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Updated 3/10/2018 New Items this week shown with a Star    




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 Masonic Ladies Smuggle Off for a Lunch

The Nelson Lodge Ladies met for lunch at Smugglers Restaurant on Satuardy the 8th of Augustand the meal was very tasty and good value.

There was a fun atmosphere and the time was enjoyed by the 13 of us that were able to attend. It was good to welcome Selena for the first time and we do encourage younger members to join us for our future celebrations.

Please put 17 November 2018 in your diaries , venue yet to be confirmed.

 

(PS - Mavis was missed out in the above photo, hence the extra picture, a lovely shot of Mavis and Pam.)

Posted 14/09/2018 

Yvonne McLean

 

 

Speak Up for Lodge Eckford

 

The August meeting for Lodge Eckford consisted of an interactive session designed to get brethren in the audience thinking about the ways we can Speak Up for Freemasonry and the benefits we gain from membership in the craft. V.W Bro Currie moderated the audience participation session and discussion in a public forum. This allowed some potential candidates to come and participate once the lodge was closed, and to meet brethren and visiting brethren from round the region.

A closer examination of Euclid’s elements and other threads were cleverly woven into the presentation such as elements such as pythagoras’s theorem, geometry – being the basis of masonic exploration in the liberal arts and sciences. These are: Grammar, logic, arithmetic, rhetoric, geometry, music, and astronomy.

 

 

 

A more philosophical note is that as human beings began to live in more complex societies, so the need for systems of measurement grew. Building in stone demanded great accuracy and precision. Architectural achievement required systems and materials and the employment of vast numbers of labourers. As we know, those who possessed such knowledge were greatly admired and respected.

 

            And your Eckford Masonic brain……

E – Everyone + (Euclid’s elements)

C – Charity + (Creativity)

K – Kindly advice + (Kai Zen – daily advancement)

F – Fraternity + (Focus on the infinite)

O – Our lodge history + (Oxytocin)

R – Recruitment and retention + (Rhetoric – muscle memory)

D – Daily advancement + (Dedication)

The Lodge Eckford No.334 Installation

Saturday, 25 August 2018

 

W. Bro. Chris Williams was invested as the new Master of the Lodge and his officers for the ensuing 12 months by V W Brother Ian Mclean.

The installation was held at the Lodge Rooms in Charles Street. Their Ladies meanwhile had a trip to Brayshaw Park where they had a presentation from Mr. John Orchard – the Museum Educator on the History of Marlborough. This covered the oldest known human occupation site at the Wairau bar, early European activities: Whaling, Gold mining, sawmilling, pastoralism, transport, plus early Blenheim

After the presentation the ladies retired to the Havelock Lodge Room where they enjoyed an afternoon Tea catered for by the H & JA Williams.

The ladies then traveled back in time with, ‘A Trip to the past’, featuring an interactive Victorian classroom. Then returned to Charles Street for  pre-dinner refreshments and the formal Banquet

 

 

Bro. R Ingpen carving the ham for the refectory banquet

 

W.Bro CFD Williams, IPM & incoming Master, Eckford No .334

 

Brethren and partners dining in the Masonic centre

 

 

Refectory guests enjoying the catered banquet from the Woodbourne tavern

 

Heather & Graeme Steer from Nelson

 

V. Wor Bro BJ Ross,and guest of Eckord’s new Master, Mr.D. Howell

Posted 4/09/18

 

D E Marsh

 

Passing of R W Bro Warren Workman PDGM

Warren passed to the Grand Lodge Above on the 29.06.2018. The celebration of Warren’s life, attended by a large number of his community and freemasons from around the country, showed the esteem in which he was held.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

 

 Warren joined the Waitohi lodge in Picton in 1976.Warren became Master of the Waitohi Lodge in 1984 in the Nelson, Marlborough District.  As a member of the Railways Craftsmen’s Association he was also well known around the country.  Warren was always very active in any activity that Waitohi was involved in be it raising funds, supporting the community in some way or any other good work. He was also very much a family man, very proud of his wife, their children, their spouses and grandchildren.In 1991 Warren was appointed Grand Director of Ceremonies for Nelson, Marlborough for a three year term. Warren’s undoubted qualities and ability was acknowledged and in 1994 he was appointed Grand Superintendent of Ceremonies for the annual communication of Grand Lodge, the communications as always was  accompanied by a good deal of pomp and ceremony. It was a tribute to the high standards that Warren set that he was chosen to see that all went well.

