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Internet Lodge No. 9659

A World of Freemasonry

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Installation 2015

WM18cW.Bro Benedict Charles Lewis Allen (Ben) was installed as the 18th Master of the lodge at the annual installation ceremony in Manchester U.K. on 21st March 2015.

Ben is 33 years old and lives in Walthamstow London. He is the first Worshipful Master of the lodge to have been initiated into Freemasonry within the lodge.

He became a Freemason on 11th August 2007 when he was initiated at the Lodge meeting in Rugby. By coincidence the Worshipful Master of the lodge on that occasion was W.Bro Charles Lewis a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina

W.Bro Lawrence Porter the then Immediate Past Master conducted the ceremony and the Junior Deacon for the occasion was Ben's very proud father Rob Allen who has been a member of the lodge since 2001.
Of course Rob was present and played a big part in Ben's installation as also was W.Bro Charles Lewis who had flown in from North Carolina especially for the occasion.

Of the 86 members and guests who attended there were 21 who had travelled from outside the U.K. The Provincial Grand Master was representd by W.Bro Warwick Davenport PSGD, PAPrGM who first visited the lodge in 1998 and has visited on a number of other occasions. We were also honoured by the presence as Ben's guest of RWBro Air Marshall Sir Ronald Ian Stuart-Paul K.B.E. a Past Junior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of EnglandOfficersBen invested W.Bro Alan Turton from Rotheram in Yorkshire as his Senior Warden and Carl Freeland who lives in Skopje,Macedonia as his Junior Warden. He is pictured here with some of his officers.

Ben delivered an inspiring Inagural Address

After the meeting we enjoyed an excellent Festive Board.

The Installation was the main part of a most enjoyable social weekend with many gathering in the Hilton West hotel on the Friday evening for a buffet meal, a few drinks and much talk and laughter. On Saturday evening some visited the theatre whilst others that remained in Manchester dined out together or socialised in the hotel.

Meeting with Brethren and their ladies from all over the world and sharing tales and experiences both within Freemasonry and generally is a very rewarding aspect of membership of Internet Lodge.

Record Number of Overseas Freemasons

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At our meeting in Newport on 11th October 2015 we had a record numer of members, prospective members and guests from outside the United Kingdom. There were twenty in total with representatives from Romania, Switzerland, Latvia, France, Italy, Holland, Canada, Abu Dhabi and Afghanistan. All the brethren enjoyed a wonderful weekend of true Freemasonry Universal.

Master Elect for 2015

BenAllenAt our meeting in Newport on 11th October 2014 WBro Ben Allen, the current Senior Warden was declared Master Elect for 2015. He will be installed as Worshipful Master at our meeting in Manchester on 21st Mrrch 2015.

Ben is just 32 years old, lives in London,  and was the first initiate into Internet lodge of which his father is also a member and we are delighted that he has made such progress.

During 2015/16 Ben hopes to host meetings in Manchester, Newcastle and London.

Explaining his theme for the year Ben said :-

"Future proofing is a fairly horrible phrase, but it accurately describes a concept whereby somethingis able to stay relevant to the future also adapt to the changes that the passing of time may bring. I think that it is vitalt hat we preserve the practise of Freemasonry into the future and in order to that we must consider our history and use that to plan how we move into the future; not just in our use of technology every Freemason’s everyday experience in the wider world.

That will be my theme through the year, and I hope to arrange talks and discussions that will lead to a wider debate on this subject."

 

Bro Carl Freeland elected as Junior Warden 2015/16

CarlFreeland1The election has taken place for the selection of the Junior Warden for 2015/16.

Voting opened on 1st September and the poll remained open until 30th September.

There were two very able candidates and as usual the members made their choice based on a Manifesto submitted by the candidate describing his intended program for 2017/18 when the elected candidate is expected to be installed as Worshipful Master.

The brethren selected Bro Carl Freeland from Kabul in Afghanistan. Bro Carl is already looking forward to being in the chair of the lodge for the UGLE tri-centenary celebrations.

This unusual method of selecting the senior officers of the lodge has been adopted since the consecration in 1998.

W.Bro Roy Morris Installed as Worshipful Master

Mar14Left to Right, Alan Turton Junior Warden,
Roy Morris Worshipful Master
and Ben Allen Senior Warden

The ceremony at Freemasons Hall, Bridge Street, Manchester was attended by almost 90 Freemasons from all over the world. Members came from Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, The Philippines, Romania, Serbia, The United States of America and of course The United Kingdom.

