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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

Nog

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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