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Vintage Tractor Drive


Newry Masonic Social Club obtained permission from the Province of Down and Grand Lodge to organise a Sponsored Vintage Tractor Drive around Ireland. Monies raised from this venture have been donated to Southern Area Hospice Services. Many members of the Newry District and their families have been comforted during their last days in the above Hospice. The money raised expresses our thanks for such tender care and expertise. 

The Newry lodges and Social Club have raised over 30,000 for the Hospice over the last few years. The publicity received for this 'Outreach' has raised the status of our Order amongst the local non‑Masonic population. 

Picture: W.Bro. Derek Sneddon gives the "Thumbs Up" as he leaves Newry for Arklow



The attached map shows the itinerary.  Collections were made during the journey and we appreciated the local help we received in each part of Ireland. 


Picture: Back Row L TO R Edel Rogan (Southern Area Hospice), R.W Cecil Burns (Prov. Deputy Grand  Master Down) Fiona Stephens (Southern Area Hospice) George Mc Cullough (Newry Social Club), Derek Sneddon, Tractor Driver (Newry Social Club), R.W. Bill Mawhinney (Assisant Grand Master) Robert Kelly (Newry Social Club), Derek Stevenson (Chairman Newry Social Club) Edger Coulter (Newry Social Club)
Front Row L TO R Gillian Stevenson (Chairman's Wife) Noel Magowan (Newry Social Club ), Alex Mc Climonds (Newry Social Club)




R.W.Bro Ted Smith (Prov. Deputy Grand Master of North Connaught ) welcomes W. Bro Derek Sneddon and the Tractor Group to County Sligo








R.W.Bro. Ted Smith (Prov Deputy Grand Master of North Connaught) tries the
Tractor Seat for Comfort


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Robert Kelly

Honorary Secretary

Newry Masonic Club Hospice Fund

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