Rathcreedan Lodge have installed their new Worshipful Master

Alan Knowles and Nigel PayneThe 248th meeting of Rathcreedan Lodge 8690 saw the Installation of W. Bro Nigel Charles Payne into the Chair of King Solomon along with his Senior Warden, Bro Mark Turner, and his Junior Warden, Bro Kevin Wright.

The ceremony was witnessed by 71 Brethren including the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Oxfordshire, Worshipful Brother Alan Peter Knowles.

During the 2nd Rising, the APGM was presented with a cheque for £1500 toward the 2022 Festival.

Our next meeting is an initiation ceremony in May.

We hope our visitors will return again soon.

Installation Night 2017

Rathcreedan Lodge 8690 were hosts to 70+ guests at their fundraising social dinner on Saturday 12th November.

A bumper raffle organized by W. Bro Tim Moss managed to raise £420 for the Banbury Women’s Refuge.

Our Worshipful Master, W. Bro Michael Allcott is seen presenting Morrison and Argos vouchers worth over £500 to Vania Martins an administrator at the refuge supported by two of her colleagues, Rebecca and Jonathan.

Two of Rathcreedan Lodge’s most recent recruits, Bro’s Tony Williams and Tony McGurk were on hand to assist in the presentation.

Vania commented that the vouchers would greatly help to make Christmas a much happier occasion for the ladies and their children staying at the refuge.

95 Freemasons congregated at Freemasons Hall Banbury to witness the Installation by Proclamation of W. Bro Michael Anthony Allcott serving for a second term as Master of the Lodge.

Deputy Provincial Grand Master – Neal Spencer and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master – Alan Knowles.

Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Neal Spencer (right) and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Alan Knowles (left)

15 active Provincial Grand Officers were also welcomed, principle amongst was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master – Neal Spencer and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master – Alan Knowles.

The Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire, David Macey also graced us with his presence along with a retinue of visitors from our Masters Mother Lodge, the Lodge of Allegiance 6000 meeting in Sutton Coldfield.

Additional seating was needed to accommodate an impressive galaxy of Freemasons from all over the Province and beyond. The Ceremony of Proclaiming the Worshipful Master was led by the Immediate Past Master W. Bro Ray Potts.

This most important of tasks was carried out in a sincere and faultless manner illustrating all the hard work plus coaching from the Director of Ceremonies, Worshipful Bro Christopher Gold supported by the Wardens, Officers and Brethren of the Lodge.

The Ceremony was followed by a festive board at which a party atmosphere pervaded making the whole evening an unqualified success.

Everyone attending the festive board received a commemorative gold finished mug courtesy of Bro Kevin Wright Design Studio.

Many thanks to all who attended in support of our Installation and 40 th Birthday meeting.

Here’s to the next 40 years !

Well-known businessman and popular member of Banbury’s community, Charles Swain, has died aged 92.

Mr Swain died peacefully at the Horton General Hospital on February 17 and his funeral was held at Adderbury Parish Church on Tuesday.

A loving husband, step-father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Charles was born in 1923 and grew up and went to school in Adderbury.

He started work as an apprentice at a local electrical company where he carried out domestic, farms commercial and some industrial electrical installations. He joined the Air Defence Cadet Corps in 1937 and in 1941, when he was 18, he joined the RAF, where his initial training was at Blackpool and then at RAF Henlow in Hertfordshire. He then joined 50 Squadron at RAF Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire, where he was in the electrical section of the Ground crew.

He formed his first company CJ Swain Ltd in 1971 and expanded by starting a plumbing and heating company CJ Swain Mechanical Services Ltd. In 1975 with his son, Chris, from his first marriage, and Roger Fletcher, they started Menvier Electronic Engineers Ltd, as manufacturers of emergency lighting equipment and, from 1984, fire alarms. The business expanded from three people in an attic to employing more than 400 people.

In 1990, Mr Swain became national president of the Electrical Contractors Association for the year, travelling all over the UK and Europe, speaking at meetings, events and dinners. He joined the Rotary Club of Banbury in 1969, being club president from 1981 to 82, and was a Freemason for 54 years.

Over the years Mr Swain was also involved with many major fundraising initiatives in Banbury, including St Mary’s Church and the A&E building and scanner for the hospital.

He was a supporter of Adderbury Park Football Club, chairman of the village’s parish council and was married to his second wife Pauline for more than 20 years until her death three years ago.

We’re Pleased To Announce The Details For “The Maggie’s 50” 2016 50 Mile Cycle Ride

50 mile cycle ride Saturday June 11th 2016 (5th year)

Meet at 12:30 for 1:00pm Start
From the George Pub, Barford St Michael

This is a circular route with a stop off at the half way point at Boycott Farm Shop near Stow School for refreshments. The ride will finish back at The George Pub. Martin the landlord has given permission for cyclists to park their vehicles in the in the pub car park.

BBQ To Start From 7pm At The George Public House
£20 Entrance Fee Including Bbq – £5 For Under 16’S

The proceeds will be donated to Maggie’s trust – www.maggieharveytrust.com – Set up to contribute to funding into brain tumour research.

