West Kent Light Blues News

Episode 3: Spring Edition

Dear Member,

I hope you have had a fantastic Easter break, and that you took full advantage of the wonderful weather we were so fortunate to experience.

It is time to bring you up to speed on the activities of the Light Blues Club, since the New Year.

We kicked off the year, by holding a lodge of instruction at Prince George Duke of Kent Court, Chislehurst.This proved a huge success, with the assistance of WBro Phil May, AProvGM. A number of residents took an active part in the proceedings, and have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Following this, we have continued to host lodges from around the Province, who have generously taken up our offer, to hold an LOI at the care home, on the first Monday of  each month, in turn. We would be more than grateful to any lodge that would have a willingness to be involved in this worthwhile endeavour in the months ahead. My thanks to out to Camelia Thea Lodge and Lamorbey Lodge, for helping us out thus far.

There is much in this newsletter, and should you wish to contribute to future editions in any way, or have any ideas you believe your Club should be undertaking, and would like us to pursue with you, please contact us on enquiries @wklightblues.uk.

Yours sincerely and fraternally, 

Mark James,

Chairman

 

Lodge of Instruction, held at Prince George Duke of Kent Court on Monday 7th January 2019.

If your lodge would like to hold an LOI at Prince George Duke of Kent Court, and engage the residents with wonderful Masonic stimulation they now rarely experience, please contact us on enquiries @wklightblues.uk, or our Treasurer on treasurer@wklightblues.uk  or our Events Officer on events@wklightblues.uk.

On 2nd March our Chairman and Treasurer, represented the Club at the consecration of the Essex Cornerstone Lodge at Freemasons Hall. Many Light Blues Clubs had representation at this event, and it was a reminder to us, as to the heavy lifting we still have to do in West Kent, to eventually, catch up with our Brethren in other Provinces and Districts.

On 30th March 2019, our Annual General Meeting took place at Oakley House.

This was a success, and the Members who attended, gave their full support to the Committee, who were re elected, and are therefore, able to build on the more solid ground the Club has created in the last year.

Committee Members include:

Chairman – Mark James chairman@wklightblues.uk

Secretary – Fraser McManus secretary@wklightblues.uk

Treasurer – Liam Turner treasurer@wklighblues.uk

Comms Officer – Adrian Grant communications@wklightblues.uk

Membership Officer – Robbie Devlin membership@wklightblues.uk

Events Officer – Karl Lawton events@wklightblues.uk 

The Light Blues Club, is to provide an open forum for the encouragement of views and ideas. It is necessary, for the Club to improve its links and communications, not only between its Members, but  to reach out to prospective Members.

In order to improve the communication links, the Chairman has appointed area Reps, so that there are local and direct points of contact. The Reps will give feedback to the Committee, so that they are as well informed as possible, and concerns held by the Members may be easily cascaded to the Provincial Executive, and equally, the Club can be a method of dissemination for the Province.

We urge Members who do not usually engage with us, to let us know how you think you can be better served by us. It is understood, that not everyone is able to attend a breakfast, or drinks on a Friday evening.

As the Club grows, and it is slowly approaching 200 Members, the enrichment of such a Membership increases in many ways, and there is much from which the Club can benefit..

The Reps appointed are:

Sidcup: Rod Shepherd – rodshepherd@outlook.com

Bromley: Stephen Hugkulstone – stephen.hugkulstone@gmail.com

Welling: Jason Russell – jrrussell2001@yahoo.co.uk

Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells: Nigel Leek – nigel_leek@hotmail.co.uk

Dartford / Wilmington/ Greenhithe: Adrian Grant – aggrant68@gmail.com

Sidcup: Mark Gately – m.gately@ntlworld.com

Further details of other Reps will be published in due course.

ProvGM’s Address at Provincial Officers’ Mess (POM) on 27th March

The ProvGM’s address at POM in March, was heard  by 26 Light Blues, occupying 3 tables. Much was announced of interest to us as  Light Blues in particular. The POM in its current form, will alter, to include all Installed Masters, so some Light Blues will be able to attend by right, rather than by invitation. The event will also, take the form of a buffet, as opposed to a formal meal.

On 9th April, we enjoyed our first Bowling Night at Tenpin Bowling, Bexleyheath. The next will be on Tuesday 14th May, at 7:30. Tuesday night’s are half price drinks, so come along and enjoy the occasion. Family and friends are most welcome.

