Royal Sussex Lodge of Emulation



Lodge No. 355


Meeting at The Masonic Hall, The Planks, Swindon SN3 1QP


The Lodge meets at 6.15pm on the second Friday in every month (except May, June, July, August and September)


Installation meeting in January when the Lodge Tyles at 5.00pm








Royal Sussex bi-centenary news



John Spranklin looks forward to sitting in the Master's chair.....



When Frank Lee a member of Royal Sussex lodge of Emulation No.355 donated a beautiful Teak Garden Seat as a prize to raise funds for Brighter Futures and the Radiotherapy Unit Appeal, he was totally unaware of how 'personal' this worthwhile cause would become.


Frank’s son was diagnosed with a brain tumour which necessitated regular trips to Oxford for the specialist treatment his condition required.  Frank knew that the journey was essential so he undertook the task of driving to Oxford knowing his son would receive the best clinical care from a fabulous team of doctors, technicians and nursing staff; but it was strength sapping and emotionally draining to have to make the long  journey, not only for Frank and his son but also the rest of the family.


The great news is that Frank’s son has been given the all clear and the long journeys to Oxford are a thing of the past, but for many families the journeys continue and a Swindon based Radiotherapy Unit will reduce the number of patients having to make the long journey to Oxford.


Royal Sussex Lodge of Emulation is a wonderful supporter of the Brighter Futures Charity and decided to hold a draw for the Garden Seat. The draw was brilliantly organised by W Bro John Wain and raised a total of £510.


John Spranklin was the lucky winner and the picture shows John  'trying the seat'  He has told the editor that together with his wife Ruth, he will spend many happy hours sat on it! 


News item and photograph submitted by John Spranklin


It's better than a quill says Lodge Secretary...



When Lodge secretary David Pearson discovered a 1930s "Swan Leverless" pen with the pen's collar engraved with RoyalSussex No.355 he just had to buy it.  It's filled by turning the black button at the end of the barrel and is fully functional with a nice 14ct gold nib. It was designed without a pocket clip which was not unusual in the pre-war era. It is in excellent condition.  Swan pens were a good quality English product, before the ballpoint pen destroyed their business in the 1950s!


All that a secretary needs. 



Ron and Dave take to the skies - nearly............




Prospect welcome Ron and Dave with a cheque for £2,000



Great Western Railway versus The Southern 

ImageAny competition between these two railways was bound to produce only one winner and it was simply unfortunate that the Southern was always in second place; but should there be any surprise  at such a result assurely the fact that the GWR was elegantly nicknamed God's Wonderful Railway imbued the organisation with a divine advantage against its smaller rival.


The friendly rivalry between the two railway companies has often been the subject of much 'banter' between Bro Francis Wakem PPrGM and Bro Mike Smith PM of Royal Sussex Lodge of Emulation No.3550  To mark a cessation in hostilities (not that there ever really was any) Bro Smith presented Bro Waken with a beautiful  framed print  of a Southern Railways locomotive.

Christmas Lunch a huge success

The Royal Sussex Lodge of Emulation held their 'Christmas Lunch' at the Planks, Swindon on the 20th December.


Members and their guests were well fed by the Coleshill Catering team and entertained by carols and popular songs by the marvellous Ellendune Entertainers.  The event raised a magnificent sum of over £520 which will be donated to the new Radiotherapy Centre at the Great Western Hospital.


Christmas Lunch for 2016 will be on Sunday 18th December and further details will follow later in the year.

Festival Celebrations

ImageThe Royal Sussex Lodge of Emulation was presented with a set of Festival glasses at their Installation Meeting held on Friday 8 January.

Peter Winton - Deputy Provincial Grand Master who presided at the Installation of Bro Neil Maw was delighted to exchange the Festival glasses for a cheque which took the Lodge over the magic target figure.