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Funded by local Freemasons
W.Bro Graham Lant PPGSwdB
Sec – Forest of Bere 6612
Area Vice Chairman Purbrook
SE Area Membership Team
Lodge Secretaries SE, Solent Areas
Dear Brother Secretaries,
Saturday 4th December
“The News COMMUNITY CHEST Funded by local Freemasons”.
Please distribute the following to your lodge members, for information and participation.
“The Community Chest funded by Local Masons” will run for a year and the funds raised by live
raffles held at Cosham, Fareham and Gosport Masonic centres, benefitting Charities throughout the
Portsmouth News Catchment areas.
After the success of the Launch Night on 11th September, where £2402 was raised. Charities and
Good Causes have been nominated by the public to receive funds from the “Community Chest”. A
Judging Panel will decide who will receive a donation and the amount. The Announcement and
Presentation of the Cheques will be made at the next Live event at the Cosham Masonic Centre on
Saturday 4th December starting at 5:30 PM. Everyone welcome including family and friends.
The Provincial Grand Master R. W. Bro Jonathan Whitaker and his wife will be attending along with
the Lord Mayor, R.H. Penny Mordaunt MP for Portsmouth North, The News and the Admin team, The
event will be covered by the Portsmouth News on the night and press releases during the following
There will also be a donation raffle, if any brother has anything they wish to donate, please contact
any of the team and we will arrange collection, or bring with you on the evening.
You do not have to use Facebook to be a part of this fantastic initiative.
The Tickets Cost £2 and are available to purchase on line or on the night. You can also play by
Cheque or Cash Please contact any of the team: Andrew Coombs, Colin Rattley, Graham Lant, Sue
Lant, on Facebook messenger, or Graham on Text: 07917816922.- Email email@example.com for help.
To purchase tickets on line.
Name: SEHMFB (Or Andrew Coombs) as some accounts do not recognise the SEHMFB
Sort Code: 60-83-71
Reference: Your Name.
Food is available:
Turkey Roll & Chips, Mince pie £10.00
Cheese or Turkey Ploughman’s, Mince Pie. £10.00
Food to be purchased via Graham Lant (email: firstname.lastname@example.org with food choices and names)
Bank Transfer (or payment by individual arrangements with the team) to:
G R Lant
Account Number 00281611
Please order food in advance.
Music will be provided throughout the evening by DJ “Darren” Harfield.
Dress Code is Smart Casual.
Graham Lant on behalf of the Community Chest Admin Team.
Masonic halls Christmas menu
Smooth Chicken pate
Fig and onion chutney with crusty bread and micro herbs
Scottish Smoked salmon gf option
Beetroot mayonnaise, herby croutons and watercress
Brie baked mushrooms gf/v/vegan option
With sliced pimentos and a chilli herb dressing
Turkey with a difference gf
Turkey parcels wrapped around our famous Christmas stuffing. Finished with smoked bacon and served with roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables, broccoli, pigs in blankets and gravy
Roast cauliflower steak gf/vegan
Vegan pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables, broccoli and vegan gravy
Brandy cream and orange syrup
Chocolate and praline brownie gf/vegan
Mini mince pies
Musings from King Solomon’s Chair
Anno Domini 1953, October. I am Initiated into Freemasonry in Thameside-by-Tower Lodge
No.5423, meeting at The Charing Cross Hotel, London; my proposer is my father. Advance to the
year 1969 and I am Installed into the Chair of my Mother Lodge. Forward a year to 1970, now I am
in the Chair of Alwarestoch Lodge No.7805, which I joined in 1964. Forward 50 years, 2020, and I
am again to have the privilege of serving as Master of Alwarestoch. But as “the pestilence”( my
name for Covid-19) has suspended all Masonic activities, the celebration of this uncommon event
is postponed for a year; this coincides with me having attained the age of 90, another cause for
celebration. I am very humble and proud that the Brethren of Alwarestoch have afforded me this
Honour. I pray that I will not disappoint them and be worthy of their choice.
In my 68 years in Freemasonry I have witnessed many changes, from secrecy in the 50’s & 60’s to
the openness of today, exemplified by “ Freemasonry in the Community” and the TV programmes
which accompanied the celebrations of the 300 years of Freemasonry. A welcome change from the
adverse publicity and other difficulties that the Craft experienced in the 80’s & 90’s. There is
nothing of which we should be ashamed; broadcast and be proud of our achievements, we are
second only to the National Lottery in our Charitable Donations both here in the UK and abroad.