In 1995 he was appointed Provincial Grand Master of Nelson, Marlborough and Westland for a three year tenure of office requiring even more responsibility,  time, administrative and management skills, which he delivered to his usual high standard.

In 2016 Warren was appointed Past Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Anctient and Accepted Freemasons of New Zealand in recognition of his services to Freemasonry.

 

Posted 17/7/2018

 

 

 

Divisional Grand Lecturer Issues a Challenge to District 23 Lodges

On Saturday the 14th of July at 9.45 am the Divisional Grand Lecturer for the Southern Division and the District Grand Master hosted a conference at the Nile Street Lodge rooms of all the Lodges in the District.

VW Bro Graeme Martin the Div G. Lec. – Southern,  was on a tour of the Districts in the Southern Division which was designed to assist lodges to formulate their own individual plans for action to support the Nationwide Speak Up for Freemasonry Campaign. 17 Masons attended, 13 past masters and a master and from the Nelson area, 4 past or serving masters from the Blenheim area.

Graeme opened the event with a recap on what had lead up to this tour. Of particular interest in this section of the presentation was his explanation of the disconnect that many young masons feel between what they are looking for from their membership of freemasonry and what is actually going on.

A recent workshop Graeme had been involved in found that their expectations and requirements were not in tune with what lodges were providing.  In addition their attitude to the traditionally expressed reason for joining Freemasonry of fellowship, charitable works, Improving themselves through understanding and practicing what the current ritual includes is not what they are necessarily looking for.

Graham went onto to explore the probable reasons for this and explained that lodges need to consider whether they were meeting the needs of the newer members.

Some of the things lodges need to ensure they were doing were:

  1. Using appropriate modern communication mediums.
  2. Ensuring their partners were fully involved with the lodge.
  3. Not patronising new or younger members.
  4. Ensuring that they listen and work with the younger members and their address their needs not just focusing on long term members.
  5. Ensuring the control of their lodge’s activities is not purely exercised by the senior members.
  6. Recognising the skills needed to lead the movement now and in the future are predominantly those of leadership, management and communication and not just about being a good ritualist.
  7. Graeme them led a series of workshops where the audience were invited to provide their ideas on how lodges could respond to some of the major challenges that Graeme had explained and also some of the excellent ideas that he had seen carried out in his own District.

 

( It was interesting that the initiatives announced in February this year by our own District Grand Master were in many ways congruent with those in Graeme’s address).

Graeme did this by giving out three questionnaires and inviting the attendees to put in their responses to the questions posed.

A lively feedback session which was wide ranging and at times very frank and honest. This provided the masons who attended a real opportunity to look at what their and other lodges were doing.

Some important conclusions and possible actions were identified.

The final session, which was lead by Ian Mclean looked at what the District has and done and has in train and requested the participants to give feedback on the initiatives Ian had started and those still in the pipeline.

The meeting closed at 12.45 with a vote of thanks to Graeme for a thought provoking and useful session and some very useful material for lodges to take away to assist them in formulating their action plan to support Speak Up for Freemasonry.

 

David Marsh

Posted 15/07/2018

 

 

Lodge Eckford facing up to the Challange of Speak UP

 

Lodge Eckford’s June meeting W. Bro Williams gave an outline of the Social media activities to the Lodge and visitors. It was an evening where the lodge hosted Grand Lodge officers and the District Grand master, VW Bro. McLean. The Lodge had a new candidate attend refectory, who commented he was made to feel very welcome.

With a laptop, data projector, screen, and cell phone for an internet connection brethren could see the online world of Facebook and how the lodge “Speaks up for freemasonry”, and show the community who we are and what we can offer them. From feedback, there are many in Marlborough who think that Eckford is the only lodge in the region. However, they are quickly corrected and are amazed there are in fact 6! Our online exposure has been worthwhile.

Eckford have begun to reap, the beginnings of many seeds that have been laid. Last year when it began a social media programme on Facebook, it was certainly uncharted There is still plenty of ongoing work to do. New candidates will need support and mentoring. It is the responsibility of all members in one shape or another to assist in this process.

The online promotion is important, more so the one to one and face to face is what leads to genuine connections with the community, and to new members of the craft.

A collection by Eckford on behalf of Kirkpatrick house was done and a presentation made to representative of the board of Kirkpatrick house, W. Bro Cameron of Havelock lodge. Lodge Eckford traditionally does a collection during the Official visit each year by Grand Lodge.

