social at the North Shropshire Masonic Rooms.Tickets to include supper and mince pies, quiz and carols around the tree


with David Williams. Tickets £10.00 doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm.All profits going to the 2019 festival.Come and get into the Christmas spirit.




Tickets from Petrina Robinson 01948 780218.

The Ragleth

 At Little Stretton
 Thursday September 21st  
 12.00 for 1.00 pm.
 Prizes welcome for the Draw

Paul Brennan

Will give a talk entitled

 The Mysterious Death of
 Sgt. Leonard Gaffee RAF(VR).

Please reply to:

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

                                            


Telephone  01694 771 288

 Mobile 07887  533 392


E Mail  mel@mcfarlandgroup.co.uk


by the Monday before the lunch with your choice of menu

Teme & Arrow Lodge Ladies Festival

                          W.Bro Alan & Mrs. Julie Watson and W.Bro Terence & Mrs. Emma Payen

extend a cordial invitation for you and your lady to join them as guests of the Lodge and attend the joint

                Ladies Festival

to be held at the Burton Hotel, Kington

on Saturday 21st October 2017

7.00pm for 7.30pm

£30.00

Choice of Menu


To accept your invitation and for any additional place(s) please contact David Hedley.

Please book by the 9th October to assist with the arrangements.



At the Grand Promise Auction held at The Wynnstay Hotel on Friday 1st July 2016, WBro. John Williamson and his wife Ann outbid the attendees to take a trip on a narrowboat. Yesterday, Sunday 3rd of September, John and Ann met with John and Kaye Weaver on their narrowboat, “Nebuchadnezzar”: it was an early morning start meeting up at the marina in Audlem at 08.00.

After preparing the boat for its voyage, they cast off at 08.30, their destination The Olde Bar
Bridge Inn at Bar Bridge just north of Nantwich, a distance of 7 miles. With a total of two locks to navigate, and the trip taking an elevated journey through Nantwich Town and over a short cast iron Aqueduct (not quite the same as the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in North Wales, but still constructed by the Great Thomas Telford, as was the whole of the Shropshire Union Canal) the stretch of water to be navigated today is known as “Weaver Way” (nothing to do with the boat owners).

After turning the boat around, they moored up outside the pub at 12.00, where they enjoyed a Sunday Lunch of Roast Beef and a modicum of libation, and a great deal of light heated banter.


All the crew refreshed, they cast off for the homeward journey at 14.00, this time with John and Ann taking turns to pilot the boat,(under a little supervision). Both pilots handled the boat with a deal of expertise, considering this was their first time on a narrowboat, and in challenging weather conditions with quite strong cross winds; no significant episodes were reported.


We returned to Overwater Marina at 17.15 to moor up and put the boat back to bed, ready for its next voyage. A great time had by all!

John Weaver

£3 million has been given to a whole range of community charities the length and breadth of England and Wales as part of our Tercentenary celebrations. Click here to see the full range of results. 

The different grants were assessed by size of Province, and then by dividing each Province's 'pot' according to the number of online votes made by members of the public - another 'first' for Freemasonry.

In Shropshire, the Shropshire Rural Communities Charity has been awarded £25,000, the Perry Group Riding for the Disabled £15,000, the Move On Club £6,000 and Shropshire MIND £4,000. Thank you for all your votes, and be assured that each of these four grants will make a very real difference to the four charities concerned.
Great photos from Iain Sharratt.
 


















































































BAE Systems Three Peaks Challenge – Ribblesdale, Yorkshire            Saturday 23rd September 2017 

Afternoon folks,


Many thanks to all those who have already sent off their entry forms for this year’s event. This is just a reminder to those yet to send their forms off to get your entries in as soon as possible.


Don’t forget that there will be a post event presentation and meal at the nearby Golden Lion and there are plenty of nearby B&Bs and campsites for those who want to stay over on the Friday or Saturday.


Oliver Boast (future Initiate for Old Ben Lodge)

Vital Information:


Intranet link: Click here   (if this link doesn't work, please email me for details)


§  Entry fee - £10 (all those entering will need to pledge or raise an additional £20 for charity, as with previous challenges).

§  Team sizes – 3-5 people (although individual entries are also encouraged).


Options:

§  6-mile family walk

§  12-mile single peak challenge

§  26-mile three peak challenge

§  26-mile Fell Run (following three-peak route)


Entry criteria:

§  Open to all BAE Systems employees, as well as to customers, friends and suppliers. I am joining Masonry this year, so...



Download the entry form now from our intranet page and send to oliver.boast@baesystems.com   

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