Bedford Grange Memorial Service

Bedford Grange Memorial Service 2013Join us on Monday,
May 18th at 8:00 pm
at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Bedford, MA

From our Master’s blog post on the Bedford Patch Website:

One of the hardest things to do in life is to say goodbye. It is even more painful when that is the final goodbye brought on when a loved one passes away. It tears at the fabric of our lives and leaves a hole that can never be repaired. Yet we know that when we remember them, they live on in our hearts.

Every year we devote a meeting to remembering those who have gone before us. We remember those who have kept Bedford Grange going for over a century. We call to mind the sacrifices of those who have struggled to keep our country free. We remember those who lost their lives because of evil acts and those who were taken in natural disasters.

We place flowers upon our Bible as we call out the names of those who died over the past year and we place flowers to remember all those who have gone on to the “Great Grange Above” where we each receive that welcome plaudit, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

We pray for an end to violence everywhere. We pray that our knowledge of weather and changing weather patterns improves to the point where everyone is able to get to safety ahead of a powerful storm. And we pray for a world where each life is valued from the halls of power to the poorest hovel.

This act of remembrance is important and keeps us connected to those who have gone before. We are reminded that we are the holders of their legacy and it is up to us to decide how to honor it. The legacy is now ours to hold and we invite you to come and join us on our journey. We are always accepting new members!

Election Day in Massachusetts!


Click on the picture to find out where your polling station is!

Election TODAY!!!!
Polling Hours are 7am-8pm
Click on the picture to find your polling station

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” ~Sam Adams

One of the most important rights we all have as Americans is to vote our conscience at the ballot box. As a representational democracy, we elect leaders to head our State Government and Congress. The Grange has been an advocate for non-partisan voting encouragement since our founding – we even worked to get women the right to vote.

The members of Bedford Grange hope that all citizens of our great Commonwealth who are registered take some time out of their day TODAY and exercise their vote!

Bedford Grange Installation

installation picture for website

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
8:00 PM
First Church of Christ, Bedford

What does a gavel, a set of keys, an owl, and a shepherd’s crook symbolize to Grange members? Join us for our installation ceremony and find out!

Our Installing Officer is Massachusetts State Grange Chaplain Randy Belseth and his suite.

All are welcome!

Dinner Out at Cafe Luigi in Bedford

Cafe Luigi

Click on the picture to see the menu.

Monday, August 26th
Cafe Luigi
152 Great Road #2
7:30 pm

Join us for a dutch-treat dinner as we talk about our future and continue making plans for the upcoming year. We have made a great start at growing and we look forward to continuing our journey. Come and join us!

Contact the Master for a count or if you need a ride or directions:
[email protected]

Our Master Participated in the Kelley Farm Experience

In period regalia including a pouch embossed with a plow, Brother Corey waits for the first degree ceremony to start.

Our Master, Corey Spence, served as Assistant Steward for the opening and first degree of the Exemplification of the 1873 Degrees, or joining ceremonies, at the Oliver Hudson Kelley Farm in Elk River, MN. He also sang with the chorus in the second and  third degrees and was a marching candidate in the fourth degree.

He says it was an honor and a joy to serve. “The Grange is an incredible organization and it was so much fun to celebrate our founding ceremonies at the farm of a Grange founder.”

Bedford Grange congratulates all the teams that participated and welcomes our newest member Christopher Dean into the ranks of Husbandmen in the Grange.

Bedford Grange Wishes All a Happy Independence Day!

fireworks“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
~Erma Bombeck

Summer Potluck, Planning Night, and Game Night

potluck2Monday, June 25th
7:00 pm
Home of the Treasurer
in Lowell, MA

Join us for our planning meeting, potluck, and game night!

Got an idea for a program? Let the Master know ahead of time or bring your idea to the meeting – we are looking for members to share their hobbies, interests, or ideas with Bedford Grange.

Contact the Master for directions or if you need a ride.
[email protected]

Bedford Grange Holds Election of Officers

On Monday, July 24th, Bedford Grange held an election and most officers changed positions including Secretary and Treasurer. We also elected our newest obligated member to be Lady Assistant Steward! We also voted in a new member who will see the 1873 degrees in Minnesota in a few weeks. An exciting evening over all.

We look forward to a great Grange year and invite all to join us for a short business meeting, summer potluck, and game night at the home of Sister Jo-Ann in Lowell in July! Check this site and our Facebook page for more information!

National Grange Presents William Saunders Award for Rural Awareness to RAM


Click on the picture to read more at the National Grange website.

On Monday, June 3rd, National Grange President Edward L. Luttrell presented RAM the first William Saunders Award for Rural Awareness for their Super Bowl Commercial, “God Made a Farmer.”

“This commercial was not about RAM, but about the way RAM validated and honored the values of farmers and farm families,” Luttrell said before presenting the award toCarlos Jimenez, Director of Chrysler’s Mid-Atlantic Business Center. “It made a nation pause and reflect on the work that goes into feeding America and much of the world and started a conversation in small towns and large urban centers.”

Click Here to watch the RAM ad.

Click Here to read the speech used in the ad given by Paul Harvey to the 1978 FFA Convention.

Massachusetts State Grange Family Fun Day

West Hill Dam

Click here to learn more about the Army Corps of Engineers West Hill Dam Park.

Saturday August 3
10 am – 3 pm
West Hill Park  Uxbridge, MA.

Lots of outdoor activities are planned. Bring a picnic lunch, or lunch will be available for a donation of $9/adult or $4/children under 10. Park entrance fee is $1/person. Reservations must be made by July 27 to Janet Horne.

It is a great time to meet other Grangers and their families in a relaxed, fun setting.