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Updated 22/11/2017 New Items this week shown with a Star    




Newsletter October to January 2018

 

Brethren all

Spring – well a damp version of it has arrived.  Time for a spring clean I thought so number one and two on the list the garage and the garden shed. That’s OK But then the rain started – so it’s still an aspiration. But some good news on the Family front – the arrival of a new Grandson.

This newsletter is about my proposed District Conference. First why do I think it’s required?  One of my major themes is to encourage across the Lodge contacts and it seems that perhaps a good way to encourage that is to gather folk together to discus areas of mutual interest. So I plan to hold a District conference in each of the Nelson and Marlborough areas to discuss areas of mutual and joint interest. The list of topics I have identified so far (which are just a “starter for ten”) are the following:

1. A more targeted and proactive joint approach to ensure brethren who can’t attend Lodge meeting are kept in the loop.

2. A District wide approach to social event planning. To spread the load and to co-ordinate this between Lodges, such as is currently done for the Christmas and midyear parties.

3. A District wide approach to identifying and supporting local charities.

4. A District wide approach to helping out new Brethren to enjoy and get up to speed in understanding not just the ritual but all what does being a Freemason really mean.

I plan to prepare a discussion paper on each of these topics and at the conference I plan to not only discuss these topics but also topics raised by the Lodges in the area. All you need to do is to summarise what you want to discuss and be prepared to speak about your constructive idea at the conference.

I plan to hold these conferences in January there will be one session in Nelson and one in Blenheim. These sessions would be for a maximum time of 2 hrs. I will send out details of these via your Lodge Secretary.

As we continue to encourage and develop our “Speak Up” campaign I am also  concerned about the welfare and long term survivability of some of the “side degrees’ associated with main stream Freemasonry in our District. I am not sure what is happening about this gradual wind down of these useful and interesting adjuncts to Freemasonry. Finally our successful web page continues to attract a huge following.  Indeed we made it onto the Divisional page again this month!. I have therefore decided to put in place some recognition for the work that goes on behind the scenes to make this happen

I am appointing W Bro David Marsh (who was instrumental in getting and keeping this going) as the District web master and communications officer for the district. His sterling work and that of his helpers Bro Herb Hesketh and Bro David Bayliss whilst he was away this year on holiday, has made us one of the leaders in this new form of communication to Masons and Non Masons. They are not standing still as there will  be some new additions to the content of our web site as we start to move it to being a little more of a magazine rather than simply a matter of record.

Please continue to help David and the web team by sending in reports and photos of your Lodge in Action and at Play to me or direct to david.e.marsh@gmail.com.

As this will be the last Newsletter from me this year as the next one to be published will be on the January 3rd 2018. I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year

Sincerely and Fraternally

Ian Mclean

 




W Bro John Barnes 9th July 1940 -15th November 2017

 

 

 

John Barnes OSM, P.G.O.

On Tuesday the 21st of November a large number of Masons from all over the District gathered in Nelson to farewell W Bro John Barnes who unexpectedly died the previous week.  John was initiated into Freemasonry in Lodge St John in Invercargill in 1966 and as a consequence was given his 50 year service badge last year.

John joined Lodge Nelson in 1980 and progressed through to being WM in 1996 and again in 2005. A keen self taught musical polymath he played almost any instrument he could get his hands on. Indeed he reckoned he could even get a tune out of a watering can.  John was the organist for Lodge Nelson and also many other organisations including the local church that was so close to his heart, St Albans. John was appointed Grand Organist in 1998. I first got to know John when I joined the Knights Templar where he was the Chamberlain for many years. I so enjoyed his wicked sense of humour and approach to life, an example to us all.  John was awarded the Grand Masters Order of Service to Masonry in 2010. The OSM is the highest award in Freemasonry, a very special award and limited to 20 brethren at one time.

Like many others I will remember the way that John delivered the Ritual, thoughtful, and beautifully paced, so full of expression which ensured the recipient really got to understand the meaning behind the words.

