Friendship 341, Stranorlar, Cheque Presentation to St.Joseph's Community Hospital
Presentation of cheque to staff of Finnview Wing at St. Joseph's Community Hospital, Stranorlar, from the Brethren of Friendship 341 for the purchase of Personal Protection Equipment..
L-R: Michael, Aidan, Alistair Moore WM, Shay, Lester Long SW, David Russell Alm
Friendship 341, Stranorlar, Cheque Presentation to Brentwood Manor Nursing Home
Presentation of cheque to staff of Brentwood Manor Nursing Home from the Brethren of Frienship 341, Stranorlar, to purchae Personal Protection Equipment.
L - R: David Russell Alm, Linda, John Kelly manager, Alistair Moore WM, Lester Long SW, Laura, Jacqui and Janina
21st October 2019
PRESENTATION TO CHARIS CANCER CARE
Presentation of Cheque to Charis Cancer Care which supports men and women affected by cancer at every stage of their journey. They also assist and support the families and supporters of those living with Cancer.
Their Cancer Centre is on a hill overlooking Lough Fea outside Cookstown.
18th October 2019
PRESENTATION OF 60 YEAR BAR
Presentation 06 60 year Bar to W. Bro. John Knipe of Star 16, Kilrea bt R.W. Bro. Alan Maguire, Provincial Assistant Grand Master.
9th September 2019
Presentation to Marie Curie Cancer Care
Left to Right.
Rt.Wor.Bro.Raymond Robinson (Provincial Grand Master) Ms.Govanna McKurley,
Following an appeal by the Past Provincial Grand Master of Londonderry and Donegal, Rt.Wor.Bro.Noel Drain, to all Lodges for financial support to deserving cancer charities in the North West, a presentation of £2500.00 was made to Marie Curie Cancer Services on Monday 9th.September 2019. This was just one of a number of similar donations he was able to make to equally deserving cancer charities, marking his retirement as Provincial Grand Master. His thanks go to all the brethren in the area who enthusiastically gave their time and effort raising the money. He hopes this small gesture, so freely donated by Freemasons, will provide some assistance towards the essential work carried out by Marie Curie, providing the necessary comfort for so many in our community.Add News Story here
4th September 2019
PRESENTATION TO CANCER FOCUS NORTHERN IRELAND
Noel A. Drain presenting a cheque for £2000 to Gillian Wallace, fundraiser for Cancer Focus, in Freemasons' Hall, Coleraine. Also included is Sharon McIlwaine from Limavady who will be running in the Great North Run, a half marathon, 13.1 miles from Newcastle City Centre to North Shields in North East England, on Sunday 8th September in aid of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.
4th September 2019
PRESENTATION TO PANCREATIC CANCER UK
Past Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Noel A. Drain presenting a cheque for £2000 to Andrea Kearns, fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer UK, in Freemasons' Hall, Coleraine.
23rd August 2019
Grand Master's Millenniun Cup Runner-Up
Michael O'Loan of Lodge 716, Coleraine, who was Runner-Up in the Grand Master's Millennium Cup Competition in Killymoon receiving his prize from the R.W. Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Rodney McCurley.
23rd August 2019
Grand Master's Millennium Cup Team Prize
Congratulations to Michael O'Loan and David Laverty from Lodge 716, Colerain, on winning the Team Prize at the Grand Master's Millennium Cup Competition held at Killymoon Golf Club. They are being presented with the Cup and prizes by R.W. Bro. Rodney McCurley, R.W. Deputy Grand Master.
20th August 2019
PRESENTATION TO NORTHERN IRELAND CHILDREN'S HOSPICE
Past Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Noel A. Drain presenting a cheque for £2000 to Sheila Duffy, fundraiser for N.I. Children’s Hospice in Limavady Masonic Hall.
13th August 2019
PRESENTATION TO NORTHERN IRISH CANCER CARE
L. to R. Mr. Jim Hughes (Trustee), Rt.Wor.Bro. Arthur Graham, Rt.Wor.Bro. Noel Drain and
Mr. Jason Hughes (Trustee)
The second presentation made on Tuesday 13tn August was to “Northern Irish Cancer Care” who received the sum of £1500.00.
N.I.C.C. is a local based charity in Londonderry providing a free service for cancer patients and their families throughout Northern Ireland.
Some of these services include transport of patients to and from Londonderry and Belfast or the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital.
Use of Electro Hospital bed which can be delivered free to patient’s home
Free pet boarding services for patients who are required to stay in hospital
Free advice and in some cases, meals can be provided for patients with specific dietary requirements, supported by ICON Restaurant.
They are entirely dependent on voluntary contributions and their Charity shop 90, Spencer Road, Londonderry will always welcome good quality second hand items for resale
Mr.Jason Hughes was really overwhelmed by the generosity of the Freemasons of Londonderry and Donegal and expressed his sincere thanks to everyone who contributed.
