Most Worshipful Brother Douglas Collins

Masons celebrate 100 years in Parksville

Mason spent a recent weekend celebrating the lodge’s history

The Concord Masonic Lodge in Parksville celebrated 100 years recently with a weekend of events for members and visitors.

“There was a banquet and dance in the evening at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre attended by Freemasons and wives, with a total of 114 being seated for the meal,” said secretary Bryan Lapp.

He said there was a series of gatherings and ceremonies at the lodge over the

July 18 weekend, though July 5 marked their official 100th anniversary in Parksville, which had a population of 150 at the time.

Around 85 Freemasons came from across the province, including a visitor from Saskatchewan, 21 grand lodge officers and provincial Grand Master Douglas Collins, Lapp said.

He said ceremonies like the “Reconstitution and Reconsecration” ceremony they performed was similar to what would have been done in 1915.

He said the weekend was all about the lodge’s esteemed history, including being founded by people like Charles Hardy, who was also instrumental in building Knox Presbyterian Church, and many members who’s names now dot the area like Hirst, Harrison, Weld, Bagshaw, Hamilton, Rushton, Banks, Kincade, Burgoyne, Terrien and Young.

For more information visit http://freemasonry.bcy.ca.

Just Posted

Suspect arrested following gunpoint robbery in Qualicum Beach

Stop and Shop Grocery was robbed June 5; man now in custody

Parksville Qualicum Beach region moves to elevated Stage 3 watering restrictions

City, regional district ask residents to conserve water

VIDEO: First Nations, developer call for return and protection of sacred B.C. burial site

Dozens of First Nations leaders gather on grassy plateau to call on action by provincial government

B.C. woman fighting to block coroner’s report detailing husband’s death

Fears revealing exactly how Ben Kilmer took his life will have traumatic effect on her two children

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Teen stabbed after end-of-night limo dispute in downtown Vancouver

A young man, 19, is in serious condition following a dispute between two groups

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Most Read