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Wed, 13th April 2022

First Installation for 3 Years!

First Installation for 3 Years!

Yes it finally happened, we have a new Worshipful Master (WM), (Chair / Leader)

Like many lodges, due to COVID, our WM has been in position for 3 years. He was delighted to hand the gavel onto a brother of such high esteem, who in turn, was delighted to receive it.

 

Provincial  Support

We were honoured to have such distinguished provincial representatives assisting us in their amazingly faultless, friendly and supportive manner.

We must feel humbled by the provincial team’s dedication and application to this huge role and their responsibilities to so many lodges. We truly thank them and “they did great”!

 

Wyche Lodge Members, What Did You Do?

It was also wonderful to see so much support for our ME and particularly the huge number from his mother lodge, Wyche.

 

Too Many Light Blue Aprons? No!

We all further celebrated as we have managed to retain and promote some of our newer brethren. We want to thank the brother/s that worked to discuss through the concerns of our newer brethren and to them, for their continued support. The new WM spent special time identifying with them their new roles and thanking them for progressing within the lodge.

The ceremony was somewhat quicker with the incoming WM having already been through the chair at Wyche Lodge but we needed that extra time!

 

THREE United Grand Lodge Certificates!

Our Provincial Grand Master Elect kindly presented three United Grand Lodge Certificates to lodge members. I believe this is the first time he had presented three in one ceremony, another first for him and probably for Mitton Lodge!

 

Great Food, Wine and Speeches

Our festive board truly was a celebration, with the added excitement of so many in new roles within Mitton, new responsibilities, new lines to learn and new experiences to look forward to. Our caterers are simply fantastic, the speeches were fun, spirited and respectful. It was definitely an evening to remember.

 

Mitton Charity

In his final act, before handing control over to the new WM, our now IPM presented a cheque of £2022 to our Provincial Grand Master Elect to go towards our Provincial 2022 Appeal, these being funds having been raised by the Mitton lodge members. We were heartily thanked and assured that it would be faithfully applied.

 

Summer Fun

We will be practicing our new roles over the summer but also trying out other roles “just for fun” but also in preparation for future promotions. We start back proper in October 2022.

 

Feels/Looks/Sounds Right to You?

As one of the most renowned, established, fun, friendliest, respectful and supportive lodges, Mitton continues to welcomes new enquiries. In the last few years we managed to accommodate all successful applicants and welcome your application as a new or joining member. Experience the strength, joy, challenges and support of brotherhood!

 

Henry

Webmaster & IPM

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Wed, 9th February 2022

Stourport Masons Celebrate H.M. the Queens Platinum Jubilee

Stourport Masons Celebrate H.M. the Queens Platinum Jubilee 

 

On Monday the 7th February 2022, Stourport Craft Lodges came together to celebrate H.M. the Queens Platinum Jubilee. 

 

This was an “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for all who attended. Mitton Lodge’s regular meeting was the closest to the event, being just the day after. We sent invitations to all the lodges and were delighted with the responses. We also asked that a representative from each lodge take the position of an officer in the lodge for the evening. 

 

The Stourport lodges present were, Vernon Lodge No 560, Severn Lodge No 5583, Mitton Lodge No 6904, Ribbesford Lodge No 7696 and Wyre Forest Lodge No 8653. We were also grateful to the other lodges, from within our Worcestershire province, for joining in with our meeting, including our hugely supportive Provisional Representative, whose mother lodge is the Lodge of St Michael No 1097.  

 

Having previously enjoying so much a talk on the Britannia, we asked W.Bro.D.Rushforth if he would please prepare a special address on H.M. the Queens reign. 

 

So, after welcoming everyone and having requesting that our brother lodge representatives take the position of an officer in the lodge, we opened and conducted our normal business which sadly included a eulogy to an outstanding mason, recently called to the grand lodge above. We then “Called Off”, something some brethren with over 40 years in the craft had never experienced. The lodge now being closed, we organised a photograph with each WM wearing their own lodge’s collar. Having safely returned them, we took some light refreshments whilst the room was prepared for the presentation. 