13th August 2019
PRESENTATION OF DONATION TO FOYLE HOSPICE
L. to R. Rt.Wor.Bro. Arthur Graham, Mrs. Yvonne Martin (Director of Nursing), Mrs. Terri Sythes (Administrative Service Manager), Mr. Donall Henderson (C.E.O.), Rt.Wor.Bro. Noel Drain and Wor.Bro. John McLaughlin (W.M. Lodge 589)
Following the appeal by our Past Provincial Grand Master, Rt.Wor.Bro. Noel Drain for donations towards various Cancer Charities, it was a pleasure to make donations to two worthy causes on Tuesday 13th August 2019. The first to benefit was the Day Care Facility in the Foyle Hospice, Londonderry who received £2700.00 which was spent on the purchase of garden table, chairs and a parasol as well as a custom made awning for the front door over a patio area. These items were specially chosen by the sister-in-charge of the unit, Ms.Teresa McGowan, knowing they would add to the patients comfort and well-being.
The C.E.O. Mr. Donall Henderson expressed his profound thanks to the Masonic Order for their kind gesture which he knew would be a great benefit for patients’ welfare.
1st August 2019
Donegal Cancer Cheques Presentation
The Past Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Noel A. Drain presenting cheques to Allan from Donegal Hospice and Grainne from Cancer Care West. Proceeds were raised by Lodges for his Appeal for funds for local Cancer Charities on his retirement from the office of Provincial Grand Master.
23rd July 2019
Presentation to Macmillan Cancer Support in Magherafelt
Very Worshipful Brother Archdeacon McLean Provincial Grand Chaplain,
Iris McKeown, Area Representative for Macmillan Cancer Support,
Right Worshipful Brother Robert Overend, Provincial Assistant Grand Master
On Tuesday 23rd July members of South Derry Masonic Lodges gathered in Magherafelt Masonic Hall to present a cheque for £2,000·00 to Iris McKeown, area representative of Macmillan Cancer Support.
This sum was raised as a result of the Former Provincial Grand Master’s initiative for Lodges in Londonderry and Donegal to have special fund raising events to raise money for local charities - this to coincide with his retirement as Provincial Grand Master.
Right Worshipful Brother Noel Drain
launched this idea in autumn 2018 and was present for the handing over of the cheque.
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10th June 2019
Noel Lyttle 50 Year Jewel
St Johns Masonic Lodge No 196
W Master John Bratton
10 June 2019
50 years in Masonry - W Bro Noel Lyttle
On 8th May 1967, it was proposed by W Bro R Ramsay and seconded by W Bro W Hogg that the name of Mr Noel Lyttle Full Masonic age, School Teacher,29 Rossdowney Gardens, Londonderry, be placed on the books for ballot.
The ballot took place the following month on 12 June 1967. The ballot being clear the W Master W Bro E G Drayston declared that Mr Noel Lyttle be elected as a candidate for Initiation to the Lodge subject to the approval of the Londonderry Committee of enquiry.
The Lodge officers in 1967 were;
W Master - W Bro E G Drayston,
SW - W J Woods,
JW - R G McFarland,
Treasurer - A J Davin,
Secretary - W Bro W B Evans,
SD - J D Anderson,
JD - S Mitchell,
IG - R E Patterson,
Organist - T L Woods.
On 9 October 1967 Mr Noel Lyttle who had been balloted for at a previous communication and subsequently received the approval from the Londonderry Committee of Enquiry, being in attendance and having paid the initation fee (£8 8s 0p) was admitted with his conductor W Bro R J Ramsay, and received the 1st or EA Degree conferred by Bro RR Harpur.
On 13 November 1967, Bro Noel Lyttle who had served a time as an Entered Apprentice, was admitted with his conductor Bro D McCracken and passed to the 2nd or Fellowcraft degree.
The Degree was conferred by W Bro D J Hogg. The candidate was then saluted according to ancient custom.
On 12 February 1968, Bro Noel Lyttle a fellowcraft Freemason was admitted with his conductor Bro D. McCracken and raised to the degree of Master Mason and saluted. The W Master congratulated W Bro R Ramsay for the excellent manner in which he conferred the degree and thanked Bro McCracken for his assistance.
Noel became Organist in 1972, I Guard in 1973 and W Master in 1978
27th May 2019
Local Mason is honoured by Cancer Research UK.
Wor.Bro.Jim Kay being presented with his certificate from Ms. Kirsty Burns , Ass. Manager of the Cancer Research UK. shop, Ferryquay Street, Londonderry.
Wor.Bro. Kay is the Almoner in Temple Lodge 138, Londonderry.
