Congratulations to W.Bro. George Millett on being Appointed to London Grand Rank.
Congratulations to W.Bro. George Millett on being Appointed to London Grand Rank.
Thursday March 22nd 2018 saw W.Bro. Robin Evans PPDepGReg installed as our 50th Worshipful Master. Immediately after which he, and his new officers, passed Bro. Adam Jones to the Second Degree.
Amongst the many visitors present was RW.Bro. Ian Mansfield PSGW GMOM* who had travelled 9500 miles from Perth, Western Australia as guest of W.Bro. Geoff Goodban SLGR, PPGSwdB.
RW.Bro Ian very kindly and surprisingly brought with him 3 gavels made from the wood of the indigenous Jarrah tree. He presented one to his good friend, W.Bro. Geoff, one to the Worshipful Master to mark his installation as the Lodge’s 50th Master and one to the Master and Brethren of the Lodge, (above) as a gift of friendship and fraternity from the three Lodges in Perth that Ian is a member of. The Lodge was so touched by RW.Bro. Ian’s generosity that they have commissioned two further matching gavels to complete the set.
*Grand Master’s Order of Merit
The Facebook post was spotted by our Secretary, W.Bro. Robin Evans, who arranged for Past Master W.Bro. Kevin Emery to bid at the auction in the hope that it could be repatriated to its spiritual home. Which successfully happened for a reasonable bid plus the customary auction fees.
The jewel was originally presented to the Lodge’s Founding Junior Deacon Bro. Colin Sharpe who sadly passed away last year.
For a number of year’s now we have been “recycling” its Founders jewels to be proudly worn by our Past Masters at the completion of our year in office, until the attain their first appointment to Provincial Grand Rank, at which time they are returned to the Lodge for safekeeping until needed again.
W.Bro. John & Mrs Ros Dearberg along with Worshipful Master, David Powdrill accompanied by several other brethren and their ladies attended the Abbey Physic Community Garden to see the official unveiling of the garden’s new, disability-friendly, raised beds which were funded from the donation of £400 made after John & Ros’ 2016 Ladies Night.
Adjoining the Faversham Masonic Centre, the Abbey Physic Community Garden is a Charity which has developed a Community based, working environment for the people of Kent to enjoy long-term. The Garden is set in the heart of Faversham and offers a unique opportunity to establish a tranquil, health-giving, environment that enables people from all sectors of society to come together. The charity’s aim is to relieve the needs of people with mental health issues and physical disabilities and provide relief to those who are socially and economically disadvantaged.
A fantastic day was had at Aylesford Bulls RFC as The Manor of Faversham team joined twenty others to participate in the Cornwallis It’s a Knockout Challenge.
Our team of eight was made up of Rachel Clough, David Garner, Glyn Hiatt-Gipson, Charlene Hudson, Micky Mason, Julian Pepper, Chris Plummer and Ben Winterbottom.
Rachel captained the team to great effect, stepping up in Fred Ayling’s absence, and David made his way down from Suffolk the night before at very short notice as Fred’s substitute. An especially big thank you to them both.
The weather was kind; not too hot with a pleasant breeze. A total of 12 obstacles were challenged and successfully completed with just a few burn injuries to show for it. Throughout we remained a united and happy team, and were able to beat many fitter opponents through the quality of our team work. We were well supported through the day by members of the lodge and their families.
In the end we finished sixth out of twenty-one teams, no mean achievement considering we were up against many highly competitive teams.
As a lodge we raised £447, and altogether in excess of £20,000 was raised by the event, most of which will be donated to MacMillan Nurses.
On what was a rather chilly and overcast day at The Spitfire Ground, the hospitality offered by the Harris Room suite and our hosts Barry & Sue Smith was a warming contrast.
With the floodlights on from the very first ball at 11am Kent, having lost the toss, made a stuttering start by losing Denly (6) lbw to Jofra Archer’s 20th delivery of the day. Prodding from the crease to a shooting off-cutter, Denly left umpire Ben Debenham with little option but to raise the finger. Daniel Bell-Drummond and Alex Blake, who both hit centuries against Somerset earlier in the week, led the fightback only to finish on the losing side once more.
A three course luncheon was enjoyed as Sussex Sharks began their chase of 331 runs (for 7) followed by a prize raffle in which Clive Mason, ‘chuffed to bits’, won a Gray-Nicolls cricket bat signed by the Kent side.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be the Spitfire’s day as confidence grew within the Sussex side who, led by an unbeaten Laurie Evans totting up an impressive 134, won the match with 16 balls to spare.
Many thanks to Barry Smith for organising the day out.
Congratulations to our Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Andrew Spiers and Junior Warden, W.Bro. Gary Graham who will be promoted to PPDepGSwdB and PPAssGStB respectively at Provincial Grand Lodge in April.
