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.


2019 – Our 154th Annual Communication

During the weekend of June 7th to 9th, 2019, the masons of Nova Scotia held their Annual Communication in Truro. This year we were very pleased to have 429 brothers registered for the event with many more in attendance, as well as, numerous guests including representatives from other jurisdictions in Canada and the USA.

Our new GM for Nova Scotia is the MW Bro. George Allen Grant.

Here we see the immediate past and present Grand Masters:

MW Bro. James Luddington & MW Bro. George Grant

Alexandra Lodge #87 had the honor of providing the Grand Lodge officers for our Cumberland District this year. Our new officers are:

RW Bro. Larry Ross – DDGM

VW Bro. Michael Gaul – DGDC

VW Bro. Tom Osborne – DGC

Below are a few photos from the installation of the new officers.

CDMA Donation to Girl Guides

At the May 23, 2019 regular meeting of the CDMA in River Hebert a special presentation was made. This past year we have worked to raise money for this year’s charity, the Girl Guides of Cumberland. Mrs. April Findley of the local group was invited to join our meeting to receive our donation.

We were very pleased to give the Girl Guides a cheque for $5,000. As well, the Wimburn Lodge and Widow’s Son Lodge each had a cheque for $1,000 to present. On behalf of the Girl Guides of Cumberland, Mrs. Findley was very pleased to receive this money totally $7,000. She thanked the brothers for their generosity and spent a few minutes telling us about what the Girl Guides were doing in the county. She also extended to us an open invitation to get in touch with her, if we would like a tour of their Girl Guides Camp.

Cheque Presentation
Mrs. April Findley receiving the cheques from our DDGM, RW Bro. Scott McNairn.

Cumberland District Annual Church Service

This year the Annual Cumberland District Church Service was held at the River Hebert – Joggins United Church in River Hebert on Sunday, April 28th at 6:00pm.

Nineteen brothers from the district plus two brothers from Grand Lodge were on hand for the annual service. Eight of our wives were also with us for the evening.

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After a rainy start to our spring of 2019, we were very pleased to see the sun shining brightly on us as we paraded to the service. At the door we were greeted by their, Designated Lay Minister, Mr. William Drysdale. The old united church building is no more, as when we were here in 2011, but the congregation now uses the church hall for all of their services and other gatherings.

Many of the important elements from the old church were able to be salvaged and given a new home including this beautiful stain glass window which looks down on the gathering from the front of the room.

Our present Senior Grand Warden, RW Bro. John Dollimont, was with us from Grand Lodge. Accompanying him were Mrs. Dollimont and a PDGDC, VW Bro. Hiram Isnor.

Readings, during the service, were given by our DGDC, RW Bro. Alan Linkletter, our DGC, VW Bro. Eric Melanson, SGW, RW Bro. John Dollimont and our DDGM, RW Bro. Scott McNairn.

Before the service closed the master of King Edward Lodge #86, W Bro. William Jollymore, gave a short talk on Freemasonry giving particular attention to our charity work.

W Bro. William Jollymore

The United Church DLM, Mr. William Drysdale, conducted a very prayerful service and expressed his thanks for our group joining their Sunday service. The people of River Hebert and Joggins are very blessed in having such a person to minister to them as his sermon was both lively and thought provoking.

Part of his service message was given in the form of a song while he accompanied himself on his guitar.

After the church service the masons and the congregation were all invited to stay for a delicious lunch. The food was provided by the members of King Edward Lodge #86 and the Stewards from the church looked after putting the food out and serving the tea and coffee. As you can see from the photos, they put on a great lunch – it was all really too tempting and appetizing not to partake.

Below are a few other photos from the afternoon.

Thanks to all those who took the time to come out to the service and especially, thanks to all the brothers of King Edward Lodge #86 and their wives who worked to make this a great success.

Before departing all the brothers including Mr. Drysdale posed for a group photo.

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It has been eight years since the Annual Church Service was held in the River Hebert area. I thought you might like to have a look at the group photo from 2011 and compare it to this year. Looking back we see a few faces that are no longer with us and, of course, some of us have produced a few more gray hairs.

Presentation at 4H County Rally

The Cumberland County 4H clubs held a County Rally on March 30 at the Pugwash High School. Our CDMA brothers chose this day to present our donation to the 4H boys and girls of Cumberland County, through the help of one of the 4H organizers, Mrs. April Findlay. Our donation was made up of funds raised by our district brothers and the Masonic Foundation.

This was our final installment to help the 4H clubs of Cumberland County. We were very pleased to present them with a cheque for $10,040.00!

A number of the Cumberland District masons made it to the presentation. Afterwards we were invited to stay to see some of the contests that were held as part of their Woodsmen Competitions, which was a big part of the day’s activities.

Below we see April Findlay accepting the cheque from the brothers.

