Travelling Teddy

Derek, the travelling teddyW.Bro David Dawson made a donation with a difference at our 200 year celebrations by donating Derek, the travelling teddy. The idea being that Derek is raffled off using Gift Aid donations and the winner then takes possession of Derek and arranges to raffle him again, either at their own lodge or on a visit. The principle being that any funds raised should be donated to the Provincial Teddy Bear Fund. Each winner is asked to take an unusual photo of Derek and we will publish it here on the website under Derek's Travels. Here is Derek's letter of introduction to the lodge.

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200th Anniversary of St John's Lodge Warrant

buckingham-palace-letter-thumbOn the 8th March 2010 St John’s Lodge, No 328 celebrated the 200th anniversary of its warrant being granted on the 8th March 1810, as reported in the Herald Express on Friday the 5th March 2010.

Needless to say that on Monday the 8th of March 2010 the lodge was full to capacity. The Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, the Past Provincial Grand Master, a Past Assistant Grand Master, Grand Officers and present Provincial Grand Officers processed into the lodge after demanding admission.

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Treasure Hunt & Cream Tea - 2010

treasure-huntIt's that time of year again - time for the annual Challenge Trophy event.

Last year's Treasure Hunt and Cream Tea event was so popular that we decided to run with it again. Brother Peter Cresser and his wife, Louise, will be hosting the event this year and they have arranged for the fun, feasting and festivities to take place on Saturday 3rd July at 6 Old Woods Hill, Torquay.

The treasure hunt will be in the form of some cunning questions that will help (?) you to find the appropriate landmarks and any answers to the questions provided. The cost of entering the treasure hunt has been kept to just £5 per car.

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Food Bank Plight

food-bankThe Herald Express (6th Sept 2012) reported that Paignton based social charity, Anode, were seeing an increased demand on their food parcels. This prompted our Almoner to buy some extra shopping at Asda to donate some non-perishable food stuffs to assist Anode in their cause, after reading about a family that walked from Watcombe to Paignton in the hopes of getting some assistance.

Philip decided to bring the subject up at our last management meeting and it was agreed that we would ask brethren to bring a couple of tins/packs of non-perishable items to each lodge meeting. Alternatively they could donate cash so products could be purchased on their behalf. The suggestion was accepted and raised at the following Lodge meeting.

Using his powers of persuasion, Philip has already secured a donation from one of his other lodges, and says he will be happy to coordinate any donations from other lodges. Follow the link to read the whole story.

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  • Treasure Hunt & Cream Tea +

    On Saturday 15th July we will be holding a Treasure Hunt followed by a Cream Tea. There is no charge to enter the treasure hunt but cream teas will be £2.50 each.

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  • Visiting +

    Here is poem I have written about visiting. Feel free to use it but please do accredit it to the author.

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  • PGM on BBC Radio Devon +

    R.W.Bro Ian Kingsbury, Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire, has been invited to appear on Michael Chequer’s programme on BBC Radio Devon, on Saturday 8th August 2015, between 0900-1000.

  • Initiate's dad is now his brother! +

    Our April meeting was an initiation and with the rehearsals out of the way everybody was looking forward to an enjoyable ceremony. However, this initiation was going to be a little different from our usual ceremonies.

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  • Anode Charity +

    On Monday 3rd March Nigel Williams, founder of the charity Anode, was invited to our Festive Board to give a talk on how Anode is helping families in the Bay.

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