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Freemasons are invited to register and attend the 2018 Grand Installation of Freemasons South Australia & Northern Territory on Friday 20 – Sunday 22 April 2018.

Jenny and I have the pleasure to extend (on behalf of all Freemasons in South Australia and the Northern Territory), our very warm invitation to all Freemasons, their partners, families and friends to join us in celebrating the Grand Installation of RW Bro Dr Neil Jensen as the 35th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Australia and the Northern Territory together with RW Bro Arnie Narayan as Deputy Grand Master and RW Bro Robert Clyne OAM as Assistant Grand Master.

This important event will be held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday 21st April. Please refer to the program guide below for a listing of all associated functions that have been purposely designed to heighten our enjoyment of each other’s company, enrich the ties we have with existing friends and open opportunities for us to make new friends in surroundings that radiate welcome.

We will all look forward to welcoming you and ensuring that your stay with us will leave you with warm and unforgettable memories.

MW Bro Stephen Michalak

Grand Master

To view the programme of events and to register, access the full brochure on their website.

Please be advised the UGLQ business office will close at 1pm on Friday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 8 January 2018. 

UGLQ – Closes 1pm Friday 22nd December, reopens Monday 8th January 2018

DGLCA – Closes 12.30pm Thursday 14 December, reopens 9.30am Tuesday 16 January

DGLNQ – Closes 18 December 2017, reopens 8 January 2018.

Royal Arch – Closes Tuesday 19 December 3pm, reopens 15 January 2018.

The DGLCA Office will reopen in the New Year at the Freshwater Masonic Centre, 90 Old Smithfield Road, Freshwater. Business hours will be Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am–12.30pm. Their new contact number is 0488 512 712.

We wish you and your families all a very Merry Chistmas and a Happy New Year. 

Ashton Lodge held their installation and on this special occasion, the Grand Master MW Bro Alan Townson presented five-bar Lewis jewels to twins, Bros John and Andrew Casper, as well as a two-bar Lewis jewel to Wor Bro Hamish Kerr. This was a memorable day for Hamish as, at just twenty-five years of age, he was installed as Master. Interestingly, Hamish, John and Andrew are cousins. Mrs Marie Casper, grandmother to John, Andrew and Hamish, flew up from Melbourne for the weekend. 

Ashton Lodge’s installation was a big success with Hamish and officers installed by the attending Grand Lodge team, which consisted of the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, two Past Grand Masters and fourteen Grand Officers. There were nearly 120 brethren at the ceremony and 160 at the banquet with 17 Masters present. 

Gympie Lodge celebrated its 150-year anniversary (its sesquicentennial!) in October, around the same time we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

An extended version of this article appeared in the Gympie Times on 18 October 2017

Gympie, originally called Nashville, was established in 1867. Just two years after this, the first lodge, Nashville Lodge (now called Pioneer Lodge), was established on 24 March 1869 under the United Grand Lodge of England. The first Master of the lodge was Edward Henry King who was also the first Gympie Goldfield Commissioner. The inaugural meeting was attended by the District Grand Master, Sir Augustus Charles Gregory, Queensland’s first Commissioner for Crown Lands and Surveyor General.

The original lodge building on Duke Street was completed in time for the inaugural meeting of Nashville Lodge in 1869 and still stands today. It is one of Gympie’s oldest surviving buildings from the Gold Rush days. As Freemasonry in Gympie expanded, the premises at Duke Street became too small and in 1901, our current lodge building on Channon Street was built for £1,170 pounds ($172 658 in today’s currency).

