Report on The Saintfield Open Day.

Saintfield Masonic Lodge-Room.

Saintfield Masonic Lodge-Room.

We are very grateful to Wor Bro David Woodrow for his e-mail report on visitor numbers to the Saintfield Masonic Hall on Sunday the 14th September 2014. You may be interested to learn that the decision to open on a Sunday afternoon, was part of an agreed strategy with the four local churches and the Orange Hall, all of which were only open on the Sunday afternoon. Indeed the National Trust gave free entrance to Rowallene Gardens on the day and the local historical walking group had a walk through the village ending at the Masonic Hall, in time for a quick visit before the afternoon came to a close.

A View of The Three Great Lights.

A View of The Three Great Lights.

The Famous Saintfield Puffer Fish.

The Famous Saintfield Puffer Fish.

The Simpson Memorial.

The Simpson Memorial.

As usual, the Lodge has many interesting and unusual artifacts, including a very early example of a Victorian puffer fish, which is believed to have come up from Ardglass. These and the many other old certificates, pictures etc were all a source of great interest to their 70+ visitors, who had an enjoyable day with the Brethren. I think it is worth noting that all of their 70 visitor’s enjoyed a cup of tea and a biscuit, before they left.

Set of Old Lodge Smoke Seals.

Set of Old Lodge Smoke Seals.

About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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