Cancer Research UK is fortunate to have the support of over 40,000 volunteers and fundraisers across the UK and the annual “Flame of Hope Awards” celebrates some of the most inspiring supporters.
Ms.Rae Armstrong, manager, was delighted to nominate Jim for the category of Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his incredible contribution to Cancer Research UK. She expressed her sincere thanks for his exceptional support over the past 18 years.
Without volunteers like him the organisation simply wouldn’t be able to raise money to support life-saving research. Not only do they give their time, energy and passion to beat cancer, but they are at the heart of Cancer Research UK in our community, making it possible for our scientists, clinicians and nurses to develop kinder treatments and find new ways to prevent and treat all cancers.
The Cancer Research UK shop in Ferryquay Street was nominated the top branch in Northern Ireland this year for its fund raising efforts and all thanks go to the general public for their constant support.Add News Story here
15th May 2019
60 year Certificate and Bar
W.Bro. John Nesbitt, a member of Victory M.L. 941 Castlerock, was accompanied by the Provincial Grand Master and 7 other Brethren of the Lodge to witness W.Bro. Nesbitt receiving his 60 year certificate and bar at his Mother Lodge, Scott M.L. 300, Coalisland.
The Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Rodney L. McCurley, performed the ceremony.
Also present was the Provincial Deputy Grand Master of Tyrone and Fermanagh, R.W. Bro. Jim Moore.
John joined Freemasonry in Scott Masonic Lodge 300 in 1959: -
E.A. 15 April 1959
F.C. 17 June 1959
M.M. 16 Sept. 1959
Lodge Secretary from 1977 to 1989.
P.P.G.L. Organist 1982 & P.G.L. D. of C. 1988 in P.G.L. of Tyrone & Fermanagh.
He also served on the Board of the Masonic Welfare Fund from 2007 – 2014 having taken over from R.W. Bro. John Hadden (P.D.G. Master).
After he moved to Castlerock in 1990 he affiliated to Victory Masonic Lodge 941 where he served as Worshipful Master in 2012
John, now in his 90th year, has rarely missed a meeting of the P.G.L. of Londonderry & Donegal and as such we sometimes forget to mention him as a visiting P.G.L. Officer!
12th April 2019
Presentation to Cancer Research N.I.
Brethren of Temple Masonic Lodge No.138 performed a number of “Bag Packing” days at Iceland, Foyle Street, Londonderry and raised the marvellous amount of almost £1830.00. The donation was presented to the Manageress, Ms.Ray Armstrong, of The Cancer Research U.K. shop in Ferryquay Street, Londonderry by the Provincial Grand Master, Rt.Wor.Bro.Noel Drain. Also in the picture (left) is Wor. Bro. Jim Kay who also collected donations in Costa Coffee, Foyleside which are included in the above amount. On the right is Wor. Bro. Robert Simpson whose help in Iceland was most valuable.
To all of the general public who contributed so liberally to this worthy charity, Freemasons in general, but the Brethren of Lodge 138 in particular, express their sincere appreciation for their generosity.
30th December 2018
TLC at work
Ava, the Granddaughter of Albert Edward 235’s Secretary Gary Tosh, fell in her bathroom and banged her head on the floor resulting in a massive egg lump shape on the back of her head. Her mother made the quick decision to take her to the A & E in Coleraine. Ava was very distressed from the fall and at 2½ years old she had never been to Causeway Hospital before. There were people everywhere, patients, staff and even the Police were in attendance. Ava was overwhelmed by the whole experience and was getting more and more anxious and was crying inconsolably. Just as her mother was about to take her outside to calm her down a nurse appeared with a box full of Teddies and ask Ava if she would like to choose one and as soon as she saw the Teddies she became more relaxed. Ava chose the red one as red is her favourite colour. She kept the “Red Bear” and held it tightly as she had to get blood taken. After being treated for her bump she couldn’t wait to get home and show her Daddy and little Brother her new bear. The next day her mother and Ava called at Gary’s home to show him the bear she got from Hospital and it was then that Gary asked his daughter to look at the label on the Bear. She was amazed that it was donated by local Freemasons who support the Teddies for Loving Care Appeal. His daughter has asked Gary to thank everyone who donates to this very worthy cause. She is a primary school teacher and she took Red Bear to her Classroom to show the children the Teddy Bear and how all the kind men gave money to purchase teddy bears so that the Children would not be scared if they unfortunately had to attend hospital.
17th December 2018
Ashes to Gold Oasis
Raymond Robinson and Ken McClure presenting a cheque to Dr. Mark McKinney (Chairman) and Olivia (Volunteer) of Ashes to Gold Oasis which is a Charity working with vulnerable adults in Coleraine. It is currently receiving quite a large number of referral from sections of the Health Services of adults with mild to moderate mental health issues.