Since the establishment of Nashville Lodge (now Pioneer), a number of additional lodges have been formed in Gympie and the surrounding districts. Prince Leopold Lodge was formed in 1885 under the United Grand Lodge of England. This was followed by Lord Dufferin Lodge in 1886 under the Grand Lodge of Ireland. 1894 saw the establishment of Braemar Lodge under the Grand Lodge of Scotland, followed in 1897 by Gympie Lodge (now closed), also under the Grand Lodge of Scotland. Kilkivan Lodge was established in 1901 under the Grand Lodge of England. In 1921, the United Grand Lodge of Queensland was formed and all the existing lodges joined under the banner of the new Grand Lodge. In 1922, Telford Lodge at Imbil was the first local lodge established under the United Grand Lodge of Queensland, followed by Gympie Temperance Lodge (now closed) in 1925. In 1928 Kin Kin Lodge was established, followed by Woolooga Lodge in 1929, Theebine Lodge in 1948 and the youngest lodge, Cooloola, in 1988, which closed in 2014.

The Freemasons have been an active part of the Gympie and District community since their establishment and have assisted many organisations and individuals in the area over the years. In recent times, they have contributed nearly $100 000 to local worthy causes in. Recipients have included:

  •          Sunshine Carriages (part of Riding for the Disabled)
  •          Lions Club Junior Soccer
  •          Road Craft Road Safety Training
  •          The Brain Child Foundation
  •          Little Haven Palliative Care
  •          Gympie Hospital Rehabilitation Department
  •          Life Flight Queensland, and
  •          Little Kids Big Day Out.

In addition, a number of lodges provide ongoing support to their local schools through awards and other donations.

Gold Rush Parade

Gympie and District Freemasons entered a float in the Gold Rush parade which celebrated the discovery of Gold in Gympie in 1867. On 14 October 2017, Freemasons from as far afield as Cooroy, marched in the Gold Rush Parade in full Masonic regalia behind the UGLQ vehicle which was kindly driven by the Grand Secretary, RW Bro Ian Tomlinson. Despite the inclement weather, 26 brethren participated from nine lodges in the Gympie District. Feedback from the community has been so positive and encouraging that the district brethren hope to participate again in 2018.

Gympie Open House

There were approximately 30 attendees at the Open House event with eight members from the public. VW Bro Adan Taylor from Lord Duffering Lodge gave an audio-visual presentation, followed by question and answer session. The presentation was followed by afternoon tea and a chance to mingle and meet attendees.

Open Day concluded a full week of the Lodge’s community engagement which involved participating in the Gympie Gold Rush Festival. We celebrated 150 years since establishment of Gympie and 148 years of Freemasonry in Gympie. A full page article about Freemasonry in Gympie and the Open Day was published in the Gympie Times.

They have already received two nominations for initiation as a direct outcome of the activities, with a third possible to come. 

The Biggenden Masonic Music Group has been running for more than seven years and host a concert in Biggenden at least one night a year to raise funds for local charities. The Group is coordinated by Chris Roberts, past Senior Warden for Biggenden Lodge, who chooses songs and plays the guitar. There are twelve members in the group, four of which are Biggenden Lodge members. They host practices and meetings beneath the Lodge.

This year on 10 June, their concert was held in the Biggenden Memorial Hall and the proceeds were recently distributed. Other members of the Biggenden Masonic Music Group include Wor Bro Brian Ledwidge, Lodge Treasurer, and Wor Bro Allan Williams, Master. Representatives presented two cheques of $200 to Liz Vicary of the Biggenden Hospital Auxiliary and Bundaberg Health Services Foundation manager, and Maria Burnet of Rotary Lodge, Bundaberg.

The local charities were chosen due to the great work that they do in the local community. Biggenden Hospital Auxiliary run the palliative care unit at Biggenden Hospital, surviving on donations which help run the unit. The Rotary Lodge in Bundaberg provides accommodation for patients in the hospital and also rely on donations, as they do not receive government support.

More than 85 people, mostly families and children, attended the concert; a great turnout for Biggenden! 

This year, Fuller Lodge’s Burdekin Barra Rush annual fishing competition weekend was once again a major success despite a cyclone nearby. A variety of estuary fish were caught by both junior and senior competitors ranging from whiting to the sought-after barramundi. Due to the windy conditions, very little offshore fish were caught. 

