COVID-19 - Communication from UGLE - 14th April 2020

An official communication from the United Grand Lodge of England - Tuesday 14 April 2020

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Guidance on Donating to the Masonic Covid-19 Appeal

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Date posted: 14 April 2020

COVID-19 FAQs for Lodges and Chapters

Please click below for advice from the UGLE, relating to problems arising from the suspension of all Masonic activity.

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Date posted: 12 April 2020

COVID-19 Letter from the Grand Master, 17th March 2020

Companions, the Grand Master has today ordered the suspension of all Lodge and Chapter meetings for a period of four months, with immediate effect.

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Date posted: 17 March 2020

Berkshire Chapter Ladies Supper 2020

Royal Arch Ladies Supper returns in great style

Over 180 people attended the return of the Annual Ladies Supper in its revised format as a Dinner Dance on Friday 28th February, 2020, when, for one night only the Flavell Suite at Sindlesham Masonic Centre was transformed into the hottest night spot in town.

With low lighting and sweet music, guests were treated to a three course meal, dancing and a top class Cabaret Act in the person of Jay Antonio singing a lively selection of songs from Motown and Soul Classics, which kept the dance floor packed for hours.

An excellent Raffle was arranged during the evening, with winning tickerts being drawn by the RW Provincial Grand Master, E Comp Anthony Howlett-Bolton. The star prize was a well stocked hamper of edibles and consumable items, selected and put together by the Deputy Grand Superintendent E Comp Jem Whitmore and his wife Chrissy, altogether raising over £1,040 for the Berkshire Festival 2023.

The ME Grand Superintendent and his Lady Jane were delighted to see so many people at the event, welcoming them all and and hoping the turnout would set the standard for future occasions.

Date posted: 1 March 2020

Geoff Heron's 60th Anniversary

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Diamond Geezer - Geoff Heron - 60 years a Royal Arch Mason

Comp Geoff Heron – Downshire Chapter No. 2437


Companion Geoff Heron was Exalted into the Downshire Chapter No. 2437 on the 2nd February 1960, and 60 years later, at the age of 89 years he is still attending meetings, and is a very active and much admired member of the Chapter.

The occasion of this Anniversary was celebrated on the 4th February 2020 at a meeting of the Chapter, when the Provincial Second Grand Principal, E Comp Mike Warner presented Geoff with a Certificate to mark the occasion, but not before having sat Geoff down and read to him a detailed and interesting history of his life and Masonic career, during which it transpired, among other things, that the Wokingham Masonic Centre is much indebted to Geoff who, through his experience in soft furnishings and drapery, helped to provide the curtaining and seating in the Temple.

Mike was supported by the ME Grand Superintendent, E Comp Ian R G Hopgood, his Deputy E Comp Jeremy G Whitmore, PGSwdB, Third Provincial Grand Principal E Comp Rodney L A  Bancroft, TD, PAGDC, and an extensive retinue of Provincial Officers of the year.

The evening was enjoyed by over 40 Companions who loudly applauded and congratulated Geoff on attaining this remarkable milestone, and afterwards continued their celebrations with a sumptuous and convivial Festive Board.

Geoff Heron, a truly Diamond Geezer.

Date posted: 6 February 2020

Royal Arch Support Group

Berkshire R A Support Group Volunteers

The Provincial Executive and DC’s team, has decided to set up a Support Group (similar to that of the Craft) to assist struggling Chapters in the Province of Berkshire. This will be co-ordinated by E. Comp. Steve Hieke, ProvDepGDC, and overseen by the 2ndProvGP, E. Comp. Mike Warner.

  • A dedicated group of Companions is required who are willing to attend all regular meetings of the identified Chapters, including rehearsals, and to assist with the ritual where required. Group members will be allocated to their preferred Masonic Centres, according to Chapter needs and to that end it will be of great help if those interested in helping can indicate which Masonic Centres they are able to attend and which particular parts of the ritual they can assist with.
    At the present time three Chapters have asked for assistance and the Co-ordinators are looking to have a team of at least four or five Companions per Chapter – each having a Team Leader who will liaise with Steve Hieke.
    The Province is also looking to set up a dedicated team of Companions, with reliable skills, who are able to assist other Chapters within the Province, at short notice, to fill vacant offices due to non-attendance such as illness, work and family commitments.
    Steve Hieke and Mike Warner will also attend as many of these meetings as they can to try boost numbers and assist with the ritual where necessary. Please only apply if you have sufficient time to actively support these Chapters.
    A similar initiative has proved to be very successful within the Craft in Berkshire - and has helped many struggling Lodges, a lot of whom are now flourishing.

If you are interested in helping the Province with this extremely important task, please download and complete the Support Group questionnaire with your details.

Date posted: 13 September 2018