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Report on the 2017 festival

The 2017 Festival was held in the delightful setting of Pocklington School, near York, under the Banner of the Old Pocklingtonian Lodge No. 7867. It was graced by the PGM of Yorkshire North and East, R. W. Bro. Jeffrey Gillyon, a past President of the Federation, as well as two other PPGM’s – the outgoing FSL President, R. W. Bro. Colin Harris (Hertfordshire) and a Past President R.W. Bro. David Jenkins (Somerset). Within the Lodge meeting, the brethren were musically entertained by ‘The Daggards’, with masonic tunes from the eighteenth century through to more recent times. This unusual ‘main event’ was very well received and requirement for the brethren’s singing involvement proved highly entertaining! The ladies meanwhile enjoyed a trip to the gardens at the nearby Burnby Hall. There followed a superb white table dinner appreciated by all and the evening finished with a couple of suitable songs by ‘The Daggards’.

At the AGM, it was agreed to make two donations, one of £250 towards the new Arts Centre nearing completion at the School and one for £1,000 to the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys to mark the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge. The meeting also saw a change to one of the Joint Secretaries. W. Bro. Clifford Payton stood down after five years of sterling work, and was suitably thanked. His replacement is W. Bro. John Hubbard, who can be contacted at .

The photos show the new FSL President, V. W. Bro. Nigel Bramley-Howarth, PDepPGM (E. Lancs), presenting the cheques to Mr White, the Head of the Preparatory School, and to V. W. Bro. James Newman, Deputy President and Chairman of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.


2017 Festival


The 70th Annual Business Meeting and Festival will be held on Saturday 2nd September 2017 at Pocklington School, West Green, Pocklington, York YO42 2NJ, under the banner of Old Pocklingtonian Lodge No. 7867.


12:00 to 15:00  Registration, tea & coffee and Pay Bar ]
15:00 to 15:30  Annual Business Meeting of the Federation of School Lodges
15:30 to 16:00  Tea and Coffee
16:00 to 17:30  The Federation Lodge Meeting
17:30 onwards  Pay Bar open
18:30 to 21:30  Festival Dinner (White Table)
21:30   Official Proceedings close]

Festival Lodge Meeting

Open to Masons of all ranks.
Receiving a presentation from “The Daggards” masonic dramatic group
Dress code: Dark lounge or morning suit, School, Lodge or Masonic tie – Full Masonic regalia.

Ladies Programme

[12:00 to 15:00  Registration [and Pay Bar open]
14:00   Depart to Burnby Hall Gardens Pocklington for Cream Tea and Garden visit
17:00   Return to School
18:30 to 21:30  Festival Dinner (White Table)
21:30   Official Proceedings close]

Festival Charges

Non-Dining but including Teas and Coffees – £15:00
Meeting and Festival Dinner – £45:00
Ladies Event – £40

Below is the invitation to the event with some information on the venue along with a registration form which should be given to your lodge’s Federation representative on completion.

Invitation (PDF)

2017 Festival Registration Form (DOCX)