News Around The Province



Upper Thames Lodge Installation Meeting
17 Sep 2018
On Friday 14th September W.Bro Dan Coppock was Installed as Master of the Upper Thames Lodge. With good support from members of other Henley Lodges, as well as many other visitors, a great atmosphere was created within the Lodge room. A full temple witnessed a very smooth ceremony followed by a high spirited festive board.
W.Bro. Chris Beckley PrSGW and W.Bro. Mike Smail PrJGW escorted by W.Bro. Sonny Timms PrDGDC represented the Province at a very enjoyable meeting. A busy agenda also saw the Lodge present a cheque to the "Pantomime Project" for the value of £500.
 
(L-R) W.Bro John Luker (PSGD, PPrAGM), VW. Bro Phillip Purves (PGSwdB), W. Bro Chris Wagstaff (PrSGD),
W. Bro Dan Coppock, VW. Bro Mark Harwood (PGSwdB, PPrDGM), W. Bro Graham Ellis (PrAGM, PJGD),
W. Bro Chris Beckley (PrSGW) and W. Bro Michael Smail (PrJGW)
 
W.Bro Brian McDonald (left) and W. Bro Chris Date (right), on behalf of the Pantomine Project,
pictured receiving a cheque from the Upper Thames Lodge for £500.
It was presented to them by W.Bro Dan Coppock (centre) the newly Installed Master
Another win for the Oxfordshire Masonic Golf Society
28 Aug 2018
The Berkshire Province Masonic Golf Society as the 2017 winners of the SE England Beauchamp Trophy hosted the championship in July at Betchworth Park Golf Club near Dorking.
A record turnout saw over 76 golfers from 9 Provinces compete in the 13 the annual championship, founded by West Ken Masonic Golf Society. Berkshire Captain Stephen Belcher also agreed to have a Charity as beneficiary and invited Canine Partners which is a national charity which trains assistance dogs for disabled people. The dogs help with everyday tasks including opening doors, undressing, fetching help and retrieving dropped items, and bring their partners increased confidence, independence, self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. BPMGS President and PGM of Berkshire Anthony Howlett-Bolton joined the BPMGS for the entire day and presented the prizes to the winning teams and players and presented a cheque including raffle proceeds and donations of over £965 to Jane Grant who heads up the Charity's Corporate Engagement.
The winning team and 2016 winners were Oxfordshire 1 who scored 110 points, followed by Sussex 2 with 106 points and Sussex 1 on 101 points. The individual champion who picked up the Mickey Cash Trophy was also from Oxfordshire Province Masonic Golf Society, David Brandon netting 42 points, with the nearest rival scoring 37.
 
The Province of Oxfordshire and the Oxfordshire Province Masonic Golf Society now proudly look forward to hosting the event again next July again at Betchworth Park GC.
 
Rathcreedan Lodge Presentation on HM Royal Navy Submarine Service
27 Aug 2018
The Rathcreedan Lodge had an excellent turn out for it's August meeting where all those in attendance were enthralled by a presentation from Commander Robert Forsyth on his experience in HM Royal Navy Submarine Service before & during the Cold War.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer accompanied by W.Bro. Chris Beckley PrSGW, W.Bro. Mike Smail PrJGW & W.Bro. Nigel Payne PrGTyler & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrAGDC, were in attendance & had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
The evening was rounded off by an excellent festive board at the Banbury Masonic Centre. Commander Robert Forsyth joined the brethren of the Rathcreedan Lodge & its visitors for dinner & had a most pleasant time.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Chris Beckley (PrSGW), W.Bro. Ray Potts (Act SW), V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer (DPrGM),
W.Bro. Mark Turner (WM), Commander Robert Forsyth, W.Bro. Peter Jones (PJGD),
Bro. Adam McHenry (JW), W.Bro. Mike Smail (PrJGW), W.Bro. Nigel Payne (IPM / PrGTyler)
Alfred Lodge's Pam Wake Skydives to help Sobell House
27 Aug 2018
W.Bro. Joe Wake was Master of Alfred Lodge in 1987, served as DC for many years and many in the Province still have fond memories of him.
Sadly, he was taken at a young age some 20 years ago and his widow, Pat, decided to do a sponsored parachute jump to both commemorate that anniversary and raise funds for Sobell House, which cared for him so well.
So, Fearless Pam took to the skies and completed a tandem jump and in doing so raised over £3,300 for Sobell House.
Alfred Lodge and a number of its members individually supported Pam and donated to the cause in memory of Joe and other Alfred members who have been cared for by Sobell House (including most recently, our IPM, W.Bro. Rick Trotman).
If you would like to support Pam there is still time to do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pam-wake.
 
Oxfordshire Lodge of Provincial Grand Stewards first meeting
25 Jul 2018
At their first regular meeting on July 3rd the Oxfordshire Lodge of Provincial Grand Stewards presented the APGM, WBro Graham Ellis, in his capacity as Chairman of the Provincial 2022 Festival, with a total of £3000 for the Festival.
£1000 was raised at the Lodge's Consecration meeting in April, and £2000 at the special meeting held in June, organised by WBro Yanto Evans, for the sponsored Intitiation of the PrGM, RWBro James Hilditch.
 
(L-R) WBro Yanto Evans, WBro Graham Ellis, WBro Andrew Trueman
(primus Master of the Oxfordshire Lodge of Provincial Grand Stewards)
Regattas Lodge No. 9660 Meeting
09 Jul 2018
Regattas Lodge welcomed the Provincial Grand Master to their meeting on July 2nd along with a total of 42 members & guests and initiated Bro Sam Barnes, a member of Thames Rowing Club and a double Henley Royal Regatta winner.
 
(L-R) WM David Reeves, Bro Barnes and the Provincial Grand Master
British current World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation Champions
17 Jun 2018
W. Bro. Mark Anderson, of Buttercross Lodge, his wife Lucy and son Ryan who are all current British current World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF) champions recently travelled to Malta to represent their country against weight lifters from across the globe in the WDFPF World Championships.
After a series of successful lifts: Mark was crowned the 60KG Bench Press world champion with a lift of 113 KG which was also a new European record!
Lucy did just as well in the under 50.5 KG bench press becoming world champion with a lift of 67.5 KG also a new European record!
Last but not least Ryan took the world championship in the 52 KG bench press with a lift of 80 KG.
 
