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Sat, 18th November 2017

Ladies Night raises 700 for Basingstoke Voluntary Action

The annual Lodge Ladies Night took place at the Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke on Saturday evening.


It was supported by 85 Ladies, Gentleman and Brethren and raised £700 for our Master's charity - Basingstoke Voluntary Action. This takes the total raised year to date to £1761.00 - a great achievement so far. 

Thank you to everyone who came along, enjoyed the dinner and danced the night away!


Thu, 26th October 2017

October Meeting

Our Masonic season started off again with a good attendance at our October meeting. The ceremony was an initiation for Darren Hitchcock and was conducted in large parts by his family members, including his father W.Bro Robin Hitchcock of Lodge of Prudence No: 8946 in the Province of Northampton & Huntingdonshire. After opening the Lodge, W.Bro Robin, took over the Masters chair and installed his son with members of Basing Lodge occupying the other officers posts. The ceremony was attended by 47 Brethren including 17 visitors.

The majority of Masons stayed for the After Proceedings meal of sausage casserole. The after dinner raffle was well supported with £247 raised. £200 will go towards the Hampshire Paediatric Diabetes Group charity, based out of the North Hampshire Hospital, with the balance going into the Lodge Benevolent Fund account.


Thu, 25th May 2017

May Lodge Meeting

Our last meeting before the Summer recess was a 1st Degree lecture performed by six members of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge (PGSL 9263).PGSL 1st Degree Lecture team with our WM - Pat Giltinane

The lecture - one of three dating from 1823 Emulation ritual, provide an ideal way to support Brethren as they progress through the various degrees. The 1st Degree lecture builds on the ceremony of initiation and explaining the meaning of many masonic terms together with a detailed explanation of the First Degree Tracing Board.  This was particularly useful to Basing as we have over 10 members who have joined in the last 4 years. 

The meeting was enjoyed by 45 Brethren in a hot lodge room due to the high temperature. This included around 15 guests, many of whom stayed for the After Proceedings. Well done to the kitchen staff who anticipated the warm weather and served a main course of quiche, salad and new potatoes.

The raffle raised £220, of which £200 was presented as a cheque to W.Bro Sean Jordan of the Stewards Lodge towards their nominated Charity. The balance will go towards the Lodge Benevolent Fund. A special mention must go to all the Brethren who kindly sponsored or pledged W.Bro John Donoghue, for his Spain to U.K bike ride in aid of the Lifelites charity.


Thu, 27th April 2017

April Lodge Meeting

Our April Lodge meeting was a 3rd Degree Ceremony, in which we raised Bro Alan Robinson to a Master Mason. Attended by over 40 Brethren, the ceremony was split amongst several Past Masters to assist our Worshipful Master. W.Bro Dave Mercer(WM-2005) gave the Obligation, W.Bro Paul Reavley (WM-2015), the Exhortation, W.Bro Alec Ness (WM-2002) the Charge and W.Bro David Taylor (WM-2014) delivered the Traditional History and Working Tools.

Bro's Jamie Allison and Roy Edwards were presented with their Grand Lodge certificates by our Visiting Officer George Plumbly.

At the After Proceedings 40 Brethren dined, including 10 guests who enjoyed a roast beef dinner. The raffle raised £220 with all proceeds going towards the Lodge Benevolent Fund. Thank you to everyone who participated.

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Sun, 23rd April 2017

Over 700 raised at St George's Night for Basingstoke Voluntary Association

Over 70 people enjoyed a traditional St George's celebration at the Basingstoke Masonic Centre last night.2017 St Georges Night 2

2017 St Georges Nights 5Organised by W.Bro Norman Barber, Bro John Schulze and their wives, Rose and Valerie, a lot of effort had gone into making the event a success. A traditional roast beef dinner was on the menu, afterwards accompanied by some Cockney knees up songs and traditional English verse, ably conducted by Norman.

2017 St Georges Night 3Over £700 was raised during a lavish raffle with the proceeds going towards the Worshipful Masters charity, Basingstoke Voluntary Association.2017 St Georges Night 4


Thu, 23rd March 2017

March Lodge Meeting

Our March lodge meeting attracted 32 Members and 8 visitors to witness the 1st Degree Initiation Ceremony for Bro Jim Savage.

Jim had been proposed by his friend and our Immediate Past Master, W.Bro Tim Silver who had known him for many years. The ceremony was split up with Tim Silver conducting the obligation (in our WM's absence) with W.Bro's David Bolton, Ian Hooper and Peter Busby assisting in other parts of the ceremony.


Thu, 23rd February 2017

February Lodge Meeting

Our February meeting saw Bro Martin Seville being raised to the 3rd Degree. Bro Martin who left The Parachute Regiment a few years ago and joined Basing Lodge in February 2016, has been an active participant in our Lodge activities since joining.

