Thursday 26th January 2023:
We had planned a first degree re enactment for this meeting, sadle due toillness and confusion this had to be postponed,Worshipful Brother David Whittall stood in at short notice and gave a presentation on the MCF, very interesting it was as well.
The secretary announced the promotion of Worshipful Brother Paul Henderson to PPGSupt.Wks.We pass on our congratulations to him.
It was proposed that the Lodge Charity Fund donate a sum of £250.00 to Brother Chris Jones who is walking the coast of Brittain to raise awareness of mens mental health and to raise £100,000.00 for the MCF, we wish him well.
We Closed the Lodge in peace and harmony and retired to the festive board, A hearty meal of Tomato and Basil Soup, haggis neeps and tatties, Meat pie and Ginger sponge pudding was served and enjoyed by all. After we had toasted and responded we sang Auld Lang Syne and parted Happy to have met, Happy meet again.
Wednesday 18th January 2023:
Eddie Wildman joins Kingston Chapter: see this date on the Chapter blog page!
Tuesday 10th January 2023:-
Worshipful Brother David Whittall and I made our way to Dagger Lane for the re-scheduled Installation meeting for Humber 57. Dispensation was given due to the incoming Master breaking his ankle.
The Lodge assembled and was called to order then opened in due form, Worshipful Brother Eddie Wildman taking the Chair. There came a knock at the door: WB Stephen Cox, DC to the Assistant Provincial Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Alan Ramsey Armbrister, announced who was at the door and that he demanded admission. A column of Active Provincial Officers formed an escort and the Assistant Pro Grand Master was admitted.
Now the Installation could begin, the Lodge being raised to the Second Degree, the designate Worshipfu Master Charles Alexander was obligated following a recitation of the charges and regulations, which he acknowledged. The Lodge was raised to the third degree and Master Masons asked to leave for a short time, Worshipful Brother Charles Alexander was installed into the Chair of King Solomon.
The Master Masons were readmitted and the Installling DC pronounced W Bro Charles as Master of the Humber Lodge. This was repeated in each degree as we brought the Lodge back to the first degree.Then the Officers were invested, W Bro Robert Smedley sang Hail Masonry accompanied by W Bro Eddie Wildman on the organ..The duties of The Master, His Wardens and the Lodge in general were given and this drew the ceremony to a close.
The Lodge was closed and after photographs and handshakes we retired down to the Festive Board, it has become a tradition on these occasions to serve Roast Beef,this being no exception.A glass of wine was provided and also a shot of whisky was given to each guest. An alternate menu was provided for the vegetarians.
It was getting late when we started the toasts the Worshipful Master proposing the first Five, then introducing via his CV the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, who in his response talked of recruitment goals, the forthcoming festival and also changes to the convocation forum from this year.
The raffle was drawn, having raised £186.00, W Bro Tim Brown (WM Brough Lodge) won the first prize.The final toasts were proposed and the Masters song sung by W Bro Richard Smedley and W Bro David Terry, again accompanied by W Bro Eddie Wildman on the keyboard.
As the witching hour approached and all toasts proposed and responded to, we finished our drinks and parted for home having had a very good evening, happy to have met, sad to part but happy to meet again.
Peter Stokes, WM
Friday 6th January 2023:
Happy New Year Brethren! It's Friday, it's 1830 and its Brough Lodge for the first meeting of the year. The Lodge was opened in due form, the order for the evening a 2nd Degree for Bro Damian Brooks,
Before the ceremony the Representative of the Provincial Grand Master W Bro Ian Sydall Prov G Charity Steward was admitted by his DC WB David Bateman, (This is Ian's first outing as Rep.)
Some sad news for the Lodge with Eulogies read for W Bro Geoff Eastburn PPGSwB and Bro Phil Woolfitt both having passed to the Grand Lodge above in December.
The Candidate was then called forward and given the key to gain admission to the Lodge then sent out to prepare. Upon readmission the ceremony could begin. Due to illness and holidays a number of substitutes were in place, All played their roles with credit: W Bro Tony Calvert (The Obligation) W Bro Andrew Chan (Working Tools) and W Bro Mike Shakesby (The Charge).The ceremony was accomplished with Brough Lodge's normal aplomb.
Lodge business completed we retired down to the hall for the festive board, There were several Lodges represented amongst the visitors with a strong presence from Humber 57 in support of Ian Syddall. The conversation around the table was good and a friendly atmosphere prevailed, after giving thanks the toasts were toasted and responses given.
I have never seen a visitor's response heckled by another visitor's mobile phone before,but Carl Cross carried on regardless. The raffle was drawn having raised £155.00 and W Bro Eddie Wildman gaining first prize. All too soon the Parting Toast was submitted and we turned towards home happy to have met and happy meet again.
