Official Visit

On Oct. 12, 2017 the DDGM, RW Bro. Graeme Bales, made his official visit to Alexandra Lodge #87 in Amherst. The DDGM was very pleased to have a good turn out for his visit. As well as the brothers from Alexandra there were a number of visitors from the district and from Westmoreland Lodge #44 in Port Elgin.

DDGM Entrance
Here the DDGM is being introduced by his DGDC, VW Bro. Tom Reid.
W Bro. Ross, WM of Alexandra Lodge, welcomes the DDGM.
DDGM takes his leave at the end of the evening.

Visit to Westmoreland Lodge #44

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 a few brothers from the Cumberland District visited the Westmoreland Lodge #44 in Port Elgin, NB. The regular meeting was a special one as they were welcoming a new brother into the fraternity. Mr. James Wynn was put through the first, or Entered Apprentice Degree.

Here we see Mr. (now Brother) Wynn with the Master of Westmoreland, W Bro. James Costain.

James Wynn & W Bro. Costain

The brothers of Westmoreland are to be commended on the excellent job they did of the Entered Apprentice Degree. The visitors from Cumberland District were all very impressed by their well executed floor work and the memory work done by all was outstanding.

Below are a few pictures of the evening.

The East – WM, W Bro. Jason Costain and the Chaplain – MW Bro. Stephen Allen
The West – SW – Dan Jones. On his left is the IG – Bro. Brandon King and the Tyler – W Bro. Dale Ogden.
The South – JW – Bro. Brian Jonah with his two Stewards: Bro. Roger Pierskalla & Bro. Robert King.
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The EA brought before the East.
Bro. Jamie Woodford begins the explanation of the degree the EA just went through.
Bro. Roger Pierskalla doing the second part of the explanation.

Happy Birthday Bro. Danson

On September 8th the most senior brother at Alexandra Lodge #87 celebrated his 102nd Birthday!  Happy Birthday Bro. Danson!

Bro. Danson has been a mason since 1951 when he was raised in Keystone Lodge #102. He joined Alexandra Lodge #87 in 1959. This was at the time when the new Amherst Temple was being constructed. He was one of the brothers who helped in the design of the new lodge room.

The picture below, which shows Bro. Danson to be doing very well, was taken by MW Bro. Owen Walton on Bro. Danson’s birthday, Sept. 8th. MW Bro. Walton is a former student of Bro. Danson’s and as such his visits are much appreciated by Bro. Danson.


Bob Danson 102nd birthday

CEIP Presentation

On July 7, 2017, Widow’s Son and Wimburn Lodges made a presentation to the Cumberland Early Intervention Program (CEIP) located in Amherst serving all of Cumberland County. Two cheques were presented: $1,000 from Widow’s Son Lodge #48 and $1,000 from Wimburn Lodge #75 .

Pictured here are left to right:

Erin Jolly (Executive Director), VW Bro. Ned Douglas (WM of Wimburn Lodge #75), RW Bro. Graeme Bales (DDGM of Cumberland District) and Susan Greene (a CEIP Director).

Cheque to CEIP

AMS’s Canada 150 Breakfast



During the Amherst Masonic Society’s monthly breakfast this June 24th we had a great turn out of customers. This was our Pancake, Sausage, Strawberries and Whipped Cream breakfast. It was also our salute to Canada’s 150th Anniversary with the breakfast being billed as a great meal for just $1.50!


The final count showed that we had 180 customers who dropped by for the special breakfast. They were served by brothers from both lodges (Acacia Lodge #8 and Alexandra Lodge #87) as well as a good turn out of volunteers from the Emmanuel United Church.

The brothers in the kitchen did a masterful job of keeping up to the demands for more pancakes and sausages. The main cooks were: VW Bro. Allan Chapman, W Bro. Charlie McWhirter and VW Bro. Isaac Gray seen below.


The event was a great success and special thanks must go out to all who took part and helped make everything run as smoothly as it did despite there being such a large crowd.

For more pictures of the breakfast click on the photos below to enlarge.


A Historic Communication

One hundred seventy-seven years ago in 1840, the brothers of Acacia Lodge #8, that was known as “Cumberland Harmony Lodge #589” at the time, traveled to the Dorchester area of New Brunswick and helped institute the new lodge, the “Younger Brother of Cumberland Harmony Lodge”, now known as Sussex Lodge #4. To mark this historic event a special Joint Communication was held on Thursday,  June 1, 2017, in the Masonic Temple on Lawrence Street in Amherst, NS.

As fortune would have it, the present Worshipful Master of Sussex Lodge #4, W Bro. Neil Horsman, is also a Past Worshipful Master of Acacia Lodge #8; therefore, a special dispensation was granted by the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia for the Sussex Lodge #4 Worshipful Master to open and close both Sussex Lodge #4 and Acacia Lodge #8 at the same time using the New Brunswick ritual.

Indeed this was a very special occasion as this year is the 150th Anniversary of Freemasonry in New Brunswick and the 150th Anniversary of Acacia Lodge #8 (since its name was changed from Cumberland Harmony Lodge to Acacia Lodge) as well as, this being the 150th Year of our Canadian Confederation.

