News Around The Province



Cardinal House Social Club First Event - Summer Hog Roast
20 Jul 2019
 
Witney Carnival - Saturday 13th July 2019
20 Jul 2019
A great day was had by all yesterday at this year's Witney Carnival. To kick off the carnival, 11 Oxfordshire Freemasons joined the parade in full regalia.
The Provincial display equipment was placed on the Leys Recreation ground and was also manned by Oxfordshire Freemasons throughout the day.
£750 was raised by 5 Witney Lodges and the province to donate to 3 Local Charities, listed below. We had 607 public votes, which was amazing! The Results:
SSNAP 275 = £300
SPECIAL EFFECTS 179 = £250
NEW YATT RIDING FOR THE DISABLED 153 = £200
Many thanks go out to those who supported the day!
 
 
Travelling Gavel arrives in Bicester
11 Jul 2019
The Travelling Gavel was delivered to the Worshipful Master of Exemplo Ducemus Lodge No. 9738 W.Bro. Sebastian Stephen Carney Belton at their lodge meeting at Bicester on Saturday 22nd June 2019 by a delegation of five brethren from the Old Saint Edwards Lodge No. 5162, W.Bro. Martin Prior (Worshipful Master) W.Bro. Kevin Prior, W.Bro. Stuart Harker, W.Bro. Peter Laurence and Bro. Benjamin Prior.
After the delivery of the Travelling Gavel we witnessed Bro. Savage being Initiated into the lodge.
 
Clavis Lodge No. 8585 Meeting
16 Jun 2019
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer attended the June meeting of the Clavis Lodge, No. 8585 held at the masonic hall, Henley-on-Thames on Saturday 8th June 2019. He was escorted by W.Bro. Yanto Evans PrAGDC and accompanied by W.Bro. Andrew Keech PrGChStwd, W.Bro. Ron Barnett PrAGSec and W.Bro. Peter Lindfield PrGStdB.
The Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Raymond Clarke, assisted by his officers raised Bro. William Liebow in an excellent ceremony. The DPGM also presented Bro. Liebow with his log book and letter from the PGM.
The lodge was closed after being pealed, followed by a white table festive board at the Red Lion hotel in Henley.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Peter Lindfield PrGStdB, W.Bro. Graham Hayward JW, W.Bro. Andrew Keech PrGChStwd
DPGM, W.Bro. Raymond Clarke WM, W.Bro. Peter Bill Acting SW, W.Bro. Ron Barnett PrAGSec
 
(L-R) DPGM, Bro. William Liebow and W.Bro. Raymond Clarke WM
Jurassic 58Km Coastal Walk Challenge
16 Jun 2019
Congratulation to Adrian Smith Bertie Lodges latest initiate, together with Sophia Burgoyne the partner of Jim Hill another new Bertie Lodge member on the completion of the Jurassic Coastal Walk challenge, which took place over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of June.
Adrian and Sophia took on this challenge in support of the MCF and Oxfordshire 2022 Festival and raised a magnificent total of £584 plus gift aid.
Adrian and Sophia are now considering their next challenge in aid of the Oxfordshire Festival.
     
 
Upper Thames Lodge No. 8696 Initiation
16 Jun 2019
On Friday 7th June Bro. Dean Pask was initiated into Freemasonry at the Upper Thames Lodge in Henley. The officers worked an excellent ceremony with the candidate commenting how on pleased he was to be joining the premier Taylor's lodge in the Province. The meeting was followed by a joyous festive board before the members departed for the summer break.
 
(L-R) Bro. Wayne Beer (Senior Deacon), W. Bro. Tony Nimmo (Senior Warden),
W. Bro. Dan Coppock (Worshipful Master), Bro. Dean Pask, Bro Steve Clark (Junior Warden),
Bro. Mark Newnham (Acting Inner Guard) and W.Bro Mike Daniel (Junior Deacon)
The Shropshire 'Walking Maul'
09 Jun 2019
As the effective culmination of the Shropshire 2019 Festival, the Walking Maul is progressing from Shropshire to Great Queen Street for the Grand Lodge meeting on Wednesday 12th June. This maul was specially made for the Master to use at that meeting.
W.Bro. Roger Michell, of the Sabrina Lodge No. 4158, and his wife Linda have so far walked the maul around all the Shropshire lodges, a distance of about 850 miles. It has been walked to the top of Snowdon and Scafell Pike, the highest points of the constitution, as well as to the top of Abdon Bluff, the highest point in Shropshire. It is now on its way to London via the Severn Way, the Gloucester Way, the Oxford Way and the Thames Path, a distance of some 240 miles taking around 16 days, and a total distance of some 1100 miles or so.
As Roger and Linda were passing through our province, and further to the request for assistance, we (Stan and Kris Hearn, Lodge of Peace No. 8850) felt we were in a good position to help, being situated betwixt and between Islip and Tetsworth (near Thame). Roger originally had Rycote as the destination after Islip, but not having local knowledge did not realise Rycote was not a place as such, just being Rycote Chaple, Lane etc. so after due consultation Tetsworth was substituted. Stan collected Roger and Linda, (and their back-packs, ouch!) in Islip on the Tuesday afternoon, just as the rain started, and after a most convivial evening and, they said, a comfortable night, delivered them back there on the Wednesday Morning. As they were staying with us again that night, the big pack was not needed so they could enjoy a somewhat easier day. Collecting them from (outside) the Old Red Lion Tetsworth we returned via Thame so they could visit our Masonic Centre. Later, after freshening up, we took them to see Brill windmill and the unusual adjacent topography (from the clay diggings) as a point of local interest. Sustenance was found to be necessary after these exertions, so a quick visit to 'The Pheasant', happily quite nearby, was undertaken before returning home for dinner.
Under a clear blue sky Roger and Linda were returned to Tetsworth Thursday morning to continue their journey. It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to be able to help in some small way, we being well rewarded by making two new friends.
 
