The Lodge and Chapter of St Michael 7833 have regular social events throughout the year. Some are formal, others informal. The Ladies are invited to come along, as well as family, friends and non-Masons. Check the Diary page for forthcoming events!
Regretably, the covid pandemic has stopped most of our social gatherings over the past two years and reports are consequently sparse, but it is hoped that things will pick up in 2023: Watch this space!
Most Recent Events at the top - scroll down for earlier social events.
From Eddie Wildman, Guest Organist for the Lodge of St Michael.
Under the mastership of W Bro Peter Stokes, the Lodge of St Michael 7833 enjoyed a brilliant Christmas festive board following a short meeting upstairs. I had arrived early and found the Steward, W Bro Shaun Rennison laying out the cutlery for the tables; superbly organised, he had everything planned to the last detail. It was impressive, the first post-covid opportunity to celebrate the festive season in the traditional manner for this Lodge. Brethren began to arrive with their ladies and guests, and the former convened upstairs promptly at 6:30 for a brief meeting, which included a joining member being admitted and a promise of another member in the near future. The Almoner's and Charity Steward's reports showed the Lodge to be a caring Establishment, looking after its widows as well as the health of the Brethren. The Secretary spoke of W Bro J S Broughton's field promotion to PPSGW in the Province of Cheshire and greetings were given.
Downstairs there was already an atmosphere of merriment as the ladies were enjoying a get-together. The bar was busy! The Brethren joined the ladies and guests and went into the dining hall for dinner. This was excellent; Roy the Chef had excelled himself. Christmas crackers were pulled, and the diners attempted to score in the Christmas Quiz provided by Bro David Broughton. Carol singing followed, led by W Bros Terry Lynn and Eddie Wildman, and W Bro Michael Price of KIngston Lodge sang a solo verse of "Silent Night" which was much appreciated. The inevitable performance of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was undertaken with great enthusiasm. A raffle followed, after which all present joined hands in "Auld Lang Syne." The evening ended officially at 10:30, the Worshipful Master thanking everybody for coming. It had been a splendid evening, and I thank the Lodge of St Michael for reintroducing the old standards and providing such a good time for everyone.
[Photograph of Terry Lynn, Michael Price and Eddie Wildman exhausted at the end of the night by Bro Amardas Tuboalabo.]
(See also the WM's report on the blog page for 15th December 2022.)
Founders Night was celebrated at the festive board, a cake was provided by the Senior Warden as is the tradition, and was cut by the Worshipful Master John Watkins.
Venue: Lazzatts' Hotel Cottingham, The Lodge Ladies NIght took place on the 15th February. The Brethren with their Ladies and Guests assembled for a night of dining and dancing. After meeting for drinks we sat for dinner, grace was said and we sat down to dine. After enjoying a sumptious three course meal it was time for the toasts and gifts for the ladies. Flowers were presented to the Lodge Widows and a gift bougt from funds donated by the Lodge Brethren was presented to the Worshipful Masters Lady, Carol.We then danced into the night to the exhilarating sounds of Simply Sax. Sadly the time passed to midnight and carriges were called, We left for home but happy to meet again.
An evening of dining and singing was started by a very short business meeting then the members joined their Ladies and Guests in the bar. The menu, traditional Christmas fare was served and the toasts observed, the entertainment could begin. A Daggards Ensemble, led by WB Eddie Wildman, performed a mixture of Traditional Carols and contempory Christmas tunes finishing with the Twelve days of Christmas. Eddie wore his Partridge hat for this one! After parish notes and the raffle,the Treasure Chest rolled over again, the party drew to a close by everyone linking arms and singing Auld Lang Syne. A good evening was had by all as we left "sad to part but happy to meet again."
~Presenting the Cheque~
At the October regular meeting, the Worshipful Master Shaun Rennnison, Persented a cheque for £1100.00 to the Charity Steward WB Alex Mcallister. This was the final proceeds from the Garden Party held in August. Well done to all concerned.
26th September 2019
Traditionally the Lodge of St Michael celebrates Founders Night at the September Meeting. This year was no exception, despite the recent sad loss of Worshipful Brother John Stead.
A cake was baked by Linda Whittall, who declared this would be the last one. Thank you for your efforts Linda, they have always been much appreciated! The Toast was proposed by the Senior Warden, Brother John Watkins and the cake was cut by the Worshipful Master, Shaun Rennison to thunderous applause..
The evening was closed by linking arms in a masonic chain and singing Auld Lang Syne.