Our second breakfast was held at the Rifleman Pub in Sevenoaks last weekend, and is increasing in popularity.

The next breakfast at Hamers in Bexley, will be on Saturday 4th May at 9:30am.

You can also join us for  drinks, at the Wetherspoons in Sidcup on Friday evening, from 6pm onwards.

Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting

Our annual Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting, takes place on 7th May 2019, at Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ.

This is the most important event in the Province’s calendar. Our Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Mark Estaugh, is keen for as many of us to attend as possible, and tables have been allocated to us at the luncheon being held at the Grand Connaught Rooms at 12:30hrs. This will consist of a three course meal, inclusive of wine, for £45.

Anyone attending on the day, arrangements will be made to meet in advance at 12:00hrs.

The afternoon session, will begin in the Grand Temple at 15:30hrs, where the Annual Investiture will take place. We have reserved seating by the floor of the Temple, where the newest of our Master Masons will be personally greeted by the Provincial Grand Master, following the processions.

 On Saturday 11th May, a contingent of Light Blues, plan to visit the Bexley Beer Festival. It will surely prove to be a popular occasion. Anyone wishing to attend, please contact our Treasurer, Liam Turner at treasurer@wklightblues.uk

Our flagship event of the year, is our Summer Party, to be held at the United Services Club, in Sidcup. Your support will be much appreciated. It will be a night to remember – music, barbeque, and fun for all the family.

Such an event will be worthwhile, particularly, if you have a friend you wish to encourage to join our wonderful fraternity.

 

Episode 2: December 21st 2018

BLUES NEWS AT CHRISTMAS 2018

Seasons greetings to you all. 

As the year draws to a close, it is important that we reflect on our achievements and look forward to an exciting year ahead.

We recently had another ‘red letter’  day, having achieved our 150th member!  And the number continues to rise. An increase in numbers, means a greater enriched Club, we will continue to encourage new membership.

Our breakfast club remains a success, on the first Saturday of each month at Hamers of Bexley,  in Bexley Village. We have now started a Social evening  at the Ramblers Rest in Chiselhurst, which will be held on the first Friday of every second month, the next to be held, on Friday 4th January 2019, from 6pm onwards. It is an intention that these or similar events will be replicated across the Province in the future.

I would like to thank all of you who attended the Chairman’s Lunch on Sunday 4th November 2018, at  Giacomo’s Ristorante Italiano. The restaurant was at its capacity, and also included prospective members for the Craft.  

The Club’s Curry Night at Oakley House on 5th December 2018, was also hugely successful, where we were honoured to have our Provincial Grand Master present, RWBro Mark Estaugh, who is one of our strongest supporters. As in the case of the Chairman’s lunch, prospective candidates for the Craft also attended.

Last month, we launched our new website, which can be found at http://wklightblues.uk. You will soon be able to keep up to date with us, and follow our activities here.

I would like to wish you all, a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Please continue to support your Light Blues Club and it’s activities, the Club will only be as good as it’s membership. Yours sincerely and fraternally,

Mark James

Chairman

August 2018 – Our successful Light Blues Raft Team, who came 4th in the Provincial Raft Race at Greenhithe.

September 2018 – The Light Blues Club visit the Provincial Officers’ Mess.

October 2018 – Light Blues Club regular breakfast, visited by WBro Phil May, AProvGM

Supporting WBro Dave Allen at his Installation as Master of At Barnabus Lodge No. 6315

 

December 2018- Light Blues Club attended Quarterly Communications.

 

 

Episode 1: September 26th 2018

“Blues News” – The Light Blues’ Club welcomes its 100th Member! 

Welcome to “Blues News” – a periodic update from the Light Blues’ Club (LBC) to every Light Blue in the Province of West Kent. 

It’s a “red-letter” day for the LBC – as it welcomes its 100th member.  Since Provincial Grand Lodge in May, we have been steadily recruiting new members, and building a solid base for the new Masonic Season. 

We are all very keen to achieve the Provincial Grand Master’s target of 500 members – and to play an active part in the operation of the Province of West Kent.   

To that end, we have been refining our organisation – and, with the support of the Province, trying out new ideas for the first time. 