Linda (left) and Kris seated, Roger (left) and Stan behind holding the Maul
St Mary's Installation Meeting
28 May 2019
The DPrGM V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer (PGSwdB of UGLE), accompanied by W.Bro. Nick Clifford (PrGStdB), W.Bro. Peter Lindfield (PrGStdB) & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts (PrDGDC) were present to see Bro. Byron Harvey installed as Worshipful Master of the lodge.
The installation ceremony was carried out with aplomb by W.Bro. Chris Cox (Installing Master), ably assisted by various members of the lodge.
Over 40 brethren were in attendance.
The evening was rounded off by a very enjoyable festive board, along with some fine speeches & culminating in the DPrGM giving a fine rendition of the Worshipful Masters song.
 
Back L-R
W.Bro. Peter Lindfield PrGStdB, Bro. Mark Avery SW, W.Bro. David Hunt JW, W.Bro. Nick Clifford PrGStdB
Front L-R
V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer DPrGM, W.Bro. Byron Harvey WM, W.Bro. Chris Cox IM
Old St Edwards Lodge No. 5162 Installation
26 May 2019
The Old St Edwards Lodge No. 5162 held their installation meeting at Cardinal House on the 11th of May, which was a special day for a father and Son as W.Bro. K M Prior installed his father W.Bro. MG Prior into the chair in a very sincere and respectful manner.
W.Bro. Tom Buxton and Officers from the Buttercross Lodge No. 7240, W.Bro. John Stanley, Bro. Steven Mullins, Bro. Ian Woolard and Bro. Luke Fowler delivered the Traveling Gavel.
There were many visitors from long distances with a contingent from Derby.
The meeting was witnessed by The Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro. Neil Clive Spencer.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Andrew Keech PrGChStwd, W.Bro. Andrew Trueman PrGSwB, V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer DPrGM,
W.Bro. Payam Nabarz PrGStwd, W.Bro. Martyn Prior WM, W.Bro. Tom Buxton PrGStwd,
W.Bro. Kevin Prior IPM, W.Bro. Shahid Butt PrGStwd
 
(L-R) MCF Oxfordshire Festival 2022 £1000 Cheque Presentation
 
Cardinal House new gated entrance
Travelling gavel arrives in Witney!
08 May 2019
The Travelling Gavel was recently presented to the WM of Buttercross Lodge No. 7240 by the WM of Castle Lodge No. 7302. The handing over ceremony was carried out by both Worshipful Masters very competently. A team of 6 members accompanied the WM of Castle Lodge.
After the handover, all the brethren watched an excellent initiation ceremony followed by a hearty festive board.
In the photo are W.Bro. Liam Walker (Buttercross Lodge) receiving the Travelling Gavel from W.Bro. Chris Wilson (Castle Lodge) also shown are the members of Castle Lodge who accompanied their WM on the night.
The Travelling Gavel will next move to Old St Edwards Lodge at Cardinal House on Saturday 11th May to be handed before their installation ceremony.
 
Redman Brown Lodge No. 9607 Meeting
08 May 2019
The DPrGM, V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer accompanied by the PrAGDC, Steve Pope attended the Redman Brown Lodge No. 9607 on the 23rd of April for the Initiation of Bro Daniel Cook. The ceremony was carried out by the WM Daniel McGeehan and the Charge was presented by W.Bro. Geraint Gregory in a most excellent manner as was the whole ceremony. This was the first initiate for the lodge for some time. The meeting and festive board was enjoyed by many members and visitors who were treated to the DPrGM singing the entered apprentice song, which was well received.
 
(L-R) V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer DPrGM, Bro. Daniel Cook and W.Bro. Daniel McGeehan WM
Service and Honour Lodge SSNAP Donation
08 May 2019
A cheque for £1000 was presented to the SSNAP Charity at the John Radcliffe Hospital by the W.M. W.Bro. Leigh Thompson of The Oxfordshire Lodge of Service and Honour raised at their recent Ladies Festival held in Stratford- upon- Avon.
 
