Ever since the easing of lockdown restrictions lodges around the country have gradually been getting back to normal as members gather in larger groups, slowly but surely.

Granite Lodge Freemasons

Monday 7th March 2022 at Freemasons Hall in Leicester Granite Lodge took the opportunity to have a photograph taken. This is the first time in a while some of the members have been together.

Only meeting eight times a year, it is not always possible to gather together as a lodge, so on this occasion we took the opportunity of doing so to preserve the “return to lodge” after the pandemic in our history books.

Once a year, Freemasons from around Leicestershire & Rutland gather to award a select few of its members for their service to freemasonry.

Freemasons Hall

With nearly three thousand Freemasons across the county, it is always considered an honour to be recognised for service. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, all gatherings had been cancelled last year, however plans for 2021 are now in full swing.

Three members of our lodge have been chosen to receive appointments and promotions, which will be given later this year. Promotions have been passed to Martyn Trickett and Pete Ward, who have earn the titles of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden and Past Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies respectively. 

Also receiving an appointment is Richard Barnett, who is being re-appointed as Provincial Grand Communications Officer.

All of these awards will be celebrated with a service and a meal at the prestigious headquarters in Leicester. This service is usually very well attended by those wishing to pass on their congratulations, and often attracts Freemasons from around the country.

Granite Lodge is particularly well thought of in the county, with many members who have received, or are due to receive a Provincial award.

The secretary of Granite Lodge, Richard Barnett said. “It is a great honour to be recognised for service, and to be amongst people who have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of friendship, respect, integrity and charity.” 

As the country begins to exit lockdown, we are all looking forward to seeing the people we love and doing the things we have missed. For the members of the Granite Lodge in Leicester, this means being able to resume meetings with the people that have supported us through this trying time.

Freemasonry aims to aid its members to be the best they can be. For themselves, their families, and society in general. One of the core principles of Freemasonry is charity. The efforts of Freemasons during the Pandemic have been extensive. From donations to food banks to continued grants to local and nationwide charities. Last year, Freemasons provided more than 18.5 million hours of volunteer work throughout the country to help those in need.

We would encourage all people in Leicestershire who have an interest in Freemasonry, and wish to enjoy each other’s company and do good within the local community, to contact us through our website or via social media. If you are interested in learning more, or to join the Freemasons, we can arrange an informal chat to discuss the next steps. 

The Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Dr. David Staples appeared on BBC News to pay tribute to the life of Fellow Freemason HRH Prince Philip.

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We pass on our sincerest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family at this difficult time.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on Friday 9th April 2021.

Further information on the role of HRH Prince Philip and Freemasonry is available through our contact form.

Lifelites is the charity which gives life-limited and disabled children using hospice services the chance to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate. All through the magic of assistive technology.

The charity has recently received a donation of £2,000 from Leicester Freemasons to assist with the supply of assistive technology.

Simone Enefer-Doy of Lifelites said, “Lifelites is delighted to have received a donation from the Freemasons. Their recognition of Lifelites’ work and its donation allow us to continue donating assistive technology for life-limited and disabled children using Rainbows children’s hospice. It is only thanks to our supporters that Lifelites can donate magical technology that makes the impossible, possible.  Enabling these children to communicate, play, and control something for themselves. We are incredibly grateful.”

Thanks to the Lifelites technologies, care is no longer restricted to hospice buildings. Hospice staff can reach out via video calls to families and children in their own homes with our iPads.  The iPads, Eyegaze and other entertainments and communications technology are so portable too. So whenever they are able to visit the children at home, hospice staff can take it with them.  Now children can enjoy the sights and sounds in a world of make believe safe in a haven of light-weight and easily transported PODs.

Peter Kinder, the head of Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons said. “We are a long standing supporter of the wonderful work the Lifelites team do, and the joy they bring to children who are facing life limiting challenges.”

Leicester Freemasons gift to charity
Pictured: Noah, using a specially adapted Lifelites iPad.

Members of The Granite Lodge, their family, and friends will be walking parts or all of the Leicestershire Round to raise funds for charity.

The official countdown is on for hundreds of Freemasons, family, and friends, who will be participating in a walk to raise funds for the Leicestershire & Rutland 2022 festival over the two weekends of the 2nd & 3rd and 9th & 10th October 2021.

The walk will be the famous Leicestershire Round, and depending on ability and fitness levels, people will either complete a short route, one day, or the entire route consisting of four parts, each covering twenty-five miles per day. Some are even preparing to tackle the entire distance in one go!

There is no barrier to entry, anyone can participate regardless of age or ability. With the recent restrictions on exercise being relaxed, preparations can now start formally, however remaining vigilant about safety and social distancing.

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