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17 Apr 2017

Hello Folks,

If you're reading this then there is a very good chance you have developed an interest, of sorts, in Freemasonry, having heard about, or watched, the Sky1 documentary 'Inside the Freemasons', airing at 8pm on the 17th April.

Palatine Lodge No. 97 is one of the oldest Lodges' in existence, having recently celebrated our 260th anniversary. We have one of the richest histories of any Lodge, anywhere, with a huge amount of records and artefacts to hand. We have an entire safe of minute books and other paraphernalia.

14 Apr 2017

Meeting - April 2017

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

We were always a little uncertain how many would attend our meeting, given it was the Thursday before the long bank holiday weekend, and it proved the case that the numbers were a little all-over. A host of our own brethren were notably absent, but, fortunately, we were well supported by our visitors.

The Lodge having been opened, we welcomed our visitors and then received the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Simon Craig Steele, who was in attendance to present a 50-year certificate to Bro Ron Crossley.

10 Feb 2017

Meeting - February 2017

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

A quiet meeting by our regular standards, with over twenty brethren absent for one reason or another.

We gave a lecture on the evening entitled The Masonic Apron. Palatine Lodge has been fortunate in being able to count many keen historians amongst its members, past and present, and this lecture was written by W Bro EG Watson, author of volume one of our Lodge history, and was compiled into the Palatine Book of Lectures by Bro GE Pearson in 1914.

5 Jan 2017

The first outing of 2017 and what an enjoyable night it was.

The business of the evening was the dedication of a new lodge banner. Donated to the lodge by the Rutter family brethren (father and two sons'), The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Simon Craig Steele received the banner for dedication and the Provincial Grand Chaplain, Canon Ron Black gave the dedication prayer, including a brief history of Phoenix Lodge.

10 Dec 2016

Installation - December 2016

Submitted by Wayne Rumley
Russell Wayne Rumley - WM

Another fine evening was spent on Thursday 8th December, 2016.

Having been re-elected Master, in my absence, at our November meeting, I was duly installed into the chair at our December meeting, or rather, proclaimed in the chair. As it is now quite common for Masters' of the lodge to serve a second consecutive term, the province have proposed a new ceremony for this situation, and having adapted it slightly to fit in with Palatine workings, it was performed thus.

31 Oct 2016

We had a superb visit to Vedra.

The business of the evening was the initiation of a Mr Stephen Williamson, who became the latest brother to join the Craft. A stand-in team performed the ceremony admirably, only receiving the information at the last moment that their Worshipful Master was otherwise detained with work.

Well known as a dining lodge, the festive board was not to be missed, and consisted of 5 courses, all worthy of upholding their reputation.

14 Oct 2016

Meeting - October 2016

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

Getting back into the swing of things with a first degree demonstration this month.

Our Fraternal visitors on this occasions were Vedra Lodge No. 3137 and Lodge Stewart No. 4261. Vedra being represented by their Junior Warden, W Bro Clive Parry, and Lodge Stewart being represented by their Almoner / Charity Steward, W Bro Malcolm Wilkinson.

9 Sep 2016

Meeting - September 2016

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

The first meeting after recess is usually a quiet one for us, and for this reason we rarely do any 'work' on the night. That's not to say we don't put every effort into having a good meeting!

We had Fraternal visits from Amity Lodge No. 3193 and Nautilus Lodge No. 4259. Whilst both of their Worshipful Masters were predisposed at work, Amity was well represented by their IPM, W Bro Richard Storey, and Nautilus by Bro Les Adams (JW), who delivered his first visitors' response at the festive board.

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