Meeting at the Masonic Hall, Nailsea Park, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 1BA at 18.30 on the second Monday of January, March, May and November (Installation). The Lodge has 44 subscribing members.
Officers of the Lodge - appointed Monday 12th November 2018
Worshipful Master - Paul Rabbits Senior Warden - Colin Fraser Junior Warden - Mike Price Master Overseer - Mike Holden-Wadsworth Senior Overseer - Philip Mills Junior Overseer - Colin Basson Chaplain - Phil Reed Treasurer - David Wasmuth Registrar of Marks - Brian Hughes Secretary - Philip Thorne Director of Ceremonies - Alan Rogers
Almoner - David Wasmuth Charity Steward - James Tonkin Senior Deacon - Graham Chipperfield Junior Deacon - Steve Chapmam Assistant D of C - Ben Ambler Organist - Paul Jones (Guest) Assistant Secretary - vacant Inner Guard - Steve Carpenter Steward - Neil Blunsdon Tyler - Martin Slocombe
Past Masters of and in the Lodge
1990 Brian Hughes SW 1997 Cliff Hannabuss PGJO 2001 Andy Cameron MO 2002 Philip Thorne MO 2003 Graham Chipperfield JD
2004 & 2005 Ben Ambler JO 2006 Alan Rogers SO 2007 Austin Chivers SD 2008 Colin Basson SW
2009 Richard Ellis Reg 2013&14 Jon Mansell JD 2015&16 Martin Slocombe SD 2017 Richard Burlinson Derek Shailer PGJD
Nailsea Lodge News and Events
8th May 2017 - Full house for the Somerset Ancient Mark Masters visit!
It proved to be a very special night at Nailsea Mark where we were privileged to have the presence of RW Bro John Morgan, the Provincial Grand Master. The business of the evening included receiving the Travelling Keystone from Hallam Mark Lodge, and in typical Hallam fashion they arrived in significant numbers – too many to count! The SAMMS were announced and they took over the Lodge, rearranged it to their requirements and proceeded with their demonstration of the ancient Mark working. The PGM acted as Narrator and W Bro Derek Wilton took the Chair as the Worshipful Sir. Over 90 Mark Masons were in the Lodge to witness an excellent and very entertaining demonstration. There followed a splendid Festive Board, with the SAMMS still in full costume and finished with the Worshipful Sir being presented with a cheque for £500 for the SAMMS charity. Report by Martin Slocombe, Photo by 'Chips' Rafferty.
At the Nailsea Mark Lodge meeting on Thursday 3rd November, the Lodge was delighted to welcome Bro Mike Gillings and his Guide Dog Onyx into the Lodge. This was the first occasion Onyx had accompanied Bro Mike and in order not to alarm him salutations and the use of the gavel were given in a muted form. The Deputy PGM, W.Bro Phil Voisey was assured that despite being given restrained salutations he was nevertheless very warmly welcomed.
As the pictures show W Bro Philip Voisey was also pleased to welcome Onyx into the Lodge, and as it was an Installation meeting to appoint and invest him with a Provincial “Dog Collar.” Bro Mike Gillings is directly behind Onyx, Martin Slocombe, the Master of the Lodge who is continuing for a second year is on the left of the photo.
Nailsea Mark Lodge were honoured with a visit from the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Team for their meeting on Monday 11th January 2016. Following the procession in of the Provincial Team, the Provincial Grand Master was warmly greeted by over 70 brethren. During the evening the Lodge welcomed two new joining members and performed an excellent Ceremony of Advancement. This was the first ceremony for the new team of Lodge Officers, who all performed splendidly under the experienced and watchful eye of the Lodge DC for the evening V W Bro Cliff Hannabuss, Cliff was standing in, as the usual Lodge DC, W Bro Ben Ambler is recovering from an operation for a new hip following an ice skating accident. During the meeting the Provincial Grand Master was presented with a cheque for £500 for the Provincial Hope for Tomorrow appeal. With the dining room full, the Festive Board provided an enjoyable end to the evening. Although several were attempting a “dry” no alcohol January, much merriment was noted.
The photograph shows W Bro Martin Slocombe, Nailsea Lodge WM, Bro James Tonkin, Nailsea Lodge Charity Steward, R W Bro John Morgan, Provincial Grand Master, Bro Steve Carpenter, the Advancee.
On Wednesday 2nd December 2015 eleven brethren from Nailsea Mark Lodge No 1548 travelled by minibus to visit the De La Pole Mark Lodge No 372 in Seaton, Devon. The connection between the two Mark Lodges is that the WM of De La Pole, W Bro Barry Fowkes is a past master of Estune Lodge in Nailsea, and although now living in Colyton, Devon is still a member of Estune Lodge and frequently attends their meetings. The WM of Nailsea Mark Lodge, W Bro Martin Slocombe and W Bro Barry Fowkes have been friends for a long time, Barry being Junior Deacon of Estune when Martin was WM in 1994. It would appear they have both made “steady progress" in their Mark careers having taken another 21 years to reach the Mark Chair. The brethren of De La Pole Lodge provided excellent hospitality, ceremony and festive board. As Barry and Martin are both Deacons in their respective RAM Lodges, arrangements to visit De La Pole RAM Lodge, meeting in Sidmouth, are being planned for the future.
The group photographs taken in the lovely Seaton Temple show from left to right: Bro David Wasmuth, Bro Peter Pearson, W Bro Peter Cornall, Bro Philip Boulter, V W Bro Cliff Hannabuss, W Bro Barry Fowkes – WM De La Pole Mark Lodge, W Bro Ben Ambler, W Bro Martin Slocombe – WM Nailsea Mark Lodge, W Bro Austin Chivers, Bro Michael Price, Bro David Sidwell and Bro Chips Rafferty.
The first meeting in 2014 of Nailsea Mark Lodge 1548 witnessed the giving of a cheque for £500 to Iris-May, 8 years old the granddaughter of W.Bro Ben Ambler. Iris-may has Ollier's disease a rare form of bone cancer occurring in 1 in 100,000 live births, it affects the long bone and growth plates of her body. The condition will affect all her bones but at present it is more prominent on her left side especially her left hand. This has meant her fingers haven't grown at the rate they should have caused by the growth affecting her knuckles. She deals with a lot of pain and struggles with mundane day to day tasks. She is an amazing little girl who never complains, she just carries on and adjusts life where she needs to. SCAT (Skeletal Cancer Action Trust) is her charity which is the only charity doing research into this condition. She has managed to raise £5000, in the past five years since she was diagnosed.
The Worshipful Master, Jon Mansell and Very Worshipful Bro Cliff Hannabuss, Lodge Charity Steward presented the cheque to Sarah Smith Iris's mother. The first Picture Iris sitting next to and in the W/Ms chair, next, W/Ms Jon Mansell, and Cliff Hannabuss, then Iris saying thank you to the lodge. Click photo to see gallery
The Nailsea Lodge Banner. Presented in 2003 when Philip Thorne was Master of the Lodge. Phil compiled the artwork for the banner from Peter Cooper's original idea, other past masters were also involved in the design including of course Charles Cornish.
In the center of the banner is the keystone, the symbol of the degree and inside that the figure of the Nailsea glass blower. The glass blowers statue can be seen just along the road from the Masonic Hall on the site of the Old Nailsea Glass Works, now the local Tesco. The design is intended to portray in layers the various elements required for glass manufacture. The sea for transportation and Nailsea was once surrounded by sea and then the land, the seam of coal and the open countryside surrounding the town.