Caversham Lodge No. 3831 Centenary meeting
17 May 2018
On Monday 12th March 2018, the Caversham Lodge No. 3831 celebrated their Centenary meeting. The Lodge was honoured by a full Provincial Team visit led by the PGM; there were 98 attendees in total.
All attendees were presented with a Set of Centenary Cufflinks, a copy of the Lodge history and a copy of the original Minutes taken 6th March 1918.
 
PGM with Caversham Lodge No. 3831
 
(L-R) V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer DPGM, R.W.Bro. James Hilditch PGM,
W.Bro. Malcolm Geater WM PAGDC, W.Bro. Graham Ellis APGM
 
(L-R) The PGM presenting Norman Taylor with one of the first Lodge Silver Award's for the 2022 Festival
 
The Provincial Team
And then there were seven!
11 May 2018
Not dwarfs, samurai or deadly sins, but the total of new members joining the Temple Island Lodge No. 8031 in the past 18 months.
The latest two apprentices were initiated on Wednesday 2nd of May, by the Worshipful Master (and master of ritual) Chris Wagstaff who, along with Worshipful Brother Roy Simmonds PGStB and Worshipful Brother David Sim, are responsible for the upsurge in membership.
The evening also saw a bumper number of Freemasons at the Festive Board as the caterers served a delicious course of curry dishes to 65 hungry diners.
"Our new members are all of exceptional character and they have already made a difference to the atmosphere of the Lodge." said Worshipful Master Chris Wagstaff. "And actually, it's not seven – it's eight."
 
St. Mary's Lodge No. 1763 Installation meeting
11 May 2018
W.Bro. Nick Carter, who co-incidentally had just been installed the previous night as the new WM of the Churchill Lodge No. 478, installed W.Bro. Chris Cox as his successor in St Mary's Lodge No. 1763. The DPGM, V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer was in attendance, accompanied by the W.Bro. Sonny Timms PrDepGDC, W.Bro. Mike Smail PrJGW and W.Bro. Ron Bridger.
W.Bro. Chris is also the reigning WM in the Lodge of Peace No. 8850 and, as well as witnessing an excellent ceremony, the Brethren then all enjoyed another superb festive board, punctuated at the usual hour by the very special Thame masonic clock calling everyone to rise in memory of absent Brethren.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Michael Smail (PrJGW), V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer (DPrGM), W.Bro. Chris Cox (WM),
W.Bro. Nick Carter (IPM) and W.Bro. Ron Bridger (PJGD)
Churchill Lodge No. 478 Installation meeting
11 May 2018
On the 2nd May 2018, Churchill Lodge No. 478 was honoured by a visit from W.Bro. Michael Smail PrJGW and his escort W.Bro. Sonny Timms PrDepGDC, where they witnessed the installation of W.Bro. Nick Carter PAGDC into the chair. Keeping himself busy, whilst waiting to be installed, W.Bro. Carter filled the role of Acting Bro. Secretary, until slightly later, of course, when he swapped places with the Installing Master W.Bro. Phil Harley.
A fine banquet ensued, at our new home Cardinal House, and with a glass or 2 of wine enhancing the full flavour of the traditional Churchill Canapé, plus a healthy supply of visitors, most notably from the Apollo University Lodge No. 357, saw the evening gently meander into a thoroughly enjoyable affair.
 
(L-R) Bro. Secretary, W.Bro. Michael Smail PrJGW, W.Bro. Nick Carter PAGDC, W.Bro. Henry Carter,
W.Bro. Tony Taylor PJGD and W.Bro. Peter Parr-Head PAGDC
Alfred helps out Buttercross
07 May 2018
Buttercross Lodge is thriving with so many candidates that is having to enlist the help of other lodges to undertake ceremonies for it.
So, on 1st May, Alfred Lodge passed Bro. Steve McKernan on its behalf in the presence of many Buttercross members who attended to support him. The ceremony was conducted in true "Alfred" style by its Master, W.Bro. Kevin Burrows, ably assisted by his lodge's officers. During the ceremony the Master of Buttercross, W.Bro. Simon Watson, briefly took the Chair whilst Bro. Steve took his obligation.
The evening was rounded off with an excellent festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Simon Watson, WM of Buttercross Lodge,
Bro. Steven McKernan, W.Bro. Kevin Burrows, WM of Alfred Lodge
Alfred Lodge's Donation to Local Support Group
07 May 2018
Alfred Lodge's Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Kevin Burrows, accompanied by the lodge's Charity Steward, Tom Edwards, this week attended the April meeting of The Oxfordshire Prostate Cancer Support Group (OPCSG) and presented the group with a cheque for £750 from Alfred Lodge's 100 Club.
John Grundy, Chairman of the OPCSG, expressed his gratitude to Alfred Lodge for continuing to support the group and said it would the donation would be used to assist its valuable work in providing support to those requiring it.
 
(L-R) John Grundy, OPCSG Chairman with W.Bro. Kevin Burrows (WM)
and W.Bro. Tom Edwards (Charity Steward)
Weyland Lodge Meeting
21 Apr 2018
It was a family affair at Weyland Lodge on 19 April. W.Bro. Chris Beckley PrSGW, took the Chair and conducted a Second Degree ceremony, ably assisted by other Past Masters of the Lodge. The Candidate was Chris's son-in-law, Bro. Steven Medler, a member of Grenville Lodge in Buckingham. Seven members of Steven's lodge came to support him.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Chris Beckley congratulating Bro. Steven
Shiplake and Bristol fashion!
17 Apr 2018
The Shiplake Lodge No. 7942 was honoured by a visit by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. Graham Ellis to their installation ceremony held on 16th April 2018.
The APrGM was accompanied by W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff PrSGD, W.Bro. Bert Ingram PrGStdB, W.Bro. Yanto Evans PrGSwd and W.Bro. Bob Swanton PrAGDC in attendance.
During a very well executed ceremony, Bro. Cliff Rance was installed into the chair by W.Bro. Colin Cregan.
The meeting was followed by a very happy festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Bert Ingram PrGStdB, W.Bro. Yanto Evans PrGSwd, W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff PrSGD,
W.Bro. Roy Simmons, APrGM, W.Bro. Colin Cregan IPM, W.Bro. Cliff Rance WM, W.Bro. Steve Gadd DC
More New Members for Temple Island Lodge
17 Apr 2018
On 4th April the members of Temple Island Lodge No. 8031 were very pleased to initiate their 2nd candidate of 2018, Brother Nick Kernick, seen here being welcomed into the lodge by Temple Island WM Chris Wagstaff PrSGD who performed the initiation ceremony, in conjunction with W.Bro David Sim who gave the charge and Entered Apprentice, Bro. Richard Bell, who gave an outstanding presentation of the working tools.
James Alexander from Cadogan Lodge kindly stepped in to the SD's office at the last minute and did a sterling job, and later further helped out by executing the Entered Apprentices Chain at the festive board. An excellent evening, and a good precursor for the lodge's next meeting in May when a further 2 candidates will be initiated.
 