(L-R) Emma Cantrell Director of SSNAP, W.Bro. Richard White, W.Bro. Malcolm Way,
W.Bro. Leigh Thompson, Caz Stokes Team leader SSNAP
Rathcreedan Lodge No. 8690 Installation
08 May 2019
The Rathcreedan Lodge No. 8690 was honoured by a visit from the PrSGW W.Bro. Cliff Ward who witnessed a first class ceremony seeing the Worshipful Master elected to serve a second year in office. Both Senior and Junior masons were very much involved in the proceedings. The PrSGW also presented a 50 year certificate to W.Bro. Tim Moss. The festive board was very well attended and everyone had a night to remember.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Roy Hart, W.Bro. Bernd Wegerhoff PrGSec PAGStdB, Bro. Russell Crawley, W.Bro. Tim Moss,
Bro. Barry Green DC, Bro. Chris Gold, W.Bro. Kevin Horswill, Bro. Adam McHenry, W.Bro. Cliff Ward PrSGW,
Mark Turner WM, Bro. Tony Williams, Peter Jones PJGD VO, W.Bro. George Williams, Bro. Ian Drysdale,
W.Bro. Ron Barnett PrAGSec, W.Bro. Nigel Payne PrGTyler, Bro. Tony McGurk,
Bro. Richard Solesbury–Timms, W.Bro. T. Lowe, W.Bro. Lee Thomas
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Tim Moss receiving his 50 Year Certificate from W.Bro. Cliff Ward PrSGW,
accompanied by the W.Bro. Mark Turner WM
Shiplake Lodge No. 7942 Installation
08 May 2019
The Shiplake Lodge No. 7942 held their installation meeting on the 15th of April. The PrGM, R.W.Bro. James Hilditch attended, escorted by the PrAGDC, W.Bro S. Pope and accompanied by W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW, W.Bro. Brian Hemstock PrJGD and W.Bro. Shahid Butt PrGStwd. It was clear see that all the lodge members enjoy their Masonry and the guests and visitors where very well looked after in the lodge and afterwards at the festive board. An excellent installation ceremony seeing W.Bro. Lee Elliott installed into the Chair of King Solomon, followed by some sincere words from the Chaplin, W.Bro. Derek Elliot, speaking of his son in a very momentous occasion for the family. The PrGM accepted a cheque for the 2022 festival from the lodge for the sum of £1000.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Colin Cregan Almoner and Mentor, Bro. Mark Collinson SW, W.Bro. Steve Gadd DC,
W.Bro. Brian Hemstock PrJGD, W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW, R.W.Bro. James R G Hilditch PrGM,
W.Bro. Lee Elliott WM, W.Bro. Derek Elliott Chaplain, W.Bro. Shahid Butt PrGStwd,
Bro. Grant Perrin Charity Steward and IG
 
(L-R) R.W.Bro. James R.G. Hilditch PrGM, W.Bro. Lee Elliott WM and Bro. Propert-Lewis Secretary
Aelfric Lodge No. 8926 Installation
07 May 2019
The PrGM R.W.Bro. James Hilditch, escorted by the PrAGDC, W.Bro. Steve Pope and accompanied by W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW and the PrGOrg, W.Bro. Peter Smith attended the installation meeting of the Aelfric Lodge No. 8926, witnessing W.Bro. Nick Chaitow installed as Worshipful Master by W.Bro. Simon Escott in a very sincere manner. This was afterwards followed by approximately 60 Brethren in a truly first class festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Peter Smith PrGOrg, W.Bro. Cliff Ward PrSGW and Lodge DC, RW.Bro. James R.G. Hilditch PrGM, W.Bro. Nick Chaitow WM, W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW, Bro N. Wisbey Senior Warden, Bro. Oakey Lodge ADC
Norton Lodge No. 8872
07 May 2019
The APrGM W.Bro. Graham Ellis, escorted by the PrAGDC, Steve Pope and accompanied by W.Bro. Cliff Ward, PrSGW, W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW and W.Bro. Ron Barnett PrAGSec attended the installation meeting of the Norton Lodge No. 8872. Witnessing W.Bro. Pinfold installed as Worshipful Master in a sincere ceremony followed by an excellent festive board at the Chipping Norton Masonic Centre.
 
Calthorpe Lodge No. 5172 Installation
07 May 2019
The APrGM W.Bro. Graham Ellis, escorted by the PrAGDC, Steve Pope and accompanied by W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW and W.Bro. Ron Barnett PrAGSec attended the installation meeting of the Calthorpe Lodge No. 5172. Witnessing W.Bro. Howkins installed as Worshipful Master in a sincere ceremony followed by an excellent festive board at the Banbury Masonic Centre.
 
Witta's Island Installation Meeting
22 Apr 2019
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. Graham Peter Ellis, escorted by the PrGDC W.Bro. Paul Buck and accompanied by the PrAGSec W.Bro. Ron Barnett, and a PrGStwd W.Bro. Payam Nabarz, attended the Installation meeting of the Witta's Island Lodge No. 9359, witnessing W.Bro. Royston Williams installed into the chair of King Solomon in a most excellent, sincere and enjoyable ceremony. The ceremony was followed by a superb festive board held at the Masonic Centre Witney.
 
