Greetings to you all,
I start this month with sad news of Tom Cunninham’s passing. Tom will be sorely missed by all. Tom worked tirelessly for Hutt Valley Lodge and was their Preceptor. It would be fair to say that The Rose Criox was his first love, raising to the 32nd Degree. Tom was a member of several chapters. I had the privilege of seeing Tom’s organization skills in action, being a member of the Trentham Chapter. If the Chapter needed anything done, Tom would always take charge and you could guarantee it was done. I will always remember Tom for the help and advice he gave me during my time as Sovereign of Trentham Chapter.
On Friday, 4 August 2017 Lower Hutt held a 1st Degree Joint working with Hutt Valley Lodge. The candidate for the evening was Graeme Gibson, a member of Westminster Lodge. Graeme’s father, Hedley, was a member of Lower Hutt Lodge. Graeme took his obligation on his father’s VSL and proudly wears his father’s apron.
On Tuesday, 8 August 2017 Greytown St Marks raised Bro Ken Ryan to the 3rd Degree. Put a mark in your diary as next month we will be back to raise Bro Peter Cox on 12 September 2017. Peter passed to the Second Degree at Saint Andrews Lodge in March. I must congratulate the Brethren for all their hard work painting the Greytown St Marks Lodge rooms.
On Wednesday, 9 August 2017, The United Lodge of Masterton No19 Initiated Mr Kyran O’Hara into Freemasonry. Kyran’s father Mike is a member of The United Lodge of Masterton, having joined lodge St Matthews No 355 in August 1981. Kyran’s Great-great-grandfather Richard John King was the Master of Masterton Lodge No19 in 1912. R J King was a well-known Masterton identity, who was a gun smith and had a business, still known today as King & Henry. Kyran’s Grandfather, Walter Thomas Hadley was The Master of St Marks No53 having been installed on 20 April 1985. Walter was also a member of Fortior Lodge in England which was made up of employees of the Midland Bank. Kyran’s God Father VWBro Warwick Bell was also in attendance and gave an inspiring rendition of the 1st Degree tracing board. To top it all off it was Mike’s “Masonic Birthday” that evening. Now both Kyran and Mike will share the same Masonic birthday - 36 years apart.
This month’s meeting at Trentham Lodge was the Initiation of Mr Jess McDonald-Reid and was the first working for Peter MacDonald and the new team. Next month Trentham will be doing another 1st Degree when Mr Pedro Molina joins the Lodge.
On Saturday, 19 August 2017 Lower Hutt Lodge held an emergency meeting at the Masonic Village, Woburn Apartments to enable Most Worshipful Brother Mark Winger GM for the laying of the foundation stone. It was an incredible afternoon and even the rain stayed away! The new apartments have been built in two stages with the first 47 apartments being completed in February 2015 and the second 39 apartments to completed next month. I would like to thank RWBro McCarroll and all the brethren who helped make the day a success. I have taken a couple of pictures of the Lodge room to show what can be accomplished in 20 minutes - I think it looked very impressive!
The link for the photos is inphotography.co.nz https://spaces.hightail.com/space/ZMzXNJKE5L
Congratulations to Hutt Valley Lodge for winning the Ten Pin Bowling at Strike Bowling, Lower Hutt on Friday, 25 August 2017. Steve Salmon and his team showed us all how it is done with some extraordinary skills.
Te Puni – Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Stokes Valley Lodge – Mr Phillip Brinkley Monday, 11 September 2017
Trentham Lodge – Mr Pedro Molina Thursday, 21 September 2017
Greetings to you all,
Well done to all that have gotten to your Lodge meetings this month. The weather has continued to be unhelpful in my travels!
Waihenga St Johns Installation on Wednesday the 5th saw WBro Tony Russell going into the chair. The weather tried to put a damper on the evening, but a great number were still able to attend.
On Saturday the 8th, WBro Laurie Fyfe PDist GDC was returned to the chair of King Solomon. The afternoon started with WBro Graeme Nicolson PGD presenting our District with a new Director of Ceremonies baton. The one WBro Ray Keenan had been using the last 6 months, was held together by lots of glue. The creation of the new baton was a joint effort with WBro Tom Greaves supplying the stainless steel, and Graeme provided the wood and his turning skills. As Ray would be using the baton frequently, his input was essential. The baton turned out to be a magnificent piece of workmanship. Thank you all for your hard work!
Hutt Valley’s meeting on the 11th saw RWBro Bill Hibbard PGW give a talk about the early history of Masonry in the Wellington region. On Tuesday 8 August, RWBro Bill Hibbard is going to be presented his 50-year badge. Congratulations!