John was active in many of the branches of Freemasonry and other organisations and hence the standing room only turnout at his Farewell on Tuesday. Everyone there had their favourite stories of John who had touched and improved the lives of so many others. Our thoughts and love goes out to his wife Val and his large family.

Farewell “Sir John” the world has lost a man we were all proud to call our Brother.

 

David Marsh

Posted 22/11/17

 




A Trip to behind the Bamboo Curtain ?

 

A Trip to behind the Bamboo Curtain ?

On 30th September a group of 40 masons and partners gathered at the Bamboo Garden in Blenheim for a night of feasting and camaraderie, this was organised for the third time by Wor Bro Ian Plummer Master of the Awatere Lodge and Masons came from all the Local Lodges, this is a continuation of the speak up for Freemasonry in Blenheim as friends were also invited. Other Lodges are organising social events so the good feeling amongst the local Lodges will be enhanced.

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Ian Plummer Posted 14/11/17




Blenheim Ladies enjoy their Christmas Lunch

On Friday 10th November 16 ladies from the 6  Masonic Lodges in Blenheim joined together at the Vines Village for their Christmas Lunch. This was an excellent choice as not only was the food great - some serious retail therapy was enjoyed as well  Thanks to Sue Plummer for organising this.

 

From Sue Plummer Posted 14/11/17

 

 




Meet The New Master

Martin Rich

Forest Lodge has a Rich and Fresh Choice Master

What was/is your work profession

Before emigrating to NZ 12 years ago I had spent all my working life in the Merchant Navy ending up as Chief Officer on ships servicing the oil industry.

I am now working as a Produce Manager in Fresh Choice Richmond

Why did you choose that?

Having spent the first month in my new country lying about the beach and basking in the sun depleting the bank account the prospect of work raised its ugly head.

Having decided 25 years at sea was enough I applied to heaps of ads in the Nelson Mail and a job in retail was the one that came up first

Why did you become a Freemason?

Both my great grandfather and grandfather had been in the craft and I thought I would be good to carry on the tradition and satisfy my curiosity.

What part or parts of Freemasonry do you enjoy most & why?

I enjoy the formality, traditions and rituals of Freemasonry, not to mention the friendship and feeling of belonging to something that has been around for so long.

What is left on your personal "bucket list"?

During my previous life at sea I travelled the world extensively but never got to India. I want to see the ceremony of lowering the flags at the India Pakistan border. That and see my children happy

 

 

David Marsh Posted 12/11/17




Nelson Marlborough Masons Remember WW1 Fallen Brothers

As we approach November the 11th we are all reminded of the sacrifices that were made for us by the gallant soldiers in World War 1. There are special events taking place in Europe to commemorate those brave soldiers from all of the British Colonies who went to their aid of the UK in those dark Times. W Bro Derek Nees recently attended such a commemoration in June 2017 and is presenting a talk and video about his recent trip to the Messines Centenary Commemoration at 8 pm November the 23rd at the Nile Street Lodge Rooms. 

This event is being hosted by the Victory Chapter and will be open all Masons and their guests that evening. (Please advise their Secretary David Marsh on 545 0145 if you are coming).

In addition to this on Friday 3rd November the wife (Sheila) of one of the members of Lodge Nelson is hosting a book launch event for her new book “Sky full of Stars” which was constructed around letters written to her husband Jim’s family from July 1916 to July 1917 during World War 1. (This will be held at Page and Blackmore Bookshop, Nelson at 5.30pm)





 

Meet the Master

This month see’s the introduction on our Web Page of a series of articles on the Masters of the Lodges in the District. These articles will concentrate on the man behind the apron and the purpose of doing this is to show to each other and others who may read our web page that Freemasonry is open to everyone.

Many thanks to all the Masters who have provided photos and text for these articles.

Ian Mclean  District Grand Master

 

Dennis Jackson WM Unanimity Lodge 106

 

 

What was/is your work profession

a) I am employed in the Building Services Industry, advising consulting engineers/specifiers & mechanical contractors on the use &application of commercial water chillers / heat pumps & air handling equipment.

b) Am also a contract grape grower for an award winning NZ wine producer.