Castle Lodge 50 Year Certificate
17 Apr 2018
A presentation to W.Bro. Stanley Herbert of a 50 year certificate was made by W.Bro. Bernd Wegerhoff PrAGSec together with the current Master of Castle Lodge W.Bro. Paul Pueschel and W.Bro. Mark Taylor.
Brief Chronology of W.Bro. Stan's Masonic History
Stan was initiated into Castle Lodge No. 7302 on the 9th November 1967, passed the following February and Raised in January 1969. He became W.M. in 1978 and held many senior offices in the Lodge.
In 1976 he became a founder of Rathcreedan Lodge and in the same year was exalted into Bowyer Chapter, where in 1987 he became Most Excellent.
1993 saw him as a founder of Rathcreedan Chapter.
On a Provincial Level he was appointed to the Rank of Past PrJGD in 1984 as PPrGReg in 1990 and as PPrJGW in 1996.
He joined Cherwell Mark in 1970 became Master in 1982 and a founder of Bowyer Mark Lodge in 1988.
He was also a Founder of the Wykham Chapter Rose Croix and Most Wise Sovereign in 1998.
A very illustrious Masonic career, which he still enjoys today.
Theodore Lodge and half a dozen EA's
17 Apr 2018
At the meeting on 9th April in Bicester Bro. Alex Goodey was Initiated in a Past Masters Ceremony, not only did the Lodge have three EA members of Theodore on the evening, but also had three visiting EA's.
 
(L-R) Bro. Ian Hodgson Jersey, Bro. Alistair Purnell Exemplo, Bro. Liam Whelehan Theodore,
W.Bro. Allan Gillingham WM,
The Candidate Bro. Alex Goodey, Bro. Lee Hawker Theodore and Bro. Jamie Gibbs Jersey
Aelfric Lodge Installation Meeting
17 Apr 2018
The PrSGW W.Bro. Chris Beckley accompanied by W.Bro. Chris Davis PrGAlmoner & W.Bro. Bernie Hutt PrJGD & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrAGDC, were present to see W.Bro. Ray Calleja install W.Bro. Simon Escott into the chair of King Solomon with his usual gusto & enthusiasm. Of note was the excellent presentation of the 1st degree tools by Bro. Glenister.
Once again the excellent music during the meeting was provided by the Provincial Grand Organist, W.Bro. Peter Smith.
The evening was rounded off by a very enjoyable festive board & an excellent speech by the new Worshipful Master.
 
(L-R) Bro. Neil Wisbey (JW), W.Bro. Bernie Hutt (PrJGD), W.Bro. Chris Beckley (PrSGW),
W.Bro. Simon Escott (WM), W.Bro. Ray Calleja (IM), W.Bro. Chris Davis (PrGAlm),
W.Bro. Peter Smith (PrGOrg), W.Bro. Nick Chaitow (SW)
Special Initiation at Saint Barbara
17 Apr 2018
A special initiation occurred at St. Barbara Lodge No. 7701 on Wednesday 10 April.
The initiate, Oliver Darby, was assisted throughout the ceremony by his father, Bro. Graham Darby, the lodge treasurer, who acted as a deacon for the meeting.
In attendance was the Provincial Grand Master, who was accompanied by W.Bro. Chris Beckley, the Provincial Senior Grand Warden, and escorted by the PrGDC.
 
(L-R) PrGM, WM W.Bro. S. Mitchell, and Brothers Oliver and Graham Darby
A new Lodge is born
17 Apr 2018
The Oxfordshire Lodge of Provincial Grand Stewards No. 9957 was consecrated on Friday 6th April at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, with over 200 brethren in attendance! A cracking day was had by all, including the 80+ Provincial Grand Stewards that came from 20 different Stewards Lodges around the country in support. The PrGM's of Berkshire, Derbyshire, Northants & Hunts also came at the invitation of the Province, with all but one attending in their Past Provincial Grand Steward Regalia. Once a Steward, always a Steward!
The Consecration Team was led by the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. James Hilditch, ably assisted by his Deputy, V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer and Assistant, W.Bro. Graham Ellis, and supported by a number of the Provincial Team, including the W.Bro. Alan Baverstock PrGDC, W.Bro. Geoffrey Bourne-Taylor PrGChaplain and others.
 
Consecrating & Provincial Team
This was the first Consecration in the Province of Oxfordshire since 2001 (Exemplo Ducemus Lodge No. 9738), which meant very few of the Consecrating Team or Founders of the Lodge had ever seen one performed! Thanks to our Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, all were well drilled and the Consecration went like clockwork, with 19 of the founders being present for the lodge's birth.
 
Founders
V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer DPrGM then went on to take the chair and install W.Bro. Andrew Trueman as the Lodge's Primus Master. The Lodge officers were invested and the meeting quickly wrapped up, but not before the Lodge made the principle Consecrating Team honorary members.
 
DPrGM, WM, PrGM, APrGM
A fantastic festive board followed with an excellent three course meal with wine. The meal was topped off by specially made chocolate cakes, presented to the Worshipful Master and provided by W.Bros. Ewan and Fin Gordon!
 
