IPA Goes Down Well at Cranbrook

This evening Cranbrook RFC were the grateful recipients of Spirit of Rugby IPA.   On a cold training night at the Tomlin Ground, Club President, Mark “Scotty” Scott and Chris “BigBird” Hambridge appreciated the opportunity to be inside whilst the men’s and women’s senior teams were outside training.

WBros Gary Lux and Matt Mitchell presented the #GiftOfBeer to the Club who boast teams in every age group for boys and girls as well as men’s and women’s rugby.   The Women are currently sitting 6th in Women’s NC 1 South East (East) Division and the men 3rd in the London 3 South East League.

Sampling the beer brewed at The Nelson Brewery President Scotty described the brew as “a gentle smooth blend of flavour with an aroma of barley” and recommended it as a session beer.   The club intend to use the beer, and turn it into cash for the club, at the their very popular Xmas Lunch ahead of their men’s 1st XV clash with Gillingham Anchorians.

The members of Spirit of Rugby Lodge wish all Cranbrook teams the very best and hope they enjoy the ale in the run up to Christmas.  

Anyone interested in playing rugby at Cranbrook should contact the club by email: webmaster@cranbrookrugby.com or call the club on: 01580 712777. http://www.cranbrookrugby.com/

Anyone interested in finding out more about Freemasonry, the Spirit of Rugby Lodge and how the lodge supports the rugby community please email: spiritofrugby9922@gmail.com or call Matt on 07738999741.

Lodge Crusade to Cliffe

Bros Mark Lawson and Tony Fish made their way towards the Isle of Grain bearing a gift of Spirit of Rugby IPA to Cliffe Crusaders Rugby Club earlier in the week. Head Coach Ian Lane (pictured) received the lodge’s #GiftofBeer gladly on behalf of the Club which is based at the Cliffe Village Club. Ian loved the idea of what the lodge was doing and was very grateful of our donation. He took charge of the beer ahead of a training session in preparation for a tough away league fixture against an undefeated Park House RFC.

Cliffe Crusader’s Coach Ian Lane receiving Spirit of Rugby IPA from Mark Lawson

We hope the beer helps to celebrate (or sooth) the result of the Park House match and that any / all funds raised from the beer will be used by the club to continue the crusade to preach the benefits of rugby to the uninitiated – the Crusaders welcome all new members (not just Christians). Likewise, Spirit of Rugby Lodge welcomes existing/past Freemasons and new members (of all religions) to our rugby lodge which currently meets four times a year.

For more information about Cliffe Crusaders RFC visit their web site www.cliffecrusadersrfc.co.uk or find them on Facebook @CliffeCrusadersRFC.
For more information about how the East Kent Spirit of Rugby Lodge, and it’s members, are supporting rugby clubs in East Kent check out our news stories below or find us on Facebook @SoR9922. Interested in becoming a Freemason email us at: spiritofrugby9922@gmail.com


Dragons First to Benefit from Spirit of Rugby’s Beer

Medway Dragons RL Club was the first club in the county to receive the gift of gifts from members of Spirit of Rugby Lodge. Martin Coyd Head Coach of the premier rugby league team in the Province gratefully received the crates of Spirit of Rugby IPA beer. The gift of beer (funded by the lodge) will be used by the club based in Chatham to raise funds to support their programmes which includes: senior, masters, and youth rugby league.

Lodge members Mark Lawson and Matt Mitchell delivered the beer to Martin as soon as it was ready and directly from the Nelson Brewery where the beer was brewed. The Brewery is based not far from the club who recently finished their (partly interrupted) 2021 season.

Spirit of Rugby Lodge aims to actively engage and support rugby in East Kent and this beer, funded by the members, has been produced to do just that.

Matt Mitchell (Past Master of SOR 9922)

For information about Medway Dragons Rugby League visit medwaydragons.com and to find out more about Freemasonry in general and specifically the Spirit of Rugby Lodge in East Kent contact us via our contact page here: http://freemasonsrugby.com/contact-form-page/ The lodge welcomes new members who are passionate about rugby and want to help make a difference in the rugby community.

Beer in the Community

Spirit of Rugby Lodge took delivery of over 2000 bottles of specially brewed and branded beer this week. WBro Mark Lawson (left) collected the IPA from Piers Macdonald (right) owner of Nelson Brewery based within the Historic Dockyard at Chatham.

