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Foundations’ Fearsome Four Go Forth

Never ones to spur an invitation to visit a Rugby Lodge our intrepid four set off on the 2nd September 2023 to enjoy the delights of London Rugby Lodge No 857 meeting at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street followed by a Festive Board in the Grand Connaught Rooms…… although sadly “the Connaught” is not looking its Grandest these days.

However, the Connaught manages to serve a decent meal which is hot to a large group which was just as well as about 650 turned up to witness Brother Dick Best being initiated into Freemasonry.

It was an excellent ceremony with the Pro Grand Master, the Most Worshipful Brother Jonanthan Spencer in attendance.

He will have noted as we all did how the Lodge, to great effect, had divided up the ritual work amongst its members including 2 young Brothers, an Entered Apprentice and a Fellow Craft. Despite their undoubted short masonic experience they delivered their ritual parts with great confidence to an impressively large audience. “The charge after initiation” will I am sure remain in Brother Best’s memory for a very long time as it was delivered in an exemplary manner by the Lodge Secretary, Worshipful Brother Andy Crawford.

The organist playing on the recently refurbished Grand Temple organ treated us to a master class of how to blend music precisely with the work being done in the Temple. His full throttled rendition of Bread of Heaven stirred the hearts of many Rugby fans present.

And then back to Gloucestershire through the labyrinth of road works which we managed to weave our way through to home and blissful sleep ever grateful for the lovely fellowship we had enjoyed together this day    

Charity Quiz 

Foundation Lodge will be hosting an Inter-Lodge Charity Night Quizin aid of the Cotswold Prostate Cancer Support Group, to be held at Cheltenham Masonic Hall on24th February, to which all  Lodges Brethern, family and freinds are invited.

If any  brethren would like to accept the challenge and enter a team tohelp raise funds for this worthy charity, our Charity Steward, WBro Tim Lee (, will be pleased to hear from them. A flyer with the details is attached. All the funds raised from the entry fees will go to the Charity

Maggie’s helps anyone affected by cancer. So at Maggie’s you can talk to and get support from a range of professionals. Pictured are Charity Steward Bro Andy May assisted by Bro Simon John presenting the cheque to Mrs Anna Mason, the Centre Fund Raising manager.

Cheltenham Freemasonry Lodge, Foundation 82, Cheltenham Masonic Lodge

Fly2Help is an aviation charity that inspires positive change through the wonder of flight. The charity provide Air Smiles Days - exciting experience days, centred around a short flight in a light aircraft - to people living in difficult situations, including illness, disability, bereavement and isolation.

Air Smiles Days aim to bring joy and laughter, create and capture magical memories, boost confidence and self-esteem and offer respite to individuals, families and groups.

An educational programme encouraging young people to consider a future career within the aviation industry is also offered.

Cheltenham Freemasonry Lodge, Foundation 82, Cheltenham Masonic Lodge

Gloucester Sea Cadets helps teenagers to stretch themselves and become the best they can be. For over 160 years teenagers have benefitted from personal development that the organisation can give. Pictured is Bro Andy May presenting the cheque to the Commanding Officer Sub Lieutenant Adam Whitehead (who also is a member of Foundation Lodge!)

Cheltenham Freemasonry Lodge, Foundation 82, Cheltenham Masonic Lodge