Sat, 2nd December 2017

Basing Lodge raise 1200 for Hampshire Young Diabetics Group

Basing Lodge are delighted to announce they have raised £1200.00 in direct and indirect funding for Hampshire Young Diabetics Group.

The amount raised is by a combination of direct funding by Basing Lodge and applying to the Hampshire Freemasons Charity, the Tom Langton Fund. This fund has existed since 1985 with its aim to create contacts between Lodges in the Province and the general public, by supporting local, non-Masonic causes not covered by other Masonic Charities.

The Hampshire Paediatric Diabetes Group supports Young People With Type 1 Diabetes and their families & carers in North and West Hampshire. They provide support, continuing education and networking events for the newly diagnosed and for approximately 150 young people with Type 1 diabetes (age 0-22). They are predominantly under the care of the North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, consultant paediatricians and their paediatric teams covering clinics at Basingstoke, Winchester, Andover, Alton and Eastleigh.

W.Bro David Taylor - Charity Steward of Basing Lodge highlighted "Having been made aware by one of our members that HYDG was carrying out such fantastic work in the local area, I was delighted to apply for funding and seek the support of our Basing Lodge members for this worthy cause".

Based out of the North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke and established in 1972, the HYDG (formerly Basingstoke Young Diabetics Group) has helped several thousand young people with Type 1 diabetes and their families & carers and is affiliated with Diabetes UK.


Thu, 23rd November 2017

November meeting update

41 Brethren including 11 visitors attended our November meeting which was a 2nd Degree Ceremony. Bro Jim Savage was an excellent candidate and the ceremony was delivered by our DC, W.Bro Graham Merry. Bro Martin Seville presented the Working Tools and W.Bro David Taylor gave an explanation of the Tracing Board.

The After Proceedings were attended by the majority of brethren and the raffle raised £216. £160 will go towards the Widows Christmas Lunch on 3rd December with the balance going into the Charity Stewards fund account.

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Sat, 18th November 2017

Ladies Night raises 800 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 £800 for our Master's charity - Basingstoke Voluntary Action. This takes the total raised year to date to £1861.00 - 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.