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Provincial Grand Master receives a gift from Brainwaves N.I. at Killinchy No.624

L to R: Rt. W. Provincial Grand Master, Mrs Kate Ferguson MBE, W.M. 624 W. Bro. Jason Fisher and Rt. W. Bro. Sam Snodden

Rt. W. Bro. Roger Matthews Provincial Grand Master attended Killinchy No.624 Spuds and Scallions evening where he received a gift of appreciation from Mrs Kate Ferguson MBE. Hon. Secretary of Brainwaves N.I.
Mrs Ferguson had been invited by the Lodge to give a talk on Brainwaves NI and explained the work Brainwaves does and how they help people with brain tumours.
The brethren were impressed that everyone working for Brainwaves NI are all volunteers and have had someone who suffered a brain tumour.
The W.M., W. Bro. Jason Fisher thanked Mrs Ferguson for attending and the collection for Brainwaves NI amounted to £425.00.
Mrs Ferguson thanked the brethren and Rt. W. Provincial Grand Master for nominating Brainwaves NI as his charity for Provincial Grand Lodges 150th Anniversary.

Presentation of 50 year Certificate and Jewel

At the closing down communication of Cambridge Masonic Lodge 727 W.Bro. Bobby Marrow was presented with his 50 year jewel and certificate by Right W.Bro. Harold Henning, Provincial Assistant Grand Master.

The members of Cambridge Masonic Lodge 727 were treated to 40 minutes of music from current world champions, Ballygowan Senior Flute Band, after their spuds, scallions and fish meal. The 12 strong flute band was lead by Bandmaster Bro.Darren Canmore.

L to R, Right W.Bro. Harold Henning, P.A.G.M. and W.Bro. Bobby Marrow.

Presentation of 50 year Certificate and Jewel

Loughbrickland Royal Blue Masonic Lodge 173 had a very successful and well attended closing down meeting on June 14th where W.Bro. Robert Cherry was presented with his 50 year jewel and certificate by Right W.Bro. Ivan Boreland PAGM, pictured with W.Bro. James Robinson W.M.

The RH Finlay Cup

This year’s RH Finlay Cup charity golf tournament was held at Clandeboye Golf Club, Bangor on Friday 26th May.

Congratulations to W.Bro. Michael Noble for winning the Finlay Cup and defending his title as Champion.

We had 20 golfers, 53 diners and an excellent day and evening of fellowship, friendship and happiness raising £905 for our chosen charity. We were pleased to be joined for dinner by Tara Colins, Programme Manager for Dementia NI.

The Worshipful Master and the organising team would like to express thanks to the Club Secretary, Ken McMullan and his team at Clandeboye for all their help and professionalism, to Diane the Catering Manager for all her advice, assistance and superb service by her team and to the Chef for an excellent menu.


The Champion!! WBro. Michael Noble                          wins again!
Glenn McCabe and Tara Colins of Dementia NI receiving our cheque from our WM, WBro Roy Kelly.


Iveagh 184 host AGM of Magheralin Village Community Association

On the evening of 18th of May Iveagh 184 hosted the Annual General Meeting of Magheralin Village Community Association in Magheralin Masonic Hall. Approximately fifty people turned up including local politicians: Doug Beattie MLA, Carla Lockhart MLA, Delores Kelly MLA and Maire Cairns a local councillor.

Several members of the Community Association and our local politicians were given a guided tour of the hall and Lodge room.

W.Bro. Waddell was glad none of the degree team were present as some of his answers to questions may not have been absolutely accurate!!

However we provided an impressive Magheralin Supper and got good PR from hosting the event.

W.Bro. Trevor Waddell
Treasurer of the Magheralin Village Community Association and Secretary of Iveagh Masonic Lodge No. 184.


Iveagh Masonic Lodge No. 184 - Presentation of 60 year Certificate and Bar

At our closing meeting in May, R.W.Bro. John Clarke, Provincial Deputy Grand Master came along to present W.Bro. Robin English with a bar on his 50-year jewel.

Robin started his masonic career in Fernhill 587 Belfast, remaining a member until the Lodge returned its warrant.

His veterinary career took him to Omagh where he joined Lodge 332, obtaining Provincial Grand Lodge honours.

He retired to Moira where the secretary of Iveagh 184 grabbed him, becoming Lodge chaplain until 2017. An absolute gentleman
After labour, we had a hearty Magheralin meal.

L to R. W.Bro. Kyle Savage, R.W.Bro. John Clarke, Provincial Deputy Grand Master and W.Bro. Robin English.

PGM’s Address 24th May 2017

The Provincial Grand Master opened his address by thanking Kilwarlin Masonic Lodge No 66 for hosting the Communication as part of their 150th Anniversary.  He reminded Brethren that Kilwarlin would also be holding a Church Service on Sunday 4th June in St Malachy’s Parish Church Hillsborough.

Reference was also made by the P.G.M to the substantial number of visits that he, his Deputy and Assistants had made to Down and other Provincial Grand Lodges in the first four months of the year.

Rt Wor Bro Matthews then referred to the forthcoming 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Province of Down and his associated nominated Charity “Brainwaves”.  He said it would be his intention to present the Charity with a cheque at the Charity Ball in November 2018.  The associated publicity for these events would be enhanced by the appointment of the P.G.L. Information Officer elect, W. Bro Richard Webber of Wright Memorial Masonic Lodge No 448 who would be invested at the September Communication.

Thanks were paid to Rt W Bros Brewster and Snodden for their offer to coordinate the collection of donations to Brainwaves through the Newtownards DCC.