There will be a meeting at the George Public House in Barford St Michael on Tuesday 31st May at 8:00pm – This is to discuss the details of the bike ride, and distribute maps, instructions etc as required. For those who did the ride last year the route will be exactly the same.

This is not a race. The riders who have previously taken part have varied widely in ability. Anyone who wants to cover the route in a fast speed can do so. The record time to complete the  ride is 2hrs 7 mins. (This was on a time trial bike). Conversely the route has been completed by two young teenagers in just over 5 hours and two very distinguished gentlemen in just over—– (times withheld!)

No one will be left behind the slower cyclists will be accompanied. There will be support  vehicles carrying first aid, top up water, and stirrup pumps to assist in case of punctures, and they will be able to collect anyone who struggles and feels they can’t continue.

If possible could you please bring your entrance money to the meeting on the 31st May. The BBQ will include a vegetarian option. We are hoping this will also be an enjoyable social occasion, and anyone who can’t make the bike ride is very welcome to join us for the evening and pay for food at the BBQ. We will welcome your support! The BBQ will be prepared by:

Tony Lowe – chef le grande and Tony Collier – sous chef (burger tossers!!!!)

Hope to see you!!!!

£6072 has been raised todate!!!!!!! 60% on the way towards reaching our Maggies 50 fund raising target of: £10,000 !!!!!!!

We plan to start practice rides weather permitting Wednesday evenings & Sunday Mornings mid to late March. These will leave from the Barford village hall.

Contacts: George Williams/ Tony Shrimpton/ Rachel Reeves

George:
m. 07801 956642
e.  gselog@gmail.com

Tony:
m. 07887 986862
e.  tonyshrimpton@hotmail.co.uk

Rachel:
m. 07914 843429
e. r.reevesserby@gmail.com

 

See our website:  www.Maggies50.org

Lodges from Banbury including Calthorpe, Castle and Rathcreedan presented a cheque totalling £2464 to fundraisers at The Katharine House Hospice – The donation was presented on behalf of the Grand Charity.

Chris Gold, Mike Smail, Paul Pueschel Mark Taylor, Ron Barnett pictured with Moira Logie and Daphne Robertson, heads of Fundraising for The Katharine House Hospice.

Chris Gold, Mike Smail, Paul Pueschel Mark Taylor, Ron Barnett pictured with Moira Logie and Daphne Robertson, heads of Fundraising for The Katharine House Hospice.

Members from these Masonic Lodges, Chris Gold, Mike Smail, Mark Taylor, Ron Barnett,Tony Lowe and Paul Pueschel met Moira Logie and Daphne Robertson, heads of Fundraising for The Katharine House Hospice.  

Moira and Daphne explained the amazing work carried out by the staff and the daily financial pressure they face in maintaining the excellent services the Hospice provides.

In addition to this donation from the Grand Charity, Banbury Freemasons Lodges and their members continue to make regular donations to this amazing organization

Learn more about the great work and support Katharine House Hospice provides at: www.khh.org.uk

 

 

The ‘Steak Night’ proved a huge success last Saturday night with 72 attending to support the Charity Fund Raiser on behalf of  the Banbury Women’s Refuge, which operates under the umbrella of the Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service.

Steak Night Presentation

Barbara Lowe and Linda Gold presenting vouchers to Vania Martin, one of the support workers at the refuge and Maria who, up until recently, was a resident

Our Charity Steward, W. Bro Dennis White was able to provide £500 worth of vouchers from Morrison’s and Argos. This will make for a much happier Christmas for the 12 families and 14 children currently at the refuge.

Tim Moss presided over a bumper raffle and Chris Gold administered the evening in his own inimitable style…

Sanchia and her team worked miracles, providing a first class meal of steak, fries, onion rings, vegetables and salad…. plus a selection of desserts !

Two wives of Rathcreedan members, Barbara Lowe and Linda Gold made the presentation of vouchers in the main Temple to Vania Martin, one of the support workers at the refuge and Maria who, up until recently, was a resident.
A massive thank you must go to all involved not least of which those who attended to support the event.

The Oxfordshire Province Masonic Golf Society has organised a fantastic Charity Golf Day in aid of The Pantomime Project:

Friday, 28th August 2015
Oxford Golf Club, Hill Top Road, Oxford, OX4 1PF.

Team Prizes! ..Individual Prizes! ..Raffle Prizes!

The Joe Mitty Memorial Trophy

Format of the day

  • Entry Fee: £220 Per team
  • Team Stableford Competition Over 18 Holes
  • ¾ Handicap – Max H’Cap – Gents 28 Ladies 30
  • Best Two Scores On Each Hole To Count
  • Three Course Meal Followed By Prize Giving Ceremony

Download Registration Form

Open to all Freemasons and their friends.

If you are unable to enter a team you can still support this worthwhile cause by sponsoring a hole – only £50!

This year will see the 4th Annual Charity Cycle ride in Memory of Maggie Harvey – with riders raising money for The Maggie Harvey Trust which supports brain tumour research.

