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Sat, 6th March 2021

Planned Lifting of Restrictions on Lodge Meetings

Following the recent Government announcement, we now have some clarity on the timescales for lifting Coronavirus restrictions. The Province remains in suspension following the notice on 2nd December 2020 (including the Isle of Wight), however subject to any unforeseen changes in Government policy, we expect the following timetable to apply to lodge openings:

i. From step 3, which is not earlier than 17th May, we are allowed to meet indoors following the rule of 6. This means from this step we can resume meetings and dinners (under the rule of 6).

ii. From step 4, which is not earlier than 21st June, all COVID restrictions are removed. This means that normal meetings and dinners may resume without any restrictions.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Masters in Charge for both Craft and Royal Arch, under their implied powers, will therefore lift the suspension from 17th May to allow meetings within the above government guidelines.

Full details of the Government’s ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-responsespring-2021-summary

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Thu, 25th February 2021

February Quiz and Raffle

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Quiz and Raffle on Thursday 25th Feb. Graham and Gina Quinn came out eventual winners, so they take the prize of being Quizmasters for next month!

Thanks also to those supporting the Raffle where £400 was raised, which will go into the Lodge Benevolent Fund. Prize winners were:

Norman Barber

Andy Liming

Ed Hall

Mrs C. Shore of Morning Star Lodge

Pat Giltinane

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Dimos Vasilakis

Chris Pullen

Steve Hartley

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Sat, 30th January 2021

January update

Following the theme of holding a Zoom Quiz in lieu of our suspended Lodge meetings, it was good to see a regular turnout for our 28th January brainteaser. The Quiz Hosts were our Worshipful Master and his wife - Chris and Sharon Pullen and the winner ended up being our Secretary and his wife - David and Sharon Taylor.

The next quiz, assuming Freemasonry is still suspended, will be on Thursday 25th February at the usual time of 7.30pm. Zoom login details will be sent to Lodge members nearer the time.

This year sees another uncertain time for Freemasonry, which had a Covid-19 induced suspension for much of 2020 and this seems set to continue, for the next few months anyway. Nevertheless, the ethos of Freemasonry continues even without our Lodge meetings.

The quizzes we run are usually accompanied by a raffle which is supported by Basing Lodge members, their friends and family. For example, at our December raffle, this raised £1000.00 for Womens Aid. Another raffle will be organised by our Charity Steward in February.

Our Almoner and his support team, have a routine going where they generally speak to the members every 1 - 2 weeks, or as necessary to both provide a check in phone call and a chat. Whilst many members do have families, others live alone and catch up calls are very welcome. Lodge widows are also kept in contact with, again providing a friendly voice.

Whilst the suspension of Freemasonry has been in effect for 10 months, we now have a backlog of applicants wishing to join our Lodge. We really hope to get them interviewed and initiated into Basing Lodge in 2021 and thank them for their patience, due to the current situation. If any other male, over the age of 21 is interested in the ethos of Freemasonry and feel that it might be for them, then Basing Lodge would be pleased to hear from them. Just get in contact with our Lodge Secretary via our Contact Page.

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Mon, 2nd November 2020

Suspension of Freemasonry

Following the recent announcement by the Government due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, UGLE have today announced the suspension of Freemasonry until further notice. This will be reviewed in line with the latest advice by the Government.

For further information, please contact the Lodge Secretary via the "Contact Us" page.

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Thu, 22nd October 2020

Basing Lodge October Meeting

The Lodge met for the first time since Febuary following the Suspension of Freemasonry due to Covid-19. Although it was a short business meeting under the "Rule of Six", it was good for the Brothers present to meet up and discuss some long overdue business items.

Brethren Present:

Worshipful Master - W.Bro Chris Pullen

Acting Senior Warden - W.Bro Grant Chivers

Acting Junior Warden - W.Bro Timmer Silver

Director of Ceremonies - W.Bro Stuart Rain

Tyler / Inner Guard - Bro Jim Savage

Secretary - W.Bro David Taylor

The Lodge was Called Off after minutes were read and a Zoom meeting commenced to discuss many of the business items. After Calling Back on, the Risings were read and the Lodge closed. All within 1 hour.

An Alms collection outside of the meeting raised £30.

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The next meeting will take place on 26th November 2020, again under the Rule of Six and will comprise where possible a change of Active Officers:

Worshipful Master / Secretary - W.Bro David Bolton

Senior Warden - Bro Jamie Allison

Junior Warden - Bro Graham Quinn

Senior Deacon - Bro Martin Seville

Junior Deacon / Inner Guard - Bro Adrian Cox

Acting Director of Ceremonies / Tyler - W.Bro Graham Merry

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Thu, 24th September 2020

September Quiz and Raffle

Thank you to everyone who joined or took part in our September Quiz and Raffle. Stuart and Sharon Rain organised a well thought out quiz which in the end, was won by Chris and Sharon Pullen. Congratulations both.

