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Updated 17/08/2019 New Items this week shown with a Star  

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Major Step Forward

The Installation ceremony on Saturday 10th of Augustr for the Unanimity Lodge was a major step forward for the Lodge. For a number of years past masters have occupied the chair some of whom did two years. This year however not only was the new Worshipful Master a Master Mason so were all the officers in “the chain”. This marks a major change in the Lodges fortunes which has occurred due to the active promotion of Freemasonry that has been carried out by the combined Worshipful Masters of the Lodges in the area. They have planned and carried out a number of recruitment activities and been active on social media sites including our own District 23 web site. Speaking Up for Freemasonry has worked well in this part of the District. Looks good for the new District Grand Master Alan Cameron.

The District Grand Master Ian McLean officiated at the ceremony and this is the last one Ian does in the Marlborough area before he hands over to his successor in November. He was accompanied by an impressive array of Grand Lodge Officers together with four visiting WM from the area.  The “heralds consisted of a four piece band shepherded by the inimitable Harry Halliday

The new Worshipful Master Rhys and his wife Diane, were originally from Timaru and lived in the upper North Island for many years. They moved to Blenheim 21/2 years ago from the North Island and really are enjoying life here in the best part of New Zealand. Lots of smiles and laughter were to be seen on Saturday – Just as it always should be in Freemasonry.  What a great day. Have a good year Rhys.  

 

 

 

 

Posted by David Marsh

17/08/2019

 

 

Ladies Get a Real Treat

As Masonic ladies will know during the annual Installation ceremony the ladies are entertained by either a trip or event or a speaker. At the recent Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity the incoming Worshipful Masters wife arranged for Ronnie Martin of Nelson to give a talk. Ronnie is an internationally recognised Mixed Media artist and decided to bring to the talk a number of examples of her work and to explain the back ground to these unique art works. Ronnie’s talk was well illustrated by a wide range of her work from her early beginnings in Art Quilts through to her recent character dolls and paintings. More of Ronnie’s work can be seen at www:ronniemartin.co.nz

The ladies enjoyed seeing the work close up and hearing first hand how they were designed and constructed.

 

Photos by Yvonne McLean

Posted 13/08/2019

 

 

Ladies Lunch Visits Richmond

On Saturday 27th July the Ladies lunches group organised by Yvonne Mclean travelled to Richmond this month.

A new venue and new members. This time Marion Deane joined them after the upheaval of her house move as did Pam Peacock from (Takaka lodge) just over the Marble Mountain.

 The members of the group made her feel instantly at home (as always with Freemasonry events.  The 12 ladies enjoyed the chat as well as the food at Armadillo’s restaurant.

Yvonne has already booked the next one this next lunch will be at Crusoes’ in Stoke  on 14 September, 12pm. So Freemasons make sure your lady knows this and books with Yvonne

Yvonne said “We haven’t run out of new places to try yet!”

 

Posted 1/08/2019

 Yvonne Mclaean

 

 

Lodge Eckford and Freemasons Charity Combine to Make a Difference

Lodge Eckford No.334 in Blenheim, with the assistance of the Freemasons Charity provided funding to the Differently Abled Children’s’ Trust in a recent playground re-vamp project. Brethren from the Lodge attended the official opening. The children’s playground at Pollard Park in Blenheim has been re-imagined and upgraded to be more universally accessible for all children in the community. A mayoral opening and ribbon cutting by local youngsters occurred recently. In addition a number of other local organsistions supported this venture and made substantial donations to this important local project

Lodge Eckford added $10,000, provided means to purchase a Liberty swing, capable of integrating a wheel chair and also a large double musical xylophone playground instrument. Other groups in the Marlborough community, Rotary and Lions contributed to the funding efforts too, in the form of additional musical playground equipment. The Marlborough District Council provided support and much of the ground preparation work. Spokesperson for Differently Abled children trust Alana Sagar, thanked all businesses, charitable organisations, and individuals in the community for supporting their cause. The re-vamped playground provides a 21st century experience for the children of Marlborough for many years to come.

