Cambridgeshire Light Blues Club Launch
On the 30th April, 2017, The Cambridgeshire Light Blues Club had their launch event.
Brethren, family, friends and prospective candidates all came together to meet at Bateman Street, Cambridge for the event, meeting new friends and joining with old ones.
Some 12 months previously, the committee members, W.Bro. Pete Wheeler, W.Bro. Lee Wilson, Bro. Gavin Philpott, Bro. Karl Doddimeade, Bro. Shaun Rawlinson, Bro. Paul Dunham and Bro. Graham Clapperton gathered together with an idea. Since then, with the assistance of W.Bro. Brian Elliott, the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and W.Bro. Jon West, the Provincial Grand Mentor, they have planned and created the CLB, the Cambridgeshire Light Blues Club.
It was very quickly decided that the CLB was not going to try and be a replacement for an individuals’ Lodge, but instead, a social meeting group for those newer to Masonry, along with families and friends, to meet and potentially bring along prospective candidates to enjoy the social side of Freemasonry.
Alma Mater Lodge visit London
Members of Alma Mater Lodge no 1492 attending The Guildhall Lodge No 3116 dinner in The Mansion House on 1 March 2017 on the occasion of the Installation as Worshipful Master of The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor W. Bro. Alderman Dr. Andrew Parmley PJGD. Andrew Parmley was Worshipful Master of Alma Mater Lodge in 1995.
Cambridgeshire Freemasonry Supports Local Stroke Centre
On 27th January, the Immediate Past Master of the Gild of St. Mary Lodge No.7288, W.Bro. Robert Wane and his wife Tracey were delighted to be able to present a cheque for £800 to Nicki Butler, the Senior Sister of Ward R2, Lewin Stroke and Rehabilitation Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.
Laura Wright stars at Cambridgeshire’s first Tercentenary event which raises £25,000 for charity
When Cambridgeshire Freemasons presented the sixth biennial Festival of Carols at Ely Cathedral on 9 December, in association with the Dean and Chapter, Laura Wright, the well-known soprano from East Anglia, was the star attraction. She was accompanied by the Cathedral choir and the Ely Imps, a choir of children aged between 7 and 13, under the direction of Paul Trepte, Director of Music at the Cathedral ably assisted by Edmund Aldhouse, assistant organist.
Laura’s interpretation of favourites such as Hallelujah and In the Bleak Mid-Winter were received with rapturous applause by the 1,000 people present. She has been a key performer at many sporting events including Prince Harry’s Invictus Games held for the second time in 2016 in Orlando.
The second half of the programme was introduced by R.W. Bro. William Dastur, Provincial Grand Master of Cambridgeshire, who welcomed all present and thanked the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral together with the sponsors for their support. He said that over £150,000 had been raised for the Cathedral and other local charities at the previous five concerts.
The evening concluded with an address by Claire Wright describing how the Children’s Hospice at Milton offered such valuable support to her family when her 14 month old son was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease. He died 2 months later in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
The Concert raised £25,000 to be divided between the Ely Cathedral Trust and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
Members of the recently formed Cambridgeshire Lodge of Provincial Grand Stewards No 9927 were on duty at the beginning for the sale of programmes and at the interval dispensing refreshments in The Lady Chapel which dates back to the 14th century.
The Concert was the first highly successful event in the Tercentenary celebrations of Cambridgeshire Province.
The Cambridgeshire Mason
The Autumn 2016 issue of The Cambridgeshire Mason is now available. It can be downloaded by clicking on the picture. Back issues can be accessed here.
New Lodge for Cambridgeshire
On 12th September 2016 a new Lodge - The Cambridgeshire Lodge of Provincial Grand Stewards No. 9927 - was consecrated. This new Lodge becomes the 29th in the Province of Cambridgeshire.
The Consecration took place at the Wisbech St. Mary's Community Centre where the Installing team headed by the Provincial Grand Master, W. Bro. WCM Dastur supported by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master W.Bro JR Sherriff PGSwdB and the rest of the Provincial Team Consecrated the Lodge and then Installed R.W.Bro Rodney Wolverson PProvGM as the first Worshipful Master of the Lodge. This was then followed by lunch at the Community Centre.
Consecrating Team (Picture courtesy of WBro Tim Smith)
The March meeting of Nourse Lodge No. 8590 saw three generations of one family involved in a ceremony when Charles Goodwyn was initiated by his uncle Nick with His father Roger & grandfather Graham assisting in the ceremony.
(L to R: Graham, Charles, Roger & Nick Goodwyn)