Coquetdale 5122

Coquetdale Lodge - No.5122

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Heritage Open day

On Saturday 11th September, The Alnwick Masonic Building took part in the Heritage Open Day which resulted in some 117 people visiting the building and Temple.

There were three membership enquiries and a Hall booking which was excellent, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the talks that were given in the Temple about the History of the building and the Chevy Chase sideboard.

Our own Brethren were present of course and W.Bro. Thomson really took it in his stride, and as one onlooker stated "..... and whose energy and enthusiasm in the Temple with the visitors was a joy to see".

Thomson can be seen (blue shirt back towards the camera) talking to visitors at the WM's pedestal.

A few more images from the Heritage Open Day

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Presentation to the Rothbury Branch of the RVS

On Tuesday 4th June, and on behalf of the Freemasons of Northumberland (RHHMBF), our WM Allan Young, accompanied by W.Bro. Thomson Bathgate PProvSGW (Treasurer) presented a cheque to the Rothbury Branch of the RVS. This extremely kind donation of £500 will ensure that the Branch can continue for the coming months. Cuts had been on the cards and this would have had a detrimental effect to some of the more vulnerable residents of the Rothbury area, but this donation added to the £300 previously donated by Coquetdale Lodge in January this year means they can continue to enjoy their weekly social gathering....many thanks again from David to the RHHMBF and Coquetdale Lodge.

Presentation of Cheque to Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline

On Saturday 27th April at Rothbury Golf Club following the successful running of two fund raisers - Coffee Morning & Table Top Sale on 13th April and the Disco & Bar-b-q on the 27th - a cheque for £550 was handed over to the one of the host families who are having 2 ten year old girls for a month under the Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline Charity.

Sharon & John gratefully received the cheque and thanked everyone for their efforts to help fund a few fun activities for the children while they are here.

Below are a selection of photos from the night

W.M. Allan Young, with Sharon, John and W.Bro. Robin Murray

Presentation of Cheque to Rothbury Bike Park Committee

On Saturday 2nd February 2019, Coquetdale Lodge No.5122 made a presentation of a cheque for £3,000 to the Chair and Funding Manager of the Planned Bike Park in Rothbury. The funds came from an application to the RHHMBF and was greatly appreciated by all concerned.

It is planned to have the Bike Park up and running by late summer and it will be a great addition to the village for the youngsters.

Those present are W.Bro. Thomson Bathgate PProvSGW, W.Bro. Allan Young W.M., also Byron (Chair) & Cheryl (Funding Manager) plus Alfie the dog, from the Bike Park Committee

Presentation of Cheque to Rothbury Branch of the RVS

On Tuesday 8th January 2019, Coquetdale Lodge No.5122 made a presentation of a cheque for £300 to the local branch of the RVS to assist them in proving valuable services, in the main to the eldery and infirm. The funds came from our annual Christmas Social Raffle, which raised £168 and the Lodge made up the difference to give a grand total of £300. W.Bro. Thomson did the honours handing the cheque to David, which was very gratefully received.
David reports that the Rothbury Branch was almost closed down in December just gone due to cuts in funding, but was reprieved with funds that will see them through until March 2019 and hopefully further funding can be sourced to keep it open permanently 
Our New Worshipful Master

W.Bro. Allan Young

At our Annual Installation Meeting on Thursday 11th October 2018, W.Bro. Allan Young was installed as Worshipful Master for the ensuing year.

There was a great turn out in the Lodge with 57 Brethren supporting Allan on his big night, with 46 Brethren remaining behind to enjoy our Annual Festival Festive Board.

There are a few more images below of the preparations and congratulations by the outgoing WM., W.Bro. Paul Cassidy

On Saturday 2nd June the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. J.J. Craigs, of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland donated a cheque to the value of £1,550 to the Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club which was received on behalf of the club by Jim, who is one of the many younger folk who enjoy these facilities.

The funds come from the Masons of Northumberland, more familiarly known as the Richard Henry Holmes Masonic Benevolent Fund.

Members of Coquetdale Lodge No.5122 who’d originally applied to the fund for a donation for the club were also present in the persons of W.Bro. W. Thomson Bathgate PProvSGW and Treasurer of the Lodge, W.Bro. Robin P. Murray Secretary and W.Bro. Alan Thompson IPM.

We were warmly welcomed and shown around the facilities of the Club and tried some of the equipment – the weigh-in machine proving to be the most humorous. Some of their number, including their organiser Gary Pattinson and one of the club’s and England’s young female rising stars were absent as they were taking part in a competition at an event in Penrith, the ‘Lord Lonsdale Box Cup’.

