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Updated 21/05/2019 New Items this week shown with a Star    





 

Nelson Masonic Ladies Lunch

 

On Saturday the 18th May 18 Ladies from the Nelson lodges met for a lunch. This is a regular event organised by Yvonne McLean. This time the group met at the ever popular Smuggler's Inn. This themed pub and restaurant was designed and built by well known local artist the late  John Gosney. John also did the Playhouse theatre in Mapua.

 

 

 

Missing from the photos was Ronnie Martin and Leanne V. and Selina. The next lunch will be publicised as usual on this web site

 

Posted by

Rev Yvonne McLean TSSF

21/5/2019

 

 

 

50 Not Out!

On Wednsday the 15th of May 2029 Lodge Nelson's normal lodge night was anything but normal.

The District Grand Master had a very pleasant and special duty to perform - The awarding of a fifty year service medal to V Worshipful Brother Trevor Carter.

Tevor is a stalwart of the Nelson Lodge as well as many other orders in Fereemasonry and has been its Tyler for many years. In reviewing Trevor's masonic history Ian said he hoped that younger Masons would follow Trevor's wonderul example of service to the Craft.

Trevor gave a memorable reply to Ian's review with tales of his early childhood growing up on a farm and what life was like for his family. 

The evening continued with two of the members of Lodge Nelson explaining thier life and Masonic history.

 

Posted By David Marsh 16/6/2019

Photograph by Lyn McKeown

 

New Beginnings

On Thursday the 2nd May a representative group was invited to the official opening of the new Nelson/Tasman Hospice by the Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. (Jacinda was the recipient of a Masonic Scholarship earlier in her career which had assisted her complete her Tertiary Studies).

 

Local Freemasons and the Freemasons Charity together contributed $65,000 to the new building.  The Nelson/Tasman Freemason’s contribution was so large that they qualified as one of the Significant Benefactors to the new building scheme and as a consequence of the importance of their contribution the Hospice has dedicated one of its courtyards in their Name.

W Bro Ian Mclean, the District Grand Master who organised the fund raising in the District and also spearheaded the application to Grand Lodge for support, was invited to attend the opening and to see the finished building.

 
 

 

Knowing the opening was happening did not mean the Local Freemasons of the District could just sit on its laurels. Oh No!

The week previously, on Saturday the 27th April saw the Freemasons Hospice support team, who have for many years helped at the old Hospice Building, undertake a last but very important duty.

W Bro Tam Hassan again organised the local Freemasons into a working party who spent the weekend working on cleaning up the old Maitai Hospice building and its grounds prior to them being handed back to the Manuka Street Hospital.

For several years the Nelson Freemasons (in particular the Forest Lodge) have assisted the Hospice by offering their labour to clean and maintain the Nelson Tasman Hospice grounds by cleaning and maintaining the inside and outside of windows, painting and generally keeping the buildings and ground tidy.

The last job on the day was to be the carpet cleaning in Eden Villa – which to save walking over damp carpet was left to last. 18 members of the Nelson Lodges turned up and gave their time and expertise to this last but important task.

 

Posted By David Marsh 14/05/2019

 

 

 

May - Lodge Happenings: Eckford No. 334

 

At the May 7th regular meeting of Lodge Eckford No.334, the business of the evening was to initiate Mr. Jade Parungao.

Bro. Parungao embraced his Entered Apprentice ceremony with enthusiasm. The work of the evening was greatly assisted by a number of brethren from several Marlborough lodges, delivering charges in the EA ceremony.

This degree work followed on from the Passing of Bro. Mike Boskett in February this year, as well as a second degree in March for Bro. David Howell. We have a number of ritual work to carry us through the next several months. We will break this up with Masonic education nights, hosted by a different Marlborough lodges over the next 6 months.

 

 

Bro. Jade Parungao (EA), W Bro C Williams, Bro. Mike Boskett. (FC)

                         

Posted 11/5/2019

Posted by Chris Williams

 

 

Waitohi Lodge and the Railway Craftsman work together to provide vital life support machines at local  tourist attraction

 

As you may know or not know, a steam excursion train called the Marlborough Flyer has been running down here between Picton and Blenheim, it caters for cruise ships that call into Picton, but it also runs on some Sundays to allow the public to travel on it.

 It has proved a great success, carrying at times over 300 passengers, both on cruise ship days, and on the Sundays when it carries members of the public.

