All Nice & Tidy......
A crew of willing hands have been busy working away at making the outside of the Hall look all neat and tidy over the past week with the finale on Saturday 3rd. The Hall Committee appealed for help and there was a great response. Men, strimmers, spades, brushes, shovels, chainsaws, tractors, trailers, tea and biscuits, everything but the kitchen sink was brought. As the joke goes, "how many Masons does it take to tidy up?....... 1 and all the rest to talk about how it used to be done! "
There really are too many people to thank, but your time and effort was very much appreciated. October 2020
Newsletter.......read all about it!
We are pleased to launch the 1st Edition of "The Kircubbin Mason's Newsletter" which will be emailed to all Brethren and Companions on a monthly basis. The idea came about as a way to maintain a more formal way of communication during these unprecedent times we find ourselves in because of the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19.
We hope you like this new idea. June 2020
NHS / Key Workers.....THANK YOU
The 3 Lodges who sit in The Kircubbin Masonic Centre; ourselves Shamrock 354 Kircubbin, Portaferry 104 and Star of Ards 183 Greyabbey are all very proud to show our support for the NHS and all Key Workers during this unprecedented time. Their commitment and dedication to caring for those in our society who need help is outstanding and totally selfless to say the least. We have displayed a banner on the hall so that those who continue to go to work day in day out know that we are very much appreciative of what they are doing.
Thank You! Please stay safe. May 2020
In light of Government advice in relation to the global pandemic of COVID-19, Grand Lodge of Ireland have taken the decision to suspend all Masonic meetings (all Branches of the Order) until 31st August 2020 throughout the island of Ireland. Please look after yourself, family, friends, and loved ones during this time. Although we are unable to meet, technology means we are only but a phone call, a text, or an email away from a friendly voice. Should you need any help at all reach out to a Brother who will always be there for you as set out in one of our Three Great Principles ;
"Freemasons are taught to practice charity, and to care, not only for their own members, but for the community as a whole, by both charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts."
Please Stay Safe everyone! March 2020
Brotherly Love at its best
After 20 years of both serving as Steward of Charities and Almoner, W Bros Hubert Thompson and Ian McKenna have hung up their Collars of Office and are now looking forward to a well earned break. Hubert and Ian were both installed on the same night into their respective offices and have worked tirelessly together for the good of the Lodge for 20 years! They were presented with a small gift by the Worshipful Master, W Bro David Smith, on behalf of the Brethren for their dedication. Many thanks Hubert and Ian. Feb 2020
Half a Century for our Roy
A special evening was held at Craigantlet Lodge of Friendship No. 486 in Hollywood on Saturday 14th September for W Bro Roy Shaw. Roy received his 50 Year Jewel from the Worshipful Master, W Bro Gordon Smith alongside our own Worshipful Master, W Bro Peter Wray. Craigantlet Lodge of Friendship is Roy's mother Lodge where his Freemasonry journey began back in 1969. A great evening was had by many Brethren who attended to celebrate with Roy and share stories of bygone years. What an achievement and many congratulations Roy from all your friends in Shamrock 354. Sept 2019
Minute Book Back Home since 1903
We were very privileged and fortunate to have received our very first Minute Book from 1903. Mrs Anne McRandle came across the book in a relatives house who was a collector of books. She contacted us through our website and kindly wanted it to be returned to its rightful owner. We invited Anne and her husband along to our closing night on 17th May 2019, were she gifted the Minute Book back to us. The Lodge presented Anne with a bunch of flowers for her kindness. May 2019
BBQ Fundraiser - Brainwaves NI
On the 17 June, Shamrock 354 teamed up with Portaferry 104 and held a BBQ Fundraiser at Kircubbin Sailing Club. The weather was very kind to us and everyone had a great evening. Thank you to all that supported us and a special word of thanks to "DJ" Len, "Barman" Peter, and "Cooks" Steven and Mark! After costs were covered we managed to raise a grand total of £544 for Brainwaves NI June 2017
Honours for Shamrock
Two honours have been recently bestowed on our Lodge. Firstly W Bro Norman Nevin was elected as Honorary Provincial Grand Lodge Sword Bearer for the Provincial Grand Lodge of Down at La Mon House Hotel in 2016. Secondly W Bro Maurice McKee has been elected as Chairman of the Newtownards District Committee of Inspection for 2017. The last time a member of Shamrock 354 was honoured with this office was back in 1998 when it was held by R W Bro Douglas Thompson. Other members of Shamrock 354 who have held this office are W Bro Joseph Orr in 1939 and W Bro John Donnan in1969 - Well done Norman and Maurice. February 2017
Roy Changes Jobs!
