Welcome

Failt Erriu: Welcome to the website for the Masonic Province of the Isle of Man.

This site is open to all.

Here you will find information on what it is to be a Freemason, our proud history, how to join, what charitable works we’re involved with and coming social events.

For a more complete view of current news and events, plus the views and opinions of our many members, please use the  Facebook Feed to the right.

You’re also welcome to contact us anytime if you have any queries.

Interested in Visiting?

For visiting Freemasons wishing to attend one or more of the meetings of our Craft Lodges or of the many other Masonic orders active on the Isle of Man, the appropriate contacts are listed on each of those Individual Lodges’ Web Pages.

If you are unsure of which Lodge you might wish to visit, please email the Provincial Grand Secretary.

You are assured of a warm Manx welcome in the best traditions of true fellowship.

Interested in Hiring Freemasons Hall?

Please contact Hall Manager David Upton-Jones on 0044 1624 675365 (Office) or  0044 7624 302521 (Mobile) or email: enquiries@woodbournehouse.im or visit the Woodbourne House Website Reservations Page to make a reservation. David can also give you information about upcoming events.

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4 weeks ago

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The Barbican Lodge featured on last year's Masonic stamps issue. The Master of the year was expecting "a man from PGL to say some platitudes but said that on looking back over last night… he cannot thank us all enough for making [it] such a memorable occasion".This coin was presented to our Worshipful Master at our most recent meeting. It was minted to mark 300 years since the founding of the United Grand Lodge of England.
This stunning medallion was minted especially for Grand Lodge for the Tercentenary Year and only three hundred were struck.
It bears the Tercentenary logo on one side and on the other, the square and compasses, superimposed over the star boss from the ceiling of Grand Lodge in London.
Any Manxmen with sharp eyes should look at the axle of the compass.
The coin bears the legend:
“FREEMASONRY IS A SYSTEM OF MORALITY, VEILED IN ALLEGORY, ENCOMPASSING THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES IN MAKING GOOD MEN BETTER”
And on the other side the words “FRATERNITY, CHARITY, INTEGRITY”.
Symbolic of giving, brotherhood and honesty, it is the culmination of the official Tercentenary Collection from the Isle of Man Post Office and as a Lodge we are immensely proud to have been involved in its creation.
More information at www.iompost.com/freemasons
#freemasonry #freemason #tercentenary #lodge #isleofman #iompost #coin #collectible
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The Barbican Lodge featured on last years Masonic stamps issue. The Master of the year was expecting a man from PGL to say some platitudes but said that on looking back over last night… he cannot thank us all enough for making [it] such a memorable occasion.

Bro. Jim Hunter was one of the participants in this humanitarian trip to the Syrian border. Brave blokes!

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Thanks to Jim and Ronnie for speaking to me for Granada Reports yesterday about their trip to the Syrian border to help refugee charities there, along with their friend Ian who lives in Scotland - huge well done guys.
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2 months ago

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The problem with conspiracy theories is that they are impossible to refute. Judge us by who we are and how you find us.Today we say that #EnoughisEnough.

"The United Grand Lodge of England believes that the ongoing gross misrepresentation of its 200,000 plus members is discrimination. Pure and simple.

"Our members shouldn’t have to feel undeservedly stigmatised. No other organisation would stand for this and nor shall we."

Following the disgraceful and misleading articles published in The Guardian this week, United Grand Lodge of England has today taken out full-page advertisements in The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times, saying that #EnoughisEnough.

Read the advert in full here → bit.ly/2EokzlT

Show your support by liking and sharing this post below ⬇️

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The problem with conspiracy theories is that they are impossible to refute. Judge us by who we are and how you find us.

2 months ago

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The Special Olympics were recipients of a Tercentenary donation last year, chosen because they are a great organisation doing wonderful things for disadvantaged children.

 

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Hope our Grand Lodge’s here in Gibraltar follow your initiative...... Well done for all the support you give the Isle of Man Programme

3 months ago

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On his 259th birthday, today we celebrate Freemason and Scottish national poet Robert Burns ✒️ 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Burns was initiated into Lodge St David on 4th July 1781, at the age of 23. Pictured below is his actual apron!

“May Freedom, Harmony, and Love,
Unite you in the grand Design,
Beneath th' Omniscient Eye above,
The glorious Architect Divine...”

If you’re attending a #BurnsNight this year, do let us know in the comments ⤵️
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4 months ago

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Today is #NationalTriviaDay and we'd like to show you something pretty special, especially in the run-up to the eagerly anticipated release of Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman as former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill 📽️

It is a widely known fact that Churchill was a Freemason, but have you seen his apron and case before?

Well here they are!

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MARK MASONS DONATE TO JOEY DUNLOP FOUNDATION
Access to one of the Joey Dunlop Foundation’s self-catering apartments will be improved for disabled visitors eliminating the need for extra assistance thanks to Masonic generosity.

Replacement of the current wooden ramp with a more wheelchair friendly concrete slope giving direct level access to apartment 2 will help disabled visitors to the complex at Braddan Bridge House, Douglas in time for TT 2018.