 

Posted by Chris Wiliams

16/07/2018

 

 

Lodge Eckford Uses a Social Event to support its Speak Up Campaign 

In July lodge Eckford No. 334 had a domestic meeting.  They took wives and partners to dine at the Bistro at the Clubs of Marlborough for a mid-winter dinner. One of our lodge widows attended with a masonic friend from one of our sister Lodges in Marlborough. It was an opportunity to invite two  potential candidates they had met during thier social media – Facebook programme. This activity allowed for the candidates to socialise and meet brethren away from the lodge in a relaxed environment.

 

Posted by Chris Williams

16/07/2018

 

Marlborough Combined Lodges Christmas Dinner

 

The Marlborough Lodges are holding a combined Lodges Xmas Dinner to be held on the 5th August at the Woodbourne Tavern in Renwick. The time for the meal is 7.00pm but we suggest meeting at 6.30pm for a pre dinner drink. It will be a set menu and the price is $30.00 per head and this function is open to all Freemasons and their friends and anyone who has shown an interest in the Craft. The dress code will be informal. Please either contact your Master to make a reservation or give Sue or I a call on (03) 572 7042 or 027 227 0662. Masters please inform your widows of this function.

 

Posted By Ian Plummer

 

16/07/2018

 

 

 




Marlborough Ladies Lunch

Marlborough Masonic Ladies Meeting

The July Meeting of the Masonic Ladies was held at the Clubs of Marlborough. All Lodges were represented with 22 ladies attending and a very enjoyable time was had by everyone.

 

Posted by Ian Plummer

 

 

Wairau installation

On a cold June Winter’s evening many Grand Lodge members turned out to officiate and support W Bro James Cochrane as he was again installed into the Wairau lodge No 42.

 Along with W Bro Cochran is his son Stewart who was initiated in 2016 and is a fellow craft in the lodge.   James might have the pleasure of conferring the 3rd degree on his son, Stewart’s work commitments allowing.

 Also attending the meeting was a long-time family friend from North Otago who now lives in Nelson. W B Derek Austin   is a past Master of the Ngapara Lodge No 68 in the Otago Lakes District.   W Bro Austin was Master of his lodge when James father, Stewart’s grandfather was Master of Kurow Lodge No 164 and the two have been friends for years.

 Another example of the freemason’s family.

 

 

Posted By Ian Mclean

 

A near Full House of Companions

On Thursday the 28th of June Victory Chapter held it normal June meeting . This meeting was to exalt Companion Ken Smith to the degree of a Royal Arch Mason.

The Chapter was well supported (as always) by the Victory Companions with 17 members present and also 7 visitors. The seven visitors were from Trafalgar Royal Arch (4,) Marlborough (2)and Kawateri(1)Chapters. This meant that every Chapter from all the constitutions’ in the top of the South as far as Westport was present at this normal June meeting.

To make such a journey on a cold and frosty night in the middle of winter shows the true strength of the Companionship in the Royal Arch and if I may be so bold the quality of the ceremonies Victory Chapter performs under the very able eagle eyes of Russell Dickson the Victory Chapter’s long standing DC.  This evening Russell had to cope with the non appearance of the first Principal due to an emergency situation at his work.  John Connor (H) quickly stepped up to take that role and the ceremony continued as if nothing had happened.

Despite finishing the meeting at 10 pm large number of the Companions stayed to attend the refectory proceedings to welcome Ken to the Royal Arch. (The District Grand Superintendent Max Currie is away in Australia on a painting holiday)

 

 

Posted By David Marsh

07/0/7/18

 




Changing the Guards at Blenheim Lodge Rooms ?

On Saturday 16th June the Blenheim directors of the Masonic properties committee invited VW Bro Currie, VW Bro Crouch, W Bro Bryant and their wives to a luncheon at St Clair Winery to thank them for their service to the Hall committee.