 

 

 

Posted 22/7/2019

Chris Williams 

 

 

Nelson Mason’s Mid Winter Lunch

On Saturday 20th of July Forest Lodge organised a mid winter lunch for the Nelson Freemasons and their family and friends including of cour



 

United Lodges of Nelson Riding to the Aid of Local Organisations

The Lodges of Nelson responded in double quick mode to a call for help from the Local Riding for the Disabled Association and Nelson Hospice.

So what’s the story?  Well Nelson Hospice has recently moved to their new custom built premises/location. The local Freemasons and the Freemasons Charity donated a huge 65,000 dollars to this project. The old Hospice site was handed back to its owners – however two large shipping containers which have been used for storage were left in the car park. The Landlords wanted these moved A S A P and were prepared to sell these at a discount to a deserving cause. Enter Nelson Whakatu Riding for the Disabled Association. The local Freemasons had helped this organisation on a number of occasions so the hailing channels were already open.

A very short time window now presented itself in which to find the funds to but purchase these containers and then to move them to their new location.

The local Freemasons were contacted by the Forest Lodge who for many years has worked with the Hospice helping them with maintenance and small projects. They contacted the rest of the Nelson lodges and the Grand Charity and within a day or so the money for the containers was in place.

Nelson Lodge, who had helped the RDA before and the Forest Lodge then requested its members for volunteers for a working party to come and “prepare the ground” for the containers. The local Lift and Shift company more than just came to the party they offered to pick up and move these enormous containers for a pepper corn charge.

Within two days and on a very frosty morning we arrived and prepared the ground – this involved moving an old shed out of the way then levelling the ground ready for the containers. Proper masonry.  Luckily an ex civil engineer was in the working party and the task was quickly achieved.

W Bro David Marsh proving himself an excellent Master Overseer today - ensuring all was Square and Level! (Nice hat!)

Early the next morning the containers were picked up and delivered to site

 

Safe and Sound.

Now that’s what we call a quick response to an urgent need. District Grand master Ian Mclean who is recovering from a medical problems said” This is a great example of the local Freemasons showing Brotherly Love and relief in an active form – well done to the Nelson Lodges and Grand Lodge for acting so promptly.”

PS This was not the only task Nelson Lodges  undertook this last week on an equally cold night they assisted at a local function when four Freemasons out last night - one from Lodge Nelson, one from Victory-Wakatu and two from the Forest Lodge. This Job at Fellworth House involved directing guests up the correct path [footpath from Milton Street, lit by fairy lights all the way], and helping drivers to park in the correct place: one hour out in  the cold - it was decidedly chilly but the warm glow obtained from helping others kept their sprits up.

BTW Can you spot the Freemasons in this picture?

 

Posted By David Marsh 1/7/2019

Photographs by Jim Kennard and others

 

 

Marlborough Freemasons combine with Railway Craftsman to provide vital life saving equipment

 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 ----- 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.

   

Posted 7/5/19

 

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.

 

 

Posted By David Marsh 15/5/2019

Photographs from Ian Mclean, Tam Hazan, and others 





 

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.

 

Photographs: L-R; - Bro. Jade P (EA), Bro. Mike B. (FC)

                       L-R; - Bro. Jade P (EA). Wor. Bro, Chris W, Bro. Mike Bt            (FC)

 

Posted 11/5/2019 Chris Williams

 

 

Nelson Freemasons and The Pigeon Valley Fire

Many of you will be aware of the efforts behind the scene of many of the volunteer organisations in the recent 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.

Photos from Stuff Web Site

Steve is fighting his own battle to stay in New Zealand and his fellow fireman have launched an appeal to the minister to get Steve (a member of Lodge Nelson) and his family permanent residence – to date it has attracted over 41,500 signatures – more are needed.

In addition The 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

Photos from Stuff Newspapers and others

Posted 27/2/19 David Marsh

 




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 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.

 

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.

 

 

Posted Febuary 2019 David Marsh

 

Ladies Lunch

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 our regular ladies were unable to be there and were missed.  The next lunch will be on Saturday 30th March at the Chapel Café and is already booked!

 

Posted January 2019

 

Nelson Masons serve two sorts of hot dogs

On Saturday the 26th of January Masons from a number of the Nelson lodges to 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.

Reports say thethe 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?

 

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Whose’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

Posted January 2019

 

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 January 2019





 

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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