 On the 13th of April the Railway Craftsmen of New Zealand, Combined with the Waitohi Masonic Lodge of Picton and the NZ Freemasons Charity presented to the Marlborough Flyer two Defibrillators one to go on the train and one to go in the Blenheim Station. One was received by Jack Dolman on Behalf of Steam Inc and the other by Jo Capill on behalf of Pounamu Tourism Group and the Wine Station Blenheim.

  They were very well received, with both groups very appreciative of the donation, and both said with the age group that they transport from the cruise ships, they are probably lucky that they have not needed them yet and at the same time hope they will never have to use them. Both Steam Inc and Pounamu Travel made a commitment to train their staff in there use of the defibrillators. And of cause the one in the station will be there all year round so there for it will be there for the use of the public.

 

                         

L/R -Wor Bro Scott Pickering W.M. Wor Bro Rowdy Robertson GS and Secretary/ Treasurer of the R.C.A . Jo Capill of The Wine Station and Jack Dolman from Steam Inc

 

    

Far Right Paul Jackson M/D of Pounamu Tourism Group,

 

Rowdy Robertson and Jo Capill all smiles in front of  Passchendaele Ab 608

Two Happy men one for giving the other for receiving.

 

The Wor Master of The Waitohi Lodge and Very Wor Bro George Stables P.G.L. With  one the Defibrillaters and the stone plaque that will be displayed by each Machine

 

V. Wor Bro Phil Wagener P.D.G.M. Wor Bro Rowdy Robertson G.S and if you look hard there is

Wor Bro Allan Beck PM  the District Welfare Officer in the back ground.

V. Bro Phil Wagener and Wor Bro Rowdy Robertson

 

Posted by W Bro Warren Robertson 7/5/2019





Background Notes                                                                               

                     THE NZ RAILWAY-CRAFTSMEN ASSOCIATION.

This was formed by a group of Freemasons of NZ who either worked or have worked for NZ Rail over the years and its membership stretchers from one end of NZ to other, and at one stage had over 2000 members. They ranged from management down to a porter on the platform, from Engine drivers to Shunters, and also People who work in the workshops to People who worked on the track. Their main aim was to supply a Railwayman, who was becoming a Master in his Lodge, with his Master’s Apron, and over the years there has been many of these Aprons handed out. This was one of the first Associations of its type to be recognised by The Grand Lodge of New Zealand.

               THE WAITOHI LODGE 111 OF PICTON.

This is the Masonic Lodge in Picton. And as Picton is or was a Railway town a lot of its members either worked on or were Associated with the railway and over time there has been a lot of Railway Craftsmen pass through its ranks, so they were more than happy about helping with this project. 

                          THE NZ FREEMASONS CHARITY.

This is part of The New Zealand Grand Lodge and is there to assist the local lodgers in raising money around the country. It reviews and assists the lodgers in its charity work around its local community and will normally meet the Lodgers with a one to one subsidy. It will also help, if it can, those who are in need, plus many more other charities around the country. Just in more recent times in the Marlborough/ Nelson area it has helped the Edwin Fox Society, some people who need assistance and has been a big player in funding the new Nelson Hospice.

For more information on this or NZ Freemasonary go to www.freemasonsnz.org.

 


Nelson Freemasons and The Pigeon Valley Fire

(Actions speak Louder than words!)

Many of you will be aware of the efforts behind the scene of many of the volunteer organisations in the Nelson area to help mitigate the effects of the recent extremely serious, and still not fully out, fire.

The Freemasons of the area were also at work as well. One of them Steve Webster (RHS) who is a volunteer fireman in Nelson spent many hours, with the rest of his watch, dealing with the back aching task of damping down the fire ravaged areas.

All these Photos are from the Stuff Web Site

Steve is fighting his own battle, with the Immigration Department in New Zealand, in order to stay in New Zealand. His fellow fireman have launched an appeal to the minister to get Steve (a member of Lodge Nelson and just promoted to Senior Deacon) and his family permanent residence – to date it has attracted over 41,500 signatures – more are needed. Just Google his name

In addition the local New Zealand and English Constitution Lodges ensured the children of the local play centre, who were displaced by the fire,  all had a new friend – a teddy bear – to help ease the stress that they were experiencing in having to leave their homes and the disruption to their lives

 

 

Tam Hazan Forest Lodge, Dave Stenning English DDGM and Ian Mclean NZ District GM

 

16.30 27/2/19 PS I have just heard the Fire has broken out again in Redwood Valley. Let’s just pray the Fire Service can contain it again

 

Posted 17.00 hours  27/02/2019

 

David Marsh (Proud to be Freemason)

 

 

Marlborough Royal Arch Chapter’s Installation

On the 23rd of February 2019 Marlborough Royal Arch Chapter held its annual installation. This year, due to the repair work being done at the Charles Street Lodge rooms, the event was hosted at the Havelock Lodge rooms in Brayshaw Park. This beautiful pocket sized Lodge room is a great place to hold such an event. The room also has a few interesting quirks including some unique acoustics. In that if you sit in the Master’s Chair the roof amplifies your voice so even talking in a whisper is clearly audible in the Senior Warden’s Chair. In addition (as I found out to my surprise.) if you sit at the Secretary’s desk and then deliver a charge it sounds like there is someone behind you talking as well. I looked twice as I gave the Address to the Companions charge  to see if there was anyone there!

