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Mencap Presentation

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The members of the Hinckley Lodge of Installed Masters have made a donation to the local Hinckley Mencap. The organisation which provides support to local people is based in Hill Street in the town and is totally reliant on the financial support provided by local donations and the income from its local shop.Like many other charities , the pandemic has had a great effect on such funding and also on its ability to provide support for those who need it. The Chair, Janet Wardle thanked the Lodge for helping with its £200 donation.

Our photograph shows the Master of the Lodge David Fell presenting the cheque to Hinckley Mencap Treasurer, Ann Spicer, with (L-R) volunteer, Andrew, Chair, Janet Wardled, Lodge Charity Steward, Paul Bond and volunteer Mo outside the Hinckley shop.

Making A Mason

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At the first Regular meeting, a number of the Founding Members of the Hinckley Installed Masters Lodge No. 9972, performed a re-enactment of a ceremony dating from 1730, entitled "Making A Mason". The performance by the brethren, attired in costume befitting the era, was witnessed by the members plus over twenty visitors from both local, Leics & Rutland and adjoining Provinces. The "cast" members were afterwards thanked by the Worshipful Master, David Fell for putting on such an amazing re-enactment, a sentiment echoed when greetings were received from the visiting Lodges. As is usual, the fomal meeting was followed by a very enjoyable Festive Board.

 

Making A Mason

 

The Cast

Remembrance Day in Burbage

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On Remembrance Day 2019, members of the Burbach Lodge attended the service at the memorial in the village of Burbage. The Lodge name comes from the ancient name of the village and many of the members are resident in the village. The oldest member of the Lodge, Brother Cyril Staley, aged 98, together with his son Martin Staley, Director of Ceremonies and the Master of the Lodge, W. Bro. Will Farrell, laid a wreath on behalf of the members with the inscription:

"In lasting memory of those Freemasons who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War 1914-1918".

 The wreath laid on behalf of the Lodge Members

 Brother Cyril is a veteran of the second world war when he served in the Royal Signals Corps during the first 3 years of service criss-crossing the country on his motor-bike relaying messages between HQ and many units around the UK plus escorting convoys. Being ill with appendicitis, he actually missed his units departure to France on D-Day, but was dispatched on a ship on day 2 of the assault and found himself with an attachment of Canadian forces and was, on landing in France, occupied with them in digging graves for the fallen for some 6 weeks. However he was then re-united with his own unit who worked their way across France into Germany. Cyril then once again was employed taking orders and instructions from the command post to the artillery on the front line, although at times locating this did prove difficult and he often found himseld behind enemy lines and narrowly dodging the bullets! At one poiint a platoon of German soldiers even surrended to him not, wanting to fall into the hands of the Russians, and he escorted them back to his superiors.

For his service Cyril was actally entitled to receive Frances greatest award, the French Legion Of Honour, but he has never taken this up. At the service Cyril wore his own and his brothers medals who both served in WW2. Their father served in the Great War and fought at the famous battle at Mons in Belgium. So great an impact did that have on his father, that Cyril was given the middle name of Mons.

 Will Farrell, Cyril Staley & Martin Staley

Countdown to the Consecration

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The countdown to the Consecration of the Hinckley Lodge of Installed Masters moves on and the Lodge is assembling its regalia and equipment. Thanks to the donations of items from our Mother and Sister Lodges and others the collection is now almost complete. We show here the Lodge record Books, the Square & Compasses, the beautiful set of working tools, the Tylers Sword, the Almoners Purses and the volume of the Sacred Law.

 Items donated to the Lodge

Gavels - at the ready!

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The gavels for the Hinckley Lodge of Installed Masters No 9972

With only about 8 weeks to go before the consecration of the new Hinckley Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9972, we are starting to gather together our Lodge Furniture & Regalia. We are most grateful to one of the Lodge Founders, W. Bro. Bob Packer who has produced a beautiful set of three gavels for us, inlaid with the emblems of the three main officers of the Lodge and embellished in gold leaf. These will sit with great pride on the pedestals in the Lodge room during our ceremonies. Bob has done a great job producing these for the Lodge.

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