FORMED IN 1946
– A MEMBER OF FREEMASONS NEW ZEALAND –
Both on and off-street parking is available.
These are held on the first Tuesday of each month except January.
Meetings commence at 7.30pm.
First Tuesday in November. Visiting Brethren are received at 6.45pm.
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.
Supper and a time of social harmony follow the formal meetings.
W Bro A J (Alan) Keith
7 Tranquil Place
Phone: 302 7473
Bro R J (Richard) Conway
61 Park Street
Phone/Fax: (03) 308 6683
RW Bro A W (Alex) Thomson
Phone; 308 1450
Mobile: 027 687 1880
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.
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.
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.
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: 12 November 2014
On 4 November, our new Worshipful Master, W Bro Alan Keith, was successfully installed by VW Bro J W Kinvig Dist GM; our Wardens were invested by Grand Lodge Officers; and our Worshipful Master invested his new Officers on what was a very enjoyable evening. There were 26 Harmony Lodge Brethren; 17 visiting Brethren; and 15 Grand Lodge Officers in attendance. All 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.
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
Tuesday 28 October: Midland District Combined meeting hosted by Lodge Koranga No 197 at Timaru
Sunday 23 November: Senior Members (Over 80 Years) and Widows Christmas Party. Harmony Lodge used to conduct its own function but it is now combined with the other Mid-Canterbury Lodges for a very successful function.