Anyway it was a great occasion and the current and previous District Grand Superintendents assisted by V.E. Comp Russell Dickson and members of Grand Chapter did the incoming team proud. We wish V.E. Comp Ian Plummer another successful year in this chapter which last year had four new members and has two in the wings for this year. Busy times ahead for the new team.

 

 

David Marsh

Posted 26/2/2019

 

Nelson Lodge's Ladies and Widows were invited to attend the Ladies Lunch on Saturday 23rd of February at the Lemon Grass Fusion Restaurant

 294 Queen Street Richmond

 

 

 

16 Lodge  Ladies from Nelson, Forrest, Victory/Wakatu and Southern Star attended the first ladies lunch of the year at the Lemongrass Café. The food was tasty and good value and we all had a good time. Several of the regular ladies were unable to attend and were missed!

 

The next lunch will be on Saturday 30th March at the Chapel cafe and is already booked.

 

Yvonne 

Please book your place at the next lunch with Yvonne McLean.

 

Posted 26/02/19

 

David Marsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lodge Waitohi At Home

Lodge Waitohi tyled early on Thursday 24th Jan 2019 to conduct business and then head out to WBro Dale Webb and his wife’s  lovely house for a Lodge BBQ.

 

A great night was had by all and a few good yarn's told.

 

 

 

Many Thanks to Dale and his wife for hosting this event and to the Lodge for providing meat and drinks and of course our wives and partners for the salads and desert!!

 

Posted 2/2/2019

Submitted by Craig Hammond

 

Sent: Thursday, 21 February 2019 11:02 AM
To: Ian McLean
Subject: Nelson District Kennel Assn

 Dear Ian

 The NDKA wish to thank you and your members who helped run our BBQ on show weekend, 26 & 27th Jan.

 It was a huge help to our Assn. which has a small committee running it, and the shows take a lot of organising, setting up and running.

To have the Masons help us like you did was a huge help to us and so appreciated.

We hope that you may be able to assist again next shows, end of January 2020.

I have attached a few photos of some of the show winners, and our 3 International judges from India, China and Croatia.

 All the best

 Margaret Cotton

Sec. NDKA

 

Posted by David Marsh

26/02/19

 

Nelson Masons Serve - Two types of Hot Dogs

 

On Saturday and Sunday the 26th and 27th of January Masons from a number of the Nelson lodges assisted the local Kennel club who were holding their championship open day.; The day was extremely hot  the owners,  and the guests and especially the dogs were HOT.

The intrepid Nelson masons were there to man the Bar B Que stand which was specialising in yes Hot Dogs, pulled pork, and the usual fare and  ice cold drinks

Reports say  that  members of the Forest  and the Nelson Lodge  who helped became expert in the use of Bar B Ques  and  shed kilos in the exceptional weather we experienced.

 

Is there a sausage for me?                                                  Who’s got the Ice blocks?

 

Open for Business

There were many positive comments from Nelson kennel club committee members about the help extended to them and a great rapport between the lodge members and the general public. Over all we were seen to be there supporting our local community'

 

A good practical example of Speaking up for Freemasonry

 

 

Photos from various sources - thank you

Posted 31/01/19

 

Marlborough Chapter Welcomes Two New Companions

 

The Marlborough Royal Arch Chapter meeting on 20th November 2018 was rather a special one. First of all this Chapter is having a resurgence of interest and has been carrying out a series of double and even triple ceremonies on new  Companions. This follows on from the highly successful campaign carried out in the Marlborough area of the district earlier this year (which was spearheaded by a re-enactment by the Knights Templar of one of their ceremonies) with the aim of boosting the membership of Lodges in general and the Royal Arch Chapter. This evening two of the Brethren from the local Lodges completed what is the 6th degree in Freemasonry a Companion of the Royal Arch. The ceremony was also attended by several senior members of the Victory Chapter from Nelson who regularly attend the Marlborough Chapter meetings.