A very happy Michael Wright won the attractive senior ticket prize, a Quintrex F Series 390 boat powered by a 20HP Yamaha Outboard sitting on a Telwater Trailer. This prize was sponsored by Coral Coast Marine and A & B Rural Supplies of Ayr.

As usual, many kilos of fish were donated by competitors to the Aged Care Homes in  Ayr and Home Hill.

Fuller Lodge members take great pride in arranging this professionally run annual event in the Burdekin which is run in a very professional manner. 

On 30 January 2016, an electrical fault started a fire in the 114-year-old Rosewood Masonic Centre built in 1902.  The fire is believed to have started in or near the kitchen which was part of the 1963 addition to the building.  The Queensland Fire and Emergence Service did not indicate there were any suspicious circumstances.

The supper room was beyond repair and some of the roof trusses were completely burned, so the roof was unsafe in that end of the building.  The Lodge Room by contrast has fared much better.  There was considerable heat, smoke and water damage, mostly near the Senior Warden pedestal and the windows were broken to allow smoke to escape.

Fortunately, the Lodge had insurance. We are pleased to report construction has begun and they anticipate its completion in February 2018. While they tried to retain the original magnificent structure, unfortunately there were too many regulations and the cost was too great.

In the meantime, Rosewood Lodge 120 have been meeting in the Harrisville Masonic Centre owned by Fassifern Kilwinning 83. 

“They welcomed us with open arms,” said Victor Chandler, secretary for Rosewood Lodge. “The brothers Masonically offered to let us meet for free, however we reached a decision to pay a minimal amount of rent.”

Interestingly, the members of Fassifern Kilwinning provided the architectural plans for the building in 1902 and assisted with its construction, so their continued support for Rosewood Lodge is admirable.

“We have received nothing but helpfulness, consideration and kindness,” said Victor.

You are invited to attend a remembrance ceremony hosted by Northgate Remembrance Lodge on Friday 10 November 2017, 7pm at the Kedron Masonic Centre. 

The ceremony will honour Freemasons who paid the supreme sacrifice for Australia as well as those others who served. 

You are invited to a rare event hosted by Thespian Lodge UGLQ and Thespian Lodge UGLNSW where they will raise two entered apprentices to the second degree.

Come for a night of entertainment and delicious catering on Saturday 9 December at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre. 

See the lodge flyer for more details and bookings

 

Gympie District Lodges are hosting an open day this Sunday 22 October at 37 Channon Street, Gympie. 

Take a peak inside the Lodge building build in 1901 and be treated to an afternoon tea and refreshments.

Partners and family welcome. 

 

Freemasons are invited to register and attend the 2018 Grand Installation of Freemasons South Australia & Northern Territory on Friday 20 – Sunday 22 April 2018.

Jenny and I have the pleasure to extend (on behalf of all Freemasons in South Australia and the Northern Territory), our very warm invitation to all Freemasons, their partners, families and friends to join us in celebrating the Grand Installation of RW Bro Dr Neil Jensen as the 35th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Australia and the Northern Territory together with RW Bro Arnie Narayan as Deputy Grand Master and RW Bro Robert Clyne OAM as Assistant Grand Master.

This important event will be held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday 21st April. Please refer to the program guide below for a listing of all associated functions that have been purposely designed to heighten our enjoyment of each other’s company, enrich the ties we have with existing friends and open opportunities for us to make new friends in surroundings that radiate welcome.

We will all look forward to welcoming you and ensuring that your stay with us will leave you with warm and unforgettable memories.

MW Bro Stephen Michalak

Grand Master

To view the programme of events and to register, access the full brochure on their website.

Please be advised the UGLQ business office will close at 1pm on Friday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 8 January 2018. 

