Number 4281 in the register of the United Grand Lodge of England
Izaak Walton Lodge of Freemasons
NEWS Social affairs Last May, to celebrate the end of the Masonic year and the end of the Lodge of Instruction meetings, the annual LOI Festival was held at Mad O’Rourke’s Pie Factory in Tipton. The event was well supported and raised several hundred pounds for W.Bro H Raval’s charities. The pies and traditional ales proved a great hit, even though the event occurred on probably the hottest evening of the year So, we’re planning to do it again in March. Thursday March 22nd is the date for your diary - and if you missed it last time, don’t hesitate. Good Food, Great Company and a unique venue should all help to make it another great evening.  Places are limited by the size of the coach which will transport guests from Stafford, so please book early! You’ve received the information from the Secretary, so get your booking in now or risk being disappointed. We’re missing...... We 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, Peter Kelsey 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.
Something “fishy” going on As our Lodge is named after the author of “The Compleat Angler”, it seems entirely appropriate that we should mention The Masonic Fishing Charity, which exists to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs. It achieves this by running fishing events, both coarse and fly, at various fisheries and inviting participants from special needs schools and centres and people who have suffered trauma to come and join in. This is far more than just a days fishing though! It enables mentally disabled people to gain in confidence, meet new challenges and achieve tangible results to take away; it helps disadvantaged people and those from harsh backgrounds to renew their confidence in meeting people and interacting with adults from outside their spheres; it helps physically disabled people (including war heroes and stroke victims) to participate and experience something that may otherwise be unavailable to them and it enables our volunteers to give back to the community and have some fun along the way. The charity is completely run by volunteers and is a non profit making enterprise. Staffordshire’s branch of the Charity is featured in the Autumn/Winter newsletter, which is now available by clicking on this link: https://goo.gl/v61vTw There is also a website with a lot of detail about the ways to get involved or simply, to offer your support. Visit by clicking here: www.mtsfc.org.uk If you enjoy fishing (still one of the UK’s favourite lesiure pastimes), this could be a way of enjoying yourself and helping others. If you’d like more information, talk to Bob Weaver at our next meeting.
Juicy January
Our Worshipful Master reported back to the February meeting that he had managed to completely abstain from alcohol for the month of January. Thanks to the generosity of the brethren of the Lodge, together with friends and family, the amount of £840 had been raised to benefit Macmillan Cancer Support. Fond Farewells At our February meeting we said a traditional Masonic farewell to a member and past members of the Lodge who have recently passed to the Grand Lodge above. W.Bro Fred Bloor was the oldest member of the Lodge at 87 years, having joined Izaak Walton when aged 33. He was a former Police Officer and played an active part in all the offices of the Lodge, becoming Master in 1975. Even after reaching the milestone of 50 years in Freemasonry and a promotion to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden, he continued to seek opportunities to contribute and on one occasion, after his eightieth birthday, delivered the “Charge after Initiation” perfectly. Bro. Alf Vance MBE, a brother who chose not to advance through the various offices, and who resigned in 2014 due to declining health, was also remembered, together with Bro Eddie Burrows, who joined Izaak Walton in 1983 but resigned a few years later. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our dear departed brothers at this sad time.