HARMONY LODGE

 No 325

FORMED IN 1946

 

 – A MEMBER OF FREEMASONS NEW ZEALAND –

 

LOCATION

 

Masonic Centre

Havelock Street

Ashburton

New Zealand

 

Both on and off-street parking is available.

 

REGULAR MEETINGS

 

These are held on the first Tuesday of each month except January. 

Meetings commence at 7.30pm.

 

INSTALLATION MEETING

 

 First Tuesday in November.  Visiting Brethren are received at 6.45pm.

 

VISITING BRETHREN

 

Visiting Brethren are always welcome and are received at 8.00pm following General Business.

Dress code is dress suit or lounge suit, and appropriate regalia.

 

REFECTORY

 

Supper and a time of social harmony follow the formal meetings.

 

CONTACTS

 W Bro N A (Norman) Cuttriss

Worshipful Master  

59 Fergusson Street

RAKAIA

Phone: 302 7473

Mobile: 027 284 1018

Email:fay.cuttriss@xtra.co.nz

 

Bro R J (Richard) Conway

Secretary

61 Park Street

Ashburton 7700

Phone/Fax: (03) 308 6683

Email:secretary@harmonylodge.co.nz

 

RW Bro A W (Alex) Thomson

Membership Convener

Phone; 308 1450

 Mobile: 027 687 1880

Email:alexthomson@clear.net.nz

 

CHARITY

The Lodge gives full support to "Freemasons Charity".  The Lodge also has its own Charitable Fund which is used to assist those in need and to support our Lodge Widows and elderly Brethren.  The Brethren do not commit to 'working bees', etc as money-raising activities but our individual giving is budgeted to enable our financial commitments to be fully met.  The members are also participants in the manning of a Timaru car park and the donations received are deposited in our Charity funds.

 

SCHOLARSHIP

The Lodge provides an Annual Scholarship for the Ashburton College Trades' Course in Year 12. The top student receives a trophy in the form of the Square & Compasses and the top student who undertakes an apprenticeship receives $1,000.00 that must be spent on his/her training and tools of trade. The Lodge provides $500.00 and this is subsidised by the Midland District Charitable Trust.

 

SOCIAL

The Brethren and their ladies meet at a local restaurant on a monthly basis to enjoy each other's company and to have a meal.  A mid-winter luncheon is held in the Lodge Refectory, and an informal dinner is held towards the end of the year and before our Installation. Other diverse functions are held during the year. These functions are for brethren, ladies, families, widows and friends.

 

NEW MEMBERS

Harmony Lodge is always encouraging new members: Brethren who have transferred to Ashburton; unattached Brethren; or men who are interested in becoming members of our fraternity.  Please get in touch with any of the officers listed above and you will be contacted immediately.  There is also a Freemasons’ Website (see below), and brochures about Freemasonry.  Regular attendance is desirable but not compulsory.

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE: 23 October 2014

Harmony Lodge has a membership of 54 Brethren including one Fellowcraft and one Entered Apprentice Freemason.

Apart from one Past Master who is our Master Elect, the Brethren progressing through the chairs are Master Masons.  Our membership is very cosmopolitan.  In addition to our locally born and bred Brethren, we have members from Southland, Otago, Auckland and Wellington, plus three Scots and twenty three Filipinos. The members are from all walks of life: farmers, meat workers, various professionals, tradesmen and retirees.

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Our incoming Worshipful Master, W Bro A J (Alan) Keith, and his team of officers will be installed on Tuesday 4 November and they will have a busy year ahead.

A new arrangement has been introduced into the life of Harmony Lodge following the invitation of The Avon Shirley Lodge No 185 to participate in an Exchange of Gavels. This was successfully commenced on 8 May at the Shirley Freemasons Centre when Harmony Lodge conducted a Second Degree on a member of The Avon Shirley Lodge. This arrangement was the result of The Millennium 2000 Lodge No 465, with whom Harmony Lodge had previously exchanged gavels, surrendering its Charter.

Harmony Lodge continues its long association with Exchange of Gavels with The Mackenzie Lodge No 93.

 

Since the last update we have had degree work every month - plus:

Tuesday 1 July: PM's Night with W Bro G F (Geordie) Robinson in the Chair

Tuesday 1 July: Official Visit from Ashburton Lodge No 1811 

Tuesday 22 July: Harmony Lodge’s Official Visit to Ashburton Lodge

Tuesday 5 August: First Tuesday Lodges hosted by Harmony Lodge

Friday 12 September: Selwyn Group meeting hosted by The Phoenix Lodge No 43 at Akaroa

 

FORWARD PLANNING

Tuesday 28 October: Midland District Combined meeting hosted by Lodge Koranga No 197 at Timaru

December: Senior Members (Over 80 Years) and Widows Christmas Party

 

Links

http://www.freemasons.co.nz/cms/