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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 27th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 28, 2009 5 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Lodge treasurer Gordon Malligan and secretary Alan Ligertwood inside the Masonic lodge at Five Dock. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP280641 FIONA BRADY Lodge's secret is out Chelmsford Lodge at 177 First Ave, Five Dock, is holding a garage sale of books, crockery, serving trays, chairs and other bric-a-brac on Sunday, June 7, from 10am to 3pm. The lodge itself will be auctioned on Saturday, June 20 at 3pm. Phone Century 21, Five Dock on 9713 4044. See more pictures More photographs available at www.innerwestweekly.com.au SECRET handshakes won't be re- quired to seal the deal when a historic Masonic lodge in Five Dock goes under the hammer next month. The 40-plus members of Chelmsford Lodge on First Ave say rising running costs have forced them to sell the heritage- listed 1921 building and move to another lodge in Concord. ''It's an emotional decision,'' Lodge secretary Alan Ligertwood, also known as Worshipful Brother Ligertwood, said. ''Our forefathers built this place and it's been here for over 80 years. ''Some people aren't happy, but you've got to go with the times.'' Although the Masons have tried to shake off the ''secret society'' tag in recent years and rebrand themselves as a ''society with secrets'', people are still very curious about what goes on be- hind the closed doors. But Mr Ligertwood said every- one had their secrets. ''People have pin numbers and identity numbers and so forth,'' he said. So what is being a Mason all about? ''You have got to have a sense of decency, uprightness, moral atti- tude, respect for people in gen- eral,'' he said. ''You have got to have a belief in somebody -- now whether you call him God or Buddha or Jehovah or whomever, that's your prerogative.'' But the Masons face the same problems as many other clubs and associations, Mr Ligertwood said. ''It's the same as Rotary and Apex clubs and whatever else. ''They're all dying off. There's too many things for people to do these days. ''We started before television and videos and Wii games and all this sort of thing.'' He hopes the move to Concord will be the start of a new era for the 100-year-old lodge, which orig- inally met in the now-demolished Five Dock School of Arts. ''We've been going 100 years in Five Dock and now we've turned a new page,'' he said. Pub suffers second theft FIONA BRADY A MORTLAKE hotel has been robbed for the second time in two months. The latest robbery at the Palace Hotel in Tennyson Rd happened about 1.30am on Tuesday. The two thieves forced open a back door and smashed a bath- room window to gain entry to the pub, police said. Once inside they stole ciga- rettes from a cigarette machine and a safe containing a sum of money. A witness who heard noises coming from the pub alerted police, but by the time they had arrived the two men had escaped. In the earlier attack on April 4, four armed robbers forced staff and patrons to lie on the ground while they stole money from the cash registers, safe and poker machines. One man was struck on the face and suffered a minor cut to his chin. Police have viewed CCTV foot- age of the latest break-in and described the first offender as being of average build. His face was covered by a red bandanna but was possibly of Caucasian appearance. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, black hooded jumper and dark pants. The second man is described as being of average build and was wearing dark pants, a black hooded jumper, white joggers and had his face covered by a white bandanna. 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