Those using Oasis benefit from services ranging from just popping into the Haven for a cup of tea and a friendly welcome by staff, using social inclusion activities like the craft sessions or having a more structured service like one to one personal development mentoring focusing on goals and planning through their issues or even counselling with a therapist helping them explore their problems in a structured and safe environment.
12th December 2018
Presentation to Youthlife
Wor.Bro.Stuart McCarter, representing Freemasons in Londonderry, presenting cheques from The Derry Masonic Fund and The Provincial Grand Lodge Welfare Fund to Mr.Caleb Griffin who received them on behalf of YouthLife.
This is a commendable charitable organisation specialising in the provision of free counselling to children who have suffered through bereavement and loss of family members and also marital breakdowns. Some children currently receiving benefit have been traumatised by suicide of family members or close personal friends. Being a cross-community organisation we were honoured to be asked and even more delighted as Freemasons in the city to be able to make a small financial gesture towards this worthy cause.
22nd October 2018
60 YEARS CERTIFICATE
Bro. Stanley Irwin receiving his 60 years Certificate from the W,M, W.Bro. Reggie Gilchrist and R.W. Bro. Raymond Robinson, Prov. Deputy Grand Master.
Stanley was initiated into Masonry in Ensor Lodge No.625, Loughgall on 28/5/58, passed to Fellowcraft on 27/8/58 and raised as a M.M. on 24/9/58. He affiliated to Victory Lodge No.941 on 27/4/98.
10th October 2018
PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE SOCIAL EVENING
WHITE HORSE HOTEL, CAMPSIE
WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER 2018
Before standing down from office next year, the Provincial Grand Master Rt.Wor.Bro.Noel Drain hosted the last of his Provincial Grand Lodge Social Evenings in The White Horse Hotel, Campsie, Co.Londonderry, on Wednesday 10th October 2018.
Over eighty widows , friends and senior brethren attended what turned out to be a very rewarding evening, prompting many to ask if there will be another get-together again next year.
The evening started with an extensive carvery followed by a sweet withtea/coffee.
The P.G.M. thanked the hotel for the gorgeous meal and gave a special word of thanks to Rt.Wor.Bro.John Cairns and Wor.Bro.Billy Wallace who were instrumental in co-ordinating arrangements for the night, not only in the White Horse Hotel but also in The Lodge Hotel Coleraine in September and Kee's Hotel, Stranorlar the previous week. He accorded his appreciation for the co-operation of all the Lodges especially Lodge Almoners who had devoted their time and effort into ensuring a good attendance of widows and senior Brethren.
The evening was truly justified as we witnessed many happy reunions among numerous guests, demonstrating exactly what Freemasonry is all about.
The compere for the night was Rt.Wor.Bro.Noel Drain and music was provided by The Two Degrees, and T/Bone. Rt.Wor.Bro.John Cairns gave us a rendition on the tin whistle and flute, as did Wor.Bro.Robert Black on bagpipes who closed the night after an excellent performance by the Killaloo Accordion Band.
The evening concluded in time-honoured Masonic tradition with the singing of Auld Lang Syne followed by the National Anthem.
28th July 2018
Royal Blue 404, Portstewart, Open Day
Neil Fenn P.M. presenting "An initial Guide to Freemasonry in Ireland" to the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Council.
The Royal Blue Masonic Lodge 404 Portstewart held an Open Day on Saturday 28 July in conjunction with the Red Sails Festival.
Despite the poor weather conditions all visitors to the Masonic Hall enjoyed a warm and courteous welcome and took the opportunity to discover more about the Lodge and Freemasonry in general.
Many Brethren from other Lodges attended the event along with the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and other visitors who expressed interest and curiosity in all aspects of Freemasonry, particularly the extensive charitable work and support provided to the local community.
The Worshipful Master and Brethren from the Lodge express their thanks to all those who attended and contributed to the success of the event.
28th July 2018
Royal Blue 404 Plate and Pull-Up
Louise Thompson and W. Bro. Steve Raine P.M.
Louise Thompson, daughter of W. Bro. Davy Thompson, produced the plate from the logo on Lodge tie, designed by Portstewart man Alan Irwin. The logo uses the Lodge number ‘404’ as the inspiration for the red sails (the two 4’s) and the sunset (the 0) as the theme. Louise can reproduce logos and text onto plates, cups, mugs, etc. and she kindly did so as a memento for the Lodge and for it to sell for fundraising purposes. The logo was also used on the new ‘pull-up’ banner which was generously donated to the Lodge by W Bro. Steve Raine.
21st June 2018
Provincial Grand Master announces his retirement
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Noel A. Drain, announced at the June Communication of Provincial Grand Lodge that he will be standing down at the end of March 2019.
The Grand Master has been informed of his decision and it is expected that further information will be available at the September Communication in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine on 20th September.
