Sadly, again this year we have to record the passing of one of our more senior brethren. W. Bro I.P.C.H. Workman "Ian" passed away on Saturday 12th November 2016 in hospital where he had been for quite sometime. Ian joined County 381 in 1959 and was Worshipful Master in 1971 and 2006. Ian will be very much missed by us all. There will be no funeral as such as Ian's wish was for his remains to be donated to medical science. It is hoped his extended family will arrange a memorial service at some time in the future.
It is with deep regret that we have to record the death of our esteemed brother and Chaplain W. Bro J.C. Houston "Cecil". Cecil was taken to the Grand Lodge above on 17th January 2016 and he will be very much missed by us all.
After our stated communication on 21st September some of the brethren made their way to The Coast restaurant in Holywood for a festive board which was organised by our W.M. We had a fabulous meal and a great time as we listened to some of Tony's stories. We plan to go back on 21st December, D.V. (see below).
Provincial Honours Again
On 31st January 2015 at the Provincial Grand Lodge of Down communication in La Mon Hotel and Country Club our Treasurer W. Bro Daren Patterson was rewarded for his hard work and dedication to the lodge by being installed as Provincial Grand Lodge Standard Bearer for 2015. The brethren of the lodge presented Daren with his regalia which he wore at the February communication (see below).
Installation Dinner 2015
Our Installation Dinner at Royal Belfast Golf Club will be held on 17th April 2015 at 7.30pm for 8.00pm.
W. Bro John Tinman was rewarded for his commitment to the lodge and Masonry in general by being elected Provincial Grand Steward for 2008 at the February Communication of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Down. The brethren of the lodge presented John with his regalia and case and John thanked the brethren at the February meeting and wore his regalia for the brethren to admire.
New Members 2007
At our February Communication in 2007 the lodge initiated two new members Bro. Raymond Mc Donald and Bro Keith Wilson, who are the first for the lodge for 13 years. The degree team which consisted of V. W. Bro Frank Williams, W. Bro Francey Brown and W. Bro Daren Patterson did a great job and we thank them for their efforts. The meeting was attended by our P.G.L. Inspector V. W. Bro J. S. Bradley who also paid tribute to the degree team.
Installation Dinner 2007
Our Installation Dinner was held in the regal surroundings of Royal Belfast Golf Club on 15th January 2007 after the Installation of the Worshipful Master W. Bro Tony Martin and his Officers for 2007, and was attended by the P.G.M. of Down Robert Armstrong. The Worshipful Master brought with him a number of past and present Provincial Officers and a number of Scottish brethren, who all had an enjoyable evening.
Update on Shaw
At our February 06 communication it was decided due to Shaw's continued ill health that instead of lifting his demit he take what is known as LOA (Leave of Absence). The brethren of the Lodge are delighted with this solution which means that Shaw will continue to be a member of the Lodge. This arrangement will be reviewed by the Lodge on a yearly basis.
Resignation of W. Bro Shaw Graham
On 17th October 2005 due to continued illness W. Bro Shaw Graham has decided to retire from the Lodge. Shaw affiliated to County from Union Band 556 in Moneyrea in November 1984 and became Master of County in 1988. He became Treasurer in 1990 and did a sterling job until illness forced him to hand over the ropes in 2003. Shaw will be deeply missed by his many friends in the lodge and we all give him our best for the future.
Grand Lodge Newsletter
"One hundred years of County Lodge 381" appeared in the May 2005 issue (page 7) of the Grand Lodge Newsletter.
In March 2005 the brethren of the lodge decided to donate £125 each to the following two charities. We hope they are able to put this money to good work.
Diabetes UK Northern Ireland
The National Kidney Research Fund