 

W.Bro.D.Rushforth address was truly amazing, picking up on so many interesting points on H.M. the Queens early life and her reign. It was delivered at a good pace keeping us all enthralled with nuggets of additional information only he knew from personal experience. We hoped it would be good and we were definitely not disappointed. 

 

After this address, we “Called Back On” and conclude our business, as listed in our agenda. 

 

As you might expect, the festive board was a joyous affair with plenty of delicious food, wine, hearty singing, great speeches, and respectful toasts. 

 

We all retired elated, declaring that we “must try to do this again”. 

 

Thank you to everyone involved in the making this the huge success that it was. 

 

 

Henry  

 

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Sat, 5th February 2022

Mitton Lodge Update Feb 5th 2022

W.Bro. Robin Oakes 

 

I know that all know but I have to mention the saddest news that W.Bro. Robin Oakes passed to the Grand Lodge Above at around 6pm 26th January. 

 

He will be missed so much by all of us. He had so much positive energy and enthusiasm which brushed off on all who were lucky enough to come into contact with him. He was always so supportive and would send me short emails of encouragement and praise, such a lovely man and an outstanding mason. 

 

Our thoughts, at this time, are for his wife Barbara and all his family. 

 

As you also know, we await details of the funeral. 

 

 

Monday the 7th February Meeting 

A Special Address on H.M. The Queens Reign 

 

We have the most amazing meeting planned for the 7th. We have representatives for every lodge (except one) that meets in Stourport Lodge Buildings, plus many other visitors from all over the county. 

 

One member from each lodge that meets in Stourport has been invited to take a position for this once in a lifetime meeting. 

 

We will Call Off for some light refreshments whilst the room will be prepared for this special address on H.M. The Queens reign, which will be given by W.Bro.D.Rushforth to celebrate her accession to the throne 70 years ago. 

 

After this address, we will Call Back On and conclude our business as listed in our agenda. 

 

 

Raffle Prizes 

 

With so many visitors it would be wonderful to have a few more prizes for our raffle. Could I please ask you to consider bringing along a raffle prize? If we get too many, we can always hold some back for our next meeting. 

 

 

St Michaels Lodge, Tenbury 

 

At the kind invitation of our Provisional Representative, I visited St Michaels Lodge in Tenbury-Wells who were holding a passing. It is such a friendly and dynamic lodge. Everyone was so welcoming and full of positive energy. The singing was strong and the whole experience was one I will never forget. I cannot recommend a visit more highly. I also witnessed the most amazing explanation of the Tracing Board. He actually argued with himself, in real-time and posed many questions with potential answers as part of this highly researched and informative address.  Wow. 

 

 

March Meeting 

 

We have a very special lecture on the construction of KS Temple. More details to follow. 

 

Who will be our next WM? We will all know by the end of the meeting.  

 

 

Thanks 

 

Thank you again for your continued support and all the hard work planning and preparing for this, our Monday meeting and all the other behind the scene work. 

 

 

Henry 

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Wed, 5th January 2022

What a night that was!

What a night that was! 

Monday 3rd January was such a memorable evening. We had so many Past Masters taking on roles to raise our brother with everyone (including the candidate) clearly spending many hours with their blue book and therefore able to display such proficiency in the delivery. Our many visitors would possibly agree that the highlight of the ceremony was the walking charge. 


We all headed down for our festive board where the Haggis was piped in. Later in the evening our piper gave us a wonderful delivery of suitable Scottish tunes, played to perfection. 


Our five course meal (including Haggis and special Haggis gravy (Scotch)) was yet again delicious and cooked beautifully. 


The speeches and toasts all went well. At nine o’clock, as normal, we toasted Absent Brethren and we all had the opportunity to mention the name of a person that we were particularly thinking about. We had so many names mentioned, due to various reasons, some clearly sad, but we look forward to our next happy meeting with them, if and when possible. 


A huge “Thank You” must go out to everyone involved in making the evening such a wonderful success. The support you continue to offer the lodge knows no bounds. 


Thank you also for the kind messages I have received about the evening. It makes such a difference to know occasionally that you have enjoyed yourself and or suggestions on potential improvements.  