UGLQ – Closes 1pm Friday 22nd December, reopens Monday 8th January 2018

DGLCA – Closes 12.30pm Thursday 14 December, reopens 9.30am Tuesday 16 January

DGLNQ – Closes 18 December 2017, reopens 8 January 2018.

Royal Arch – Closes Tuesday 19 December 3pm, reopens 15 January 2018.

The DGLCA Office will reopen in the New Year at the Freshwater Masonic Centre, 90 Old Smithfield Road, Freshwater. Business hours will be Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am–12.30pm. Their new contact number is 0488 512 712.

We wish you and your families all a very Merry Chistmas and a Happy New Year. 

Ashton Lodge held their installation and on this special occasion, the Grand Master MW Bro Alan Townson presented five-bar Lewis jewels to twins, Bros John and Andrew Casper, as well as a two-bar Lewis jewel to Wor Bro Hamish Kerr. This was a memorable day for Hamish as, at just twenty-five years of age, he was installed as Master. Interestingly, Hamish, John and Andrew are cousins. Mrs Marie Casper, grandmother to John, Andrew and Hamish, flew up from Melbourne for the weekend. 

Ashton Lodge’s installation was a big success with Hamish and officers installed by the attending Grand Lodge team, which consisted of the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, two Past Grand Masters and fourteen Grand Officers. There were nearly 120 brethren at the ceremony and 160 at the banquet with 17 Masters present. 

Gympie Lodge celebrated its 150-year anniversary (its sesquicentennial!) in October, around the same time we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

An extended version of this article appeared in the Gympie Times on 18 October 2017

Gympie, originally called Nashville, was established in 1867. Just two years after this, the first lodge, Nashville Lodge (now called Pioneer Lodge), was established on 24 March 1869 under the United Grand Lodge of England. The first Master of the lodge was Edward Henry King who was also the first Gympie Goldfield Commissioner. The inaugural meeting was attended by the District Grand Master, Sir Augustus Charles Gregory, Queensland’s first Commissioner for Crown Lands and Surveyor General.

The original lodge building on Duke Street was completed in time for the inaugural meeting of Nashville Lodge in 1869 and still stands today. It is one of Gympie’s oldest surviving buildings from the Gold Rush days. As Freemasonry in Gympie expanded, the premises at Duke Street became too small and in 1901, our current lodge building on Channon Street was built for £1,170 pounds ($172 658 in today’s currency).

Since the establishment of Nashville Lodge (now Pioneer), a number of additional lodges have been formed in Gympie and the surrounding districts. Prince Leopold Lodge was formed in 1885 under the United Grand Lodge of England. This was followed by Lord Dufferin Lodge in 1886 under the Grand Lodge of Ireland. 1894 saw the establishment of Braemar Lodge under the Grand Lodge of Scotland, followed in 1897 by Gympie Lodge (now closed), also under the Grand Lodge of Scotland. Kilkivan Lodge was established in 1901 under the Grand Lodge of England. In 1921, the United Grand Lodge of Queensland was formed and all the existing lodges joined under the banner of the new Grand Lodge. In 1922, Telford Lodge at Imbil was the first local lodge established under the United Grand Lodge of Queensland, followed by Gympie Temperance Lodge (now closed) in 1925. In 1928 Kin Kin Lodge was established, followed by Woolooga Lodge in 1929, Theebine Lodge in 1948 and the youngest lodge, Cooloola, in 1988, which closed in 2014.

The Freemasons have been an active part of the Gympie and District community since their establishment and have assisted many organisations and individuals in the area over the years. In recent times, they have contributed nearly $100 000 to local worthy causes in. Recipients have included:

  •          Sunshine Carriages (part of Riding for the Disabled)
  •          Lions Club Junior Soccer
  •          Road Craft Road Safety Training
  •          The Brain Child Foundation
  •          Little Haven Palliative Care
  •          Gympie Hospital Rehabilitation Department
  •          Life Flight Queensland, and
  •          Little Kids Big Day Out.

