Dec 11

Bourne Lodge No.6759

Care Bearer Richard Waldy the Worshipful Master of Bourne Lodge was a very kind host in Bournemouth on Friday evening. The brethren were treated to an excellent meeting and some lovely pictures were taken with officers after the meeting closed before retiring to the Festive Board where all were treated to the annual carol sing song orchestrated by Choir Master Graham Lees accompanied by Tony Williams on piano. A lovely rendition of Silent Night by all the Brethren rounded off a very festive evening. Many thanks to all at Bourne Lodge.
 
Today, Sunday, is the South West area carol service when a large congregation, including family and friends, is expected. See you later.......Square Bear.
Dec 5

Clay Pigeon Shoot

While in the care of David and Sam Tidman, and Richard Waldy, an unexpected and very exciting adventure took place on Saturday 3rd. December joining everyone attending the Hampshire & Isle of Wight South West Area Light Blues clay pigeon shooting social at the Fareham Clay Target Club organised by David Manley.

The day commenced in the clubhouse for a hearty breakfast and cup of tea by the wood burning stove before heading out to the traps and even having the opportunity to have go under the careful supervision of Richard Waldy before awarding him the winners trophy.

A fantastic day had by all. Now very much looking forward to the visit to Bourne Lodge on Friday.

Nov 26

West Essex Meridain Lodge No.9821

After an enjoyable visit to Boscombe Lodge on Thursday and spending a couple of days with Bro. David (Dad) Tidman and Bro. Sam (Son) Tidman of Bourne Lodge today was an early start for the long journey in the travelling rucksack to Essex. The reason was for a surprise visit and appearance at West Essex Meridian Lodge No.9821. It is always a pleasure to undertake a visit outside the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight as it affords the opportunity to spread our news and achievements. Sam was a great bear carer and the brethren of the lodge were most welcoming. A nice picture with the Worshipful Master Ron Carr and newest member Bro. Neil Boatman.
 
The next visit in the diary is to Bourne Lodge but one doesn't know where the next surprise appearance may be.
Nov 25

Boscombe Lodge No.2158

 
Last evening bear carer Robin Nash, secretary of Boscombe Lodge ensured safe transport to the lodge meeting. The lodge team of officers were on good form undertaking a demonstration of the 2nd Degree ceremony, with Sam Tidman of Bourne Lodge acting as the candidate.
 
The meeting was well attended by members of the Lodge and numerous guests, with a reserved "Square Bear" seat placed among the Provincial Officers in the Lodge Room for the 1,111th meeting of Boscombe Lodge since ...it was founded in 1886.
At the Festive Board afterwards, W.Bro. John Davis was congratulated on his forthcoming 90th birthday, with a suitably decorated celebration cake. After cutting the cake, John regaled the assembled company with reminiscences from his introduction into Freemasonry and over his many decades as a member of the lodge.A number of pictures were taken with brethren at the festive board and special responsibility was give to minding the raffle prizes.
 
At the close of the evening transfer to Bro. David and Sam Tidman was ensured in preparation for the next visit in the Diary of Adventures which is to Bourne Lodge on the 9th. December. Thank you to all for a wonderful evening.
 
Don't forget brethren 2017 is Tercentenary year, invitations will be welcomed from lodges wishing to celebrate this milestone.
Nov 12

Cerdic Lodge No.7030

 

On Thursday 10th November whilst in the company of bear carer Robin Nash an unexpected visit took place to Cerdic Lodge No7030 meeting in Bournemouth. Robin is the Cerdic Lodge Visiting Officer so took the opportunity to enable new friends to be made at the festive board.
There was no ceremony conducted, but W.Bro. Andy Castell PPSGD gave a lively reading of a paper on a fascinating topic about the history and practices of Masonic Dining entitled "and so to refreshment".
It was particularly pleasing to have a picture taken with the Worshipful Master, W.Bro, Paul Bishop PPAGDC. This is Paul's second time in the Chair of the Lodge, and his final occasion as WM as he will be Installing his successor in the Chair at their next meeting in January.
A really nice surprise to make this visit, thank you brethren and guests at Cerdic Lodge.
 
Nov 5

Forthcoming Visit 24th. November

Robin Nash, Secretary of Boscombe Lodge is now the bear carer and will be hosting for the next planned visit on the 24th November, and a very nice home he has too.

 

Oct 31

Pax Hill Lodge....Not quite

Although the formal planned visit to Pax Hill Lodge did not take place last Friday due to Bear Carer sickness, whilst resting in the travelling rucksack two inquisitive brethren took a peek inside. What lovely gentlemen Gordon Brakewell and John Challis are. Thank you for the opportunity to see the light of day and the superb pictures.