The ceremony was carried out by the 1st Principal, Ian Plummer, assisted by the District Grand Superintendent of the Royal Arch in Nelson/Marlborough/Westland Max Currie and the members of the Marlborough Chapter.

 

(L - R Max Currie, Craig Hammond Ian Plummer (Z) and Vaughn Machon).

In addition the evening also had an important presentation to make as  Max presented Bob Cresswell with a five year bar to his 40 year service medal for services to the order. (Bob has recently “retired” from being the Depute 1st Grand Principal of the Royal Arch in New Zealand.)

(L - R Max Currie, Peter Nelson (D.C.) Bob Cresswell.)

 

Posted by D Marsh and M Currie - 6/12/2018 Photos C Williams

 

Victory Chapter Pre Christmas Social

 

On Sunday 2nd of December the Victory Chapter of Royal Arch Masons held its annual Pre Christmas social event at Founders Park. This event is a low stress event – well for the Scribe E as he doesn’t have to chase for names and numbers for this one! The event is a chance for the members of the Chapter and their significant others to get together in the gardens of the Founders Park to talk over the last year and their hopes for the year to come. The Founders cafe has just been refurbished with new owners and several of the members tried items from the new menu at this BRUNCH time event. The verdict – well done the new owners.

 

 

The Principals of the Chapter would like to wish all their members and their families a very happy Christmas and safe and happy New Year.

 

Posted by David Marsh 6/12/2918

Nelson and Marlborough District Celebrate 118 years of Service.

On 28th November 2018 a large number of the Nelson/Marlborough District gathered at the Masonic Hall in Motueka to celebrate the 118 years of service by the Motueka Bays Lodge to Freemasonry in general and to the local community in particular. The Masonic Hall (which in a previous reincarnation was part of a tobacco factory) has over those 118 years hosted many celebrations of the members of the local community and has also been used when the community needed to




Grand Master Leads from the Front

The weekend of the 10/11 of November 2018 marked a really special weekend for the Freemasons of the Nelson Marlborough District. Ian McLean managed to persuade Mark Winger, the Grand Master, to make a second visit to the District during his period in Office.  Ian has carried out a programme of events during his period of tenure so far to support Mark and his campaign to “Speak up for Freemasonry”, however this second visit within 12 months must be regarded as a mark of respect from the Grand Master for the District’s efforts.

The Grand Master was invited to lead the Freemasonry Delegation at the service held by Nelson RSA to honour the  100 year anniversary of the Armistice. Ian Mclean had had long discussions with the local RSA and had been granted permission for a delegation of Freemasons to lay a wreath at the cenotaph.

 

 

To mark how special that occasion was the Grand Master allowed all the Freemasons attending the cenotaph service and taking part in the following Parade through the town to wear Masonic Regalia. This is a major fillip to his Speak up for Freemasonry campaign in our District. The Divisional Grand Master Rob Angelo also attended and had provided valuable assistance to Ian in getting all the arrangements for this weekend in place.

 

In addition to this public demonstration the Grand Master was also here to hand over to Nelson Tasman Hospice the major donation of over 60,100 dollars that Ian has organised and orchestrated for the District.

This was done at a simple ceremony at the new Hospice which is well under construction. The donation will be used to construct a garden in the Hospice as an area of peace and reflection. This garden will incorporate a plaque and other Masonic attributions. The Grand Master had held back a big surprise from everyone. As he symbolically made the donation to the Hospice he announced that he was to add (via the Grand Charity) a further sum to bring the total donation the District has made to 65,000 dollars. (Rounding off he called it!)

In photos are:  Mark showing the Chairman of the Hospice Frans Delebeke, a rough and smooth Ashlar.

The rough Ashlar was from Antarctica and had been brought to Nelson in the early 1990’s and to this event by W Bro Iain Campbell.

Mark spotted that one of attendees was a recently made Master Mason and took the opportunity to meet him and to explain the significance of the Ashlars to him personally. Mark’s relaxed air and friendliness permeated every part of this wonderful weekend.

The final photo contains representatives from the whole Masonic community of the District who had contributed to the donation and attended this ceremony.

 

These two major public demonstrations of our commitments to local society were supplemented by the Grand Master taking part in and leading, two Masonic events as well. He hosted an informal meeting of the serving masters in the District where he went through with them how Grand Lodge is to continue the “Speak up Campaign”. The Grand Master, together with a large contingent of Grand Lodge Officers and a number of serving masters,   attended the installation of the new Master of The Forest Lodge.

 

The Division and the District should give itself a huge pat on the back – the efforts of the Divisional and District Grand Master in making this weekend such a success has enabled us all to show just how we can add to the public’s awareness of what we as Freemasons can and have achieved for society in this area.