During his toast to the Worshipful Master and Lodge, the PrGM presented the Worshipful Master with a gift of an engraved tankard on behalf of the brethren for all the work he had done previously. The DPrGM sang the song to the Worshipful Master with aplomb, with the 185 others dining providing ample backing choir. It was a memorable and historic day for the Province.
 
PrGM and Worshipful Master Toasting all the brethren present
The Oxfordshire Lodge of Provincial Grand Stewards is there to support to the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master and the Province of Oxfordshire. The Lodge objectives are to set the highest standards in all of its work both at Lodge meetings and within the Province and to increase the Masonic education and broaden the Masonic experience of its members and of the Craft in general. Look out for the Stewards as they get around the Province. Check out their new website and check out twitter for the latest goings on!
Jersey Lodge Installation Meeting
17 Apr 2018
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer PGSwdB, accompanied by W.Bro. Chris Beckley PrSGW, W.Bro. Mike Smail PrJGW, W.Bro. Stephen Bowles PrGSuptWks, W.Bro. Roy 'Sonny' Timms PrDGDC & W.Bro. Chris Date PrSGD & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrAGDC, were present to see W.Bro. Bernie Hutt PrJGD install W.Bro. Ewan Gordon PrGStwd into the chair of King Solomon. The excellent music during the meeting was provided by the Provincial Grand Organist, W.Bro. Peter Smith.
The evening was rounded off by a very enjoyable festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. 'Sonny' Timms (PrDGDC), W.Bro. Chris Date (PrSGD), W.Bro. Chris Beckley (PrSGW),
V.W. Bro. Neal Clive Spencer (DPrGM), W.Bro. Ewan Gordon (WM / PrGStwd), W.Bro. Bernie Hutt (IM / PrJGD),
W.Bro. Mike Smail (PrJGW), W.Bro. Stephen Bowles (PrGSuptWks)
 
(L-R) The newly installed Worshipful Master with his officers for the year
Alfred Lodge Supports the Pantomime Project (Oh Yes It Does!)
07 Apr 2018
After undertaking a Rehearsal of a Passing Ceremony at Alfred Lodge's April meeting its Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Kevin Burrows, then presented a cheque for £250 to W.Bro. Roger Hampshire to support the Province's Pantomime Project. The donation was made on behalf of the members of Alfred's 100 Club. To the surprise of all W.Bro. Roger then presented the WM with a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Provincial Grand Master to mark the support its members continue to give (including providing 2 of the Pantomime Dames!)
Afterwards all enjoyed the usual excellent Festive Board at Woodstock.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Kevin Burrows, WM and W.Bro. Roger Hampshire
Weyland Lodge Installation Meeting
02 Apr 2018
The Provincial Senior Grand Warden W.Bro. Chris Beckley, accompanied by W.Bro. Mike Smail PrJGW, W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff PrSGD & W.Bro. Bernie Hutt PrJGD & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrAGDC, were present to see W.Bro. Harry Hebborn install Bro. Phil Jones into the chair of King Solomon, in his own unique & imitable style. With much joy W.Bro. Phil Jones then invested his officers.
The evening was rounded off by a convivial festive board & some excellent speeches.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Bernie Hutt (PrJGD), W.Bro. Chris Beckley (PrSGW), W.Bro. Phil Jones (WM),
W.Bro. Harry Hebborn (IM), W.Bro. 'Sonny' Timms (PrDGDC), W.Bro. Mike Smail (PrJGW),
W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff (PrSGD)
 
(L-R) The newly installed Worshipful Master with his officers for the year
A double celebration at Cadogan Lodge
02 Apr 2018
The Cadogan Lodge No. 8965 was honoured by a visit from the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. James Hilditch, accompanied by a provincial delegation including W.Bro. Ivor Hawkins PrGSec, W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff PrSGD and escorted by W.Bro. Bob Swanton PrAGDC, to their regular meeting on 20th March 2018.The meeting consisted of two excellent presentations by W.Bro. Neil Howard SW and W.Bro. Peter Lloyd on the preparation of the candidate for initiation and an explanation of the lodge officers roles and collars.
During the ceremony the PrGM presented a 50 years certificate to W.Bro. Tony Elliott, of Old Rectory Lodge and a certificate of merit to Lodge Secretary W.Bro. Mike Davis for his contribution over many years to his Lodges and to Holy Royal Arch.
 
(L-R) PrGM with W.Bro. Elliott
A wonderful evening in the Temple was followed by a splendid festive board at the local gold club.
 
PrGM with W.Bro. Paul Allcock WM, W.Bro. Mike Davis and members of Cadogan Lodge
Gateway Initiation
27 Mar 2018
Bro. Andrew Stopka was initiated into Gateway Lodge No. 8501, pictured here with the WM W.Bro. Grahame Lee MBE, with the Wardens R.W.Bro. Stephen Dunning and Bro. Matthew Smith. Another former member of the RAF joins Freemasonry. The candidate, a close friend and former RAF Colleague of the WM was initiated with due aplomb! Another fabulous night at the Witney Masonic Centre providing a wonderful Festive Board and tremendous service!
 
Buttercross Double Initiation and 50 Year Certificate
27 Mar 2018
Buttercross meeting had a busy night with two initiations and the presentation of a 50 year certificate to W.Bro. Peter Connor by W.Bro. Chris Begley PrSGW.
The presentation was significant not only in the fact that W.Bro. Peter had achieved such a milestone but also because this was the first time in just over a year he had been able to attend a Lodge meeting. Peter was rushed into hospital in May last year after collapsing at home they found he had Sepsis in his hip.
Peter spent quite a few months in hospital being treated for the infection before having two operations on his hip, culminating in a new hip. During his presentation W.Bro. Chris spoke of his friendship with W.Bro. Peter and recapped on his Masonic career. The presentation was well received by the 40 brethren present. W.Bro. Peter in his reply thanked W.Bro. Chris and the brethren for their help and support to him and his wife during this period especially W.Bro. John Gorton and W.Bro. John Stanley, in finishing he told the initiates and the newer masons that this friendship and support demonstrated freemasonry at its best.
 
