Lodge 1777

Royal Hanover celebrates it’s youngest ever newly installed Master of Lodge

Installation of W.Bro.Johny Davis

W.Bro. Davis was installed as Master of Royal Hanover Lodge 1777
by outgoing Master W.Bro. De-Honri.

W.Bro. Davis was installed as Master of Royal Hanover Lodge 1777 by outgoing Master W.Bro. De-Honri. W.Bro.De-Honri has had a good year in the chair and as he became the Immediate Past Master he installed W.Bro Davis with some great ritual. W.Bro.Davis is our youngest ever Worshipful Master, replacing that honour bestowed upon W.Bro Peter Parsons some 44 years ago.

W.Bro. Davis has been a regular to LOI, which was proven by his delivery of installing his officers for the coming year. This year we see some of our younger members take up officer positions. Special thanks were given to W.Bro.Bob Skinner who is stepping down this year as our Chaplin and W.Bro Derek Healy stepping down as Almoner, both of which has given many years of wonderful service and as such were presented within open lodge with an engraved United Grand Lodge of England Tercentenary Jewel each.

Charity News from W.Bro.John Taylor

Our charity steward W.Bro John Edward Taylor delivered some great news with regards to Royal Hanover Lodge and its members supporting The 2020 Festival and as such we were presented with a Patron's sash, which can be seen in front of the WM placed with the VOTSL. Grand Patron jewels where also presented to Bro.Jackson and W.Bro.Marshal-Jobson. It was then proposed that the lodge make a donation to take Royal Hanover Lodge 1777 to Grand Patron status and this was approved in open lodge, and I am sure we will hear more at our next January meeting.

At LOI we took up a collection to purchase the Tercentenary Master's Collar Ornament and this was presented to the WM and will be proudly displayed on the Master's collar from now on.

Thank you to our Visitors

We would also like to thank our many regular visitors for helping make this memorable meeting, but also including Worshipful Master W.Bro.Treanor and Secretary W.Bro.Lewis of Lodge Of Harmony 255.

Launch of Royal Hanover Lodge Mobile App

To round of off what has turned out to be a great meeting, we were also pleased to announce the launch of our own mobile app, which allows members to check in to LOI's, see the latest Lodge and Chapter news, pick up the latest Summons and browser the archive of previous summons. We also have a photo gallery and a very useful calendar for all our meeting dates, both social and Masonic. It is already showing signs of being a success as we have people checking into LOI's, chatting etc, having nearly 30% of the lodge already signed up in a matter of days.

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Welcome to our new entered apprentice Bro.Mayer and the passing of Bro.Smith to fellow craft

Welcome to our new entered apprentice Bro.Mayer and
the passing of Bro.Smith to fellow craft.

Congratulations to Bro.Mayer on joining the ranks of Royal Hanover Lodge with a wonderful 1st degree ceremony. Bro.Smith was also passed to the 2nd degree, with the ceremony being conducted by his God Father, W.Bro. H-Kingham. We thank all our visitors as well for making the evening a great success. Many thanks go to W.Bro.Derek for treating us to some lovely port towards the end of the festive board. Very Nice!

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The Exaltation Ceremony Rehearsal

The Exaltation Ceremony Rehearsal

On the 17th February 2017 we had a great Chapter meeting with E.Comp. Martyn P. Farrell PGSwdB Deputy Grand Superintendent with his honour guard. Great seeing our ranks swell with new members and many of our regular visitors as well. We hope our next meeting will see a new member being Exalted. Thank you to all our visitors and of course E.Comp Martyn Farrell for his support.

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Great Visit to Lodge Queen’s Edinburgh Rifles

Great Visit to Lodge Queen’s Edinburgh Rifles (The Royal Scots) No. 1253 10th December 2016

We are proud our visit to our fellow brothers in Lodge Queen’s Edinburgh Rifles (The Royal Scots) No. 1253 was a great success. Brothers from Royal Hanover Lodge 1777 visited as part of expanding our boundaries with fellow Lodges. We first joined the Lodge Queen’s Edinburgh Rifles members in a recent visit to Germany and subsequent meeting we held in October. We where looked after very well and we will certainly be visiting again in the future.

