The Phoenix Lodge No 43, News.

 

Christchurch Earthquake

In the 7.1 M Earthquake of 4 September 2010, our Lodge rooms at Akaroa lost the top part of the Refectory chimney. While Christchurch City suffered further massive destruction from a shallow Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake on the 22nd of February 2011, our Phoenix Rooms came through almost unscathed.

Post Earthquake repairs.

Post Earthquake repairs.W Bro Frank Helps RH

The chimney has been restored to full operation and the historic (homely) refectory fire was ceremoniously lit on Friday 15th April (2011) by our then most senior member, W Bro Frank Helps RH (Roll of Honour), marking the completion of the repairs to the damage caused by the September 2010 earthquake .

Originally added to the rooms in 1903, the fire is the main source of heat for the refectory. This was an evening to remember as we also celebrated Frank's 99th Birthday! Sadly and recently, Frank passed to the Grand Lodge above.

ANZAC

CenotaphAkaroa Cenotaph

Each year, The Phoenix brethren, in a brief ceremony of remembrance, honour their brothers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. A brief ceremony is held at the April regular meeting in which he Lodge remembers those members who made the ultimate sacrifice in WWI and WWII.

At the ANZAC Community Service a wreath is formally laid at the Cenotaph in the Akaroa Memorial Grounds in memory of the four brethren of our Lodge who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Lodge provides the morning teat for all the special guests who attend the Akaroa ANZAC Service.

Akaroa Health Hub

The earthquakes of 2010/2011 critically damaged the Akaroa Hospital putting the facilities out of action. Recently the Canterbury District Health Board agreed to the provision of a new health unit in Akaroa. This is referred to as the Akaroa Health Hub and will incorporate a Health Center and provide some overnight/medium term beds.

The community has been asked to contribute some $2 million dollars to the project and The Phoenix Lodge has undertaken to make to significant contribution of at least $50,000 from Masonic sources.

 

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