The Month ended with a Single Malt whisky tasting night on the 8th. Held by Empire Fergusson Lodge, all the money raised goes to the Big Buddy Charity. Last year $30,000 was raised for the charity. With 70 attending this year, Russell Pratt, with Clive Lloyed (who was the host for the evening) hope to raise more. I have never seen more whisky in one room!
The 125th Celebration of Wairarapa RA Chapter No 10 was held on 22nd July in Masterton. It was attended by 54 people who thoroughly enjoyed the evening. RE Comp Geoff Coker GL gave an outline of Royal Arch and V Ex Comp Don Staples gave a rundown of the Wairarapa Chapter in particular. A banquet was held at Solway Park Hotel.
Greetings to you all,
The shortest day has past and the weather is getting colder. I know it’s easy to hibernate over the winter, but this doesn’t seem to be the case in our District! On Friday, 2 June 2017 RWBro McCarroll was Installed into the chair at Lower Hutt. The meeting was well attended and everyone had a fantastic time.
On Wednesday, 7 June 2017, Te Puni held a fundraiser to support Brianna Anglesey travel to the United States. From a young age, Brianna has lived and breathed music. She attends festivals throughout New Zealand and has successfully competed in New Zealand’s country music awards.
The Stokes Valley meeting this month was a 2nd Degree. Bro Stephen Wilson did a great job of the test questions. The meeting also had a touch of tartan. The haggis was piped in and RW Bro Kevin Nelson did the address to the haggis. You can check it out on John’s Masonic Visits Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/145153732641675/.
On Friday, 30 June 2017 Hutt Valley held “Taste the Craft” a fundraiser to support Camp Quality. Camp Quality runs camps for children living with cancer https://www.campquality.org.nz/.
Installations in July
Waihenga St. John’s, WBro Tony Russell - 6.30pm Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Stokes Valley, WBro Laurie Fyfe - 1.30pm Saturday, 8 July 2017
Quote of the Month:
“Remember, life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than the things you acquire.”
Greetings to you all,
Our busy month began on the 3rd at Te Puni. Bro Mendoza was raised to the 3rd Degree. It was a combined PM's night with Te Puni, Stokes Valley, Mangaroa, Lower Hutt, Coronation, Trentham, and Mana all taking part.
On the 5th I went to Lower Hutt for a discussion on Speak Up for Freemasonry led by RWBro Peter Benstead. For some of us it is hard to get a conversation started, so there is a new booklet from Grand Lodge called “Simple answers to leading questions”. If you have not seen or got one, speak to your secretary and he will be able to get you one. It is well worth a read!
My next stop was at Stokes Valley on the 8th to pass Bro Neil Keith Thomson to the Fellow Craft Degree. What a great night it was! Stokes Valley have a very full calendar this year, with several candidates coming through.
RW Bro McCarroll and Bro Neil Thomson
On the 9th we went to Greytown St Marks for the Installation of WBro Wither. This was the first of three Installations we had over in the Wairarapa. The following night we visited The Untied Lodge of Masterton, where WBro Evans returned to the chair. Last but certainly not least, was Eketahuna Lodge on the 13th with Bro John Pearce going into the chair. I would like to thank everyone who attended and took part.
WBro John Pearce Grand Lodge officers in attendance
The Research Lodge of Wellington held a discussion on “The Checked Pavement” by WBro R Illingworth, and "Astro avigation" by W Bro John Meredith. WBro Illingworth discussed the familiar Lodge sight and mentioned the triangles around the outside. WBro Illingworth told us that the point of the white triangles face outwards to signify that good should move outwards and stop the black darkness from coming in. This caused a discussion about the Checked Pavement at Mangaroa a few nights later. Specifically, about the black and white triangles, as Mangaroa have the black triangles facing out! Have a look in your Lodge, Brethren, do the tips of the white triangles point out or in?
WBro John Meredith then spoke about his time navigating aircraft. It is a subject I could listen to all day, especially when John tells some of his experiences flying during and after the war.
Upcoming Events Next Month
7th June 7.00pm - Fund raiser for Brianna Anglesey, Te Puni Lodge, contact Ray Keenan 021 245 8936. Tickets $30.00
16th June 7.30pm - Film Night, Pirates of the Caribbean, Contact Tom Greaves 021 239 1534. Tickets $20.00
30th June 6.00pm - Craft Beer Tastings, Udy Street, Petone, with Bangers and Mash after. This is to support Camp Quality Contact Steve Salmon 04 566 3823. Tickets $50.00
Stone Laying Ceremony
Brethren, there will be a Stone Laying Ceremony at the Woburn Masonic Apartments on Saturday 19 August 2017, at the Woburn Masonic Home at 63 Wai-iti Cres Lower Hutt 5010. Lower Hutt Lodge have agreed for their Charter to be used to open the Lodge and receive The Grand Master. The Grand Master will then proceed with the Stone Laying Ceremony. After the ceremony, the apartments will be opened for inspection. Once all the details are finalised I will let you know.