26th June 2018
St. Andrew's M.L. 1012, Whiteabbey
1st March 2018
Provincial Grand Lodge hosts Grand Lodge
L. to R. R.W.Bro. J.Cairns, R.W.Bro. D.Blair, R.W.Bro. G.Harper and R.W.Bro. R.Robinson
The Province hosted the Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. Masons of Ireland Communication on Thursday 1st March 2018 in The White Horse Hotel, Campsie, Londonderry.
Due to adverse weather conditions, especially in Southern Ireland, the Grand Master and the Grand Secretary were prevented from travelling north. Other Grand Lodge Officers were also in the same situation and a number of Provincial Brethren volunteered to occupy the vacant offices.
R.W. Bro. John Cairns arranged all of the details for the day and then also stepped in acting as Grand Secretary for the Communication.
Tributes were paid to these Brethren for their enthusiastic agreement to stand in at such short notice.
The following 11 Provincial G.L. Officers officiated at the Grand Lodge Communication.
R.W. Bro. Raymond Robinson - Senior Grand Deacon
R.W. Bro. David L. Blair - Grand Sword Bearer
R.W. Bro. Robert G. Quigley acting as Junior Grand Warden
R.W. Bro. D. John Cairns acting as Grand Secretary
R.W. Bro Grahame Harper acting as Junior Grand Deacon
V.W. Bro. Robbie Cameron acting as Grand Steward
V.W. Bro. Hugh Wade acting as Grand Steward
W. Bro. John Cochrane acting as Grand Steward
W. Bro. William McCausland acting as Grand Steward
W. Bro. Gareth McComb acting as Grand Organist
W. Bro. Stuart McCarter acting as Grand Tiler
1st March 2018
Grand Lodge Lunch
L. to R. R.W. Bro. J Cairns (PGS), R.W. Bro. N Drain (PGM), R.W. Bro. R McCurley (DGM), R.W. Bro. L Nixon (AGM), R.W. Bro. S. Young (GDoC's), R.W. Bro. Canon H Trimble (GChap.)
An excellent lunch was held prior to the Communication of Grand Lodge on 1st March.
Due to the the heavy snow falls on the East coast of Ireland affecting most of that area, especially the Dublin area and parts of Down, almost 50% who had booked for lunch were unable to travel.
However 75 Brethren sat down and were treated to sumptuous repast prepared and served so expertly by the staff of the White Horse Hotel.
4th January 2018
Jennifer Smyth & her mother visit Lodge 554, Campsie
On 4th.January 2018, W.E.Scott Memorial Lodge 554, Campsie held their first stated communication of the New Year and after the close of the meeting the Brethren had the pleasure of giving a warm welcome to Mrs. Pamela Smyth and her daughter Jennifer. On their entering the Lodge room the Brethren stood in respect and gave a hearty applause as Jennifer walked down the hall.
In October 2013 Jennifer suffered a life changing accident while practising gymnastics for an upcoming competition, causing serious damage to her spinal cord.
The Assistant Grand Master, Rt.Wor.Bro. Leslie Nixon, gave the two ladies a warm welcome and he expressed his delight at the progress Jennifer has made along her journey since they last met. The Provincial Grand Master, Rt.Wor.Bro.Noel Drain then had a few words of cordiality for Jennifer. He reminded the assembly that when he last met Jennifer a year ago, she was in a wheelchair, but she asserted then that she would walk into her next Masonic gathering.
She kept to her word!
Rt.Wor.Bro.Eric Henry, Deputy Chairman of The Masonic Girls’ Fund gave the meeting a comprehensive summary of the procedures followed by the various Masonic Charity Funds in general and the Masonic Girls Fund in particular. Wor.Bro.Alistair Sterritt then gave an outline of assistances provided by the Derry Masonic Fund, of which he is Treasurer. All these charities have subscribed handsomely to the support of Jennifer. All the speakers commended Pamela on her dedicated support for her daughter, in spite of the tragic and untimely death in 2016 of her husband Wor.Bro.David Smyth who was a past Master of Lodge 554.
In reply Pamela expressed her heartfelt thanks to all organisations, individuals and The Masonic Order for their charitable donations over the past few years.
Over the years since, numerous organisations and individuals have worked tirelessly to raise funds to assist Jennifer in her rehabilitation. The Masonic Order was prominent in this activity. The cumulative result of these efforts has now helped provide Jennifer with a “Re-Walk 6.0” costing around £60,000.00. This robotic style suit now assists Jennifer to stand up and walk, giving her a new perspective of everything around her since her eyelevel has been at wheelchair height for over four years. She now takes great pride at being taller than her mother!
