Austrey and Warton Scouts

Athelstan Lodge No 1333 received a request from Warton and Austrey Scout Group for help in raising £500.00 to enable them to purchase 4-man tents, this to enable them to go camping during the Easter holidays.

As a Lodge, we are committed to try and help local charities and organisations. To this end our Worshipful Master, W Brother Gerard Somers, arranged for the whole amount to be donated to them.

The attached photograph shows our W Master presenting the cheque to two of the Scout Leaders.

To quote the recipients of the cheque,  “This will enable our group to camp over the Easter weekend and whenever in the future due the money being available so quickly, we would have needed over 2 years of events to raise this money. Many thanks”.

£6241 For Charity

On December 1st 2016 W Bro David Evans completed his year as Worshipful Master of Athelstan Lodge. During his year, ably abetted by his wife Karen and with the support of the Brethren and their partners, he raised the magnificent sum of £6,241.00 for Charity.

A Burns night, Sunday Lunch, Week-end away, Garden Party and culminating with his Ladies Festival, all helped to raise the money.

The lucky recipients were The Mary Ann Evans Hospice and the St Giles Hospice, the nearest Hospices to Atherstone, they received £3120.50 each.

The cheques were presented at Athelstan Lodge Rooms to a delighted Janet Kavamagh, Mary Ann Evans Hospice and Mr Richard Phillips, St Giles Hospice who thanked both W Bro David and all the Members of Athelstan Lodge for the generosity.

Brothers Made Brothers

Drew and MatNot for the first time in the Lodge’s history, but certainly in living memory, a double Initiation was carried out at Athelstan Lodge on Thursday, 7 February 2013.

Brothers Andrew (26) and Mathew Keeling (24), both agricultural engineers based at Wishaw, became the latest members of the Lodge and Brethren in Freemasonry, with many members of their family looking on.

Pictured (left-to-right) are Bro Mathew Keeling; W Bro Dan Prentice, Mathew’s Proposer, and Seconder to Andrew; Bro John Lockhart, Grandfather to both candidates; and Bro Andrew Keeling.

We are now assured of an excellent piper at our Burns’ Night Suppers; Andrew is a skilled player of the bagpipes, as we can attest from his performances at previous events.

W Bro John Lockhart was also added to the Lodge’s ranks by being admitted as a Joining Member at the meeting on Thursday, 7 March.

Atherstone Remembrance Parade 2012

Members of Athelstan Lodge joined the annual Remembrance Parade on Sunday, 11 November 2012, to honour those who lost their lives in two World Wars.  The Master, W Bro Robert Evans, with a number of other brethren, marched with representatives of other Atherstone-based organisations to the Memorial Hall where a service was held.

A number of Lodge members took part in the service as part of their affiliation with other organisations and as representatives of local government, including the current Mayor of Atherstone, Bro Mejar Singh Gill.

W Bro Frank Salt honours The FallenAfter the service, those involved moved in procession to the cemetery in Sheepy Road, where a further open-air act of remembrance took place in brilliant sunshine.  Poppies were dropped from a bi-plane as a fitting end to the proceedings.

W Bro Frank Salt, an ex-RAF bomber command technician, laid a wreath on the newly-refurbished memorial on behalf of the members of the Athelstan Lodge.

Following the return of the column to the muster point in the town, with the Mayor and other dignitaries taking the salute along the way, members of the Lodge, their wives and friends, ended a thoroughly successful event with a welcome cup of coffee at the Atherstone Red Lion hotel, who donated £1.50 of the cost of each hot drink bought that morning to the local Poppy Appeal.

Useful Web Site

Masonic is a recent venture, built by a Mason, Bro H Rietveld, which provides dates, times and venues for Masonic meetings in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg; other countries will be added in due course.

If you are looking for somewhere to visit, this is the place to look.  An excellent resource, offering qualified links to Masonic meetings.

Atherstone Boxing Club Fighting Back

Atherstone Boxing Club have received £200 from Atherstone Lodge 1333 to help it bounce back from the ropes.  The club has said they will be putting this donation towards new equipment.  This will allow them to provide an improved training environment with all round better facilities for the people of Atherstone and surrounding areas.

Posted March 12 2012

Local Polesworth Scout Group Receive a Helping Hand

Polesworth (Abbey) Scout Group has received a donation of £330 from Athelstan Lodge 1333 towards relocating to a new headquaters.  Upon receiving the donation Derron Blount, Group Scout Leader, had the following to say, “On behalf of Polesworth (Abbey) Scout Group, I would like to thank you for Athelstan Lodge No.1333’s kind donation of £330.00.”

As a symbol of gratitude Polesworth (Abbey) Scout Group have also added Athelstan Lodge’s crest to the foot of their standard letters.  Athelstan Lodge has since been listed as a supporter of Polesworth (Abbey) Scout Group in their official records.

Posted 12 March 2012

1st Atherstone Scouts Receive a Boost From Athelstan Lodge

Athelstan Lodge donates to Atherstone Scouts1st Atherstone Scout Group has received a donation of £600 from Athelstan Lodge 1333 to help fund a camping holiday planned for Summer 2012. The Assistant County Commissioner Kim Marston and the Scout group’s children were delighted to receive this donation from Athelstan Lodge.

Kim said “Thank you all so much for your wonderful donation tonight for the youngsters at 1st Atherstone. This will make the trip a lot more achievable to some of those less fortunate, and mean a difference between more kids going and not.” Kim then went on to say “You are all truly wonderful, and once again thank you all from all the kids in the Group.”

Athelstan Lodge recently forged links with 1st Atherstone Scout group following a donation from the United Grand Lodge of England.

Photo:  WM, Rob Evans (left), Kim Marston, members and a helper of Atherstone Scouts, and Senior Warden, Richard Smith (right).

A further donation of £600 was also made to Mancetter Scouts on the same evening.

Posted 11 March 2012

New News Editor

Let me introduce myself as the new news editor for Athelstan Lodge 1333.

I am Bro Mark Townend and I have been a member of Athelstan Lodge since 2007.  My job from this point forward will be to publish articles relevant to Athelstan Lodge which might be of interest to Members and public alike.

If you have anything that you feel might be of interest please e-mail me on:

Posted 11 January 2012

Athelstan Lodge forges links with local Scout Group

Scouts LogoFollowing a donation made by the United Grand Lodge of England to assist in the re-creation of the Atherstone (Lockley) Cub Scout Pack, a relationship between 1st Atherstone Scout Group and The Athelstan Lodge 1333 has been formed.

Initially, officers of Athelstan Lodge visited the newly formed Cub Pack and were highly impressed with the activities that the Cubs were completing and the dedication shown by the leaders.

In return, the Scout group visited the Masonic Lodge Rooms in Atherstone and a presentation was given by Bro Richard Smith identifying the key similarities between Scouting and Freemasonry.

Richard commented: “It was a bit of a challenge to give a presentation with such an age range of people, but the Cubs and the Scouts asked a lot of questions about the room and Freemasonry in general.”

Athelstan Lodge is pleased that a relationship now exists  with Atherstone Scouts and looks forward to providing  continuing support in the future.

Posted 11 January 2012

New Website approved by PGL

The new Athelstan Lodge 1333 website has received the seal of approval from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire and can now be advertised to the world at large.

The United Grand Lodge of England no longer issues the UGLE Charter Mark that you may see on other Masonic sites.  We are still “legal” though …

We trust the site will be of use to members, visitors and the general public.

Posted 5 January 2012