R.W. Bro Noel Simpson - marking 50 years as a member of Island of Inch Lodge No. 589


Pauline and Noel with the bouquet of flowers and the cake from the Lodge


The premier lodge in Londonderry & Donegal (Island of Inch Lodge 589) are happy to inform you that R.W. Bro Noel Simpson has completed 50 years as a member.  Noel received his first degree on the 25th June 1971, his Fellow craft degree on 24th September 1971 and his Master Mason degree on 8th December 1971.  He became Worshipful Master of the lodge in 1980.  As you will all be aware Noel served as a Provincial Grand Lodge Director of Ceremonies’ for 10 years.  He is a member of numerous other Masonic bodies, holding positions as treasurer and secretary in some of them. Noel is also an elected member of the Grand Lodge of Instruction.  He organises the Grand Master’s Millennium Cup Golf tournament each year, which has raised a substantial amount of money for various charities.  Noel is similarly heavily involved in the organising of the “Young Musician of the Year” competition in Dublin and has had the honour of being the Grand Master’s Sword Bearer.

It would be very remiss not to mention that Noel is always ably assisted by his wife, Pauline, who has supported him throughout his Masonic career.  We, in 589 in particular and Freemasonry in general, are truly lucky to have a member of the stature and knowledge of R.W. Bro Noel. 

On Thursday 24th.June 2021 the Worshipful Master W. Bro John McLaughlin, the Lodge secretary, Wor.Bro.Colin McCandless and the Almoner, R.W Bro Arthur Graham paid Noel a visit.  They presented him with a cake to mark this momentous occasion and Pauline was presented with flowers, all on behalf of the brethren of the lodge. A rewarding couple of hours were spent in their company with many amusing and interesting reminiscences being discussed.

Once we return to our communications we will formally acknowledge Noel’s 50 years in the lodge.

Arthur Graham 589

Friendship 341 Stranorlar support Donegal Foodbank

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L.toR. Alistair Moore - W.M., Hugh Sweeney - We Care Foodbank and Lester Long - S.W.


Friendship 341, Stranorlar recently held a food Bank drive for We Care food Bank in Donegal. It was extremely well supported by brethren of the lodge and over €300 of food and supplies was donated to those families most in need at this time of year.

We Care extended a very warm thanks to all the members who contributed to this food drive, helping those who needed it most.

Victory 941, Castlerock supports Gateway Club


L.toR. Deirdre Shields, Gateway Secretary and member Jonathan Pentony, gratefully receiving a cheque for £800 from Mr. Sammy Nummy.

Jim McDonnell, Chairperson, has forwarded this press release.

Mr. Nummy presented the cheque on the first anniversary of the passing of his much adored Aunt, Sylvia McElroy on behalf of Victory 941 Masonic Lodge, Castlerock.

Mr. Nummy  is the nephew of the late Sylvia McElroy a long serving volunteer, and past Chairperson of Newry & District Gateway Club.

 We in Newry Gateway Club, are humbled by the support from the McElroy and Nummy families to continue a connection with us that has spanned several generations of their family, with their Grandmother Mrs. Elizabeth McElroy being involved with Gateway from it inception in November 1973.

Jim Kay receives Honorary Fellowship

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Mr. Jim Kay receiving his Honorary Fellowship, awarded by Cancer Research.U.K. 

from Ms.R. Armstrong, Manageress of Ferryquay Street shop.


It is only fitting that he was nominated to receive this prestigious award, the highest accolade that Cancer Research can bestow on a volunteer.`

Jim has been a dedicated part time volunteer at the Derry City shop for 20 years.  His good humour, banter and gossip have made him popular with the many faithful regular customers who visit the shop in Ferryquay Street. Particular thanks must go to these patrons for their charitable support of the charity throughout the year, as without them the shop could not survive. 

 Even on his “off-duty” days Jim continually promotes Cancer Research in general and the shop in particular.

The Flame of Hope Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements of volunteers and fundraisers from across the U.K.  They were introduced in 2003 and since then Cancer Research has recognised over 1,300 winners.  Volunteers, supporters and staff are all motivated by the same purpose – beating cancer.

2020 is certainly a year none of us will forget

COVID-19 has been the biggest challenge we’ve faced in our history.  We had to work quickly to provide protection for staff, customers, understand the impact on cancer patients and the charities’ lifesaving research.

Although we are predicting a drop in income this year of up to 30% it is with heartfelt thanks to our thousands of passionate volunteers that our mission has not faltered.

Friendship 341, Stranorlar, Cheque Presentation to

St. Joseph's Community Hospital

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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

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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