ESSEX FREEMASONRY IS BACK!

After a long pause, owing to the COVID19 outbreak, we are back and our local lodges are meeting again.

If you have ever thought of joining Freemasonry there has never been an easier time to join, why not visit us at www.essexfreemasons.org.uk and find out more or call our local Membership Officer Daniel Broyd on 07585 192195!

STISTED GARDEN PARTY

On Sunday the 12th of July, Essex Freemasons will be pleased to host the annual Stisted Hall Garden Party.

There will be a range of fun side shows, live entertainment and the opportunity to walk the beautiful grounds of the Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court.

You will be able to enjoy an excellent cream tea, take a cooling drink at the bar or enjoy an ice cream, or simply sit in the sunshine and watch the crowds pass.

Come and join us, entry is only £5 and a cream tea will be sold on the day, the Garden Party opens at 10:00 am and closes at 17:00. There is a formal opening ceremony attended by senior members of Essex Freemasonry.

BRAINTREE ST GEORGE

On the 18th of January this year, Braintree St George Lodge installed their new master for the year, W. Bro. Daniel Broyd.

W.Bro. Daniel Broyd was installed in to the Chair of King Solomon by his very proud Father, W. Bro. Barry Broyd in an emotional and sincere ceremony.

The ceremony was enjoyed by the 95 attendees from Essex, Suffolk and Northampton Lodges and a great festive board and celebration continued late in to the evening. Several of the Provincial Executive were present as well as the PGM of Suffolk V.W.Bro. Ian Yeldham.

The highlight of the day was when the Master took wine (and a cheeky kiss) with his wife, Kristi Broyd, who is the Steward of the Hall, to rapturous applause.

DPGM V.W.Bro. Paul Reeves, W.M. W.Bro. Daniel Broyd and Installing Master W.Bro. Barry Broyd
95 Brethren from the Provinces of Essex, Suffolk and Northampton attended the ceremony, supported by the DPGM of Essex V.W.Bro. Paul reeves, APGM W.Bro. Neil Beverley, APGM W.Bro. Lee Taylor, members of the Executive and PGM of Suffolk R.W.Bro. Ian Yeldham
SW Bro. Stephen Nicholls, WM W.Bro. Daniel Broyd, JW Bro. Roland Pudney
A packed festive board supported the installation of the new Master of Braintree St George Lodge

HHMC hosts another very successful Burns night

With several other large Masonic meetings taking place elsewhere, HHMC still managed to put on a great event, with 100 people celebrating the birth of Robbie Burns, arguably the best known Scottish poet.

Our newly refurbished Club Room worked well and it was lovely to see the Hall full, with our guests being welcomed by a Piper, playing well known Scottish aires, from the top of the staircase.

The Piper celebrated the entrance of the Haggis, held aloft by the Chef in the traditional manner and with a special “Address to the Haggis” given by W Bro Chris Knott. All present were then able to enjoy the Haggis with neeps, tatties and gravy (and the ubiquitous tot of Scotch). Salmon was offered as an alternative choice, with 3 more courses finished off with coffee and mints!

Repleted we listened to an address given to the Haggis by Liz Reed and to the Lassies by Terry Brewer. A response from his own Lassie Irene Brewer rounded off a great evening.

There were generous people in the room who boosted the raffle and the ever popular Heads and Tails contributed to the £890.00 total raised.

Well done Keith Clarke for organising the event once again and swelling our funds for special projects. And a big thank you to all the members and staff who made the evening a great success.

LODGE OF ST MARY

Lodge of St Mary attended the Remembrance Service at the War Memorial in Braintree on Sunday 11th November.
W Bro John Adlam, the outgoing Master was accompanied by Andrew McLeod, the incoming Master in laying a wreath.

ROSSLYN LODGE

At the recent Rosslyn 1543 Installation Meeting W Bro Graham Romain was Installed as Master. Having a strong Gibraltarian connection we were joined by R W Bro John Bugeda, Grand Inspector of Gibraltar and members of his Executive. We were also honoured by the presence of R W Bro Rodney Lister Bass our Provincial Grand Master, V W Bro Paul George Reeves our Deputy and several members of the Essex Executive. An excellent Meeting all round and much fun at the Festive Board.

The Lodge was also proud to boast a fairly unique circumstance whereby the Installing Master Dave Estlea witnessed his Brother Mike go in the Junior Wardens Chair and Mikes son Jack go in as Senior Deacon! A family affair.

Rosslyn Lodge 1543