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Sat, 8th July 2017

Masonic Centre Open Day

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Sat, 8th July 2017

1717 Demonstration Team visits Clausentum 1491

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On Tuesday 4th July The Elizabethan 1717 Demonsration Team performed at Clausentum Lodge. 87 Bretheren attended together with two APGM's. The performance has seen a number of rave reviews on Twitter.

Despite a rather cramped dressing room our team coped well without too much drama except for the time our 1717 Worshipful [who is our current IPM] had a bit of a 'Diva' moment when he could not find his hat or buckles. The show had to go on and the crisis was quickly resolved when he comandeered the hat and buckles of another performer.

The next performance is on the 27th September at the Ferndown Lodge, Wimborne.

Sat, 24th June 2017

Marwell Zoo Family Fun Day

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The weather was kind to us and the rain held off and what a great day we day. 2500 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Masons together with their families spent a wonderful day at Marwell Zoo.

We also had a delightful email from Marion Davies, Head of Fundraising at the Stable Family Home Trust - 'Thank you so much - we had an amazing day at Marwell Zoo!  Our service users had a wonderful time enjoying all that was on offer, including the Masons’ very kind and generous treat of a drink and ice cream during the day – evidently we cleaned out the freezer cabinet in the café! '

Wed, 14th June 2017

1717 Demonstration Team - hits the road


We have had a fantistic response. To date 7 lodges have booked our demonstation team  'Initiation Circa 1717'

 4th July 2017: Clausentum Lodge, Southampton

 27th September 2017: Ferndown Lodge, Wimborne

 12th October 2017: Portsmouth & District Masters, Cosham

 19th October 2017: Norman Gate Lodge, Andover

 28th November 2017: Hampshire Lodge of Emulation, Eastleigh

 12th January 2018: Brockenhurst Lodge, Brockenhurst

 20th April 2018: Portsmouth Lodge, Fareham

Mon, 5th June 2017

We're going to the Zoo

The Worshipful Master and Charity Steward visited The Stable Family Home Trust and gave them their entry tickets for Marwell Zoo on June 24th. Marion Davies, of SFHT, said 'that she had not seen such enthusiasm for an event before and was looking forward to the day'.

The Elizabathen Lodge is sponsoring 47 guests from the Sfht to attend.

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Wed, 24th May 2017

Freemasonry in the Community 23rd May 2017

A wonderful event a Lymington Masonic Centre when representatives from local lodges presented donations of over £21,000 to local good causes. The WM, IPM, Secretary and our Charity Steward attended to follow.

Tue, 16th May 2017

May 2017 3rd Degree Ceremony

May 15th 2017: This was another first for the Elizabathan Lodge. The candidate was raised by the WM with the assistance of the IPM [The WM was still hampered by his elbow injury]. The SD gave an excellent explanation of the working tools. The ADC gave the tradional history. This was the first ceremony for the new team and we will be working hard over the summer recess to ensure that we put on a perfect Initiation in September.

Fri, 5th May 2017

Marwell Zoo Family Day

To celebrate our tercentenary Hampshire & IOW Masons are holding a very special event at Marwell Zoo. 2500 Masons together with their familes and representatives of charities they support will be having a FAMILY FUN DAY.

The Elizabethan Lodge are sponsoring a party of 47 from The Stable Family Trust to go and have a great day out at the Zoo.   



The Stable Family Home Trust (SFHT) is a Registered Charity that supports people with a learning disability - based in Ringwood.

SFHT offers a wide range of services to people with a learning disability and their families: supported lives in residential homes, a personal development programme, domiciliary support, and supported living. SFHT now supports more than one hundred and twenty people.

SFHT was established in 1980 by a group of families whose young adult children had learning disabilities. There were few family-based living options at that time and the families set up a residential home at the Stables in Bisterne, Hampshire.

Over time three houses were purchased in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth as more people sought services with the Charity and day services were set up to offer meaningful daytime activities.

Thu, 4th May 2017

Graham will spend 4 weeks in the saddle

Graham Myers2.PNGOne of our lodge members, Graham Myers, is going to spend the next four weeks, in the saddle, cycling the length of the UK to raise funds for a very worthy International cause. 

Starting around the 10th/12th May Graham will be attempting a charity cycle challenge – Lands End to John O’Groats (known as LEJOG or the ‘End to End’).

He is cycling by himself, unsupported, on a normal hybrid bike with all his stuff in panniers and will arrange B&Bs as he travels.  Total distance for the route Graham has planned, which avoids busy roads, is just under 1,100 miles and it will probably take about four weeks.

The charity Graham is raising funds for is VISION AFRICA, a small charity run by volunteers, that he has known and supported for some time. They provide amazing help for large numbers of orphaned, abandoned and neglected children in Kenya.

This link is the facebook page Graham has set up with background and details of the ride:     Graham's LEJOG cycle challenge

If you are interested in this slightly crazy venture, or who would like to follow his progress or sponsor Graham you should visit the  virginmoneygiving sponsorship page.

This is the link to the sponsorship page

Charity is at the very heart of Freemasonry and Graham is setting a wonderful example of individual action.

Mon, 10th April 2017

Despite Injury WM Installed Gingerly

WM's DadDespite breaking his elbow just over 24 hours earlier.  The new and 64th Worshipful Master was Installed in the chair of The Elizabethan Lodge.  

The ceremony was conducted with precision and efficiency by the outgoing and incoming Master, and this included the appointment and investiture of the officers for the ensuing year.  

The stars of the evening were the four brethren who explained the Working Tools, yes four, this included the presentation of the Working Tools of an Installed Master presented by a Past Master of the Lodge, and the other tools presented by a MM, FC, and EA.  Encouragement and coaching works.  

The other highlight was the new Worshipful Master's father delivering the Address to the new Master at the age of 90. The WM is accompanied by his Dad in the picture.

Login and see all the photos from the evening.

Mon, 20th March 2017

7262 takes Masonry back 300 Years

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The 'E' team produces something completely original.  Not a lecture but a demonstration of an Initiation 300 years earlier.  76 people witnessed this occassion including the Provincial Grand Master for Hampshire & IOW accompanied by Square Bear.  The whole ceremony reminded all present that an Initiation ceremony has been somewhat lengthened over the last 300 years, as the team demonstrated how this ceremony would have appeared with a simple obligation and demonstration of the signs, and presentation of apron and gloves, all of this completed in about 30 minutes.  With the remainder of the meeting including election of next years WM and officers, and presentation of accounts, all reports and risings taking just over 1 hour.  

It is very important that we remember where we have come from, and moves to begin meetings later, and finish earlier can result in us returning from whence we came.  Not a bad thing.  Enjoy the photos taken by W. Bro. Nigel Bounden by logging in.

Mon, 20th February 2017

7262 at the Double


A Joining Member and Two Initiations 7262 Builds Quickly

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62 people, attended the February Regular Meeting. Balloting for a new Joining Member, and Initiating two new masons made it into a very special evening for The Elizabethan Lodge. The entire team of officers performed exceedingly well, with the candidates starring in their roles as they made a real bond between them.  With a Master Mason presenting the NE Corner, and Fellowcraft explaining the WTs, and Charge by JW who was only Initiated 3 years ago demonstrated the talent that the Lodge has in its ranks.  During the response to the visitors toast, the reigning WM of King Arthur paid tribute to the team of Officers and welcomed the Initiates, confirming that they had joined a vibrant and progressive lodge. It was clear that all enjoyed the evening with approximately £500 being raised for good causes.