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Two legs when they left three when they arrived Nine Brethren from the Province of Surrey, including those from the Royal Albert Edward Lodge No. 1362 and one Brother from Kent, attended the Installation Meeting held at Freemasons' Hall, Ramsey, Isle of Man of W.Bro David Bellinger when he was installed into the chair of the Lezayre Lodge No.6890.  The meeting was attended by over 90 Brethren from most of the Lodges on the island; among those present was the RWPGM Bro R.K. Dalrymple. (from The Surrey Mason ~ Autumn Edition)

Isle of Man Lodge of Installed Masters No.9598 W. Bro John Williams PPrGReg (Warks), the Development Director of the Masonic Samaritan Fund, flew over from the adjacent Isle on Saturday 28th January and was met, and given a tour of the Island, by, W Bro Alec Downie OBE, MLC, PAGDC, P.G.Alm who had arranged for him to visit the Isle of Man.
That evening, W.Bro John Williams attended the meeting of the IOM Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9598 and gave a presentation entitled, “The Masonic Charities – What We Deliver”. This was a comprehensive illustrated slideshow presentation summarising the work of the four central Masonic charities. It was received with great interest by the audience of 60 Brethren and following the presentation, a number of questions were comprehensively answered.
The RWPGM Bro Keith Dalrymple spoke about the purpose and function of Installed Masters’ Lodges, drawing a corollary with the excellent presentation by W.Bro. John Williams and the manner in which the ‘front-line’ Masonic Charities are cooperating to make best use of all resources. Similarly the membership of the I.O.M. Lodge of Installed Masters, drawn from all Lodges within our Province was facilitating a spirit of constructive collaboration and making a contribution to our Lodges whilst enabling those who have spare time and capacity for additional Masonic activity to enjoy the opportunity to do so. At the conclusion of his talk two cheques were presented in open Lodge to W Bro John Williams, in his capacity as Development Director of the Masonic Samaritan Fund. The first cheque in the amount of £1,000 was presented by the RWPGM, from Provincial funds held for such purposes and the second cheque, also in the amount of £1,000, was presented by the VWDepPGM Bro Eidwin Mullan, on behalf of the 125th Anniversary committee, from funds raised during the year so far.
During the course of the meeting W.Bros Eddie Quayle and Terry Skeet were welcomed and became joining members of the Lodge and W.Bro Freddie Wright PAGDC,  was elected as an honorary member of the Isle of Man Lodge of Installed Masters in recognition of the wonderful work he undertakes on behalf of Brethren and their families who have to be hospitalised in Liverpool and environs ...
At the Festive board, the Worshipful Master of 9598, W Bro Geoffrey Clague presented a cheque to W Bro John Williams on behalf of the Lodge of Installed Masters in the amount of £500, being the proceeds of the alms collection and of the raffle.
It was agreed between the PGM, DepPGM, the WM of 9598 and W Bro John Williams, that the 3 cheques would be donated to the Masonic Samaritan Fund and credited, in the name of the Province and the Lodge respectively, to the 2012 Warwickshire Provincial Festival. W Bro Williams was overwhelmed by both the donations, which he said were “completely unexpected”, and also by the warm hospitality he received in the Temple and at the festive board.

W.Bro Freddie Wright On Friday 29th September 2011 at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting and at  the end of the regular appointments the RWPGM Bro. Keith Dalrymple invited Freddie to come forward and appointed him to the rank of PPJGW of the Isle of Man, Freddie was also awarded a ‘one-off’ lifetime achievement award to commemorate the 125thAnniversary of the Province, to which the whole of Provincial Grand Lodge rose and gave a standing ovation. After the meeting Keith Dalrymple (PrGM)  said: “Lodges had been invited to nominate brethren who had made a major, enduring contribution to their lodge and Freemasonry generally. Five ‘local’ brethren were nominated by their respective lodges, however, several lodges contacted me directly to ask if they could nominate someone who was not a member of their lodge, indeed at that time Freddie was not a member of a Lodge on the IOM.  They all wanted Freddie Wright’s outstanding service to be recognized and rewarded, and I was delighted to accede.  Freddie has given so much time, energy and no little expense to help our hospitalised brethren and their families over many years.  He is the best possible example of a caring compassionate Freemason and promotes a wonderful image of the Craft to all who meet him.  W.Bro Freddie Wright PAGDC, is a great credit to the good habits instilled by Lancastrian Freemasonry!” Colin Wright RWPGM of West Lancashire said: “What an honour for Freddie and the Province of West Lancashire.” Freddie spent the rest of the evening carrying his framed patent, inviting anybody he met to have their photo taken with him.

Rob Vine Helicopter Fund   In the last four years £951,000 has been distributed between every Air Ambulance service in England and Wales and this year the Isle of Man has nominated the Rob Vine Fund for its support of the “Airmed” helicopter ambulance service.   The Freemasons' Grand Charity supports air ambulance charities in the delivery of their potentially life-saving services.  To date, £951,000 has been donated to what is considered the busiest voluntary emergency service in the country.   The air ambulance charities in England and Wales fly about 19,000 missions per year at a cost of about £0.5 million per week, met almost entirely by donations from the public.  The speed with which the ambulances are able to respond to emergencies and transport patients to hospital greatly improves the survival chances of individuals involved in serious road traffic collisions, medical emergencies and other incidents, 365 days of the year.   In 2011, Provincial and Metropolitan Grand Lodges across England and Wales were invited to nominate an air ambulance charity to receive a share of a total grant of £192,000, the Isle of Man nominated the Rob Vine Fund in recognition of the service that it provides to motorsport on the island by providing the medical equipment in use by the “Airmed” ambulance helicopters and in equipping the various medical personnel stationed around the T.T. Mountain Course.   Provincial Grand Master for the Isle of Man, Keith Dalrymple said “volunteers are the lifeblood of the T.T. and Manx Grand Prix Races and it is particularly fitting that in the 125th Anniversary Year of the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Isle of Man we were successful in our application to the Freemasons’ Grand Charity to support the Manx charity the Rob Vine Fund, which through Motorsport Medical Services provides the life-saving equipment that is used in the “Airmed” helicopters and indeed at various marshalling points around the T.T. Course.  Many Isle of Man Freemasons play a part as marshals and officials, as well as enjoying the spectacle of the greatest motorcycle road races in the world.”