“It is not always possible for staff to be available when people arrive,” says Manager Gilly Keown, “the improved access will eliminate the need for extra assistance.”

The refurbishment will be funded by donations raised by the combined generosity of Mark Master Masons from the Isle of Man, the UK based Joey Dunlop Lodge of Mark Master Masons and the Mark Benevolent Fund of Leicester and Rutland.

Foundation Trustee Bruce Baker said that the foundation is continually raising funds throughout the year, “The biggest problem is to find volunteers to sell our tombola tickets in a section of the Peter Murray Motorcycle Museum (Santon), during the TT and the Festival of Motorcycling.”

The Joey Dunlop Foundation is an Isle of Man charity which runs specialist self-catering accommodation that caters for disabled visitors to the island, as well as providing accessible facilities for locals who may have a temporary need such as during home repairs and renovations.

Braddan Bridge House has apartments available for all disabled guests which allows them to experience the beauty of the island and to get really close to the action and excitement of the TT street-bike races, and although usually fully booked well before the race periods it is open all year round for those needing to use its purpose built and recently extended facilities.

The Joey Dunlop Mark Lodge is based in Lutterworth, Leicestershire and was constituted in TT Centenary year, 2007. Their motorcycling Brethren visit the Island at least once a year either socially or to hold a meeting of their Lodge in the road racing capital of the world. This year their Mark brethren have raised £300 which was matched by the Leicester and Rutland Province. The recently formed Isle of Man Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons gave a donation of £400 topping the donation up to £1,000.

The holiday accommodation was opened by Linda Dunlop in June 2010. She was accompanied by John McGuinness who is the second most successful TT rider of all time having racked up 23 TT victories – only three behind the late Joey Dunlop’s outright tally.

The Foundation’s accommodation is run by experienced staff, many of whom are ex-racers themselves. They are perfectly qualified to fulfil guests’ needs.

Joey Dunlop’s name continues to inspire others and a Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners was constituted in December 2016, also based in the Mark Province of Leicester and Rutland.

The Isle of Man Mark Master Masons’ Provincial Grand Master Martin Blackburn said that he and his brethren were delighted to support the Foundation’s work to improve the accommodation. He was grateful to the Leicester and Rutland brethren for their donations which so far total over £2,000, “the generosity of the Joey Dunlop Lodge to their adopted charity, the Joey Dunlop Foundation, has grown as they have become more established, their Secretary, Michael Fahey has told me that their aim is to increase their donation each year in line with the engine capacities of motorcycles and we look forward to many more visits to the Island from the friendliest Lodge in the friendly Degree.”
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MARK MASONS DONATE TO JOEY DUNLOP FOUNDATION
Access to one of the Joey Dunlop Foundation’s self-catering apartments will be improved for disabled visitors eliminating the need for extra assistance thanks to Masonic generosity.

Replacement of the current wooden ramp with a more wheelchair friendly concrete slope giving direct level access to apartment 2 will help disabled visitors to the complex at Braddan Bridge House, Douglas in time for TT 2018.

“It is not always possible for staff to be available when people arrive,” says Manager Gilly Keown, “the improved access will eliminate the need for extra assistance.”

The refurbishment will be funded by donations raised by the combined generosity of Mark Master Masons from the Isle of Man, the UK based Joey Dunlop Lodge of Mark Master Masons and the Mark Benevolent Fund of Leicester and Rutland. 

Foundation Trustee Bruce Baker said that the foundation is continually raising funds throughout the year, “The biggest problem is to find volunteers to sell our tombola tickets in a section of the Peter Murray Motorcycle Museum (Santon), during the TT and the Festival of Motorcycling.”

The Joey Dunlop Foundation is an Isle of Man charity which runs specialist self-catering accommodation that caters for disabled visitors to the island, as well as providing accessible facilities for locals who may have a temporary need such as during home repairs and renovations.

Braddan Bridge House has apartments available for all disabled guests which allows them to experience the beauty of the island and to get really close to the action and excitement of the TT street-bike races, and although usually fully booked well before the race periods it is open all year round for those needing to use its purpose built and recently extended facilities.

The Joey Dunlop Mark Lodge is based in Lutterworth, Leicestershire and was constituted in TT Centenary year, 2007.  Their motorcycling Brethren visit the Island at least once a year either socially or to hold a meeting of their Lodge in the road racing capital of the world.  This year their Mark brethren have raised £300 which was matched by the Leicester and Rutland Province. The recently formed Isle of Man Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons gave a donation of £400 topping the donation up to £1,000.

The holiday accommodation was opened by Linda Dunlop in June 2010. She was accompanied by John McGuinness who is the second most successful TT rider of all time having racked up 23 TT victories – only three behind the late Joey Dunlop’s outright tally.

The Foundation’s accommodation is run by experienced staff, many of whom are ex-racers themselves. They are perfectly qualified to fulfil guests’ needs.

Joey Dunlop’s name continues to inspire others and a Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners was constituted in December 2016, also based in the Mark Province of Leicester and Rutland. 