W.Bro. Paul Buck PrGDC, W.Bro. P. Nabarz PrGStwd, W.Bro. A. Trueman PrGSwdB, W.Bro. M. Florey PAGDC,
W.Bro. A. Gaunt PPrJGW, JW, W.Bro. Royston Williams WM, W.Bro. Graham Ellis APrGM, Bro. T. Vaughan SW,
W.Bro. Ron Barnett PrAGSec and W.Bro. A. Taylor PJGD
2022 Festival Bronze Lodge Honorific
22 Apr 2019
On his visit to Evenlode Lodge the DPrGM VW.Bro. Neal Spencer presented a Bronze Honorific for the 2022 Festival to the Worshipful Master of the Lodge. On behalf of the province he thanked the members of the Evenlode Lodge for their generosity.
 
(L-R) V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer DPGM with W.Bro. Simon Stanley WM
Buttercross Lodge 60 Year Certificate
22 Apr 2019
W.Bro. Liam Walker Master of the Buttercross Lodge had the pleasurable task of presenting a Certificate to W.Bro. Richard Peace to mark his 60 Years in Freemasonry.
As W.Bro. Richard has not been able to attend Lodge meetings recently due to ill health, the presentation was carried out at his home. W.Bro. Richard invited along two old friends W.Bro. Peter Connor and Bro. Alan Smith, both of whom he introduced to the Lodge.
Also in attendance W.Bro.. John Stanley Lodge Almoner who took the picture.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Liam Walker, W.Bro. Richard Peace, W.Bro. Peter Connor and Bro. Alan Smith
Thames Lodge Meeting
22 Apr 2019
The April meeting of the Thames Lodge No. 1895 was held at the Masonic Centre in Henley on Thames on Tuesday 9th April 2019 was attended by the APGM, W.Bro. Graham Peter Ellis, PJGW and escorted by W.Bro. Yanto Evans, PrAGDC. The APGM was accompanied by W.Bro. Shahid Butt, PrGStwd.
Mr. Geoffrey Walsh was initiated into freemasonry and an enjoyable ceremony was followed by an excellent festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. R Simmons PGStdB, W.Bro. RP Strudwick WM, Bro. G Walsh,
W.Bro. G Ellis APGM, W.Bro. S Butt PrGStwd
Jersey Lodge Meeting
22 Apr 2019
The PrSGW, W.Bro. Clifford Ward, representing the R.W.PGM and escorted by the PrAGDC W.Bro. Yanto Evans, attended the April meeting of the Jersey Lodge No. 2334 on Thursday 4th April 2019, held at Weyland Masonic Hall in Bicester. The PrSGW was accompanied by the PrGTreas, W.Bro. Richard Skym, PrAGSec, W.Bro. Ron Barnett and PrGStdB, W.Bro. Peter Lindfield.
W.Bro. Ewan Gordon was proclaimed Worshipful Master for a successive year and then proceeded to initiate Mr. Alistair Harris, after which he invested his officers for the ensuing year.
The ceremony was followed by a most enjoyable festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Richard Skym PrGTreas, W.Bro. Clifford Ward PrSGW, Bro. Alistair Harris,
W.Bro. Ewan Gordon WM, W.Bro. Ron Barnett PrAGSec and W.Bro. Peter Lindfield PrGStdB
Theodore Lodge Meeting
22 Apr 2019
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer, PGSwdB and escorted by the PrAGDC W.Bro. Yanto Evans, attended the April meeting of the Theodore Lodge No. 8943 on Monday 1st April 2019, held at Weyland Masonic Hall in Bicester.
It was a Past Masters meeting and the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Graeme Aldridge passed the gavel to W.Bro. Alex Moffard PPSGD, who conducted a superb raising ceremony of Bro. Lee Hawker.
The DPGM also presented a Grand Lodge certificate to Bro. Alex Goody.
The ceremony was followed by a most enjoyable festive board.
 
(L-R) WM Bro. Graeme Aldridge, Bro. Lee Hawker, W.Bro. Alex Moffard PPrSGD
Weyland Lodge Installation Meeting
22 Apr 2019
The Installation meeting of the Weyland Lodge No. 6507 took place at Weyland Hall, Bicester on Thursday 21st March 2019, attended by the PrGSec, W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff, PGStdB who was representing the PGM and escorted by the PrAGDC, W.Bro. Yanto Evans. The PrGSec was accompanied by the PrGSwdB, W.Bro. Andrew Trueman.
The outgoing Master W.Bro. Philip Jones passed the gavel to W.Bro. Riki Rogers PPrJGD so he could install his son and Master Elect, Bro. Richard Rogers into the chair of King Solomon. W.Bro Riki Rogers also delivered the Masters address to his son. The ritual was of a very high standard and it was an excellent ceremony.
After appointing and investing his officers the Worshipful Master then presented a cheque from the lodge for £3000 to the PrGSec for the Oxfordshire 2022 Masonic Festival, which was gratefully received.
The ceremony was followed by an excellent festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Peter Lindfield PrGStdB, W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff PGStdB PrGSec, Bro. Martin Cody SW
W.Bro. Richard Rogers WM, W.Bro. Philip Jones IPM, Bro. Ken Haines JW, W.Bro. Andrew Trueman PrGSwdB
 
