of the West Lodge No. XX Sligo
were delighted to welcome the late W.Bro. Arthur McC P Jackson
(Lodge 381 Holywood) to our Festive Board in January. His visit was
to present a magnificent silver Rose Bowl that the Brethren of Lodge XX
had given to his Grandfather V.W.Bro. Arthur Jackson at the dedication of
the Sligo Masonic Temple, in 1897. The inscription reads:
to V.W.Bro. Arthur Jackson
the Brethren of Lodge XX
of the West’
the occasion of the dedication of the Masonic Temple, as a small token of
esteem and love and in recognition of the invaluable services in
connection with the building and on behalf of the Order generally.
are eternally grateful for his kind thought that this magnificent Rose
Bowl would return to Lodge XX to rest in the Masonic Temple of his
we did not know when we were enjoying that night in January at our Festive
Board, that a few weeks later, our friend Arthur McC P Jackson would be
called to the Grand Lodge above. We extend our deepest sympathy and
thanks to Mrs. Jackson.
R.W.Bro. George Ginnelly P.G.M.
the closure of the Girls School (30 years) and the Boys School (20 years)
the Brethren have been asked to support only the Victoria Jubilee Masonic
Benevolent Fund and associated Annuity Funds. Recent large increases
in the Old Age Pension and other State entitlements means that Pensioners
have more disposable income than ever before. In these circumstances
the V.J. is revisiting its Annuity policy and so watch this space in
September for a new direction in “targeted caring”.
The Girls Fund and Boys Fund support over 450 daughters and sons of Masons
at an average of £1,250 (€2,020).
The Funds face many changes due in part to Government cutbacks on
support for college education.
Various reports indicate that further education now costs £7,500
(€12,000) per year living away from home.
It could be said that our Masonic dependants are cared for:-
the Girls and Boys Funds when young
the Victoria Jubilee Masonic Benevolent Fund when elderly while living at
Masonic Havens when no longer able to live at home
the Welfare Fund through their mid years
Forms from the Secretary, Masonic Benevolent Institutions, 17
Molesworth Street, Dublin, 2 or 115 The Mount, Belfast, BT4 5ND
Master Lays First Brick of New Sheltered Housing Development in Cavan
work on a Sheltered Housing Development in Virginia was formally initiated
by our Grand Master when he laid the first brick of the new complex.
Public representatives, local clergy and various dignitaries were present
including the Provincial Grand Master of Meath, his Deputy and R.W. Bro
Arthur Pollock, Chairman of Masonic Havens Ltd.
project is driven by Masonic Havens Ltd. and will consist of 26
terraced apartments, largely funded by the D.o.E. The complex will
provide sheltered housing for the active elderly and will be one of the
first care facilities in Ireland offering a continuum of care for the
elderly on the same site.
Grand Master highlighted our Order’s ongoing involvement with society at
large and emphasised that ‘caring’ was very much part of the Masonic
ethos. He congratulated all those involved and stated that he was
delighted, through Masonic Havens Ltd., to be co-operating with the North
Eastern Health Board and Cavan County Council in this project.
goes to Brussels
Over the extended weekend period of 22nd – 26th
March, Bangor Union Masonic Lodge No. 746 travelled to Brussels to visit
Chevalier Ramsay Lodge No.4. The visitation was the “brainchild” of
W.Bro. Tom Monaghan, a P.M. of 746 who, having been seconded to the
European Commission, joined Chevalier Ramsay about 18 months ago. 23
Brethren and ladies participated in the visitation, one of the highlights
being the attendance at a Stated Communication of the Lodge on Monday
evening 25th March. The Lodge opened and worked on the 2nd
degree and while the ritual
was very much different (California working we believe) from Irish
Masonry, there were “strong threads of commonality” between both
workings. The whole weekend was extremely enjoyable, the masonic hand of
friendship was most surely extended by our hosts and our ladies were
royally entertained. The Bangor Brethren hope to reciprocate in a similar
fashion, when Chevalier Ramsay Lodge visits Bangor in 2003. The Lodge is
indebted to W.Bro. Tom Monaghan and W.Bro. Ainslie Whiting for all their
hard work in making this visitation such a success and memorable occasion.
From Left to Right: R.W.Bro. William Clarke;
W.Bro. Jacek M Rozwadowski (IPM); R.W.Bro. Richard H Gray; W.Bro. Ainsley
Whiting (IPM 746); W.Bro. Jerome Pascoe (W.M.) & W.Bro.
William Pollock (W.M. 746)
Masonic Lodge No.165
was a warm welcome for the Deputy Grand Master and his travelling
companion R.W.Bro. William Manning (PAGM Londonderry & Donegal) when
they visited Lodge 165 for the Stated Communication in March.
His visit was to present two 50 Year Medals to R.W.Bro. E.C. Smith (PDGM)
Lodge 165 and V.W.Bro. R K Sproule (P.P.G.Sec.), Tyrawley Lodge 217,
Ballina. Both of these Brethren were initiated in Lodge 165 on the
same night of 21st March 1952.
R.W.Bro. George Ginnelly P.G.M.
of Ireland Golfing
previously mentioned in the March issue of the News Sheet, the final of
the Grand Master’s Millennium Cup will be held at Killymoon Golf Club,
Cookstown, on Friday 30th August 2002. All Brethren wishing to
participate should contact:-
13 Carneybaun Drive,