Below is a short video of the two lodges entering the lodge room led by the Piper, Bro. Tyson Ross, of Sussex Lodge #4.

The lodge was opened with the master of Sussex Lodge #4, W Bro. Neil Horsman, acting as Worshipful Master for the evening. The master of Acacia Lodge #8, W Bro. Don MacKinnon, sat to his right in the east. The brothers were very pleased to see representatives from both grand lodges in attendance. The Grand Lodge of NB was represented by RW Bro. Chris Kitson on behalf of the Grand Master, MW Bro. John A. Watson and from the Grand Lodge of NS the MW Bro. George R. O’Leary our present Grand Master.

W Bro. Horsman, W Bro. Don Mackinnon, MW Bro. George O'Leary and the piper, Bro. Tyson Ross.
W Bro. Horsman, W Bro. Don MacKinnon, MW Bro. O’Leary and the piper, Bro. Tyson Ross.

The first order of business was the presentation of 50 Year Jewels by MW Bro. George O’Leary to two very deserving brothers: W Bro. Neil Horsman and Bro. Eric Trueman. Below the brothers hold their certificates  with the GM, MW Bro. O’Leary, between them.


This evening was a great success and very well attended. We had 53 brothers from the two jurisdictions filling the lodge room. Please take the time to view the pictures below of the evening. To see them enlarged just click on any picture.

After the meeting we all retired to the banquet hall for fellowship and a delicious seafood chowder prepared by the brothers of Sussex Lodge #4.


And then the banquet.

Traveling Gavel On the Move

On Monday night, May 15, 2017, five brothers from Alexandra Lodge #87 made the trip to Parrsboro to attend the regular meeting of Minas Lodge #67. It was a special evening as the lodge was putting on a Mock First Degree.

Below VW Bro. Mike Gaul , Secretary of Alexandra Lodge, presents the Traveling Gavel to VW Bro. Rick Harvey, Secretary of Minas Lodge. This was then followed by a short session of Masonic Education entitled, “Why Men Love Free Masonry” by VW Bro. Gaul.

Passing the Gavel

The Mock First Degree was very well carried out. Bro. Darrell Spence played the part of the candidate and RW Bro. Robert York acted as the WM to conduct the degree with VW Bro. Harvey giving the Obligation.

Click on the pictures below to see them enlarged.

Our Annual District Church Service

This year on Sunday, May 7th our Cumberland District held its Annual Masonic Church Service at the Saint Andrew’s-Wesley United Church in Springhill. We were graciously hosted by the VW Bro. Rev. Wayne McCarther. The service got underway at 11:15am with some 26 masons (from looking at the photos I believe this is the correct number) attending from the Cumberland District and two brothers from Grand Lodge, VW Bro. Gerald Settle the Grand Sword Bearer and VW Bro. Chris Lucas a Past Grand Sword Bearer.

St Andrews Wesley

RW Bro. Norman Rushton, DDGM, and W Bro. Justin Simons, WM of Laurie Lodge #70, gave the morning scripture readings, followed by an uplifting sermon entitled “The Power of Prayer” by the minister. As noted above our host, VW Bro. Rev. Wayne McCarther, is also a master mason – and I believe he said he has been a mason for over 50 years! He is a Past Master of Lebanon Lodge and has been a member of a number of lodges in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as he moved around with his ministry jobs over the years. He was also Grand Chaplain for the Grand Lodge of New Brunswick a few years ago. We masons of Cumberland District are honoured to have him in our midst as he continues to serve his parishioners in Springhill and area.

Below we see L to R: W Bro. Justin Simons and RW Bro. Norman Rushton.

Simons and Rushton

After the service the ladies of the church provided us with a magnificent luncheon in the church hall downstairs. The brothers and the regular church members then enjoyed a time of fellowship and refreshment before leaving for their homes. One of our brothers, W Bro. Justin Simons, happened to be celebrating his birthday and the gathering wished him all the best with an enthusiastic Happy Birthday song. Below we see him with Tena, his lovely wife and Lindy their daughter, their son, Aaron, was not able to make the service.

Simons and family

To view the video showing part of the service play the Youtube video below.
To see it full screen click on the Youtube icon or the small square on the bottom right of the video screen.
To see more photos of the service and the luncheon click on the photos below to enlarge.

Meritorious Service Awards

Bales, Rushton & WoodL to R: VW Bro. Graeme Bales, RW Bro. Norman Rushton & VW Bro. Kevin Wood

During the resent monthly meeting of Wimburn Lodge #75 our DDGM, RW Bro. Norman Rushton, presented Meritorious Service Awards to the VW Bro. Graeme Bales and the VW Bro. Kevin Wood.

The Lodge was well attended with official visits from Widows Son Lodge #48 and King Edward Lodge #86.

