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On the 27th of September, 2019, Mister Rudolph Geyer was Initiated as an Entered Apprentice at Clara Lodge N0.288.

The Ceremony was rather special as two Provincial Grand Masters participated in the Ceremony: Rt.W.Br. Nic Benson of S.A. Northern and Rt.W.Br. Anton Alsemgeest of Southern Cape.

Rt.W.Br. Alsemgeest is a long-time friend of Mister Geyer, and was his Proposer for Membership.

Also in attendance, was an impressive number of Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge Officers, and Brethren ; forty-seven in all. The Ceremony was very professionally carried out, thanks to the accuracy of delivery from the participants.

The Worshipful Master of Clara Lodge, W.Br. Renier Shields, and Brethren, wish Br. Rudi an enjoyable, successful and fulfilling future in Freemasonry.


Clara’s Worshipful Master, W.Br. Renier Shields (centre, rear), Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge Officers, with (front)

Rt.W.Br. Anton Alsemgeest, Br.Rudi Geyer and Rt.W.Br. Nic Benson.

Rt.W.Br. Alsemgeest and Br. Rudi Geyer.


On Saturday 14th September, the Bi-Annual meeting was held at the Central East Rand Temple, Jubilee Road, Boksburg South, and was open to all Master Masons.
The meeting was very well attended by distinguished visitors from Sister Constitutions, and the Lodges in the Province, and was particularly important as a new Provincial Assistant Grand Master, in the person of Rt.W.Br. Gerhard van Staden, was invested.

PAGM Rt.W.Br. Gerhard van Staden

After the PAGM’s Investiture, the Provincial Grand Master, Rt.W.Br. Nic Benson, appointed his new executive Officers, Provincial Grand Lodge Officers, and his personal Standard Bearer, for the ensuing year; he also presented his personal awards, to deserving Brethren.
After the meeting, the PGM and representatives of the other four Constitutions – English, Scottish, Grand Lodge of South Africa and Netherlandic, assembled outside for a group photo.

Rt.W.Br. Nic Benson, left, his Assistants, and his delegation of distinguished guests from Sister Constitutions

The photo-shoot was followed by a really superb Refreshment Board, organised by the host Lodge, Erin-Go-Bragh No.370. There was also some musical entertainment, and a prize-giving for the team from Erin-Go-Bragh, who won the Erin Lodge Bowls day.

From L-R.: V.W.Br. Terry Nicholls WM, W.Br. Alasdair Cozens, V.W.Br. Derek MacDade and Br. Keith Bull.


On the 6th September, the Pretoria Masonic Centre at the Willows saw the Installation of W.Br. Marc Pienaar for a second year as Master of the Lodge.

Thanks to Provincial Grand Lodge, W.Br. Marc Pienaar and the Brethren of Leinster, the Installation was performed at the high standard to which S.A Northern is continually striving to maintain.

The membership of the Lodge has been increased, of late, and in attendance at the Installation, were the newest Members; three Entered Apprentices and a Fellowcraft. Here they are, from left to right: Br. J.Grobler, Br. J. Malherbe, Br. Brian Barger and Br. S. Pienaar. Centre, rear is the Worshipful Master, W.Br. Marc Pienaar.
Congratulations to W.Br. Marc, and we wish him a successful, second year in the Chair of King Solomon. Congratulations, also, to the Wardens and newly-invested Officers of the Lodge.


Erin Lodge ran the 3rd Annual Outdoor Bowl’s Day on Saturday 3rd August 2019, at the Discovery Bowling Club; it was a well-attended day with 48 Players and 10 Spectators,

The weather was much kinder this year, not bitterly cold as it had been in the past. The competition was played over 12 Ends, from 10h30 to 12h30, although by 12.30, everyone was already tucking into a hearty lunch; this was followed by a very interesting presentation by Ella & John Roberts, of SANParks Honorary Rangers, West Rand Region, on their work with the training of Tracking Dogs, for hunting down Poachers.

The Prize-giving followed shortly thereafter.

Erin go Bragh won the Lodge Trophy.

Robert Dick’s Clara Team won the Team Prize,

Erin’s team came second

And Billy Rice’s team won the Mugs award.

The usual Raffle took place with a vast array of prizes. A good day was had by all and money made was donated to the SAME Education Fund and the Sanparks Anti-Poaching unit.

Our PGM, Rt.W.Br. Nic Benson, announced that Provincial Grand Lodge  would be donating R5000 to their worthy cause.

In Remembrance


Rt.W.Br. Brian Trotter: 16th June, 1953 – 26th February, 2019.

Brian Trotter was Initiated, Passed and Raised in his Mother Lodge, Erin-Go-Bragh No.370 IC; he was Master of the Lodge in 1998 and 2013, and, after leaving the Chair, he joined the Provincial Grand Lodge and in 2013,was made PGL Assistant Director of Ceremonies. In 2016, he was given the Office of PGL Senior Director of Ceremonies, and then in 2017, he was made Provincial Assistant Grand Master. He received Grand Lodge Honours in 2011, as Past Grand Steward, and then in 2018 as Past Grand Deacon.

Rt.W.Br. Brian Bull: 21st September, 1949 – 20th June, 2019

Brian Bull was Initiated, Passed and then Raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason in Erin-Go-Bragh Lodge in 1984. He was Master of the Lodge in 1993, 2011 and 2017. After joining Provincial Grand Lodge in 2012, he was made PGM Standard Bearer; the following year, he took the Office of Assistant Director of Ceremonies, and in 2015, he was given the position of Senior Director of Ceremonies. Finally, in 2017, he was given the rank of Provincial Assistant Grand Master. He received Grand Lodge Honours in 2013, as Past Grand Superintendent of Works, and in 2017, Past Grand Deacon.