Temple Island Lodge No. 8031 is doing all white...
27 Mar 2018
On Wednesday 7th March Temple Island initiated Bro. Martin Champion, their 5th initiate in 13 months. Being an emergency meeting, the extra time was used for an explanation of the first degree tracing board – given seamlessly by W.Bro. David Sim, and the charge was given by W.Bro. Shahid Butt. The WM, Chris Wagstaff performed the rest of the ceremony from the Master's chair – with the exception of the working tools which was presented exceptionally well by Entered Apprentice Jeremy Sidgwick.
 
The Oxfordshire Lodge of Service and Honour No. 9162
27 Mar 2018
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Graham Ellis escorted by the Past Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies W.Bro. Paul Buck attended a meeting of the The Oxfordshire Lodge of Service and Honour No. 9162, after which a most interesting and informative talk was given to their members, visitors and Lady guests by R.W.Bro. Susan Walters, Past Senior Grand Warden of the "Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons" on "Ladies in Freemasonry". This was followed by a most enjoyable lunch.
 
APGM, W.Bro. Graham Ellis, PJGD, RW.Bro. Susan Walters, PSGW and W.Bro. Richard White, PPrSGD (WM)
A packed programme at Oxfordshire Lodge of Installed Masters
25 Mar 2018
Cardinal House was put to the test for the first time, with nearly eighty present at the meeting and all but a few dining as well ... everything went according to plan and all enjoyed a sensational lunch, in great surroundings.
The meeting was attended by the RW Provincial Grand Master together with a retinue of Provincial Grand Officers and most importantly of all, the recipients of the Provincial Grand Master's Celebratory Tercentenary Provincial Grand Ranks.
The worthy recipients were awarded the ranks for the work they had done for their Lodges, their Centres or indeed for the Province itself and all seven were in attendance to be appointed and invested by the RW Provincial Grand Master.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Paul Peuschel, W.Bro. John Englefield, W.Bro. Josh Spencer, Bro. Byron Harvey,
W.Bro. Tim Myatt, R.W.Bro. James Hilditch, W.Bro. Mark Butler and W.Bro. Alistair Eden
The second highlight was Roger Burt's Prestonian Lecture "wherever dispersed" which was not only fascinating, but very entertaining. Another cracking Installed Masters, which brought brethren from all over the Province (and further afield) together for a truly memorable meeting.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Roger Burt and W.Bro. Ken Calcutt
 
At the meeting of Oxfordshire Lodge of Installed Masters on 19 March 2018, the PGM announced that W.Bro. Ivor Hawkins, PAGDC, would be stepping down as Provincial Secretary in October, following his decision to move to the Isle of Wight. W.Bro. Ivor has made an enormous contribution in this role over the past four years, and previously as Assistant Secretary and the whole province is grateful.
The PGM further announced that he will be appointing W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff to fill that role at the Provincial meeting in October.
As a result, W.Bro. Bernie will be stepping down as Third Provincial Grand Principal, so that he can focus on this new role, as well as he existing role of Provincial Supreme Ruler in the OSM. E.Comp. Chris Cox will be promoted to that role and E.Comp. Dave Roberts will be appointed as provincial Scribe E. These changes will be made some time in the autumn at one of the Chapter meetings.
Following these changes, there are vacancies for an Assistant Secretary and Assistant Scribe E. Brethren and Companions who are interested in applying for either of these roles will be invited for interviews - further details will be available shortly in the next edition of the Second Rising and on the website.
I wish everyone well in their new roles, and a long and happy retirement to Ivor, although I have no doubt we will continue to enjoy his company on many occasions.
Oxnaford Lodge No. 6691 Newsletter - March 2018
25 Mar 2018
Presentation of Certificate of Merit
25 Mar 2018
Presentation of Certificate of Merit
Brethren, those of you with good memories may recall that at the Provincial meeting last October I presented a Certificate of Merit to W.Bro. Paul Buck, but also that I said that there was a second recipient, who unfortunately was not present on that occasion due to ill health. I know that he is here today, and it is with great pleasure that I ask the PrAGDC to bring W.Bro. Mike Davis to me.
Bro. Mike, you were initiated into Old Rectory Lodge in 1974 and were a founder of Cadogan Lodge in 1981 in this province. You are currently a member of both these lodges and have also held various offices since your masterships of these two Lodges in 1988 and 1997, including a second term as WM of Old Rectory in 2004. You are currently secretary and almoner of Cadogan Lodge and chaplain of Old Rectory. You were appointed to Active Provincial Rank in 1993 and subsequently became PrSGW in 2005. You have also been a member of Installed Masters and Service & Honour.
In presenting you with this Certificate of Merit, I want to recognise your continuing contribution to your Lodges over a long number of years even after reaching the rank of PrSGW, as well as your support of the Holy Royal Arch. You are the epitome of the sort of thing that we mean when we say that appointment to provincial rank not only rewards past service, but also carries the expectation of future contribution.
Brethren, please join with me in congratulating W.Bro. Mike Davis, as I present him with this Certificate of Merit, as well as the badge of that rank, which he should wear at all Craft meeting he attends. Should I spot him without it, it will cost him a pint of beer.
 
First Meeting at Cardinal House for Carfax Lodge
25 Mar 2018
On Monday 15 March, Carfax Lodge No. 5723 held their first meeting at their new home of Cardinal House.
The Provincial Grand Master was attendance, and was escorted by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Alan Baverstock.
W.Bro. Mick Hollis and his team conducted a fine ceremony of raising Bro. Steve Walsh.
Over fifty members and visitors enjoyed both the meeting and festive board that followed.
 
