50 years and counting

Our meeting in January was not just a special meeting for our newest
initiate, but also for W Bro David Kershaw as he marked the day by reaching 50
years of service to the Craft.

He was presented with his Certificate by RW Bro Neil Hamilton Johnstone, PGM, amongst a throng of well-known brethren and fraternal friends.

The Festive Board was a themed ‘Burns Supper’ with haggis and bagpipes. The haggis was suitably addressed, and the initiate was serenaded with the ‘Entered Apprentice Song’.

The whole evening proved to be a most enjoyable event for all in attendance and a suitable precursor for the Lodge Centenary this time next year.

Installation Meeting – November 26th 2021

After 21 months of uncertainty due to the pandemic, we managed to install a new master. W Bro Neil Marshall installed the Master Elect, Bro Ian Packer, after two years in the chair.

Brother Ian, took to the ‘chair’ like a duck to water. He appointed and invested his officers magnificently, much to the delight of the 22 guests and visitors.

A great evening for the Lodge and all credit due to the hard work of the Past Masters of the Lodge.

Our next meeting on 28th January will be a milestone for one of our members, reaching 50 years in Freemasonry. It is expected that there will be many distinguished guests and visitors attending.

Regular Meeting 23rd October 2020

Under the ‘rule of six’ our meeting was nothing like ‘regular’. The Lodge was opened by our Worshipful Master and the business of the Lodge was conducted.

The Worshipful Master and Officers were voted to stay for another year in the hope of being able to return to normal activities soon. After the meeting, the ‘six’ enjoyed a drink and small bite before returning home to their loved ones.

With the news that all Lodge meeting are being suspended by the Most Worshipful Grand Master until such time as restrictions imposed by the Government are lifted, our Installation Meeting on 27th November will not happen. So it will be back to the virtual meetings on the now very popular ‘zoom’ application.

A return to normality will happen, but it will mean someone will have to redefine ‘Normal’!

Rule of SIX (at the present time)

Our next Regular Meeting of the lodge will be on Friday 23rd October at 6 pm.

ONLY six people are allowed in the meeting.

Contact the secretary if you wish to attend.

Please be assured that attendance at a Regular Meeting is entirely your own decision. There is absolutely no pressure on a member to attend a meeting.

Please note there will be no Festive Board afterwards.

We’re coming back!

Lodge meeing will be resuming with the first regular meeting since the suspension.

Our next Regluar Meeting will be on Friday 24th October, which will be limited to members only and resricted to lodge business. There will be no ceremony, or festive board at this meeting.

Only when restrictions imposed by UGLE are lifted will we be back to normal.

Covid-19 Suspension of all Masonic Meetings

As of the 17th March all Masonic Meetings have been suspended by order of The Most Worshipful Grand Master.

This is a suspension for a period of four months.

The Provincial Office will be sending out updates to all members as and when.

During this period of suspension, we will be holding monthly ‘Zoom’ meetings to ensure all our members are well and safe, and to discuss any issues relating to our well-being.

£700 Charity Donation to Alzheimer’s Society

The Lodge will be donating £700 to the Alzheimer’s Society at a ‘White Table’ meeting on Friday 25th October. The money was raised at our Worshipful Master’s Ladies Festival last July and a representative for the Charity is giving the Brethren and their guests a talk on the work of the Society.

The donation was made at the Festive Board after the meeting.

Our WM W Bro Malcolm Graham and Mr Sam Edwards the Community Fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society in Kent and East Sussex

Worshipful Brother Colin Bayliss – 55 years a Mason

Fifty-five years is a big slice of anyone’s life and, at ninety-three years of age, represents 60% of Colin’s existence.  All those who know Colin will see how the integrity, respect and benevolence taught and encouraged by Freemasonry as a way of life, is reflected clearly in his own personality and character. The world is certainly a better place for having W Bro Colin Bayliss in it!

From R to L – W Bros Bob Burns, Roger Waltham , Colin and Midge Bayliss

On 1st April 1964, a thirty-eight (almost thirty-nine) year-old man named Colin Richard Bayliss was Initiated into our fraternity in the Cinque Ports Lodge No.1206, in this, the Masonic Province of East Kent. 

Colin later joined Agricola Lodge in Maidstone on 28th January 1977, where he became Worshipful Master of the Lodge in November 1989.  In 1993 Colin became the Lodge’s Assistant Director of Ceremonies, and in 1995, he took over as Director of Ceremonies, and continued in that role for four years until 1999.  Although no longer able to attend meetings, Colin remains both a member of Cinque Ports and Agricola Lodge and is regarded and remembered, to this day, as a highly respected and valued member.  He was first recognised by the Province for his contribution to the Fraternity in 1996, when he was appointed to the Rank of Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, and he later received a very well-earned promotion to Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon in 2002.

Colin went on to join Royal Arch Masonry at Monckton Chapter No.9236 in 2007, where he remained a member until the effects of his advancing years on his ability to attend, forced his retirement ten years later in 2017.

Due to some administrative delays, the certificate refers to fifty-years, and should have been presented five years ago.  It is extremely well deserved and we are all very happy that admin has eventually caught up with reality!   

Colin and Midge with daughter Penny.

Now in a Care Home with Midge, Colin was presented with his Certificate on Tuesday 21st May 2019, by W Bro Roger Howard Waltham, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master, together with W Bro Bob Burns, Secretary of Agricola Lodge No 4501.

Photographs by W Bro Peter Floyd.

Summer Recess

Well that’s it until October.

Being a Farmer’s Lodge we will all be in the fields bringing in the harvest. Well we would if there were any farmers left in the lodge, sadly we lost the last one a year ago. 🙁

But we will be meeting at our Ladies Night and there is a Curry Night arranged for 14th June.

Please remember to keep up with learning the ritual and we will see you at our LOI AGM at the end of September