The Isle of Man Mark Master Masons’ Provincial Grand Master Martin Blackburn said that he and his brethren were delighted to support the Foundation’s work to improve the accommodation. He was grateful to the Leicester and Rutland brethren for their donations which so far total over £2,000, “the generosity of the Joey Dunlop Lodge to their adopted charity, the Joey Dunlop Foundation, has grown as they have become more established, their Secretary, Michael Fahey has told me that their aim is to increase their donation each year in line with the engine capacities of motorcycles and we look forward to many more visits to the Island from the friendliest Lodge in the friendly Degree.”

Explorer Scouts' navigating their way to the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award
“CAST off, me hearties!”
Seven Manx Explorer Scouts are pursuing their ambition of sailing on Golden Vanity, a 1908 working boat based in Brixham.
Their expedition will be part of the scouts’ work for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award but requires the seven young people to raise £895 each.
“I had hoped for a discount if we fill the boat, but they are raising their prices next year and will have no trouble filling all the places available,” said Explorer Scout group leader Ron Spencer. “We need them more than they need us. But the immediate concern was that of raising the deposit as we do not have any reserves of funds to meet that sort of outlay".
The boat’s owners required a 25% deposit immediately, cash the youngsters did not have. An approach was made to the Isle of Man Masonic Charity who were delighted to help with a cheque for £1,500.
"The Freemasons’ donation has been wonderful” said Ron. The new Explorer Group was started April 2016 with six boys and now has 12 scouts including a young woman. The age range is between 14 and 18. Further fund raising by the scouts will be required.
“I really hope to do this expedition as I enjoy sailing and I want to get the Gold Award which will help my career,” said Explorer Scout Pete Kempson (15). “It satisfies my sense of adventure.”
Earlier this year Freemasons awarded a sum of £50,000 to four local charities as part of celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of the Grand Lodge of England, and a further £50,000 was committed by Freemasons from the Province of the Isle of Man for equipment and training to Rebecca House.
Provincial Grand Master for IOM Keith Dalrymple emphasised that "Freemasons are ready to work with local charitable organisations to support worthwhile causes, both large and small, in our community".
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Explorer Scouts navigating their way to the Duke of Edinburghs Gold Award
“CAST off, me hearties!”
Seven Manx Explorer Scouts are pursuing their ambition of sailing on Golden Vanity, a 1908 working boat based in Brixham.
Their expedition will be part of the scouts’ work for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award but requires the seven young people to raise £895 each.
“I had hoped for a discount if we fill the boat, but they are raising their prices next year and will have no trouble filling all the places available,” said Explorer Scout group leader Ron Spencer. “We need them more than they need us. But the immediate concern was that of raising the deposit as we do not have any reserves of funds to meet that sort of outlay.
The boat’s owners required a 25% deposit immediately, cash the youngsters did not have. An approach was made to the Isle of Man Masonic Charity who were delighted to help with a cheque for £1,500.
The Freemasons’ donation has been wonderful”  said Ron. The new Explorer Group was started April 2016 with six boys and now has 12 scouts including a young woman. The age range is between 14 and 18. Further fund raising by the scouts will be required.
“I really hope to do this expedition as I enjoy sailing and I want to get the Gold Award which will help my career,” said Explorer Scout Pete Kempson (15). “It satisfies my sense of adventure.”
Earlier this year Freemasons awarded a sum of £50,000 to four local charities as part of celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of the Grand Lodge of England, and a further £50,000 was committed by Freemasons from the Province of the Isle of Man for equipment and training to Rebecca House.
Provincial Grand Master for IOM Keith Dalrymple emphasised that Freemasons are ready to work with local charitable organisations to support worthwhile causes, both large and small, in our community.

 

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Explorer Scouts doing their radio and navigation training. Sail-training comes next spring when the weather improves. From left: expedition leader Ron Spencer, assistant expedition leader Andy Wells and some of the Explorer Scouts who will go on the 1908 working boat Golden Vanity – Jim Hill, Pete Kempson, Alex Brew, James Spencer and Blayne Hill.

As an IOM Queen’s Scout. (1st King William’s College Scout Group in 1952) and an IOM Freemason King William’s Lodge No 3883 I am absolutely delighted and I am sure my late friend George Gelling a King’s Scout, would have thought the same.

4 months ago

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The Athole Lodge installed their new Master for 2017 / 18 on 6 December. W. Bro. Neil Stewart then appointed his officers including Bro. Graeham Quilliam as Junior Warden and W. Bro. Tim Earl as Senior Warden. ... See MoreSee Less

The Athole Lodge installed their new Master for 2017 / 18 on 6 December. W. Bro. Neil Stewart then appointed his officers including Bro. Graeham Quilliam as Junior Warden and W. Bro. Tim Earl as Senior Warden.Image attachment

 