The Provincial Grand Master provided the Brethren with an update on the 150th Anniversary jewel, which had been struck.  He encouraged the Brethren to buy the jewel by using one of the order forms, which were available at the entrance Foyer.  The Brethren were also encouraged to buy tickets for the Stormont Concert, which were now available.

The P.G.M. said that in addition to the planned events, he together with his Provincial Deputy and Assistant Grand Masters would be embarking on a series of visits to the 34 Lodges who were working in November 1868.

Reference was then made to on-going work in relation to the Lodge Health Check Initiative, the Mentoring Scheme and the Standardised Procedures for processing applicants for Freemasonry.

The Brethren were then given details of the publication of the Down Charity Report for the year ending 31st December 2016, a summary of which had been posted on the PGL website.

The Provincial Grand Master provided details of Charity donations such as the total subscribed to Masonic Charities being £147k.  Donations to non- Masonic Charities were £28k and donations by Lodges to Widows and Lodge members amounted to nearly £18k.

He welcomed the fact that £24k was received from HMRC by way of gift aid refunds. The grand total of donations was £217k for the year.  Thanks were extended to V.W.Bro Jim Kilpatrick for producing the report.
Mention was then made of the numerous Seminars that had been held in the last year and the P.G.M. expressed a special thanks to those who had planned and delivered the varied and fulsome programme.

The Provincial Grand Master then referred to the subject of falling membership and the fact that in the past four years 350 men had joined Freemasonry but more than half that number had left.  He hoped that on-going initiatives would provide some explanations and in turn some answers on the best way forward.

Rt Wor Bro Matthews concluded his address by challenging the Brethren to collectively begin to think hard about what they wanted the next generation of Freemasons in Down to inherit and more importantly what they as individual Freemasons would do so that the Craft Order survives with a strong foundation on which to build and flourish.

He thanked the Brethren for their patience and attention wishing them a safe journey home and an enjoyable summer recess.  He looked forward to seeing them at the September Communication in Kilkeel.

Obituary for the late R.W. Bro. Robert ( Bob) Campbell, Past PGM and Grand Lodge Officer.

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Down were extremely saddened to hear of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of our highly esteemed and most loved Past Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. Robert Campbell on 21 May 2017.
Brethren and friends in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Down will remember with deep appreciation the many years of dedicated service he gave to Freemasonry in general and to our Province in particular.

R.W. Bro Campbell was Initiated for St Helens Lodge No 641 by Charity Lodge No 688 in June 1951 and he progressed to Worshipful Master in 1961. He subsequently served for 10 years as the Lodge Secretary.

R. W. Bro. Campbell’s career in Provincial Grand Lodge commenced in 1978 when he was appointed as the Provincial Grand Master’s Standard Bearer. The same year he was appointed as a Provincial Grand Lodge Inspector, which he relinquished in 1982 when he was made Provincial Assistant Grand Master.

In 1986 he took up the position of Provincial Deputy Grand Master and carried out his duties in this office until 1991. He was ultimately Installed as our Provincial Grand Master on 11 May 1991 and retired from that High Office in 1996.

In the Grand Lodge of Ireland, he served as Junior Grand Warden in 1999 and Senior Grand Warden in the year 2000.

On 10 November 1994 Rosetta Lodge of Installed Masters No 188 was Constituted and R.W. Bro Campbell was installed as the first Worshipful Master. In addition he was for many years an active member of the Rosetta Masonic Charity Board.

Our Past Provincial Grand Master will forever be remembered with affection for his quiet, diplomatic yet professional management skills. With his wise counsel, ever ready advice and guidance, he continued to hold the esteem and respect of all those who knew him.

Brian Gardner
Provincial Grand Secretary

PGL Down - 150th Anniversary Jewel 1868 - 2018

 Two photographs of the 150th Anniversary Jewel (one showing the 3 dimensional design). The ribbon is coloured blue (right picture).

St Patrick’s Lodge 77 Newry travel to Dublin.

"On Saturday 29th April the Brethren of St Patrick’s Lodge 77 held their final meeting of the season in the Grand Lodge Room in Molesworth Street.
The day began with a hearty breakfast in Newry Masonic Hall before travelling to Dublin for the stated communication at 12pm. The WM W Bro Raymond Yates was delighted to welcome RW Bro Harold Henning PAGM to the meeting along with other guests, including Brethren from Clontarf 249, Dublin.
On return to Newry Masonic Hall the Brethren enjoyed a barbeque and social evening which included a raffle for charity."

The Widows Sons MBA Ireland Presidents Night

The Widows Sons MBA Ireland Presidents night was held in the Mount Masonic Hall on the 22nd April, were it was packed to capacity with members and non-members alike for the presentation of this years nominated charity Fibromyalgia Support N. Ireland which was chosen as several of our own members suffer from this debilitating illness.
Margaret Peacock (MD) and Liz Baird (treasurer) from FMSNI and sufferers themselves, came to receive the cheque. President Joe Murdock handed over the cheque and on showing the amount to a stunned Margaret the heartfelt thanks and emotional reaction of the amount raised when she received it was enough to stir the heart of even the toughest biker in the room.
A very proud evening to be a Widows Sons and even more so to be a Mason, which is why we all love doing what we do.

Provincial Grand Lodge Installation 2017

The Installation Communication of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Down took place on Saturday 4th February at La Mon Hotel and Country Club.  The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Roger Matthews, was pleased to welcome a number of distinguished Brethren and guests from other Provinces and Constitutions to the meeting that was supported by over 450 Brethren.

Prior to the meeting Right Worshipful Brother Barry Brewster and Worshipful Brother Stephen Boyce presented the Provincial Grand Master with a cheque for £3021 towards the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund taking the total raised by Masons in the Province of Down to over £50,000.