Oxfordshire appointments to Grand Rank
13 Mar 2018
Oxfordshire appointments to Grand Rank
First Appointments
Graham Peter Ellis PJGD
Clifford Coningsby PatonAGReg
Christopher Philip NoonAGDC
Steffen DeutshenbauerAGStdB
Paul Giles BuckPAGStdB
Christopher John DavisPAGStdB
Allan Stafford PeatesPAGStdB
Thomas James William MilnerGPurs
PromotionsFromTo
Dr David Richard StaplesDepGDCGSec
Christopher Michael HaywardPJGDSGD
Peter JonesPAGDCPJGD
Anthony Robert TaylorPAGDCPJGD
Paul EngehamPAGSwdBPJGD
Reappointments
Jonathan SpenceDepGM
James Martin Long, TDDepPresBGP
Alfred Lodge Meeting
08 Mar 2018
The Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. James Robert Guy Hilditch, accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. Graham Peter Ellis, W.Bro. Chris Beckley PrSGW, W.Bro. Stephen Quant PrGOrator & W.Bro. Chris Date PrSGD & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrAGDC, were present at the meeting where the PrGOrator gave a lecture on The Great Heathen Army about England & the Danes in the time of Alfred, which was well received by all those present.
The evening was rounded off by an enjoyable 4 course festive board at the Woodstock Masonic Centre.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Chris Date (PrSGD), W.Bro. Graham Ellis (APrGM), W.Bro. Kevin Burrows (WM),
R.W.Bro. James Robert Guy Hilditch (PrGM), W.Bro. Chris Beckley (PrSGW), W.Bro. Stephen Quant (PrGOrator)
A warm Semper Paratus welcome on a cold night
02 Mar 2018
A wonderful installation ceremony at the Semper Paratus Lodge No. 3015 was held on 28th February where W.Bro. Bob Greenwell was installed into the chair by W.Bro. Julian Salcombe.
The ceremony was followed by a very enjoyable and entertaining festive board where over seventy brethren attended including 31 visitors.
A very generous cheque was presented to the PSGW by the WM for the 2022 festival.
The evening was witnessed by a good number of active provincial officers led by W.Bro. Chris Beckley who was representing the RWPrGM and included W.Bro. Ivor Hawkins PrGSec, W.Bro. Peter Smith PrGOrg, W.Bro. Yanto Evans PrGStwd and W.Bro. Bob Swanton PrAGDC escorting.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Chris Beckley PrSGW, W.Bro. Bob Greenwell WM
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Ivor Hawkins, W.Bro. Peter Smith, W.Bro. Chris Beckley, W.Bro. Bob Greenwell WM,
W.Bro. Julian Salcombe IPM, W.Bro. Yanto Evans and W.Bro. Bob Swanton
Gateway Lodge Installation Ceremony
02 Mar 2018
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. Graham Peter Ellis accompanied by W.Bro. Phil Harley PrGReg, W.Bro. Andrew Keech PrGChStwd, W.Bro. Chris Date PrSGD, W.Bro. Peter Smith PrGOrg, W.Bro. Swaylie Forest PrGStdB, W.Bro. Bert Ingram PrGStdB & W.Bro. Ewan Gordon PrGStwd & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrAGDC, saw W.Bro. Paul Allan WM, install W.Bro. Grahame Lee MBE as Master of the Gateway Lodge with great sincerity.
During the risings W.Bro. Derek Wilson presented a splendid apron cushion, in the light blue of craft masonry & the RAF finished with an RAF roundel in the centre, on behalf of the ladies from the Cotswold Ladies Lodge No. 51, in appreciation of the work that had been carried out by W.Bro. Wilson in making a frame for the warrant of the Cotswold Ladies Lodge.
The cushion was made by Maria Forest a member of Cotswold Lodge & wife of W.Bro. Swaylie Forest.
It was received with great pleasure by the newly installed WM & received with much acclaim by the members of Gateway Lodge.
The evening was rounded off by a convivial festive board at the Witney Masonic Centre & an excellent speech from the new WM.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Phil Harley (PrGReg), W.Bro. Swaylie Forest (PrGStdB), W.Bro. Peter Smith (PrGOrg),
W.Bro. Chris Date (PrSGD), W.Bro. Paul Allan (IPM), W.Bro. Grahame Lee (WM), W.Bro. Graham Ellis (APrGM),
W.Bro. Andrew Keech (PrGChStwd), W.Bro. Bert Ingram (PrGStdB), W.Bro. Ewan Gordon (PrGStwd)
 
The WM, APrGM & Officers of the Gateway Lodge with the apron cushion
Triple Initiation at Inaugural Meeting at Cardinal House
02 Mar 2018
On Wednesday 28 February 2018, Oxnaford Lodge No. 6691 had the honour of holding the inaugural meeting of the new Oxford Masonic Centre, at Cardinal House.
In attendance were the DPrGM Neal Spencer, APrGM Graham Ellis, PrGTreas Richard Skym (who provided appropriate musical accompaniment by acting as organist for the evening), and PrSGD Chris Wagstaff. All of whom were escorted by the PrGDC Alan Baverstock.
It was evening of 'firsts'.
Not least of which was a triple initiation for Oxnaford Lodge, with Ryan Mack, Simon Grant, and James Sharp, as the candidates.
Those fortunate to be present to witness, and be part of this historic new chapter in the history of Oxford masonry, were impressed with the building, facilities, and catering.
The new home for Oxford masonic 'units' was well worth waiting for, and is a credit to those who worked long and hard to provide the new centre.
 
(L-R) APrGM, DPrGM, WM W.Bro. Allen, and the Initiates
Buttercross Lodge Annual Ladies Festival
28 Feb 2018
The Buttercross Lodge No. 7240 held there Annual Ladies Festival with 79 guests traveling down to the Mayfair Hotel in Bournemouth, earlier this month.
The Worshipful Masters Lady, Amanda Prior chosen charity for the weekend was the Brain Charity in Liverpool. On the Friday evening a charity Bingo Night was held, with prizes donated by local companies in Witney, £520.00 was raised. Many thanks to all that attended and supported this wonderful Charity!
 
Buttercross Lodge Installation
28 Feb 2018
Buttercross Lodge enjoyed a bumper evening where 53 brethren saw a first class installation with the outgoing WM W.Bro. Kevin Prior assisted by W.Bro. Mark Anderson install W.Bro. Simon Watson into the Chair of King Solomon. After which W.Bro. Peter Laurence was voted an Honorary member, a ballot was held and found in favour of a re-joining member, a joining member and two candidates.
Then PrJGW W.Bro. Mike Smail presented a Grand Lodge certificate to Bro. Ian Woollard. After which all retired to enjoy the festive board with excellent food, excellent company in a lively atmosphere.
 
