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The March 2023 Convocation of the Knights of Malta Royal Arch Chapter No. 50 marked its 50 year Jubilee Anniversary and a special evening was enjoyed by over thirty Companions at the Hinckley Masonic Hall. During the formal proceedings E. Comp. Fraser Walker was installed as Third Principal followed by an oration by E. Comp. Peter Gibson-Leitch on "The First Fifty Years of the Knights of Malta Chapter" This very interesting talk traced the history of Royal Arch Masonry in Hinckley and the formation of the Chapter. All the Companions present were presented with a "A Souvenir History” commemorative booklet.

Following the formal proceedings the Companions were treated to a very enjoyable Festive Board during which a commemorative Gavel was presented to the First Principal, E. Comp. Richard Morris. The gavel had been designed and turned by the Immediate Past First Principal, E. Comp. Bob Packer as a gift to the Chapter though unable to be present, was presented on his behalf by Companion Chris Blunt.

Our photographs show the Chapter members, guests and the First Principal holding the gavel.



Excellent Companion Richard Morris displays the Commenerative Gavel


50th Anniversary of the Knights of Malta Chapter No 50

Today Burbach Lodge#s oldest Lodge member, Cyril Staley celebrated his 102nd birthday. Cyril was initiated at the "young" age of 96 and has been enjoying his Freemasonry ever since. His son Martin , a past Master of the Lodge, is in our photo toasting his dad on this special day.


 A toast to Cyril

Hinckley Lodge of Installed Masters donating to the Hinckley foodbank 

 Freemasons from the Hinckley Lodge of Installed Masters have donated £200 to the Christmas Appeal of the Hinckley Area Foodbank. The charity which is run by Hinckley Area Community Action provides for the vital needs of residents in the Hinckley area. In the current financial climate , those needing help have dramatically increased and the Christmas appeal aims to help those who would otherwise struggle to provide for their families especially at this time of the year.

Our photo shows the Lodge Charity Steward, Paul Bond handing the cheque over to the project manager, Julie Baker with Trustee, Jim Matthews and the Master of the Lodge, Jim Crawford.


Presentation to Hinckley Mencap

The members of the Hinckley Lodge of Installed Masters have made a donation to the local Hinckley Mencap. The organisation which provides support to local people is based in Hill Street in the town and is totally reliant on the financial support provided by local donations and the income from its local shop.Like many other charities , the pandemic has had a great effect on such funding and also on its ability to provide support for those who need it. The Chair, Janet Wardle thanked the Lodge for helping with its £200 donation.

Our photograph shows the Master of the Lodge David Fell presenting the cheque to Hinckley Mencap Treasurer, Ann Spicer, with (L-R) volunteer, Andrew, Chair, Janet Wardled, Lodge Charity Steward, Paul Bond and volunteer Mo outside the Hinckley shop.

At the first Regular meeting, a number of the Founding Members of the Hinckley Installed Masters Lodge No. 9972, performed a re-enactment of a ceremony dating from 1730, entitled "Making A Mason". The performance by the brethren, attired in costume befitting the era, was witnessed by the members plus over twenty visitors from both local, Leics & Rutland and adjoining Provinces. The "cast" members were afterwards thanked by the Worshipful Master, David Fell for putting on such an amazing re-enactment, a sentiment echoed when greetings were received from the visiting Lodges. As is usual, the formal meeting was followed by a very enjoyable Festive Board

Making A Mason.


 Making A Mason - The Cast

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