~Lodge of St Michael Garden Party~
24th August 2019
The sun blessed the day for the garden Party in Elloughton in the Worshipful Masters Garden. Tombola's Raffles,whisky golf and hook a duck were all there as were 40 guests. All were greeted with a glass of bucks fizz, Linda Whittall and Marie Proudly (Lodge Widow) ran the tombola stand and bottle draw with their normal efficiency.Shaun and Carole Rennison and David and Linda Whittall had prepared the food for the occasion and the spread was excellent.Musical entertainment was provided by Peter Stokes. The quiz, set by Linda Whittall tested the knowledge of the assembled guests with the winners scoring 29 out of 45. The money raised will go to the Worshipful Masters Charity.
~ Lodge of St Michael Ladies Evening ~
9th February 2019
Worshipful Master Terry Black and his Lady hosted an evening of song with entertainment provided by Roy Orbison and his enterage. After a fine meal all were invited to sing and dance the night away.A raffle was held to raise funds for the Worshipful Masters Charity and a splendid time was had by all.
~ Lodge of St Michael Christmas Dinner ~
12th December 2018
After the short December meeting the Brethren were joined by thier ladies and guests for an evening of dining and carol singing in the Dagger Lane Masonic Hall. A traditional Christmas dinner was served and a goodly sum was raised on the raffel for the Worshipful Masters Charity. All seemed in fine voice and a good time had by all.
~ Lodge of St Michael Garden Party ~
12th August 2018
|Heaven smiled over Elloughton and the rain held off for the Garden Party at the home of Carol and Shaun Rennison on Sunday 12th August. Fifty-five adults and nine children attended: it was a lovely afternoon, with the Bucks Fizz, the Shooting Range, the Cake Stall and much more. The food was great; everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves and were excellently entertained by Peter Stokes. Many thanks to Shaun, Carol David and Linda and all the others who helped to make it a succesful event. Should any icing on the cake be needed, £835 was raised to support the local branch of Parkinson's UK, which is the Worshipful Master's chosen charity this year.
Write up and photographs by W B Terry Lynn
|~ Friends Social Evening ~
A friends social evening was held on Saturday 5th May at Francesca's Italian Restaurant within the old Dorchester Hotel on Beverley Road in Hull. The Worshipful Master and his Lady Patricia hosted the evening which was well supported by the Brethren and their wives and partners.
There was a good varied menu to choose from and a well stocked bar to quench thirsts on what had been a particularly warm day. All agreed that it had been a very enjoyable evening.
|Ladies Evening ~ Saturday 10th March 2018
The Lodge of St. Michael No.7833 Ladies' Evening was held at the Village Hotel at Hessle on Saturday 10th March 2018. The evening was very well supported with 130 guests attending the function hosted by The Worshipful Master W Bro Tony Calvert who was pleased to welcome so many family and friends as well as Brethren from sister Lodges Minerva, Brough, Alexandra, Humber and Hull Old Grammarians
After a high quality meal provided by the Village Hotel Mr Matthew Breakell proposed the toast to the Ladies to which Mrs Patricia Calvert eloquently responded. W Bro Terry Lynn sang the Ladies song with the Brethren joining in enthusiastically with the choruses. Bro Shaun Rennison presented a gift of ear rings and a bracelet to the Worshipful Master's Lady on behalf of the Lodge of St. Michael.
The formal part of the evening being concluded the guests were then entertained by Sax Mad a duo performing Soul and Ska numbers which were well received by the guests with room on the dance floor at a premium. Many of the guests had booked rooms at the hotel so there were a few sore heads at breakfast the following day.
Greeting guests The Worshipful Master & His Lady Patricia The WM... Carried Out!
|Burns Night ~ 25th January 2018
Portrait of Burns by Alexander Nasmyth, 1787
The January Lodge Meeting of the Lodge of St. Michael fell conveniently this year on Burns Night. The Worshipful Master seized on this opportunity to arrange a traditional Burns Night Supper to celebrate the Bard of Ayrshire complete with Haggis and the sound of swirling pipes.
The address to the Haggis was given by Bro. John Watkins and the Selkirk Grace by W. Bro. John Stead who had also dressed the room for the occasion. The Piper played as the Brethren ate their Neeps and Tatties and "sipped" Scotch whisky.
The evening was well attended with many visitors. The Brethren formed a Masonic chain at the end of the evening for the singing of Auld Lang Syne as is customary at the Lodge of St. Michael.
Address to the Haggis ~ Bro. John Watkins (pic Antonio)
Following a short meeting in the Lodge room the Brethren joined their guests for a Festive Festive Board where they were entertained by the appropriately named Dagger Lane Singers who performed a numbers of songs from popular shows before leading the 80 strong Brethren, wives, partners and guests in the singing of traditional Christmas Carols.
