The first Lodge of Brevity news letter
Lodge of brevity
Newsletter No. 1 The Inaugural Issue
A New Lodge is Born
The Consecration of Lodge of Brevity
Friday, 13th March 2015 proved to be a very happy day and an extremely memorable occasion for all those Brethren who attended the Consecration of Lodge of Brevity No 9903 at the Novotel Hotel, Southampton. The Provincial Grand Master,R.W. Bro. Michael John Wilks, accompanied by Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge conducted the Ceremony of Consecration in a most impressive manner, with Founders of the new Lodge taking an active part in the proceedings.
In his Oration on The Nature and Principles of the Institution, the Provincial Grand Chaplain, W. Bro. Rev Robin Nash, referred to the Consecration as the culmination of dedication, determination and desire on the part of the Founders who have worked tirelessly to bring the new Lodge into being. Lodge of Brevity aims to respond to the pressures of modern life, by being flexible to the demands which are made upon so many of those who would potentially become Freemasons but have been reluctant to join because of constraints upon their availability due to business or family commitments.
Whilst maintaining the ethos of Freemasonry, and preserving the Ceremonial essentials of the work within the Lodge Room, the new Lodge will endeavour to conduct other parts of the proceedings with as much expediency and efficiency as possible, so that the Brethren may continue to be enriched by their Masonic Ritual.
The Founders of Lodge of Brevity No. 9903
with the Primus Master W. Bro. Noel Voice PSGD AProvGM (Front row third from left)
We are sure that the Founders and future new Members will be inspired by the same Masonic zeal which has been fundamental throughout our history and the vision for the future of the Lodge will be fulfilled.
The Founders come from diverse Masonic backgrounds but all have one thing in common – their love of Freemasonry. They are the pillars of this new venture and the levels of experience and array of skills and talents will ensure the smooth running of the Lodge, particularly in the first years of its life.
Following the Consecration, W. Bro. Noel Voice was Installed as the Primus Master by his fellow Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W. Bro. Jon Whitaker, assisted by Members of the Provincial Executive. The Warrant of the Lodge was presented to the Worshipful Master by the Provincial Grand Master who also gave a moving Address to the Brethren.
The Installation was followed by a Dinner, attended by over 200 Brethren, and the sum of £1000 was raised for the Winchester Cathedral – Learning Centre Appeal. In response to his Toast, the Worshipful Master thanked the Provincial Grand Master and all those Brethren who had been involved in the planning and organisation leading up to, and including, the Consecration and Installation. He further commented that everyone who
took part had helped to make the event so very special and an occasion never to be forgotten.
Facts Behind Familiar Faces
Senior Warden: W. Bro. Roy Quin PAGSuptWks
Roy Quin is a semi-retired Business Development Manager with a company of window manufacturers. Roy, a young and fit sixty year old, lives happily in Andover with his wife Linda, and their four children. He is a keen fly fisherman and, time and Masonry permitting, can be found, rod in hand, by the River Test at Leckford or dashing off a quick watercolour landscape, as he is an accomplished artist but is far too modest to say so.
Roy's Masonic career is impressive, to say the least. He was Initiated into Anton Lodge in 1990 and became Master in 2001. He became Provincial Deputy Grand Superintendent of Works in 2008 followed, in 2010, by Grand Rank of Past Assistant Grand Superintendent of Works. He was appointed 2016 Festival Committee Chairman in 2010 followed by Assistant Winchester Group Representative in 2011 and eventually Winchester Group Representative in 2013. His latest appointment in 2014 has been to that important role of Area Senior Vice Chairman for Hampshire North Central.
Junior Warden: W. Bro. Les Graddon PM
Les Graddon was Initiated into Gauntlet Lodge in 1991, became Master of Loddon Lodge in 2009, and has since become Organist. He plays for a number of Craft Lodges and has played at the recent Provincial Awards Meeting.
Head of Mathematics at a school for 19 years, he became a lecturer in mathematics at Queen Mary's Sixth Form College in Basingstoke for 17 years. When he was 27, he was offered a place at the Royal College of Music to train to become a
professional singer but decided to stick with his love of mathematics, keeping music a hobby. He read Psychology at the University of Reading, and is a member of two professional choirs. Les has recently been awarded an Honorary Degree for
Services to Education by the University of Winchester.
Les was an RAF Volunteer Reserve (T) officer in a combined cadet force unit for twenty years, becoming Commanding Officer. He retains the rank of Wing Commander (Retd.)
Treasurer: W. Bro. John Surtees PPSGD
John Surtees is a retired Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology. After some 29 years' service with various Ministry of Defence departments, he left the Civil Service to run the Services Department at Rohde & Schwarz UK as Services Manager for a further 19 years before retiring.
He joined Freemasonry in Archbishop Abbot Lodge in Godalming, Surrey and later the Lodge of Economy No.76 in Winchester, becoming Master in 2007. John and his wife, Christine have seven children and nine grandchildren - soon to be eleven.
Freemasonry is a major part of John's life and, with the Lodge of Economy recently becoming the Focus Lodge for the advancement of Masonic knowledge, and assisting in the creation of the new Lodge of Brevity, he continues to be a very busy man. He has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the Winchester Masonic Centre, serving as Lodge Representative, Treasurer, Secretary and Manager of the Centre.
