A Day Meeting was held at the Hancock St Hall Double View on Tuesday 16th August 2016 to celebrate three very important events.
A ceremony was held to retire the Apron of the late V W Bro Albert James Verrier. He was born on the 19th January 1926, educated at Leederville School and Wesley College, married with three sons. He was a member of the J.S.Battye Lodge occupying all chairs except treasurer before joining Seaview Lodge on 15th May 2013 (merger). His community service included Lions Club and Community Watch, he was also awarded the City of Stirling Community Service Award and the Commonwealth Senior Australian Achiever in the 1999 International Year of the Older Person. V W Bro Verrier passed away on the 20th May 2016 aged 90.
M W Bro James Maley PGM presented W Bro William Neill Fisher PGSwdBr with his 70 year Jewel and W Bro Robert John Fraser Perry with his 65 year jewel. A good turnout of twenty Brethren which included Seaview members plus visitors from King Solomon, Cambrai and J.F. Walther Day Lodges were in attendance. After the ceremonies all Brethren retired to the South for a very enjoyable lunch.
R W Bro Trevor Arbuckle, W Bro William Fisher (70 yr Jewel), M W Bro James Maley, W Bro Robert Perry (65 yr Jewel) W M Bro ross Newton
W Bro Alf Till RFD ED PGstdBr, was presented with his 40 year Jewel at the Scarborough District Masonic Hall on Wednesday 13th July 2016. Alf’s wife Lesley, daughter Leeta, son Stuart and grandchildren along with his Masonic mates were in attendance to celebrate this very important and commendable occasion. RW Bro Trevor Arbuckle officiated, with the presentation being made inside the Lodge rooms with all in attendance. Morning tea followed with everyone enjoying a slice of cake and a warming cup of tea/coffee on this cold winter’s morning.
Alf was initiated on 27th May 1976, Passed on 21st October and Raised on 17th March 1977. He joined Seaview Lodge on 17th December 1998 from Surf Lodge where he was master in 1986, 1987 and 1988. Alf qualified as an accountant and worked with the Commonwealth Bank, Pioneer Concrete and Medibank Private, retiring after 15 years with Kingsize Menswear. He was conscripted in 1954 for National Service and after serving in a variety of positions, retired in 1982 as a Major upon reaching the then compulsory retirement age after a long and distinguished Army Reserve career.
A memorable day was had by all.
Alf’s 40 year cake
Presentation in the Lodge Rooms by RW Bro Trevor Arbuckle
Alf with wife Lesley, family members, Bro Tony Woodcock and RW Bro Trevor Arbuckle.
Alf cutting his cake with his daughter Leeta in attendance
A very enjoyable and successful night was had by all for the Installation of Bro. Ross Henry Newton as our new Worshipful Master and the investiture of Office Bearers.
There were a total of seventy five Brethren in attendance which included members of Seaview Lodge, the Grand Master + 15 Grand Officers and we were also thrilled to have in attendance the Worshipful Masters from Carrington, Justice, Hale, Swan, Western Districts, Lord Nelson, Golden Endeavour, Avalon, Wanneroo, Cambria and SEWA plus Past Masters from Wanneroo, Carrington, Capricorn, Cambrai, Cornucopia, Lord Nelson, Swan, Kingsley Day, Heritage, Scarborough Wembley Downs, Wannebe (NZ) and Unattached with a very special mention for the two Master Masons from Capricorn who travelled a long way to be with us. The ceremonial work was performed in an exemplary and heart felt manner by all involved and which all Brethren should be proud of. The Lodge was closed after greetings by W. Bro. Hughes of Heritage Lodge on behalf of all Visitors.
The Festive Board was a fun night with wonderful fare supplied by our caterers and enjoyable refreshments to wash it all down, the speeches and toasts were terrific and performed in a warm and very sincere manner – which of course is our want in the South. The raffle was also very successful and some excellent prizes were won, raising $1060 which will be presented to the Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club for the purchase of an extra rescue board.
A few happy snaps below courtesy of our official photographer W. Bro. Rodney Logan.
Annual trip to Capricorn Lodge Installation
On Thursday 3 September, six members of Seaview (R.W.Bro Ian Mansfield, V.W.Bro Llloyd Little, Wor. Bros Lauder Coomber, Mick Waterson, Shane Sadler and Bro. Ross Newton) accompanied by a member of Carrington (W.Bro. Graham Woods) travelled to Newman in the Grand Lodge bus for the Capricorn Lodge Installation. This has become an annual event for Seaview members and was the third Installation in succession we had attended. R.W.Bro Mansfield has been to Capricorn Installations for 5 years in succession (more on that later!!).
On Friday 4 September the travellers (assisted by other visitors and members of Capricorn) undertook a very well worked double Third Degree ceremony – a breeze after the triple Third they had assisted in last year!!
The Installation ceremony on Saturday 5 September (with R.W.Bro. Dave Russell representing the Grand Master) was very well done and followed by a brief Festive Board with the usual speeches etc in the Lodge building. This was followed by a magnificent formal dinner (with ladies invited) at a local Newman restaurant. Seaview Lodge (represented by their Worshipful Master W. Bro. Lauder Coomber) was presented with a plaque from Capricorn Lodge in appreciation of the support Seaview has provided in recent years. W.Bro. Coomber confirmed that the Seaview members looked forward to the annual trip to the Pilbara and that the Lodge would continue the annual pilgrimage.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Pilbara Ambassador Award (known as the Nulla Nulla Award) to R. W. Bro. Ian Mansfield in acknowledgement of his support of Capricorn Lodge – in particular over the last 5 years – the inscription on the Award reads “In appreciation of you bringing city Freemasonry to the Pilbara”. This was a special moment during the trip – made all the more special as R.W.Bro Mansfield was, for once, stuck for words!!
All visitors enjoyed the bountiful hospitality of Capricorn members and, after the traditional “recovery breakfast” on the Sunday morning, the bus headed south and the weary travellers were back in Perth by 7.00pm – pleased to be safely home but looking forward to the next trip to the Pilbara in 12 months time.
Lloyd Little, Ross Newton, Lauder Coomber, Ian Mansfield, Mick Waterson, Shane Sadler