Photographs top: WBro Ian Syddall on his first rep duty (photo Eddie Wildman) Bottom: Bro Damian Brooks and WM Tim Brown (Photo Peter Stokes.)
Peter Stokes WM.
Tuesday 20th December 2022:
Dagger Lane again, this time Hull Old Grammarians' Christmas Lodge and Ladies Festive Board (the only occasion where Ladies and Family are invited at L5129.)
The Lodge was opened promptly at 1830 and business conducted in due form. There were two candidates ballotted for and a rejoining member. Busy time ahead for this Lodge.
We processed out and retired down to join the families,it was a very understated evening, but was very pleasant just the same. The traditional Christmas fare was served by Lodge members with good grace and cheer. The conversation was good and the time passed merrily. With no carols to sing we departed for home with vocal chords intact
Sadly my pictures for the evening were of poor quality so will not be used.
Peter Stokes, WM
Thursday 15th December 2022:
It was the occasion of the Christmas Lodge: as the Brethren assembled, our Ladies and guests gathered downstairs in the bar area. The meeting opened promptly and the opening hymn was sung (practice for later) the Lodge duly formed and the Worshipful Master carried out the ceremony in quick time. The closing hymn sung as we paraded out to attend the white tablecloth festive board.
Worshipful Brother Shaun Rennison had prepared the dining area with his usual precision, all seats allocated and each place given the appropriate items (crackers, chocolates and mince pies).Brother David Broughton had prepared a Christmas Quiz, and the raffle prizes were displayed, This wasn't just Christmas, this was Christmas at St Michaels!
After Grace we sat to a full Christmas dinner of Celery and Stilton Soup, Roast Turkey, Christmas Pudding and Cheese and Buscuits, All consumed with Gusto.
At this point we marked the quiz and Dennis Chapman and Jack were the winners by half a point.
Now for the main event of the evening Eddie and Terry and Carols from Dagger Lane.They Comandeered WB Michael Price from Kingston Lodge 1010 to sing Silent Night.
We all joined in the other carols and tried to raise the roof with our singing. This was concluded with the Twelve Days of Christmas with all the tables taking part.
All good things must come to an end so (as is traditional in the Lodge of St Michael) we gathered together and sang Auld Lang Syne,
Happy to have met, happy to meet again, we made our way homewards. Merry Christmas!
Picture:-WB Terry Lynn WB Peter Stokes WM WB Eddie Wildman (Three Wise Men)
(Also see this date on the Social Page.) Peter Stokes WM
Wednesday 7th December 2022:
Tonight's outing was to Beverly Road, Kingston Lodge No 1010 Installation.
It was a 6:00 pm start, quite late for an installation, but was told on arrival that the ceremony would be abbreiviated as the incumbant had been through the chair before. In the Lodge room W Bro Eddie Wildman played a selection of Christmas music entertaining everyone,
At six precisely Worshipful Master Michael Price opened the Lodge. This being duly formed the visiting representative, Worshipful Brother David Burnett PPJGD was escorted in by a provincial escort and his DC W Bro Tony Calvert. Formalities observed the Worshipful Master Elect, W Bro Marcus Whereat, Provincial Grand Steward, was obligated. The Master Masons left the room and a Board of Past Masters formed, W Bro Marcus was then placed in the Chair of King Solomon.
With the Lodge restored to the first degree, the officers were invested and, all ceremony complete, we retired to the dining area for the festive board,
Being December we were treated to festive fare, Spiced Parsnip soup, Turkey, and Christmas Pudding or Cheese and Biscuits and a mince pie, alternatives to the Turkey were salmon or nut roast.
With the food finished the toasts were proposed, W Bro David Burnett stood in and sang the Masters Song as the designated singer was ill and unable to attend.
As the night drew to a close the final toasts proposed and nobody winning the bottle of whisky, it was agreed round the table it had been a good night with a very sociable crowd. We departed for home happy to have met, and happy to meet again.
(Photograph:- W BroTony Calvert DC, W Bro David Burnett Rep, W Bro Marcus Whercat WM, W Bro Michael Price IPM.)
Peter Stokes WM
Friday 25th November 2022:
The Feathers Helmsley was the venue for the First Principals and Masters dinner, an auspicious occasion in a beautiful location.
My afternoon started badly, Driving to the destination I got as far as Malton when I realised my lounge suit was still hanging on the bedroom door, undeterred I pressed on to the destination.
I had opted to stay the night, so I checked in and found my room, Nicely appointed but no view! With nothing to unpack I drank a cuppa before going down to the reception.