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Welcome to 5 new members of Royal Hanover Chapter

Welcome to 5 new members of Royal Hanover Chapter

We are very proud to announce that our Royal Arch ranks have increased with 5 new members joining. What was even better was the fact that they all excepted officer roles and we even gain a Royal Arch Steward.  We are all looking forward to our next meeting as well, with an exaltation and a Grand Officer visiting us.

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One Day – New Worshipful Master, German & Scottish Lodges Visiting, Visiting AProvGM and 67 Brothers

A Meeting to Remember
Installation of W.Bro De-Honri

One Day - New Worshipful Master, German & Scottish Lodges Visiting, Visiting AProvGM and 67 Brothers

 

The origins of a superb meeting

On the 9th July 2015, we first touched base with W Bro. Frenes - Secretary Lodge Bridge of Fellowship No. 929 GC and made our introductions with a view to arranging a visit to the City Of Hanover. To understand the importance of this city for us, Royal Hanover's Lodge history can be read by clicking here After several exchanges of emails, a plan started to emerge with the idea of visiting Lodge Bridge of Fellowship on their next installation (W Bro. Frenes Master Elect), on the 9th day of April 2016. After a little bit more organising among Royal Hanover brethren, , deciding on who would like to visit, booking flights and arranging a Hotel everything was set for what was to become, new fraternal friendships from afar.

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Last LOI before Summer Break 2016

Warm Summer Evening
Great Company
Good Food
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Royal Hanover Lodge met for the last LOI evening at The Jolly Coopers in Hampton. We had a great turn out with 15 brothers having a pint to start the evening off, but soon G & T, Red Wine, Port, and Whiskey were being sampled along with some very good food. You could say men behaving badly, but good times were had, good atmosphere, great company and good food. Keith, David, Allan, Lawrie(WM), Phil, Oliver, Michael, Peter, Derek, Brian, Mike, Hugh, John, Tom and Mike behind the camera. Not one blue book was in site and no ritual performed apart from the obligatory ritual of lifting a glass with regular schedule.

We have a busy new season planned in October with our next installation meeting, with many guests from far and wide. So this was a great way to kick off our summer break. Thank you guys for a great evening.

 

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Royal Hanover Lodge forms fraternal link with Bridge of Fellowship 929 in Hanover, Germany

Royal Hanover Lodge forms fraternal link with
Bridge of Fellowship 929 in Hanover, Germany

In recent times, Royal Hanover Lodge 1777 has contemplated whether it might be possible to establish a link to a Lodge in Hanover, Germany. Through the efforts of two of our members, W. Bro Michael Ross and Bro David North (together with the enhanced profile of our Lodge web site), we were able to identify and contact Lodge Bridge of Fellowship No 929, meeting in Hannover under the Grand Lodge of British Freemasons in Germany within the United Grand Lodges of Germany.

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Bridge of Fellowship no 929 Crest

The development of British Freemasonry in Northern Germany relates in no small measure to British troops based in the region following the Second World War through to the end of the Cold War. Not only did this stimulate and enhance the formation of British Lodges in Germany, but such Lodges provide a local Masonic home for expatriates from the UK who have either married Germans or whose work has taken them there. Additionally, there has been considerable interest from Germans wishing to participate in Masonic Lodges following the ethos and customs of English and Scottish Freemasonry and the majority of the membership of Bridge of Fellowship Lodge comprises German subjects. Whilst British Freemasonry Lodges are primarily to be found to the north of Germany, “British” Lodges can be found in the cities of Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Munich.

Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland son of King George V of Hanover

Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland son of King George V of Hanover

Lodge Bridge of Fellowship already has long established fraternal links to Queens Edinburgh Rifles Lodge (The Royal Scots) No 1253 meeting in Edinburgh under the Scottish constitution, and there are regular visits and communications between the Lodges.