In addition, a number of lodges provide ongoing support to their local schools through awards and other donations.

Gold Rush Parade

Gympie and District Freemasons entered a float in the Gold Rush parade which celebrated the discovery of Gold in Gympie in 1867. On 14 October 2017, Freemasons from as far afield as Cooroy, marched in the Gold Rush Parade in full Masonic regalia behind the UGLQ vehicle which was kindly driven by the Grand Secretary, RW Bro Ian Tomlinson. Despite the inclement weather, 26 brethren participated from nine lodges in the Gympie District. Feedback from the community has been so positive and encouraging that the district brethren hope to participate again in 2018.

Gympie Open House

There were approximately 30 attendees at the Open House event with eight members from the public. VW Bro Adan Taylor from Lord Duffering Lodge gave an audio-visual presentation, followed by question and answer session. The presentation was followed by afternoon tea and a chance to mingle and meet attendees.

Open Day concluded a full week of the Lodge’s community engagement which involved participating in the Gympie Gold Rush Festival. We celebrated 150 years since establishment of Gympie and 148 years of Freemasonry in Gympie. A full page article about Freemasonry in Gympie and the Open Day was published in the Gympie Times.

They have already received two nominations for initiation as a direct outcome of the activities, with a third possible to come. 

The Biggenden Masonic Music Group has been running for more than seven years and host a concert in Biggenden at least one night a year to raise funds for local charities. The Group is coordinated by Chris Roberts, past Senior Warden for Biggenden Lodge, who chooses songs and plays the guitar. There are twelve members in the group, four of which are Biggenden Lodge members. They host practices and meetings beneath the Lodge.

This year on 10 June, their concert was held in the Biggenden Memorial Hall and the proceeds were recently distributed. Other members of the Biggenden Masonic Music Group include Wor Bro Brian Ledwidge, Lodge Treasurer, and Wor Bro Allan Williams, Master. Representatives presented two cheques of $200 to Liz Vicary of the Biggenden Hospital Auxiliary and Bundaberg Health Services Foundation manager, and Maria Burnet of Rotary Lodge, Bundaberg.

The local charities were chosen due to the great work that they do in the local community. Biggenden Hospital Auxiliary run the palliative care unit at Biggenden Hospital, surviving on donations which help run the unit. The Rotary Lodge in Bundaberg provides accommodation for patients in the hospital and also rely on donations, as they do not receive government support.

More than 85 people, mostly families and children, attended the concert; a great turnout for Biggenden! 

This year, Fuller Lodge’s Burdekin Barra Rush annual fishing competition weekend was once again a major success despite a cyclone nearby. A variety of estuary fish were caught by both junior and senior competitors ranging from whiting to the sought-after barramundi. Due to the windy conditions, very little offshore fish were caught. 

A very happy Michael Wright won the attractive senior ticket prize, a Quintrex F Series 390 boat powered by a 20HP Yamaha Outboard sitting on a Telwater Trailer. This prize was sponsored by Coral Coast Marine and A & B Rural Supplies of Ayr.

As usual, many kilos of fish were donated by competitors to the Aged Care Homes in  Ayr and Home Hill.

Fuller Lodge members take great pride in arranging this professionally run annual event in the Burdekin which is run in a very professional manner. 

On 30 January 2016, an electrical fault started a fire in the 114-year-old Rosewood Masonic Centre built in 1902.  The fire is believed to have started in or near the kitchen which was part of the 1963 addition to the building.  The Queensland Fire and Emergence Service did not indicate there were any suspicious circumstances.

The supper room was beyond repair and some of the roof trusses were completely burned, so the roof was unsafe in that end of the building.  The Lodge Room by contrast has fared much better.  There was considerable heat, smoke and water damage, mostly near the Senior Warden pedestal and the windows were broken to allow smoke to escape.

Fortunately, the Lodge had insurance. We are pleased to report construction has begun and they anticipate its completion in February 2018. While they tried to retain the original magnificent structure, unfortunately there were too many regulations and the cost was too great.

