Posted on Facebook by Malcolm Sweet
My wife and I were the guests of Manchester St David’s Lodge Herefordshire. This is a travelling lodge ! Rather than closing the Manchester based lodge because of falling membership several members got together and moved from Manchester to Herefordshire meeting twice a year and making sure that those meetings are on a weekend so the ladies can enjoy a weekend away if they wish.
The meeting on 11th June was at Cheshire View, Christleton Nr Chester a beautiful modern building purpose built Masonic Hall.
The master happened to be Michael T Holland, PGM of Herefordshire accompanied by his deputy PGM Graham King along with distinguished brethren from many other provinces.
I gave a talk on The Life and Times of Rudyard Kipling at which the ladies were present and it was received extremely well. Michael Holland then asked me to nominate a charity of my choice and a donation was then made to DURHAM BENEVOLENCE, the largest single donation I have received in in 26years. I was also delighted to have my mentor John Proctor of West York’s who started me on this Rudyard Kipling journey 27 years ago, he gave his approval as well !!
Photo :- Left to right
Mike Hopkins sec, Mrs C Holland, Michael T Holland PGM Herefordshire, Mrs Margaret Sweet, Malcolm Sweet, Graham King Deputy PGM.
A Masonic night I will never forget
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”