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Festival Jewels Presented at Regattas Lodge
25 Jul 2017
At the recent Regattas Lodge meeting the Lodge Visiting Officer, W.Bro. Roy Simmonds, entertained the brethren with one or two thoughts on jewels and medals in general and then proceeded to present Festival Patron jewels to the WM (W.Bro. Dr David Reeves) and Bro Secretary (W.Bro. Paul Denison-Edson). W.Bro. Dowdney was unfortunately not present to receive his jewel.
During the evening it was announced that at the October meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge W.Bro. Huw Shooter would receive his first (Oxfordshire) appointment to the rank of PPrGSwdB, that W.Bro. David Jenkin would be appointed PPrJGD and that W.Bro. Mark Nixon would be promoted to PPrSGD.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Roy Simmonds (Visiting Officer), W.Bro. Paul Denison-Edson (Secretary),
W.Bro. Dr David Reeves (WM) and W.Bro. Alan Knowles, APrGM
St Edburg's Celebrate 30 Years With Double Raising
24 Jul 2017
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. Alan Knowles accompanied by W.Bro. Graham Ellis (PrGChStwd), W.Bro. Roy (Sonny) Timms (PrAGDC) and W.Bro. Graham Scothern (PrGStdB), escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrAGDC, saw W.Bro. Kevin Hilton (WM) very ably assisted by officers of the lodge raise Bro's Owen & Carder to the sublime degree of Master Masons.
The lodge also presented a cheque for the significant sum of £5,000 to W.Bro. Graham Ellis (PrGChStwd) to go to the 2022 festival. W.Bro. Ellis thanked St.Edburg's for its very generous donation.
The meeting was special as St Edburg's lodge was celebrating its 30th year since its consecration on 25th July 1987, with two of its founder members present - W.Bro's Andy Gordon & Bert Hough.
The evening was rounded off by a very enjoyable festive board at the Bicester Masonic Centre.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Graham Ellis (PrGChStwd), W.Bro. Graham Scothern (PrGStdB), W.Bro. Kevin Hilton (WM),
Bro. Rick Owen, Bro. Michael Carder, W.Bro. Alan Knowles (APGM), W.Bro. Sonny Timms (PrAGDC)
 
(L-R) Bro. Rick Owen, W.Bro. Graham Ellis (PrGChStwd), W.Bro. Ron George (ChStwd),
W.Bro. Kevin Hilton (WM), Bro. Michael Carder
Twenty members of Shiplake Lodge receive a 2022 Festival Steward's Jewel
13 Jul 2017
At the meeting of Shiplake Lodge No. 7942 on Monday 19th June, W.Bro. Graham Ellis (Provincial Grand charity Steward) presented 2022 Festival Steward's jewels to twenty active members of the Lodge. This followed a donation to the Festival of £6,000 by the Lodge.
W.Bro. Graham Ellis thanked the Lodge for their excellent start to the Festival.
Following the presentation Bro. Brad Cumbers and Bro. Grant Perrin were Passed to the Second Degree by the Worshipful Master (W.Bro. Colin Cregan) assisted by W.Bro. Derek Elliott (IPM) and W.Bro. Roger Seward.
The next two meetings of the Lodge are on Monday 21st August and Tuesday 17th October and will see the two Fellowcraft being Raised during which W.Bro. Eddie Brown will give the "walking charge". A seldom seen piece of ritual to which all are invited to enjoy.
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W.Bro. Graham Ellis, Provincial Grand Charity Steward (far left), and the Brethren of Shiplake Lodge
Double Initiation at Shiplake Lodge
17 May 2017
The Worshipful Master of Shiplake Lodge, W.Bro. Colin Cregan assisted by W.Bro. Roger Seward, Initiated Mr Bradley Cumbers and Mr Grant Perrin in splendid style and sincerity.
The Working Tools were presented by W.Bro. Roger Beavis and the Charge after Initiation by W.Bro. Ian Ford-Batey, Worshipful Master of the Temple Island Lodge.
At the Third Rising the Brethren of Shiplake Lodge voted to transfer £6,000.00 from the Relief Chest to the 2022 Festival.
The Visiting Officer, W.Bro. Brian Fairweather, led the assembled gathering in the Entered Apprentice's song to round off an excellent evening of Masonry and friendship.
The next meeting of the Shiplake Lodge will be on Monday 19th June at 6.30pm at Henley when both Bro. Cumbers and Bro. Perrin will be Passed.
Busy night at Rathcreedan Lodge No. 8690 Installation plus Festival Donation
10 May 2017
The 248th meeting of Rathcreedan Lodge No. 8690 saw the Installation of W.Bro. Nigel Charles Payne into the Chair of King Solomon along with his Senior Warden, Bro. Mark Turner and his Junior Warden, Bro. Kevin Wright.
The ceremony was witnessed by 71 Brethren including the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Oxfordshire, Worshipful Brother Alan Peter Knowles.
During the 2nd Rising, the APGM was presented with a cheque for £1500 toward the 2022 Festival.
 