Quote of the Month
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind – Dr Seuss
Greetings to you all,
At the start of this month, I attended a presentation at Lower Hutt Lodge entitled “Ruth and Boaz”. The presentation was given by VWBro Allen PGLec assisted by WBro Illingworth, and the Master of The Research Lodge, WBro John Mitchell. Having the Research Lodge in our Districts is a great asset. Both George Allen and John Mitchell have said that they are more than happy to visit your Lodge to give a presentation.
Trentham held their Installation on the 20 April 2017. Once again, there is a Scot at the helm. WBro Peter MacDonald supplied a few bottles of amber nectar - everyone went home with a smile on their face. Bro Craig Fraser from Homewood piped in the Haggis and RWBro Keven Nelson giving a great rendition of “The Address to the Haggis”’.
WBro Peter MacDonald Bro Craig Fraser RWBro Keven Nelson with the half empty bottle
A few of the whiskys on offer - note the Teachers hasn't been opened yet
Trentham Lodge and Lodge Homewood are hosting the Address to the Empty Chair at 7pm on 25 April 2017, at Trentham Lodge Rooms. Uniforms welcome.
Installations in May
Greytown St Marks, WBRo Ross Wither 9 May 2017
United Masterton, WBro Graeme Evans 10 May 2017
Eketahuna Lodge, Bro John Pearce 13 May 2017 (Saturday)
Brethren, a poem to ponder…….
Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself, it’s what you do for others. – Danny Thomas
Hope to see you all at the Divisional Conference on Saturday, 29 April 2017 at the Wanganui Race Course, 19 Purnell St.
Greetings to you all,
At the beginning of the month I attended a debate at the Research Lodge of Wellington. Their passionate discussion was on whether Freemasonry will survive in the 21st Century in its current form. The cases for and against were given by WBro Illingworth and WBro Best. The debate was thought provoking and humorous. The facts used in support of both sides were well considered. After WBro Morgan and VWBro Craig gave their arguments for their side, the debate was opened to the floor for discussion. I believe that Freemasonry will not only survive, but flourish in the 21st Century.
The Initiation of Mr Stephen Wilson at Stokes Valley on 13 March 2017 was a great night. The refectory at Stokes Valley has had a few cosmetic changes since the Library moved in. This has created a more informal setting, and people are able to move around more freely to have conversations.
Bro Stephen Wilson Bro Neil Thomson and Bro Stephen Wilson, Stokes Valley
Greytown St Marks 3rd Degree
On 14 March 2017, Greytown St Marks Raised Bro Heald to the 3rd Degree. The Members of Greytown St Marks have had a busy month. On 20 March 2017, they went to Saint Andrews for their fraternal visit to pass Bro Cox to the 2nd Degree.
Lodge Mangaroa Installation
The Installation of WBro Brian Green as Master of Lodge Mangaroa was an afternoon of profit and pleasure – with the proceedings starting at 2.30pm. After the Installation, the ladies joined their partners and helped make the festive board one to be remembered.
WBro Brian Green Officers of Lodge Mangaroa
Installations this Month:
Just a quick reminder that the 2017 Divisional Conference is on Saturday, 29 April 2017 at Wanganui Racecourse. There are 6 remits to be voted on, so make point to register early as possible. Registrations Close on 21 April.
Quote of the Month:
“You must give time to your fellow men even if it’s a little thing, do something for others, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.” – Albert Schweitzer
Greetings to you all,
This year’s first Installation went off to an interesting start. Over the years, I have participated in some noteworthy evenings, but Baden Powell’s Installation of VWBro Glen Houlhan PDistGM as Master was strange. Having watched Glen excel in the DisGM roll for three years, and knowing he knew the ritual backwords, it was always going to be fun!!!!
Grand Lodge Officers Visiting Master from Baden Powell Lodge, Australia
Grand Masters Visit to Eketahuna
Last Month we had an official visit from our Grand Master MWBro Winger. The ceremonial for the afternoon was to Raise Bro Renie Macatual from Lodge Windsor to the 3rd Degree.
The afternoon didn’t get off to a great start as quite a few of us were delayed on the Rimutaka Hill due to a diesel spill. This gave us a well-deserved coffee at a café. Conveniently, The Grand Master was also late due his plane being delayed. After the formalities, the ceremonial proceeded without a glitch.