Thus it was that a party of 7 Brethren representing Royal Hanover Lodge flew to Hanover on the weekend of 9th April to cement our relationship with Lodge Bridge of Fellowship No 929. What followed was a remarkable weekend of Masonic friendship and enjoyment, over which (we are sure) enduring links have been made between our Lodges. Not only has a bond been made between Royal Hanover and Bridge of Fellowship Lodges, but Royal Hanover is beginning a relationship with Queens Edinburgh Rifles Lodge, which we hope will develop further.

We were met at Hannover Airport by the Bro Christian Buhl (Junior Warden) who took us to our hotel, and later on the Friday, Bro Christian escorted a group from our party to the Officers Mess of a German Army unit in Hannover for a meal followed by a fascinating presentation on “The King’s Legion” by a re-enactment group, the members of which focus on the Hanoverian troops fighting alongside the British at the Battle of Waterloo and a number of other battles on the Iberian Peninsula in the period 1803 – 1815. Probably not many British people are aware that a substantial army of German soldiers was formed to fight alongside the British in the Napoleonic wars and indeed the Kings Legion played a crucial role in the British victory at the Battle of Waterloo, where many German lives were lost.

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Shield Presented to W.Bro Peter Frenes by W.Bro. Lawrie Hawkins

Saturday 9th April was the day of Bridge of Fellowship Installation meeting, and (together with our Scottish friends from Queens Edinburgh Rifles Lodge, some wearing kilts) we set off to the Officers Mess – in the process of which attracting considerable attention and interest from the populace of Hannover, for whom the sight of a group of gentlemen in dark suits, accompanied by Scots in kilts and sporrans was a something of a novelty in the shopping streets and on the trams of their city!

The Installation meeting was magnificent and was attended by no less than the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British Freemasons In Germany (M.W. Bro Arthur Bill Beardmore), the Deputy Grand Master (R.W. Bro Glyn Edmonds), and the past Grand Master (M.W. Bro John MacKinnon), together with R.W Bro David Reid (Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master for East Renfrewshire) and about 60 other Brethren from Lodges as places as varied as Poznan in Poland, Scotland, and Berlin, together with members of Lodges under the United Grand Lodges of Germany (German speaking Lodges).

Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British Freemasons In Germany (M.W. Bro Arthur Bill Beardmore), the Deputy Grand Master (R.W. Bro Glyn Edmonds), and the past Grand Master (M.W. Bro John MacKinnon), together with R.W Bro David Reid (Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master for East Renfrewshire)

W. Bro Lawrie Hawkins (Worshipful Master of Royal Hanover Lodge) presented W. Bro Peter Frenes a plaque comprising the Royal Hanover Lodge crest to Lodge Bridge of Fellowship

W. Bro Lawrie Hawkins (Worshipful Master of Royal Hanover Lodge) presented W. Bro Peter Frenes a plaque comprising the Royal Hanover Lodge crest to Lodge Bridge of Fellowship

Whilst a wide and colourful array of different regalia was on display, the proceedings followed Emulation workings in English, so the ceremonial was totally recognisable to all from Royal Hanover Lodge. W. Bro Wolfgang Schneider (who had been Worshipful Master on 7 occasions since 1995) vacated the Chair of King Solomon to W. Bro Peter Frenes, taking the Chair for the second occasion is the Lodge. Very impressively, Lodge Bridge of Fellowship has an substantial number of “Light Blues” – many of which are under 35 years old, so the Lodge is in good health.

During the meeting, W. Bro Lawrie Hawkins (Worshipful Master of Royal Hanover Lodge) presented W. Bro Peter Frenes a plaque comprising the Royal Hanover Lodge crest to Lodge Bridge of Fellowship, and this was greatly appreciated and much photographed.

There followed a highly enjoyable festive board – again broadly following the English tradition. The food was plentiful and excellent, the speeches witty, with whisky and port were provided in generous amounts for the official toasts.

