Portrush Mason Survives Earthquake in Nepal.

The Officers and Brethren of Union Lodge 1008 Portrush.

The Officers and Brethren of Union Lodge 1008 Portrush.

Wor Bro Barry Torrens, a past master of Union Lodge 1008, Portrush is currently on a trekking holiday in Nepal. He and his party were outside the city of Kathmandu on Saturday, crossing a local river when they were caught up in a 7.8 magnitude earth quake. Wor Bro Torrens was subsequently interviewed by the BBC and informed them that they experienced a tremendous rumbling sensation, which caused great concern to their local guides. It was a very gutteral shake underneath the feet and they were able to observe landslides on the face of a nearby mountain, which swept down the slope, blocking a nearby highway and eventually reaching the far bank of the river.

Wor Bro Barry Torrens in Nepal.

Wor Bro Barry Torrens in Nepal.

Once the party had crossed the river, their guides, using mobile phones quickly learned that two of their number had lost their homes in Kathmandu. The city was a scene of devestation and some 2000 people are believed to have lost their lives in the Kathmandu / Pokhara region, as a result of this quake. I’m sure that you all will be relieved to learn that our Brother has survived this awful event. When asked about his feelings on the Quake, Wor Bro Torrens commented that the Nepali people are a lovely, lovely people and they just don’t have the infastructure to deal with this kind of situation at all.

Map of the Everest Region.

Map of the Everest Region.

We acknowledge the work of the BBC in providing the initial report on the Nepali Earthquake and Bro Paul Davis Photography and THe Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim Newssheet 2013 for the use of the Officers and Members photograph on Union Lodge 1008.

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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