Feeling refreshed I went to reception where the Provincial Stewards were issuing name badges. Not seeing any familiar faces I joined a group and introduced myself.
The menu appeared very tasty (for meat eaters) with soup, twelve hour braised beef on fondant potato, and sticky toffee pudding. The veggie main course was a little disappointing in comparison, Macaroni Cheese with garlic bread. The grace said, we sat back for the RWPGM to give his address; he spoke of change and how we had to fit the changes in whilst keeping the traditions: it was no easy task ahead. This was followed by a Q&A session with some pertinent questions being asked and open answers being given. However, all good things come to an end, so at last we said our good nights and departed to our beds.
Peter Stokes WM
Tuesday 16th November 2022:
Dagger Lane with Old Grammarians' No 5129 was tonight's venture, the occasion being the Installation of Worshipful Brother Mark Kieran Luscombe.
Before this at the appointed hour we signed and assembled in the Lodge room, Worshipful Brother Eddie Wildman kept us entertained with tunes from the organ. The Worshipful Master Ian Doltan Storey was escorted into the Lodge room with his Wardens,
The Lodge was opened in due form, then thre was a knock at the door. The Visiting DC (WB Gary Shores) for the Representative of the Provincial Grand Master was admitted, he requested entry for WB David Johnson PPSGW who was subsequently announced and escorted into the Lodge Room.
Then began the task of installing WB Mark, the Lodge being raised and obligations complete the ceremony was carried out with due diligence and respect. Safely placed in the chair of King Solomon W Master Mark reduced the Lodge to the first degree and began to appoint his team for the forthcoming year. After greetings were given the Lodge was closed and we retired to the bar for dinner.
A meal of Prawn Cocktail, Duck and sorbet or cheese was served by the Brethren followed by the traditional toasts and responses. All too soon the evening was over and we departed for home well fed and watered. happy to have met, happy meet again,
[Photograph of WB Mark Luscombe (WM) by Peter Stokes.]
Peter Stokes WM
Friday 4th November 2022:
Where else to be on the first Friday of the month but Brough Lodge No 5464, this time for a talk on the life and times of Guy Faulks,very topical.
The Lodge was opened and regular business carried out until the Lodge was called off and we were joined by the Ladies of the Lodge. Brother Chris was introduced and gave a very interesting and informative presentation on this remarkable figure (I always thought he was ficticious!) for which he received a round of applause.
The Ladies retired and the Lodge was called back on, business was completed and we retired downstairs for the festive board.
The chatter was very cordial and we passed the time pleasurably until the parting toast, after which we left for home: happy to have met and to happy meet again.
Peter Stokes WM
Thursday 25th October 2022:
At our regular Lodge meeting we welcomed two new members, one rejoining, Worshipful Brother John Stanley Broughton PPJGW and the other Brother Kenneth Battye, joining as an unattached Master Mason previously from Arabian-Milo Lodge No 882 of the Canadian American Grand Lodge within the United Grand Lodges of Germany. On completion of the business for the evening we retired down to the dining area where we joined our guests for a white table event.
The menu of Leek and Potato Soup, Roast Turkey with all the trimmings followed by either Apple Pie and Custard or Cheese Board which was well received by all the guests,. A table quiz in three parts bought out the competative edge in some with the winners of each part receiving a box of biscuits. There were two raffles, raising £350.00 for the Masters and Lodge Charities.
The evening passed with much jollity and new friendships being struck and old ones reformed, but all good things come to an end so we retired home happy but tired.
Peter Stokes WM
Wednesday 19th October 2022:
Double Celebration in Kingston Chapter 1010: see the Chapter Blog page!
Monday 10th October 2022:
Tonight's travels saw Worshipful Brother David Whittall and the Lodge of St Michael Worshipful Master at Wyke Millennium Lodge 9696 which meets at the Tickton Grange Hotel near Beverley. The occasion was a First Degree (the first since June 2018.) Upon arrival we were greeted by many familiar faces as the visitors outnumbered the members.
The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the Worshipful Master WB Andrew Cooke, then the arrival of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Very Worshipful Jonathan Mark Mitchell Smith with his team of Active Provincial Officers who demanded admision. After appropriate salutations he briefly took the Chair to introduce his team.
Then on to the main event, the initiation of Mr Philip Lord to Entered Aprentice Free Mason. The team, with four stand-ins from sister Lodges, performed their tasks and ritual with enthusiasm and some humour and an enjoyable ceremony was completed. The Lodge was then closed and we retired to the festive board.
The food as expected was excellent, smoked mackerel paté starter, Leven Duck main, followed by pear frangipan and ice cream, We also enjoyed excellent company with Brethren from sister Lodges.