It was the premier performance of the Dagger Lane Singers at Dagger Lane and they, and all those attending, had a thoroughly memorable and enjoyable evening.The Worshipful Master was pleased with the response he and his wife Patricia received from guests and Brethren the following day regarding the entertainment provided by the choir and the use of round tables for dining.
A raffle held on the evening raised £150 for Lodge charities and the Worshipful Master was pleased to present the Secretary of the choir with a cheque for £200.
|St. George's Night ~ Saturday 22nd April 2017
The annual celebration of St George was held by the Lodge of St Michael 7833 at Dagger Lane, with the loyal toast submitted by the WM, W Bro Antonio Jose Ramirez Jimenez and the toast to the patron saint eloquently delivered by Mr Matthew Breakell, after which everybody joined in the traditional singing of Blake & Parry's Jerusalem. The entertainment which followed was superbly organised by W Bro John Russell Wheeldon and included a rendition of Rule Britannia by W Bro Malcolm Sidney Ladd, and Antonio and Matthew delighting the audience with their Flanagan and Allen demonstration in Strolling. Everybody got into the spirit of the evening joining in I'm forever blowing Bubbles and the iconic red and white flags were waving furiously at the concluding Land of Hope and Glory. W Bro Eddie Wildman accompanied on the keyboard throughout. The Director of Ceremonies was W Bro Dr Ling Faang Yu.
Words by W Bro Eddie Wildman & Photographs by W Bro Steve Longthorp.
|Christmas Lodge ~ Thursday 15th December 2016
The Lodge of St. Michael's Christmas Lodge had a distinctly Spanish feel to it this year as the Worshipful Master W Bro Antonio Jose Ramirez Jimenez lead the singing with his compatriots of a "traditional" (arr. ERW) Spanish Christmas song "Fum, Fum, Fum" (Fun, Fun, Fun)........ and it was! The audience being encouraged to join in the chorus.
The Mason Family returned this year as Beryl & Frank, Granny Trump & Edwin, suffering power cuts and failing to complete their Blue Peter Advent Crown during a harsh British winter, reminisced about their summers in Spain where they had made their ways by various means and with predictably disastrous and windy consequences.
A selection of Christmas Carols & Songs were sung by all before the traditional 12 days of Christmas finale with the WM starring as the Spanish Partridge in a Spanish Pear Tree.
The Spanish Partridge (pic JRW)
"Fun, Fun, Fun" (pic JRW)
John Noakes & Valerie Singleton (pic R. Franklin)
Lodge of St. Michael Autumn Ball ~ Saturday 12th November 2016
Held at the prestigeous Royal Station Hotel in Hull the evening was hosted by The Worshipful Master W. Bro. Antonio Ramirez and his partner Mat. 150 Masonic and non-Masonic guests dined and were entertained by The Hull University Big Band who played a variety of big band tunes and interpretations of modern classics.
The WM addressed the Ladies of the Lodge to which Mrs Patricia Calvert responded before presenting a watch to Mat as a memento of the occasion which he had been instumental in organising.
A collection for the Smile Foundation and a raffle for Masonic Charities raised £950. All agreed that it had been a splendid evening.
St. George' Night ~ Saturday 23rd April 2016
The assembled Ladies, Gentlemen & Brethren were in fine voice for the Lodge of St. Michael “St. George’s Night” held at the Masonic Hall, Dagger Lane.
The traditional menu consisted of Mushroom Soup, Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding, Apple Pie & Custard, Cheese & Biscuits, Tea/Coffee after which the toast to St. George was submitted by W. Bro Anthony Calvert followed by all joining in a rousing rendition of Parry’s Jerusalem. A raffle was held raising £267 for the Worshipful Master’s Lady's Charities.
The entertainment for the evening was lead by the Daggards ~ W. Bro’s Wildman, Director of Music and W. Bro. Wheeldon, Director of Ceremonies, being accompanied by W. Bro’s Ladd & Stead, had the audience waving flags, blowing bubbles and bobbing up and down as they ran through a selection of patriotic songs concluding with Land of Hope and Glory.
Christmas Lodge ~ Thursday 17th December 2015
The Partridges were in full flight at a festive festive board at the Lodge of St. Michael Christmas meeting as the WM, the visiting Rep. Bernie Cusworth and their Ladies Maureen and Ann were out of their seats to sing the last line of the popular finale. Earlier in the evening John Stead had entertained the audience with a number of tunes on the penny whistle accompanied by Mr Stephen Chappell at the organ. Peter Wright then compered the remainder of the evening as Mr Chappell played for a selection of Christmas carols and Christmas songs which the audience joined in enthusiatically if not always tunefully ~ A traditional Christmas meal had been served and the raffle raised £201 for Masonic Charities.