Why did you choose that?

a) Having served two Trades in Refrigeration & Electrical, a sales /engineering role with one of the largest manufacturers of commercial air conditioning systems in the world has been a natural progression from the tools of trade.

b) To be part of the excitement of the growing Marlborough wine Industry. We developed a vineyard in 2002 along-with several other neighbours (who had the same dream) to become grape growers.  Sitting atop the tractor & casting a satisfying eye across the results of labour & perseverance, still brings personal satisfaction of being out in the fresh air on the land having achieved the goal.

Why did you become a Freemason?

Partly because my Father was a Freemason & the meeting with two neighbouring Gentlemen who gave me the opportunity of joining a Lodge & the Craft.

What part or parts of Freemasonry do you enjoy most & why?

Being part of an organisation with considerable historical connection over many centuries & sharing a common relationship with other men of the craft.

What is left on your personal "bucket list"?

To continue the pursuit towards a better balance of work & family life.
 

 

David Marsh

Posted 12/10/17

 




Ian Plummer WM Awatere Lodge 292

                                                                            

What was/is your work profession

Although I have had a few occupations over the years the majority of the time was in one industry.  I spent 34 years in the Meat Industry as a Government Meat Inspector and finished my career as an Area Manager. Due to restructuring I left and went to work for SGS New Zealand Ltd as the Grain Storage Manager in Timaru until I had a bad industrial accident. Sue and I then purchased a Motel in Kaikoura and retired from there to Blenheim. Retirement did not suit me so I now work as a Weigh Bridge Operator for Metallic Sweeping at the Blenheim Recycling Centre.

Why did you choose that?

I have always gravitated to work which requires some kind of public service or interaction and I have no reason for this except I seem suited for this type of work and really enjoy it.

Why did you become a Freemason?

When I was working in Timaru Sue and I had some friends who we meet socially and these men always talked about Freemasonry so it was natural for me to ask a few questions and thus become interested and ultimately join up.

What part or parts of Freemasonry do you enjoy most & why?

I really enjoy the comradery of freemasonry and facilitating the progression of it. I am also intrigued regarding the secrets of other degrees and this has led me to the Royal Arch and the Masonic and Military order of the Red Cross of Constantine.

What is left on your personal "bucket list"?

I have been Master in a Blue Lodge four times now and will continue in an administrative role and thus support the lodge in this manner.  I would like to attend another Grand Installation and if lucky enough join Grand Lodge.

 

David marsh

Posted 13/10/17 

 




Three Entered Apprentices at one meeting

It's been many years since I saw three Entered Apprentices at one meeting – however on Tuesday the 10/10/2017 at Lodge Victory/Wakatu this happened.  The main event of the evening, bedsides the annual Grand Lodge visit (led by the District Grand Master Ian Mclean),  was a presentation by VE Bro Roger Chapple of the First Degree Tracing Board. Roger was on fine form and even dealing with having to do the whole charge on his own due to the unforeseen absence of his co-presenter.

Lodge Victory/Wakatu has two Entered Apprentices Cyril Collier and Sylvain Filliol and they were joined by a prospective new member of Lodge Nelson Stephen Hindley. Steven has previously done his First Degree at an EC Lodge in Singapore and has now moved to Nelson with his job. 

Roger who was a surveyor is seen in the photograph explaining to the three Apprentices the workings and signifcance of the Lewis cramp/clamp.

V. W Bro Chapple with Cyril Collier, Sylvain Filliol and  Stephen Hindley

 

I recently went to visit the Roman Bath’s in Bath in the UK and they have an excellent exhibition showing the various types of this cramp/clamp and how the Romans used them

 

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David Marsh

Posted 11/10/2017

 

 




Stewards – Please check your Bottoms and Tops (Can you beat this??)

Our normal steward was unable to attend the Lodge Installation. Ken and I volunteered to help out.

To make room in the Stewards cupboard for the supplies for the installation we decided to take everything out and give it a bit of a spring clean.