V.W.Br. Dr. Hilary Kincaid-Smith: 26th July, 1930 – 9th July, 2019

Hilary Kincaid-Smith was Initiated into Lodge Lurgan No.767 IC on the 4th November,  1986, and Passed and Raised in 1987.. He was Master of Lodge Lurgan in 1995, and of Belfast Lodge No. 832 IC, in 2018.

In 2016, he took the Office of Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works, and in 2017 was made Provincial Grand Chaplain. The following year, Hilary was promoted to Provincial Junior Grand Warden, the Office which he held until his death.

He was also a Founder Member of Rosa Sine Spina Chapter No.1189 EC, which was founded on the 23rd February, 2008.


The Games Day fund raiser was a great success: music courtesy of PAGM Billy Rice, plenty of fun, snacks, great raffle prizes, and German-sausage hot-dogs for the peckish.

Congratulations to W.Br.Paddy Quinn, the darts champion, V.W.Br.Tony Murdoch who won the pool, and Dan Tyrer who cleaned up the opposition in the table tennis.

At the end of the day we had the prize giving, with Achill Lodge winning the Floating Trophy.

Paddy, Tony and Dan each received a trophy.

Next the raffle; First Prize, an Espresso coffee maker, second and third prizes hampers with a real selection of good eats.

A great day was had by all.

V.W.Br Craig Russel checking score
V.W.Br Craig Russel checking score
Nic Benson
PGM Nic Benson getting down to it
PDGM Tony Bosch taking aim
PDGM Tony Bosch taking aim

THE T.I.M.C BLANKET DRIVE - 13th July 2019

Blanket Drive

Here are some of the deserving recipients of blankets from the Blanket Drive, at the Benoni White Squatter Camp.

It was really gratifying to see how much the blankets were appreciated.

Clara’s V.W.Br. Robert Dick and a Staff member, with one of the many blankets which were distributed to the residents of The Tower of Life, in Krugersdorp, as part of the TIMC Blanket Drive.

Good News - July 2019

Young Matthew Spencer is looking happy and well, now that he is in remission.

Congratulations, Matthew, we are all wishing you a full recovery.


The Gauteng contingent, PGM Nic Benson, centre,  and Tzaneen Brethren, after the Installation of

Br. Hennie Botha as Worshipful Master.

The Brethren of the Lodge really went out of their way to put on such a grand Festive Board at the hotel.

We also had Live entertainment provided by Rt.W.Br. Billy Rice and his guitar.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, to end off a great trip.


Thanks to the hard work and organizational skills of V.W.Brs, Fanie Bezuidenhout Gerhard van Staden and Justin Dawe, and the assistance of the Brethren of the Lodge, the Open-Day fundraiser at Springs Airfield was a tremendous success;

Raffle tickets were sold during the event to raise the much-needed funds and three prizes were up for grabs. The prizes were a flip in a Boeing Stearman to the value of R1 500 sponsored by Adam Pucjlowski, a Tandum Skydive to the value of R1 900 sponsored by Skydive the Farm and a flight to the Vaaldam in a Sling 4 to the value of R1 500 sponsored by Pieter Bezuidenhout.

The Provincial Grand Master, Rt.W.Br. Nic Benson, won an aerobatic flight.

SA Northern's Iron Man - 1 June 2019

1st June 2019, Rt.W.Br. Billy Rice celebrating his success in the Iron Man Competition, on the Natal Coast.

His results: 48 mins. for 2km swim, 3hrs.48mins. for 90 km cycle and 2 hrs. 38 mins. For 21 km run.

PGLSANIC on Tour in KZN - 1 June 2019

18 Brethren made the trip to Mandini, in Kwa-Zulu Natal, for the Gingindhlovu Lodge Installation – 1st June 2019. Here they are at the Lodge.

Rt.W.Br. Nic Benson (foreground), with the Brethren from Gauteng, Natal and Southern Cape, at breakfast in Zinkwazi

An historic Installation at Gingindhlovu Lodge on the 1st June 2019;

An historic Installation at Gingindhlovu Lodge on the 1st June 2019, with three Provincial Grand Masters in attendance

Danny and Dawn Freddel’s Farewell

7th June. A farewell evening at V.W.Br. Craig Russell’s home, for V.W.Br. Danny Freddel, and wife Dawn, who are emigrating to England.

From left: Br. Reshat Herrington, V.W.Br. Danny Freddel, V.W.Br. Craig Russell and his wife, Tanya.

Clara ladies at Danny and Dawn Freddel’s Farewell Party:

From left: Lyn Hulse, Dawn Freddel, Bev Cawe and Myrtle Badenhorst.

Provincial Grand Lodge of South Africa Northern donates R 30,000 to 4 year old cancer patient

Young Matthew Spencer with his mum Anita

The Provincial Grand Master and Matthew Spencer, a 4 year old cancer patient, who received a donation of R30,000 towards his medical costs from the Provincial Grand Lodge of South Africa Northern

Provincial Grand Lodge AGM September 2018

Master Masons in attendance

The Provincial Grand Master, Rt Wor. Bro. Nic Benson hands over a donation of R10,000 to Hospice East Rand