Compass Group Purpose




The Island Compass Group is a very successful venture among Isle of Wight Lodges.


The Compass Group was originally set up in 2005 and run by W.Bro. Chris Thomas P.P.S.G.W. with his wife Jenny and W.Bro. Ian Henesy P.P.A.G.D.C. assisted by W.Bro. John Howell P.P.G.A.Swd. B. as Treasurer. 

Since 2016, the Compass Group has been run by a Committee, which currently is made up of the following officers:


President:                                               W.Bro. Chris Thomas

Chairman / MOC / Quiz Master:             W.Bro. Reg Hunt

Secretary / Local Events Coordinator:     W.Bro. Peter Cattle

Holiday Coordinator:                              W.Bro. Rod Dennison

Treasurer:                                              Mrs. Julie Wilkinson

Other Committee Members:                   Bro. David Hardwick,

                                                              Mrs. Doreen Hardwick

                                                              W.Bro. Eric Wilkinson 

Currently the Compass Group has 145 registered members on the mailing list and draws interest from all Isle of Wight Lodges and Side Degrees. 

Whilst it is aimed at providing a social base for Masonic widows and widowers, many older brethren and their wives support the events. 

The Group has enabled members to make new friends, rekindle old acquaintances and maintain connections with people whom they enjoyed social occasions with before their circumstances changed. 

Since the first meeting in March 2005 the programme has included coach holidays, city shopping trips, visits to Grand Lodge, The Houses of Parliament and other places of interest as well as Coffee Mornings, Lunches, Barbeques and Afternoon Teas. 

Events this year (2017) have already included a Bangers & Mash Lunch, Coffee Morning and Afternoon Tea. A holiday to Weston Super Mare in July was attended by 30 members, ably taken by coach driver W.Bro. Chris Thomas, who still occasionally drives for an Island holiday company.  The holiday included day trips to Wells, Bath, Clark’s Village at Street and Glastonbury and was enjoyed by all.


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