There was the usual assortment of strange things. Perhaps the strangest was dancing powder – this was apparently used to help folk glide around the floor when ball room dancing. 

There were also some crisps, biscuits and nuts left over from previous meetings. Before putting these back we decided to look at the use by date.  To our surprise?

We found these (see Below).

 

Needless to say these have now been converted to bird food. Suggest you have look at your stock of goodies and see if you can find something older!!! If so let me know.

David Marsh

Posted 23/09/17




Guest Speaker at the Top Of The South Lodge Flexing his Muscles

The Top of the South Research Lodge is dedicated to Masonic research and so moves around the District inviting speakers to talk to it on Masonic and Masonic related matters.

The Top Of The South Research Lodge was recently visited by W. Bro John Belton where he presented a most interesting lecture on Garabaldi and Freemasonry. This lecture was presented in the Havelock Lodge rooms where it was enjoyed by over 20 Freemasons. 

He has researched widely on Freemasonry for over 30 years and he has ferreted out many interesting and little-known facts. His talk encompassed historical curiosities and he made many connections to social developments in the 21st  Century.

He was hosted by W.Bro. Gordon Berry, (Master of the Top of the South research Lodge. The accompanying picture shows W. Bro. Belton enjoying a meal of local green lipped mussels at the Waikawa Boating Club the following night.

 

W. Bro Belton’s visit was organised by the Australia and New Zealand Masonic Research Council.

 

Gordon Berry/David Marsh

Posted 20/9/17




Double “Emergency” strikes Marlborough Royal Arch Chapter

Marlborough Royal Arch Chapter which started life in 1892 and moved to the NZC in 1897 this month had two Emergency meetings. This sounds a bit serious I hear you say – yes it was, they are OVERRUN WITH Candidates!!. Yes I know that in these days it’s a lot of doom and gloom so let’s celebrate their good news.

 

On Monday the 18th and Tuesday 19th of September 2017 two emergency meetings were held to Exalt two well known Brothers to the Royal Arch Degree. The Marlborough Chapter team ably lead by 1st Principal Gordon Berry supported by the District Superintendent Max Currie and ever dependable Past Depute First Principal Bob Cresswell coped with this logistically difficult degree with aplomb. It was well worth the drive over the Whangamoa’s for representatives from the Victory Chapter in Nelson to see these ceremonies.

The first candidate Bro Scott Pickering is here pictured with the Principals and the Grand Superintendent Max Currie.

 

The second Candidate on the Tuesday night was W Bro Chris Williams. A slightly different Marlborough Chapter team as several members who could not be there on Monday were able to attend.  It is good to see new Master completing their craft masonry by joining Royal Arch. Lots of new things to understand and learn and also an opportunity to pass onto Craft Masonry candidates that they should consider joining this colourful and interesting order.

David Marsh

Posted 20/9/17




New Master at the Helm of Lodge Nelson

On Saturday the 16th of September 2017 Bro Bob Llewellyn became the 90th Worshipful Master of Lodge Nelson. The Lodge Nelson installation is traditionally of the best attended in the District and this was no exception.

Bob was taking over from Gerald Lavercome so we had one Welshman taking over from another and the installing officer was of course V W Bro Ian Mclean, a Scotsman. As usual the installation was attended by nearly all the existing Worshipful Masters in the district. In addition there were a number of new raised Master Masons as well as two newly passed Fellowcrafts. This bodes well for the District when newly admitted brethren attend these special occasions. (See Photo Below)

 

I found attending my first Installation an exciting experience. Having recently been given the role of inner guard I had to remember the actions I needed to do. The brothers were very helpful, and made my first experience of attending the installation, and unforgettable one. It was great to attend the Installation dinner where I got to hear the different speeches too! Herb Hesketh 

 

As this was my first installation I found the day quite interesting, and overall a great experience, the dinner entertainment was fantastic (we should rebook them). David Bayliss

 

The Worshipful Master and his Lodge members enjoy looking after so many guests it’s not that of often that you see a Lodge Room using nearly all the seats available.