Ladies' Night ~ Saturday 14th November 2015
The Lodge of St. Michael no. 7833 Ladies' Night was held at the Masonic Hall, Dagger Lane, Hull. The event was organised by the Lodge Junior Warden, W. Bro. Anthony Calvert with the assistance of other members of the Lodge and was well attended by Brethren, their friends and families and Lodge widows.
The Worshipful Master's speech paid tribute to the Ladies for the support given to their husbands, partners and the Lodge over the past twelve months. In reply Mrs Patricia Calvert demonstrated that the Gentlemen of the Lodge invariably did as they were told!
The Ladies Song was sung by W. Bro. Malcolm Ladd accompanied by W. Bro. Eddie Wildman after which the Worshipful Master's Lady, Maureen, was presented with an antique brooch, a gift from the members of the Lodge, and a bouquet of flowers.
The raffle raised £234 for Masonic Charities and with the WM and his Lady being keen dancers the tables were quickly cleared for the discotheque before carriages at 12:30 am.
Maureen & Bernard
|Garden Party ~ 26th July 2015
|The first social event of W. Bro Frazer's year was a garden party hosted by the WM and his good lady Maureen at their home in Kirkella. Being a typical British summer; It rained.....and rained.....and rained. This did not dampen the enthusiasm of the large number of friends, family, ladies and Brethren who attended. A fantastic buffet had been prepared during the morning and while some chose the comforts of the lounge most braved the elements and congregated under the gazebos in the garden. The beer tent proved popular but it was the Tombola tent that was packed to the rafters as a steady stream of punters attempted to win the many prizes up for grabs. A substantial sum was raised during the course of the afternoon. A big thank you to all who helped with, and supported, this very successful event.
|Tony & Tony the Tombola Twins
|Braving the Elements
St. George's Night ~ Saturday 25th April 2015
The Lodge of St Michael's traditional St. George's Night was held at Dagger Lane, Hull, and the entertainment, including the singing of Parry's Jerusalem and Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory was led by Daggards Malcolm Ladd and John Stead, accompanied by Eddie Wildman at the keyboard. Old war-time favourites and music hall numbers were sung, with the well-wined-and-dined guests joining in:Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag and It's a Long Way to Tipperary contesting for loudest sung items. Malcolm sang the verses in Rule Britannia while everyone joined in the chorus with much flag waving.
During the evening the Worshipful Master was pleased to present a cheque for £1200 to the Hull Kingston Scout Group ( see Charity page). Words ERW
Race Night ~ Saturday 21st February 2015
|Race Night 2015 raised a total of £462 and supported three Charities:~ Kingston Scout Group, The Masonic Samaritan Fund 2018 Festival & Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The Lodge of St. Michael Race Night was held this year at the Dagger Lane Track. A pie & pea supper was followed by a seven race card with horses (and a camel) tested on the flat and over the jumps. Each race was gererously sponsored, horses sold and the successful owners presented with a bottle of fizz and a souvenir medal by the Worshipful Master's Lady Gill in the winners' enclosure whilst victorious punters collected their winnings from the Worshipful Master's Tote.
With thanks again to W. Bro. JMM Smith (Ridings Tablers' Lodge 9586) for the loan of the track.
The Winners' Enclosure
Scouts Clean Up!
Steward's Enquiry Please!
"Knot" the Scouts Again?
The Winning Jockey
After the fourth race Punters paused to count their winnings or lick their wounds whilst enjoying coffee and cake for £1. The cakes and buns were baked and donated by Mrs Linda Whittall. The £40 raised was donated to the WM Lady's charity ~ Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Right ~ Marie Proudley at the cake stall with Rachel Franklin whilst the Paella Fella himself, Bro. Antonio Jose Ramirez Jiminez, counts his winnings and eyes up the buns!
Christmas Lodge 2014
The traditional Lodge of St. Michael Christmas meeting took place on Thursday December 18th. The Lodge was honoured this year by the presence of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master VW Bro William Henry Fisher and the Provincial team many of whom were accompanied by their wives and partners. A packed dining hall enjoyed traditional Christmas fayre followed by Carol singing lead by W. Bro. Malcolm Ladd accompanied on the keyboard by Mr Benjamin Smith.