VW Bro Currie has just retired after 10 years as Chairman in which time he has directed the committee though some busy times. Organizing the repairs after the earthquakes the region experienced was and still is the biggest task on the committee's agenda and without Max's commitment and hard work on this matter, the current Committee would still be working through large amounts of "red tape". VW Bro Crouch, being the co-owner of Crafer and Crouch Construction, has been hugely helpful with experienced advice and then offering the right tools for the job for the clean-up and removal of the hazardous material left after the earthquake and lastly W Bro Bryant helped  and pushed for the Masonic Properties to purchase the surrounding buildings/land which now provide us with a handsome income

The Committee presented VW Bro Currie with a gift voucher for art supplies for Max's other addiction, painting and sketching ( his 1st addiction being the Craft!!) and also a bouquet of flowers for the wives of the 3 brethren mentioned

Below are some photos of the afternoon. The first one is of the three guests of honour and their wives and the other four of the committee members and their wives/partners

 

Craig Hammond

 

Posted 29/06/18




100 Years of Freemasonry Service Celebrated in Nelson

In the last two weeks two of the Nelson Lodges held 50 year service award cermonies. This is a spectacular achivemsnt for the masons concerned and also the movement as a whole. Something we all should be very proud of.

 

 

Rick Williams 50 Not Out

On the 6th of June the Forest Lodge held its normal meeting but had a host of special guests to witness the presentation. to V W Bro Rick Williams with his 50 year Jewel. In addition there was to be an address to the Lodge by Tam Hazan on his part in the RAF Battle of Britain celebrations and flypast

 

The presentation of the Jewel for such service is really special event and the Divisional and District Grand Masters were there to welcome Rick to the 50 not out club.

 

Rick has given many talks on Freemasons in the first and second world wars as well as serving as Grand Lecturer. Congratulations Rick – well done.

 

 

 

 

 

Victory/Wakatu hold a special Celebration Night

The Victory/Wakatu Lodge at its 12th June 2018 meeting held a special presentation for one of its members V W Bro Trevor Squires to commemorate his 50 years of service to Freemasonry.

 

The current District Grand Master Ian Mclean and a Past District Grand Master (Roger Chapple) attended and made the presentation to Trevor.

 

Trevor was initiated into Freemasonry in Victory Lodge No 40, June 1968 and has been a member of Victory (now Victory/Wakatu) Lodge ever since, serving as Master in 1996. In addition Trevor has been Master of Motueka Bays Lodge No 117 in  2005. Trevor has also served Grand Lodge when he was appointed Grand Chaplain in 2010 and served two terms in this important role.

 

Posted 15/06/2018

David Marsh





 

 

VW Bro Ian McLean

 

Dist GM Nelson-Marlborough

5 Keats Crescent

Stoke

Nelson 7011

Cell 027 5477 492

e mail distgm.23@freemasonsnz.org

Brethren all

Winter has finally arrived and with a bit of a vengeance. This newsletter contains an update on the programme of work I announced at the District conference and an update on the charities collectively we have helped this year.

First of all I have been following up both of the two major discussions we had at the Conference. The first was asking for the Lodges to tell me their feelings on any possible amalgamation that might be considered between our District and Westland area. This has not been raised as yet but I think it may well be during my time as your DGM and I needed to know how you all felt about this matter.

Thank you all for the comments I have been sent from the discussions held at Lodge level. From those who have replied I now have a clear view of your collective position on this matter. If a discussion is instigated then I will, with a group of senior members, hold conversations with Westland representatives about any possible issues and concerns.

The second major discussion at the conference was the establishment of a daylight meeting for those members of our Lodges who can’t attend evening meetings any more. In the Nelson Area we have sent out an email seeking the views of our members and I have asked David Marsh and Roger Chapple to take this matter forward. I will be requesting all lodges in the Nelson area to help David and Roger to get this underway.

Now onto what is happening in the Charity arena:  First the donations that you sent in to help the Life Education Trust. They have sent us a big thank you and when a suitable vehicle becomes available through the Car Company a formal handover presentation will take place. The Hospice appeal has really ramped up with substantial support being obtained from all our Nelson lodges. Our contribution of just under $60,000 will be recognized through the naming of one of the new garden areas to us. More about this as information emerges over the forthcoming time.

Now we are all back in harness please ensure you are sending our web site manager David Marsh information and pictures from all of your Lodges activities. This is our public face and a major part of the District response to the Speak up for Freemasonry campaign.  Thank you to Graig Hamilton and the Blenheim lodges brethren for their efforts, report and pictures at the dog show. What a great advert for our community involvement. Please ensure you also update the dates of meetings page – this provides valuable information to visiting Masons (as recently happened) who find themselves in the area, and have come to local meetings included in the calendar of events. Please keep the information coming to the web site – no input, no output!!

