Latest Lodge News

Fri, 12th January 2018

1717 at Brockenhurst Lodge


The 1717 received a wonderful reception from the Worshipful Master and all present at Brockenhurst Lodge after another magnificent performance by the team.  Led by our instinctive Landlord/Tyler and our impresario Secrtary/JW.

The ceremony performed was another unique event, and the festive board lively as we always would wanton these ocassions.  All present commented on how much they had enjoyed the experience, and more money was raised for Lifelites.


Mon, 8th January 2018

The neighbours in Byron Road win 10,000

One of our members, Chris Turner, and his neighbours in Byron Road, New Milton, have been bringing Christmas cheer to local residents for 13 years by decortating their street for Christmas. This year their efforts were recognised in a National competion which has added the wonderful sum of £10,000 to their fundraising efforts.

The neighbours, in Byron Road, New Milton - won £10,000 in the Mails charity Christmas decorations contest. 

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Fri, 22nd December 2017

Cheque presentation - Southbourne Tennis Club

This morning the Worshipful Master and Charity Steward were at the Southbourne Tennis Club where a cheque for £800 was presented to the club chairperson, Sue Grainger. The club does a lot in coaching people with all disabilities, including wheelchair tennis and works with those with learning difficulties. There is also a very popular coaching session for very young children.

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Thu, 21st December 2017

Lodge Charitable Donations - 2017

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Mon, 18th December 2017

Christmas White Table


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Christmas Dinner is underway

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The PGM enjoying the evening

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The 1717 Team present at cheque for £3408.80 to the PGM for Lifelites - his chosen charity

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Entertainment by the Southern Union Chorus

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Thu, 14th December 2017

2017 Christmas Room Ready

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Thanks to Gary, David, Malcolm, Duncan, Mick, Ray, Jim, Bob, and Rohan, the room is now ready for Monday. 

Tue, 28th November 2017

1717 Team Fill Eastleigh Masonic Hall

The attraction of the 1717 team worked the magic again and attracted 90+ members to attend the meeting.  The Festive Board was so packed there was not enough room to stand for toasts, as all present got to know each other very intimately.  The APGM present commented that ' this is what Freemasonry is all about' ''enjoyment and furthering our masonic knowledge'.  One other member said " I have never seen this centre this full thank you to 1717 for acheiving this".

There were roars of laughter as the Secretary presented the minutes, and the rest of the team produced their best performance of the season despite a few curve balls everyone was at their best and all present totally enjoyed the performance.  During the evening a massive amount was raised for good causes.

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Mon, 20th November 2017

Third Degree Ceremony

A number of our guests said 'it was the best 3rd Degree they had ever seen'. The WM was supported by a number of Past Masters. The IPM occupied the JW's chair, the Treasurer the SW's chair. Past Masters in the lodge acted a JW & IG and a Past Master acted as SD. The candidate was raised in great style and caused the WM great pain when his was raised on the fpof he was raised on the WM's foot.

The Traditional history was delivered divenly by the Chaplin and the tools were presented by one of our experienced Brothers. The Asst Sec produced another fine Festive Board......... although it would be fair to say that some of those attending were 'sausaged out' after 'bangers and mash' three times in 10 days as Masionic events.

The most moving part of the evening was when we welcomed back our Tyler who had been absent for a few months due to illness. He was welcomed with a standing ovation and then invested by the WM. The WM also invested the Brother who was raised as JD.

Fri, 17th November 2017

Rugby Bastion Lodge's meeting in Farnborough

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The 1717 team strike again in the North of Hampshire & IOW in Rugby Bastion Lodge's meeting in Farnborough.  In front of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and Assistant Proivincial Grand Master the 1717 team performed a wonderful rendition of an opening of a Lodge and Ceremony of an Initiation circa 1717 on a very willing and enthusiastic member of the Lodge, and raised another large amount for the Lifelites chairty that this wonderful team has been raising money for since March.

