CDMA Variety Show

Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9, 2020, the lodges of the Cumberland District held a Variety Show to raise money for the CDMA’s 2020 charity. This year our charity is the Cumberland Hospice.

The show was held at the Springhill Legion from 2 to 4:30pm. The district brothers, their families and many friends came out to support the event and we had between 90 and 100 people in attendance.

Besides the entertainment, which everyone came to see, we also had a 50/50 draw, a Chinese Auction table and a ticket draw on a prize of $250 worth of Gift Certificates.

Our MC for the show was Bro. Amos Margeson. He is the secretary of Laurie Lodge #70 in Springhill and it was his lodge that hosted this year’s Variety Show. In fact Bro. Amos has been the main organizer of this show. A great round of thanks needs to be afforded him for all the work that has been done to produce the show.

The show has been an unqualified success. The report on the money made will be given at our next CDMA meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27th.

The afternoon started off with our CDMA chairman, RW Bro. Alan Linkletter, taking the stage to thank the audience for attending followed by giving a short rundown on the charity work that our organization has been doing over the past few years.

After this Amos Margeson and Grant Jackson got things started with a few songs.

Amos on bass guitar and Grant on his acoustic.

Below are two short videos of short clips of each performer that volunteered their talents for a good cause that afternoon. In the first clip we see Tenique Ross, Harold Miller, Arnie McNally and Allan Legere.

In the second video we have Carl Adams, Joanie Linkletter, Bob Ward and Mike Hannon.

During the show brothers from Laurie Lodge #70 put on a few skits for our enjoyment. Two of them are presented below. First is “The Invisible Bench” and second is the skit “Throwing Pebbles”.

Thanks to all the brothers for all the work put into making this event a success and thanks to all the folks who came out and supported us.

Please take a minute to check out the gallery of photos below.

Sweet Heart Dart Tourney

On Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, the brothers of the Amherst lodges held a Sweetheart Darts Tourney to raise money for the CDMA’s charity. (This year the charity is the Cumberland Hospice.)

Unfortunately, Friday night there was a snow storm and the roads and driveways were piled high with snow come Saturday morning. A few brave souls managed to make it to the hall and we did hold it despite the snow. We were able to break even, but no profits where made. Hopefully, the next time we do it, mother nature will be more kind to us.

Some of the faithful dart players on Saturday morning.

Amherst Joint Installation

On Thursday, January 9th, Alexandra Lodge #87 hosted a Joint Installation with Acacia Lodge #8. The brothers were very pleased with the turnout and the installation went off very well with MW Bro. Barry Imber as our Installing Officer.

A few shots from the installation.

The new masters being installed by MW Bro. Imber.

L to R: W Bro. Eric Gray, W Bro. Jim Hannon and MW Bro. Barry Imber.

Joint Meeting in River Philip

On the evening of December 16th Laurie Lodge #70 hosted a joint meeting with Widow’s Son Lodge #48, Wimburn Lodge #75 and Wallace Lodge #76. At this meeting the brothers all held their respective officer elections for 2020. It was an enjoyable evening for the brothers and they all came away feeling they should do this more often, as it is so good to see a full house.

Click the images below to enlarge.

During the evening two presentations were made. Garry Sterling was presented his father’s (George) 25 year pin. The other 25 year pin was presented to Gary Wood by his son Jonathan (Both brothers of Widows Son).

All photos courtesy of W Bro. Justin Simons.

Laurie Lodge #70 Receives DDGM

On a rainy Monday evening, Nov. 18, 2019, the brothers of Laurie Lodge #70 welcomed the DDGM, as he made his Official Visit to their lodge. During the evening there was also a presentation of the Traveling Gavel to Laurie Lodge by the secretary of Wallace Lodge #76, Bro. Gary Fisher. Bro. Fisher also provided us with some Masonic Education.

Cumberland Annual District Meeting 2019

On Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, a number of brothers from the Cumberland District were on hand for the 2019 Annual District Meeting, hosted this year by Alexandra Lodge #87 in Amherst.

Our gathering began with a luncheon provided by the brothers of Alexandra Lodge #87 around 12 noon. After this we all moved upstairs for the main meeting, where the lodge was opened by the brothers of Alexandra with MW Bro. Barry Imber in the East as our acting WM.

