The Old Halesonian Lodge Open Day
Newfields Banqueting suite, Furnace Lane, Halesowen B63 3LU
The Old Halesonian Lodge is seeking new members to assist them in continuing their Halesowen and Black Country community charity work.
For the last 67 years local childrens’ charities plus the very important community services provided by the Midlands Air Ambulance and Mary Stevens Hospice have been a priority.
The Open Day will be from 10am to 3pm in the Masonic Hall, Newfields, Furnace Lane, Halesowen B63 3LU, entrance opposite Earls High School and signposted by a banner.
Men over the age of 21 interested in learning about Freemasonry, plus their wives, partners and children, will be taken around the entire Masonic building including the Temple, where Lodge business is conducted and a full explanation of the facilities and their usage will be explained including full details of the working of Freemasonry in the community, the purposes of Freemasonry, why are there signs symbols and handshakes and why do they say it is a “System of morality, veiled in allegory and Illustrated by symbols” to promote “Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth” for its members ?
There will be an open questions and answer session at the end of the tour plus coffee and biscuits, or bar facilities will be available.
Dennis Nock who is organising the day said: “Men of varying age groups and from all walks of life are Lodge members and we bond together as Freemasons for the good of others. We want to achieve more in the community and we seek new like minded men to assist us, The Lodge’s objective is for the same success as last year’s Open Day when several men armed with a clearer understanding of Freemasonry after the Tour joined Freemasonry with the blessing of their families, and are now active in the Lodge”.
"We bond together as Freemasons for the good of others. We want to achieve more in the community and we seek new like minded men to assist us."
Freemasonry is one of the 10 biggest charities in the UK, and brethren make lifelong outstanding friendships with like minded good people, enjoying the many family activities and social events arranged by the Lodge every year. A very family orientated society.
The facilities at the Masonic Hall are open for community hire for weddings, funerals, parties, dances and business meetings with first class catering and bar facilities available and excellent parking. Anyone interested in bookings can speak to the Steward and his wife after the Tour.
The Founder of the Lodge in Dec 1951 was Seth Somers the local industrialist who was a very community spirited man and indeed the Square in the centre of Halesowen was named in memory of his good deeds. He became a Freemason because of the community work, and by the time he founded the Old Halesonian Lodge he was the Grand Treasurer of the Freemason United Grand Lodge of England. He formed the Lodge with fellow Halesowen men who had attended the Halesowen Grammar School, and although now a completely different school, as Earls High School, the Lodge maintains contact and awards prizes at the Annual Prize day, attends theatrical performances and musical evenings and at Christmas the school choir will perform Carols at the Lodges Christmas Meal. The support for local childrens’ charities is easily understood therefore.
The Old Halesonians Association at Wassell Grove Hagley is similarly a product of the old grammar school and they too are highly regarded in the welfare of children and youth in the community through sport. Some members of the Lodge are also members of the Association and now or in the past have been players and then assisted as coaches for the young people.
One photograph shows some of the brethren wearing regalia, inside the very ornate Temple at Newfields where Lodge business meetings are conducted, and prior to their visit to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Centre in Lye on 5th March 2019 shown in the other photograph when Dennis Nock presented a cheque to Annabelle Feetenby, their West Midlands Area Fundraising Executive, making total Lodge donations over the last year to £600. Annabelle stated “Freemasonry in general is a brilliant supporter of MAA and Old Halesonian Lodge are our local regular contributors over many years, helping to keep us flying and provide such a vital community service, which relies solely on Charity and generosity of spirit within the community to survive. We very much appreciate the Lodge brethrens endeavours on behalf of MAA”
If you wish to book a particular time to visit on 30/3/2019 Open Day contact Dennis Nock on 01384 378000.
Further Old Halesonian Lodge information is on Facebook – Old Halesonian Lodge 7104, or Website - www.oldhalesonians7104.org.uk
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