A "Wee Stroll" Through the Province of Buckinghamshire in aid of the British Heart Foundation and Brain Cancer Trust

The next big Buckinghamshire Craft and Royal Arch joint charitable event is here.

On Friday 26th July, through to Sunday 28th July, a group of intrepid walkers will be joining the Worshipful Master of Stephens Lodge, on a journey through the province, starting at Bletchley Masonic Centre and finishing at Slough over three days.

David Clark, Steve Pratt and Andrew Murray have undertaken this challenging task and have committed to walking the full length of 68 miles and they need your help.

They are looking for enthusiastic ramblers to join them, just for part, or even the whole length, this will be a gruelling 22 miles each day totalling 68 miles, which is two and a half marathons! There will be many stops along the way for refreshments and break stops detailed in a schedule below. We would appreciate any support on the day, whether you are rambling or could assist our support team along the way.

A member of the lodge suffered a heart attack in April, inspiring the team to take positive action by supporting the British Heart Foundation, as well as supporting the Brain Cancer Trust. We are hoping to raise £5000 in aid of these great causes.

Day 1 - Bletchley to Aylesbury Masonic Centre - (22.8 Miles)
Stops include- The Three Locks pub, Toot Toot canal parking, Gables Masonic Hall, Cook's Wharf car park, The Red Lion, finishing at Aylesbury Centre.

Day 2 - Aylesbury to Beaconsfield Masonic Centre - (22.8 Miles)
Stops include- The Five Bells Pub, Boug's Meadow Great Missenden, The Old Oak Holmer Green, Penn Street Village Hall, Winchmore Hill Village Hall, Beaconsfield Masonic Centre.

Day 3 - Beaconsfield to Slough Masonic Centre - (22.1 Miles)
Stops include- The Royal Standard, Marlow Masonic Centre, Jenners Riverside Cafe, Slough Masonic Centre (The Finish Line).

The all-Important Link is as below.
https://donate.givetap.co.uk/f/masonic-charitable-foundation/l3089-stephens-lodge/a-wee-stroll-through-the-province 

Buckinghamshire Freemasons BIG 123 Event: A Historic Day at Freemasons' Hall

Buckinghamshire Freemasons have once more made Masonic history. Saturday, June 29th, 2024, saw a once-in-a-lifetime occasion where Buckinghamshire Freemasonry took over the entire Freemasons' Hall on Great Queen Street for a day filled with ceremony, tradition, and progression. 

A Day of Degrees and Special Moments

The essence of the BIG 123 event lay in its unique approach to our cherished rituals. We conducted First, Second, and Third Degree ceremonies simultaneously across every temple within Freemasons' Hall. This ambitious undertaking was a testament to our commitment to the craft and an unprecedented opportunity to welcome new brothers and elevate our brethren along their Masonic journeys. 

A truly special moment occurred during the event when the newly appointed Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tim Anders initiated his father into Freemasonry in the Grand Temple. This poignant ceremony added a deeply personal touch to an already historic day, highlighting the intergenerational bonds that Freemasonry fosters. It was a powerful reminder of how our fraternity spans not just years, but lifetimes and generations, binding families in shared values and traditions.

Honouring Tradition and Embracing the Future

Freemasonry is built on a foundation of history and tradition, and the grandeur of Freemasons' Hall, with its rich architectural heritage, served as the perfect backdrop for such an event. This historic building has witnessed countless ceremonies and has been a cornerstone of Masonic activity for over three centuries. Our gathering there on Saturday was a nod to the enduring values and principles that have guided Freemasons through the ages.

Yet, as we honoured our past, we were equally focused on the future.

The BIG 123 event was designed to invigorate our ranks with new brothers who share our commitment to personal development, charity, and brotherhood. By facilitating multiple degree ceremonies, we accelerated the Masonic progression for many, ensuring that our fraternity remains vibrant and dynamic.