L to R: RW Bro. Alan Linkletter, RW Bro. Scott McNairn (our DDGM), April Findlay, RW Bro. Graeme Bales and RW Bro. Bill Merriam {Photo by VW Bro. Mike Gaul}

After this the 4H’ers joined us for a group photo.

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Once the inside presentations were finished everyone moved outside for the Woodsmen Competitions. Here are a few shots of the sawing competition.

The Rally was well attended with family and friends that came out to see the 4H’ers perform.

The CDMA was thanked by several of the attendees for our donation which will go a long way in helping out this very worthwhile youth based organization.

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Masonic Banquet at Acacia

Be sure to view the gallery of photos at the end of this Blog Post.

On the evening of Thursday, March 7, 2019, the brothers of Acacia Lodge #8 held a special banquet at which they honored two of their brothers with the Meritorious Service Award and one brother with his 50 Year jewel. Everyone was very pleased to see that the turn out for the event was overwhelming.

Besides the brothers of Acacia there were several brothers from other lodges in our district including our DDGM, RW Bro. Scott McNairn, and his DGDC, RW Bro. Alan Linkletter. Beyond our district we had brothers from other lodges in our Grand Lodge of NS jurisdiction and the Grand Lodge of NB jurisdiction. We were most pleased to have on hand our Grand Lodge’s SGW, RW Bro. John Dollimont, and his GDC, RW Bro. Don Evans. The SGW, RW Bro. Dollimont, had the honor of presenting the awards and jewel to the deserving brothers.

The guests anxiously await the meal being served.

The room was packed and over 70 people sat down to a delicious roast beef dinner catered to by Janey Allen. A good number of young people from the Cumberland 4H’ers took care of the tables, serving the hungry gathering throughout the course of the meal.

Janey Allen with her assistants dish out the meals as the 4H’ers wait to serve the tables.

Presentation of Awards & Jewel

W Bro. McWhirter has been a mason since 2002 and was master of Acacia Lodge #8 back in 2008. He has been very involved in the masonic life of his lodge as well as helping to care for the physical maintenance of this lodge building. Here he is seen with his wife, Daphne, receiving his award from the SGW, RW Bro. Dollimont with WM, W Bro. Reid, looking on

VW Bro. Allan Chapman was raised in 1988 and was master of Acacia in 1995. He is a Lewis Jewel holder and became a 25 year member in 2013. He has been very involved with his lodge over the years serving in many capacities (as secretary the last 7 years) including being a Shriner and as Grand Sword Bearer of the GLNS in 2003. Below he stands with his wife, Karen, of 30 years, and the RW Bro. John Dollimont.

RW Bro. Don Ripley became a master mason back in 1969. The SGW said he has known Bro. Don for over 20 years and he knows of the many things he has done for the craft. He was very pleased to be able to be here to present RW Bro. Don Ripley with his 50 Year Jewel. Below RW Bro. Don and Mrs. Mary Ripley stand with the RW Bro. John Dollimont.

At the end of the evening the three brothers stood for a group photo, which was also taken by the local paper. Be sure to check the next edition of the Amherst News.

W Bro. Charlie McWhirter, RW Bro. Don Ripley & VW Bro. Allan Chapman.

During the evening I was able to capture a few scenes which I have put into this 6 minute YouTube video. Click the arrow below to view the show.

Correction to Video: The caterer was Janey Allen not Jeannie Allen as stated in the video.

Acacia Lodge #8 Evening of Awards and Presentations

Photo Gallery

CDMA Meeting

On the evening of Feb. 28, 2019 the brothers of the Cumberland District met at the Masonic Temple hall in Amherst for a CDMA meeting hosted by Alexandra Lodge #87. There was a very good turn out from the district with 17 Cumberland brothers attending.

As part of the evening’s meeting we had the Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia as our guest. He gave as a very enlightening 30 minute talk on the new “Cornerstone Project” being sponsored by the Grand Lodge. More information on this project can be found in the booklet entitled “Cornerstone Project”. Click the link to read it.

Cornerstone Project

RW Bro. Rick Crawford, Grand Lecturer, addresses the Cumberland Masons.

After his talk the meeting continued. One of the topics discussed was the upcoming CDMA Variety Show.

This year it will be hosted by Laurie Lodge #70 of Springhill. Last year it was this lodge that won the title of best in the show. A poster describing the show will soon be available. The info so far is:

Location: Springhill Legion – Up Stairs
Date: April 20th Time: 7:00pm
Admission: $10 Adults, $6 Children, $30 Family Price ( 2 adults + up to 3 children)
Extra Money Raiser: Chinese Auction, a 50/50 Draw and Cake Draw.
The Legion will be looking after the canteen but the hall rental is being donated.
Each lodge is asked to bring a basket for the Chinese Auction ( toiletries, kitchen items, groceries, lunch box items, etc.)
Each lodge is asked to provide 20 minutes of entertainment. Be there early to bring your equipment in for the entertainment.