W Bro Roy Shaw, having been Director of Ceremonies for the past 26 years, has decided to hand the gauntlet over to W Bro Sam McCormack. Roy affiliated to Shamrock 354 on 21st November 1980 from Craigantlet Lodge of Friendship 486. He was installed as the Worshipful Master in 1988. From 1990 to 2016, Roy has been the longest serving Director of Ceremonies who has kept a watchful eye over proceedings and ensured everyone conducted themselves in the correct manner fitting to their office.
Roy is also a member of Shamrock Royal Arch Chapter 354, a Past Provincial Grand Lodge Sword Bearer, and is a member of other Branches of our Order.
The Provincial Assistant Grand Master, R W Bro Harold Henning, alongside the Worshipful Master, W Bro Mark Hammond, presented Roy with a crystal decanter and glasses on behalf of the Brethren of the Lodge in order to show their appreciation for his committment and loyalty to the Lodge over the past 36 years. May 2016
Something Fishy Going On
As always, our closing night is our "Fish Night". After our meeting the Brethren along with visiting Brethren all enjoy a supper fit for a fish loving king. The spread, all locally caught of course, goes down a treat and is enjoyed by everyone..........especially W Bro Graeme Bryce who certainly enjoyed a few prawns !!!!!!!! Tales of old a new are shared until we head home for the year and meet again in September for our new session. May 2015
Top Job For Our Roger
On Saturday 15th November 2014 at La Mon Hotel & Conference Centre, R W Bro Roger Matthews was installed as Provincial Grand Master of Down. This is not only a great honour for Roger, but also for Shamrock 354. Roger was initiated into Felicitas Masonic Lodge No. 760 in 1980 and installed as Worshipful Master in 1988 after which he served as Lodge Secretary for 14 years. He is a past Chairman and current President of Rosetta Masonic Charity Board. In 1989 he joined the Management Committee of the Masonic Girls Benefit Fund and served 13 years on the Committee before retiring as its Chairman in 2002. Roger was appointed as a Provincial Grand Lodge Steward in 1994 and Grand Lodge Steward of Charities in 2003.
Roger has been a member of Down Charity Executive since its inception and became its Chairman 2006 following his installation as a Provincial Assistant Grand Master. In November 2011, Roger was installed as Provincial Deputy Grand Master. His current responsibilities on behalf of the Province are for :- Grand Lodge Board of General Purposes, The Charity Executive, District Charity Committees, Province based Charitable Trusts, Gift Aid and Provincial Grand Lodge Stewards of Charities & Almoners.
The Worshipful Master along with the Officers and Brethren of Shamrock 354 are very proud of Roger's achievement and wish him every success in his new role. November 2014
Ladies Night....oooh what a night!
As usual every year the Lodge holds a Ladies Night at Kirkistown Golf Club. Members of the Lodge along with their 'better halves' enjoy a social evening together. A tasty buffet dinner went down a treat, followed by live music which had everyone up on their feet dancing the night away. During the night a raffle is held to benefit various charities supported by the Lodge. A big thanks to all those who were able to come and especially the members of the Lodge who organise it every year. November 2014
Provincial Honour for Maurice
In 2014 our Lodge has the great honour of having W Bro Maurice McKee, Treasurer, elected to the office of Provincial Grand Inner Guard for the Provincial Grand Lodge of Down for 2014.
Maurice is currently the Lodge Treasurer and has been a member of Shamrock since 1990. Maurice was installed as the Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1999 after having served as Senior Warden. Maurice is also a member of Royal Arch Chapter 354 and is currently serving his sixth year as Registrar of the Chapter, having previously held the office of Treasurer for six years. Maurice is pictured receiving his Provincial Collar, Apron and Cuffs form the Worshipful Master, W Bro Graeme Bryce.
Maurice is also a Representative for the Inspection Committee and a Lodge Trustee. April 2014
Our New Website, www.........
Bro Mark Hammond was challanged with the job to create our new website. It helps to bring our Lodge into the 21st Century and makes it easier for members of the public to see what Freemasonry is about. It also highlights what our Lodge is doing throughout the year.
We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to gathering the information and helped out in anyway at all. A special word of thanks to Provincial Grand Lodge of Down, and also Grand Lodge for 'digging out' some old bits and pieces from the archive on our Lodge.
We hope you enjoy looking through our new site, and we would love to hear your views and opinions on it. April 2014