So I took the opportunity to photograph Bob with some of his Lodge members – (see Photo Below).Quite a number were unable to attend due the flu bug that is sweeping the district.

 

The final praise must go the team of Grand Officers who supported and assisted the District Grand Master on Saturday. Without their unstinting support and assistance our installations would not be the wonderful occasion that we are privileged to witness. 

 

The evening continued with an excellent installation dinner in the refectory – further made enjoyable because later we were able to see the All Black crush South Africa.

 

Trmp Posting

 

David Marsh 03 October 2017





FORTHCOMING EVENTS





  Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Victory RAC No 12 22   24 23   23  
Malbrough RAC No 14 20     5   19   21  
The Victory-Wakatu Lodge No 40 13 11 8 12 10 14 12
The Wairau Lodge No 42 24 25 22 26 24 28  
Havelock 104 8 13 10 14 12 9 14
Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No 106 13 11 5 12 10 14 12
The Waitohi Lodge No 111 22 27 24 28 26 23 13
The Forest Lodge No 116 7 5 2 6 4 1 6
Motueka Bays Lodge No 117 28 26 23 27 25 22  
Golden Bay No 144 12 10 14 11 14 13 11
Lodge Nelson No 288 21 19 16 16 18 15 13
Awatere 292 15 20 17 21 19 16 21
Lodge Eckford No 334 6 4 1     26   3 7 5
TOTS Research Lodge     28     27  




Nelson Marlborough  Workings Oct to Dec 2017

Report produced 03 Oct 2017 12:23:53

Date

Lodge/Chapter

District

At

Visitors & Dress

Cost

Working

Tue 03 Oct

Lodge Eckford No 334

Nelson Marlborough

BC

 

M

 

Domestic Meeting incorporation a practice run through the three degree opening and closings.

Wed 04 Oct

The Forest Lodge No 116

Nelson Marlborough

N

8:00 PM

L

 

Durham Third Degree.

Mon 09 Oct

Golden Bay Lodge No 144

Nelson Marlborough

T

7:40 PM

M

 

NOTE: This is installation month for this Lodge, but there will not be an installation this year,

Tue 10 Oct

Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No 106

Nelson Marlborough

BC

7:45 PM

M

 

2nd Degree Tracing Board, open and close in superior degrees

Tue 10 Oct

The Victory-Wakatu Lodge No 40

Nelson Marlborough

N

7:45 PM

L/E

 

Grand Lodge Visit 1st Degree Tracing Board

Thu 12 Oct

The Havelock Lodge No 104

Nelson Marlborough

BB

8:00 PM

M

 

Past Masters Night 3rd Degree working on Bro Leon Williamson

Thu 19 Oct

Lodge Awatere No 292

Nelson Marlborough

BB

7:50 PM

M

 

First Degree emulation. Visitors most welcome.

Tue 24 Oct

The Wairau Lodge No 42

Nelson Marlborough

BC

8:00 PM

M

 

First Degree Mr Mark Peter Webb

Wed 25 Oct

Motueka Bays Lodge No 117

Nelson Marlborough

Mo

7:45 PM

L/E

 

District Lodges Quiz and Official Visit Grand Lodge

Sat 11 Nov

The Forest Lodge No 116

Nelson Marlborough

N

2:00 PM

M

 

Installation of Bro. Martin C. Rich Time and refectory costs to be confirmed.

Tue 14 Nov

Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No 106

Nelson Marlborough

BC

7:45 PM

M

 

Reading the by-laws

Wed 22 Nov

Motueka Bays Lodge No 117

Nelson Marlborough

Mo

7:45 PM

L/E

 

Second Degree Tracing Board and the history of Tracing Boards by VW Bro Harries PG Lec

Thurs 23 Nov

Victory Chapter 12

Nelson Marlborough

N

7.30

L

 

40 year Jewel to Murray Rolton

Mon 04 Dec

Top of the South Research Lodge No 470

Nelson Marlborough

N

6:00 PM

SC

$20.00

Refectory 6pm lodge 7pm

 




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