 

Posted by David Marsh 20th November 2018

Photos by David Marsh and Yvonne Mclean





 

Marlborough Combined Masonic Lodges Xmas

Party

Saturday 8th December
Woodbourne Tavern
Cost $30 per head.

Brethren the Masters and Past Masters of the Marlborough
Lodges cordially invite the Marlborough and Nelson Brethren
and your Partners and Friends to the above dinner. Meet at
6.30pm Dinner 7.00pm. As numbers will be required please
notify:-

 

Ian Plummer
(027) 2270662
Ianplum@outlook.com


by Wednesday 5 th December.

 

 

 

Victory Chapter's 125th Anniversary

On Saturday 22nd of  September Victory Chapter celebrated its 125 year of existence with a really special installation afternoon and evening.

First the whole thing was done in the presence of the Grand Z Brian White and Grand  J Dennis Gordon.

This was a great honour for the chapter.  V E Companion Barry Blundell was installed as First Principal ably supported by V Ex Comp John Connor (H) and Companion Gerit van Asch (J).

In addition to an excellent and moving ceremony, the meeting also had three important special anniversary items.

The first of which was the wearing of the recently refurbished Principals sashes. These very ornate and extremely heavy sashes had been abandoned for many years due to their rather sad and sorry condition.  So to commemorate this special anniversary Russell Dickson and Ronnie Martin (partner of David Marsh) had totally refurbished these. These are so heavy that they will only be worn at nights of Installation.

The second anniversary Item was the commissioning of the new Mark Register.

This had been produced by the Chapters’ Scribe E who photo scanned of the old Mark register sheets and then photo shopped them so they were readable. These are now all safely held in a special binder. The finishing touch the new cover was again produced by Ronnie Martin using two old aprons that were destined for disposal. It was only when the cover was completed that a remarkable coincidence was discovered.  Under the flap of the Mark apron was the stamp of the company who had supplied it – it was Chas R Martin of Melbourne Australia. The fact it was repurposed and reused by R(onnie)  Martin was rather a spooky occurrence.

 

The third and final anniversary item was the launch the book containing the official 125th History of the Chapter. This had taken many months of effort from the Scribe E and the Director of Ceremonies.

 

 

The book starts with the founding of the chapter in 1892 with photographs of some of the earliest Principals and then, using extracts from the many minute books, brings the reader up to the present day. It also includes the biographies of several of the Chapter members who took part in the great and Second World War. This special section was researched by V Ex Companion Brodie Goodall.

Copies of this book are for sale priced at 20 dollars (plus postage). It is a fascinating read as it contains many interesting anecdotes. For your copy contact david.e.marsh@gmail.com

The meeting being over, the members and guest s (totalling 50+) went for dinner in the refectory where Russell Dickson and his wife were the Guests of Honour. Russell has just retired as Director of Ceremonies for the Chapter after being in that office for 33 years nonstop. Russell and Gill have done so much for the Chapter over the years it would take a week to list their contributions to the Chapter to make it the success it now is. Russell and Gill were asked to cut the special anniversary cake which they did and which was consumed with great gusto.

 

All who attended that day went away having experienced some of the best Companionship I have ever seen. Well done Victory Chapter we look forward  to the next anniversary in 25 years time.

 

David Marsh (Scribe E)

 

Posted 3/10/2018

 

 





NELSON MARLBOROUGH (23) 

2018 LODGE MEETING DATES  (as at 9-10-2017)  

Blue Shaded is Installation 

Yellow Sade Grand Lodge Offical Visit

 

NELSON

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Golden Bay 144

 

10

12

9

14

11

9

13

10

13

12

10

Victory-Wakatu 40

 

13

13

10

26

12

10

14

11

9

13

11

Forest 116

 

7

7

4

2

6

4

1

5

3

7

5

Nelson 288

 

21

21

18

16

20

18

15

15

17

21

12

Motueka Bays 117

 

28

10

25

23

27

25

22

26

25

22

 

                               

MARLBOROUGH

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Eckford 334

 

6

6

3

1

5

3

7

25

 

2

6

2

Unanimity 106

 

13

13

10

8

12

10

11

11

9

13

11

Havelock 104

 

8

17

12

10

14

12

9

13

11

8

13

Awatere 292

 

15

15

7

17

21

19

16

20

19

15

20

Wairau 42

23

27

27

24

22

23

24

28

25

23

27

 

Waitohi 111

25

22

22

28

24

28

26

23

27

25

22

12




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