The Lodge then provided everyone with tea and sandwiches, affording a less formal atmosphere for Brethren to offer their personal good wishes to Jennifer, who displayed her usual pleasant and congenial personality, although perhaps, understandably, a little overwhelmed by the occasion.
19th December 2017
The Presentation of cheques to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army for their joint Christmas Appeal.
L.to.R. R.W.Bro. Ken McClure; Rep. of S.V.de P.; R.W. Bro. Ken Doherty; Rep. of Salv Army and the R.W. Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Noel A. Drain.
14th December 2018
Lodge 281, St. Johnston Carol Service
On Thursday 14th December 2017 members of St. John’s Masonic Lodge No.281 St. Johnston, St. Johnston Royal Arch Chapter No.281 and St. Johnston Masonic Hall Committee, held their Annual Carol Service in St. Johnston Masonic Hall.
As usual the Hall had been tastefully decorated for the evening with a Christmas Tree and other forms of Christmas decorations of the season. The fire was glowing to give a cosy and inviting feel to the evening Service.
The Chairman of the Hall Committee and M. C. For the evening, V.W. Bro. Sam Waterworth gave a very hearty welcome to approximately 75 persons who included Masons, their Wives, Partners, Girlfriends, Relatives and Friends and Widows of past Masons.
The evening consisted of a Reading of Seven Biblical Lessons and the Singing of Seven Christmas Carols plus various Seasonal Musical pieces performed by invited Guests.
The three main Churches in the St Johnston area were represented by the Rev. Canon David Crooks, Rev. Craig Wilson and Mrs. Teresa Gibson representing Monsignor Dan Carr.
The Seven Biblical Lessons were read by the following people:-
1. W. Bro. Clive Robinson – Worshipful Master of St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 281 St. Johnston
2. Rev. Craig Wilson – Minister of St. Johnston Presbyterian Church
3. W. Bro. Trevor Purce – Worshipful Master of Vernon Masonic Lodge No. 127 Coleraine
4. Rev. Canon David Crooks – The Church of Ireland Rector for the Parish of Taughboyne
5. Miss Joanna Robinson – Daughter of W. Bro. Clive Robinson
6. Mrs. Teresa Gibson – Representing Monsignor Dan Carr
7. Mrs. Agnes Tinney – Representing the Community of St. Johnston
The Soloist on the evening was Miss. Ciara Bovaird who sang the Seasonal Carols “O Holy Night” and “In the bleak mid Winter”; the third year that Ciara has performed at the Annual Carol Service.
“The Music Group”, a quartet, added to the evening with Christmas themed Songs and were led by W. Bro. David Stewart on the keyboard. Hopefully this first appearance at this Service will not be the last by this wonderful group of singers.
This year’s chosen Charity was “Foyle Search and Rescue” who do incredible and wonderful work in endeavouring so hard to prevent suicides on the River Foyle and also in assisting in the recovery of those who have entered the water. The audience was shown a short video presentation and given a short talk on the work of the volunteers who make up the “Foyle Search and Rescue” organisation by Mr. Pat Carlin the Media Manager for “Foyle Search and Rescue”.
During the singing of the final Carol a collection was taken up and realised around €600 in aid of this charity. However at their Stated Communication of St. John’s Lodge No.281 on the 21st December the members present made this figure up to a total of €750.
V.W. Bro. Waterworth before asking the Chaplain of St. John’s Masonic Lodge No.281, Wor. Bro. Billy Gillard, to say the closing Prayer bringing the Carol Service to a close, thanked all again for attending. He also thanked the Organist for the evening Mrs. Dianne Leckey and Mrs. Geraldine Robinson for all her hard work in arranging our Readers and Musical Guests etc.
At the conclusion of the Carol Service all present were treated to a Supper of homemade Sandwiches, Mince Pies and Tray Bakes along with a cup of Tea or Coffee before leaving the Hall.
On Friday the 5th January 2018 nine members representing the three organising bodies, including the Worshipful Master of Lodge 281 W. Bro. Clive Robinson, the Ex. King of RAC 281 E.C. Cecil Wilson and the Hall Committee Chairman V.W. Bro. Sam Waterworth attended the Harry Allen-Hamilton Room in St. Johnston Masonic Hall. Mr. Pat Carlin the Media Manager from “Foyle Search and Rescue” was formally presented with the cheque in the sum of €750 by W.Bro. Clive Robinson the Worshipful Master of St. John’s Masonic Lodge No.281 St. Johnston.
20th October 2017
50 Year Jewel
On 20th October 1967, R. W. Bro. Robert G. Quigley was initiated into Freemasonry in Lyons Memorial Masonic Lodge No 778, Donemana, in the Province of Londonderry and Donegal.
R. W. Bro. Quigley was presented with his 50 year Certificate at the Stated Communication on the 20th October 2017, exactly 50 years to the day of his initiation.