On the current web page you will see an article on our Divisional Grand Master’s, Rob Angelo, participation in the Scooter Safari. Riding a scooter anytime is a chilly thing but this time of the year and for such a long distance shows real fortitude – well done Rob (and the members of the Widows sons who are accompanying him) .

Keep warm and healthy




Havelock Members putting on their Speak Up caps

At the last Havelock Lodge meeting (10th May 2018) newly Initiated Brother Eddie Sykes was presented with his “Speak Up for Freemasonry “cap.

 

Eddie Sykes being presnted with his cap by W Master Joe Regan

Others in the photo from Left to Right

W Bros Edgar. Harvey, A Cameron, Along with Bros Rowlinson and Brighouse

Followed by W Bros I Cameron, Thompson, McKinley, Bowhill and Wrighton

The Havelock Lodge No 104 has initiated the idea of the caps has purchased caps for all its members and encourages them to wear them at all times.

The potential “power “of the caps was illustrated at a recent BBQ at which the Havelock brethren were helping at. (See the article on the Dog Show)

W Bro Chris Bowhill who had purchased several more hats had his children wearing them and was amazed at the response that it engendered to the extent that he was approached by a member of the public who expressed a serious interest in Freemasonry and may well be a new candidate!!

The caps are a simple idea which has the potential to grow Freemasonry across the country and Havelock Lodge urge the other Lodges in the District to consider purchasing the caps and  “use your heads” to promote the Craft.

The Havelock Lodge has another couple ideas up its sleeve as well so watch this space.

 

Posted by Andy Wrighton

25/05/2018

Ed  - PS I hear on the grapevine that Lodge Nelson and Golden Bay will soon be ordering some of these caps.

 

 




Masons Not Going to the Dogs but Helping Others to do so

The weekend of the 19th and 20th May was the Marlborough Kennel Associations annual championship dog show held at the associations  club grounds at Omaka in Blenheim.

 

There were 3 shows over the 2 days each with 400 dogs entered and as last year the Blenheim Lodges were asked for their help to run the BBQ.

This was warmly received with at least one member volunteering from each lodge.

W Bro Scott Pickering was the head chef for the weekend and he had 3 or 4 brethren helping him over the 2 days, We split the weekend into 3 shifts of 4 hours each so not to inconvenience peoples weekend too much.

The BBQ was a big success taking in over the 2 days $1261.

I would like to thank the brethren who volunteered on behalf of the kennel club for the support ! 

This was a huge help to the association and allowed the association members to focus on others areas of the show.

This was also the first outing for the tear drop flags that the district has purchased to promote Freemasonry  (thanks Ian!)

Pic 1 are the teardrop flags, any lodge in the district wishing to use please contact Bro Craig Hammond via email  at pumpkin.1970@hotmail.com

Pic 2 is sat morning shift Bro Keith Woodham, W Bro Lloyd Anderson and V W Bro John Crouch (out of picture) working the BBQ
 

 

Pic 3 Is the Sat afternoon shift W Bro James Cochrane , W Bro Chris Williams and Bro Rhys Moses

 


Pic 4 is Sunday Shift W Bro Chris Bowhill (out of picture) , W Bro Ian Cameron V W Bro Max Currie and Bro Brian Cameron 

 

Pic 5 is W Bro Chris Bowhills daughters all dressed up in Vests and Caps 

 

Thanks again for the help Brethren

 


Posted by Bro Craig Hammond

22nd May 2018

 




Victory Chapter Commemorates WW1 Members

The Victory Chapter on the 26th of April was very well attended for the visit of the Second Grand Principal RE Companion Ken McQueen. The evening was mainly devoted to the acknowledgement of Bro Robert Fekete to the rank of Excellent Master.   The ceremony was orchestrated By DC Russell Dickson and performed by members of the Chapter in an exemplary manner.

 

 

RE Companion Ken McQueen, Bro Robert Fekete, R.E Companion Max Currie, V. E Companion Derek Nees

 

One of the Chapter’s most senior and respected members Brodie Goodall had researched the lives and careers of two of the Chapter's members who had died in the First World War.  Brodie had researched each of the two companions personal, as well as their Masonic histories. Both died of their wounds – one at Anzac Cove and the other in Belgium. The Companions listened intently to the story of these two Companions. I and I know a number of others, were amazed at the fortitude and bravery shown by our Companions.

1st Principal Derek Nees then closed the meeting by reciting the tribute to fallen soldiers.

A fitting tribute to departed merit.