Approximately 40 brethren including 6 visitors attended the ceremony which was well rehearsed by the Lodge officers. W.Bro Graham Merry stepped in for our Worshipful Master, W.Bro Pat Giltinane and conducted the rest of the ceremony along with W.Bro's David Taylor, Dave Mercer and Alec Ness. A special mention must go to Bro Jamie Allison who eagerly stepped in as Junior Deacon.

Almost all stayed for the After Proceedings where a main course of steak and kidney pie was enjoyed. The raffle raised £212 with the proceeds going towards the Provincial Grand Masters nominated Charity, Lifelites. Lifelites are raising money for the installation and maintenance of IT equipment to our local childrens hospice - Naomi House and Jacks Place. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the evening.


Thu, 26th January 2017

January Installation Meeting

Our January Installation Meeting started at the earlier time of 4.30pm and was to install our Senior Warden, Patrick Giltinane as the 83rd Worshipful Master of Basing Lodge. This will be his first time in the chair. The Installing Master was W.Bro Tim Silver.

The meeting was attended by 50 Brethren which included 19 visitors. W.Bro Pat did a good job installing his officers for 2017 and they all look forward to getting to grips with their respective rolls. Freemasons reading this may like to know that all progressive lodge officers up to Senior Warden, including five Stewards are now all light blue in rank.

Most Brethren also attended the After Proceedings during which a five course dinner was served. The raffle afterwards raised £261 with the proceeds going to the Worshipful Masters charity for 2017.

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Mon, 9th January 2017

Basingstoke Freemasons make donation to Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

During December, members of Basing Lodge attended a presentation evening to donate £500 to the local Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, based in Hook, Hampshire.

Attending the evening at the Hook Community Centre, were Worshipful Master Tim Silver of Basing Lodge No: 5500 of Basingstoke, accompanied by the Charity Steward, Peter Busby and Junior Deacon, Chris Pullen.

24 young people received their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Certificates and badges. After Peter Busby gave a brief overview of Freemasonry, with Charity being one of its main cornerstones, he then invited Tim Silver to present a cheque for £500, awarded from the Tom Langton Fund, to enable extra expedition kit to be purchased for use by future participants.

Bronze award winners.

Of the 24 bronze awardees, 13 have already signed up for their silver level, with a further 27 for the bronze in 2017. 

Afterwards, Peter Busby commented "donations like this typify the charitable work that Freemasonry does in the community, both on a local and national level. All money raised is entirely through the generosity of the Masonic family".

The Tom Langton Fund is a charity run by the Masonic Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight, where donations are made out of raised funds. These go to small, non masonic charities in the county who have been nominated by local lodges.


Thu, 15th December 2016

December Meeting

Our last meeting before Christmas was also a Past Master's Night, with our 2013 Worshipful Master - Stuart Rain taking over the 2nd degree ceremony to pass Bro Allan Robinson.

The meeting was well attended with 50 brethren, which included 19 visitors. The Past Master's taking office for the evening performed their respective parts well. To assist W.Bro Stuart, W.Bro's David Hessom presented the Working Tools and Alec Ness the Explanation of the Tracing board. Afterwards, our candidate - Bro Allan commented on how much he had enjoyed the experience.

Once the ceremony was over and the chair handed back to it's rightful owner - W.Bro Tim Silver, the rest of the meeting agenda was worked through. Our Master Elect for 2017 was proposed and accepted during the evening. This is Bro Patrick Giltinane - our current Senior Warden.

Bro Pat runs his own business as a self employed heating engineer. He was initiated into our Lodge in May 2008 and has always been an enthusiastic and caring member of the Lodge. He is also passionate about fundraising and has come up with a few "unique initiatives" on behalf of worthy causes such as Help for Heroes and a local Hospice.

Most stayed on to enjoy a Christmas dinner during the After Proceedings. The after dinner raffle raised £232. All of the proceeds will be going to the Lodge Benevolent Fund.


Thu, 24th November 2016

November meeting update

On Thursday, the lodge performed the 3rd degree ceremony for Bro Jamie Allison who was initiated into our Lodge during November 2015. The ceremony was split up with our Worshipful Master performing up to and including the Obligation, W.Bro's Norman Barber and Graham Merry the Exhortation and Charge and W.Bro David Taylor performing the Traditional History. Our Worshipful Master then rounded the ceremony off by presenting the Working Tools.

43 brethren stayed for the After Proceedings, including a magnificent 15 visitors. £210 was raised at the after dinner raffle and this will be split - £160 going towards the widows Christmas lunch and £50 for the Teddies for Loving Care charity. This Masonic charity donates teddies to young children admitted into hospital A&E departments.