Shield presented to Bridge of Fellowship No 929 on the 9th April 2016

Shield presented to Bridge of Fellowship No 929 on the 9th April 2016

On the following day (Sunday) Wolfgang Schneider very generously gave up his entire day to show us around the City of Hannover, explaining the history of all the historical sites. This was also an opportunity to spend a lot of time talking informally with him about Freemasonry in our respective countries, and this was interrupted only by a diversion into a bar showing the Premier League live football match between Sunderland and Leicester City, where to the approbation of some (but not all) of our party, Leicester duly won.

Having collected our luggage, we set off to catch the train to the airport, saying farewell to Wolfgang Schneider at the station, when – to our delight and surprise – we found that Peter Frenes had come to wish us a safe journey.

Thereafter we returned to London tired, but filled with happiness and enthusiasm following a weekend of pure Masonic friendship and pleasure. Needless to say, plans are already in hand to welcome a delegation from Lodge Bridge of Fellowship to Cole Court for our Installation Meeting in October!!!

Opera House with dedication to Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland son of King George V of Hanover

Opera House with dedication to Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland son of King George V of Hanover

Our Hotel on the left with our fellow Brothers gathering outside

Our Hotel on the left with our fellow Brothers gathering outside

Our W.Bro Dickie Henderson Joining W.Bro Peter Frennes and Fellow visitors

Our W.Bro Dickie Henderson Joining W.Bro Peter Frennes and Fellow visitors

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Its a busy Friday – what a great meeting – Tyled at 3pm and this is what happened.

2016-01-22-19.00Its Friday 22nd January 2016 and Royal Hanover embarked on a packed out meeting with plenty to talk about and giving a great start to 2016.

We tyled at 3pm and started with the completion of investing officers for this coming year with our Worshipful Master Lawrie Hawkins. We then had a successful ballot for joining members Brother Leandro Ulisse, proposed by Brother David North and Brother James Nicholls proposed by W.Brother Micheal Ross. Both members were presented with 2020 Festival Provincial Grand Lodge of Middlesex ties.

Brother Colm Trainer was then Raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason, so congratulations to Brother Colm. A short call from labour to refreshment for a cup of tea and sandwiches to fuel us for the next part of this great day.

2016-01-22-19.01The Lodge was reopened and a ballot for two new initiates was conducted for Oliver Kingham proposed by his father W.Brother Peter H-Kingham and Micheal Smith proposed by W.Brother Peter H-Kingham as these two gentleman are long standing friends. W.Brother Peter H-Kingham conducted the ceremony from the Worshipful Master Chair, and after the successful ballot, both were initiated into Freemasonry and are proudly on their journey into Freemasonry.

Additionally two prospect details had their details read out for the potential in joining Royal Hanover Lodge in our next meeting in March.

The festive board at 7.30pm and this was made even more enjoyable with the addition of Champagne in celebration by W.Brother Peter H-Kingham seeing his son and best friend join Royal Hanover Lodge. We also had the honour of celebrating W.Brother Derek Fifield’s birthday, which was toasted with magnificant bottles of port which went down very well with all present.

So two new members balloted and joined, one 3rd Degree Raising, two new Initiates balloted and initiated into Freemasonry, and two new prospects for membership read out for potential joining in March. And a great festive board, now thats a busy Friday and proud to be been part of it.

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The Deptherapy 24 Hour Charity Dive Day

Royal Hanover Lodge are proud to support The Deptherapy 24 Hour Charity Dive Day

Taking place on the 2nd January 2016 to the 3rd. Rotating divers through a deep pool for 24 hours for Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education because this therapy is very important in rehabilitation.

Help and Donate Today

diveDeptherapy are an English based charity that presently seeks to rehabilitate seriously injured British Armed Services Personnel who have suffered life changing mental or physical injuries, through the medium of scuba diving.

We also provide education in adaptive scuba diving techniques to dive professionals.

Scientific research has shown that scuba diving greatly assists those with the most serious physical injuries and in particularly it is exceptionally successful in reducing reported symptoms of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

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