Alfred Lodge Donation to 2022 Festival
03 May 2017
At Alfred Lodge's May meeting the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Rick Trotman, was pleased to present a cheque for £1,250 for the 2022 Festival to the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro. Graham Ellis.
Also present were 4 other Active Provincial Grand Officers, headed by the Provincial Junior Grand Warden, W.Bro. Dale Osborne.
After the Lodge meeting an excellent Festive Board was, as usual, enjoyed by all.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Rick Trotman (WM), W.Bro. Dale R. Osborne PrJGW and W.Bro. Graham Ellis PrGChStwd
Thames Lodge No. 1895 MCF 2022 Festival Donation
16 Apr 2017
Thames Lodge kicked started their participation in the Oxfordshire MCF 2022 Festival by presenting a cheque for £5000 to the Festival Chairman.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Stephen Quant (Charity Steward, Thames Lodge),
W.Bro. James Hurst (Worshipful Master, Thames Lodge) and
W.Bro. Graham Ellis (Festival Chairman)
Oxfordshire 2022 MCF Festival Launch Dinner
01 Mar 2017
Friday 24th February saw the official launch of the Oxfordshire 2022 MCF Festival with a Black Tie Dinner held at the Kassam Stadium. During the evening cheques totaling £10,000 were present to the PGM by V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer on behalf of Provincial Grand Lodge, and by V.W.Bro. Mark Harwood on behalf of Provincial Grand Chapter.
Guest speakers from the Masonic Charitable Foundation concluded their addresses by presenting the Provincial Grand Master with the first Festival Jewel.
 
PGM wearing first Festival Jewel which was presented to him by
W.Bro. Les Hutchinson, Chief Operating Officer, Masonic Charitable Foundation
 
W.Bro. James Newman, OBE, Deputy President and Chairman,
Masonic Charitable Foundation addressing the audience
 
V.W.Bro. Mark Harwood, PDepPGM, PGSwdB in his capacity as Deputy Grand Superintendent
presenting a cheque for £5000 on behalf of Provincial Grand Chapter
 
(L-R) W.Bro. James Newman, OBE, Deputy President and Chairman, Masonic Charitable Foundation,
V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer DepPGM,
R.W.Bro. James Hilditch Provincial Grand Master,
V.W.Bro. Mark Harwood PDepPGM, PGSwdB on behalf of Provincial Grand Chapter
W.Bro. Les Hutchinson Chief Operating Officer, Masonic Charitable Foundation
 
(L-R) The PGM with Les Hutchinson, Chief Operating Officer of the Masonic Charitable Foundation
Upper Thames Lodge Cheque Presentation to the Oxfordshire 2022 Festival
14 Jan 2017
Friday 13th turned out to be a lucky day for W.Bro. Graham Ellis, PrGChStwd as he was presented with a cheque for £1800 in favour of the MCF 2022 Festival. The Worshipful Master of Upper Thames Lodge, W.Bro. Shahid Butt presented the cheque on behalf of the UTL Social Club who had raised the money through various social events over the past year.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Shahid Butt WM and W.Bro. Graham Ellis PrGChStwd
Allied Masonic Degrees Kick-Start 2022 MCF Festival
18 Oct 2016
Whilst the Oxfordshire 2022 Masonic Charitable Foundation Festival is to be officially launched at a gala dinner on Friday 24 February 2017, the Provincial Grand Master was delighted to be presented with an early donation of £500 from the Thames Valley District of The Allied Masonic Degrees at their annual district meeting at Aylesbury on Saturday 15 October.
Rt.W.Bro. Ron Bridger, the District Grand Prefect, also presented £500 to both Rt.W.Bro. Alastair Mason ProPrGM Middlesex for their 2020 Festival, and W.Bro. Graham Dearing APrGM Buckinghamshire for their 2021 Festival.