On Saturday 3rd August a group of members of Grace Dieu Lodge together with their families and friends enjoyed a walk through the Leicestershire countryside with a picnic in the grounds of Mount St Bernard Abbey and a couple of stop off points on route for some liquid refreshment. A very enjoyable day was had by all. Thanks go to the Worshipful master W Bro Paul Gregory for organising the day out.
On Thursday 9th May, the Grace Dieu Lodge gathered at the Masonic Hall in Coalville for the annual Installation meeting, on this occasion, they were honoured by the presence of the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. David Hagger.
During the evening, Paul Gregory was installed for the first time as Master of the Lodge, who was then pleased to invest Guy Adkin as Senior Warden, and Alan Lindsay as Junior Warden, before proceeding with the investiture of the rest of the officers for the year.
Following the installation, the Provincial Grand Master was presented with a most generous donation of £1,409.50 for the Leicestershire & Rutland 2022 Festival. This included proceeds from the Lodge social fundraising events over the last year and is in addition to the £622.50 already presented to the Festival.
The Master and his Lady, together with a number of members of Grace Dieu Lodge, their wives and partners and other guests, enjoyed an excellent Ladies Festival at Birstal Golf Club. The evening began with a Prosecco Reception, followed by a sumptuous meal. Entertainment was provided by Dean Thomas singing the “Sounds of Swing” before everyone danced the night away with the resident DJ. A raffle held during the evening raised £430 for ‘Keep the Beat’ Children’s Cardiac Charity and the 2022 MCF Festival.
W.Bro. Jim Steven was initiated into Grace Dieu Lodge No.2428 on Thursday 9th December 1976, Passed on 14th April 1977 and Raised on 10th November 1977. He served the Lodge as Master during 1989-1990. W.Bro. Jim was promoted to the rank of PPAGDC in 1995.
W.Bro. Jim Steven was born on 16th Sept 1918 in Irvine, Ayrshire, moving to Ibstock as a child. After attending Ashby Grammar School Jim went to work at Ibstock Brick & Tile Co Ltd. Jim was called up in 1939 and served in the RASC throughout the Second World War, as a driving instructor, a Telecommunications engineer and one of the first engineers working on Radar. After the war he spent 6 months with a REME workshop in Italy before returning to Leicestershire where he re-joinedIbstock Brick and became Transport Manager, where he remained until retirement.
Jim married Jean in 1951 and they had a daughter, Judith, who still lives with them. As a younger man Jim was a keen cricketer as a leg break bowler and wrist spinner. He played football as a goalkeeper for Ibstock Brick and was a very keen cyclist traveling around England and Europe. Philately was his great hobby along with his garden, and of course Freemasonry.
Jim was meticulous throughout his masonry, a highly accomplished ritualist, his ‘party piece’ being the secrets in each of the degrees. Until Jim’s health deteriorated, he updated the Emulation Ritual book for all new brethren to the Grace Dieu workings.
To Mark his 100th Birthday the Worshipful Master of Grace Dieu Lodge, W.Bro. Richard Morris, together with the members of the Lodge Care Team, W.Bro.Rev’d Clive Watts, W.Bro. Paul Dixon, W.Bro. Paul Hart and W.Bro. Cyril Clark visited Jim and his family at home, presenting him with a hamper of his favourite goodies and a card signed by all the members of the lodge. They were accompanied by the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. David Hagger who presented Jim with a certificate commemorating him on this significant birthday. The Provincial Grand Master was also delighted to promote W.Bro. Jim to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Registrar with immediate effect.