The full ceremony of Installation was carried out for the benefit of our overseas members by W.Bro Chris White who assisted the Immediate Past Master Jim Hogg who hails from Florida.

W.Bro Roy is 64 years old and a resident of South Wales and is a Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works in the Province of Monmouthshire.

He joined Internet lodge in March 2008 and has attended lodge meetings and gatherings in England, Europe and the USA on many occasions. He has been the life and soul of many of our social gatherings as ring leader of a group of his Welsh colleagues who truly know how to work hard in Masonic labour and to play hard in Masonic refreshment.

Member honoured in Afghanistan

 HOS7145 JPGBro Carl Freeland, the current Charity Steward of the lodge, was presented with the  ESDP EUPOL Afghanistan medal on 5th May 2014.

Bro Freeland was formerly based in Kosovo but is now stationed in Kabul where he is Supply Chain Coordination Officer, European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan

The lodge congratulates Bro Freeland  and is proud to recognise his work in this most difficult scenario.

 

 

Frank Harris Legacy - First Winner flew in from Australia

Frank HarrisWhen the late W.Bro Frank Harris passed the Grand Lodge above it transpired that in his will he had made a bequest to the Lodge of $10,000

Frank enjoyed travel, visiting other countries, meeting fellow travellers, nationals of the country he was visiting and most of all being in the company of other Masonic Brethren.

A committee was set up to determine the use of the fund and the unanimous recommendation was to use the Legacy to assist one Brother, who had been unable to visit the lodge for five years, to attend our Installation Meeting in Manchester (or such other location as may be determined) for as long as the Legacy has sufficient funds to action this recommendation.

Terry RyanHaving taken into consideration the distribution across the globe of our Brethren, we came to the conclusion that the opportunity should be open to all Lodge Members wherever they are domiciled; we believe this to be the fairest way to ensure that no one is disadvantaged by the process.


We are delighted that the first winner, selected randomly, was Bro Terry Ryan of New South Wales, Australia and even more delighted at Terry's acceptance of the award and his decision to travel to Manchester in March 2014.

 

After the installation Bro Terry wrote :-

"I wish to thank Internet lodge for the honour conferred on me, being the first recipient of the Bro Frank Harris legacy.
I had a wonderful time in Manchester, March 2014, and it was an experience I shall not forget.
The highlight for me was, so many Masons took the time to make me welcome, and I met Masons from all over.
Once again, thank you all, and I hope the next person drawn for the Frank Harris legacy, has as much fun warmth as I received
Regards
VW Bro Terry Ryan
NSW Australia "

 

Master Elect for 2014

roymorrisAt our Manningtree meeting on October 12th 2013 W.Bro Royston Morris the current Senior Warden was elected as Master Elect. He will be installed as Worshipful Master of the lodge on 15th March 2014

Bro Roy is 63 years old and a resident of South Wales and is a Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in the Province of Monmouthshire.

He joined Internet lodge in March 2008 and has attended lodge meetings and gatherings in England, Europe and the USA on many occasions. He has been the life and soul of many of our social gatherings as ring leader of a group of his Welsh colleagues who truly know how to work hard in Masonic toil and to play hard in Masonic refreshment.

During his term of office the lodge will hold meetings in Manchester, Olney and Newport and a wonderful year is in prospect. We look forward to all of it except perhaps his singing.

 

New Junior Warden Elect

Following its established practice the lodge has now held the election to select a Manifesto for 2016-17

There were 3 candidates and a record number of votes and the winning applicant was Alan Turton.

We expect therefore that Alan will be appointed Junior Warden 2014/15 by the then Worshipful Master and will be elected to the Master's chair for 2016/17

During 2016/17 Alan hopes to host meetings in Manchester, Grantham and Sheffield.

Alan TurtonIn his manifesto Alan said :-

"Membership of this very special Lodge has brought me a great deal of pleasure and fulfilment.

The things in which it has involved me and the support from our members to bring about success is tremendous. Internet Lodge is very special in many ways and has opened up my Masonic World bringing with it so manyspecial thoughts, feelings and relationships. I would wish to continue and further the work that caused thosethoughts, feelings and relationships brought about by the Brethren of our Lodge.