 

David Marsh

Posted 29/4/18

 

( A copy of Brodie’s research is available from the Scribe E - david.e.marsh@gmail.com)




Lodge Nelson welcomes a new Fellow craft

On the 18th of April Lodge Nelson’s meeting was a special one for two reasons.

First it was the annual Grand Lodge official visit which this year was carried out by VW Bro Chapple as Ian MacLean is in Australia supporting the Grand Master at a number of events over there.

VW Bro Roger had asked the Director of Ceremonies who had worked with him during his term as District Grand Master to be the DC that night. So there were lots of smiles all round as Derek came in to announce the attendance of VW Bro Chapple. Roger’s reply to the toast to the District Grand Master was a very interesting one, as it revolved around the importance of Ritual. Roger explained that it was one of the major things that separated Freemasonry from other worthy societies and in essence was the common DNA that we all shared. As a relatively new member of the Lodge from England I recognised that personally as it was the Ritual which helped make me feel so at home so readily when I first came here.

The major event of the evening was the passing of Brother Liam Taylor to the degree of a Fellowcraft Freemason.  Liam is really enjoying his experience in Freemasonry as he works his way through the craft degrees. His smile and happy face told us all he was feeling at home in his new guise as a Freemason.

 

W Bro Bob Llewellyn, Bros’s Steve Hindley (The senior Fellowcraft in Lodge Nelson),Liam Taylor and VW Bro Derek Nees

 

We look forward to him taking the next step later in the year.

 

David Marsh

Posted 21st April 2018




It was a cold night in Westport but the welcome was warm.

 

 

(View from our Motel - Taken on the morning of the meeting of Bucklands Peak, part of the mountain range that connects to  the Paparoa range which extends down to Greymouth) 

On Tuesday the 17th of April Kawateri Chapter in Westport had its April meeting. There is a close cooperation between the Chapters in Blenheim, Nelson and Westport and at most meetings members from these chapters often visit and take part in each other’s ceremonies. This meeting was no exception as Bro Philip Brewer was advanced to become a Royal Arch Companion by Vex Companion Dick Williams and the team from Kawateri chapter .

Two of the senior members of the Victory chapter in Nelson, David Marsh and Roger Chapple traveled down to visit and also help. Roger most ably taking on the role of H and David the first Sojourner.

The meeting used a number of the pieces of the new explanatory materials that Supreme Grand Chapter has recently developed to assist Philip to understand both the ceremony and what the Royal Arch degree seeks to help it members attain.  One of these is the use a set of questions and answers to topics about the degree that was worked that night. There were a number of very experienced Companions who had a “Oh that’s what that’s about” moments as a result of the use of those Q and A’s.

 Job Done I say.

 

PDGS Dick Scaddon, Companion Phillip Brewer and  the 1st Principal of the Chapter Dick Williams

 

As always the refectory at Westport was excellent and Companion Phillip looked very comfortable as its latest member.

 

David Marsh

Posted 21st April 2018

 

 




Nelson Freemasons Help Keep Harold Rolling On

 

Nelson Freemasons recently received a letter from the Local Life education Trust asking for help.  Their locally based educator urgently need some help in the form of a reliable motor car to carry out this important work in the area. 

Within days the Lodges in the Nelson area had combined together to donate $2000 dollars to assist them in this hour of need. This appeal was led by the Victory/Wakatu Lodge 40 who collected the contributions from Forest Lodge 116, Motueka Bays 117, Golden Bay 144, Nelson 288 and the Freemasons Charity. 

The Lodge received this email

Hi Alistair

Please convey our sincere thanks to your fellow Freemasons for the donation of $2,000 towards a new car for our Educator.  Without this donation we would struggle to provide our programme to the children of the Nelson Tasman Region.  Our Educator Ingrid is an excellent teacher and engages the children wholeheartedly, along with Harold, in the Life Ed message.  

Cheers Fiona 

Fiona Morrison

Life Education Trust Nelson/Tasman

PO Box 3031

Richmond 7050

nelsontasman@lifeedtrust.org.nz  Tel 03 541 8910

 

So what do the Life Education  do?  Well more information is available from their web site www.lifeeducation.org.nz and no doubt you have seen the ads on TV. However this is a brief resume of what they provide for the Children of the area.

For 30 years Life Education has been teaching health in New Zealand schools!

Life Education helps children to:

Purpose

To educate and inspire generations to embrace positive choices for a healthy mind and body.