In the meantime, Rosewood Lodge 120 have been meeting in the Harrisville Masonic Centre owned by Fassifern Kilwinning 83. 

“They welcomed us with open arms,” said Victor Chandler, secretary for Rosewood Lodge. “The brothers Masonically offered to let us meet for free, however we reached a decision to pay a minimal amount of rent.”

Interestingly, the members of Fassifern Kilwinning provided the architectural plans for the building in 1902 and assisted with its construction, so their continued support for Rosewood Lodge is admirable.

“We have received nothing but helpfulness, consideration and kindness,” said Victor.

This year, we were please to once again be a part of Brisbane Open House.

Thank you to those volunteers and visitors who joined us for this special day. We had a great turn out with just over 1100 in attendance. We received lots of great feedback and look forward to next year.

“I just wanted to thank you for opening up your Lodge for visitors during the Brisbane Open House.  I found it fascinating.  I very much respect how you conducted the visits, and how open you were to showing us what you do and to answering all of our questions,” – Cassie.

Pictured: Job’s Daughter display at Brisbane Open House, Masonic Memorial Centre Ann Street.

Last month, the first annual classic car rally was organised to support country lodges.

Over $700 was raised to assist the Lowood Lodge brethren with their temple restoration project. The rally consisted of a Lexus, Land Cruiser, an MGB, a 1957 MGA a Morgan, a BMW Z3, a triumph motorcycle and a classic kombi. Brethren drove from the Kedron Masonic Centre to the Caboolture Masonic Centre, Woodford Lodge, then Hopetoun Lodge for morning tea.

They then journeyed to Esk and Toolgoolawah before heading into Lowood where they were met by members of Lowood who organised a sausage sizzle, garage sale and a whiskey tasting.

 The Spring Quarterly Communication raffle raised over $6700 for Mrs Robyn Townson’s charity of choice, the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Foundation. Thank you to all participants whose contributions are much appreciated in raising funds for this worthy cause.

Congratulations to Bro John Gray from Athole Lodge and Mim Sinclair who won first and second place in the Spring Quarterly Communication raffle.

During the September Quarterly Communication in Bundaberg, a ladies afternoon high tea was held in the Bundaberg Civic Centre for the wives and partners of brethren. At this event, Mrs Lynne Lindsay and Mrs Patty Dexter, on behalf of Tyrian, Mulgrave, Athole, Ballantyne and Bundaberg Lodges, presented a $1000 cheque to Mrs Robyn Townson for her charity of choice, the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital Foundation.

You are invited to attend a remembrance ceremony hosted by Northgate Remembrance Lodge on Friday 10 November 2017, 7pm at the Kedron Masonic Centre. 

The ceremony will honour Freemasons who paid the supreme sacrifice for Australia as well as those others who served. 

You are invited to a rare event hosted by Thespian Lodge UGLQ and Thespian Lodge UGLNSW where they will raise two entered apprentices to the second degree.

Come for a night of entertainment and delicious catering on Saturday 9 December at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre. 

See the lodge flyer for more details and bookings

 

Gympie District Lodges are hosting an open day this Sunday 22 October at 37 Channon Street, Gympie. 

Take a peak inside the Lodge building build in 1901 and be treated to an afternoon tea and refreshments.

Partners and family welcome. 

 

Freemasons Victoria invite you to attend their 2018 Grand Installation in Melbourne, Victoria.

This event will be held on the weekend of Friday 6 – Sunday 8 April 2018. An early bird discount offer on registrations is available until Thursday 30 November 2017.

On behalf of Freemasons Victoria, I take great delight in inviting you to join us for the 2018 Grand Installation of Deputy Grand Master, Bro Keith Murray as Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria,” – MW Bro Donald Reynolds.

For more information, see the installation booklet. To register, download and complete the registration form and reserve your accommodation.