Hope to see you there.

Laurie Lodge #70 Third Degree Night

On the evening of Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, Laurie Lodge #70 in River Philip opened to a packed lodge room for this special meeting.  Brothers from seven of our eight district lodges were on hand to support our Laurie Lodge brothers as they conferred the Master Mason Degree upon FOUR new brothers.

The worshipful master of the lodge, W Bro. Darin Pettis, opened the lodge at 7:00pm on the 3rd Degree and welcomed everyone to their special evening. A motion was then made to hold over any lodge business until their next meeting so they could get right to the degree work.

As this was the new master’s first time in the East since installation, another brother, RW Bro. Norman Rushton, then relieved the WM and took the master’s chair to conduct the first part of the 3rd Degree.

The second part of the third degree, the Drama, was presided over by King Solomon, RW Bro. Philip Adams. The District Drama Team then did a masterful job of conducting the FOUR new brothers through this important part of becoming a Master Mason.

The four new brothers are:

Bro. Forrest Gallagher   –  Bro. John Alick   

Bro. Keegan Hibberts  –  Bro. Travis Ross

L to R: Bro. Forrest Gallagher, Bro. John Alick, the WM, W Bro. Darin Pettis, Bro. Travis Ross
& Bro. Keegan Hibberts

Our District’s Graveling Gavel was also a part of this special evening. During the evening the Laurie Lodge Secretary, Bro. Amos Margeson, was conducted to the altar where the WM of Acacia Lodge #8, W Bro. Derrah Reid, presented him with our Traveling Gavel.

The Cumberland District’s Traveling Gavel

This was one of the best attended masonic meetings in our district in quite some time. As I said, the lodge was packed with brothers from seven of our eight lodges. I counted three times and I believe there were 38 brothers in attendance. There probably would have been more, but Minas Lodge has their meeting on the same night as Laurie, so that would account for the fact that they were not able to be there as well.

Making this evening even more special was the fact that one of the new brothers, Bro. Keegan Hibberts, is a son of the present Senior Warden, W Bro. Steve Hibberts. This family is now carrying on the tradition of father-son masonry as many of our brothers have done in the past.

W Bro. Steve Hibberts welcomes his son, Bro. Keegan Hibberts, to the fraternity.

The evening was a high light of our Masonic Year for our district. The brothers of Laurie Lodge #70 are to be highly congratulated for the work they put in to this to pull off such a well conducted degree. Also a very big welcome to the four new brothers to our fraternity.

Widow’s Son 150th

On Oct. 13th the Widow’s Son Lodge #48 hosted a roast beef supper as part of their 150th year celebrations. There was a very good turn out of brothers, their guests and widows of brothers to enjoy the meal and company.


The event took place at the Collingwood Community Hall which is part of the Collingwood Fire Station. While waiting for the meal to begin, W Bro. Bruce Stewart gave a very interesting talk on the history of the Widow’s Son Lodge #48 and how it was instrumental in bringing into existence other lodges in our district.

After the meal the MLA for Cumberland South, the Hon. Tory Rushton, made a presentation to the worshipful master of the lodge, W Bro. Robert Carter, recognizing the 150 years that the lodge has been in existence.

The MC for the event was RW Bro. Bill Merriam, secretary of Widow’s Son Lodge #48, who kept things rolling with introductions, instructions and light hearted comments. Entertainment was provided by Mr. Drew Moore of Amherst on his guitar.

The meal was catered to by the Parkview Restaurant in Oxford. Those in attendance greatly enjoyed themselves and the food was very good. The light blueberry dessert was to die for!

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Busy Night at Laurie Lodge #70

On Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 the DDGM, RW Bro. Scott McNairn, made his Official Visit along with his DGDC, RW Bro. Alan Linkletter and his DGC, VW Bro. Eric Melanson to Laurie Lodge #70 in River Philip. The DDGM was very pleased to see such a good turn out for the evening. Laurie Lodge #70 was not only welcoming the DDGM but they were happy to be conducting an Entered Apprentice for TWO new brothers!

There were 24 brothers on hand for the event plus the 2 new Entered Apprentices making a total of 26 in attendance.

A special presentation was also made the same evening to Laurie Lodge. The CDMA presented the lodge with a certificate, a “Lodge Participation Award”, for providing the best entertainment at the CDMA Variety Show this past Spring.

Below we see the DDGM making his entrance and being welcomed by the WM, W Bro. Justin Simons (pro tem).


After the degree work the WM for the degree and the new brothers posed for their photo:

Bro. Travis Porter, W Bro. George Sproul and Bro. John Alick

The certificate presentation was made by RW Bro. Phil Adams (on the right – CDMA Treasurer) and accepted on behalf of the lodge by Bro. Amos Margeson (lodge secretary).