Growing Our Brotherhood

Freemasonry has always been about growth—both personal and communal. The BIG 123 event was a strategic effort to bolster our numbers and fortify our bonds. In an age where digital interactions often overshadow face-to-face connections, Freemasonry offers a unique space for meaningful engagement and lifelong friendships. Our ceremonies yesterday not only initiated new brothers but also reinforced the shared values that make our brotherhood strong.

The event saw over 650 Freemasons, and guests from 47 different lodges across the Buckinghamshire province in attendance. 150 Freemasons were initiated as Entered Apprentices, Fellowcrafts, and Master Masons throughout the day. It was an experience that will live in the memories of all who attended.



Music by Take That performing Greatest Day. (C) 2008 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

AND THAT’S A WRAP !

Yesterday Buckinghamshire Freemasons made Masonic history … AGAIN.

All 3 ceremonies carried out at Freemasons Hall, London using every temple by 47 Lodges.

A truly BIG event !

We look forward to sharing images from the day in the coming week.

AND THAT’S A WRAP !

Yesterday Buckinghamshire Freemasons made Masonic history … AGAIN.

All 3 ceremonies carried out at Freemasons Hall, London using every temple by 47 Lodges.

A truly BIG event !

We look forward to sharing images from the day in the coming week.

TOMORROW'S THE BIG 1-2-3 DAY

Buckinghamshire Freemasons making masonic history yet again !

The whole of Freemason Hall , Freemasonry's national home in Central London, occupied by Buckinghamshire Freemason Lodges carrying out private ceremonies in all the temples throughout the day.

This event marks a historic milestone for Buckinghamshire Freemasonry and promises a memorable day for all.

584 attending
47 Different Lodges

https://youtu.be/PjRL8kjNKeA

FREEMASONRY IN THE COMMUNITY

Saturday night through to the early hours of Sunday morning saw Buckinghamshire Freemasons step forward to marshal the local Florence Nightingale Charity Hospice  Midnight Walk.

Over 400 walkers took to the streets of Aylesbury to either complete a 5 or 10 mile route while raising money for the charity.  To guide the routes through the night, over 40 Freemasons from 20 different lodges of Buckinghamshire stood at points to cheer the walkers on and ensure their safety.

The Midnight walk was first established with the Hospice in 2010, with the exception of the CoViD lock down years, and has raised over £1million pounds from its start, it is the largest fundraising event that they carry out each year.

Buckinghamshire Freemasons have proudly put themselves forward to be involved since its inception, a true Freemasonry In The Community event.

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JULY DIARY OF MEETINGS

Buckinghamshire has 117 lodges that meet at 16 Centres across the county throughout the year.

This is the diary for the coming month.

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Bucks Classic Car Lodge Installs a First Time Master

W.Bro Mike Pearsall was installed into the chair at Bucks Classic Car Lodge on Saturday 15th June at Beaconsfield Masonic Centre.

Since it’s consecration in 2017 when the Primus master R.W Bro Sir Stuart Hampson took the controls for the first year and then subsequent years the chair has been occupied by past Masters.

Assistant Provincial Grand Master Matthew Perkins attended with a host of Provincial officers, along with some newly appointed Grand Officers, W.Bro’s Eraldo Guarino and Carl Freeman.

W.Bro Matt was presented with his BCCL driving licence and obligatory L Plates, in the theme of the lodge's special interest, classic cars.

Some 40 members then dined together at a magnificent festive board which was topped off with a fantastic rendition of the Masters Song by W.Bro Phil (Elvis) Witney.

We now look forward to initiating two new members at BIG123 on Saturday 29th June.

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Fun Day at Slough Masonic Centre

Slough Daylight, The Shooting Lodge, along with Observatory Lodge, held a joint BBQ and Laser Clay Shooting Fun Day at the Slough Masonic Centre.

Over 70 Freemasons, their partners, friends and family were in attendance for the first BBQ to be held at the centre.

After a short Lodge meeting in the moring, the guests arrived for the Laser Clay Shooting held on the adjacent school playing field.

After building up a healthy appetite, a fantastic BBQ followed, utilising the new terrace area of the recently improved Slough Masonic Centre.

This was a highly enjoyable way to spend a sunny Saturday with friends and family and is typical of the many fun social events organised by Lodges throughout the Buckinghamshire Province.