 

Our Next Bi-Monthly, 7 pm Monday 24th January 

We do have some important lodge business to discuss at this meeting plus arranging everything for our next full meeting, so if you are available, please do attend. It is open to every lodge member and many of us pop over to the pub afterwards, which is also great fun.   

 

Our Next Full Meeting, Monday 7th February 

Our next full meeting will hopefully be another big event. Her Majesty, The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old.  


We are looking to bring representatives from all the Craft Lodges that meet in Stourport together where we have organised a talk on her life. We will Call-Off and retire for refreshments whilst the room is prepared for the talk and on its conclusion, we will Call-Back-On. 


We are contacting the relevant secretary’s and will hopefully have an update for you shortly. 


I hope everyone has the very best 2022 possible. 


S&F Henry 

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Sun, 2nd January 2022

Our Haggis night is all ready to go tomorrow night

Brethren

I am delighted to confirm that our Haggis night which includes for a change, a rising, is all ready to go tomorrow night. The candidate, our temporary chef, the haggis, special haggis gravy and our piper are all confirmed.

We also have a good number of visitors booked in which is simply wonderful and I know they will be made so welcome by us all. Everyone will be acting in a COVID aware manner and the night promises to be such a special occasion.

Right, back to my blue book..

 

 

Henry

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Mon, 20th December 2021

Mitton Past Masters Practice is on tonight!

Dear Brethren
I am delight to confirm we are still good to go with no new government restrictions announced this evening.
See all those of you that can make it at 7:00 pm.
Best wishes
Henry
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Mon, 20th December 2021

3rd Degree Past Masters Practice Tonight

Dear All
Just a quick confirmation that the 3rd degree, past masters practice is tonight at 7:00pm for those who can make it.
If I hear this afternoon, that the government are shutting us down over a period that covers our January meeting, I will cancel this evenings meeting.
Please keep a look out on the news and for an email from me before you attend the practice.
Currently the practice is still on.
Hopefully see you later
Best wishes
Henry
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Tue, 7th December 2021

December News Update

Dear Brethren  

Our December Meeting  

We did have to request a few stand-ins last night, most were already agreed but special thanks must go to W Bro Steve A for standing in as JW with about 15 minutes notice, thank you Steve. 

 

We had a most interesting meeting as W Bro. David Rushforth gave his truly wonderful talk of his time serving on Britannia, the history of the ship, some of those who sailed on her and how they, the crew, had to behave. He had us all listening intently, just waiting for further nuggets of information not many were ever privy to have known, let alone share in such a professional manner. Thank you, David, from all of us at Mitton.  

 

Further fun was had, as we “Called Off” so we could retire before the non-masonic talk. Afterwards we “Called On” and completed our lodge agenda. Not many lodges do this much anymore I’m told. I find it such fun, when appropriate, and Mitton did it a couple of years ago, which was also hugely successful. Special thanks go to W Bro Chris F for providing such wonderful treats.  

 

We also had a temporary chief, Brian, cooking for us last night. I have always sung the praises of our caterers in Stourport, as I believe them to be so good. Last night, has to have been was one of the best, with so many brothers commenting to me on its freshness and quality. Thank you and to your team for a great festive board and accommodating so generously, our request to extend the meal start time. 

 

We were delighted that they accepted an invitation to join us for a quick drink where we were able to thank them in person and wish them a very happy Christmas. 

 

Thank you to all the brethren who stayed on and help clear up and put everything away. Many hands made light work, all done in about 10 minutes. We will need to continue this until we have managed to find a new Hall Steward. 

 

 

Practice  

We have our Past Masters practice on the 20th December, ready to go at 7:00 pm please and then later, if you are available, for a quick drink in the pub. I will need a Junior Deacon please as W Bro Cliff R will be away in January. I will put a few calls in. 

  

January Meeting (Haggis Night)  

This is normally our BIGGEST meeting at Mitton and this year's event will be no exception, possibly even bigger. With everything planned for the meeting and the multi-course festive board, including the piping in of the finest haggis, along with the special Scottish gravy, it is definitely a meeting to look to attend. As always, places are limited, so please communicate with our Secretary as soon as can, if you haven’t already. 