The club have now purchased all the equipment they had hoped for.
see image below
A large amount of funds was raised, by the Lodge itself and from the many visitors at our last meeting in the Raffle, which was to be donated to a not-for-profit organisation in Namibia specialising in support for children with special needs and their families. This fund raising had been organised at the request of W.Bro. Ian Glendinning PProvGStdB who has visited Namibia over a number of years and seen at first hand the excellent work that had been done. The amount shown on the receipt is in Namibian Dollars and is equivalent to £400 sterling.
Below is a copy of the receipt they sent back along with their very grateful thanks, and a few photos from a recent visit by W.Bro. I. Glendinning PProvGStdB.

Rothbury Bowling Club, with the help of several grants and donations, including R.H.H.M.B.F. and Coquetdale Lodge No.5122, now have their new piece of grounds machinery.....the machinery cost in excess of £5,000 in total - we in our small way helped them achieve there target for which they are very thankful...

W.M. Paul Cassidy
Our Installation Night & Annual Festival was an excellent night - as some have said - "That's what Masonry is all about" - some images below of a Special Occasion.

IPM W.Bro. Alan Thompson congratulating our (then) M.E. W. Bro. Paul Cassidy - who is our new Worshipful Master

Master Elect - W.Bro. Paul Cassidy being congratulated by our reigning WM and some of the Officers & Friends at our last Regular meeting. We had a double Fraternal from Risingham Lodge No.5761 and Alnwick Lodge No.1167 with a total attandance of 41 Brethren.

Rothbury Bowling Club & Rothbury Cycle Track
£150 to each organisation
Names L to R
              back row    W.Bro Thomson Bathgate (Lodge Treasurer)
front row        David Bolton                Bill Butters                      Byron Beatty           Alan Thompson (WM)              
   Bowling Club President   Bowling Club Secretary       Cycle Track                                                               
                                   (Team Leader)

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Installation 2016
and Festive Board Preparations

W.M. Alan Thompson


50 year Certificate Presentation - 12th May 2016


W. Bro W. Thomson Bathgate PProvSGW

W.Bro. W. Thomson Bathgate PProvSGW

below are a few more images from his presentation night

Masonic Weekend April 2016
Grange Over Sands

50 year Certificate Presentation


W. Bro Norman Martin PProvSGW

from L to R

Right Worshipful Brother J.J. Craigs           W.Bro. Norman Martin PProvSGW               W.Bro. John Tomlin PAGDC    

               Provincial Grand Master

A few more images from Normans 50 year Presentation


 Presentation to Rothbury Drop In Center

7th January 2016

Hayley Brown, who works for NCC as a youth worker and will be running the Drop In Center, represented the Youth Project and received their cheque from David Brown MBE, JP, and Charity Steward of Coquetdale Lodge, on the 7th January at the 1st opening of the year of the Drop in Centre in the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. Also in attendance was Graham Lockwood, Bev Common also from NCC and Jeff Reynalds along with Cheryl Lickiss who are Trustees of the Youth Project.

Presentation to Upper Coquetdale Community Transport

18th December 2015

We met up with the Passengers and Nicola, the Transport Manager of UCCT - she's the one in the green elf hat waiting on, and with Thomson - at the Vale Cafe on the occasion of their Christmas thank you to their passengers. We had a thoroughly enjoyable chat with everyone and was made most welcome. The cakes, sandwiches, mince pies and coffee were in ample supply. Thomson kindly made the presentation of our Cheque from proceeds raised at our Christmas Party on Saturday night past, after a brief speech (unusual for him eh) in this his 50th year in Craft Masonry.

50 year Certificate Presentation to W. Bro Smails


Burns Night 2015

(cheers from the Worshipful Master)

Coquetdale Burns Night 2014


75 year photo - 2004


Standing - left to right Michael Richardson, Bobby Walton, Phillip Gregory, Alan Thompson, Bobby Dixon
Basil Davison, Angus (Gus) Hutton, Keith Hutton, Jim Renwick, John Young, Robin Murray, Alan Coe.
Seated - left to right - David Brown, Norman Martin, David Taylor, Thomson Bathgate (Master), Jim Oliver
David Cummins, Ian Glendinning.


 Lodge Interior - April 2010

Final preparations before our Lodge Meeting - Burns Celebration Night - 2010
(viewed from the west)



Lodge Interior - April 2010
Final preparations before our Lodge Meeting - Burns Celebration Night - 2010
(viewed from the east)


Lodge Interior - October 2010



The Masonic Temple in Alnwick has recently undergone some major interior renovation. A big vote of thanks must go to all those who gave of their time to do what was required although the cost of the material was in excess of £5,000.

Thanks to everyone involved we now have this beautiful Temple, with new carpets and pristine walls. It is a real joy to attend Lodge meetings.


Coquetdale Lodge No.5122
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