Friday, 16 September 2011 17:13


The Grand Master, HRH the Duke of Kent, viewed a bronze portrait bust of himself for the first time – 10 years after it was cast – during a visit to Haseley Manor on the Isle of Wight in May.

The viewing was arranged by John Martin, a member of Needles Lodge, No. 2838, in Freshwater. The lodge celebrated its centenary back in May 2001 and, to commemorate the occasion, commissioned local artist and sculptor Michael McDonald to sculpt a bronze bust of the Grand Master, and present it to the lodge. The bust is permanently displayed in the Lodge Room at the Freshwater Masonic Hall.

Martin said, ‘Freemasons on the island, particularly those who are members of Needles Lodge, are delighted to know that HRH the Duke of Kent has now seen the bronze bust.’
Published in UGLE
Sunday, 01 May 2011 11:27

Keeping them mobile on Isle of Wight

Local Freemasons have presented the new charity – Isle of Wight Shopmobility – with a high-specification, four-wheel electric scooter for use by disabled people visiting Newport.

Funding was provided by a £750 grant from The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Masonic Grand Charity (Tom Langton Fund) following an application by Freshwater-based Needles Lodge No. 2838, who provided a further donation of £100 from the members of Needles Lodge.

Isle of Wight Shopmobility loans manual and powered wheelchairs and electric scooters to members of the public who have mobility issues.

Coastal Mobility has donated electric scooters and will look after repairs and servicing for the fleet of vehicles.

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