At our November meeting we look forward to welcoming Worshipful Bro. Roger Howard Waltham PSGD, who is responsible for internal and external communications in the Province, for an official visit in his role as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
Congratulations to our Treasurer, W.Bro. Malcolm Burkett who will be promoted to PPJGW at Provincial Grand Lodge in April.
At our November meeting we received a talk from Bro. Ian Arnell about his role as volunteer with Prostate Cancer UK which was both informative and extremely enlightening. For example prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases with age and the average age for men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 70 and 74 years.
It is calculated that by 2030 prostate cancer will be the most common cause of male cancer in the UK!
After the talk our Charity Steward, W.Bro. Kevin Emery presented Ian with a cheque for £100 to pass on to the charity from our members.
Our April regular meeting hosted W.Bro. Paddy Langdown’s fascinating talk on the Vulcan Bomber deterrent during the Cold War.
Our February meeting saw a team* from the East Kent Provincial Grand Stewards’ Chapter present their “Talking Heads” demonstration to a full house.
The presentation from the team, ably led by W.Bro. Ian White, introduces the Holy Royal Arch (or Chapter) to new Master Masons as well as re-introducing the order to others who have previously considered joining, and Companions who may find it difficult to understand, or for whom it has still to “click”.
“Talking Heads” is a short playlet of an encounter between two lodge members; one an experienced Past Master (and Royal Arch Companion) and the other a Master Mason curious to know more. It covers the history of the order, explanations of the regalia, links to the Craft, why the Royal Arch is the climax and completion of pure Antient Freemasonry, the time and financial commitments involved in being a member, how to discover more and how to find a Chapter to join.
L-R W.Bro. Chris Metherell*, W.Bro. Mark Bassant*, W.Bro. Ian White*, VW.Bro Roger Odd, W.Bro. Antony Millett,
W.Bro. Tony Eldridge*, W.Bro. David Kershaw, W.Bro. David Powdrill & W.Bro. Lyndon Jones*.
The evening attracted members from all 3 Faversham Craft Lodges as well as others from Swale, Medway and Canterbury including a number of Companions of the Holy Royal Arch from nearby Chapters keen to see and hear the excellent presentation.
As you can see from the photograph above, we were also honoured by the presence of The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW. Bro. Roger Odd and The Deputy Grand Superintendent E.Comp David Kershaw. As it was VW.Bro. Odd’s last visit to the lodge before standing down as Deputy Provincial Grand Master at Provincial Grand Lodge in April, the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Antony Millett presented him with a donation from the lodge to a cause very dear to both his and our hearts, the training of the Apprentice Stonemasons at Canterbury Cathedral in recognition of the outstanding service he as given to the Province especially in present role and previous one as Provincial Grand Secretary.
Congratulations to our Almoner, W.Bro. Geoff Goodban and our Secretary, W.Bro. Robin Evans who will be promoted to PPGSwdB and PPDepGReg respectively at Provincial Grand Lodge in April.
Because we meet late in the month we do not have a regular meeting in December, but this does not stop us from continuing to help others and to have fun. As mentioned below, Saturday December 6th saw us open the Old Grammar School, (now Freemasons’ Hall), in aid of the Breathe Hope for Roisin Appeal. Plenty of people came and viewed the iconic Elizabethan building, sat where pupils had sat, admired their graffiti and heard something of old school life, but also something about modern Freemasonry. After a wonderful day meeting people interested in the building, supporting Roisin or finding out about Freemasonry, the highlight of the day was when Roisin herself visited. Tired after attending other fundraising activities, she arrived with Antoinette, her mum, little brother Cian and her friend, Penny. They were also enthralled to see and learn about the building, feel and touch the lodge furniture and to sit on the Worshipful Master’s chair. What a wonderful day raising funds for a wonderful person.
Worshipful Master Antony Millett with Roisin, Cian and Penny.
Tuesday December 23rd saw us meet for carol singing in the marketplace followed by a Turkish, not Turkey, Dinner at the Faversham Kebab House Restaurant in Preston Street. With 28 members and their families and friends, it was a tight squeeze, even tighter after excellent food. How the belly dancer found room for herself, and then “volunteers” is beyond belief. Now a “tradition” in the lodge calendar, another thank you to the WM and his wife Daphne for organising it.
Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at 16 weeks old, Roisin Kelleher of Whitstable Road has faced a daily battle with this devastating condition which affects just 9,000 people in the UK. After she was also diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH) in July, her health rapidly and suddenly declined – there is just one other person in Britain that has both CF and PH and simple, everyday tasks we take for granted are now like climbing Everest for Roisin.
