Jun 2

Hermes Lodge No.5532

Last Friday was a rather special day as a guest of Hermes Lodge No.5532 and was especially well looked after by Bear Carer Jey Muir the lodge assistant secretary. The event being attended was a charitable presentation event. Jey has very kindly submitted a report which is included below followed by a list of all the charities that benefited from donations and also a list of all the lodges and chapters that made donations. Many thanks to Jey, the brethren of Hermes Lodge and a...ll those other lodges present on this special occasion.

“Fareham & Gosport Masonic Centres held a combined Charity Cheque Giving Afternoon on Friday 27th May 2016, it was held at the Gosport Masonic Centre and was a great success.

Both the Mayors of Gosport and of Fareham who assisted in the presentation of the cheques, thanked W Bro Ray Bazani for arranging the event and asked to pass on their thanks and appreciation to the participating lodges for their generosity and for giving to such a wide variety of charities.

The recipients were amazed by the number of charities that received donations and were surprised and delighted with the size of the donations. A total of 15 Lodges and Chapters took part and donated the magnificent sum of £21,000.00. It is hoped that we will be able to repeat the event again next year.

Without the support from the local lodges we would be unable to hold wonderful events like this.”

Charities Receiving Donations

Alzheimer’s £3300.00
Hampshire Air Ambulance £3250.00
Dreams Come True £1300.00
Hounds for Heroes £1125.00
Harbour Cancer Support £1150.00
Rowans Hospice £1000.00
Meningitis Now £1000.00
Peel Common Junior School £1000.00
Chernobyl Children £1000.00
Haematology & Oncology QA Hospital £950.00
St John’s School £600.00
Holbrook Primary School £600.00
Mayfield Nursery £500.00
The Rainbow Centre £500.00
Cash for Kids (Wave 105) £500.00
Shore Leave Haslar £500.00
Crones and Collitas £500.00
Whizz Kidz £400.00
Motiv8 South £250.00
Don’t Hate Donate £250.00
Naomi House & Jacks Place £250.00
Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation £250.00
Haven Breast Cancer £200.00
Gosport Stroke Club £200.00
Gosport Food Bank £200.00
Canine Partners £100.00

Lodges & Chapters making Donations

Lodge Number

Lodge of Harmony 309
Gosport Lodge 903
Gosport Chapter 903
Prince of Wales 1705
St Vincent Lodge 5295
Hermes Lodge 5532
Lee Britten Lodge 5782
Lee Britten Chapter 5782
Rowner Lodge 6974
Haslar Lodge 7234
Clarence Lodge 8167
Titchfield Abbey Lodge 8189
Wessex Lodge of Fidelity 8681
Master Builders Lodge 8694
Thomas Langton Fund TLF

Apr 19

Upcoming Event

Currently with new Bear Carer James Sampson. James is Visiting Officer for Forest Villages Lodge No.9405 meeting in Brockenhurst. Next Monday 25th. April will be a visit to Forest Villages Lodge to meet with brethren to partake in their 25th. anniversary celebrations. There are sure to be many attending to share in this occasion marking such an important milestone in the history of Forest Villages Lodge. Very much looking forward to making new friends.

Feb 7

Links Lodge No.8431

Antony Simpson has been special Bear Carer during this year and after a very entertaining New Year with a couple of colourful characters he was a very kind host at Links Lodge No.8431 for the occasion of their Burns Night celebrations.
After being escorted by the Director of Ceremonies W.Bro Mike Barnett and greeted by W.M. Paddy Cambra a seat was provided to watch a double Passing Ceremony. Afterwards joining the Festive Board and witnessed an excellent address to the Haggis by W.Bro. Arthur Hawthorne. A few more beverages were drunk before being escorted back to Bro. Tony Simpson's house. This was an excellent beginning to 2016 and more invitations will be very much welcomed.
Thank you Tony and all at Links Lodge.

Dec 21

St. Swithuns Lodge No.4795

Malcolm Patis the secretary of St. Swithuns Lodge has been a very kind bear carer since the earlier visit to Osborne Lodge on the isle of Wight having been safely transported across The Solent by Square Bear guardian Clive Dobson and handed over to Malcolm at Portsmouth Harbour railway station. Time was spent at Malcolm's home before the visit to St. Swithuns Lodge. A report compiled by Malcolm is below and accompanying pictures.