Weyland Lodge Fifty Year Certifcate
28 Feb 2018
Members of the Weyland Lodge and their guests enjoyed a busy and fun-packed evening on 21st Feb. It was the WM's 70th birthday and he wore a badge so everyone knew. Bro. George Amos was presented with his 'Fifty Years in Freemasonry' certificate and Bros. Nick Allen and Ben Vincent were presented with their GL certificates.
This was followed by a talk from W.Bro. Alan Knowles on 'The Destruction of the Temples' and was delivered in his own imitable style.
Also in the picture is our latest initiate, Bro. Alan Skillicorn, and Bro. Steven Medler, newly initiated into Grenville Lodge, Buckingham and the son-in-law of W.Bro. Chris Beckley, PrSGW.
 
 
Islip Installation
20 Feb 2018
On Monday 19th February the Islip Lodge 7876 was honoured by a visit from the APGM, W.Bro. Graham Ellis, who was escorted by W.Bro. Bob Swanton PrAGDC, to their installation meeting held at Abingdon.
Bro. Brian Godfrey was installed into the Master's chair by W.Bro. Ian Ross.
Following a very good ceremony the brethren were treated to a fantastic festive board which included a good number of visitors from both Oxfordshire and Berkshire provinces.
 
(L-R) APGM W.Bro. Graham Ellis between W.Bro. Brian Godfrey WM and
W.Bro. Ian Ross with members of the Islip Lodge
Initiation at Burford
18 Feb 2018
W.Bro. Tony Raven and his team initiated Bill Pinkerton into Wychwood Lodge No. 2414 at Burford on Thursday 15 February 2018.
The Provincial Grand Master was in attendance, and was accompanied by Chris Wagstaff (PrSGD), Bert Ingram (PrGStB), Yanto Evans (PrGStwd), and escorted by Alan Baverstock (PrGDC).
Following the ceremony all partook of the unique hospitality offered by Wychwood Lodge.
 
(L-R) PrGM, Bill Pinkerton, and Tony Raven
Cherwell Lodge Installation
18 Feb 2018
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer, together with the Provincial Junior Grand Warden, W.Bro. Mike Smail and The Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary, W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff escorted by W.Bro. Sonny Timms, the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and together with a number of other Provincial Officers, enjoyed an excellent evening, with the DPGM being presented with a cheque from the Lodge for the MCF 2022 Festival and also being asked to present several Brethren with their festival jewels.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Peter Larner (PPrJGD), W.Bro. Yanto Evans (PrGStwd), W.Bro. Michael Smail (PrJGW),
V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer (DPGM), W.Bro. George Ayers (WM), W.Bro. Peter James (IPM),
W.Bro. Bernd Wegerhoff (PrAGSec), W.Bro. Nigel Payne (PrGTyler), W.Bro. Bob Murton (PPrGStB)
Two's company at Temple Island
10 Feb 2018
Worshipful Master Chris Wagstaff was on electric form at Temple Island Lodge's 321st meeting held at Henley Masonic Hall, where Bros. Sean Masterman and Stuart Bindley-Ross were passed to the second degree in fine style.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer was escorted by the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Sonny Timms.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Jim Reeves DC, V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer DPGM, Bro. Sean Masterman,
W.Bro. Christopher Wagstaff WM, Bro. Stuart Bindley-Ross, W.Bro. Roy Simmonds
Alfred Lodge No. 340 Installation
10 Feb 2018
On Tuesday 6th February the Alfred Lodge No. 340 was honoured by a visit, to their installation meeting, from the PSGW, WBro Chris Beckley, accompanied by six other member of the provincial team, which saw W.Bro. Kevin Burrows installed in to the chair.
The ceremony was carried out in exemplary form by V.W.Bro. Philip Purves and W.Bro. Roy Thomas ably assisted by the officers of the lodge.
Following the ceremony the brethren attended a very enjoyable festive board with over 50 members and visitors present.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Bert Ingram PGStdB, W.Bro. Yanto Evans PGSwd, W.Bro. Mike Smail PJGW,
V.W.Bro. Philip Purves, W.Bro. Chris Beckley PSGW, W.Bro. Kevin Burrows WM, W.Bro. Roy Thomas,
W.Bro. Peter Smith PGOrg, W.Bro. Phil Saunders PGSwd, W.Bro. Bob Swanton PrAGDC
Initiation At Isis Lodge No. 4242
31 Jan 2018
Isis Lodge were well supported by visitors at their meeting at Cosener's House, Abingdon on Monday 29 January.
The Provincial Grand Master was also in attendance, accompanied by W.Bro. Richard Skym PrGTreas, and W.Bro. Bert Ingram Pr.GStdB, and was escorted by the the PrGDC. The PrGM was delighted to present 2022 MCF festival jewels to a number of members.
The main business of the evening was to initiate Alec MacDonald.
The lodge are looking forward to moving to their new home at Cardinal House, and initiating another candidate at their next meeting.
 
(L-R) Bro. Alec MacDonald with the PrGM
 
The PrGM with some of the recipients of 2022 MCF festival jewels
25 Years On - W.Bro. Tony Raven goes into the Wychwood chair for the 2nd time
24 Jan 2018
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. Graham Ellis, W.Bro. Ivor Hawkins PrGSec & W.Bro. Swaylie Forest PrGStdB & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrAGDC, saw W.Bro. Alistair Eden install W.Bro. Tony Raven as Master of the Wychwood Lodge with great aplomb. W.Bro. Raven first took the chair of Wychwood in 1983. He then appointed his officers with great enthusiasm.
The evening was rounded off by an excellent festive board, with members of the lodge in fine voice. The PrGSec who is the Visiting Officer for Wychwood rolled up his sleeves, donned his gloves & did a stint as Steward, dishing up the dinners.
 