After the meal we toasted and responded, I won a bottle of wine on the raffle! Time, though, passed too quickly. When singing the Entered Apprentice song to Brother Lord, we formed a Masonic Chain for the last verse, and prior to this being sung an explanation of the Masonic Chain was given,
The Tylers toast was given and the evening came to an end: we departed for home, happy to have met and happy to meet again.
[Photograph of Jonathan Smith, Andrew Cooke and Philip Lord by Peter Stokes]
Peter Stokes, WM
Thursday 22nd September 2022:
Founders Night in the Lodge (29th September for accuracy) it being the 60th anniversary of the founding of The Lodge of St Michael. We had very little business to deal with in Lodge and a presentation from WB Terry Lynn to look forward to when we retired.
The Lodge was opened in due form, and the reports read, We then had three propositions, one for a joining member, one for a rejoining member and one for a donation to Conought Court in lieu of the cancelled open day.
The Lodge was then closed and we retired for the main event. WB Terry Lynn gave his entertaining and informative presentation about growing up in London and his path to Yorkshire Masonry, His candour and his humour shone through and we thank Terry for sharing.
After the meal, came the cake, and what a cake. Sat on the checkered pavement with the three principal officers on top, a grand gesture by the Senior Warden, pity he could not be there to share it.
The cake cut and eaten, the toasts all submitted, we gathered in a masonic chain to sing Auld Lang Syne. Then we parted, happy to have met, happy to meet again.
[Photographs by Peter Stokes]
Peter Stokes, WM
Saturday 17th September 2022:
Technical Lodge No 5666 was the destination this Saturday night, the occasion was the passing of Brother Ed Thompson to the degree of Fellow Craft, The Lodge was opened in due form by Worshipful Master Robert Atkinson and after a minute's silence for Her Majesty the Queen, the main event was called.The Technical Lodge uses Humber Ritual so the proceedings were a little different to our Lodge, which uses Emulation; the outcome though was the same. All of the ritualists performed their roles with accuracy and clarity and the candidate also answered all his questions in the same way. It was an enjoyable ceremony which I am certain Ed enjoyed as well.
After the business in the Lodge was completed we retired downstairs to the festive board, I was asked as the only visitor to return the visitor toast to which I agreed willingly. In this Lodge the Senior Warden looks after visitors and the conversation was lively and fun. I was serenaded with the visitors song to which the whole Lodge joined in the chorus.
All too soon the parting toast was called and we departed for home, happy to meet, sad to part but happy meet again.
[picture Bro Ed Thompson with WB Richard Aikinson at Technical Lodge 5666 by Peter Stokes]
Peter Stokes WM
Saturday 10th September 2022:
Worshipful Brother Eddie Wildman and myself attended the Installation Meeting of Beverlonian Lodge 9084 where W Bro Tony Dickens was to install his successor, Mark Alan Fox into the Chair of King Solomon.
After the reading of the dispensations, the Representative of the Provincial Grand Master, W Bro David Johnstone was received in due form.
The Installation, not dissimilar to our own, was carried out with enthusiasm. Alarm was caused by the Senior Warden knocking his column from the pedestal. (It was something to talk about later.) WIth W Bro Mark securely esconsed in the Chair, the Representative was asked to present the Past Master's jewel to W Bro Tony Dickens.
W Bro Johnstone certainly earned his dinner as he was also called upon to present a Grand Lodge Certificate to Brother Thomas Baxter. This complete, the Lodge was closed and we retired to the dining hall where an excellent spread of soup and roast beef was served.
After the meal we toasted the King and sang God save the King, (possibly the first Lodge in the Province to do so, W Bro Johnstone remarked). I responded to the visitors toast, we were then serenaded by the Lodge with the visitors song.
Too quickly the evening was over, we gathered in a chain and sang our goodbyes, happy to meet, and happy to meet again.
[Picture, Left to right: The Newly Installed WM W Bro Mark Fox, the Representative of the RWPGM, W Bro David Johnstone, and his DC, W Bro Gary Shores about to enter the dining room.]
Peter Stokes, WM
Friday 2nd September 2022:
I made a visit to our mother Lodge Brough No 5464 to wash out the masonic cobwebs from the summer break.The order of business included a 2nd degree with Brother Malcolm Quiller being passed to the degree of a Fellowcraft Freemason.
AII of the officers were substitutes due to late holidays or sickness but all performed their roles well.
IPM Tony Schofield was presented with his Past Masters Jewel and gave an update on his health.
Business complete we retired to the festive board where the Thesaurus Lodge Worshipful Master W Bro Stephen James Burns responded to the visitors toast, he also won a prize in the raffle! All too soon the evening came to a close, the final toast was submitted and we returned homewards in peace and harmony with mankind.