The lodge will be gifting crates of the “Spirit of Rugby IPA” to rugby clubs within the Masonic Province of East Kent boasting a community of over 30 rugby clubs which the lodge has pledged to support.

Rugby is about sharing a beer in the clubhouse after the game, what better way of supporting our local clubs than gifting them our beer

WBro Matthew Jury
(Worshipful Master of SOR 9922)

Members of the lodge have been tasked with contacting local clubs and presenting the beer which will be used by the clubs to: support club events, sell over the bar or simply to enjoy with club members and teammates. Which ever way the beer is used 100% of any funds raised from sale, raffle or auction will be kept by the club to help the club and rugby thrive in East Kent.

The smooth classic hand crafted Indian Pale Ale IPA has been made by boiling malts and hops before adding the yeast to allow the brew to ferment and develop the wonderful smooth hoppy taste that Piers and his team have helped us produce. The beer has been bottled, packaged and branded (label below) to direct the inquisitive consumer towards the lodge website (here) at www.freemasonsrugby.com

Jury Out as Lodge Elect New Master, Treasurer & Bro Steve takes his next step…

Spirit of Rugby Lodge’s Worshipful Master Matt Jury presided over his final full meeting on Monday 15th November. As part of the meeting at the Dymchurch Centre Matt ensured that Bro Steve Chandler successfully proved his proficiency and took the next step in freemasonry to become a Fellow of the Craft. The lodge members also elected Bros. Tony Fish and Clive Lang as Master and Treasurer Elect respectively.

Bro Steve Chandler was presented with the distinguishing badge of a Fellowcraft

The meeting was followed by a traditional festive board with thanks to the catering staff at the Dymchurch Centre who put on a tremendous spread which was super value for money.

can i buy gabapentin in spain Spirit of Rugby Lodge next meets on Monday 21st February 2022 at the Tovil Masonic Centre, Maidstone.

The catering team at DMC provided a delicious festive board

Lodge to support local clubs with donation of Beer

Rugby Clubs having struggled throughout lockdown are soon to get a generous boost from Spirit of Rugby Lodge 9922. With club rugby fixtures now well underway the members of Spirit of Rugby Lodge have plans to support all East Kent Rugby Clubs with donations of their very own beer produced in partnership with Nelson Brewery.

Cases of the Spirit of Rugby’s IPA brew will soon be delivered to rugby clubs across East Kent at no cost to any of the rugby clubs involved. Members of Spirit of Rugby Lodge hope the donated beer will help each club to support their own fund raising efforts by selling it over the club bar or by using it in creative ways to generate funds to support the club.

The Worshipful Master of Spirit of Rugby Lodge Matt Jury (also a member of Thanet Wanderers RFC) said, “on behalf of the lodge and our members I am delighted to be able to help the rugby community in this way; sharing a beer has always brought people closer together but this takes it to another level“.

Just as rugby players traditionally enjoy a post match beer, freemasons have (for over 300 years) enjoyed a beer after masonic meetings. Founding Master of SOR9922 (and Vice President at Medway RFC) Roger Waltham is looking forward to talking to club members about how Rugby and Freemasonry have similar values and tenets. Likewise members of the Lodge are looking forward to delivering cases of beer to their local clubs and continuing the conversation.

The beer is currently brewing and will be ready for distribution in the next few weeks thanks to Piers MacDonald and his team at the Nelson Brewery based in the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

For more information contact us via our contact page here: http://freemasonsrugby.com/contact-form-page/

Spirit of Rugby IPA

Spirit of Rugby Lodge welcomes new members with an interest in Rugby and Freemasonry. To arrange an introductory meeting or simply to find out about more about freemasonry and how we support the rugby community please get in touch or find us on social media;
Facebook @Spirit of Rugby Lodge No.9922
Twitter @SoR9922

SoR 9922 – Community Programme Update

Since it was founded in 2016, one of Spirit of Rugby Lodge’s prime objectives has been to reach out to the Kent Rugby Community. The funding of initiatives to promote school and club rugby for children and young adults is one of the Lodge’s main aims.
See: http://freemasonsrugby.com/community/

Venkatagiri The 2018/19 Season has seen the programme reach new heights and allowed the Lodge to establish working relationships with local Rugby Clubs.

Folkestone RFC

On the 30th March 2019 Worshipful Master http://crossfitraze.com/ Robert Mitchell and a team of Lodge members paid a visit to Folkestone RFC to watch their match against rivals Crowborough. They joined host Ivor Spencer and 130 other diners for a pre-match luncheon, before making a donation of £200 to assist with the purchase of much needed equipment for the Club’s Under 8’s side.