Weyland Lodge Officers with the Provincial Team
Theodore Lodge Installation Meeting
22 Apr 2019
The APGM, W.Bro. Graham Peter Ellis, PJGD and escorted by the PrAGDC W.Bro. Yanto Evans, attended the the Installation meeting of the Theodore Lodge, No. 8943, held at the Masonic Hall in Bicester. The APGM was accompanied by W.Bro. Adrian H. Barlow PrJGW, W.Bro. Andrew Keech PrGCStwd and W.Bro. Shahid Butt PrGStwd. W.Bro. Graeme Aldridge was installed into the chair of King Solomon, witnessed by his father. The ceremony was preceded by an excellent festive board. All of the lodge officers are Master Masons.
 
(L-R) Bro. David Fullerton, Bro. Mark Osenton, Bro. Steven Parnell, APGM, W.Bro.. Graeme Aldridge,
W.Bro.. Allan Gillingham, Bro. Andrew Rixon, Bro. Matthew Stimpson, Bro. Lee Hawker and Bro. Liam Whelehan
Wychwood Lodge Regular Meeting
24 Mar 2019
The APrGM W.Bro. Graham Peter Ellis (PJGD of UGLE), escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts (PrDGDC) were present to see Bro. William Pinkerton raised to the sublime degree of a master mason.
All present were rewarded with some fine ritual & floor work by various officers of the lodge.
In the risings the Immediate Past Master of the lodge, W.Bro. Raven presented the APrGM with a cheque for £500 for the 2022 festival. The APrGM thanked the members of the lodge for their generosity & promised that their donation would be put to good use.
Over 40 brethren were in attendance.
The evening was rounded off by a very jovial festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Tony Raven IPM, W.Bro. Marcus Vickery WM,
W.Bro. Graham Ellis APGM, Bro. William Pinkerton Candidate
Provincial Announcement
18 Mar 2019
Young carers in Thame win support from the Masons
17 Mar 2019
 
The Masons do such amazing work and I feel that they are not recognised enough for their charitable works, we cannot thank them enough!
Read the article: www.thametoday.co.uk/news/young-carers-in-thame-win-support-from-the-masons
MCF Charity Donation to SUDEP Action
17 Mar 2019
SUDEP Action is a local charity based in Wantage which was set up to further research into Epilepsy linked deaths of children and young people and provide bereavement support to bereaved families. The MCF made a grant of £4,000 on behalf of the Province to help fund a specialist support clinician.
Video link via Oxfordshires That's TV, click here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAZ89211unk&feature=youtu.be
 
W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW presenting an MCF grant certificate award on behalf of the
Province of Oxfordshire to the Chief Executive Jane Hanna OBE and Trustee Mark Phillps of SUDEP Action
Redman-Brown Lodge No. 9607 Meeting
17 Mar 2019
The PrGM RW.Bro.. James Hilditch, escorted by the PrGDC W.Bro. Paul Buck attended the meeting of the Reman-Brown Lodge No. 9607 on Tuesday 26th February and witnessed a very enjoyable demonstration of the ceremony of the first degree, in preparation for a candidate at their next meeting. This was followed by a white table festive board where brethren, their wives and guests enjoyed an excellent lunch at Freemasons Hall, Banbury.
 
 
Oxfordshire appointments to Grand Rank
07 Mar 2019
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master and all the members of our Province wish to offer hearty congratulations to the following brethren who will be honoured with First Appointment in Grand Lodge.
First Appointments
Andrew Joseph PickwickPAGDC
William Richard Graham SkymPAGDC
And equal Congratulations to the following who have been honoured with Promotions and Re-Appointments.
Promotions
Paul Richard EngehamGSwdB
Steffen DuetschenbauerAGChan
Christopher Michael HaywardPGSwdB
Rev. Timothy John Nicholas L'EstrangePGSwdB
Jonathan Samuel RosePAGDC
Re-Appointments
Jonathan SpenceDepGM
Dr. David Richard StaplesGSec
James Martin Long TDDepPreBGP
Bertie Lodge No. 1515 Meeting
02 Mar 2019
A fraternal visit by 7 members of Bertie Lodge No. 1515 to its daughter lodge Annesley Lodge No. 3961 to witness a rehearsal of an initiation ceremony was very much enjoyed when W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW stood in as the initiate to the amusement and pleasure of all those present.
Also present was W.Bro. Alan Knowles PSGD an Honoury member and W.Bro. Peter Smith PrGOrg who of cause offered his services for the musical accompaniment which was much appreciated by all.
 