[Photograph of WM Tim Brown, Bro Malcolm Quiller and W Bro Tony Schofield by Peter Stokes.]
Peter Stokes, WM
Tuesday 9th August 2022:
Humber Lodge 57 enjoyed an illustrated presentation by W Bro Terry Lynn of the Lodge of St Michael 7833. The midsummer evening was sultry and the WM, W Bro Mike Potts announced that Terry's presentation would be given downstairs before the festive board, where it was cooler and everyone could purchase a drink from the bar beforehand.
Terry spoke of his Peckham upbringing (many of the listeners nodding their heads as he talked about the Robin Reliant and how children played on the bomb sites). "Heating water was expensive," he remarked, "so most people only bathed once a week - and perhaps we're going to have to do the same again, soon."
He told the Lodge about differences in ritual in London (Emulation) working, citing that as the reason he had joined the Lodge of St Michael, and regaled us with tales of visits to Cumbria, Wales,Scotland and Tenerife where the Masonic meetings often bore little resemblance to those in Hull. "But the principals of the Fraternity remain the same all over the globe," he averred. "Brotherly love, relief and truth, and, of course, friendship" It was a lovely evening.
Thursday 4th August 2022:
The funeral of Brenda Watkins, wife of IPM John Watkins, was at Chanterland Avenue Crematorium at ten o' clock. It was very well supported by the Worshipful Master and Brethren from the Lodge of St Michael (fifteen of us, many with partners and friends who had known Brenda) plus Brethren from other Lodges including W Bro John Broughton and Bob Clancy, Provincial Grand Master in the Mark. It was an impressive gathering in the sunlit carpark before before everyone followed the coffin into the small Chapel to the music of Sting. John was there with his family, and friends from where he lived.
It was a nondenominational service; Brenda (and John) being Buddhists, and the celebrant, Mike Anderson, gave an account of Brenda's growing up in Hull. She and John met at Brunswick Avenue School's disco in the sixties - she was fifteen, John a year older, and they were married in 1968. Their son and daughter, Jeffrey and Angela came along in due course, and, later, three grandchildren.
The celebrant spoke of Brenda being strong-willed, having a sense of humour, being caring, loving and family minded. "She had," he said, "a heart bigger than the world."
John gave a cherished Buddhist reading from a Sariputra meditation after which there was a time for reflection, while Close to You by the Carpenters was played. The celebrant spoke of Brenda's failing health following her massive heart attack at fifty-seven and reminded the people in the Chapel that "she is only a thought away."
Refreshments were laid on at the nearby Sports Centre where most of us joined John and his family for a final celebration of Brenda's life.
Our sympathies are of course with John and his family at this very difficult time.
[Photograph of Brenda and John sent by daughter Angela]
Saturday 30th July 2022:
Special Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge: notes by Eddie Wildman
W Bro Bill Burnett is one of Humber Lodge's United Grand Lodge Officers, and he'd offered to take me to York for the Installation of VW Bro David Chambers as Provincial Grand Master and later as the Grand Superintendent in and over Yorkshire North and East Ridings. The opportunity to attend such a prestigious occasion in such illustrious company was compelling and I gratefully agreed. I'm sure the neighbours were peeping from behind their curtains as the gleaming polished Range Rover Vogue purred to a stop outside my humble house, wondering at the morning suit and Masonic case in my hand.
The journey was without incident and we swapped stories about swimming instructing and education, about friends amongst the Brethren and about Freemasonry in general. I was saddened to hear of the recent sudden death of RW John Anderson, which had come as a shock: "There were a few of us enjoying a meal with him only a week or so ago," said Bill, "and he was in good form."
The University of York at Fulford was well policed by Provincial Grand Stewards, who very efficiently directed us to a parking spot and told us where to go. We were in good time, and greeted many friends as we made our way to the Central Hall to change into our regalia.
RW Bro Jeffrey Gillyon had announced his intention to retire as the Provincial Grand Master (see 14th May on the Humber website blog) and Very Worshipful Dr David Chambers, who had been the Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge in the interim, was taking over the post this morning. The hall, while not full to capacity, was pleasantly well attended, including Lodge of St Michael Brethren Terry Black and Stephen Prior, elegant in their provincial regalia. Bill and I sat amongst the glitter of Grand Lodge Officers present.
We were joined by W Bro John Davies, who, like Bill, as a retired Provincial DC was casting a critical eye over the proceedings, The unexpected demise of his friend Richard Anderson precluded him from staying for the afternoon session - Mrs Anderson was still in shock. John said that I could have his lunch, which was very kind of him. "Table Twenty-three," John told me, "at the same table as Bill."