Facts Behind a Few More Familiar Faces
Secretary: W. Bro. John McNeece PAGSuptWks
Until his retirement in 2002, John, a Glaswegian born and bred, was the owner and CEO of McNeece, a London based firm of architects and designers which he established in 1962. He is a past Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, a Freeman of the City of London, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.
He is a Freeman of the City of Glasgow and a member of the Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow. John is also a Marketeer providing services principally to small, charitable organisations.
Initiated into Freemasonry in Middlesex in 1989, he was the Provincial Grand Charity Steward of that Province from 2001 to 2006, and received Grand Rank in 2005. Currently, he is Master of Lodge of Economy, the Focus Lodge. Happily married with two sons, John's interests include modern art, classical music, cricket and cooking.
Senior Deacon: W. Bro. Peter Andrews PPSGD
Peter Andrews is a retired Marine Engineer who has successfully worked for many well-known shipping companies during his long career. The last of these was that of the well-known ferry operator Red Funnel Line. Peter is happily married with two sons and a daughter and is a great international supporter of both Rugby and Cricket which he used to play many years ago.
A Past Master of Bittern Lodge, Peter is a passionate and very active Freemason who has achieved the distinction of being awarded active ranks of Provincial Grand Steward and then Provincial Senior Grand Deacon. During his time with these active ranks he was an enthusiastic participant in numerous Official Visits by senior Provincial Grand Officers.
He is a Member of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge as well as several side orders. Peter was Manager of the first outing of the Freemasonry in the Community unit at the New Forest Show in 2010.
Junior Deacon: W. Bro. Stuart Seagrove PPGStwd
Initiated into Freemasonry in Elvetham Lodge, Basingstoke in 2005, Stuart Seagrove progressed to be Master of the Lodge in 2012. An very active member of Elvetham, he is currently Lodge Treasurer. He is also Treasurer of Rotary Lodge of Hampshire and a member of the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge having served as an active Provincial Grand Steward in 2014. A member of Winchester Round Table, he is regularly involved in fund raising for Masonic and non-Masonic charities.
A solicitor by profession, Stuart works long days in the office and is used to the pressures most young men face when trying to forge a career. When not in the office or at Court or an Employment Tribunal he enjoys being with his wife, who teaches singing, and his two year old daughter. His family is growing, with another daughter expected to in July 2015. Occasionally he can be found on the golf course; these days it’s more of a treat than a hobby!
A Fabulous Festive Board
Festive Boards at the Novotel are, invariably, superb, but this one was exceptional. Perhaps it was the joy of a dream realised - the creation of a new Lodge - or was it the relief of seeing so many hours of rehearsal time come to fruition? Whatever it was, the mood of the evening was that of achievement, celebration, and modest satisfaction. The Provincial Grand Master and his Executive were all in their usual excellent form which added to the occasion.
The day of the Consecration was also Red Nose Day, the charity fund raising event. But it was a delightful surprise when the the Provincial Grand Mater’s Official Escort entered the Lodge wearing bright red noses! The applause was fantastic, as W. Bro. Ian Preece nose! Oooops
Red Nose Escort
Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge
The Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge will be held in the
Guildhall, Southampton, on Wednesday, 1st July 2015 at 2.00 pm. and all members of Provincial Grand Lodge are Summoned to attend. Master Masons are invited to be present, but are not eligible to vote on any matter brought before the Provincial Grand Lodge. Brethren are requested to attend early and to be seated by 1.45 pm. Dark Morning Dress is to be worn and Grand and Provincial Grand Officers (and equivalent ranks) are to wear Full Dress Regalia.Gauntlets will not be worn. Masters and Wardens of Lodges should wear their collars and jewels of office. Royal Arch Chapter jewels are to be worn, if appropriate. Dinner will be provided at the Novotel, Southampton, at 6.00pm at a cost of £20.00 exclusive of wine (wine will be on sale in the Novotel foyer). Applications for tickets, together with Masonic Rank and Lodge must be sent in an envelope marked CRAFT to:- C.D. Oliphant, 116 Botany Bay Road, Sholing, Southampton, SO19 8FB (Telephone: 023 8032 4215) by not later than Friday, 5th June 2015 and must be accompanied by a cheque (made payable to "Provincial Grand Lodge Dining Fund") and a stamped addressed envelope. Early application is advised. Brethren wishing to sit together are to ensure that their applications are forwarded in the same envelope. Coaches from the Guildhall to the Dinner are for use by VIPs and some disabled Brethren.
13th APRIL Chandlers Ford 7:00 pm Officers Rehearsal - 1st Degree.
21st APRIL MEETING Chandlers Ford 7:00 pm - 1st Degree.
27th APRIL, Winchester 7:00 pm - LoI 2nd Degree.
5th OCTOBER Winchester 7:00 pm Officers Rehearsal -1st Degree.
12th OCTOBER Meeting
Winchester 7:00 pm - 1st Degree.
2nd NOVEMBER Winchester 7:00 pm Officers Rehearsal -2nd Degree.
9th November Winchester 7:00 pm Meeting - 2nd Degree.
23rd NOVEMBER Winchester
7.00 pm Officers Rehearsal - 1st or 2nd Degree TBC.
14th DECEMBER Winchester Meeting 7.00 pm - 1st or 2nd Degree and White Table (date/ceremony TBC).
Lodge of Brevity Founders Jewel
R.W. Bro. Mike Wilks, W. M. Bro. Noel Voice and W. Bro. Jon Whitaker
W. Bro. Ian Preece