TLC Appeal – Teddies for Loving Care Isle of Man Freemasonry is donating Teddy Bears to local hospitals and Rebecca House to assist medical staff when treating children, especially in Accident and Emergency Units. Teddies will be given to children to alleviate distress and provide comfort and reassurance, or may be used by staff to demonstrate what they are about to do.  The teddy bear is that child’s to keep and have been welcomed by hospitals as a useful aid. This practical contribution continues a long association of Freemasons’ with our Island’s hospitals.  Henry Bloom Noble, Freemason and Benefactor whose public spirited philanthropy is commemorated at the ‘New Noble’s Hospital’ and elsewhere, via his trustees, provided the initial funding for the construction of Ramsey Cottage Hospital, the foundation stone for which was laid with Masonic ceremonial by the Provincial Grand Master at that time, Hon. Arthur Stanley M.P. He was attended by numerous Brethren who marched in full regalia from the Masonic Buildings in Ramsey. The current Provincial Grand Master, Keith Dalrymple, is delighted with this visible evidence that Manx Freemasonry remains ‘in and of our Community!’

 Photo, left to right: Hospital Manager - Janet Grib, Colleague - Irene Woodall, Dave O’Sullivan and Shavak Madon - Charity Stewards of the Lezayre and St. Maughold Lodges respectively, Kevin Adams - Provincial Grand Charity Steward and organiser and the Provincial Grand Master, Keith Dalrymple.

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The 125 Swim held on Saturday 26th February, turned out to be a financial success, having netted £1300.00 toward the 125 Celebration Fund. The Deputy Grand Superintendent E.Comp. C.R. Dobbie, pictured here with the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. R.K.Dalrymple, would like to heartily thank all who supported the swimmers either morally or financially. In addition to the D.G.Supt. the swimmers were made up of brethren from the Lezayre lodge and several sister lodges. They would have enjoyed more spectators but for two other events on the same day, namely the sad occasion of Fiona Robinson's funeral in the morning and St. Maughold Lodge Ladies' Evening the turn out was much as expected. Perhaps someone can think of other events where we can gather informally with family and friends. Once again, a big thank you to all for making the swim a great success.


W.Bro. A.F.Downie, W.Bro A.B.Gerrard, R.W.Bro.R.K.Dalrymple P.G.M., W.Bro. J.C.McLouglin W.M., Bro.E.Colgan, Bro.P.S.Aston and Bro.G.Faragher St Trinian's Lodge  What may otherwise have normally been a quiet January meeting for St Trinian’s Lodge No.2050, turned out to be something quite different. The Lodge Initiated a new member, Bro. Paul Aston; welcomed a joining member, Bro. Graham Faragher; Presented a Grand Lodge Certificate to Bro. Evan Colgan, then, prior to electing W.Bro ‘Sandy’ Gerrard as an Honorary Member, Bro. Gerrard, who at 93 years of age was that very evening celebrating the 64th Anniversary of his Initiation, was promoted to  the Past Rank of Provincial Senior Grand Warden by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master for the Isle of Man, Bro. Keith Dalrymple, who was attending his mother lodge. The Provincial Grand Master went on to warmly congratulate another St Trinian’s member, W.Bro Alex Downie P.A.G.D.C., Pr. Grand Almoner who has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen with an O.B.E. in the New Year’s List.


R.W.Bro.R.K.Dalrymple P.G.M., W.Bro.E.F.Mullan D.P.G.M & W.Bro.M.Blackburn P.G.Sec.Hospice Isle of Man On the 17th January 2011The Freemasons’ Grand Charity donated £3,400 to Hospice Isle of Man for the year 2010. This presentation was made by the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. R.K.Dalrymple who was accompanied by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master W.Bro.Captain E.F.Mullan and the Provincial Grand Secretary W.Bro. Martin Blackburn.


Royal National Lifeboat Institution Presentation of a cheque for £4000 from the Grand Charity to the RNLI by The Deputy Provincial Grand Master W.Bro.Captain Eidwin F.Mullan, accompanied by the Deputy Grand Superintendent C.R.Dobbie and several other Brethren, took place between the Douglas and Ramsey lifeboats in Laxey Bay on 7th November  2010.


Worshipful Master and Officers with R.W.Bro.D.G.Gelling P.P.G.M and R.W.BroR.K.Dalrymple P.G.M.The Isle of Man Lodge of Installed Masters 9598, which was originally consecrated on 27th November 1995, had its new Banner dedicated at the regular Lodge Meeting held at Masonic Hall, Stanley Road, Peel, Isle of Man on 20th September 2010. The Banner depicts the Green of the Isle of Man set in a Sea of Blue. The Banner was dedicated by R.W.Bro. D.G. Gelling P.P.G.M., P.G.Supt, who had consecrated the Lodge when he was the Provincial Grand Master. He was assisted in the Banner Dedication by the Officers and Brethren of the Lodge and in the presence of the current Provincial Grand Master of the Isle of Man R.W.Bro. R.K. Dalrymple. W. Bro D.P. Downie P.P.S.G.W., Pr.G.H. gave an Oration on the history of Banners and the significance of Lodge Banners. 


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