Wednesday, 3 May 17 Lodge newsletter 2
IPM Andy Hare, Secretary Richard Bache, Treasurer David Humphries and W.M. Colin Fox enjoying the “Cinderella Club” at Hoar Park on Wednesday mornings.
Visit to 1804 Coborn Lodge, in Chingford Essex, by Jon Pitt and Richard Bache, installing the new master, full details below…
Regular social activities-
Hoar Park Garden Centre just outside Nuneaton hosts a regular get together on Wednesday mornings a plethora of Classic vehicles from buses to motorcycles. There is a good café on site, and as such is a great place to visit and have a natter and look at the vehicles.
If possible you could then ride across country to Mallory Park on the Wednesday afternoon to watch practice sessions used by all classes of racing motorcycles up to and including British Superbike. Last year admission was a couple of quid for which you get full access to all areas, and there is a good café on site and in the paddock.
Coborn Lodge 1804 Visit Easter Saturday April 15 2017
It has become an informal custom within our lodge to attend the April Installation meeting of this lodge since its “rebirth” as a motorcycle lodge in 2014. We wanted to support them in their growth and as a show of thanks for their regular visits to us. Whilst not the most enthralling ride on Britain’s motorways to get there, we have always received a warm welcome, seen excellent ceremonies and enjoyed their ritual and style at the festive board, Which is an “all day breakfast!”
The ride down was quiet being Easter Saturday, and after a few attempts we found the “ride in” meeting point just off the M25. There were 17 “Brothers on Bikes”, all masons, and a column was duly formed, with myself and Richard at the rear. We were convoyed through some very nice woodland roads where cars dutifully gave us way so we could all keep together, and arrived at the Chingford Lodge rooms which are very conveniently located on the edge of town.
The ceremony was indeed very moving as I had met Chris Cox the IPM, in previous years and he was a “larger than life” figure, who sadly passed to the Grand Lodge above earlier this year, he will be dearly missed by the lodge brethren. A Lodge of Sorrow was called on and Chris’s trademark Cowboy hat was solemnly paraded through the lodge. All the brethren paid their respects in dignified fashion, by personal reflections in silence, and I for one felt uplifted by such brotherhood. The rest of the installation passed well and I wish their new W.Master a very happy year. (The breakfast was as good as ever!)
I shall look forward to our return in 2018 if not before. It would be great to get a healthy contingent for the return. All members are welcome to join us for the next visit.
Last Weekend’s Bike4Life Charity Run in aid of Midland Air Ambulance from Shrewsbury to RAF Cosford was supported by 7,500 bikers, including our Secretary!
Dates for your diary
Donington Park lodge stand, with bikes, 6 passes for each day, contact IPM for these, first come, first served.
Consecration of a new motorcycle lodge at Southampton.
12/05/17 13/05/17. Mike Adams Old Ben Lodge. 25th Anniversary.
20/05/17 Provincial Grand Lodge at Great Queen Street, to support Paul Vernon on gaining his Provincial Rank.
21/05/17 Classic 300 Festival at Windsor Castle, with the Grand Master.
25/05/17 W.Bro Howard Davis is being installed in the chair of his London lodge, please contact secretary for details ASAP.
03/06/17 Regular MHL Meeting, with the raising of Vincent Potter.
24/06/17 Tercentenary celebrations at Weston Park.
15/07/17 Isle of Man TT Lodge Installation.
15/09/17 W.M. Ladies Festival Isle of Man.
23/09/17 Rugby Tercentenary meeting, Hailwood and other Rugby Lodges at Laurence Sheriffe School.
RUGBY LODGES SCHEDULE
(March – April 2017)
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(Please note Easter Day is Sunday, April 16th.)
Please Contact our Secretary for details for any brethren wishing to visit any of the above Lodges.
Hot news for May is the Mike Hailwood stand at Donington Park Classic Bike Endurance Races on 5th, 6th and 7th May 2017. We need six Brethren to help out and, ideally, bring a motorcycle for the stand. I shall try to cover Saturday and Sunday with my trusty Fazer 1000. Please contact Andy Hare for free passes and tickets (for the 6 helpers only).
Then it’s two visits to other lodges with our WM, Friday 12th May to the Consecration of new Motor Cycle Lodge in Hampshire, closely followed by a Ride to Old Ben Lodge in Shrewsbury on Saturday 13th May to support the father of our Lodge, Mike Adams. I do know a pleasant ride back if anyone fancies it! Both these visits are ideal opportunities to participate in the social side of the Lodge with a Masonic purpose!
Later in the month there is a visit to Grand Lodge where Paul Vernon will be getting his first Provincial Promotion. Andy Hare will be taking part in the Classic 300 Festival the next day in Windsor. Finally, Brother Howard Davis is being installed in the Chair of his London Lodge on 25th May.
Looking ahead to June . . . .
Is the raising of Brother Vincent Potter. We have had a good response and several Past Masters are assisting in the ceremony. We look forward to seeing Vincent’s progress furthering his Masonic career.
Sadly, I shall not be able to attend this meeting, but wish you all well. I shall be attending the Motor Cycle Lodge meeting (Tu Felix) in Austria in Innsbruck as part of a week-long bike trip to Austria, back through the Swiss and French Alps. This could be the start of a potential relationship with a foreign Lodge! I will give a report in the next News Letter and, of course, at the following Officer’s Meeting.
24th June - M FEST at Weston Park
Much has already been said about this event. I am thinking of hosting a Ride Out on either Saturday or Sunday to visit what looks like a great day out, if you fancy going for a day only. Please let Richard know if you would like to come along. I shall send out another News Letter before M FEST to cover this event and set out activities for the summer and into September.
Lastly the riding season is now well with us and once more I call upon you for any ride out suggestions which we can publish to all Brethren.
Yours sincerely and fraternally