Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine

Harry and Trevor bu Aid Van
Harry and Trevor

Two Freemasons from Dorset, Harry Barnes and Trevor Barrett, travelled to Ukraine, delivering much needed humanitarian aid to a local village Sokal. There was also opportunity to visit a Freemasons Lodge in Lviv, and presenting two pieces of Lodge Furniture made by members of our own lodge. The following article link below is written by Harry Barnes and gives a short insight into their journey.

Loyal Manor Chapter

Royal Arch Masons … ‘What is this doing here’? you may ask, well I thought I would show what else is out there, and having only joined last year and just four meetings in, would put a meeting update written, by Chris Barrett, on our Latest page to give you a little insight.

The Loyal Manor Chapter No. 6445 met at Portland Masonic Hall on the evening of Tuesday the 4th April and were joined by 3rd Provincial Grand Principal Dave Sandall and his Provincial team.

While the evening included several agenda items of an administrative nature in preparation for the Installation meeting in October, officers of the Chapter gave explanations of their respective jewels and Comp Brian Sharrock gave an introduction to the Chapter jewel.

This series of brief talks were of particular interest to those who had attended the previous meeting where an explanation of the Platonic Solids and the latest instalment further expanded this portion of Masonic knowledge.

Following the meeting there followed an enjoyable Festive Board, during which all diners were treated to a glass of port, curtesy of Ex Comp Derek Pile who was celebrating his birthday. Curtesy of Chris Barrett.

Curry and Quiz 2023

The Loyal Manor lodge curry & quiz was held at Portland Masonic Hall on Saturday the 25th March. 12 teams of various sizes took part and represented a total of 90 attendees . The quiz master was Bro Gavin Anderson-Terry and he was ably assisted by his daughter Lois. The winning team was The Top Club Terras and second were The Fluffy Dumplings. The teams (pictured along with Gavin [Quizmaster] the team were Tony Smallman, Roger Hart, Andy Porter [Captain], Mike Berry, Nigel Rimmell, David Uppington and Richard Sartin). Everyone enjoyed a superb curry (or alternative) mid-way through and the evening was concluded with a raffle which raised £400 for the Portland Building Fund. Many thanks go to all those who attended and especially those who generously donated a raffle price and bought tickets.

Jail or Bail?

On Friday 3rd March our very own Bro. Gavin Anderson-Terry is up for a charity trial at the Shire Hall in Dorchester where, unbelievably, he has been charged with ‘crimes against fashion’, you can see the campaign details here Weldmar Hospice Jail or Bail. Video evidence of the said (sad) crimes can be found in this YouTube Video

Gavin needs to raise the princely sum of £999 in Bail (Charity) funds but with current evidence it does not look good! You can help raise Gavin’s bail money via his Weldmar Trust Just Giving page

Should you wish to go and visit, or gloat at, Gavin in his cell, then he will be incarcerated from around midday(ish) on the Friday 3rd March. Entry to the Shire Hall in Dorchester will be required.

Visit to The Portsmouth Lodge No:487

On the 20th January 2023, Twelve Brothers of the The Loyal Manor Lodge No:6445 visited The Portsmouth Lodge No:487 of the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Our Worshipful Master W.Bro Derek Sawtell was received as an official guest alongside the WM of Bishopswood Lodge No:7920 by the Worshipful Master W.Bro Kevin Hunt of The Portsmouth Lodge.

There is a strong family link between the two lodges with Bro Steve Watkin who has five family and friends in The Portsmouth Lodge, pictured below is Bro. Steve Watkin sitting with his father Ed Watkin, who has been in Freemasonry for more than 40 years.

Christmas 2022

Our Worshipful Master and his Wife Anne celebrated Christmas with the Brethren of Loyal Manor in style. The evening culminated in singing several carols and of course the legendary Twelve Days of Christmas bringing the house down. A big thank you to all those who organised and setup the evening and also great thanks to W.Bro. Sartin for our carol music.

The evening raised money for the Winter Support for Ukraine

Exeter German Market

Christmas kicked off for Loyal Manor with a min-bus trip to the Exeter German Market the first weekend of December. A group of sixteen took the day to enjoy the German Market and all that it offers with a slap up meal on the return journey.

All had a great time … the merriment in the restaurant was going so strong it was hard to leave and head home. Merry Christmas Loyal Manor.

Musket, Pike and Drum Lodge 9906

On the 29th October 2022 W/Bro Brian Barton, PGStB of the Loyal Manor Lodge 6445, was invited to visit the ” Musket, Pike, and Drum Lodge 9906 at Alton in the Province of Hampshire, to present them with one of his specially made cable tows, which are now becoming known not only across the country but across parts of the world.

WM with his Wardens and Initiates

Brian was accompanied by W/Bro’s Graham Cook, Derek Pile, and Roger Hart, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed themselves at this lovely and somewhat unusual meeting of a travelling re-enactment Lodge. During the meeting they performed a double initiation. The clothing that some officers wished to wear was dependent on the re-enactors area of interest, which varied widely from Nelson and Trafalger to King Richard III and the battle of Bosworth Fields.

Brian also had the pleasure of presenting a GL Certificate to one of their more recent members.

All in all a brilliant day, finishing up with an excellent festive board.
W.Bro Graham Cook