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Friday the 29th of September saw the South East area’s first ever ‘Newly-Made Masons’ evening held in a private room at the Still & West public house in Old Portsmouth. The event was organised and hosted by Ben Paterson and supported by Luc Semmens, Greg Moseley and Simon Sandham – from the area Events team....
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The Festive Season has arrived and Christmas is nearly here, the first half of this Masonic season seems to have flown by. I’ve managed to visit a third of the Area’s Lodges so far in my new position as APGM, and it’s been lovely meeting so many Brethren enjoying their Freemasonry. Having been in post...
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A special evening was had in December at Old Portmuthian Chapter No 8285, when the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro Jonathan Whitaker who attended along with the Grand Superintendent E.Comp Steve Allum, presented E.Comp Alan Berman with his 50-year certificate in Craft masonry, a great achievement which marked the significant role E.Comp Alan has had...
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I have been a freemason, and member of Southsea Lodge, for a little over 11 years, had the pleasure of the company of the brethren throughout that time, observed them as they conducted the duties of their respective offices, and enjoyed their friendship during our festive boards. Throughout this time, there has always been one...
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At 6pm prompt, on Wednesday, November 15th 2023, the gavel of Worshipful Brother Michael Carter sounded the opening of Horndean Lodge of Harmony no.9015 for the last time. A nearly full lodge room witnessed the procession into the temple of the Provincial Grand Master (R.W. Bro Jonathon Whitaker) accompanied by a 28-strong escort. This included...
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The Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, November 12th 2023. Under a leaden grey sky, with rain ever threatening, hundreds of spectators gathered to witness the Remembrance Sunday Service. Their chatter was abruptly interrupted at precisely 1030hrs by the tones of a Royal Marine Marching band. Typically, both note and step perfect as they paraded into the Square...
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The calendar of Provincial official visits for the masonic year running 8th September 2023 to the 3rd of July 2024 lists ten Lodges that are celebrating significant milestones in their history. These range from a 50th anniversary to a 175th anniversary. I was fortunate enough to attend United Service Lodge 1428 on Wednesday 27th September,...
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Excelsior Lodge No 4505 meets on the first Tuesday of the month at the Horndean Masonic Centre under the current Mastership of Worshipful Brother Simon Sandham. According to the current Yearbook, they have 40 subscribing members. The November meeting at Excelsior Lodge is a special occasion for them, being their “Old English Night”. This is...
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The Arthurian Lodge 5658 is the first lodge in the South East Area to achieve a Platinum Festival Award having donated the sum of £26,000.  This is largely due to the fact that at the end of the 2016 Festival, having achieved a Gold Award, the then Charity Steward, Scott Clarke, suggested brethren continued to...
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My Dear Brethren, I hope you have all enjoyed a break over the summer recess. It seems much longer than two months ago that 900 of us attended the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Lodge meeting at Freemason’s Hall in London, where the Provincial Grand Master appointed and promoted many South East Area...
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