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Brilliant. Congratulations

Congratulations Neil

Four Grand appointments made
Grand Rank appointments have been bestowed on four Manx Masons to celebrate the Tercentenary and the Most Worshipful Grand Master’s 50 years in office.
Worshipful Brothers Ron Dobbie, Graham Whyte, John Harding and Jeremy Lund learned of their elevations at the installation meeting of The Athole Lodge.
Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Keith Dalrymple announced that the Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, had been pleased to make the following promotions and appointments to Grand Rank:
W. Bro. Ron Dobbie, PAGDC, has been promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon.
W. Bro. Graham Whyte, PrGTreas, has received a first appointment to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.
W. Bro. John Harding, LGR, PPGSuptWks, has received a first appointment to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.
W. Bro. Jeremy Lund, PrGStwd, PrSGW (Shropshire), has received a first appointment to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. W. Bro. Jeremy has been a member of his mother lodge in Shropshire for 34 years and is a member of King William’s Lodge.
We all offer our sincere congratulation to them.
They will all be invested at a special Investiture meeting of Grand Lodge on Wednesday, 14th March, 2018.
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Lodges thanked
Complimentary tickets to Winter Wonderland at Freemasons Hall / Woodbourne House have been offered to lodges as a thank you for the disruption caused by staging the event and the year’s refurbishment programme.
“I welcome the generous offer to our lodges from the catering & operational team at Investico Management,” Provincial Grand Master Keith Dalrymple says.
“Complimentary tickets to enjoy the 'Winter Wonderland' are a splendid way to reciprocate the cooperation from the users of the building both during renovations and to facilitate the corporate events during December.
“Congratulations all round!”
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Lodges thanked
Complimentary tickets to Winter Wonderland at Freemasons Hall / Woodbourne House have been offered to lodges as a thank you for the disruption caused by staging the event and the year’s refurbishment programme.
“I welcome the generous offer to our lodges from the catering & operational team at Investico Management,” Provincial Grand Master Keith Dalrymple says.
“Complimentary tickets to enjoy the Winter Wonderland  are a splendid way to reciprocate the cooperation from the users of the building both during renovations and to facilitate the corporate events during December.
“Congratulations all round!”

5 months ago

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Local charities use Freemasons Hall
Local charities are taking full advantage of the facilities at FMH Douglas / Woodbourne House.
Hospice Christmas Fayre was a huge success and The Diana Princess of Wales Trust 'thank you supper' for their supporters was most enjoyable.
Manager David Upton-Jones is discussing several major fund-raising functions with other charitable organisations.
“The profile and public perception of Freemasonry has been greatly enhanced,” said Provincial Grand Master Keith Dalrymple.
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Local charities use Freemasons Hall
Local charities are taking full advantage of the facilities at FMH Douglas / Woodbourne House.
Hospice Christmas Fayre was a huge success and The Diana Princess of Wales Trust  thank you supper  for their supporters was most enjoyable.
Manager David Upton-Jones is discussing several major fund-raising functions with other charitable organisations.
“The profile and public perception of Freemasonry has been greatly enhanced,” said Provincial Grand Master Keith Dalrymple.
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5 months ago

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We were very happy that our psychotherapist Adrian Venn was here to welcome the visit of Denis Hartshorne from the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Isle of Man.
At the start of December the freemasons host a fundraising event called “Mannin Cracker” where many items that have been donated by local businesses on Island are auctioned/raffled off at a “Hot Pot Dinner”. The proceeds of this event are donated to a local charity each year and we are honoured that this year we were the chosen charity.
The £600 raised will be so helpful to support our service throughout December, that donation will go directly towards 14 one to one therapy sessions to someone who has had a recent cancer diagnosis or a family member who might be struggling at a time where spirits should be joyful.
We really are so grateful that the continuous public support has allowed us to offer counselling and person to person therapy for nearly 35 years.
2018 is going to be a very exciting period for the charity with plans to expand making every penny even more vital.
Thank you Provincial Grand Lodge of the Isle of Man, we really do appreciate your help.
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6 months ago

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For #FreemasonFriday, we want to look back at Tuesday's historic celebration 🎉

Over 4,000 Freemasons from Provinces, Districts and representatives from 136 Grand Lodges around the world were present at the Royal Albert Hall for the United Grand Lodge of England's Especial Meeting and action packed afternoon of entertainment.

Grand Lodge was opened and called off in a convenient room and the procession of Grand Officers entered the Hall, before the Grand Master, MW Bro HRH The Duke of Kent, took his place in the Queen’s Box. He was accompanied by the Pro Grand Master MW Bro Peter Lowndes, Deputy Grand Master RW Bro Jonathan Spence, and Assistant Grand Master RW Bro Sir David Wootton.

He was also joined by a number of special guests, including RW Bro HRH Prince Michael of Kent, VW Bro HM King Tutu II of Ashanti, and RW Bro HE John Kufuor, Senior Grand Warden.

The performance was a wonderful journey through our history, showcasing the heritage of Freemasonry, all performed against the backdrop of a 55ft gold Square and Compass and All Seeing Eye and featuring a cast of renowned actors including Sir Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

After processing to the stage, the Grand Master and Rulers were seated in their normal Thrones, and the Deputy Grand Master then read a letter of loyal greetings sent to Her Majesty The Queen and the reply received, which offered 'warm good wishes to you all for a most successful event.'

