Celebrating our 90th Anniversary

At our meeting on Thursday 18th April 2019, the current lodge members gathered for a photograph to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the consecration of Miles Coverdale Lodge, which was on 9th April 1929.

The members on our 90th Anniversary


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Ladies’ Night 2019 - Saturday 31st August

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Worshipful Master W. Bro. Paul O'Connell and his lady Beverley invite you to our Ladies’ Night Dinner & Dance on Saturday 31st August 2019 at The Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton at 7pm. 

The evening will feature a 3 course dinner and a cabaret with comedy magician Steve Price https://stevepriceillusions.co.uk/ - a unique blend of laughs, mystery and stunning sleight of hand followed by dancing until midnight with Riviera FM’s DJ Christian Donoghue. 

Tickets £35 per person. Click to enlarge and then right click and select 'Save picture as..' to download the booking form and menu below. To place your booking, please send with payment by cheque to our secretary Steve Collins, whose address is shown on the booking form.

Dress: Men - Black Tie; Ladies - Evening Dress. Carriages midnight. 

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Installation of W. Bro. Paul O'Connell as Worshipful Master of the Lodge

W. Bro. Paul O'Connell was Installed as Worshipful Master of our Lodge on Thursday 15th November 2018 at our Installation meeting at The Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton.

The meeting was attended by 100 members, guests and visitors which included, V. W. Bro. Nicholas Ball, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, W. Bros. Peter Keaty and Christopher Yard, Assistant Provincial Grand Masters of Devonshire, R. W. Bro. Michael Penny, the Past Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, along with a significant number of Grand Officers as well as Active and Past Provincial Grand Officers.

Here are some tweets covering the event.

Our International Masonic visitors

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Just before the summer recess we were honoured with the presence of some international visitors at our meeting in May, Right Worshipful Master Robin K Stanford and his son Bro. Ben Stanford both of Lodge Hinemoa 786, New Zealand Scottish Constitution. Robin and Ben had travelled to Devon for Robin’s father’s funeral.

Robin and Ben presented our Worshipful Master, WBro. Lee Williams with a visitors banner from Lodge Hinemoa

Robin and Ben presented our Worshipful Master, WBro. Lee Williams with a visitors banner from Lodge Hinemoa. Pictured left to right: Bro. Paul O'Connell, Junior Warden, Worshipful Master, WBro. Lee Williams, Right Worshipful Master Robin Stanford, Bro. Ben Stanford, Bro. Clive Astman, Senior Warden and WBro. Pete Leins, Director of Ceremonies.

Right Worshipful Master Robin said “Ben and I had been travelling for about 36 hours when we came to Lodge having landed at Heathrow just that morning. I knew you had your meeting so it was then or not at all! My father who had passed away on 13th May was also a Freemason. Ben is a Lewis and I had the privilege of Initiating, Passing and Raising him. We travel to visit other Lodges a lot and he is a keen visitor”.

Lodge Hinemoa 786, New Zealand

Robin and Ben’s Lodge Hinemoa is a Scottish Constitution Lodge which meets in the town of Stratford in the Taranaki District of New Zealand. In March this year they celebrated their 125th anniversary and at the meeting they received a generous cheque for $5,000 from their District Grand Lodge towards the refurbishment work they had carried out. The picture below shows the Lodge room looking towards the East.

Worshipful Master Robin K Stanford, Lodge Hinemoa 786, New Zealand

Robin as well being the current Right Worshipful Master of his Mother Craft Lodge which is his third time in the Chair, has been the Worshipful Master of three New Zealand Constitution Lodges, is First Principal of the local Royal Arch Chapter and at the time of his visit, the Most Wise Sovereign of his local Rose Croix Chapter, a member of the local District Grand Lodge (Junior Grand Deacon), District Grand Chapter for Royal Arch (District Grand Recorder) and a member of the Sovereign Council 30th degree. He describes himself as an enthusiastic Freemason!

Robin said “As RWM I have tried to strike a balance between solemnity and fun and I believe our Lodge is in good heart. Consequently, it was refreshing to see that Miles Coverdale Lodge operates on a similar philosophy seeking that delicate balance between camaraderie and formality.

Ben and I really enjoyed our time with you guys. Your ritual, like so many lodges, is very different but remarkably the same! That really is one of the joys of visiting in seeing variations on the theme. It was great to see a degree working. 

We are also in your debt for your generous hospitality at the Festive Board. Ben and I both had a really good time although I think that by then the jet lag was really starting to kick in. Please convey our appreciation to the WM, Officers and Brethren for your warm welcome and generous hospitality”.

The adage that there are no strangers in Freemasonry, only friends you have yet to meet is indeed a good one!

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