It will include Bro Kevin’s “Raising” by the Past Masters, which is such a special ceremony. The past master's positions have mostly been agreed, we have had one practice and as already mentioned, we have our next practice on the 20th Dec.  

We hope that this will be a wonderful occasion for Kevin to remember for always and for our members and visitors, to talk about for years to come. 

For those concerned, I can confirm that our Piper and Brian, our temporary chief, have both kindly confirmed.  

  

News  

W Bro Chris F informed us that at the Stourport Masonic Club Committee Meeting of Thursday 18th November 2021 an exciting thought was discussed. 

 

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old. 

 

It was suggested a special meeting might be arranged (say on a Saturday) with all lodges represented and wives dining also downstairs. Dispensation would be required. We discussed that, as an alternative and as many would not be available on a Saturday, that Mitton Lodge could look to arrange a special lodge meeting. We meet the very next day, being the 7th February. More discussions need to take place but what an amazing evening we could all be part of in February? 

 

It was a detailed report but one other point of particular interest was that it was mentioned that a Flag Pole and standard should be in place to represent Stourport Masons. This is being looked into 

  

Kindness and Charity  

Christmas is a magical time for many but it can also be a very lonely time. It can polarise unfortunate circumstances. Just about everyone will be privately fighting at least one problem, health concern, dealing with a lost loved one, to name just a few and everything can appear so much darker with the long cold lonely nights. 

 

There are many charities, including our own, that look to make things a little better that you already support but possibly also checking in with someone you haven't recently spoken to, would make a big difference to them.    

 

Thank you all again for your continued and generous support, it does make all the difference. 

 

Henry  

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Wed, 24th November 2021

November 2021 Update

Dear Brethren 

Practice 

We had a very enjoyable practice and meeting on Monday. A few brothers were unable to attend and many thanks to everyone who stood in and made it a worthwhile practice. We were practicing for a Calling off and on, for our December meeting but mostly for Kevin’s raising for our January meeting. 

 

November Meeting (Earlier this month) 

We had Kevin’s passing at our last meeting which was such a wonderful start back to ceremonies at Mitton. We were all so impressed with his response to questions. All the participating officers did a sterling job with the explanation of the tracing board being delivered impeccably by his proposer Martin. 

 

December Meeting 

We are delighted to confirm that David will present his talk to us at the December meeting.  I plan to Call Off and will ask the stewards to bring in some refreshments (individual festive snack and a glass of sherry). We will still have the presentation in the temple to ensure distancing, and on its conclusion, I will Call Back On. 

 

January Meeting (Haggis Night) 

We are arranging Kevin’s Past Masters raising for this meeting. The past masters positions have mostly been agreed and we have had one practice already. We hope that this will be a wonderful occasion for Kevin to remember for always and for our members and visitors, to talk about for years to come.  

 

News 

Not much new news to report this month. Our thoughts go out to our brethren fighting illness. We know some of you are supporting others within your families with financial problems, illness and loss. We particular remember our widows, in what can be, a time of particular sadness. 

Please do reach out and feel free to chat about any of your problems, not only the ones that you feel we might be able to guide and assist, but also problems that just someone to listen to them. 

 

Charity 

Hopefully everyone has received their copy of the Festival 2022 update with all the up and coming events along with the happy news items. 

Many thanks again to you for all the support and guidance that you afford me. It simply makes such a difference.   

Henry 

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Mon, 25th October 2021

October Update

Dear Brethren 

 

Practice 

We had a very enjoyable practice and meeting last Monday. A few brothers were unable to attend and many thanks to everyone who stood in and made it a worthwhile practice. 

 

November Meeting (Next Monday) 

We have a passing next Monday and it would be wonderful to have as many of us there, who feel safe, to support him in his long-awaited progression. I know many of you need to remain highly cautious and we all understand this and look forward to seeing you as and when the time might be right. 

 

December Meeting 

We are delighted to announce that, as requested by us at our meeting, our secretary has kindly managed to arrange a talk for us at our December meeting. More details will follow but, at an appropriate moment before the talk, I plan to Call Off and will ask the stewards to bring in some refreshments. We will still have the presentation in the temple to ensure distancing and on its conclusion, I will call back on. 

