We have received the very sad news that Brother Brian Leslie Jones passed away on Wednesday 14th April 2021. Brian was an excellent Round Tabler, Freemason, and former musician in the Band of Her Majesty's Life Guards & H M State Trumpeters.
He will be missed by us all.
As circumstances are somewhat different for our installation this year, we made the most of technology and held an excellent virtual meeting on 23rd March 21. It was fabulous to see so many people and the opportunity to pay tribute to our dear friend and founder member W. Bro Bill Middle & a talk by W.Bro David Purslow
Congratulations to our very own W Bro. Chris Jones PPrSGW, Provincial Grand Mentor since 2017 on his well deserved forthcoming Craft Grand Rank. A Member of Shropshire Round Table Lodge No 9104 (Director of Ceremonies), Pengwerne Lodge No 3229; and Shropshire Installed Masters’ Lodge No 6262. Well done Chris!
On the 2nd February 2021, we received the very sad news our dear friend and Brother Bill Middle had passed away. Worshipful Brother Bill was a founder member of The Shropshire Round Table Lodge and our Worshipful Master in 1993. An excellent Round Tabler and Mason and will be greatly missed.
Worshipful Master WBro Martin Edwards and Charity Steward Steve Pritchard-Jones presented a cheque for £750 and knitted baby hats to the Neonatal Ward at The Princess Royal Hospital, Telford.
Bill Middle received a cheque for £500 for the Melville Club in Albrighton.
John Hallett received a cheque for £250 toward the restoration of an 18th century Royal coat of arms at St Bartholomews Church, Tong.
Shropshire Round Table Lodge donated £1000 to food banks across the county during the Covid-19 crisis.
Lodge organist and charity steward Steve Pritchard-Jones represented Shropshire Round Table Lodge at the London Alzheimer’s Memory Glow Walk and raised £467 in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society UK.
Shropshire Round Table Lodge donated £400 to Lost Days Alcohol Awareness Film Project for schools.
We were very pleased to donate £150 to The Severn Community Charitable Trust Christmas Toy Appeal
The Lodge donated a new bench to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Dementia Unit garden.
Our hardworking secretary Graham Heath celebrated an important birthday in style and treated all those present to a glass or two of port poured from the Shropshire Round Table Lodge crystal decanter.
Stephen Pritchard-Jones of Shropshire Round Table Lodge presenting a cheque for £250 to Ann Griffiths, Secretary of Shrewsbury charity SKiD (Supporting Kids with insulin-dependent Diabetes). SKiD is a parent-run support group for children with diabetes in and around the Shrewsbury area. They offer help to children and organise events and educational visits that benefit the whole family.
At the 30th anniversary of The Shropshire Round Table Lodge, the business was conducted in record time before Closing and inviting Brethren of Glittering Star Lodge (Irish Constitution) to open their Lodge and conduct a ceremony of Exemplification of an Initiation meeting. It was a fabulous way to celebrate our 30th anniversary and was attended by a total of over 90 Brethren of both Constitutions.
Brethren witnessed the differences (and similarities) between the Irish workings and our own – in particular, there were interesting connections with Salopian Lodge of Charity 117, which began as an Antients lodge and worked under a Military Warrant until 1820. The Worshipful Master of Glittering Star wore a collar jewel identical to that in the portrait of WBro James Mansfield, first Master of 117, which hangs in Freemasons Hall Crewe Street.
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