Bro. James Radford-Flint, was passed to the degree of a fellow-craft on Thursday March 8th, and Bro …………. will be passed for us on the 20th March at Bordon Garrison Lodge 7538.
W.Bro. Mike Dillon was elected president of the Onslow Lodge of Instruction No. 102, with W.Bro. Andrew Vallance taking on the secretary’s role, as well as being a preceptor.
Onslow Lodge was 130 years old on the 24-01-2018, having been consecrated in 1888.
Onslow Lodge was honoured with the presents of four brethren from Ararat Lodge Pat. N76, under the United Grand Lodge of Bulgaria when one of the brethren’s son was initiated into our Lodge. They presented the APGM and our acting W.M. with plaques and books of paintings by a Bulgarian artist.
James (18) and Jack (95) the youngest and the oldest mason’s at the installation on January 9th 2018.
Onslow Lodge 2234 welcome three new initiates into Freemasonry
Onslow Lodge held its annual Summer Buffet at The South West Surrey Masonic Centre, Weybourne House in Guildford on Sunday 17th July. Some 80 people attended made up of members of Onslow Lodge together with their families and friends. We all enjoyed pre-luncheon drinks on the veranda overlooking the River Wey before taking our seats in the dining room for a sumptuous buffet. After the meal a raffle was held and £500 was made, being divided equally between Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and The 2019 Festival appeal which supports the new Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Grand Finale was as usual the now famous “Yockney Quiz” compiled by Onslow’s very own Quiz Master, Gerry Yockney, which got everyone’s grey matter working overtime.
This year we were joined by The Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons, representing Freemasonry for women. Maxine Priestley, their Grand Secretary, was present and will be working with Onslow Lodge, in particular W. Bro David Fairhurst, in presenting Freemasonry to Surrey University students in support of the UGLE University Scheme initiative at this years Freshers Fayre at the end of September.
Here are some photographs of the day.
The lodge room seats were filled 3-deep in places as 44 brethren assembled to see Past Junior Grand Deacon, W. Bro. Gerry Yockney installed as the 127th Master of Onslow Lodge. This was Gerry’s 6th Installation as Worshipful Master, his second in Onslow Lodge.
Installing Master, W. Bro. David Fairhurst, commented on how much Freemasonry, and the world, has changed since Gerry was last Master of the Lodge and said it was good to see renewed enthusiasm from a distinguished Grand Officer now approaching his 80th birthday.
Gerry said he was looking forward to leading the Lodge through the next 12 months and, with the Universities’ Scheme now well established, want’s to focus on bringing in members from the local community to give us the continuity that we need to make sure Onslow Lodge can support student members in their brief time with us.
Gerry chose a balance of youth and experience in appointing his Officers. Who are all delighted to be serving under such a distinguished Master.
On Thursday 12th of November the Lodge completed some work done as a courtesy to The Grand Orient of Brazil.
Bro. Marcus Nascimento came to The University of Surrey last autumn to study for a Master’s Degree. Having been initiated by his father in Brazil over the summer, he was keen to progress in Freemasonry in this country. A long process of international masonic diplomacy ensued to enable Onlsow Lodge to Pass and Raise Bro. Marcus.
Having been Passed to the 2nd Degree in October, Bro. Marcus was joined by his father for his Raising ceremony. Both said it was a very special occasion and a very proud father thanked Onslow Lodge for arranging and performing the ceremony. During the ceremony Bro. Marcus was invested with his father Master Mason’s apron which had been brought over from Brazil especially for the occasion.
Particular thanks should go to the Assistant Grand Master, RW Bro. Sir David Hugh Wootton, whose decision to institute a ‘Culture of “Yes” rather than a culture of “No”.’ was instrumental in getting this work done.