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Updated 6/12/2018 New Items this week shown with a Star    





 

 

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 pay their last regrets to departed merit.

 

This evening was the last meeting of this celebrated Lodge as, like many small country town Lodges throughout New Zealand, it is no longer viable, both financially and membership wise. The final ceremony was overseen by the District Grand Master who spoke movingly of the many years of service the Lodge and its members have given to the community. On a positive note most of the remaining members of the Lodge have transferred to other Lodges in the area. The District Grand Master then received the Lodge Charter on behalf of the Grand Master and accepted the collar and jewel of office of the Master of the Lodge.

 

 

The photo shows the lodge room where the office bearer’s collars rest after being handed for the final time to the Master.

 

Posted 4/12/2018 David Marsh Photo Ian Mclean

Caring for Our family

 

Nelson Lodges Annual Widows and Senior Members Christmas Lunch

 

For many years the Nelson Lodges have been organising and providing a pre Christmas lunch for the widows and senior members of local Lodges. This is just an example of how Freemasons look after those in our Masonic family.

 

The regular point of contact for these important members of our family, are the Lodge Almoners, who keep in regular contact with the Widows. This annual lunch is supported by all the Lodges, and is attended by as many of the Worshipful Masters who can attend together with the Lodge Almoner. Each of the attendees gets a small gift to commemorate the occasion.

 

Another major plank in this vital support infrastructure is the ladies lunches which are organised by the DGM wife Yvonne. If you want to get your own personal invite to these lunches please contact either Ian or Yvonne Mclean.

 

 

Posted by David Marsh 28/11/2018 Photos Yvonne Mclean

 

 

 

Masonic Ladies November Lunch

 

On the 17th of November the Masonic ladies of the District in Nelson met for one of their regular lunches at the beautiful venue of Melrose House.

Some of the regulars were unable to come this time but it was lovely to be joined by several ladies from Southern Star; a lovely time was had by all.  It was good to see that Jenny Smith is recovering from her broken wrist.

The next lunch will be on 23rd February at the Lemon Grass in Richmond. Please book your place with Yvonne for this.

Yvonne and Ian wish all the Masonic Ladies in the DistrIct a happy and non stressful Christmas.

 

Posted by Yvonne McLean 20th November 2018




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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