Marty Watters checking out the hold up
MWBro Winger mentioned how much he enjoyed the differences in the ceremony. Our Grand Master did the Investiture and RWbro Wrigley (Dep Grand Master), who accompanied the Grand Master, did the Extended Secrets. After the meeting was closed we all went over to the Eketahuna Club for a BBQ.
Bro Macatual - proof he was invested by The GM Bro Macatual with WBro Stainton
Grand Lodge Officers
Are you on Facebook? I know quite a few of our Brethren have been on it for some time, but if you’re not, I`ve got a great reason for you to join. Inspired by, Grand Master MWBro Winger’s Speak up for Freemasonry campaign, John Woodall has set up a Facebook page called “Johns Masonic Visiting”. John is planning to attend as many Installations and meetings as possible and will post pictures on the Masonic Visiting Facebook page.
The web address is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/145153732641675/
With that in mind, if you have any pictures or interesting stories to share, please send them to me and I will endeavour to get them in the Hutt Wairarapa Newsletter.
All the best
Quote of the Month:
Plant a seed and think how you may have started a forest which may be around for thousands of years.
Your actions here in this life are important.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and didn’t drink and eat too much.
As February, has almost arrived we need to start thinking about the upcoming Masonic year.
Our first Installation is Baden Powell on the 10th of February. VWBro Glen Houlhan PDistGM is going to be Installed into the chair of King Solomon. As Glen, will be taking over the reins from VWBro Ian Hunt the new DGM of Eastland-Ruahine it should make for a very interesting evening. It will also be the first Installation for our New Distract Team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank RWBro Black PGW and WBro James Martin PDisGDS for giving up so much of their time helping us to prepare.
The Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Winger
Brethren, exciting news, On the 18th February The Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Winger will be in attendance at Eketahuna to participate in the 3rd Degree Ceremony of Bro MacAtual from Winsor Lodge. Bro MacAtual will be going through the very special 3rd Degree Ceremony. This Brethren will be the Grand Masters First Visit to our District, only having been Invested in November. He will be accompanied by RWBro Wrigley DepGM. For the Brethren who have never see the variations done at Eketahuna it is well worth a visit. The starting time is 13.00 hours.
Also for the Brethren who were unable to attend the Grant Installation. The Grand Masters speech is on the Grand Lodge web site and I would recommend you all to have a look and read it. Having done so myself I am even more positive that the future of the Craft is in good hands and that we are moving in the right direction.
First District Meeting
The First District Meeting of the year will be held at Trentham Masonic Centre on Tuesday 21st February 19.00 hours. This is a chance for you to have your say and give your opinion on what direction you think our District should be heading. I will be sending out the meeting agenda in the next couple of weeks. Please let me Know if there is anything you would like placed on the agenda for that meeting.
Brethren a thought to ponder
There is no self-made man; You will reach your goals, only with the help of others.
As Christmas is almost upon us I would like to extend Seasons greetings for a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you and all your family.
The last Month or so has certainly flown by with RWBro Salmon Investing VWBro Bill McLauchlan as PGLecturer at Lodge Mangaroas regular meeting on the 21 October.
We then had the Senior Masons and Widows Christmas lunch at Petone Working Men’s Club.
On Monday, the 12th at Stokes Valley the Grand Lodge Officers performed a Double Second Degree working on John Villers from
Zetland Lodge and Richard Levangie from Lodge Mangaroa. All 12 Lodges in our District had at least one representative taking
part in the ceremony. I would like to thank everyone who took part in making it a very memorial evening for John and Richard.
On the 13th I then had the privilege to attend GrayTown StMarks to present WBro Mick Rayner with the Roll of Honour Badge.
Congratulations once again Mick on receiving the recognition you so justly deserve.
The Districts 19 & 21 Combined Christmas Function at the Ashton Norwood Country Gardens at Kaitoke, to thank both Graeme and Glen for the work they have given both Districts over the last three years went very well and everyone had a fantastic time. Special thanks has to go to Ray Keenan for organising the event. Once again Merry Christmas. Enjoy the holidays. I will see you all in the New Year.
RWBro Steven Salmon will attend Lodge Mangaroa on Monday 21st to invest Bill McLauchlan as a PGLec. Bill as we all know has been the Hutt-Wairarapa herald for many years. He has also assisted Kapiti-Wellington in that regard. Well done VWBro McLauchlan.
On Tuesday the 13th December at Greytown St Marks I will be presenting Mick Rayner with the RH for services not only to the his Lodge but to the Craft in general.
If I dont see you before, have a great Cristmas
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