Joint Installation

This past Monday night, January 15, 2018, the final 2018 installation for the Cumberland District was help in Parrsboro. The lodges of Minas Lodge #67 and King Edward Lodge #86 held their installation together with the brothers from Parrsboro hosting this year’s event.

Unfortunately, I was not able to get any pictures of this installation for the blog but they did have a very good and well attended event. RW Robert York was the Installation Officer. RW Bro. Alan Linkletter was the Presenting Officer and RW Bro. Jim Merriam was the Regalia Officer. The DDGM, RW Bro. Graeme Bales gave the charges to the masters.

The new masters for 2018 are W Bro. William Kyle for Minas Lodge #67 and W Bro. Kelley Theal for King Edward Lodge #86.

After the installation the brothers retired to the hall for a delicious Seafood Chowder.

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A Four Lodge 2018 Installation

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, four lodges from the Cumberland District joined their resources to conduct a four lodge Joint Installation in the River Philip Masonic lodge building. The event began with the brothers hosting a meal at 12 noon followed by the installation getting underway at 1pm.

JGW Entrance

The lodge room was filled to overflowing with 32 brothers in attendance (hopefully I counted correctly). The lodges taking part in the installation were:

Widow’s Son Lodge #48
Laurie Lodge #70
Wimburn Lodge #75
Wallace Lodge 76
Here the four new masters stand with the JGW.
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L to R: W Bro. Stephen Hibberts, W Bro. Robert Carter, RW Bro. John Dollimount, W Bro. Ian Mattatall and W Bro. Willian Henley

The installation this year was hosted by Wallace Lodge #76. They also opened and closed the lodge meeting. The brothers were very pleased to have three brothers from Grand Lodge in attendance. The Grand Master was represented by the JGW, RW Bro. John Dollimount. He was accompanied by the GDC, RW Bro. Donald Evans, and the DGDC for Hants, VW Bro. Robert Evans, who also functions as the Assistant GDC when RW Bro. Donald Evans is unable to attend.

Turn on your speakers and watch the video below.

Other lodges from the district including Alexandra Lodge #87 and King Edward Lodge #86, also had brothers present as guests for the installation.

This year the Installing Officer was Bro. Don Jamieson. The Presenting Officer was RW Bro. Phil Adams and the Regalia Officer was W Bro. Bruce Stewart.

The new masters who were installed for 2018 are:

Widow’s Son Lodge #48  –  W Bro. Robert Carter
Laurie Lodge #70  –  W Bro. Stephen Hibberts
Wimburn Lodge #75  –  W Bro. William Henley
Wallace Lodge #76  –  W Bro. Ian Mattatall
Below are the four lodges and the brothers who were present for their installation for 2018.
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Widow’s Son Lodge #48
Laurie Lodge #70
Wimburn Lodge #75
Wallace Lodge #76
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First Cumberland District Joint Installation of 2018

January has been the installation month for the lodges in the Cumberland District for many years now. This year the two Amherst lodges of Alexandra Lodge #87 and Acacia Lodge #8 held their Joint Installation on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

It was not until 1959 that Alexandra Lodge #87 started to have the installations in January. This was to coincide with the  move to the new temple on Lawrence Street and also to agree with the calendar followed by the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia.

Alex Plans

The installations were held at different times throughout the years. One record showed that on the 7th day of April 1921, the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother George D. McDougall, made an official visit to the lodge and duly installed the officers.
Another account recorded that on April 1, 1932 a joint meeting was held with Acacia Lodge #8 when the officers of both lodges were installed by RW Bro. A.J. Crease and others. Excellent addresses were given, both in the lodge room and at the supper which followed.

Over the past few years both our lodges have lost a number of members to DEMITs, Suspensions and those who have moved on to the Great Lodge Above; however, we did have a very good turn out for this year’s installation. We were also very pleased to have had three brothers with us from Grand Lodge for the evening: RW Bro. John Dollimount, JGW, (as the representative of the GM who had already committed to another lodge’s installation before he received our invitation), VW Bro.Robert Evans, Assistant GD of C (also the DGD of C for Hants), and W Bro. Ray Simmons, Grand Sword Bearer.

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RW Bro. John Dollimount’s entrance.

The Installing Officer for this Joint Installation was again our RW Bro. Jack Boyd of Alexandra Lodge #87. The two new masters that were installed where: W Bro. Alfred Fisher (Alexandra Lodge #87) and W Bro. Harold Farrow (Acacia Lodge #8).

The officers were all conducted to the altar for their installations by the Presenting Officers for each lodge: W Bro. Larry Ross (Alexandra Lodge #87) and W Bro. Don MacKinnon (Acacia Lodge #8).

After the installation the lodges stood with our guests to have their photos taken.

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The Officers of Alexandra Lodge #87 for 2018 and our guests.
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The Officers of Acacia Lodge #8 for 2018 and our guests.

The evening concluded with refreshments in the Amherst Temple’s hall.

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Widow’s Son at Wimburn

This past Wednesday evening, Dec. 20, 2017, there were a couple of interesting presentations at the Wimburn Lodge #75. First, this was the occasion of the Traveling Gavel making its way from Widow’s Son Lodge to Wimburn Lodge. In the photo below we see RW Bro. Bill Merriam presenting the gavel to RW Bro. Phil Adams, secretary of Wimburn Lodge.