The PGM himself will be writing to every Light Blue in the Province, attaching a pdf copy of our new membership leaflet, and explaining how important he sees it for this large section of the membership to have a “voice” in the Province. 

Many of you may also have heard the Provincial Grand Master’s Representatives mention the LBC in their addresses to individual lodges – reiterating the PGM’s support for our activities, and promoting new membership. 

However, the most important role of the LBC in any Masonic journey is to enjoy the company of other Light Blues – in an informal and non-hierarchical environment – and to have fun! 

Below is a list of 2018 events that the LBC have attended – or are intending to hold – with a short piece on each describing the occasion. 

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours sincerely and fraternally,

 

 

Mark James

Chairman 

Light Blues’ Club 

 

 

Light Blues’ Club – 2018 Events 

  • Provincial Raft Race – Saturday 25 August
  • Danson Park Fair – Membership Drive – Saturday 7 July & Sunday 8 July
  • Provincial Officers’ Mess – Oakley House – Tuesday 18 September 
  • LBC “Chairman’s Lunch” – “Giacomo’s Ristorante Italiano” – Sunday 4 November
  • “Meet the PGM” – Curry Night – Oakley House – Wednesday 5 December 
  • UGLE Quarterly Communications – Lunch with Grand Officers – Wednesday 12 December  

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Provincial Raft Race – Saturday 25 August. 

The annual Provincial Raft Race was held at “The Pier Hotel” in Greenhithe on Saturday 25 August. 

The LBC entered a raft – which finished a respectable 4th – the highest position the LBC have achieved to date. 

The race was won by Gavelkind Lodge, and the event raised £3,000 for deserving charities.   

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Danson Park Fair – Saturday 7 July & Sunday 8 July. 

The LBC assisted with a Provincial Membership Drive at the Danson Park Fair, on Saturday 7 July and Sunday 8 July. 

In the future, the LBC is keen to assist James McNulty and his new External Events Team – to promote the Craft at shows, displays, and public events in the wider community. 

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LBC attend the Provincial Officers’ Mess for the first time – Tuesday 18 September. 

On Tuesday 18 September, two tables of Light Blues’ Club members attended the Provincial Officers’ Mess at Oakley House for the first time. 

The Provincial Officers’ Mess – known affectionately as “the POM” – has always been restricted to those members who have already received Provincial Grand Rank.  However, the Provincial Grand Master was keen to give the LBC the opportunity to see how this event worked – and to listen to his key-note speech first-hand.

One LBC members commented that his lodge normally arranged a mini-bus to Oakley House, so that its Provincial Officers can travel together and make night of it.  On this occasion, he was able to join them – and enjoy the evening out alongside his lodge colleagues. 

The LBC have thanked the Provincial Grand Master for this initiative – and expressed a wish to return again in future – should an opportunity arise.  

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LBC “Chairman’s Lunch” – Giacomo’s Ristorante Italiano – Sunday 4 November. 

The LBC has organised a “Chairman’s Lunch” at Giacomo’s Ristorante Italiano – Morleys Road, Sevenoaks Weald, Sevenoaks – on Sunday 4 November. 

There are still places available at £30 per adult, and £10 for a child.   

If you would like to join us, please contact:  

enquiries@wklightblues.uk 

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“Meet the PGM” – Curry Night – Oakley House – Wednesday 5 December.  

The LBC is holding a “Meet the PGM” Curry Night at Oakley House – 6:30pm for 7:00pm – on Wednesday 5 December.

 This event will provide LBC members with an opportunity to chat informally to the PGM in a relaxed environment – and work within the grain of his declared “listening” culture.

 The event costs £23 per person. 

If you would like to come along, please contact:  

treasurer@wklightblues.uk

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UGLE Quarterly Communications & Lunch at the Grand Connaught Rooms with Grand Officers – Wednesday 12 December.  

UGLE Quarterly Communications is held in the Grand Temple of Freemasons’ Hall, the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England, in Great Queen Street – and is presided over by Rulers in the Craft.

This is an opportunity to hear the latest news from the very highest levels of the Craft – and the chance to see how Freemasonry operates at a national level. 

Quarterly Communications is follow by luncheon at the Grand Connaught Rooms – next-door to Freemason’s Hall – accompanied by Grand Officers.  

The cost of the event is £50 a head (wine included with lunch).   Places can be reserved by contacting: 

 enquiries@wklightblues.uk