Meet at 12:30 for 1:00pm Start From the George Pub, Barford St Michael

This is a circular route with a stop off at the half way point at Boycott Farm Shop near Stow School for refreshments. The ride will finish back at the George Pub. Martin the pub landlord has given permission for cyclists to park their vehicles in the pub car park.

  • BBQ to start from 7:00pm at the George pub
  • £20 Entrance fee including BBQ
  • The proceeds will be donated to Maggie’s website:
    www.maggieharveytrust.com
  • Set up to contribute to funding into brain tumour research.

There will be a meeting at the George Pub in Barford St Michael on Tuesday 2nd June at 8:00pm – This is to discuss the details of the bike ride, and distribute maps, instructions etc. For those who did the ride last year the route will be exactly the same.

This is not a race – he riders who have taken part in the previous years vary widely in ability. Anyone who wants to cover the course in a fast speed can do so. The record time to complete the ride is  2hrs15 minutes, but the completion times can vary to over 5 hours.

No one will be left behind – the slower cyclists will be accompanied.

There will be support vehicles carrying first aid, top up water, and styrup pumps to assist in case of punctures, and they will be able to collect anyone one who struggles and feels they can’t continue.

We can collect entrance money on the day of the ride but it will assist with planning if you can bring this to the meeting on the 2nd June if you haven’t paid beforehand.

We plan to start practice rides from Barford weather permitting Sunday Mornings during mid to late March, and Wednesday Evenings when the clocks change to summer time. These will leave from the Barford village hall.                    (Details of times to be confirmed)

The BBQ will  include a vegetarian option. We are hoping this will also be an enjoyable social occasion, and anyone who can’t make the bike ride is very welcome to join us for the evening and pay for food at the BBQ.   We will welcome your support!  Hope to see you!!!! 

George Williams/ Tony Shrimpton
George:     Mobile 07801 956642 / Email gselog@gmail.com

Maggie’s 50 2014 3rd Year

(Reprinted from The Banbury Guardian)

A third annual charity ride in memory of a beloved villager Maggie Harvey took place in Barford St Michael on Saturday 14th June.

58 keen cyclists took part in Maggie’s 50 this year, which is a 50 mile cycle circular ride in support of the Maggie Harvey trust which raises funds to support brain tumour research.

In June 2010 Maggie was diagnosed with Glioblastoma the most aggressive form of brain tumour. When she knew her condition was terminal she set up the ‘Maggie Harvey Trust’. Maggie passed away in November 2011, but to date her trust has raised over £100,000.

Maggie was a person who was full of life who was friends with everyone. She was very fit and a keen cyclist. She cycled with the Barford St Michael group and took part in all the rides and challenges. She also involved herself and supported most of the village activities.

The event this year was attended by Maggie’s son Anthony, her daughter Ruth, and grand daughter Lola. Anthony and Ruth said how touched they were, and thanked the participants for their support.

The ride was exactly the same as previous years. The route started at Barford St Michael and took in Middle Barton, Somerton, Souldern, Tusmore, and Finmere on the way out to Boycott Farm Shop which is on the outskirts of Stowe School estate near Buckingham.

The return was via Shalston, Mixbury, Evenley, Charlton, Kings Sutton and Tywford before arriving back at Barford St Michael.

Apart from one very unfortunate lady who fell off when her bike ran into a pot hole near the half way point all the cyclists who comprised of a wide range of ability completed the course safely in times ranging from 2 hours 16 minutes to 6 1/2 hours.

The last rider doggedly refused to give up and be transported back, but carried on to complete the ride which was a testament to her courage and determination which was typified by all the riders .

So far we have raised over £1,200 and are anticipating that when all the sponsorship and donation pledges have been collected this will rise to £1500.

There was fantastic support from the residents of Barford St Michael and Little Tew, The spinners from Banatyne’s sports club, the masons of Rathcreeden Lodge

Banbury, Boycott Farm Shop, and the George Public House in Barford St Michael who all assisted not just with donations but with support during the ride, and the BBQ afterwards.

Oxfordshire Provincial Grand Lodge have published the following dates of planned Provincial visits and those attending:

March 2015

Mon 2nd, Theodore 8943 APGM, PGSec

Thurs 5th, St Mary’s 1763 (Thomas Griffin 50 years) DPGM, PJGW

Tues 17th, Calthorpe 5172 (Installation and David Beeny 50 years) PGM, PSGW

Thurs 19th, Weyland 6507 PGM, PJGW (APGM’s Lodge)

Wed 25th, Norton 8872 APGM, PSGW

April 2015

Thurs 2nd, Jersey 2334 DPGM, PSGW

Thurs 9th, Clarendon 8828 APGM, PSGW

Thurs 9th, Aelfric 8926 PJGW, PGSec

Thurs 16th, Witta’s Island 9359 APGM, PGSec

Fri 17th, St Edburg’s (Charles Woodward 50 years) PGM, APGM, DPGM

Mon 20th, Shiplake 7942 APGM, PSGW

Tues 21st, Rathcreedan 8690 PJGW