Thanet Wanderers RFC

A week later Matt Jury and Bill Higgins (I’m beginning to see a pattern here…. Ed) went along to Thanet Wanderers RFC in Broadstairs where Spirit of Rugby Lodge No 9922 was the Match Ball Sponsor for their 1st XV Match against Old Cofeians RFC

You can read Senior Warden Matt Jury‘s accounts of these visits by visiting the East Kent Provincial site at …




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Kyran Bracken MBE to visit Spirit of Rugby Lodge No 9922

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We are delighted to announce that on the 26th May we will be joined by 2003 World Cup winning squad member and award winning Speaker Kyran Bracken MBE, for a fund raising Sunday Lunch in aid of Wooden Spoon – the Children’s Charity of Rugby.

The Event will be held at the Cornwallis Suite, which is situated just off Courtenay Road in Maidstone, Kent ME15 6QS beginning at 12:30.

Kyran, has generously agreed to donate his time to speak at this lunch as part of his “Speak-a-thon”, a series of events to help raise funds for the Wooden Spoon Rugby Charity,

Enjoy a 3 course lunch (plus cheese) followed by a Charity Raffle & Auction with an opportunity to win some exclusive prizes. Then sit back and listen as our very special guest speaker takes to the microphone.

Tickets are available at just £30 each plus a booking fee and can be obtained by clicking HERE

Spirit of Rugby Lodge No 9922 celebrates its second anniversary.

Andy Stevens
Andy Stevens

The members of the Spirit of Rugby Lodge No 9922 and a host of guests (seventy-nine in all), gathered in Maidstone, Kent, on 19th February 2018 to celebrate the Lodge’s second anniversary and to install Andy Stevens as its third Master.

He was installed in fine fashion by his predecessor Matt Mitchell in a ceremony that, although “in accordance with antient custom”, incorporated many of the unique features which are characteristic of this very special lodge.

Special guest of the day was Stephen Salisbury,  the appointed representative of the Provincial Grand Master,  who was welcomed (several times actually….) by the Master.

Having attained the Chair, the new Master then proceeded to appoint and invest his officers.  He paid particular tribute to outgoing Secretary Mike Gee, and Treasurer John Blunt, both of whom had played a vital role in setting up the Lodge.

Another special moment came when the new Master presented his predecessor with an engraved compass to help him overcome his now famous inability to differentiate between East, South and West.

The meeting having ended with the now traditional “Players Tunnel” and with three cheers for the “Away Team” (as the guests and visitors are known) the Brethren repaired to the Dining Room (via the Bar) for a delightful and joyous Festive Board.

Unfortunately it became necessary for the Spirit of Rugby Kangaroo Court to sit in session to deal with a serious misdemeanour by one of the members.  Judge Andy Stevens called the Court to order to read the indictment.  The accused was none other than Installing Master Matt Mitchell who was charged with two counts.

  1. That he had on various dates played a sport other than Rugby (in particular that of “Hockey”) and,
  2. That he had breached that most important of the Laws of Rugby “What goes on tour stays on tour”

Counsel for the Prosecution, Past Master Roger Waltham, informed the Jury that the accused had “in a premeditated and callous manner, posted or caused to be posted on Facebook pictures of the new Master when he was ‘tired and emotional’ at another rugby event.  That the effect on his client had been ‘traumatising’ (although that could have been the beer) and that the most severe sentence available to the court should be imposed.”

Counsel for the Defence, Mark Lawson, offered no evidence, so the miscreant’s fate was sealed.  The accused asked the court to accept a plea of “Diminished responsibility due to excessive alcohol consumption” but this was rejected.  The Jury found him guilty as charged and he was sentenced to wear the “Hat of Shame” for the rest of the evening.  One interesting legal point was that in donning the “Hat of Shame” he removed his Founder’s Cap at the Festive Board which resulted in another £5 fine for Charity.

Andy Stevens (judge) & Matt Mitchell (wearing his hat of shame)
Andy Stevens (judge) & Matt Mitchell (wearing his hat of shame)

The meal was followed by the usual raffle which raised £476.00.  This was donated to the Lodge’s Community Fund which supports Rugby Clubs around the province.

Matt Mitchell’s reputation was however restored when he received the “Man of the Match” Award from the Representative of the Provincial Grand Master for his “outstanding contribution to an excellent and fun-filled evening.”