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 R C Hansen
3 Churchill Avenue
Phone: 308 5882
W Bro Alan Keith RH
7 Tranquil Place
Phone/Fax: (03) 308 2180
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 January 2017
Our membership is now 55 Brethren including Fellowcrafts. There are now 46 Members on email.
On 6 November, our new Worshipful Master, W Bro RC (Dick) Hansen, 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 five Filipinos. The members are from all walks of life: farmers, meat workers, various professionals, tradesmen and retirees.
Our new arrangement of Exchange of Gavels with The Avon Shirley Lodge No 185 is very successful and well established. You are reminded that 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:
Our regular July: PM's Night saw W Bro M F Jones in the Chair to conduct a Third Degree
Also in July we had our Official Visit from Ashburton Lodge No 1811
and Harmony Lodge made its Official Visit to Ashburton Lodge
In August, the First Tuesday Lodges were hosted by Harmony Lodge
In September, the Selwyn Group meeting was hosted by Lodge Erewhon No 200
In October, Midland District Combined meeting was hosted by Harmony Lodge. On that occasion W Bro GD (Graeme) Childs was presented with his 50 Years Service Badge. W Bro Graeme is now a Past Master of Lodge of Remembrance No Invercargill
Senior Members (Over 80 Years) and Widows Christmas Party for the four Ashburton based Lodges was another very successful function.