For the finale, a rousing rendition of the National Anthem was sung, before the Grand Officers retired from the Hall, drawing to a close a memorable night in our history.

Read more about this momentous occasion here → bit.ly/2yqmYdJ

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6 months ago

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#Freemasons move into a new age with a successful business after transforming their #Douglas home.

The formally named #MasonicHall, now #WoodbourneHouse dates back to the early 1900s.

Commissioned by #HouseofKeys member, Thomas Harrison; it's been a boarding school, a nursing home, becoming home to the freemasons when they bought it in 1923.

Investico Events were brought in to transform it, and manage the business.

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HQ is looking better every time I see it.

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It was a wonderful meeting and a privilege to be with you.

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Active officers: Provincial Grand Master R. W. K. Bro. Dalrymple Deputy Provincial Grand Master W. Bro. R. Southern, P.A.G.D.C., P.Z. Provincial Senior Grand Warden W. Bro. S.G. Whittam, P.Z. Provincial Junior Grand Warden W. Bro. E. Richmond, P.Z. Provincial Grand Chaplain W. Bro. W.H. Connell, P.Z. Provincial Grand Treasurer W. Bro. G.B. Whyte, P.Z. Provincial Grand Registrar W. Bro. K.M. Blackburn, O.St.J., P.A.G.D.C., P.Z. Provincial Grand Secretary W. Bro. J. Campbell Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies W. Bro. D. Curphey, P.Z. Provincial Grand Sword Bearer W. Bro. E.C. Lantry, P.Z. Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works W. Bro. D.A. Hartshorne, P.Z. Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies W. Bro. G.I.R. Hilton, P.Z. Provincial Grand Almoner W. Bro. M.J.L. Henley, P.Z. Provincial Grand Charity Steward W. Bro. G.R. Lawrence, P.P.G.Swd.B. (Suffolk) Provincial Grand Mentor W. Bro. J.S. Kermode, P.P.G.J. Provincial Grand Orator W. Bro. P.J. Taubman M.B.E., P.P.S.G.W., P.Z. Provincial Senior Grand Deacon W. Bro. J.F. Shakespeare, P.Z. Provincial Junior Grand Deacon W. Bro. T.W. Rush Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary W. Bro. I.A. Walker, P.P.G.Supt.Wks. Provincial Grand Organist W. Bro. I.G. Quayle Provincial Grand Standard Bearer W. Bro. E.M. Clarke, P.P.G.Reg. (Worcs) Provincial Grand Standard Bearer W. Bro. T.D.C. Earl, P.P.G.St.B. (Guernsey and Alderney) Provincial Grand Pursuivant W. Bro. H.C. Messenger, P.P.S.G.D. Provincial Grand Steward W. Bro. J.K. Lund, P.P.S.G.W. (Shrop), P.Z. Provincial Grand Steward W. Bro. E.M. Moore , P.P.G.Ch.Sted. (E.Kent), P.Z. Provincial Grand Tyler W. Bro. M.J. Killey, P.P.Dep.G.D.C., P.Z.

Greetings from a Sojourner on the other Island

The team scrub up quite well.

6 months ago

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With its classical proportions and elegant Farrow & Ball colours, The Ward Room is a wonderfully welcoming space with a cosy, intimate feeling. Perfect for meetings and private dining experiences. ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago

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**LAST REMAINING TABLES**

All Friday's and Saturday's in November and December are now fully booked. However we do still have availability on all Thursday dates and Friday 5th and Saturday 6th January which we encourage you to book asap if interested.
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Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay and a chance for us to try and help raise awareness about dementia. The Alzheimer's Society state that there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK alone.

Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) dedicates resources to assisting those living with dementia as well as their families and carers. Another important focus is research – which doctors have been clear to point out: Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and research could very well lead to a cure.

In the recent MCF Community Awards, Alzheimer's Society Cymru received £15,000 and going as far back as 2014, two years of innovative research on the disease by Sir Simon Lovestone of University of Oxford was funded by a £181,000 donation by the MSF (Masonic Samaritan Fund), now part of the MCF. In 2015, £175,000 was donated to fund research undertaken at the University of Cambridge.

To find out more about the MCF Awards and other recipients of the charitable donations of Freemasons, read here → bit.ly/2wGMjvY

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Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust tops poll
RESULTS of the vote to share £50,000 between four local charities have been announced with Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust taking the top award of £25,000.
The awards were part of a £3million donation made by the Masonic Charitable Foundation to celebrate the Grand Lodge of England’s 300th anniversary.
The four charities nominated and voted for in the Masonic Province of the Isle of Man were as follows:
• Special Olympics, Isle of Man, who will receive £4,000,
• Ardwhallen Jubilee Trust, who have been awarded £6,000,
• St John Ambulance First Responders get £15,000 and
• Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust topped the poll receiving £25,000.
A total of 1,509 votes were cast locally. Nine out of 10 voters were non-Masons.
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7 months ago