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ORION "THE WINE" LODGE INSTALL ITS NEW MASTER

As Buckinghamshire's Fine Wine Lodge it was fantastic to see the progress this small but perfectly formed Lodge is making, did we mention its also one of our special interest "Wine" themed lodge?

The evening began with the Installation of W.Bro Philip Witney as WM by W.Bro Roger Chandler. The lodge practices "Logic" workings which were developed in the 1880s by members of the theatrical and performing arts in London. Ceremonies are "performed" and delivered to a high standard in Logic lodges. 

The lodge displayed an array of excellent newer masons doing work, in Fellowcrafts Nii Okyne and Michael Lee. 

What followed was an Italian themed festive board which paired excellent wines with each course of olives, bread, antipasti, spaghetti and cheese. Each wine was shared and explained by Lodge Sommelier Bro Lee Lee Keeper. 

This was a truly excellent evening and a unique experience in Buckinghamshire Freemasonry.

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BIG 1-2-3 - ONE MONTH TO GO

Join us for this incredible once in a lifetime experience where we take over Freemasons Hall for an entire day.

We will be holding 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree ceremonies in every temple at Great Queen Street to bring even more interested candidates into masonry and progressing our many newer members along their masonic careers.

There is only one month to go until BIG 1-2-3 if you have not booked in please do so through this below:
https://buckspgl.org/events/provincial-events/big123

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CONRAD WALKS THE HIGHLAND WAY TO SUPPORT BUDS

Conrad Evans an Aylesbury Freemason from Pegasus Lodge No 5637, walked the West Highland way in Scotland, a distance of 96 miles in 10 days, which is especially hard as Conrad is Disabled meaning that walking is far harder, making this an incredible feat.

Conrad did this in aid of a Charity called BUDS The Buckinghamshire Disability Service, who are focused on supporting disabled people by fixing the biggest issues facing them, click here to find our more about them: https://buds.org.uk/ 

At the finish line Conrad had raised a massive £3735 and we would like to assist him in reaching his target of £4000 for this brilliant cause.

Well done Conrad you have done us all very proud and made a big difference in supporting BUDS.

Please click the below link to support him:
https://shorturl.at/FmSBW

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JUNE DIARY OF MEETINGS

Buckinghamshire has 117 lodges that meet at 16 Centres across the county throughout the year.

This is the diary for the coming month.

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DISCOVERING FREEMASONRY

Buckinghamshire Freemasons hold another highly successful membership event.

Freemasons from Buckinghamshire hosted yet another remarkable live event, inviting a large number of candidates who were interested in Freemasonry to attend an evening where they had the opportunity to learn about Freemasonry from masons who had a great deal of experience.

In addition, it was available to partners and visitors, as well as anybody who had a passing interest in the topic and was eager to learn more about it. In order to accommodate their visitors, the Slough Masonic Centre was filled with a large number of people, including already existing Freemasons to accompany their guests.

At the beginning of the evening, Neil Robertson provided a brief introduction to the concept of freemasonry and discussed the unique aspects that make it so remarkable. 
Lee Buckingham, John Palman, and Matt Eaton were among the other individuals that spoke in more detail about who we are and what we do. 

The conference came to a close with a presentation on the philanthropic contributions that Freemasonry has made, as well as a special presentation from Dawn Allen of the Henry Allen Trust, which is an organisation that we have recently supported.  

The evening was a fantastic success, bringing in a number of candidates we will be welcoming into Freemasonry at our BIG1-2-3 event at the end of June.

Thank you to everyone who assisted on the evening and those who supported with your attendance.

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Buckinghamshire has 117 lodges that meet at 16 Centres across the county throughout the year

This is the diary for the coming month.

If there is a location & day that suits your home and work life and you are interested in finding out more, please reach out to our membership team who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Long-term friendship is celebrated in Haddenham

Last week, Bro. Chris was installed as the head of Haddenham Lodge for the first time by his school & cadet friend of 35 years, Bro. Lee. Bro. It was a very special evening for these good friends, that saw Bro. Bill oversee the first part of the ceremony before turning it over to Lee for the main event.

