Brethren, welcome to the First newsletter of 2018
2018 Key Events
- 13/01/18 Installation Of Jason L Culverwell as Master
- 10/03/2018 MHL Regular Meeting
- 21/04/2018 First regular meeting Of the new Derbyshire
- 02/06/2018 MHL regular meeting
- 07/09/2018. Mike Hailwood Lodge Ladies Night
- 22 & 23/09/18 Pistons and Props festival at Sywell, Northampton ( Public event non masonic)
- 09 to 11/11/2018 Classic Car and Bike Show NEC.
A proud day for both father and son as Jason was installed into the chair of King Solomon by his father Phil, a great gesture from our outgoing master Colin Fox who deferred his place to Phil for the ceremony.This was Jasons first installation and it was good to see yet another non founder take the chair after having served in every office in the line of progression. We were also entertained by an exhaustive motorcycling story from guest Harvey Williams about his racing career, helped by a distinct weight advantage from him not growing due to a skull fracture in his teens!
The Almoner Peter Tomlinson also reported a bumper year for charity donations, amounting to £2705 in the previous year. Well done to all our brethren and brother visitors.
10/03/2018 Regular March Meeting
This was Jasons first regular meeting as master, and in the absence of a candidate, the lodge was opened and closed in all three degrees, which was of particular benefit to our junior brethren. This was followed by a interesting talk from the Five of Nine Club, about the initiative in the Province to assist new masons in their lodges by having a central “ club” to facilitate learning and involvement with similar aged brethren across the Province.
The first meeting of the new Derbyshire Motorcycle lodge will be held in Ilkeston. W Bro Jon Pitt and W Bro Andy Hare are founders and both have offices in the lodge. The first meeting will be a short lodge open and close followed by a white table dinner featuring Thai Cuisine! Ladies and friends are very welcome.
Please keep sending in suggestions for lodge visits. Our WM is keen to visit lodges as can fit in with his work schedule, and of course there are a strong core of MHL members who do visit en masse to lodges where possible.
Two meetings coming up with dates TBC are to Graham Milton Lodge in April, where Bro Tim Carter will be installed as Worshipful Master and a return visit to Old Ben lodge in Shrewsbury where we had a superb time last year. Dates will be communicated in due course.
02/06/2018 MHL regular meeting
We have discussed having a ride out following the next MHL meeting in June. The meeting will have less labour than usual to accommodate this happening. As a motorcycling lodge we could do much more in terms of “ride outs”, this is the first step to doing more!. The intention is a ride out with a route map through superb Warwickshire rural roads, ending up at the Friendly Inn, Frankton for tea and medals! All brethren and visitors are invited to join.
Lodge of Progress (Province of Worcestershire), a peripatetic Lodge also known as BoB’s Lodge, “Brothers on Bikes” will be meeting on Saturday May 26th at Guy’s Cliff, Saturday July 21st at Matlock Bath (TBC) and Saturday September 18th at Tenbury Wells.
Following a good day out in July 2017 at the BoB’s meeting, we will again be looking to attend the July meeting. It’s a pleasant ride to and from the meeting. Last year 4 of us rode in convoy, again all welcome, and happy for any to join in the fun.
We will publish more details on events coming up later in the year but great emphasis is being placed on this year’s Classic Car and Bikes Show at the NEC on the weekend of 9/10/11 November. We are looking for full support for this event, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War which will be very memorably marked by the minute’s silence. We hope to have the use of an enhanced stand, and Bro Andy Hare is still wanting classic bikes from MHL members to show off there! As before, helpers will get free entry and parking.
Other events In May
I shall be attending “Grootlicht” in the Netherlands, a full weekend event held by Dutch masons, including a lodge meeting (in English!), “ride outs” and bbq. The cost is 190 euro for full board in a nice hotel for 2 nights. One of the “ride outs” will include a visit to nearby Arnhem Bridge. The event rapidly sells out and, one reason I am going is to see if this will be of interest to the lodge in future years. I will report back on this.
Similar to last year I am extending the weekend by 3 days to ride down to the Black Forest, staying in biker friendly Pension Williams, which has good reviews. Then I shall ride mostly non motorway back through the Vosges and Belgium. It’s very easy to make any trip abroad as expansive as you want. I am still keen to develop a lodge weekend (or longer) trip abroad, as the roads and riding experience are well worth the effort.
Mike Hailwood Lodge News General
As before please keep sending in any suggestions for lodge meeting visits, events, or planned “ride outs” which we can publish to inform all the brethren.
I am planning to visit Wales a few times this year, including a superb breakfast! Company is always welcome. I also fancy visiting East Kirkby airfield for the WW2 experience and see the famous Lancaster bomber “Just Jane”, if interested drop me a line.
Hoar Park on Wednesday mornings is getting more and more popular and is a great place to visit for tea and hot food and indulge in all the classic bikes that the morning attracts. Your host is, as ever, Bro Andy Hare…
Rugby Lodge Meetings
Bro secretary will email these to all the Mike Hailwood members as he is notified, so you will get them direct to your inbox. It is regretful that there are no pictures in this edition, probably due to the bad weather and no one out and about on their bikes. If you do spot something of interest pleas, take a picture and send it to me!!
Many thanks brethren, and I look forward to another great year for the lodge.
S & F