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Dinner ladies inspired by Manx steam
IT WILL be steam puddings for Aylesbury and Thame Masons after dinner ladies Shirley Hanlon and Mel Smith rode on the island’s Thomas the Tank Engine.
Steak and kidney pudding followed by jam roly-poly, both much loved Masonic dishes (steamed of course) will head their menus after the two women steamed from Castletown to Port Erin on the train.
“We were on a walking holiday when advised to catch the train,” Shirley said. “We also steamed up Snaefell on foot but caught the tram down from the top.
“Steamed puddings will be on our menus for a while in memory of our Isle of Man holiday,” she said laughing!
Known by many Masons, the two sisters have the catering contract for Aylesbury Masonic Hall (Province of Buckinghamshire) and Thames Masonic Centre (Province of Oxfordshire – with one chapter and one Mark lodge from Bucks).
Their friend Fionnuala Prosser suggested the walking holiday.
The three women stayed with Fionnuala’s friend W. Bro. Tim Earl who was best man at her wedding to the late Ingo Prosser.
The Masonic point of contact was soon established and it was then steamed puddings all-round!

Masonic dinner ladies Mel Smith and Shirley Hanlon (left and centre) with friend Fionnuala Prosser about to catch the steam train in Castletown.
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Dinner ladies inspired by Manx steam
IT WILL be steam puddings for Aylesbury and Thame Masons after dinner ladies Shirley Hanlon and Mel Smith rode on the island’s Thomas the Tank Engine.
Steak and kidney pudding followed by jam roly-poly, both much loved Masonic dishes (steamed of course) will head their menus after the two women steamed from Castletown to Port Erin on the train.
“We were on a walking holiday when advised to catch the train,” Shirley said. “We also steamed up Snaefell on foot but caught the tram down from the top.
“Steamed puddings will be on our menus for a while in memory of our Isle of Man holiday,” she said laughing!
Known by many Masons, the two sisters have the catering contract for Aylesbury Masonic Hall (Province of Buckinghamshire) and Thames Masonic Centre (Province of Oxfordshire – with one chapter and one Mark lodge from Bucks).
Their friend Fionnuala Prosser suggested the walking holiday.
The three women stayed with Fionnuala’s friend W. Bro. Tim Earl who was best man at her wedding to the late Ingo Prosser.
The Masonic point of contact was soon established and it was then steamed puddings all-round!

Masonic dinner ladies Mel Smith and Shirley Hanlon (left and centre) with friend Fionnuala Prosser about to catch the steam train in Castletown.

If you went down to the woods…
And many Masons did… to help with a teddy bears’ picnic in aid of Manx Breast Cancer Support Group.
Masonic Teddy Boys led by Graham Lawrence and Laurie Henley turned out to help the group with their summer picnic at the Nation Arboretum in St Johns.
Local youngsters who had received Teddies for Loving Care bears while in hospital were given free entrance to enjoy the picnic, bear hunt and ice cream.
A good time was had by all, especially our Cuddly Teddy who armed himself with a walking stick to fend off overly enthusiastic admirers – the picture is certainly one for Worshipful Brother Alan Fielding’s family album.
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And many Masons did… to help with a teddy bears’ picnic in aid of Manx Breast Cancer Support Group.
Masonic Teddy Boys led by Graham Lawrence and Laurie Henley turned out to help the group with their summer picnic at the Nation Arboretum in St Johns.
Local youngsters who had received Teddies for Loving Care bears while in hospital were given free entrance to enjoy the picnic, bear hunt and ice cream.
A good time was had by all, especially our Cuddly Teddy who armed himself with a walking stick to fend off overly enthusiastic admirers – the picture is certainly one for Worshipful Brother Alan Fielding’s family album.

9 months ago

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Great photos of Dr Gareth Davies, Medical Director of London's Air Ambulance, beside a helicopter proudly emblazoned with a masonic square & compasses 🚁

Earlier this year the Isle of Man Post Office released a set of six stamps in celebration of our Tercentenary, and Manxman Gareth can be see here holding a blown-up version of the sixth stamp in the series 🇮🇲💌

Produced by Glazier Design, the call signs of three air ambulances (G-LNDN, G-WASS and G-TVAL) along with GPS references for their landing pads are encoded in the details.

More on the stamps here → bit.ly/2v0g8IH

A total of 22 air ambulance and rescue services across England and Wales have recently received grants totaling £192,000.

Since funding for these services began in 2006, over £2.2 million has been donated. These life saving services rely entirely on charitable grants and donations and it is a cause close to the hearts of many #Freemasons.

Find out more about these crucial donations → bit.ly/2vdJhRZ

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9 months ago

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A super sneaky peek at a room laid out for a Royal Arch chapter meeting at Freemasons' Hall 😯

Once you have joined #Freemasonry and completed the fabled three degrees, this should be your next step...
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10 months ago

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Due to lots of road closures on Sunday it seemed to be nigh impossible to get to the Arboretum!! So the decision has been made to change the date to Sunday 2nd July 1pm till 4pm. It's exactly the same event with all the fun things. Treasure Hunt, face painting and lots more.So could you please do me a favour and Share this post too let as many people as possible know about the date change. Thank you . ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

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The bsa conrod gavel presented to the Grand Master has now moved to the first #tc300 event at the IOM TT and it has now lapped the challenging mountain circuit on a flying lap and been used by the master of the tourist trophy lodge in Ramsey during the ceremony then handed back for its onward journey to the next event back in England starting at the Lakeland museum 11/6 this Sunday please make the effort to register , join and enjoy the next runs and good company ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

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11 months ago

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This week signals the beginning of #NationalSmileMonth 😁 and we thought we would mark it by sharing a couple of our favourite #Freemasonry jokes with you. Warning, may contain cringe!