Our sense of belonging, being part of, feeling valued and needed is paramount to our Lodge"

And he concluded by saying :-

Brethren we have an opportunity to reflect on our successes and evolve into the future. Being part
of, involved in and most importantly feeling valued leads to satisfaction. That brethren we give each to one
another and here we find our enjoyment."

New Senior Warden Elect

Ben AllenFollowing the decision of our current Junior Warden that he did not wish to progress further in the lodge at the present time the lodge recently held an election for Senior Warden 2014/15.

There were 5 candidates for the position and the winning applicant in a very close election was Ben Allen.

We expect therefore that Ben will be appointed Senior Warden 2014/15 by the then Worshipful Master and will be elected to the Master's chair for 2015/16.

Ben was the first initiate into Internet lodge of which his father is also a member and we are delighted that he has made such progress.

During 2015/16 Ben hopes to host meetings in Manchester, Newcastle and London.

Explaining his theme for the year Ben said :-

"Future proofing is a fairly horrible phrase, but it accurately describes a concept whereby somethingis able to stay relevant to the future also adapt to the changes that the passing of time may bring. I think that it is vitalt hat we preserve the practise of Freemasonry into the future and in order to that we must consider our history and use that to plan how we move into the future; not just in our use of technology  every Freemason’s everyday experience in the wider world.

That will be my theme through the year, and I hope to arrange talks and discussions that will lead to a wider debate on this subject."

An election for Junior Warden for 2014/15 will take place in September 2013.

The Frank Harris Legacy Fund

Frank's Legacy to the Internet Lodge No: 9659



Frank HarrisWhen the late W.Bro Frank Harris passed the Grand Lodge above it transpired that in his will he had made a bequest to the Lodge of $10,000.

Accordingly the then  WM commissioned a small committee of Lodge members charged to make a recommendation as to how we should use the Legacy.

The WM appointed Roy Hodgson to chair the committee.

The Committee did consult with some senior Lodge members and it was clear from comments received that the Legacy ought not to be donated to charities. Frank enjoyed travel, visiting other countries, meeting fellow travellers, nationals of the country he was visiting and most of all being in the company of other Masonic Brethren.

The unanimous recommendation therefore was to use the Legacy to assist one Brother, in each year, to attend our Installation Meeting in Manchester (or such other location as may be determined) for as long as the Legacy has sufficient funds to action this recommendation.

Having taken into consideration the distribution across the globe of our Brethren, we came to the conclusion that the opportunity should be open to all Lodge Members wherever they are domiciled; we believe this to be the fairest way to ensure that no one is disadvantaged by the process.

Currently there are 150 Brethren who have been unable to attend any Internet Lodge Meeting and the hope is that this Legacy may permit some of these Brethren to experience their Lodge Installation Ceremony.

Frank's $10000 has been converted to Sterling and thus the Legacy expressed in Sterling is £6,400. Capping the benefit at a maximum of £600 will enable the fund to assist one Brother each year and should last for up to ten years. The benefit will be paid to the successful brother in Sterling and upon his arrival at the hotel.

We believe that the system will be relatively easy to administer and is a fitting memorial to the late W.Bro Frank Harris.

 

A very International Installation

hoggThe most recent meeting of the lodge was the installation of our new worshipful Master and it took place in Manchester, England on March 16th 2013. It was a wonderful, truly international affair

Our new Master James Hogg lives in Florida and we had a very international attendance from our membership.

There were members from France, Holland, Kosovo, Malta, Romania, Serbia, Sweden and the United States as well as England and Wales. We also had several guests from France, Holland and Romania.

Many of those attending joined together for a social evening on the previous day and it was a very interesting and international weekend for us all.

Any Freemason is welcome to attend our meetings and if you do wish to attend the next one please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are already a Freemason you can apply to join the lodge here

California Freemason Magazine

The lodge has recently been featured in the California Freemason Magazinecfm febmar 13

"In the heart of the United Kingdom one lodge logs intothe brotherhood and discovers a rich world within"

The article was written by Michelle Simone and is based on her research and a series of emails between her and W.Bro John Dutchman-Smith the Assistant Secretary  of the lodge.

You can read it here

 

Internet Lodge to Visit Romania in May 2013

romflagInternet Lodge will visit Romania from 3rd to 10th May 2013.

Our tour has been arranged by members of the lodge who are Romanians and who wish to show us their country, its culture and ilts beauty and also provide us with the opportunity to experience Freemasony in Romania.

Plans for the trip are well advanced and our "Activities" pages contain brochures and booking forms