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Town Band donation hits the right note.

South Molton’s Town Band will be playing some new tunes next summer thanks to a £1000 donation. 

Members of the Loyal Lodge of Industry attended Band practice this week to hand over a cheque from the
Devonshire Freemasons’ WAKE fund.

(L to R) Frank Handscombe (Secretary), Gil Taylor (Musical Director), Ray Kingdon (Chairman), Mike Latham (Worshipful Master)


Musical Director Gil Taylor explained..

“People rarely appreciate that one of the major expenses for a Brass Band is the purchase of new music.  Some competition pieces are over 10 minutes long and with 27 players in the band that adds up to a lot of sheet music.  A single piece can cost getting on for £100”.


Our support for the Town Band goes back decades.  Our Lodge’s current Master, Mike Latham added…

“ The Town Band are wonderful ambassadors for our community who have promoted South Molton far and wide across the country, even as far as the Albert Hall in London.  We are delighted to make this donation on behalf of Devonshire Freemasons, and look forward to hearing the band’s wonderful music around the town again soon”.


Band Chairman Ray Kingdon replied…

“We are enormously grateful to the members of The Loyal Lodge of Industry and Devonshire Freemasons for their continued support.  Covid-19 has seriously hampered our activities over the last couple of years and it is only through donations like this that we have been able to keep Brass Band music alive in our community.”


The band are currently preparing for a busy Christmas programme and look forward to getting back to competition in the New Year.

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A Big Thank You!

Our Lodge meetings may be temporarily suspended, but our Charitable work goes on regardless.

Just this week we received a lovely letter of thanks from
the Calvert Trust, based in nearby Exmoor.

Calvert Trust Exmoor is a five-star accredited activity centre, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Their award-winning centre enables people with physical, learning, behavioural and sensory disabilities to experience exciting, challenging and enjoyable outdoor activities,
together with their friends and families.
They welcome guests of all ages and levels of ability.

Their letter detailed some of the pressing problems they have encountered as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic

“… we are extremely grateful for your support now more than ever to help us through this incredibly challenging period”.


“Calvert Trust Exmoor… now faces the greatest challenge to its existence through the impact of Coronavirus”.

Calvert Trust

However the Team are working hard to ensure that as soon as the current restrictions are lifted they can return to their vital and essential work

…the Trustees and key members of our staff team are working hard to ensure the continued viability of Calvert Trust Exmoor.

We are enormously proud of… the incredibly positive impact Calvert Trust Exmoor has had on the lives of so many. It is with the help of people like you that we are determined that come what may, Calvert Trust Exmoor will continue to enrich people’s lives long into the future.

Calvert Trust

Peter Kyle, our Charity Steward said…

We are delighted to support the wonderful work of the Calvert Trust and hope that our donation will go some way to ensuring a swift resumption of their day to day activities which have a positive impact on so many lives”.

Peter Kyle – Loyal Lodge of Industry No 421

To read the letter in full Click Here

For more information on the work of the Calvert Trust you can visit their website at https://calvertexmoor.org.uk/home/

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A brief history of masonic Jewels

At our regular February meeting, we were delighted to welcome a very special Guest.

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W.Bro. Dr Richard Ebrey – Provincial Grand Secretary.

W.Bro. Dr. Richard Ebrey, the Provincial Grand Secretary for the Masonic Province of Devonshire was our guest speaker, and his subject was..

A brief history of
Masonic Jewels

Masonic “Jewels” are not, as you might expect, Precious Stones like Diamonds and Rubies. They are in fact the small “Medals” or insignia worn by Freemasons as part of their Regalia to…

  • Denote a particular office or rank
  • Show support for a particular Charity of Appeal
  • Demonstrate membership of Royal Arch Masonry
  • Mark a special Event or Anniversary such as the recent Tercentenary of the founding of the United Grand Lodge of England.
  • Show that they are either a Founder or a Past Master of a Particular Lodge.
  • Mark achievements such as a Lodge Centenary
A Past Master’s Collar Jewel

Worn either on the breast of a jacket or appended to a collar. Masonic Jewels add a colourful and intriguing aspect to Masonic history as they have been around since at least 1727 when Masters and Wardens of Lodges were instructed by the United Grand Lodge of England to…

“Wear the Jewels of Masonry hanging on a white ribbon”

A selection of Masonic Breast Jewels

Designs have varied widely over the years with some spectacular examples featuring precious metals and real jewels. The standard of Craftsmanship displayed by silversmiths and jewellers was often exemplary which is reflected in modern resale values.

One particularly poignant part of Dr. Ebrey’s talk concerned Masonic Jewels produced by prisoners of War from Napoleonic times until the Second World War when allied POW’s in Changi risked the wrath of their captors by producing jewels and insignia to be used at undercover meetings held in the camp.

Royal Arch Collar Jewel
Ancient & Accepted Rite Collar Jewel
UGLE Collar Jewel

At the conclusion of the talk our Worshipful Master W.Bro. John Finch thanked W.Bro. Ebrey for an interesting and enjoyable insight into this fascinating aspect of Masonic History.

All our members will be keeping their eyes peeled on their next visit to one of South Molton Pannier Market’s Antiques Events.

Following the formal part of the evening everyone repaired to the dining room for an excellent and convivial dinner.