Mon, 13th November 2017

1717 visit Lodge of St. Marks on 400th Meeting

Another brilliant evening, across the border in Dorset, the 1717 were received in a typically masonic and generous fashion. The team produced another faultless performance, at the same time raising an amazing amount for Lifelites.

The team were a little forgetful on this occassion............ they did not forget any equipment but a member of the team - our wonderful 1717 Inner Guard who, true to form, was holed up in the lodge bar whilst we were driving home! 

He was resucued by the 1717 WM and Narrator who returned to pick him up......... but with only two seats in the car. Our Narrator courteously scrunched himself up in the car boot and kindly pressed our costumes for the next performance.


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Tue, 31st October 2017

Can't get enough Masonry

Even on holiday our, wonderful, Charity Steward seeks out Masonic connections. He is pictured outside the Grand Lodge, in Malta.

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Thu, 19th October 2017

Norman Gate Lodge, Andover

The 1717 Team visited Norman Gate Lodge at the Andover Masonic Centre. This was probably our best performance on the current tour. Over 100 Lodge members and guests enjoyed our performance.

QUOTE from the Lodge:

Abso BLOOMING lutley marvellous night last night, did not leave lodge till 12.30 and all anyone was saying:
* Best night they can remember at lodge
* "Seen similar demo's before but that blue them all into the weed"
* "That will take some following!!!"
* " Wouldn't have missed it for the world"
* "Fantastic night"

Our Asst Sec, who is our 1717 Tyler, produced another staggering performance and the 1717 Lodge mintutes as read by out 1717 Secretary had the audience and team in stitches.

............ plus we had three new performance enquiries. We got back in the early hours via Basingstoke. A good time was had by all.

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Mon, 16th October 2017

Second Degree Ceremony

Another great performance by the 21st Century team! The WM conducted the second degree ceremony and was 99% word perfect and was assisted by a number of Bretheren who stood in to support the team.

The candidate answered the questions with great confidence. The working tools were perfectly delivered by the IG - who the WM was delighted to see. The IG had been taken ill over the weekend and the WM was asked to present the working tools. He then had a bit of a panic attack, 5 minutes before the tyling time, as he had forgotten the words so was very relieved to see the IG arrive.

The highlight of the evening was the explanation of the Tracing Board which was beautifully delivered by a Past Master who is our current Charity Steward.

Thu, 12th October 2017

P&D Masters Lodge

Another successful event for the 1717 team and yet more money raised for Lifelites.

........... We are not entirely sure what the Asst Sec [our 1717 IG] has on his head but we have been assured that it's dead. The next demonstration is next Thursday at the Norman Gate Lodge in Andover.

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Wed, 4th October 2017

Pilgrims Lodge, Horndean

What a wonderful evening at the Pilgrims Lodge. 30 Lodge members and 52 guests witnessed another 'unique' performance by the 1717 team. Another significant sum was raised for Lifelites.

A few role changes saw the team strengthen their performance. The role of narrator and secretary was undertaken by a new member of the team who did a great job.

The meal and company at the Festive Board was excellent........... on with the next performance on Thursday 12th at Portsmouth & District Masters Lodge 5990.


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Wed, 27th September 2017

Ferndown Lodge 1717 ceremony team

Our third demonstration of the 1717 Initiation was another wonderful success - this time at the Ferndown Lodge, in Wimborne.

The changing room was much larger, that our last outing, even though it was less private at it was also the WM's, GL Officers dressing room as well - so modesty did not come into it. Our candidate was the Ferndown Lodge's Tyler who enthusiatically whipped of his mourning trousers and shirt to don the 17th Century smock and breeches.

After the meeting the 'artistes' were invited by the WM to join him for a very welcome drink. The Festive Board was excellent and the attending Bretheren raised a wonderful dononation in support the demonsration team's chosen charity. 

Our next demonsration is at the Pilgrims Lodge - Horndean on Wednesday 4th October.

