Number 4281 in the register of the United Grand Lodge of England
Izaak Walton Lodge of Freemasons
NEWS What do you know about Mark Masonry? Many people consider Mark Masonry as the next logical step in their Masonic  development after becoming a Master Mason, as it alludes directly to one of the three degrees in the Craft. The Mark Degree conveys moral and ethical lessons using a ritualised allegory based around the building of King Solomon's Temple. The events of the degree require the candidate to undertake the role of a Fellowcraft, thus the degree is seen as an extension of the Fellowcraft Degree, and the philosophical lessons conveyed are appropriate to that stage in a candidate's Masonic development. If you want to know what Mark Masonry could do for your enjoyment of your Masonry, here’s the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. On June 20th at 7pm in Stafford’s Masonic Hall, Michael Parry will explain more about “The Mark” in a thirty minute talk. Afterwards, there’ll be the chance to ask any questions you may have and you might also wish to partake of a finger buffet downstairs along with a drink. The presentation has been organised by the two Mark Lodges which meet at Stafford - Staffordshire Knot and Jubilee. Each has just three meetings a year and these are considered by members as both happy and engrossing. If you’d like to attend what will be a very informal, but interesting evening, call John Harrison on 01785 823372 or David Leigh on 01785 616799. If you want to enjoy the buffet and chat with Mark Masons afterwards (many of whom you may know!), it’ll cost you a fiver. Where else can you get an evening out for that kind of money?
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 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.
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.
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!!