 

January Meeting (Haggis Night) 

A few of us discussed in the pub, after our meeting, about bringing forward our Past Masters raising. A few dates were discussed but as we do not have a candidate, it has been suggested to me that we bring the raising forward to this, our January meeting. 

I will consult with you all next week at our meeting but if anyone would like to communicate with me directly sooner, please just email or phone me. 

 

News 

I am really pleased to announce that a brother has, very recently, agreed to take on the Inner Guard role. We will be looking to support him, as required, as he has had no (very little) time to learn any of the lines. Many thanks and good luck on your progression. I know you will be brilliant and I really hope you enjoy the journey. 

 

Charity 

There is increasing publicity on of the huge benefits that masonry provides to both national and local non-masonic organisations, the most recent being our support for the Armed Forced.  

“By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) will be able to demonstrate its support to members of the Armed Forces in a number of areas, including education, family wellbeing, getting a home, starting a new career, access to healthcare, financial assistance and discounted services.” 

 

Thanks

Many thanks again to you for all the support and guidance that you afford me. It simply makes such a difference.   

 

S&F 

 

Henry 

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Fri, 1st October 2021

Freemasons to become strategic partner of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

MORE THAN 30,000 YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD, THANKS TO A GRANT OF £300,000 FROM THE FREEMASONS.

The Freemasons have become a strategic partner of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE), funding a new national programme to upskill its team and volunteers. The programme will also help enrol more schools and clubs, to ensure all young people have access to DofE.

To make it possible, the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons’ charity, have teamed up to enable the charity to reach at least 30,000 young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by 2024. The ambition is to increase the number of centres, such as schools and youth groups, offering DofE to young people with SEND and train hundreds of Leaders – trained individuals supporting groups of young people through their DofE journeys.   

At least 15,000 young people will achieve a DofE Award sponsored by the 200,000-strong UGLE, to support The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

The programme has been designed to make DofE participation possible for students with diverse difficulties and disabilities. It will help the students to build crucial personal life skills, develop employability skills and become more independent, and aims to offer students the same experiences available to their peers in mainstream education.

The impact of achieving a DofE Award is remarkable and will be life-changing for young people with physical or learning difficulties, who are often excluded from adventurous activities due to a lack of accessible equipment, facilities, trained support staff and funding.

The programme aims to increase the opportunities for young people with special needs, as well as increasing the number of specialist Leaders by providing bespoke training to adults supervising young people with special needs. The aim is to have 240 more adults trained to support young people with SEND by 2024.

The initiative also includes a plan to offer support to new delivery partners that work with young people with SEND, to encourage them to offer the DofE.

His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, who founded the DofE in 1956, was himself a Freemason, having been introduced to Freemasonry in 1952 at the age of 31 by his father-in-law King George VI. Throughout his 99 years, he was associated with some 992 charities, either as president, patron or honorary member.

Dr David Staples, chief executive of the UGLE, said: 'Prince Philip was well known for his charity work, having been involved with numerous organisations. At UGLE, we looked for a project that would honour Prince Philip's memory. Helping young people with special educational needs and becoming a strategic partner of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is therefore a great honour for us.

'Helping the DofE was an easy decision as Freemasonry's core values are charity, integrity, respect and friendship,' he added.

Caroline Glen, Director of Fundraising, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, said: 'We’re very grateful to the Freemasons for their generous grant, which will give many thousands of young people with disabilities and special educational needs the chance to take part in the DofE and gain its life-changing benefits. This is a wonderful and very practical way to continue The Duke’s amazing legacy and to spread the benefits of the DofE further than ever before.'

The Freemasons work on average 18.5 million hours each year as volunteers in various areas, including driving vulnerable people to the hospital, preparing meals, taking care of people at risk, organising care packages, and producing scrubs, personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitiser.

They also donated more than £1m last year to the Covid-19 support effort, with the funds being used to help communities in various critical areas, including food banks, support for unpaid carers, PPE, supplies for hospitals and hospices, support for women's refuges, and funds for NHS workers, ambulances and equipment.

As well as the late Duke of Edinburgh, the Freemasons can also count other Royal Family members among their number, including HRH The Duke of Kent, who is the longest-serving Grand Master of the UGLE.