Her health has taken a grip of her once-normal life – activities most 19-year-old’s enjoy such as clubbing, clothes shopping, their first holiday without parents, are all now out of reach for Roisin. In a life-changing moment, doctors have suggested that Roisin is placed on the waiting list for a double lung transplant, a suggestion Roisin describes as like “being shot” and like “signing my own death warrant.”
In a desperate search for alternatives, her mother Anntoinette has discovered a miraculous treatment in the Dominican Republic from doctors in Florida, which has transformed the lives of people with CF – no hospitals, no intravenous medication, no breathlessness – the chance of a real, normal life.
Adult stem cell treatment heals the damaged lung tissues by harvesting healthy cells from the patient’s bone marrow and that of a genetic relative who does not suffer from CF.
They mix the two, educating and activating them to become lung cells, then putting these new stem cells back into the patient using an intravenous line. The results speak for themselves, but the trip and treatment would cost at least £55,000 and Roisin desperately needs help to raise that money before it’s too late.
Faversham Society Town Guide, and our current Worshipful Master, Antony Millett, has often heard from people on his walks that they have always wanted to look inside the old school building but had not been able to on the usual open days in July so he thought that it would be a good idea to open up for the Old Grammar School for Roisin – a pupil at the present Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Antony said that “Freemasonry is a charitable institution and we have a very valuable asset here in Faversham that we can utilise to help a member of the community. I know that many people miss the opportunity of visiting the old school during the Open Houses weekends, many because they are stewarding at other properties, or because there are so many normally open that it is difficult to fit in. I hope that this opportunity appeals to many people, parents and children at the QE School, where Roisin is a pupil, as well as others who are curious to see inside.”
Following our recent Ladies Night when two Worshipful Masters shared the same lady, see below, we entertained our ladies and guests again when we held a White Table evening and presented a cheque for £635 to Catching Lives, an independent charity aimed at supporting the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent.
The Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Antony Millett, promised a very quick meeting and delivered his promise by opening, conducting the full business and closing in less than thirty minutes. During this time their guests were being entertained in the refectory, hosted by Mrs Daphne Millett.
Once assembled in the fine, old lodge room, W.Bro. Antony, (a Faversham Town Guide), welcomed the guests and gave a short resume of the history of the building. Despite this being one of his favourite subjects, he again kept to time and then introduced James Duff. James is the chairman of trustees of Catching Lives.
James was happy to come and work for his supper and, before accepting a cheque from the lodge, gave a short talk about the work of the charity. He began by advising that on any given night there are over thirty homeless people sleeping rough in Canterbury.
Catching Lives operates the Canterbury Open Centre in Station Road East where support is given to the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent; those who have, for many reasons, fallen through the gaps in society and feel they have nowhere else to turn. They work towards ending the harm caused to individuals, families and the community, by homelessness, rough sleeping and insecure housing.
To this end, combinations of several different types of interventions are available at the Open Centre. Basic services such as nutritious meals, showers, laundry, clothing and a postal address are provided. Additionally, health services providing access to the Mental Health Outreach Service, assistance in registering with a GP and referral to specialist for further care are available. Social and emotional support, offering a listening ear, pastoral care and a crisis recovery support service, together with advice, advocacy and referral, giving housing and benefits advice are amongst the many other activities. Clients can also participate in learning and recreational activities aimed at making it easier to find work.
From 1st December until 28th February, Night Shelters are being run, in conjunction with Churches Together in Canterbury. This will provide overnight refuge during the worst months of winter. During the other nine months of the year the only help that can be given is advice on where best/worst to sleep rough! None of their work is funded by Government or other agencies and the costs average at £10,000 per week. Most of the support is given by voluntary supporters and donations of time and skills are as important as money, food, toiletries, sleeping bags, duvets and warm clothing. The Manor of Faversham Lodge is happy to have been able to provide a small level of support and hope that by making more people aware, that more support will be given, particularly at Christmas time.
It is with much sadness that, after a short illness, we report of the passing of W.Bro. Peter Blain to the Grand Lodge above.
W.Bro. Peter was initiated into the Lodge in 1972, becoming Master in 1983. He was a Master Butcher by trade, regularly donating his highly-regarded sausages to the Lodge raffle, which were usually the first prize to be claimed! He celebrated his 40th anniversary in Freemasonry only two years ago when “Bangers and Mash” were served at the Festive Board in his honour. His excellent company will be greatly missed by all.
Two Men One Guvnor – Most masonic lodges have an annual Ladies Festival, each with their own traditions. The focus of such celebrations is usually the Worshipful Master and his Lady.
As you can see from photographs in our gallery, we are no exception and recently held our 2014/15 Ladies Night at Bysing Wood Community Centre in conjunction with another lodge – Enugu Lodge No. 5440, from the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London. There is nothing new in this as quite often lodges come together and host joint events. However on this occasion the Masters of both lodges had the same Lady, Mrs Daphne Millett.
