Number 4281 in the register of the United Grand Lodge of England
Izaak Walton Lodge of Freemasons
March meeting For the first time in living memory, our Lodge will conduct a double second degree ceremony on March 13th. This will be a unique occasion, as the ceremony needs to be conducted in such a way as to preserve the mysteries of the degree for each candidate. This is a meeting not to be missed, so if you’re not a regular diner, ensure you let the Assistant Secretary, Malcolm Haywood know if you’d like to complete the evening at the Festive Board. Lodge of Instruction For any Mason keen to learn more about their masonic journey and the hidden detail and meaning of the ritual we practice in the Lodge, the Lodge of Instruction is a valuable resource. You’ll find a warm welcome, an opportunity to practice elements of our various ceremonies and also, perhaps most importantly, ask questions about things which confuse you, or which you simply don’t understand. All Masons are welcome to attend the Lodge of Instruction meetings - no matter which stage of Masonry you’ve reached. The remaining 2019 dates are as follows; February 18th, March 19th and April 16th. 
Feeling Social? You know how it is. You wait ages for a Social Event to come along and then, all of a sudden, two arrive! With no Ladies Night since 2017, we’ve been a bit starved of activities outside of Lodge, so here are a couple of chances to get out on a Saturday night, for very little money and what’s more, have a wonderful time! So, what are you waiting for? Get your friends and family involved and book your places now!! Quiz Night - February 23rd 2019 At the last Staffordshire Knot Quiz Night, Izaak Walton was well represented with three teams competing. Despite our valiant efforts on the night, we came second overall, losing out on the last question to Staffordshire Knot. The event was most successful, with high spirits, ferocious competition and a most enjoyable supper of fish and chips included in the entrance fee. Now, it returns! On February 23rd, there’s the chance to wreak vengeance on Staffs Knot and claim what should be rightly ours - the Winners Trophy! Team size is six, so if you could organise a group of your friends and family you can form your own team, or you can join up with others to form a team. The entrance fee is just £7 per person and that includes your supper, so book your places now by email to; mike.clews@outlook.com Race Night Returns It’s a long time since a Racing Night has been held in Stafford, but it’s being revived by the Izaak Walton team, led by Charity Steward, W.Bro Ian Whatmough. Saturday March 16th is the date to note in your diary and the event gets under starter’s orders at 7pm prompt.
If you’ve never attended one of these nights before, then you’re in for a treat. There will be several races during the evening, on which you can stake some cash through the Tote, with tickets at just a pound. There’s even the opportunity of owning your own horse for a fiver, which will then race against other owners’ horses in an Owner’s Race, the winner receiving £20. Even better news is the cost. Just £7.50 for the evening which includes your race card, entrance to a free raffle and a fish and chip supper. The bar will of course be open and your friends and family are welcome to join in the fun. Proceeds will be shared between the Master’s Charity - Dementia UK, and the Staffordshire Festival 2024. Book your tickets now - by emailing ian.whatmough@outlook.com or telephoning on 01785 241246. In Respect of departed merit W.Bro Ray Trueman sadly slipped away peacefully in hospital on February 3rd at the grand age of 102 years after two falls at home. Ray, known to many in Lodge as “Jamaica”, was a regular visitor to our Lodge for over forty years in the company of his former son-in-law Rob Weaver. In 2016 members of the Lodge appointed him an honorary member - a tribute  given to just a few. Ray particularly loved the ritual practiced in Lodge and was always keen to play a part. In 2017, at the Installation of W.Bro Dick Fisher, Ray was asked to perform the address to the brethren, a major piece of work, which he delivered with the utmost sincerity and to perfection. Ray was initiated into Freemasonry in 1952 and his involvement in the fraternity encompassed Craft lodges and side orders in London, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Stafford and Jamaica. He held past Provincial rank in Staffordshire as well as Senior London Grand Rank.