British Drug Free Powerlifting Association
02 Mar 2019
At the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association Championships 2017 World Drug Free Powerlifting Association champion W.Bro. Mark Anderson (PM Butterross Lodge) moved up to the under 67.5kg weight category after an injury-hit 12 months.
The change of category meant records were out of reach, but his lift of 115kg won him the Open British title.
His wife, Lucy Anderson (2017 World Drug Free Powerlifting Association champion) broke the British mark and followed it up with a new world best in the bench press for the M1 (age 40-45), under 50.5kg.
She lifted 68kg and 70.5kg on the way to the title.
Well done to both Mark and Lucy
 
 
Gateway Lodge Installation
02 Mar 2019
The APrGM W.Bro. Graham Ellis accompanied by W.Bro. Adrian Barlow (PrJGW), W.Bro. Andy O'Sullivan (PrSGD), W.Bro. Tom Buxton (PrGStwd) & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts (PrDGDC) were present to see W.Bro. Grahame Lee proclaimed as master of the lodge for the ensuing year. Over 40 brethren were in attendance.
The evening was rounded off by a very jovial festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Tom Buxton (PrGStwd), W.Bro. Andy O'Sullivan (PrSGD), Bro. Matt Smith (SW),
W.Bro. Graham Ellis (APrGM), W.Bro. Grahame Lee (WM), W.Bro. Adrian Barlow (PrJGW)
and W.Bro. Steve Bowers (Acting JW)
Shiplake Lodge Chalk Mine Charity visit
02 Mar 2019
On Sunday 24th February Shiplake Lodge No. 7942 organised a trip down the extensive chalk mine tunnels at Emmer Green near Reading.
The chalk and flint stone layers were laid down about 60 million years ago. The chalk was mined to use in one of Reading's three "B's" (bricks, bulbs and beer).
The chalk was added to clay to stop shrinkage when bricks were fired and also used in road building and agriculture.
The first record of chalk being mined here is 1654 but it is believed that a local house built in 1590 used bricks from the Emmer Green brick kilns. Graffiti is not new as there is graffiti dated as early as 1722 among many examples.
Production of bricks peaked in 1890 to the early 1900's when 12,000 bricks were produced per day. It required 9 men to produce 1,000 bricks and was, therefore, a thriving work place.
During the Second World War the tunnels were used to store Reading's archives and all that remains are deteriorating tea chests, a copy of the Manchester Guardian from 1942 and a tram and bus timetable.
Also, during the war the caves were used by Churchill's "secret army" who lived down there as part of a last line of defence stretching from the Thames estuary through to Wales in the event of a German invasion. The soldiers being tasked to blow up the bridges crossing the Thames if necessary.
Chalk mining ceased in the 1950's due to competition from other major brick companies.
The 80ft shaft to the mine is within the 89th Reading Scouts centre and thanks go to the scout instructors who gave up their time to ensure we were all safely lowered down the shaft and more importantly got out again.
Nearly £750 was raised on the day which was split between the scouts, the 2022 Festival and the Wokingham Mencap Society being the chosen local charity of the Master Elect of Shiplake Lodge.
 
Photographs courtesy of Redhouse Productions, Gloucs
(Robin Kent, Scout Leader and Chief Safety Officer, also APGM Berks)
Cherwell Lodge No. 599 Installation
24 Feb 2019
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. Graham Peter Ellis, escorted by the PrGDC W.Bro. Paul Buck and accompanied by the PrJGW, W.Bro. Adrian Barlow, PrGSec W.Bro. Bernd Wegerhoff PGStdB, PrAGSec W.Bro. Ron Barnett, PrAGDC W.Bro. Yanto Evans, PrGStwd, W.Bro. Shahid Butt and the PrGTyler W.Bro. Nigel Payne, attended the Installation meeting of the Cherwell Lodge No. 599, witnessing W.Bro. Peter Smith installed into the chair of King Solomon in a most excellent, sincere and enjoyable ceremony. The ceremony was followed by a superb festive board held at the Freemasons Hall Banbury.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Paul Buck PrGDC, W.Bro. Shahid Butt PrGStwd, W.Bro. Ron Barnett PrAGSec,
W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW, W.Bro. Graham Ellis APrGM, W.Bro. Peter Smith WM,
W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff PrGSec, W.Bro. Yanto Evans PrAGDC and W.Bro Nigel Payne PrGTyler
Buttercross Lodge No. 7240 Installation
24 Feb 2019
The 66th Buttercross Lodge installation was a cracking meeting with over 60 brethren attending. The Lodge was honoured by the presence of the PrSGW representing the PrGM and being accompanied by the PrJGW, the PrSwdB, the APrGM of Warwickshire (W.Bro. David Greenwood) and a number of Grand officers.
After an excellent ceremony at which all Officers including the WM were Light Blues and not been yet been through the chair. The brethren sat down to enjoy an excellent festive board at which approx. £200 was raised by way of the raffle, for charity.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Norman Sawyer VGO, Bro. Ian Budd SW, W.Bro. Cliff Ward PrSGW,
W.Bro. Liam Walker (Master), W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW, Bro. A.N.Other JW
 