Q. What did the Freemason say when he tripped and fell off the drawbridge?

A. So moat it be.

And the second one:

Q. How many Freemasons does it take to change a lightbulb?

A. Change? What's change?

Share your best Freemasonry jokes in the comments below ↓ 🎙️
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11 months ago

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The penultimate stamp in our series of tercentenary stamps by Isle of Man Post Office and Glazier Design 💌 focuses on the jewel of the Senior Warden.

The jewel itself is a level, and symbolises equality. Historically, it was used by ancient civilisations to represent justice and equality and it was also given to magistrates within the guild system ⚖️

The featured lodge is the Lodge of Antiquity No. 2, one of the oldest surviving lodges in the world, and one of the original four that met in the Goose and Gridiron pub 300 years ago this year.

The simple and elegant pattern in the background represents the windows at Freemasons' Hall in the Isle of Man 🇮🇲

The GPS reference on this stamp is that of the blue plaque in Paternoster Square/St Paul’s Churchyard that marks the former site of the Goose and Gridiron pub, where the first four lodges came together and created the first United Grand Lodge in 1717 ✒️

The stamps are available to buy here → goo.gl/AI4Vd6

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11 months ago

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The second stamp in the #UGLE2017stamp collection by Isle of Man Post Office and designed by Glazier Design 💌 focuses on the jewel of the Inner Guard.

The jewel itself shows two swords diagonally crossed in a saltire design ⚔️ Along with the Inner Guard, the sword is also representative of the Outer Guard or Tyler, and symbolises the duty of those holding this position to, "keep off all intruders and Cowans to Freemasonry, and suffer none to pass but such as duly qualified.”

The featured lodge for this stamp is Barbican Lodge No. 8494 which meets at Freemasons' Hall in London, in the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London. It is a small lodge, but it is included to represent Freemasons in London.

The background takes inspiration from the ceiling of the Grand Temple in Freemasons' Hall, and represents the Art Deco features of the building, showing beams of light emitting from the centre 🌠

The GPS reference in this stamp is that of The Grand Master's throne in the Grand Temple at Freemasons' Hall in London 🇬🇧

The stamps are available to buy here → goo.gl/AI4Vd6

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12 months ago

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To mark #VEDay, we thought we would take the opportunity to reflect on the life of former British prime minister and #Freemason, Sir Winston Churchill.

Born at Blenheim Palace on 30 November 1874, Churchill was educated at Harrow School and then went on to attend The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before being elected to Parliament for the first time in 1900.

After war was declared in 1939, Churchill was appointed to the Cabinet and eventually became prime minister in 1940. During his premiership, he guided Britain through the Second World War, and his inspirational speeches provided people with hope during many dark and unsure hours, such as on the eve of the Battle of Britain when he famously declared, "Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will say, 'This was their finest hour'." 📻🎤

72 years ago today, the Allied command accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany, which sparked waves of euphoric celebration across Britain and the world. Churchill told a large crowd on Whitehall, "This is your victory."

He died aged 90 in 1965 and received a full state funeral. In the words of Her Majesty The Queen, the idea was to commemorate Churchill, "on a scale befitting his position in history." 👑 📅

He was initiated into Studholme Lodge No.1591, which is now known as United Studholme Alliance Lodge, which meets in London.
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12 months ago

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His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, has just concluded a moving memorial service outside Freemasons' Hall.

The event was held to mark the unveiling of the paving stones honouring the 64 Victoria Cross recipients who were also #Freemasons. The paving stones have been laid outside the Tower Entrance and will serve as a reminder of the sacrifice these 64 men made for their country. 🎖️

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1 years ago

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Result of the TLC Chocolate Hamper Raffle held at F M H Douglas last night 13th April 2017
1st prize Winning ticket was Green 240 serial No AB104963 (Easter Chocolate Hamper)
2nd or runner up Red ticket 442 serial No AB 104936 (Giant Egg )
To collect your prize contact David Upton Jones on 675265 please produce your winning ticket
(Please do not throw away your tickets just in case it doesn’t get claimed where reserve ticket or tickets will be announced after Easter )

Most importantly the raffle has raised to date £1,963.00 with Further donations as yet to come !
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Result of the TLC Chocolate Hamper Raffle held at F M H Douglas last night 13th April 2017
                          1st prize Winning ticket was Green 240  serial No AB104963 (Easter Chocolate Hamper) 
           2nd or runner up Red ticket 442 serial No AB 104936  (Giant Egg ) 
To collect your prize contact David Upton Jones on 675265 please produce your winning ticket 
                    (Please do not throw away your tickets just in case it doesn’t get claimed where reserve ticket or tickets will be announced  after Easter )  

                   Most importantly the raffle has raised to date £1,963.00 with Further donations as yet to come !Image attachment

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Freemasonry opens its doors for first time with new observational documentary series – Inside The Freemasons

The previously unseen world of Freemasonry will be revealed for the first time in an enlightening new five-part observational documentary series on Sky 1 – starting on Monday 17 April at 8pm. Exclusive and unprecedented access was granted to film inside one of the world’s oldest and most intriguing membership organisations as part of its 300th anniversary in 2017.