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Wed, 22nd September 2021

18 months on…..

Dear Brethren,

 
18 months on…..
We had our first practice on Monday, after about an 18 months break and it was great to be back. We were all a bit rusty but clearly, we had taken the time to revise with our little blue book. Most needed a little prompting and I’m sure we will back to our book, ready for the 4th October. It was really most promising, Mitten’s friendly professionalism reignited.
We know so many have to remain cautious for themselves and others. Until a few weeks ago we had no confirmed availability for our SW, JW, SD or IG. We also had very few available stand-ins. Slowly, over the last few weeks and days, we have had more and more positive responses of potential and actual attendance.  
I am delighted to say that our practice, we have secured either the designated officer or a stand-in for all the key positions and that are able to go ahead with our First Meeting in October and a passing ceremony in November.
 
Our October Meeting
We have busy schedule to get through but the October meeting should be a wonderful experience and a chance to hear from each other. It has been planned as a gentle and caring return to our lodge experience and a demonstration of our brotherly care. I will ask each brother in-turn to give a short account of key moments of their break from Masonry during the pandemic. These we understand may not be happy experiences and I will ask them to finish with something positive, hopes for the future, holidays booked, grandchildren planned visits (and departures afterwards), masonic progression/promotions, new special people in their lives, etc. This should also be a good time for us to understand and imagine what help we might be for each other.
For our daily progression in masonry and entertainment but not listed on the summons (as we ran out of room), we will be opening and closing in the degrees.  
 
Festive Board
We have our normal brilliant caterers (Mitton’s caterers are the best) providing our delicious 4 course meal, all structured around a COVID considerate seating plan.
 
After our Monday Practice
Many managed to make the pub for the normal post-practice relaxed catch-up and masonic banter. It was such a happy and positive evening with smiles and laughter. We missed our absent brethren and so hope to be able to catch-up soon. It really is so good to be back!  
Best Wishes
 

Henry

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Mon, 20th September 2021

Our Next Happy Meeting

Dear Brethren
Thank you again for your recent feedback to the online survey. A couple of you have also later contacted me directly to update your feedback.
In short, we are back. We have enough positive responses from brethren to definitely make returning worthwhile.
You will receive your summons shortly from Tim.
Bimonthly Meeting
A bimonthly meeting and rehearsal will be held on Monday the 20th September at 7pm. NB Attendance is entirely voluntary. Nobody must feel pressed to attend against their will. 
First Meeting
Monday 4th October 2021 at 6pm will be our first proper meeting.
Suggested Procedures.
Masks
Please wear a mask on entering the lodge whilst we are in close quarters (meeting in the hall way or awaiting entry to the Temple)
Once seated in the temple you may remove your mask if you wish.
You may, but do not need to wear a mask in the dining room.
The processional brethren may remove their masks on or just prior to entry to the Temple.
Gloves
Those that wish, may continue to wear their gloves.
Stand-in
If an element of the ceremony causes concerns by the proximity or close contact of another brother, we will look to provide a temporary stand-in.
Festive Board
I know Chris has already thought about how he can layout the tables so as to make everyone feel comfortable.
I enclose my proposed schedule of events. We will discuss these on Monday 20th Sept and so these may change.
If you have any questions or further suggestions, please let me know.
Best Regards
Henry
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Tue, 24th August 2021

Questionnaire Results

Dear Brethren

Thank you to everyone who took a moment to fill in the questionnaire, we had 16 responses.

11 said Yes to attending the Practice in September and 7 said Yes to the Pub.

13 said Yes to the October meeting and all 13 said Yes to attending the festive board.

As we might expect, we had a varied response to the wearing of face masks.

The roles that would need to be covered due to "no response" or "not happy to return yet" response for both the practice and the October meeting are;

Inner Guard
Junior Warden
Senior Warden

We have our monthly Zoom on the 6th Sept. I will set it up but may not be able to attend as I will be on the Thames, holidaying. On my return I will send out a second survey to see if anyone has changed their views and also hope for a few more responses.

There will be a single box to say No Change, if your views remain unchanged.

On the basis that we currently have 11 for the practice, could you please mark your diaries for Monday 20th September. Official communication will, as normal, be through our secretary.