The Lodge is now 59 years old and a brief history of its first 50 years can be found on the web site
We are now looking with confidence to the next 41.
Sydney Aynsworth P.P.J.G.W
How I became a Freemason
My first acquaintance with Freemasonry goes back to the end of the second World War in 1945. My elder brother and I were choristers in our local church choir, and we were both asked by one of the senior members of our choir to attend a hall in Woolston to sing carols to some men who were meeting there. I recall all these years later how we were fed well with sausage rolls and other goodies, a real treat in those austere times. We were aware that a meal was going ahead in the nearby hall, and when this was over, we were taken in and duly sang carols to those assembled. It was only later that we realised that these gentlemen were Freemasons.
I suppose that it was this event that sparked my interest in Freemasonry, but as our current Worshipful Master relates in his article on this website, Freemasonry was kept very secret, no one knew for sure who was a member, and one had to receive an invitation to join.
It was around 1980 when I was working in the Bitterne area of Southampton, that the subject of Freemasonry came up in a conversation with a colleague. He asked whether I was interested in joining, and when I replied in the affirmative, he stated ‘I may be able to help you’.
The following day, my colleague came into my office with a list of names, and enquired whether I knew anyone on that list. There were three or four names who were people familiar to me, and I pointed them out. We then chose one that he felt would be most suitable, and together we went to see this gentleman. As a result, my colleague became my proposer into Freemasonry and the other gentleman kindly seconded my application.
So it was that I became a Freemason, and incidentally became a member of the same Lodge that my brother and I entertained with our carol singing all of those years previously.
I enjoyed many very happy years at that Lodge, and became its Worshipful Master in 1994, the same year that I took early retirement. It was only in 2015 that, with advancing age, I found the numerous journeys that I needed to make from my home in Gosport to my Lodge in Woolston were becoming a strain. It was for this reason that I made the decision to transfer my membership to a Lodge in Gosport. To this end I became a joining member of Alwarestoch Lodge, a decision that I am very pleased that I made and I really appreciate the manner in which I have been welcomed by the members of my new Lodge.
You may wonder what I have gained from Freemasonry. I can honestly tell you now that if that is in respect of advancement at work or any pecuniary advantage, then the answer is ‘nothing’. But if I look at the many excellent people that I have met through Masonic meetings and events, and also to some extent my outlook on life, the answer is an immeasurable amount.
It used to be a cliché that Freemasons looked after their own. This is correct, but they also donate to numerous non-Masonic charities, often local, but also national. One only has to check the World Wide Web to discover just how much support Freemasonry gives to charity.
I trust that you have enjoyed reading the ‘potted history’ of my Masonic career. Can I say to anyone who may be interested in joining, don’t be put off by the thought that you may be required to learn ritual to take part in the ceremony, there is no pressure on anyone to do so. You may be put off by the thought of having to donate more than you can afford to charity, this is never the case. Freemasonry is a fraternity of like-minded men, and it is rightly said that in a Freemason’s Lodge you will never see a stranger, there will only be a friend you have yet to meet.
As in previous years, the Provincial Grand Master will be hosting a lunch following the Quarterly Communications Meeting at Great Queen Street. It has not been a simple matter to arrange this year, but we are pleased to announce that the lunch will be held at the Union Jack Club (UJC), Sandell Street, Waterloo. There will be 100 places available on a first come first served basis. This is a lovely venue with good facilities and easy access to your return journey if travelling by train. The cost of the meal will be £46 per Brother. Due to the popularity of the event, you will only be able
to add one guest when making the booking.
Bookings will be opened on the Provincial Booking System at SquareEvents.org at 10.00hrs on Saturday 6th November. The menu will be shown on this site where you will also be able to enter any dietary requirements.
Master Masons, with the exception of serving Lodge Wardens, will require a ticket in order to gain admission to the Quarterly Communications. Please apply to the Provincial Grand Secretary providing your name, lodge name and number and email address, indicating whether or not you intend to dine at UJC. Please make a BACS payment for the meal within 48 hours of making your booking; following the instructions at squareevents.org. This will be a very popular event so early booking is recommended. A reserve list will be available.
Provincial Events Manage