I am sure there will be plethora of photographs and official accounts of the proceedings by email over the coming weeks, so I'll not dilate at length, but the dignity and superb choreography of the Grand Lodge Team was very impressive. This, and the afternoon session, we were told, were to be the last investitures performed by the Pro Grand Master, MW Bro Peter Geoffrey Lowndes.
Let me digress for a moment to explain the term "Pro Grand Master". As the Grand Master is a member of the Royal Family, he has appointed a Pro Grand Master to be his principal Masonic Advisor, and to act for him on occasions when he is unable to be present due to Royal engagements.
W Bro Denis Raymond Stubley, Assistant Provincial Grand Master entered in Procession with the Active Officers of the Provincial Grand Lodge and was saluted with five, after which the MW Pro Grand Master and the visiting Officers of Grand Lodge were received.
The Pro Grand Master took the Chair and was saluted with eleven after which he explained the object of the meeting. A deputation was formed, and the Provincial Grand Master Designate was escorted in, and addressed by the Pro Grand Master. "Dr David Chambers is not a Yorkshireman," he said whilst mentioning David's many talents, "but you will treat him as one of your own." After Dr David Chambers had taken his obligation, he was invested by the MW Pro Grand Master, who relinquished the Chair. I managed to take a picture of the unoccupied seat beforehand.
The new RWPGM appointed and invested W Bro Jonathan Smith as his Deputy before reappointing his Assistant Provincial Grand Masters and confirming the appointments of the other Provincial Grand Officers. He spoke about Freemasonry in the Province, stating "Enjoyment is the touchstone of what we are about."
I enjoyed lunch - the more so because it had been unexpected. The table was wobbly, however - one of the Brethren remarked that if a table or stool has three legs, it won't wobble - why, then do people insist on putting four legs on tables? I was going to say something about one at each corner when I realised the tables were round. I kept my mouth shut,
The MW Pro Grand Master presented a gift to our new Provincial Grand Master from the Grand Master, HRH the Duke of Kent in the form of a customised gold medallion encased in a lucite cube. "This is a personal gift," he explained, "and not for the Secretary to look after." He went on to explain that it was a very useful paperweight, given the amount of correspondence from the United Grand Lodge of England that would be coming David's way.
The afternoon Convocation was in good time, a little earlier than expected, and E Comp Dr David Chambers PGStB was installed as Grand Superintendent in and over Yorkshire North and East Ridings, but a fuller report of this may be found on the Humber Chapter Blog page.
It had been a most satisfying day, Bill and I reflected as we made our way back to Hull.
[Photographs of Bill Burnett, James Ashby-Kelly and Jim Kerr, the pedestal and the diners by Eddie Wildman. Photograph of the Pro Grand Master from Freemasonry Today and of Dr David Chambers from the Provincial website.]
Eddie Wildman, Lodge Organist
Wednesday 20th July 2022:
Worshipful Brother David Whittall and I went to the seaside. We were two of several visitors to Alexandra Lodge 1511 in Hornsea, the occasion being the raising of Brother Kier Horner.
The Lodge Room was very hot so Worshipful Master Paul Brown allowed us the relief of taking off our jackets.
Before the main event the Lodge was honoured by a visiting Representative of the Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master in Charge, Worshipful Brother David Burnett PGJD and his DC, W Bro Brian Carlisle.
The ceremony of raising was carried out with due aplomb and all ritualists perfoming admirably. a different ceremony to the Lodge of St Michael's but achieving the same result. Brother Horner obviously enjoyed the experience. W Bro Ian Syddall, part of the escort for the Representative, wrote his blog of the event which can be found on the Humber website.
All other business being complete we retired to the festive board where friendships old and new were established. All too soon the parting toast was called and we departed in peace and harmony.
[L-R: W Bro Brian Carlisle, Rep's DC; W Bro David Burnett, Representative of the RWDGMic; Bro Kier Horner, Master Mason; and W Bro Paul Brown, Worshipful Master. Photograph by PS]
Peter Stokes Worshipful Master.
Wednesday 10th July 2022:
Another away day, this time the Lodge of St Andrew No 4683, the occasion being the Passing of Brother Craig Ashley David Eastburn to the degree of Fellow Craft. I arrived early at Beverley Road and parked the car - the Beverley Road Lodges enjoy a dedicated space for vehicles which is a great advantage. The Lodge started later than ours at St Michael so I was able to meet some of the Brethren before the event.
At 1900 promptly the Lodge was opened with W Br Matthew Owen in the Chair. Due to holidays and sickness some of the team were standing in but this made little difference as the ritual was carried out with confidence by all participants. Everybody did their best and it all passed smoothly. I know Brother Craig enjoyed his passing.