If you missed my last email the survey can be found at Mitton Lodge No.6904 (masonic-website.org)

Many thanks again and it looks like we may be starting our return journey, at last!!

Sincerely and Fraternally

Henry

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Tue, 10th August 2021

Return Survey

Dear Brethren
I have created a short survey to try to collect each of your thoughts on our returning to meetings.
I will ask again next month to see if your feelings have changed.
This is just a survey and you are neither committing to a meeting or sending your apologies. (This is done during our normal processes, through our Secretary.) 
If you have any other comments not covered by the survey, please do feel free to email me directly.
Please click on the link below.
Thank you in advance
Best wishes
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Tue, 6th July 2021

July 2021 Update

 

Zoom Meeting 

We are now all experts at zoom meetings, or nearly all! We had our regular meeting yesterday (the first Monday of the month). Many of our brethren, who are normally regulars at our meeting, were unavailable (shock horror!). This was in fact great news, they were on holiday, had families visiting, where at reunion dinners, others just plain forgot as they planned new adventures or were delayed by the twist and turns of an active life. We still had a great meeting and toasted our absent brethren at just after 7:30. 

Our next short social zoom meeting will be held on 2nd of August at 7:00 pm.  

 

Worcester Square News 

The weekly Worcester Square News, that kept up so up to date with “all things masonry” over its 65 editions, has some to a close. We thank everyone involved as it truly made a difference and kept masonry along with all its values, in our minds and guiding our thoughts and actions. We look forward to the return of our monthly provisional publication, The Worcester Source. 

 

Can We Return Yet? 

Can we return in October or even have some practices before? Well, we are starting to plan for it. 

 

What are the Plans? 

Assuming that we are allowed to return; 

We will probably not have time for our Summer Camp Practice meetings. As soon as we know more details, I will create a schedule to present to the Past Masters for approval/improvement and then open it up for discussion with all our members. As normal, we will make it all very friendly but will also wish there to be no pressure on remembering your words, we will have prompters at the ready. If all officers could please refresh themselves on opening and closing in the degrees. I will also be looking for volunteers for the up-and-coming ceremonies. 

 

Master Elect 

Even with the special dispensation available, the feedback to date would suggest that we are still probably planning to install our M Elect into the chair at our traditional time of April 2021.  

I take this opportunity to thank all my officers for their wonderful support and service and ask that they/you, yet again, please stay in their position this coming season. This could all change, as you all know, but if anyone wishes for a change, please get in touch with me. 

 

Entered Apprentice for 18 months (or more?) 

We have an entered apprentice who has been stuck for 18 odd months. We are planning for his imminent passing and then, assuming he is ready, hoping the past masters will raise him later in the season. So, we have our blue books out again! Those with the best memories will possibly be asked to assist a little more than normal!  

 

Initiate 

We may still have an initiate and hopefully this can be planned to be part of our very special January Haggis Night.  

 

Joining Member 

We are delighted that we still have our proposed joining member, who has also been very patient. He has been joining us on some of the zoom meetings and this has given a chance to get to know him better. He has been previously proposed and we simply need to carry out the vote. 

 

Inner Guard 

Our Inner guard, who has already been though the chair and who has given long and distinguished service to the lodge in many other roles, has decided that he would like to stand down as an officer whilst remaining an active member of the lodge. We thank him for all his support and look forward to our many further happy meetings.  So, we have the enjoyment of offering this role to one of newer brothers and I will start the phone calls shortly. 

 

Younger / New Masons 

We have previously been in contact with our newer and younger brethren and although they mostly don’t join in with the zoom meetings, they have confirmed that are looking forward to returning when we are able. We thank them for their patients, continued support and enthusiasm. 

 

Looking for a Lodge to Join? 

I believe that Mitton Lodge No 6904 is one of the happiest and supportive lodges in the area. We welcome visitors and potential new members, being truly interested in you/them and for potential masons, what we and masonry might be able to offer you. There are so many ways our brotherhood seems to enrich the lives of so many.  

For further details please visit our website Mitton Lodge No.6904 masonic-website.org 

Best wishes
Henry

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