"On Thursday 17th December I had a very enjoya...ble evening at St Swithuns Lodge No. 4795, in Gosport, under the care of W. Bro. Malcolm Patis. Their December meeting is always special, as for 41 years, since the consecration of St Swithuns Lodge No. 8550 in Abingdon, they have had a visiting association. The Abingdon Lodge visit Gosport in December and this is reciprocated each July. An initiation as usually performed on each occasion.
The initiation ceremony performed this evening was excellent and, as I was seated next to the IPM, I had an excellent view and was charged with taking care of certain pieces of equipment used during the ceremony.
I dined with 60 brethren at the festive board following the ceremony. Afterwards we moved into the bar and I was entertained to some rousing carol singing, accompanied on the keyboard by the WM. At this point in the evening I had a very lucky escape as W. Bro. Mike Badcock, attempted to kidnap me and take me back to Abingdon, asking for a ransom for my safe return. The Brethren of St Swithuns came to my rescue and having got over the excitement I am now quietly awaiting my next adventure."

Many thanks to Malcolm, the brethren and guests of St. Swithuns Lodge. The next planned adventure is to Links Lodge in January with bear carer Antony Simpson so Malcolm will be ensuring safe transport and transfer soon. Merry Christmas everyone.



Dec 7

Osborne Lodge No.2169

Saturday 5th December was spent in the company of brethren and guests of Osborne Lodge at their meeting in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Visiting Officer Brett Clark ensured safe transport to the lodge where Bear Carer Julian Whittaker assumed his responsibilities as host for the evening. A seat was reserved in the temple, just under the working tools, which afforded a perfect view of proceedings. A first degree ceremony was conducted in excellent fashion by the W.M. Mi...ke Price assisted by his team of officers. Bro. Geoff Troake was afforded a superb introduction to freemasonry. The festive board was a very lively affair. This was the last time the lodge meet before Christmas and all the brethren were in fine voice as they joined together in singing several carols. The brethren were very welcoming as is always the case when visits are undertaken on the Island. Julian was a fine bear carer and has provided some pictures taken in the temple prior to opening the meeting and afterwards at the festive board. Thank you all at Osborne Lodge.


Nov 16

Chequered Flag Lodge No. 9914

Friday 6th. November was a significant milestone in the history of the province, the consecration of a new lodge is always a celebration of many months of hard work on the part of countless brethren. The consecration of Chequered Flag Lodge No.9914 a date in the calendar that will be well remembered for many a year. W.Bro. Andy Venn was again an excellent bear carer and his report on the visit at the Novotel in Southampton is reproduced below together with his pictures published for your pleasure. Many thanks Andy for all your hard work over recent weeks being host and bear carer.

"It was an early start for me today as my carer had to be at the Novotel for one final rehearsal to ensure that the consecration of the Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight's newest Lodge, Chequered Flag Lodge no. 9914, went smoothly.
9am came and rehearsal started while the Provincial Grand Stewards were setting up the lodge room. The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies seemed happy enough.
Time for a coffee and a quick trip to Macd's for lunch then it was time to be seated for the ceremony.
After a fantastic ceremony performed by the Provincial Grandmaster it was tome to adjourn to the bar while the dining room was set up.
Dinner, a few glasses of wine and I didn't win a thing in the raffle. All in all, a fantastic day. One that none of us would have missed for anything. Square Bear"

Oct 26

United Grand Lodge of England

Saturday 24th. October was an opportunity to travel on adventures outside of the Province to visit United Grand Lodge of England in London. Andy Venn continues to act as bear carer and it was a special occasion for Andy personally as he was presenting at a conference being held at Grand Lodge. We in the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight should be immensely proud of the excellent work being done by Andy on behalf of Freemasonry. Below is a report of the occasio...n which has been compiled by Andy together with some pictures. Thank you Andy for being a great bear carer, very much looking forward to our next outing together.

'So, early on Saturday morning my carer of the moment, Andy Venn, and his wife set off with me to London. Michelle dropped myself and Andy off at Egham station and we hopped onto a train to Waterloo.

From Waterloo we walked over the bridge and headed up Drury Lane to Great Queen Street and the HQ of English Freemasons. Andy was presenting at the New & Young Masons Clubs Conference, organised by the Connaught Club.

I must say that this is an impressive building. Inside we met up with Masons from all over the country, including some others from Hampshire & Isle of Wight, as you can see in the pictures with me and Robert Robinson, then some Masons from Buckinghamshire. Unfortunately I had to take my seat ready for the conference to begin so we ran out of time for more photos.

Afterwards I attended the Installation meeting of Burgoyne Lodge no 902 where the Metropolitan Deputy Grand Master was in attendance. Again, due to time and circumstance we couldn't get any photos, which was a great shame as Temple no 10 is an impressive lodge room.

We eventually got home, shattered from all the travelling"