Number 4281 in the register of the United Grand Lodge of England
Izaak Walton Lodge of Freemasons
NEWS
September - 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
April The April meeting welcomed many visitors - W.Bros Mike Thomas, Martyn Dale, Ashley Blake, Tony Henshall, Ken Birch and Peter Wilshaw who all 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.
continued…. 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!! May - Thornbury Hall Luncheon On May 20th, a warm Spring day, almost forty guests decided that the idea of a Sunday Curry lunch was too good to ignore. At Thornbury Hall (near Cheadle) we were treated to a buffet starting with those little packages of loveliness called pakoras and samosas. Main courses were of beautifully and carefully spiced chicken, lamb and lentils together with rice. The whole lunch was topped off by a dessert choice of fresh fruit or luscious chocolate cake. The food was perfect and enhanced by the excellent service offered by the helpful and friendly staff. This was a lovely, leisurely, lunch and the opinion of many of the guests was that it had been a delightful experience and one worth repeating.
We’re missing...... We do still 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. W.Bro Don Sharkey Don Sharkey, perhaps best known to some of our senior brethren, passed to the Grand Lodge above on Saturday June 16th. He was Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1989 and received a Provincial appointment a few years later as P.Pr.G.Supt.Wks. His funeral will take place on Thursday July 5th at St Chad’s Church in the centre of Stafford and afterwards at Stafford Crematorium on Tixall Road.