W.Bro. Ivor Hawkins (PrGSec/ PAGDC), V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer (DPrGM/ PGSwdB), W.Bro. Tony Raven (WM),
W.Bro. Alistair Eden (IM), W.Bro. Graham Peter Ellis (APrGM), W.Bro. Swaylie Forest (PrGStdB)
Round Table Thames Valley Lodge No. 9697 Installation
24 Jan 2018
The recent installation meeting of the Round Table Thames Valley Lodge, attended by the PGM, the PrJGW, Michael Smail, and escorted by the PrDGDC Sonny Timms, was an excellent evening and during the actual meeting, W.Bro. Christopher Richards was congratulated by the WM for having recently attained 60 years in Freemasonry! The festive board was a Burns Supper, with the Lodge DC W.Bro. Allan Dishington, suitably dressed in his full kilted attire, doing the traditional address to the haggis, with much energy and aplomb!
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff (PrSGD), W.Bro. Tom Byrne (PAGDC), W.Bro. Mike Smail (PrJGW),
W.Bro. Peter Lund (WM), R.W.Bro. James Hilditch (PrGM), W.Bro. Christopher Richards (PAGReg),
W.Bro. John Avery (PAGDC), W.Bro. Ian Montague (PAGDC)
Lodge of Peace Installation Meeting
18 Jan 2018
On Wednesday 17th January, W.Bro. Steve John installed W.Bro. Chris Cox into the Chair of the Lodge of Peace No. 8850 in Thame. This being eighteen years, to the day, since Steve first installed Chris into the Chair.
The Provincial Grand Master was represented by W.Bro. Michael Smail PrJGW, who was escorted by the PrGDC. He was accompanied by W.Bro. Steve Bowles PrGSuptWks, W.Bro. Andrew Keech PrGChStwd, W.Bro. Bernd Wegerhoff PrAGSec, and W.Bro. Bert Ingram PrGStB.
Three of the four surviving Provincial Grand Directors of Ceremonies were in attendance:
   VW. Bro. Philip Purves PGSwdB, 2003-2007.
   W.Bro. Ron Bridger PJGD, 2007-2010.
   W.Bro. Alan Baverstock AGDC, 2013-Present.
 
The Active Provincial Grand Lodge Officers and the Worshipful Master
 
PrGDCs Present and Past
Loving Cup Passed At Calthorpe Lodge
18 Jan 2018
The Provincial Grand Master attended the meeting of Calthorpe Lodge No. 5172 at Banbury on Tuesday 16 January 2018. He was accompanied by: W.Bro. Mike Smail PrJGW, W.Bro. Sony Timms PrDGDC, and W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff PrSGD. All were escorted by W.Bro. Alan Baverstock AGDC, the PrGDC.
A further active Provincial Grand Officer was also in attendance, W.Bro. Yanto Evans PrGStwd. However, he is the current Master of the lodge!
During the meeting the Lodge was 'called off' and the Loving Cup Ceremony was conducted. This unique ceremony has taken place annually for the last forty years. It concludes with each Brother recieving a glass of sherry, and being invited to exchange good wishes and fraternal greetings.
The Festive Board was a 'Burns Supper'.
To add to the occasion the Worshipful Master and Provincial Grand Master were led into the dining hall by a suitably attired musician playing the bagpipes. The "Address to the Haggis" was recited by W.Bro. Terry Mallarky, and a presentation to the "Immortal Memory" of W.Bro. Robbie Burns was delivered by W.Bro. Russell Fowler.
 
(L-R) The PrGM and W.Bro. Yanto Evans with the Loving Cup that was
presented to W.Bro. Walter J. Trinder PAGStdB, PPrSGW in 1977
Bertie Lodge Installation
18 Jan 2018
On the 11th January 2018 at the Woodstock Masonic Hall, W.Bro. Alan Bovingdon-Cox was proclaimed Worshipful Master for the Third successive year as Master of Bertie Lodge No. 1515. W.Bro Tony McCluskey PAGDC recited the Proclamation in an exemplary fashion.
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Graham Ellis was in attendance and was escorted by W.Bro. Robert Swanton, PrAGDC.
The evening was rounded off by an excellent Festive Board and merriment.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Peter Smith (PrGOrg), W.Bro. John Day (PPrGReg), W.Bro. Adrian Barlow (PPrGSwdB),
W.Bro. G.F.T. McCluskey (PAGDC), W.Bro. Alan Bovingdon-Cox (WM), W.Bro. Graham Ellis (APGM),
W.Bro. Robert Swanton (PrAGDC), W.Bro. Kevin Cruickshank (PPrSGD)
Saint Barbara Lodge Installation Ceremony
14 Jan 2018
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer accompanied by W.Bro. Chris Beckley PrSGW, W.Bro. Yanto Evans PrGStwd and W.Bro. Ewan Gordon PrGStwd, escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrAGDC, saw W.Bro. Martin Craft WM, install Bro. Stephen Mitchell as Master of the Saint Barbara Lodge with great sincerity.
The evening was rounded off by an excellent festive board at the Bicester Masonic Centre.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Phil Saunders (Sec/ PrGStwd), W.Bro. Chris Beckley (PrSGW), V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer (DPrGM),
W.Bro. Stephen Mitchell (WM), W.Bro. Martin Craft (IPM), W.Bro. Ewan Gordon (PrGStwd),
W.Bro. Yanto Evans (PrGStwd), W.Bro. Roy 'Sonny' Timms (PrDGDC)
Installation Meeting of Windrush Lodge No. 1703
14 Jan 2018
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master attended the installation meeting of Windrush Lodge No. 1703 at Witney on Wednesday 10 January 2018.
He was accompanied by the Provincial Junior Grand Warden, W.Bro. Michael Smail, and Provincial Grand Steward W.Bro. Philip Saunders.
All were escorted by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.
The meeting saw W.Bro. Martin McBride install Bro. Graham Treadwell as his successor.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Graham Ellis APrGM and W.Bro. Graham Treadwell
Bowyer Lodge Installation
06 Jan 2018
On Tuesday 2nd January the Bowyer Lodge Number 1036 were honoured by a visit from the DPGM V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer at their installation meeting where W.Bro. Ian Faulkner installed W.Bro. Ian McConnell into the chair of the lodge.
Following a very good ceremony the brethren present were treated to a very happy and enjoyable festive board.
Despite the high winds and rain the meeting attracted many visiting brethren of the lodge in Chipping Norton Masonic Centre.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Chris Beckley PSGW, DPGM V.W.Bro. Neil Spencer,
W.Bro. Ian McConnell WM & W.Bro. Ian Faulkner IPM
 
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