Proceeds from the raffle and an aution were presented to VW Bro. Fisher for the 2018 Festival. VW Bro. Fisher, who had already received a £1000 cheque for the Festival in the Lodge room earlier, expressed thanks for the generosity of all those present and for a very enjoyable evening.
|Ladies' Night ~ Saturday November 15th 2014
Over 90 Ladies, Gentlemen and Brethren attended the Lodge of St. Michael Ladies' Night held at The Masonic Hall, Prince Street, Dagger Lane in Hull.
Following a Bucks Fizz reception in the Red Room guests had their photographs taken with the Worshipful Master and his Lady Gill before heading down to the dining room. Toasts were given to the Queen and to the Ladies. The Junior Warden's Lady, Mrs Gill Longthorp, responded to the Master's toast to the Ladies and the Ladies song was sung by W. Bro. Malcolm Sydney Ladd.
The formal part of the evening being concluded the Worshipful Master and his Lady lead the way on the dance floor and a very convivial evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
St. George's Night ~ Saturday April 26th 2014
The final social event of W Bro Wheeldon's year was St George's Night held at the Masonic Hall, 69, Beverley Road, Hull with entertainment provided by members of the Daggards. The evening was a sell out. The finale, with W Bros Ashton, Ladd and Lynn leading the singing of "Land of Hope and Glory" saw over ninety flags waving enthusiastically. A staggering total of £700 was raised for the Royal British Legion. Well done to all who took part! Many thanks from the WM!
£700 raised ~ Well done everybody!
Race Night ~ Saturday February 1st 2014
The Race Night was held at the Masonic Hall on Beverley Road and Lodge members with their wives and friends enjoyed an informal evening of merriment accompanied by pie and peas.
The Worshipful Master and his lady extend sincere thanks to all who attended, and to those Brethren who had kindly sponsored the races. The event raised a profit of £240, which will be divided between Yorkshire Cancer Research and the Moghissi Laser Trust.
Some of the winners, the touts, the stable lads James and Ashley, and some of our loyal supporters. Thank you everyone!
Also grateful thanks to Jonathon Smith from the Ridings Tablers' Lodge 9586 for the loan of the racetrack and the horses.
Christmas Lodge ~ Thursday 19th December 2013
The December Lodge meeting was traditionally brief, so that the Brethren could join their ladies and non-Masonic guests for the Christmas entertainment at the festive board. The Worshipful Master, aided by Nick, the barman, and Eddie, who had been playing the organ for the Minerva Chapter meeting earlier that evening, set up the tables the night before. The colour scheme was, of course, red and green, and John had supplied crackers, candles and poinsettias along with the festive-themed napkins. Places were set for seventy-six, the tables organised in such a way that all could see the Daggards entertainment following the meal: Christmas Day with the Mason Family, which was being repeated by popular request.
The Worshipful Master, John Wheeldon, joined fellow Daggards Terry Lynn, Richard Theaker and Eddie Wildman for the performance, which was received with acclamation, after which everybody joined in singing traditional Christmas carols and songs, directed by that operatic Daggard, Malcolm Sydney Ladd. Festive headgear was worn by the Wardens and other Brethren, though none so eccentric as John Stead's singing chapeau. The "formal" entertainment concluded with everybody singing The Twelve Days of Christmas, but many people lingered long afterwards, enjoying the ambience of the occasion and a further tipple at the bar. Further photographs, by courtesy of W. Bro. Desmond Ashton, may be viewed on his gallery by clicking on the link below.
Ladies' Night ~ Saturday 9th November 2013
On Saturday 9th November the traditional Ladies' Night was held at the Masonic Hall, Dagger Lane. It was well attended, and following Bucks Fizz and photographs in the Lodge Room, Ladies, Gentlemen and Brethren dined in style in the banqueting hall below. The Worshipful Master proposed the toast to the Ladies, and in particular to his Lady Rachel. The song to the Ladies was performed by W Bro John C Stead, and the response on behalf of the Ladies was given by the Junior Warden's Lady, Senorita Ana Megias. Rachel gave an eloquent thank you to all present, expressing her appreciation to all those who had been involved in the organising of the event. Dancing followed: the new-laid floor was, it was agreed, a huge improvement on the previous one, and it was not until after midnight that the last couples left the floor. It was a lovely evening. Pictured here are Rachel, the Worshipful Master's Lady, with W Bro John Wheeldon, the Worshipful Master, in the Lodge Room.
(Photo courtesy of Facet Photography.)
The Ladies enjoy frequent get-togethers while the men are meeting ~ see the Charity Page.
Here are some of the ladies at the Frazer residence. Rachel, (fourth from the left) enjoyed her year as Worshipful Master's Lady, and thanks the ladies for their splendid support over the year. See the Charity Page for further details.