The raffle, organised by Graham and Cathy Merry raised a fantastic £410.00 with prize winners including:

Red Wine - Nicky Newton, Trevor Pullen, Ben Golding

White Wine - Ben Golding, Caroline Merry

Rose Wine - Trevor Pullen

Chocolates - Ben Golding

Beer - Graham Quinn, Grant Chivers

Bottle of Scotch - Nigel Traynor

Proceeds will be split between the Autistic Society and the ARK Cancer Centre at North Hants Hospital.

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Sat, 1st August 2020

Resumption of Freemasonry

Basing Lodge is delighted to announce that following the suspension of Freemasonry by the Most Worshipful Grand Master of United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) on 17th March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the suspension was lifted as of 18th July.

As the last meeting of Basing Lodge before the Summer recess would have been on Thursday 28th May, the resumption in Freemasonry will mean that our next meeting will take place on Thursday 22nd October. This and future meetings will take place under the new social distancing guidelines issued by UGLE, the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight and the Basingstoke Masonic Centre Management Committee.

Discussions are well underway as to how the ceremonies and meetings should be conducted both in a sincere and safe manner and Lodge members will be notified in plenty of time before the October meeting.

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Thu, 23rd July 2020

July Quiz and Raffle for The Pink Place

Our July Zoom Quiz was held on the 4th Thursday of the month in keeping with the 4th Thursday of the month between October and May being our usual Lodge night. This one was organised by our Charity Steward - Graham Merry and his wife Cathy. It was eventually won by our Chris and Sharon Pullen. Well done!

The raffle, run by Jim Savage and his boys was well supported by the members and their families and this month it raised £210 with the proceeds going to The Pink Place, a North Hampshire charity supporting men and women going through cancer with well being, counselling, hair and pampering services. Prizes winners were:

Paul Reavley & Peter Busby - Bottle of White Wine each

Andy Liming, Jim Savage, Chris Pullen, Martin Seville - Bottle of Red Wine each

Chris Pullen - Bottle of Rose Wine

Graham Quinn - Bottle of Prosecco

Andy Liming - Bottle of Jamesons Irish Whiskey

Grant Chivers - Biscuits

Ray Bradley - Wine Glasses

Many thanks Jim for your organisation and running around collecting prizes!

Our next Zoom quiz will be hosted by our Assistant Secretary - David Bolton with our Worshipful Master - Chris Pullen running the raffle. It will be held on 27th August at the usual time of 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

We hope to see you there!

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Thu, 25th June 2020

June Quiz and Raffle

Our June Quiz was hosted by our Worshipful Master - Chris Pullen and his wife Sharon via Zoom.

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We had a good mix of Lodge members and their families and our Secretary - David Taylor and his wife Sharon, took first place.

Midway through the quiz, we held a raffle with the proceeds going to the Master's Charity for this year - Womens Aid with £205.00 being raised. Prize winners were:

Bottles of red wine - Stuart Rain, Mike Moon, Martin Seville, Alec Ness

Bottles of white wine - Alec Ness, Hollie Silver, Jamie Allison

Biscuits - David Bolton

Chocolates - Tim Silver

Beauty Set - Paul Reavley

Bottle of Gin - Stuart Rain

Bottle of Beer - Grant Chivers

Thank you to all those who participated, especially to those who took part in the raffle and donated prizes.

The next Quiz and Raffle is planned for Thursday 23rd July at 8pm and will be hosted by Graham and Cathy Merry.

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Thu, 28th May 2020

Lodge Quiz night and Almoners Raffle

Thanks to everyone who joined in the Quiz and Raffle on what would have been our May Lodge meeting. The Quiz winners were our Worshipful Master - Chris Pullen and his wife Sharon, with Visiting Officer Lee Brentnall and his wife in 2nd place. Graham & Cathy Merry and David Bolton came joint 3rd.

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After the 9 o' clock toast to absent Brethren and friends, a raffle was organised by our Almoner Timmer Silver and his wife Kath which raised a tremendous £346.00. Prize winners were:

BBQ - Pat Giltinane

Red Wine - Adrian Cox, Andy Liming

Chocolates - Vernon Milliner, Stuart Rain

White Wine - Roy Edwards, Chris Pullen

Gift Set - David Taylor

Whiskey - Vernon Milliner

We hope to organise another event in a months time.

 

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