It is with pleasure that we extend an invitation to you for the upcoming Formal Opening of the Jurisdictional Guardian Council on Friday 22 September at Stones Corner Masonic Centre, 17 Cleveland Street, Stones Corner at 6pm for a 7pm start.

 As this is a formal occasion, please wear formal wear, full regalia, robes, capes & crowns.

 

Installation

The installation of the Jurisdictional Guardian Council will be held on Sunday 24 September at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre at 10am. Please submit RSVPs to this event to Olivia at aoascjafferius@gmail.com

North Australia Lodge No 1, Northgate Remembrance Lodge No 285 and AIF Memorial Lodge No 289 cordially invite all Freemasons, soldiers, family and friends to celebrate a Gathering of Soldier Freemasons held on the Battlefield of France 100 years ago on Sunday 17 September 2017, 3pm at the Masonic Memorial Centre, Ann Street, Brisbane.

For more information, view the invitation.

To RSVP, please contact Carl Emmett North Australian Lodge Secretary at carlemmett@live.com.au by 7 September 2017 with numbers for attendance. Dress: smart casual.

Members, family and friends are cordially invited to the Battle of Long Tan Memorial Dinner, hosted by Beaudesert Lodge at the Beaudesert Civic Centre on Thursday 17 August. 

The Lodge commemorates the service personnel who served in the Vietnam War and all conflicts around the world, past and present. 

For further details and to register, please complete the registration form and submit it to beaudesert379@gmail.com. 

We extend to Queensland Freemasons and their partners and ladies a cordial invitation to attend the September Quarterly Communication and associated ladies’ afternoon tea in Bundaberg from 2-3 September.

On Saturday 3 September, the events will consist of a Ladies’ High Tea at the Bundaberg Civic Centre from 3.00pm-5.00pm, and the Quarterly Communications at the Anglican Parish Hall at 3.30pm, followed by predinner drinks and dinner at 6.00pm at the Bundaberg Civic Centre. On Sunday 3 September, there will be a farewell barbeque breakfast from 8.00 – 10.00am.

If you wish to attend, please download and complete the registration form, then save and return it to membership@uglq.org.au by Friday 18 August 2017.

We extend to Queensland Freemasons and their partners and ladies a cordial invitation to attend the Grand Proclamation, Winter Quarterly Communication and associated ladies’ afternoon tea at the Masonic Memorial Centre, 311 Ann Street, Brisbane on Saturday 1 July 2017.

The ceremony will consist of the proclamation of our current Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother Alan Maurice Townson and our Deputy Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Paul Andrew Holland, and the investiture of our new Assistant Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Christopher Leonard Pyke and Grand Officers.

If you wish to attend the Grand Proclamation banquet, please download and complete the registration form, then save and return it to membership@uglq.org.au by Friday 16 June 2017.

 

Combined Winter Quarterly Communication

This year, the Winter Quarterly Communication will be held prior to the Grand Proclamation from 1–3pm on Saturday 1 July.

 

Ladies’ afternoon tea

A ladies’ afternoon tea will be held in the Lavarack Room from 1–3pm during the Quarterly Communication.

Ladies are invited to attend the open Grand Proclamation ceremony from 3pm onwards.

As part of their 60th anniversary celebrations to mark sixty years of the Scarborough Masonic Centre, Redcliffe First Settlement Lodge have teamed up with Guide Dogs Australia and will be holding a dining in the dark event on Saturday 27 May.

Following on from the success of Dine in the Dark at the Ipswich Masonic Centre, hosted by United Tradesmen’s Lodge, and with the blessing and support of United Tradesmen’s lodge secretary Wor Bro Ian Brown, plans swiftly got underway.

Come along for a fun filled evening and experience.

The cost per person is $40 or you can purchase a table of six for $240.

There will be a silent auction and other entertainment.

If you would like a ticket or a table for you or your business, please contact Bro Chris Brown 0423 783 340.