Bro. Lee proposed, and Bro. Richard seconded Chris' entry into Haddenham Lodge in May 2016, which made the ceremony special for Chris.

APGM Matt Perkins delivered a flawless address to the master and a fantastic toast at the meal after the meeting. Lee then presented Chris with a miniature set of working tools with a brass plaque marking the date.

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55 years to the day that Leo became a Freesason, he's finally become a WM!

In the Hallstone Province of Buckinghamshire there are always great meetings, but this one was something else!
Not sure you can beat watching (now) W Bro Leo Kyte going into the chair, done so brilliantly by both the Installing Master Grae Laws and our PGM.

Leo is one of the most beloved characters in Buckinghamshire Freemasonry (and beyond), and his humour and charm really showed throughout the entire meeting. At the spritely age of 89, and exactly 55 years to the day that he was initiated, Leo finally made it!
He is now head of Eric Deung Lodge of History and Research. Created as a lodge on enlightenment, and named after a Past Provincial Grand Master, the lodge symbolically meets on the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.

It was an action packed agenda at this Spring Equinox Installation; there was a 50 year certificate presented to David Tremain, a surprise promotion for Leo given by the Past Senior Grand Warden, AND a birthday celebration for Norman Hyde, reaching 98 years of young age on the day!

To finish all that off by raising £1,000 for Leo's charity of choice, a prostate cancer support group in Aylesbury, that supported him through his previous health issues.

They say Masonry is universal, I say that today showed it really is. Combining over 110 different masons into one room, all with different reasons of why they love Leo, but all singing the same chant throughout the day.

Leo!
Leo!!
Leo!!!

Well done to the likes of James Blackhurst and Ewan Forrest Gordon for the work they put into today (so many others too I'm sure) as well as the long line of APOs, members, and visitors that took the time out of their day for a special person.

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APRIL DIARY OF MEETINGS

Buckinghamshire has 117 lodges that meet at 16 Centres across the county throughout the year.

This is the diary for the coming month.

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Still raising the bar after 60 years!

Last week, RWBro Willie Shackle CBE received his 60 year Long Service Award from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Neil Robertson.

Willie is the past Grand Secretary as well as being past president of two of the former charities. He is also an active Sussex and London mason and brethren from both those places were in attendance as a surprise to him, including three of the APGMs of Sussex. 

Not one to rest on his laurels, Willie then acted as a deacon for an excellent double raising for Rob and Toby, with the masters work being done by the WM, RWBro Anthony Howlett-Bolton ProvGM of (Berkshire Freemasons).

A fabulous and fun festive board followed and a great meeting was had by all. 

Old Wycombiensian Lodge No. 6754, one of the Provinces "Special Interest Lodges", is the lodge for former pupils, staff, governors and fathers of the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.

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Father & Brotherly, Brotherly Love at initiation

Tuesday night this week saw an initiation involving several family members.

Bro Jesse Wells jnr and Bro Zafar Shah were both initiated into Concordia Lodge (2492). Both Bros were treated to a thoroughly enjoyable ceremony, which brought out all that is good about Freemasonry.

The ceremony started with Concordia welcoming W. Bro Jesse Wells snr of Wendover Lodge (9616) into the Chair of King Solomon so that he could deliver his son’s obligation. After which, Concordia’s Secretary W. Bro Ken Workman took the chair and Bro Zafar was obligated. The ceremony then resumed for both Bros, with W. Bro Ken assisted by an excellent delivery of the North East Corner by Bro Dumitru Marocico, Concordia’s current Inner Guard.

One of the initiates, Jesse Wells jnr, then had other family members conduct work for both candidates, his brothers;  Bro Albert Wells delivering the working tools and Bro. John Wells presenting the charge, both of which had only joined Freemasonry late in 2023.

A ‘lively’ festive board followed which underlined the great camaraderie amongst the members of Concordia and their guests and highlighted how this Lodge should be a certain stop on any ‘visitors’ must attend list! 

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