W.Bro. Liam Walker together with his newly invested Officers,
Provisional Officers and the APrGM of Warwickshire
Islip Lodge No. 7876 Installation
24 Feb 2019
The Installation meeting of the Islip Lodge No. 7876 took place at Cardinal House on Monday 18th February 2019, where the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Brian Godfrey was installed as Worshipful Master for a successive year by the Installing Master, W.Bro. Ian Ross. The PrSGW, W.Bro. Clifford Ward was in attendance, representing the PGM and escorted by the PrAGDC, W.Bro. Yanto Evans. The PrSGW was accompanied by the PrJGW, W.Bro. Adrian Barlow, PrGDC, W.Bro. Paul Buck PAGStdB, PrJGD W.Bro. Brian Hemstock, PrAGSec W.Bro. Ron Barnett and PrGStwd W.Bro. Payam Nabarz.
The lodge presented the PrSGW with a cheque for £200 for the 2022 Festival.
The ceremony was followed by an excellent festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Ron Barnett, W.Bro. Paul Buck, W.Bro. Clifford Ward, W.Bro. Payam Nabarz,
Bro. Mike Hine SW, W.Bro. Brian Godfrey WM, Bro. Alan Hicks JW, W.Bro. Brian Hemstock,
W.Bro. Ian Ross IM and W.Bro. Adrian Barlow
50 Year Certificate - W.Bro. Malcolm Walls
19 Feb 2019
On 14 Feb 2019, W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff presented a 50 year certificate to W.Bro. Malcolm Walls. Unfortunately he was unwell for our December meeting hence the delay in the presentation.
"W.Bro.. Malcolm Ward it gives me great pleasure to present on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master this 50 Year Certificate to you. You were initiated into Castle Lodge on 12 Dec 1968 and became Master of the Lodge in 1982/ 3 and you were honoured with Provincial rank as PPrJGD in 1988. I remember you occupying one of the Chairs during Installations, for many years even before I became a member of this Lodge and since. 50 years in Masonry is a very special achievement that not many brethren reach and your commitment to this Lodge in particular has been substantial."
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Malcolm Walls with W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff
Icknield Way Lodge No. 8292 Meeting
19 Feb 2019
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. James Robert Guy Hilditch and escorted by the PrAGDC W.Bro. Yanto Evans, attended the meeting of the Icknield Way Lodge No. 8292, held at Thame Masonic Hall on Saturday 9th February 2019. The Provincial Grand Master was accompanied by: W.Bro. Shahid Butt, PrGStwd.
After a short meeting the lodge was closed and the ladies and invited guests were welcomed into the temple, where they received a presentation on "Dogs for Good" by charity fundraiser, Tina Williams and Sue Harvey accompanied by "Flint".
This was followed by an superb white table festive board of a "Robert Burns" theme. The raffle raised £305 which was donated to the Dogs for Good charity.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Shahid Butt PrGStwd, R.W.Bro. James Hilditch PGM, Sue Harvey with "Flint",
W.Bro. Mike Vines W.M and Tina Williams
Alfred Lodge No. 340 Meeting
19 Feb 2019
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer, PGSwdB and escorted by the PrAGDC W.Bro. Yanto Evans, attended the meeting of the Alfred Lodge No. 340, held at the Woodstock Masonic Hall on Tuesday 5th February 2019. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master was accompanied by: W.Bro. Adrian Barlow, PrJGW and W.Bro. Shahid Butt, PrGStwd.
The Installation has been moved to March by dispensation, so the lodge received a very interesting lecture by V.W.Bro. Phillip Purves, PGSwdB, on "The Experiences of a Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies".
This was followed by a most enjoyable festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW, The DPGM V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer PGSwdB,
W.Bro. Kevin Burrows WM, V.W.Bro. Phillip Purves PGSwdB, W.Bro. Shahid Butt PrGStwd
Cardinal House Announcement
12 Feb 2019
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Oxnaford Lodge No. 6691 Installation Meeting
02 Feb 2019
The PrSGW W.Bro. Cliff Ward, escorted by the PrAGDC, W.Bro. Steve Pope and accompanied by the PrGSwdB, W.Bro. Andrew Trueman and PrGStwds, W.Bros. Dave West, Shahid Butt and Payam Nabarz attended the 71st Installation meeting of the Oxnaford Lodge No. 6691.
The night previous the Provincial DC also the DC of Oxnaford Lodge No. 6691 was settling down to a meal at Blockley Lodge following their installation meeting, when he received a text informing him the WM of Oxnaford was unwell and would probably be unable to install the new Master that following evening. Now the Provincial DC having just witnessed a superb installation by W.Bro. John Rippington, took John to one side to ask him what he was doing tomorrow, nothing he said, well would you like to come as my guest to Oxnaford, John said he would love to as he wanted to see Cardinal House, however the PrGDC said there is a catch and we would like you to install our new master. W.Bro. Rippington agreed, a truly masonic gesture and well the rest is history. W.Bro. Rippington installed W.Bro. Patrick Hayes into the chair of King Solomon in a most excellent ceremony with 50 brethren in attendance. This was the second time W.Bro. Hayes had been installed as Worshipful Master of the Oxnaford Lodge No. 6691, the first being in 2005.
The ceremony was followed by a superb festive board held at Cardinal House.
 
