Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Chevron's 500th and the Black Country Demonstration Team

Chevron Lodge is celebrating it’s 500th meeting

on

Friday 10th March, 5.30 pm

at

Knowle Masonic Centre

Chevron celebrates 500 years in style

Chevron Lodge No 6021 will be celebrating it’s 500th meeting on Friday 10th March, and will be hosting the Black Country Demonstration Team, who will be demonstrating
an Initiation from the Victorian era, and you are cordially invited to attend.

There will be a festive board afterwards, which you are also welcome to attend, at a cost of £25.00 (including wine). The menu is:-

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup,
  • Braised Beef and Seasonal Vegetables,
  • Apfel Strudel and Cream,
  • Cheese and Biscuits,
  • Coffee or Tea.
    Vegetarian Alternatives are always available.

If you wish to attend the Lodge Meeting, which opens at 5.30 prompt, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please indicate if you wish to attend the meeting only, or the meeting and the festive board. If staying for the festive board, we will contact you regarding payment.

The Charitable Collection for the evening will be donated to the Royal Masonic Benevolent Fund.

 

Goodluck Lead Mine - Digging Deep into Mining History

Good luck for some might be winning the lottery, or finding that you might retire early – but for one Warwickshire Mason it means something entirely different.

It’s ‘his’ own mine deep in Derbyshire, not far from Cromford – the Goodluck Lead Mine.   

The entrance to the mine

Marked on the hillside by a spoil heap containing 40,000 tons of waste rock the mine is on a site containing the remains of original buildings including a changing area, and powder house. The entrance gives access to 4,000 ft of accessible passage plus an internal shaft 130ft high including ladder ways. Uniquely it has stone stempling or propping of its passages showcasing the skill of the old miners. When the veins of lead were removed the old miners packed waste rock onto stone sections to create a passageway. They represent an enduring work of art – still supporting the roof all these years later, despite having been placed by hand without any lifting gear or cement. 

Inscriptions from 1831 with the names of the miners who worked there
Inscriptions from 1831 with the names of the miners who worked there
The stone 'stemples' in the mine
The stone 'stemples' in the mine

It also has its own ghost – one Gamaliel Hall, who fell down a shaft back in the 1700s. Tools and equipment can move mysteriously, but everyone reckons he’s more a friendly spirit.    

Originally driven in 1830 to access much older workings and shafts on the top of the hill, it was open extracting lead and barytes till the 1950s. It was re-opened in the 1970s as a tourist attraction, but was due to close ten years ago, and be lost for ever. W Bro David Barrie of Goldieslie Lodge 6174, Sutton Coldfield fell in love with the mine in 1990 when he first visited. Together with a band of likeminded caving and mining enthusiasts he helped form a club to run it, carrying out maintenance and clearing of the site.

It wasn’t an easy task – classed as a ‘working mine’ the mines inspectorate took an interest and had to be appeased. Funds had to be raised for new equipment, cap lamps and safety equipment. And since the intention is to make mining history accessible to all – plenty of tours for tourists and nearby residents.

One of the digs

It’s also hosted numerous events, from ghost hunter nights, to practise rescues by local cave rescue.  Unfortunately as the mine is now so extensive the team needed help to find the ‘casualty’ that had been hidden for them!  

Now the club has over thirty active members who double up as owners – their rights enshrined in mediaeval Derbyshire law. New passages and workings have been opened up, breaking into other mines on the hillside – meaning that visitors can also abseil in. The mine is now open every first Sunday of the month up to midday, or other times by arrangement for parties. David said “we particularly welcome parties from Lodges who are looking to do something different. We can do tours in the evenings and at weekends, and we often end up at the pub afterwards. We provide all lights, helmets, visitors just have to come wearing warm outdoor wear, and walking boots/gumboots.” Tours generally just involve walking, and there is no crawling or climbing, unless someone feels really adventurous.

Location – just off layby on the A5012, just below junction with B5023 Middleton by Wirksworth.

Secretary - 07808 326469

Website www.goodluckmine.org

 

Lodge of Loyal Service - January Newsletter

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For more information about the Ladies Festival and the booking form please click here

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Athelstan donates over £6,000 to local hospices

On December 1st 2016 W Bro David Evans completed his year as Worshipful Master of Athelstan Lodge. During his year, ably abetted by his wife Karen and with the support of the Brethren and their partners, he raised the magnificent sum of £6,241.00 for Charity.

A Burns night, Sunday Lunch, Week-end away, Garden Party and culminating with his Ladies Festival, all helped to raise the money.

The lucky recipients were The Mary Ann Evans Hospice and the St Giles Hospice, the nearest Hospices to Atherstone, they received £3120.50 each.

Mrs Karen Evans, Mr Richard Phillips, W Bro David Evans, Mrs Janet Kavamagh and W Bro Brian Whitmore
Mrs Karen Evans, Mr Richard Phillips, W Bro David Evans, Mrs Janet Kavamagh and W Bro Brian Whitmore

The cheques were presented at Athelstan Lodge Rooms to a delighted Janet Kavamagh, Mary Ann Evans Hospice and Mr Richard Phillips, St Giles Hospice who thanked both W Bro David and all the Members of Athelstan Lodge for the generosity.

 

Orion Lodge No 4993 and Robert Burns

Orion LodgeRobbie BurnsOn Thursday 12th January 2017, 51 Members of Orion Lodge and 5 other Lodges together with their Wives, Partners and friends gathered at the Yenton Assembly Rooms to celebrate the birth of Scotland’s favourite poet “Rabbie” Burns.

To the sound of the fiddle, the Haggis was paraded in amongst the tables to arrive in front of the Worshipful Master where our only true Scot, W Bro John Cowan, addressed the Haggis in the usual animated and vocal manner we have come to love and expect from him, much to the delight of all those present especially those witnessing the ‘Address to the Haggis’ for the first time, although it has to be said that most of us could not understand a word he was saying for some of the time.

Having dispatched the remains of the Haggis back to the kitchen ready to be served, following the traditional Selkirk Grace, we all tucked into a first class meal of Haggis, Neaps & Tatties, followed by Roast Beef with all the trimmings and rounded off with a really boozy Scottish Cranachan.

The toast to the man himself  "The Immortal Memory" was given by W Bro John Cowan, the toast to the Lassies was given by our Senior Deacon Bro Chris Worton, and in the absence of our own Chorister, W Bro Roger Miles, being laid low with “Man Flu”, the Ladies song was sung by W Bro Norman Blackburn of Concord Lodge. Our Worshipful Master’s Wife, Kate, gave the response to the toast to the Lassies letting us all into some of the secrets of the Macauley household.

W Bro John Cowan addressed the Haggis in the usual animated and vocal manner
   W Bro John Cowan addressed the Haggis in the usual animated and vocal manner

The evening being rounded off with two choruses of Auld Lang Syne.

During the evening a Raffle was held which raised the sum of £168.00 for "We are Macmillan Cancer Support" The whole evening being under the supervision of our Director of Ceremonies, W Bro  Paul Jenkins,

P.S. I am reliably informed by the observer from the Provincial Team who was present, that the job of the existing Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, is quite safe.

Rod Burlton
14th January 2017

 

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