Number 4281 in the register of the United Grand Lodge of England
Izaak Walton Lodge of Freemasons
NEWS Social affairs There is a couple of events coming up which you might like to be involved in. On May 20th, we’re planning a Sunday Curry lunch at Thornbury Hall near Stoke on Trent. (pictured above). This is a lovely venue with its own extensive grounds. Dining will be from a buffet with a superb choice of food including vegetarian choices to satisfy the most discerning of palates. The cost is likely to be around £22.00 per person and we’ll dine in a private dining room. Bring along your partner, friends and family for a convivial afternoon where you will not only enjoy some lovely food, but you’ll also be able (weather permitting) to take advantage of the extensive grounds. You’ll need to make your own way to the venue as coach access is impossible. To reserve your place, contact Dick Fisher on 07714 233739 or email dick@dickfisher.com.
April The April meeting welcomed many visitors - W.Bros Mike Thomas, Martyn Dale, Ashley Blake, Tony Henshall, Ken Birch and Peter Wilshaw who enjoyed an initiation ceremony. Afterwards at the Festive Board, the initiate was welcomed in the memorable Masonic way. With our centenary coming up in 2021, the Worshipful Master was particularly pleased to receive from W.Bro Wilshaw, the invitation and the order of service for the Consecration ceremony itself, held on 14th September 1921.
Thornbury Hall
Ladies Night Our annual celebration of the support which wives and partners offer to every brother takes place on September 22nd, at Staffordshire County Showground. There’ll be good food, great company and the chance to show off your best dance floor moves. As always, this the opportunity to let your hair down and to bring friends and family along to share in the fun and enjoyment. There’ll also be a raffle to support the Master’s charity - Macmillan Cancer Care, as well as a gift for every lady. To reserve your places, please contact Chris Emery by email at chris@emerys.co.uk Welcome back! W.Bro Peter Kelsey, who suffered a serious leg fracture while on holiday in St Lucia last October, returned to the Lodge in April and once again took up his office as Chaplain. The road to full recovery is not yet complete, but Peter is again walking - and just to be safe - with the aid of a stick. The physio continues, but Peter is now back home and looking forward to playing a full part in the life of the Lodge once again. We’re missing...... We do still however, have a number of brothers who are suffering under various maladies at the moment and our thoughts are with them and their families. W.Bros Ray Barnett and Darryl Davies and Brother Gerald Bates are all in our thoughts - not just at the meetings, but always. We’re looking forward to seeing you, fully recovered, back in Lodge very soon.
Peter commented that it was one of many pieces of memorabilia he had been given over his nearly fifty years in Masonry and that he was glad to see it returned to its spiritual home. Thank you for the impressive gift Peter. We are once again connected to our forbears - although the seven course dining menu is rarely seen these days!!