Philosophy

Their philosophy is the essence of everything that we do, our three philosophical principles are:

You are unique – we aim to make each child comfortable with their identity. In the whole world there will never be another you. You are unique, you are special. It's OK to have freckles, be tall or short, have big ears or nose, different coloured skin or hair. We keep reinforcing to little children "you are very special."

The human body is magnificent –we show children the magnificence of the human body – its sensory, circulatory and digestive systems, showing how the body functions and what its needs are – food, oxygen and water. We illustrate how the earth provides these needs and teach how we should protect our internal and external environments.

We need to support and respect each other – because of the delicate and complex nature of life itself, we need to support and respect each other and every other person, regardless of sex, race, religion or beliefs.  (Sounds just like Freemasonry!)

 

Posted 20th April 2018

David Marsh

 




Divisional Grand Master Joins with the Widows Sons to Lead from the Front

Rob Angelo, the Southern Divisional Grand Master is taking part in the 2019 TRANZ ALPINE SCOOTER SAFARI

 

The Scooter Safari is a charity event involving 250 motorized Scooters riding 250kms Coast-to-Coast over the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Hokitika to raise funds for the NZ Cancer Society - Canterbury / West Coast Branch

It's an awareness-raising and fundraising event for the survivors, families of those with cancer and those committed to making a difference. By raising funds for the Cancer Society they are helping them continue their amazing work making sure those people living with cancer, their family, friends and colleagues as well as the health professionals that support them get access to information and support, from the moment of diagnosis right through to treatment and recovery.

It's not a race or for the faint hearted -  it is designed to be the coldest, longest, hardest, most grueling and uncomfortable test of endurance on a city scooter to raise money and awareness for cancer sufferers. The organisors said " We're doing this to show our support for the hardship those living with cancer go through during their treatment - the Safari is nothing compared to that"!

Started in 2009, the Scooter Safari was created by Jayne and Mike Rattray, born in support of a friend diagnosed with Bowel Cancer. 

The 'Originals' ... creators of the Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari. ....Mike Rattray, Damion Haines, Jayne Rattray, Ben Walker and Wayne Cook.

 

From humble beginnings, the first ride saw 32 riders make the maiden voyage raising $14,000 in donations for the Cancer Society. Since then the event has snowballed with over 250 scooters taking part each year and raising over $789,000 for the cause. The 2018 ride will the 6th biennial ride where they hope to reach 1-Million.

Rob has a personal reason for doing this event – He said As many of you know my wife has been unfortunate and has been afflicted with a brain tumour. She had an operation in October 2016 and subsequent radiation and chemo treatment which has to date maintained her life. But with all such conditions, you never quite know what or how the outcome will emerge.

Therese is not the only one that has suffered from this and one of the things that I have realised when we make the monthly visit to the hospital to see the oncologist, is the line up of patients.  Not all for a brain tumour but one of the many other forms of cancer that invade the body.

From the very first diagnosis, the Cancer Society were there to give us support, help or just a kind word to guide us through the issue and when one sees the number of people that they help, their commitment is enormous.

I enjoy a ride on a motorcycle and when I saw the “Scooter Safari 2018” project to support the Cancer Society, I just had to be in. Not for the ride but to be able to raise funds for a Society that helps so many people.

I will be riding with others from the “Widows Sons” our Freemason motorcycle group, and this is one of our projects to raise funds for others in distress.

You and your Lodge can donate to his sponsorship page at

https://scootersafari2018.everydayhero.com/nz/rob

 

Acknowledgement - This article is based on copyright material from the Scooter Safari 2018 web site whose copyright is acknowledged 

 

Posted by David Marsh 16th April 2018

 





                                            

 

 

 

 

 

Article and Photo from 2015 Nelson event

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR RE-Enactment  5th April Blenheim

The Lodges of Blenheim and surrounds have designed and implemented a major recruitment drive for the Lodges in their area. The Worshipful Masters of the Lodge in Blenheim (who meet on a regular basis) have combined their resources and have put together a local programme of events designed to attract new members.

This culminates in the Nelson Priory of Knight Templars giving their re-enactment of an initiation ceremony of a Knight Templar in the 12th Century. This will take place at the Masonic Hall in Blenheim on Thursday the 5th of April at 7.30pm. Admission is open to all non-masons, masons and family and friends.

This event was so popular in 2015 (see photos above) when it was performed in Nelson that the Masonic Hall was full to capacity with over 130 visitors attending.