Special Mention was given to W Bro Eddie Brook on his promotion to the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge 9611 for his work in Masonry. Well done Eddie.
The meeting closed and we assembled for the Festive Board downstairs where all enjoyed a fine meal and conversation until the final toast was given and we departed with harmony and peace.
My next outing will be to Alexander Lodge 1511 Hornsea on 20th July 2022.
[Photograph of Bro Eastburn and W Bro Owen by W Bro Stokes]
Peter Stokes, WM
Friday 1st July 2022:
As the Lodge of St Michael Worshipful Master I attended the Brough Lodge 5464 first meeting since installation. Worshipful Master Tim Brown took the chair. The new team worked well together and members not present at installation were invested. The meeting was billed as an either/or First Degree or Talk. As it happened we enjoyed a talk from WM Tim Brown on Imposters in Lodges in the 19th Century and why we prove on visits. I gave greetings from the Lodge accompanied by WB John Watkins IPM who is a member of Brough lodge.
All other business complete we retired to the Festive Board where lively conversation was struck up and the food was enjoyed. Sadly the evening came to an end with the final toast and we departed in harmony and peace.
My next visit will be St Andrews Lodge 4683 on 13th July, for a 2nd degree ceremony. (See the Meetings Diary Page.) Any member wishing to accompany me would be welcomed.
Peter Stokes WM
Thursday 23rd June 2022:
Today was the first meeting since Installation, all preperations carried out, Parish Notes prepared, we were ready. A telephone call from the Head Steward W Bro Shaun Rennison bought sad news:no Festive Board, the chef has COVID! No time to arrange alternative dining.
Lodge room later, with numbers around average, the officers missing from the installation were invested making the team complete, we then called off and invited the Tyler in to undertake the challenge of W Bro Eddie Wildman's "Fiendishly Hard Quiz". We formed into 5 teams, pencils at the ready, and we were off. All the teams acquitted themslves well, the winners earning a box of smarties.
The lodge was called back on, all business and reports dealt with, we retired to home hungry but happy.
I look forward to seeing all members old and new in September, LOI on the 5th.
Below are the comments from Eddie Wildman's blog on the Humber website:
Peter Stokes, WM
The Lodge of St Michael 7833 suffered an unexpected blow when the chef telephoned to say he'd tested positive to covid and would not be providing a meal that evening.
It was too late for the Steward to organize pizza or fish & chips, but there were few apologies from the Brethren - almost all the usual number turned up for the WM's first working night - and to take part in the promised fiendish Masonic Quiz.
Worshipful Master Peter Stokes called off the Lodge for the event and invited the Tyler to enter. The Brethren formed into five teams and scrutinised the quiz sheets, pencils at the ready.
There were some rumblings about the marking system (one point for a correct answer, take away a point for a wrong answer) but W Bro Eddie Wildman, Quizmaster, having dealt with schoolchildren for most of his life, insisted on this equitable method and no team finished up with a negative score.
The winners were appropriately grateful for the box of Smarties donated for their efforts, and W Bro Wildman was thanked for putting together a stimulating quiz.
The Worshipful Master called the Lodge back on, the Tyler returned to his post outside the door and the remaining business was dealt with in short order. The Brethren retired, and the bar being inexplicably closed, went home.
Despite there being no food, it was an enjoyable evening, and a good start for the WM's year.
Eddie Wildman, Quizmaster
Monday 20th June 2022:
Notes from the Worshipful Master
I attended my first away visit as WM at Holderness Lodge 3563, which meets at Beverley Road.
The occasion was a first degree with a new team, Some of the Brethren were yet to be invested. It was a well supported meeting with visitors from several Lodges; over thirty Brethren were in attendance.
A eulogy to the late brother Dave Hunter was given followed by a gently played "Abide with me" before the ceremony began.
The Candidate, Mr Andrew Stephen O'Neill was initiated by the team who delivered their ritual with aplomb. Particular reference must be made to the excellence of Brother Kitchen's Working Tools and WB Coats' North-East Corner, but all the Brethren acquitted themselves ably, led by the Worshipful Master, W Bro Richard Tyson
Brother O'Neill enjoyed the ceremony as he mentioned in his response at the Festive Board,
It was an enjoyable occasion from which we parted in harmony and peace.
[Photograph of the Worshipful Master Richard Tyson and the newly-made Brother Andy O'Neill by W Bro James Ashley-Kelly.]
Peter Stokes WM
Thursday 26th May 2022:
Eddie Wildman, guest organist for the Lodge of St Michael, writes about the Installation 2022.