Graeme Finley Bales
Very Worshipful Brother Graeme Finley Bales was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario on October 30, 1937.  He was raised to a Master Mason in Acacia Lodge No. 8 in Amherst, Nova Scotia on April 3, 1980.  He completed all the offices of Acacia Lodge and was elected Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1987.
Very Worshipful Brother Bales received a demit from Acacia Lodge No. 8 and joined Wimburn Lodge No. 75 on January 19, 1994.  He was elected District Grand Chaplin for Cumberland District for 1995-1996.  Brother Bales has served in most offices of Wimburn Lodge, including Secretary and has been Worshipful Master five times.
Brother Bales has been Chair of the Bursary Committee and active in assisting Wimburn Lodge in all of our community and Masonic events.  He has been very active in visiting other Lodges and makes a point of accompanying all the District Deputies on their official visits.  He has also been a steadfast supporter of the Cumberland District Masonic Association.
Brother Bales is a good friend and Brother to all Masons and a most deserving candidate for the Meritorious Service Award.  Congratulations.
Kevin Kurt Wood
Worshipful Brother Kevin Kurt Wood was born at Oxford, Nova Scotia on May 27, 1955.  He was raised to a Master Mason in Wimburn Lodge No. 75 GLNS on December 19, 1985.  He has completed all the offices of Wimburn Lodge including twice as Worshipful Master.  Brother Wood has been the Chair of the Bursary Program since 1997 and has worked tirelessly with the administration of the High School and students to ensure applications are submitted.
Brother Wood chairs the Selection Committee to choose the award winners and follows up with students to ensure they receive their full benefits.  This commitment to detail with constantly changing venues and careers can be challenging, however, Brother Wood has excelled at keeping all the loose ends together.
Brother Wood has been the Treasurer of our Lodge since 2008 and in connection with that role, has provided leadership and guidance on all our long-term planning and day-to-day operations.
Brother Wood has been a friend and mentor to all Masons young and old and his wry sense of humor contributes to easy steady forward movement of Wimburn Lodge.
Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition and Meritorious Service Award.
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Honorary Past Master’s Certificate

Thanks to RW Bro. Alan Linkletter for this write-up and to Bro. Quentin Hardy for the pictures of this gathering.

On Saturday April 08th, 2017 the Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John Cody, presented W. Bro. Emerson Symes with his Honorary Past Master’s Certificate, as well as the Lewis Jewel on behalf of King Edward Lodge No. 86 A.F. & A.M. of River Hebert.

R.W. Bro. Norman Rushton, D.D.G.M Cumberland District, presented him with his Past Master’s Lapel Pin.


RW Bro. Linkletter, Bro. Symea & RW bro. Cody
L to R: RW Bro. Alan Linkletter, Bro. Emerson Symes & RW Bro. John Cody

The Lewis Jewel

The Lewis Jewel may be worn by a Mason, if at the time of his Initiation, his father was a Mason in good standing (the initiate of a deceased father–in good standing at the time of his demise–would also qualify).

The Lewis Jewel consists of two bars connected by chains:
– The upper bar contains the name of the father and date of his Initiation.
– The lower bar, the name of the son and date of his Initiation.

Charles John Symes – Father

E.A.:  Nov. 13th, 1945
F.C.:  Dec. 11th, 1945
M.M.: Jan. 08th, 1946

Emerson Parkinson Symes – Son

E.A.: March 14th, 1995
F.C.:  May 09th, 1995,
M.M.: June 17th, 1995

L to R: Sandra Dickson (sister), W Bro. Emerson Symes & RW Bro. John Cody, DGM

Following Brethren were in attendance:

Virgin Lodge No. 03
Deputy Grand Master: R.W. Bro. John Cody
Brother Don Evans – Virgin Lodge
Brother Quentin Hardy – Virgin Lodge

Acacia No.08
W.Bro. Don MacKinnon  Worshipful Master
Bro. Laurence Harrison 60 Year Bar Holder
V.W. Bro. Isaac Gray

Minas Lodge No. 67
R.W.Bro. Robert Yorke P.D.D.G.M
V.W. Bro. David Gilbert
Laurie Lodge No.70
R.W.Bro. Norman Rushton – D.D.G.M Cumberland District

King Edward Lodge No. 86
V.W. Bro. Earle McNairn
V.W. Bro. Scott McNairn
W.Bro. William Jollymore
W.Bro. Douglas Rector
W. Bro. Roy Pettigrew
W.Bro. Eric Melanson
R.W. Bro. Allan White P.D.D.G.M.
W. Bro. Jim Sicheri Worshipful Master
R.W. Bro. Alan Linkletter P.D.D.G.M.
W.Bro. Emerson Symes Honourary Past Master


Here the honored brother and his guests are seen as he cuts his cake. At his side helping is his sister, Sandra Dickson, and Bro. Laurence L. Harrison of Acacia Lodge #8 who just this past March 31st received his 60 Year Bar.

W Bro. Symes was pleased to have a number of his family with him for the afternoon. The family who attended were:

Sandra Dickson – Sister

Roger Dickson – Nephew

Paul Symes – Cousin

Billy Symes ( Demolay) Cousin

Dorthy Carter – Cousin

 Below are more pictures of the event. Please click on them to enlarge.