12th October 2017
Letterkenny Culture Night
Pioneer Lodge 271 opened their hall again as part of the Letterkenny Culture night after the success of last year.
8th September 2017
V. Wor. Bro. Bertie Britton cutting the cake to celebrate his 90th birthday after the lodge communication on Friday 8th September 2017.
3rd February 2017
Presentation of 50 year Jewel
The Installation Communication of Commercial Masonic Lodge No. 164 took place on
Friday 3rd February last in the Freemason’s Hall, Londonderry and very soon became a
family affair. The Worshipful Master Elect was installed in the Chair by his brother in law W.
Bro. James Connor. The newly installed Worshipful Master later had the pleasure of
Investing his eldest son Craig as Senior Deacon and youngest son Mark as Inner Guard. It is
believed that this is the first time in the history of the Lodge that four Brethren connected by
family have been involved in the Installation of Officer’s in the Lodge.
We were delighted one again to be joined by a deputation of office bearers from the
Provincial Grand Lodge of Forfarshre (SC); headed by the Rt .W. Provincial Grand Master,
Rt. W Bro. Michael Mulholland
We were also pleased to welcome Officers and Members from Lodge Ancient No 49 (SC)
with whom we have established long and enduring friendship over the years, together with a
goodly number of Brethren from local Lodge’s.
Following the Communication about sixty Brethren retired to the McCurdy Room where an
excellent festive board was enjoyed by all present. The usual toast’s were made and
responded to and following the national anthem the Brethren dispersed. However a good
number of Brethren remained and good fellowship ensued until the wee small hours.
17th January 2017
Presentation of two certificates 75 years apart!
L. to R. William Lennox, James Glover, Mervyn Glover with the Prov. Deputy Grand Master.
UNIQUE EVENING AT UNITY MASONIC LODGE NO. 531 MONEYMORE
On Tuesday 17th January 2017 at the Annual Installation of Officers, a very unique event took place after the installation ceremony had taken place. R.W.Bro. Raymond Robinson, R.W. Provincial Deputy Grand Master of Londonderry and Donegal presented W. Bro. Mervyn Glover with his 75-year certificate.
W.Bro. Mervyn Glover was initiated on 12th February 1942 and was installed Worshipful Master in 1956. His chauffeur on the occasion was R.W. Bro. Tommy Lund, Coalisland Masonic Lodge No. 300. You might think these Brethren are not safe to be on the road but you would be very wrong. Mervyn and Tommy won the 1954 Circuit of Ireland Rally almost 63 years ago!
One could say that was a unique event in itself but there’s more.
The youngest and most recent Master Mason, Bro. William Lennox, was also presented with his Master Mason Certificate on the same evening; two certificates 75 years apart.
I think you would agree that it certainly was a rather unique occasion.
W. Bro. Jackie Wilks, Moneymore Lodge 531
15th December 2016
Provincial Grand Master Visits Santa in Lapland
L. to R, Raymond Pollock and Linda Rogers (Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust), SANTA, R.W. Bro. Noel Drain.
13th December 2016
Presentation to Circle of Support (C.O.S) for Autism
Presentation of a cheque for £1000.00 by W. Bro. Stuart McCarter, representing the Provincial Grand Lodge of Londonderry and Donegal, to Ms. Caroline Campbell representing “Circle of Support” (C.O.S.), in the White Horse Hotel. This is an entirely voluntary organisation providing valuable support to children with autism in the North West.
Also in photograph. Mrs. Amey and Mr. David Campbell (left) volunteers with C.O.S. and Mr.Noel Drain Provincial Grand Master (right).
8th December 2016
St. Johnston 281's Evening of Lessons and Carols
Pictured at the presentation of a cheque from the retiring offering at The Evening of Lessons & Carols held in St. John's 281 Masonic Hall. The evening was really well supported by members of the local community with participants from St. Baithin's R.C. Church, St. Johnston Presbyterian & Taughboyne Parish. The event was attended by R.W. Bro. Noel Drain, R.W. Bro. Raymond Robinson & W. Bro. Raymond Eakin. The Hall Committee was delighted and very grateful for the support of local lodges.
(L - R) Robbie Fleming, Clive Robinson, St. Johnston Hall Committee. Roberta McBeth, Clement Clarke, Bridget Clarke, Muriel Perry Donegal Branch of MS Society and Sam Waterworth St. Johnston Hall Committee:
8th December 2016
From L. to R. V.W. Bro. Sam Waterworth (Hall Chairman), R.W. Bro. Raymond Robinson (P.D.G.M.), The Provincial Grand Master, Deborah Toland (Volunteer with Donegal Hospice) and two neices of the late W. Bro. James McGonigle.