Secondly, at the end of the evening this presentation took place. RW Bro. Merriam presented VW Bro. Tom Reid with the “Not Entirely Official and Not Even Remotely Sanctioned Peanut butter and Dulse Sandwich Award”.

Requirements for the award: the brother must be named Tom and the sandwich must be immediately consumed.


Thanks to the photos sent me by RW Bro. Rob Campbell.

Masons Appreciation Camp

On Saturday afternoon, Dec.9, 2017, the members of Cumberland Area Scouting invited the Masons of Cumberland County to come to the Parrsboro Camp on the shores of MacAloney’s Lake. The invitation was to thank the Cumberland District Masons and the Masonic Foundation of Nova Scotia for their generous gift of $19,000. This money has allowed the Cumberland Area Scouts and their Scouters to spend more time on Scouting rather than fundraising. The major portion of the donation has paid for two new roofs, one for each of the two Scout camps, MacAloney’s Lake and Long Lake, located on the Sunrise Trail just outside Amherst.

The MacAloney’s Lake Camp

Although the weather was not the best, rain with snow that arrived later that evening, the camp was alive with the sounds of Scouts of all ages when the Brothers from the CDMA arrived. We were greeted by a roaring bonfire under the canopy of tall trees bordering the shores of the beautiful MacAloney’s Lake. (A couple Brothers were hosted earlier in the afternoon as they had evening commitments).

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RW Bro. Rushton, VW Bro. Gaul, RW Bro. St Peter & Mr. John MacKay

Earlier in the afternoon two other brothers had dropped in to the camp as they had other commitments later that evening. Below they are being greeted by the campers.

RW Bro. Norm Rushton, RW Bro. Bill Merriam, RW Bro. Phil Adams and a camper.

A number of Scouters, including our Past DDGM, RW Bro. Norm Rushton, Contact Scouter with First Fenwick Troop, the Cumberland Area Commissioner, Mr. John MacKay, and a large number of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers welcomed us around the bonfire. Speeches of thanks were then deliver by Mr. MacKay, RW Bro. Rushton and the Youth Area Commissioner. They then presented us with a plaque of thanks which was to be hung on the wall of the newly roofed camp at MacAloney’s Lake (The plaque for Long Lake will be hung in the Spring and it was hinted that we might be able to join them at that location as well.)

After this, as the rain was beginning to pick up, we all moved into the warmth of the camp for a delicious meal of baked beans and brown bread rolls or white rolls.

The Brothers who made the trip to Parrsboro thanked the Scouts for their wonderful reception and show of appreciation and assured them that their words would be passed on to all the Brothers of the CDMA who could not make the reception.

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The DDGM’s Annual District Meeting

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RW Bro. John Dollimount being presented by his GDC, VW Bro. Don Evans.

On the evening of Nov. 15th the brothers from our eight district lodges came together for our Annual District Meeting chaired by our DDGM, RW Bro. Graeme Bales. This year it was again held in River Philip but this time it was hosted by the brothers of Wimburn Lodge #75. We were very pleased to see the lodge filled with 27 brothers in attendance including the visitors from Grand Lodge.

The meal was set for 6pm but it was closer to 6:30pm when we all sat down to enjoy a delicious seafood chowder made by the brothers of the lodge. The dessert was a hug Blueberry Coffee Cake courtesy of Mrs. Graeme Bales. This was served by the brothers of Wimburn along with a good helping of ice cream.

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The Ruling Masters being presented by the DGDC, VW Bro. Tom Reid

The master of Wimburn Lodge #75, W Bro. Ned Douglas opened the lodge and then the other Ruling Lodge Masters of the district were admitted and introduced. Next the DDGM was admitted and the gavel was turned over to him to conduct the annual meeting. Finally the representative from Grand Lodge, the JGW, RW Bro. John Dollimount, was admitted and given the Grand Lodge Honours. (Our Grand Master, the MW Bro. John Cody, had planned to come but was sick that evening and could not make it to the meeting.)

The meeting began with the Necrology Service followed by the Roll Call of lodges present,  then the Yearly Reports of the Lodges to the DDGM read by the masters of each lodge or their representatives, a talk by the DDGM and a presentation to the secretary of Wimburn Lodge given by the JGW. Finally the JGW, RW Bro. John Dollimount, rose to speak and bring greetings from the Grand Master, the MW Bro. Cody.

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L to R: RW Bro. John Dollimount, RW Bro. Graeme Bales, W Bro. Ned Douglas & RW Bro. Phil Adams

The meeting closed shortly after 9pm. It was a great evening that once again had brought many of the brothers from the district together for some much enjoyed masonic fellowship.

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Remembrance Day 2017

Masons from the district have always participated in Remembrance Day Parades and Services. This year has been no different. Below is a shot of the masons from the Amherst area lodges as they wait to march in the 2017 Remembrance Day Parade. There were 6 brothers from Alexandra Lodge #87 plus other brothers from Acacia Lodge #8 and the Shriners.

Masons on Parade 2017

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