Recent Masonic News and Events
From 2020 onwards . . .
Our new Lodge Website was completed in March 2020. Below are some ‘Masonic News’ stories from that date onwards . . .
At our March 2020 Meeting, the first of our new masonic year, Bro S.A. Lee, our WM, and his Officers worked a First Degree Ceremony with a candidate who had shown interest through Social Media, Bro DAVID STANYON. Bro David's application was handled by one of the Brethren within our Province who work in this area of Membership and he was recommended to consider our Lodge. We met and spoke with him on several occasions and he expressed his interest to become a member, so we completed the start of his membership at this meeting.
Bro K.E.C. Howe, PAsstPGM was in attendance as he was away on holiday and unable to attend our Annual Installation. Bro Howe established a friendship with our WM that went back to when Steven Lee was his Director of Ceremonies and he made mention of this in his very amusing words and style at the Festive Board, replying on behalf of the Visiting Brethren. A good night was had by everyone attending with the ceremony performed to a high standard and the Festive Board continuing the evening with over 30 brethren dining. There were 30 St Mary’s Brethren attending the meeting, a great turnout and testimony to the work being done within the Lodge to keep members involved, to introduce new members, and, at the same time, keeping up the standards expected both in ceremony and masonic protocol.
CORONAVIRUS . . .
On Tuesday, 27th of March 2020, the Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, KG, made the following announcement:
‘‘In view of the latest Government advice on the Coronavirus pandemic, all Lodge and Chapter meetings
within England and Wales are suspended for a period of four months with immediate effect’’
This unprecedented step will mean hardships for many individuals, their families, and of course all those involved within our organisation. We must look after the health and welfare of those close to us and consider those brethren who may need assistance.
A resumption of Lodge Meetings was indicated in a letter dated 17th of July 2020 from UGLE. Discussions within Provinces and Lodges will be ongoing with the safety of members the prime consideration.
St. Mary's Lodge did not hold any Lodge of Instruction or Regular Meetings in April, May, June, or September due to the Coronavirus situation. Apologies were received by our Lodge Secretary from many Officers and Brethren and there were not enough Brethren present to form a Quorum and so the meeting was not held.
At the Annual General Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge that should have been held in June 2020, the RW PGM would have conferred the rank of Past Provincial Grand Steward (PPGStwd) on Bro. Paul John McKie, PM and Lodge Almoner. Paul was delighted to receive this very special honour and our Lodge congratulate him and share his joy on his preferment.
The Annual Promotions Meeting (or Christmas Party as it has become known) was due to be held in October 2020 but again had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.