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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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Sat, 21st March 2020

Suspension of Freemason meetings due to Covid 19 - United Grand Lodge of England

Due to the Covid 19, Coronavirus pandemic, the Grand Master of United Grand Lodge of England has ordered the suspension of Freemasonry activity under the jurisdication of UGLE. This includes Basing Lodge No:5500.

The date of this suspension is from 18th March and will be for an initial 4 months.

Further updates will be advised by the Lodge Secretary to all Lodge members via email. For further information, please contact the Secretary via the "Contact Us" section.

 

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