It cannot be denied that the Lodge of St Michael is sometimes leisurely in its delivery of ritual, so much so that the Installation ceremony is traditionally called to commence at 4:30 pm. I arrived an hour beforehand, to find that several Brethren were already setting up tables to prepare for the Festive Board later. Julie (Peter's partner) was there too and had baked some delicious shortbread - I don't think there was any left at the end of the evening.
Despite the early start, the Brethren and visitors were ready to roll, and had signed in, so when the DC, W Bro Henderson PPSGD announced "The appointed hour has arrived" exactly on time, everyone was ready, with their mobile phones turned off, and the Worshipful Master, W Bro John Watkins, was escorted into the Lodge Room. The meeting was opened melodiously and efficiently. There was a report, and W Bro Barry Longstaff (recognised less than a month previously for his services to Freemasonry and invested with his Provincial Stewards' collar by the RWPGM at the York convocation) smartly entered and asked for a Provincial escort to honour the Representative of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Michael de Villamar Roberts PJGD. It was an auspicious begining, and Bazza's efficiency somehow communicated itself to the Brethren - or perhaps vice-versa, for the meeting continued with an enviable momentum.
I shall not dilate on the raising of the Lodge to the Second Degree wherein the Master Elect was obligated for the first time, but again the ritual was smoothly managed; nor on the retirement of Brethren who had not yet been through the Chair (identifiable from the rosettes on their aprons.) Brother Stokes was installed into the Master's Chair according to ancient tradition. The Brethren were readmitted and perambulated round the Lodge saluting the new Master while W Bro Terry Lynn sang the Masonic Anthem from the Senior Warden's Chair in the West. The application of the working tools as a guide to our morals was explained by some of the younger Brethren, and particular mention should be made of Brother Tony Tyler's rendition of the tools of the Entered Apprentice Freemason.
The Worshipful Master appointed and invested his officers. A note should be made that the Senior Warden Elect, Brother Adrian Thompson BEM had been called to receive honours at Buckingham Palace, so we will look forward to hearing all about that at the next meeting.
I had the privilege of giving the Address to the Master and W Bro Peter Wright PPJGW gave the Address to the Wardens. Brother John Burton, just appointed as Senior Deacon, delivered the Address to the Brethren.
Worshipful Brother Peter Stokes invested his predecessor with a Past Master's Jewel, and Worshipful Brother de Villamer Roberts gave a lively and informative description of the Grand Lodge Certificate, which he presented to Brother Tony Tyler. Greetings were given from visiting Lodges: Brough Lodge 5464 was well represented.
Despite the amount of work done upstairs, we were still earlier than anticipated at the Festive Board. Indeed, in his response to the fifth toast, W Bro de Villamar Roberts remarked that it was a pleasure to be speaking shortly after nine and not at 10:30. He spoke of our changing society and the necessity of embracing change, maintaining that the old traditions should not be considered irrevocable - in this day and age, he opined, the Ladder System employed by many Lodges might be questioned. "The key aspect of Freemasonry," he stated, "is enjoyment."
It was a happy evening. The toast to the new WM was given by W Bro David Whittall, who said that, like the other Brethren, he regarded it as a privilege to belong to the Lodge of St Michael, and was looking forward to the year. W Bro Terry Lynn PPJGW sang the Worshipful Master's Song and everyone joined in the chorus.
The Lodge Preceptor, W Bro Isaac Jackie Chapman PPGsuptWks gave the toast to the IPM and his officers, mentioning that circumstances had precluded W Bro Watkins taking the Chair earlier, but now his wife had insisted. Brenda's support, especially as she is unwell, was appreciated by all the Lodge. "Our Immediate Past Master has done his best," Jackie said, "and no-one can ask for more than that. And his Officers have supported him with great gusto."
John's response was more than a little emotional, but he thanked the Brethren for their support and said he would pass on their kind regards to Brenda.
Mention should be made of the toast to Absent Brethren with its unique tune and words put together by two Founder members of the Lodge. Almoner W Bro Whittall explained that the marriage of lyrics and melody resonated with him particularly, considering those Brethren who for whatever reason could not be with us that evening.
It is a tradition that the ladies get together while the Brethren celebrate the annual Installation, and this evening was no exception. The Worshipful Master had generously supplied the wine and the port and we were in a jolly mood. No doubt the ladies were too. I didn't join them at the Holiday Inn on this occasion, but took my leave with the words of St Michael's Lodge final song ringing in my head: "We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet, for Auld Lang Syne."
[Photographs:John Watkins, IPM; Peter Stokes WM; Michael de Villamar Roberts, Representative; Peter and John, and Terry Lynn, vocalist, stand-in Senior Warden and all-round good egg. All taken by Eddie Wildman.]