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Mon, 18th September 2017

First Degree Ceremony

What a wonderful meeting! The WM initiated a great canditate who will be an asset to the Lodge. He is not only a nice man but he can sing as well so will be an asset in more ways than one. A Fellow craft acted as JD and did an excellent job. The NE corner was finely delivered by a Past Master and the Working tools were perfectly presented by an Entered Aprentice. When the candidate returned, after restoring himself to his personal comforts, the charge was delivered by the Treasurer, a Past Master of the lodge.

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of a 50 year certificate by the APGM and a GL certificate was also presented.

The WM and DC had a moment of panic when the Brother who was doing the song to the initiate did not arrive for the start of the meeting and 'perished at the thought' of the IPM having to sing! The crisis was averted when the Brother arrived later in the evening.

The festiveboard was excellent with an experimantal starter. The DC clearly missed being in the Masters chair as he took over the WM's gavel on at least one occassion.

The team are now hard at work preparing for a passing in October.

Thu, 14th September 2017

14th September Cerdic Lodge - Knowle Road

The WM, pictured below with the WM of Cerdic Lodge, had a wonderful evening celebrating the 600th mtg of the Lodge. There was no ceremony, as such, however members of the lodge delivered an excellent lecture entitled ' A Collection of First Degree Miscellany' which gave the Brethern some interesting information regarding the first step in Freemasonry.

* Apologies - the WM is, now aware, that The "The collars of the Officers of a private Lodge are to be worn only in their own Lodges, or when representing their Lodges as Masters or Wardens in the Grand Lodge or in their Provincial or District Grand Lodges, or on any special occasion when ordered by the Grand Master".

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Mon, 11th September 2017

Lodge Sunday Lunch

The Lodge held it's annual Sunday Lunch to kick off the new Masonic season, on Sunday September 10th, at the South Lawn Hotel, Milford on Sea.

57 guests enjoyed an excellent 3 course meal and we were entertained by Scott Haynes, Scott is a versatile singer with a large repertoire, ranging from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Olly Murs, Lionel Richie and many more!!

On Monday September 18th Scott will be joining our Fraternity.

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Sat, 9th September 2017

Masonic Charitable Foundation Grants

It is wonderful news that, one of the charties the Lodge supports, Macmillan Caring Locally has been awarded a grant of £15,000 by the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

THANK YOU, Bretheren, for voting. 

The Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital is a Specialist Palliative Care Unit for patients in South East Dorset and South West Hampshire. It is run by the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and the core services are met by the Hospital Trust. In 2009 it was awarded ‘Practice Development Unit Status’, making it a Centre of Excellence.

‘Macmillan Caring Locally’ is a Charitable Trust operating from offices in the Macmillan Unit, which provides funding to enhance this care, and to provide an attractive, homely environment for patients and their families and visitors. The charity also provides funds for nursing and medical equipment to improve patient treatment and comfort. Macmillan Caring Locally is a small charity and is not connected in any way to the national charity Macmillan Cancer Support.


Mon, 21st August 2017

1717 Demonstration Team update

Our IPM, who is our promotional agent and road crew manager for the 1717 demo team, is delighted to report that we now have 12 bookings in the calendar up until May 2018. 

Wednesday 27th September 2017 - Ferndown Lodge 7860 
Wednesday 4th October 2017 - Pilgrims Lodge 9198 
Thursday 12th October 2017 - Portsmouth & District Masters Lodge 5990 
Thursday 19th October 2017 - Norman Gate Lodge 8116 I
Monday 13th November 2017 - Lodge of St. Mark 8479 
Tuesday 28th November 2017 - Hampshire Lodge of Emulation 1990 
Friday 12th January 2018 - Brockenhurst Lodge 7040 
Thursday 18th January 2018 - Octa Lodge 4397 
Tuesday 13th February 2018 - Lentune Lodge 8743 
Friday 20th April 2018 - The Portsmouth Lodge 487
Wednesday 8th May 2018 - Shalden Lodge 2016

If you would like to see this spectacular please contact the Secretary of the respective Lodge for an invitation.

If you would like to host a demonstration in your lodge please contact Rohan Goodall on 07950 408620 or email