Our current Master is W.Bro. Antony Millett LGR, a Past Master of The Enugu Lodge and last October he had the privilege of installing his son George as Master of Enugu.
Enugu has an interesting history. In 1900 the Southern Nigeria Protectorate was established by the colonial administration of the British Empire. The discovery of coal by the colonialists led to the building of the Eastern Line railway to carry coal from Enugu Coal Camp to Port Harcourt. In time it was renamed simply Enugu and developed as one of the few cities in West Africa created from European contact.
The eponymous lodge was consecrated in Enugu in November 1933. The lodge moved to London in 1974, following the Nigerian Civil War. Enugu, situated in the current Eastern Province, was at the centre of the war and repatriation was not an easy task. Expatriates were forced to leave Eastern Nigeria for a safer territory. Likewise, African masons of non Eastern Nigeria origin were also compelled to leave Enugu in their own interest.
As you would expect, when its members returned to the UK they were spread far and wide, many with connections to coal-mining areas such as Nottingham. The lodge secretary returned with the warrant of the lodge and the lodge was given permission to relocate to London in 1974. The warrant for the chapter remained in Nigeria and Enugu Chapter still meets there.
Its members are now as widespread as the home towns of its original, expatriate, members. As a result of this, it has become an Enugu tradition that its Ladies Festival is held away from London and at a location chosen by the outgoing Worshipful Master. They also hold one of their meetings away from Great Queen Street and, on this occasion, it was held, by dispensation, at Faversham’s magnificent Elizabethan Grammar School where W.Bro. Antony gave a lecture on the establishing of the school, (twice), but with emphasis on the personalities involved and the attitudes and customs of the time. A number of our members attended the meeting as guests and one, W.Bro. Andrew Spiers, commented that the well researched and delivered lecture proved that there was always more to learn about a subject that you knew so well.
Another common theme amongst lodges is the raising of funds for charity. Enugu Lodge has a proud tradition of supporting causes close to their Worshipful Master’s heart. The joint Ladies Festival has assisted W.Bro. George in raising more than £2,000 during his year for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is relevant to him and the lodge because of many military connections amongst its membership and its Commonwealth roots. The Millett family have always been involved in supporting the homeless and Antony is pleased that the dinner dance also raised more than £500 for Catching Lives based in Canterbury. A request will be made that the money be used towards their activities to move people back into housing and work.
Congratulations to Worshipful Brothers Mac Miller and Trevor Fentiman on their respective promotions to PPGReg and PPDepGSuptWks.
Congratulations to W.Bro. Geoff Goodban on his appointment to Senior London Grand Rank (SLGR) at the recent presentations at Great Queen Street.
Our Turn Up Tuesdays initiative is featured in The Faversham Times newspaper.
It is with much sadness that we report of the passing of W.Bro. Derek Wood to the Grand Lodge above. W.Bro. Derek was a Master of the Lodge in 1985/86.
At our January regular meeting W.Bro. Wayne Smith the Provincial Grand Charity Steward not only presented our Bronze Award for the 2014 Festival for the Freemasons’ Grand Charity, but also confered the charity’s Grand Patron status on the Lodge in recognition of our continued effeorts towards this excellent cause.
The Lodge has had the pleasure to confer Honorary Membership to W.Bro. William (Bill) Boggia in recognition of his outstanding service. Bill was one of our Founders – a Steward.
Congratulations to W.Bro. Andrew Spiers who will celebrate 20 years in Freemasonry at our November meeting.
It is with much sadness that, after a short illness, we report of the passing of W.Bro. Henry Noyes to the Grand Lodge above.
W.Bro. Henry was a larger than life character who over the years filled many important roles within at the Lodge. At the time of his passing he was Director of Ceremonies, Mentor and Preceptor. He will be greatly missed.
It is with much sadness that we report of the passing of W.Bro. Chris Philpott to the Grand Lodge above.
W.Bro. Chris was one of the Lodge’s first initiates, in February 1969, and became our first home-grown Master. Amongst his many contributions to the Lodge, along with his officers, he carried out a Passing and Initiation on the same night in October 1977.
Congratulations to W.Bro. Mac Miller on his 40 years in Freemasonry.
Congratulations to W.Bro. Trevor Fentiman on his 20 years in Freemasonry.
Congratulations to our ADC W.Bro. D Powdrill who will be appointed PPrJGD at Provincial Grand Lodge in April.
Congratulations to our Junior Warden W.Bro. A Millett on being appointed to London Grand Rank.
W.Bro. K Emery is delighted to announce that his Ladies Night will take place on Saturday March 16th 2013 at Hempstead House, Bapchild. More details to follow in due course.
We look forward to welcoming Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. A Notley PSGD to our October meeting for a Second Degree.
Congratulations to W.Bro. Peter Blain on his 40 years in Freemasonry.