 

It is hoped that the Nelson Lodges may well do something simlar in the near future!

 

 

Chris Williams and David Marsh

Posted 26/3/18




Lodge Nelson 21st of March 2018

At the regular Lodge Nelson meeting held on the 21st of March 2018 there were two items on the agenda. The first was a review of the papers discussed at the recent District 23 Grand Masters Conference. The Chairman of the conference, W Bro David Marsh, explained that this was the opportunity for the Lodge Nelson Freemasons to add their comments to those already made at the conference. Each of the four papers (which had been previously circulated together with the notes of the proceedings) was discussed and a number of useful comments and suggestions were made.

W Bro Mclean then explained the next steps that will be used to convert the discussion papers and the comments received, into action.

The “main event" of the evening however was the explanation of the first degree Tracing Board to Bro Liam Taylor. This was ably presented by VW Bro Roger Chapple assisted by the Lodge Nelson Director of Ceremonies. The explanation of the three Tracing Boards are an important steps in every Freemason’s progression in "The Craft". The history behind the use of these valuable teaching aide is a very interesting subject in its own right and well worth exploring.

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                                     VW Bro Roger Chapple,                Bro Liam Taylor,          W Bro Bob Llwellyn (WM Lodge Nelson) 

 

David Marsh

Posted 22nd March 2018





 

 

District Workings Jun 2018 to 31st Aug 2018

 

Report produced 05 Jun 2018

Date

Lodge/Chapter

District

At

Visitors & Dress

Cost

Working

Tue 05 Jun

Lodge Eckford No 334

Nelson Marlborough

BC

8:00 PM

M

 

Official Grand Lodge Visit & Lecture by WM on use of Social Media in promoting Freemasonry and recruitment.

Wed 06 Jun

The Forest Lodge No 116

Nelson Marlborough

N

7:30 PM

L/E

 

50 Yr Presentation to V.W.Bro.R.H. Williams, P.G.Lec. and Bro. Hazan on the Battle of Britain and my part in it 50 years later.

Tue 12 Jun

Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No 106

Nelson Marlborough

BC

7:45 PM

L/E

 

Activity of importance

Thu 14 Jun

The Havelock Lodge No 104

Nelson Marlborough

BB

8:00 PM

L/E

 

Presentation of 1st Degree Tracing Board

Wed 20 Jun

Lodge Nelson No 288

Nelson Marlborough

N

7:40 PM

L/E

 

Friends Night to introduce guests to Freemasonry - Partners welcome

Thu 21 Jun

Lodge Awatere No 292

Nelson Marlborough

BB

8:00 PM

M

 

Third degree Emulation.

Thu 28 Jun

Victory Chapter No 12

Nelson Marlborough

N

7:30 PM

L

 

Royal Arch - Ken Smith

Thu 28 Jun

The Waitohi Lodge No 111

Nelson Marlborough

P

8:00 PM

M

 

Talk by V.W.Bro.Stables, P.G.Lec. on 'Lodge Mysteries - some things that are not explained to us in lodge'

Tue 03 Jul

Lodge Eckford No 334

Nelson Marlborough

BC

8:00 PM

M

 

3rd Degree emulation.

Wed 04 Jul

The Forest Lodge No 116

Nelson Marlborough

N

8:00 PM

SC

 

Friends Evening and Curry Night

Tue 10 Jul

Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No 106

Nelson Marlborough

BC

6:10 PM

L/E

$0.00

Brief meeting followed by dinner with ladies at Bamboo Garden

Thu 12 Jul

The Havelock Lodge No 104

Nelson Marlborough

BB

8:00 PM

M

 

2nd Degree Working

Tue 07 Aug

Lodge Eckford No 334

Nelson Marlborough

BC

8:00 PM

M

 

TBC

Thu 09 Aug

The Havelock Lodge No 104

Nelson Marlborough

BB

8:00 PM

M

 

2nd Degree Working

Sat 25 Aug

Lodge Eckford No 334

Nelson Marlborough

BC

2:00 PM

M

 

Installation

Mon 27 Aug

Top of the South Research Lodge No 470

Nelson Marlborough

N

6:00 PM

L/E

$20.00

Dinner 6pm Lodge 7pm

 





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




FORTHCOMING EVENT

 

Please bring this to the attention of your Wife/Partner

 

The next ladies luncheon in Nelson will be held on the 30th June at 12pm at the River Kitchen.

 

Please register your interest with Yvonne McLean  AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

 




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