The highly-anticipated observational documentary, entitled Inside The Freemasons promises to go beyond the myth and legend to explore the real people, practices and inner-workings of the well-known, but little-understood, ancient fraternal order with roots stretching back to the medieval stone masons. From the regalia to the grand ceremonies, ancient rituals and the unbreakable bonds of brotherhood, viewers will discover what it really means to be a modern-day Freemason.

Filmed and produced by independent production company Emporium for Sky 1, this series is the first time such extensive access and filming has been permitted inside the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). Viewers will be given never-before-seen insights into the world of Freemasons, their practices, values, history and modern lodge life.

Filmed across several months in 2016, the documentary follows individual Freemasons from Entered Apprentices to Rulers, exploring the history, symbolism and the modern relevance of the organisation, including its role as one of the biggest charitable contributors in the UK.

While the vast majority of viewers are familiar with the concept of Freemasonry, few can describe who Freemasons are and what they do with any confidence or accuracy. What has motivated generations of men to join its ranks? Why is it important to form bonds that transcend religion, politics or social status? What does Freemasonry stand for? What do Freemasons do? What does the symbolism and allegory mean? How does public perception differ to reality? And what does Freemasonry have to offer society today?

Across the five episodes, we follow ordinary Masons from around the country, as they learn and rehearse their ritual and the moral lessons it contains, raise money for charity and enjoy the camaraderie they say comes with being a member of the Brotherhood, to paint a comprehensive, Masons-eye-view of life Inside The Freemasons.

John Hamill, Director, Special Projects at the United Grand Lodge of England, said, “In our Tercentenary year it is fitting that we mark this favourable occasion by very openly sharing a look at who we are, what we do and what we stand for. We hope the programme will help inform, educate and even surprise, providing a genuine insight and understanding into Freemasonry and Freemasons today.”

Emma Read, Managing Director of Emporium Productions said, “We were delighted to have been given such unprecedented access to the hidden world of the Freemasons to make a documentary series. Most people are familiar with Freemasons as an organisation, but few actually know who they are, what ‘Lodge life’ is really like and why men join in the 21st Century.”
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Interested in Joining?

You can view and download a booklet in the Becoming a Mason section, which contains a fascinating insight into Freemasonry. Undergraduates, and other university members, should also view the section on the Universities Scheme.

You can send an email to express your interest in joining by heading to our Contact Page and clicking “Interested in Joining”. We will get back to you quickly to discuss with you the process of becoming a Freemason.

What it means to be a Freemason

So, what do you know about Freemasonry? Click here to find out more about what it means to be a Freemason today.

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R.W.Bro. R.K. Dalrymple

Provincial Grand Master for the Isle of Man

Failt Erriu, Welcome from the Provincial Grand Master.

Freemasonry world-wide has a proud and colourful history dating back many centuries.

Here, in our lovely island home, Freemasonry has reflected our diverse cultural heritage and status as a semi-autonomous Crown Dependency. Situated centrally in the Irish Sea, almost equidistant from the four ‘Home Nations’ yet not part of the United Kingdom, our Provincial Grand Lodge has operated since 1886 under the auspices of the United Grand Lodge of England, prior to which we had lodges warranted variously by the Scottish and Irish Constitutions.

Our 19 Craft Lodges and six Royal Arch Chapters continue to attract members from all aspects of Manx life: the professions being represented, retail and manufacturing industries; the clergy and civil service, alongside men from the construction trades. We have bricklayers, carpenters and plumbers who maintain links with operative stone-masons, the ancient forebears of Freemasonry.

I am privileged to be the 13th Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master following a distinguished succession which started with Sir John Senhouse Goldie-Taubman, Speaker of the House of Keys. They include Lieutenant Governors, several Deemsters (the Isle of Man’s High Court Judges) and an Archdeacon. They are a humbling yet inspiring challenge for this mere Chartered Surveyor but I can claim an association with operative masonry!

Conscious that we are in and of our community, which has evolved and changed dramatically over recent years, we are actively cementing our established relationships with all sectors of the island, particularly those in which we have a common interest: contributing to the well-being of individuals and wider society in which we live.

Should your interest be in gaining further knowledge of Freemasonry prior to seeking membership or merely to have more information about us, our history, principles and activities, kindly use the links for insights to one of the world’s oldest fraternal organisations.

For visiting Freemasons wishing to attend one of our Lodges or the many other Masonic orders active on the Isle of Man, the appropriate contacts are listed. You are assured of a warm Manx welcome in the best traditions of true fellowship.

Lhiuish dy firinagh

Keith Dalrymple