The R.W. Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Noel A. Drain, presented a cheque from Provincial Grand Lodge to the Donegal Hospice in memory of V.W. Bro. Billy Alexander and W. Bro. James McGonigle who received excellent palliative care from the Hospice during their illnesses. The presentation was held in St. Johnstone Masonic Hall after the cross community Evening of Lessons and Carols.
1st November 2016
TLC Teddy comes to the rescue
Son Tommy speeding around the kitchen and ran into the window cill. Skin glue and paper stitches all sorted now but the teddies are amazing at settling them down. This charity should be given so much support !
Bro. Alan Ross
5th October 2016
Donegal Ladies' Night
The entertainment at Donegal Ladies Night was provided by the Two Degrees fron Vernon Lodge 127, Coleraine and Killaloo Flute BandCan you spot who is playing the Big Base Drum?
19th September 2016
The Restored Cross
12th September 2016
Prov. Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Noel A. Drain presents a donation of £2500 to Dean Morton towards the renovation of the cross that used to be on the top of the Cathedral spire until replaced about1980.
The cross to be be part of a monument to those from the City of Londonderry who died at the Battle of the Somme.
2nd September 2016
Presentation of 50 year Jewel
L. to R.. The R.W.P.G.M., Rt. W. Bro. N Drain, W. Bro. Fred Arbuckle, W. Bro. Billy Arbuckle and W. Bro. I. McKnight (W.M)
W. Bro. Fred Arbuckle was Entered, Passed and Raised on 2nd September 1966, 7th April 1967 and 31st May 1967 respectively, was installed as Worshipful Master in 1976 and invested as Provincial Grand Steward in 1997.
W. Bro. Billy Arbuckle presented W. Bro. Arbuckle to the WM reminiscing that nearly 40 years ago when he join the order the then Worshipful Master W. Bro. Sam Bell commented that it was the first time he has seen a father leading his son around the lodge room and calling him brother; he had waited a long time for the opportunity and it was a privilege.
The R.W. Provincial Grand Master presented W .Bro. Arbuckle with his 50 year jewel and paid tribute to him for all his years of loyal support. The P.G. Secretary then presented W. Bro Arbuckle with his 50 year certificate accompanied with a few words of appreciation.
Finally, on behalf of the lodge the W.M. presented W. Bro. Arbuckle with an engraved Commercial Masonic Lodge No.164 maul as a memento of this special occasion.
In reply W. Bro. Arbuckle offered his grateful thanks to the WM and members of Commercial Masonic Lodge No.164 and to the visitors from W. E Scott Memorial Masonic Lodge No. 554 for supporting him this evening; he further thanked W. Bro. H Guthrie for the catering and the R.W. Provincial Grand Master for the presentation.
23rd July 2016
Donegal Freemasons and the Great War
A talk by R.W. Bro. Robert Bashford at Letterkeeny Museum and a full report will soon be available on
The idea of the Sponsor Cycle first sprung to mind late in 2015 after my attendance at Provincial Grand Lodge when we received an update on the support given to Northern Ireland's Children to Lapland Trust and the fantastic work which they do.
This got me thinking and after a number of conversations with Lodge Members I put the idea to Cycle from Bishop's Street to Donegal Town to Open Lodge, it was received well.
When the idea first came to mind I could never have imagined the support and assistance that I was to receive, both from within my own Lodge and those Lodges which assisted on the day, namely Ancient Lodge No. 588 Donegal.
On the day we had sixteen starters and departed from Bishop Street just after 9.30am on our way to Strabane and our first ‘pit stop’. Several punctures later and having broken sweat, some for the first time in many years, we were suitably received in Strabane for refreshments. Stage two was from Strabane, crossing the bridge into Donegal and making our way to Stranorlar where again we were received in the usual Masonic manner and treated to a first class homemade lunch by the local Lodge.
It was then back on the bikes for the final push, and for some it may well have been their final push over Barnes Gap, (avoiding the temptation for a quick stop at Biddy's), straight to the Masonic Hall in Donegal Town where we received a warm Donegal welcome by the members of Lodge No.588.
The journey was over, the commitment of the cyclists, the support party and all those behind the scenes, not forgetting the host lodges along the way made the event the success that it was and will result in a substantial presentation to the NI Children to Lapland Trust later in the year, as well as a donation to Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) which the Order continues to support on an ongoing basis.
Later that evening we were treated to a fantastic evening onboard the Water Bus by Lodge 588 and our thanks must go out to all who supported that event also. We look forward to our next challenge, and I would thoroughly commend it to other lodges, to get out there, it's a great way to promote the Order and enjoy some fellowship along the way.
Jason Jack PM
Island of Inch 589
28th April 2016
Cheque presentation to Jennifer Smyth
Presentation of a cheque to enable Jennifer to have treatment in Florida for her paralysis. Jennifer has regained movement in her legs again and is now at University in Birmingham.