Our DDGM, RW Bro. Larry Ross was very pleased for the attendance and thanked everyone for coming, as well as helping out with filling some of the offices.

Below RW Bro. Larry Ross, DDGM, is welcomed to the lodge escorted by the acting JD, RW Bro. Philip Adams and the acting SD, RW Bro. Alan Linkletter and surrounded by Past Grand Lodge Officers. On the right the DGDC, VW Bro. Michael Gaul, is about to lead the brethren in giving the Grand Honours of Masonry.

We were also very pleased to have with us, as the Grand Lodge of NS representative, the SGW, RW Bro. Alan Jarvis, and his acting GDC, RW Bro. Bill Stevens.

Below the SGW, RW Bro. Alan Jarvis, is welcomed and surrounded by the brethren and on the right, his acting GDC, RW Bro. Bill Stevens.

Below are a few photos of the afternoon. Click on them to enlarge.

Wallace Receives DDGM

On Monday, Nov. 11th, the Cumberland DDGM, RW Bro. Larry Ross, made his Official Visit to Wallace Lodge #76. There was a good turn out of brethren, which included brothers from the visiting Lodges of Wimburn and Widow’s Son.

The DDGM is received at the lodge’s altar.

Below we see the DDGM being welcomed by the acting WM of Wallace Lodge #76.

Here are a few more photos from the evening. (Thank-you W Bro. Fisher for taking the photos.)

50 Year Jewel Presentation

On Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, a special presentation took place at King Edward Lodge in River Hebert.

Our DGM, RW Bro. John Dollimount, was on hand to present 93 year old, W Bro. Fred Jackson, with his 50 Year Jewel.

A number of family members and district visitors were on hand to celebrate the occasion.

RW Bro. John Dollimount, W Bro. Fred Jackson & Mrs. Jackson.

Below are a few photos from the afternoon.

DDGM’s Official Visit

Our Cumberland DDGM has begun his rounds making his Official Visits to our eight district lodges. This past Monday evening, Oct. 21, 2019, he made the trip to Parrsboro to call upon Minas Lodge #67.

Below we see him, accompanied by his DGDC, VW Bro. Mike Gaul and his DGC, VW Bro. Tom Osborne, being ushered into the lodge by the Senior and Junior Deacons and any past or present Grand Lodge officers who were able to accompany him.

This was the DDGM’s third Offical Visit ( Acacia Lodge #8 on Oct. 3rd and Widow’s Son #48 on Oct. 15th).

The other dates for his Official Visits are:

Nov. 11 – Wallace Lodge

Nov. 18 – Laurie Lodge

Nov. 20 – Wimburn Lodge

Dec. 10 – King Edward Lodge

Jan. 9 – Alexandra Lodge

He was also greeted on the level by the WM of Minas Lodge #67, W Bro. William Kyle.

Graveyard Cleanup

Old Baptist Cemetery

On July 9, 2019 some brothers from Wimburn Lodge & Widow’s Son Lodge met to continue their community project of cleaning up the Old Baptist Cemetery.

The brothers have been working on this old cemetery for around 20 years. More recently it has become part of the Fillmore Cemetery Preservation Society with the brothers from these two lodges doing the work.

The headstones have dates from the early 1800’s up to the early 1900’s. Thus it has been used for over 100 years. One early family who came to populate this cemetery was the Patton family. Two of the brothers of this family were masons ( Fred and Thomas Patton) and are buried here. It is believed that some of their sons, who were masons, also came to be buried here as well.

After much hard work by the brothers over the years the land is now at the stage that the grass can be mowed. Special thanks has to be given to Bro. John Stewart who brought his tractor and scrapper to help dig up the old roots and level the ground during this latest clean up day.

The next stage in this cemetery’s restoration will be to work on the gravestones themselves. They need to be raised, straightened, cleaned, etc.

Congratulations brothers on a worthwhile project in honor of those who have gone before us.

Thanks to RW Bro. Philip Adams for these photos which document their effort and to Bro. Kevin Wood and RW Bro. Graeme Bales for some of the history of the cemetery.