Friday 12thMay was the very much looked forward to consecration of the Motorcycle Lodge. A packed Novotel was the venue and there was much anticipation as many brethren arrived on a variety of motorcycles. The special interest lodges founded across the province in recent years have made special efforts to bring something memorable and unique to their consecrations and regular meetings.Bear carer Ian Glading of Portsdown Lodge arrived in plenty of time to ensure excellent pictures were taken at the Worshipful Master's pedestal.The enthusiasm of all the founders of the lodge will no doubt contribute to ensuring the newest lodge in our wonderful province will be a great success and encourage new members to our fraternity. Congratulations to all involved.
Wednesday 2nd May was the visit to Portsdown Lodge with Ian Glading. This was the second visit to this fine lodge meeting in Cosham.
A very warm welcome from all the brethren present and a superb ceremony was conducted by the Worshipful Master, Steve Hatton and his team of officers. A very nice picture with Steve and the lodge Junior Warden Paul Bath is included for you to enjoy.
Always a pleasure to visit lodges meeting at Cosham and very well cared for by Bear Carer Ian Glading. Having been able to be present at the S.E. Area Charity presentation event with Ian he continues his caring role today at the consecration of the Motorcycle Lodge No.9939 in Southampton. Hope to see many brethren there. Thank you Ian and Portsdown Lodge brethren.
20th March was a visit to Elizabethan Lodge No.7262 in the South West Area of the Province. A unique way of celebrating the UGLE Tercentenary. A special welcome from all the brethren at Elizabethan for Square Bear and many guests. The pictures speak for themselves. A tremendous effort by all involved to make this anniversary one to remember.If your lodge is planning a meeting or other event to celebrate the tercentenary of our wonderful fraternity perhaps you could consider inviting Square Bear to share in your event, this can then be recorded and posted across Facebook, Twitter and squarebear.org as a lasting record for all Square Bear friends and followers around the world to see how we enjoy our fun and friendship together. Check the Dairy of Adventures, the pinned post on Bear on the Square.
It was delightful to spend the evening with the Royal Marine Portsmouth Lodge No. 6423 on Tuesday 18th April with Bear Carer Gary Spencer-Humphrey. The lodge room was very busy but Gary managed find a suitable front row seat in the West to witness Gary’s installation into the Chair of his Lodge, along with 60 brethren and visitors. It was also lovely to see the S.E. Area APGM Mark Mills-Goodlet attending and a very special appearance of the Past Assistant PGM Gareth Davies.This was a very special evening, as Gary and I had a sneaky plan to surprise the Installing Master with his very own uninitiated bear, having fond memories of the Royal Marine Lodge’s BBQ attended in the capable bear caring hands of Gary in 2015, Installing Master Pat had always wanted his very own bear and this wish came true at the Festive Board...along with some surprise pictures taken with me and Pat when he was taking 40 winks. Lots of laughs on this evening, it was extremely fun to have shared this event.It would be nice to be invited back to this joyful lodge again. Many sincere thanks to Bear Carer Gary and all the brethren of the Royal Marine Portsmouth Lodge for a welcoming visit. It was excellent to see Pat adopt his own uninitiated bear and have a take home postcard of the BBQ. Best wishes to the WM and all his Officers for a fruitful and enjoyable year........ Square Bear
Good morning Square Bear friends and followers. Were you at the South East Area charities presentation evening yesterday? If you were you were privileged to share in a terrific occasion. Many charities were invited to Purbrook Masonic Centre where the Provincial Grand Master Michael Wilks, the S.E.Area Assistant Provincial Grand Master Mark Mills-Goodlet and many brethren were pleased to handover cheques totalling £49,162.00. A tremendous achievement by all the brethren across the area.All can be proud of being able to support so many local charities with this magnificent amount particularly so soon after completion of the RMTGB Festival last year.Many thanks to Ian Glading, Bear Carer. Very much looking forward to visiting Portsdown Lodge next week.
Wednesday 5th April was a very much anticipated visit to Domus Dei Lodge with Bear Carer Jordan Fretter. This was a special occasion on so many levels.
Firstly it was an official Provincial visit by the area APGM Mark Mills-Goodlet and accompanying team of officers.
Secondly it was the lodge installation meeting, Bear Carer Jordan Fretter being installed as master of the lodge.
Thirdly Jordan was installed by his Dad Adrian Fretter. So many aspects to celebrate.
There was not an empty seat, in fact a special Square Bear place had to be allocated at the secretaries table, this afforded a magnificent view of the proceedings. A very proud and emotional occasion for both Jordan and Adrian.
A sumptuous Festive Board followed where close bonds and friendship was experienced by all present. This was a truly wonderful event to be able to share. Thank you to all at Domus Dei Lodge and your guests. Congratulations to Jordan and all the officers who were invested......Square Bear
A fantastic start yesterday to the weekend away in Exmouth with bear carer Peter Springett, brethren, family and friends of Landport Lodge. A unique way to spend time celebrating UGLE Tercentenary. A few pictures here taken waiting for our coach to take us all to the lovely west country. An afternoon relaxing by the sea before the evening spent making music together. There is certainly much more ahead to enjoy together and all will be shared with you over the next few days.
Several more photo's have just been received today, 10th. May, from Paul Jackson on behalf of Peter Springett of Landport Lodge. They are from the lodge trip to Exeter in Devon 17th-19th.March.This was a weekend of celebrations for brethren and families marking the UGLE Tercentenary. A lovely weekend was spent together exploring the city of Exeter and fun times in the evenings singing and making music together.Thanks to Peter and all who made the journey to Devon together, a super time, and as you can see from the pictures, very tiring.
Now Saturday afternoon enjoying seeing the local sights. Nice to see a street that could have been made for me.