(L-R) Front: W.Bro. Cliff Ward PrSGW, W.Bro. Patrick Hayes WM, W.Bro. John Rippington IM
Back: W.Bro. Keith Harvey PrGMentor, W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrDGDC, W.Bro. Steve Pope PrAGDC,
Bro Antoinne Flett SW, W.Bro. Payam Nabarz PrGStwd, W.Bro. Keith Aldridge Ch Stwd & IG,
W.Bro. Andrew Trueman PrGSwdB, W.Bro. Roy Simmonds PGStdB VO, W.Bro. Dave West PrGStwd,
Bro. Paul McNaughton JD, W.Bro. Shahid Butt PrGStwd, Bro. Alan Hicks JW, W.Bro. Paul Buck PAGStdB PrGDC
 
W.Bro. Patrick Hayes
Banbury Masons take an excursion to Lincolnshire
02 Feb 2019
On Wednesday 2nd January 2019 seven Brethren from Cherwell Lodge No. 599 ventured to Market Rasen, Lincolnshire to support one of their Members as he was installed into the chair of Bayons Lodge No. 1286.
W.Bro. Bob Murton was originally from Banbury and despite moving to Lincolnshire and joining Bayons Lodge still regularly attends his Mother Lodge, Cherwell. The excellent Installation ceremony was well attended, and included the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Lincolnshire W.Bro. Bruce Goodman.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Peter James, W.Bro. Peter Smith, W.Bro. Mike Lovatt, W.Bro. Bob Murton (in the chair)
W.Bro. Peter Larner, W.Bro. Graham Anker, W.Bro. Ivan Coupe and W.Bro. Bob Nurden
Lodge of Peace Installation
19 Jan 2019
The Lodge of Peace No. 8850 Installation meeting was held at Thame on Thursday 17 January.
W.Bro. Adrian Barlow the Provincial Junior Grand Warden represented the PrGM at the meeting, and was escorted by W.Bro. Alan Baverstock PPrGDC.
W.Bro. Chris Cox installed Bro. David Hester into the chair as his successor in a fine manner.
Chris will still be busy as not only is he Provincial Third Grand Principal in Chapter, but also the current Worshipful Master of St Mary's Lodge No. 1763 also meeting in Thame.
 
(L-R) Adrian Barlow, David Hester, Chris Cox, and Alan Baverstock
Round Table Thames Valley Lodge No. 9697 Installation
19 Jan 2019
The Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. James Hilditch, escorted by the PrGDC W.Bro. Paul Buck and accompanied by a PrGStwd, W.Bro. Shahid Butt, attended the Installation meeting of the Round Table Thames Valley Lodge No. 9697, witnessing W.Bro. Peter Jordain installed into the chair of King Solomon by W.Bro. Peter Lund in a most enjoyable and sincere ceremony. This was the second time W.Bro. Jordain has been installed as Worshipful Master of the Round Table Thames Valley Lodge No. 9697, the first time being in 2002.
The ceremony was followed by a superb festive board held at the Henley Masonic Centre, which was greatly enjoyed by all.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Shahid Butt, PrGStwd, W.Bro. Roy Simmonds PGStdB, R.W.Bro. James Hilditch, PrGM,
W.Bro. Peter Jordain, Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Peter Lund, Installing Master and W.Bro. Paul Buck, PrGDC
Saint Giles Lodge No. 8904 Installation
19 Jan 2019
Saint Giles Lodge No. 8904 was pleased to welcome the Provincial Grand Master on the occasion of the installation of W.Bro. Paul Blake on 16 January 2019 at Cardinal House.
 
Caversham Lodge No. 3831 Installation
19 Jan 2019
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer, escorted by the PrGDC W.Bro. Paul Buck and accompanied by the PrJGW, W.Bro. Adrian Barlow, PrGSwdB, W.Bro. Andrew Trueman, PrJGD, W.Bro Brian Hemstock and two PrGStwds, W.Bro. Shahid Butt and W.Bro. Dave West, attended the 102nd Installation meeting of the Caversham Lodge No. 3831, witnessing W.Bro. David Robinson installed into the chair of King Solomon for the second time in a most enjoyable and entertaining ceremony. The DPrGM also presented one of the first "Masonic Record Books" to EA Bro. A. Hocking which was greatly received.
The ceremony was followed by a superb festive board held at the Reading Golf Club.
 
(L-R) Front: W.Bro. Paul Buck, PrGDC, W.Bro. S. Butt, PrGStwd. W.Bro. A. Trueman, PrGSwdB,
W.Bro. Adrian Barlow, PrJGW, Bro. G. McCoy, SW. V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer, DPrGM,
W.Bro. David Robinson, WM, Bro. D. Temple, JW, W.Bro. S. Hill, Chaplain,
W.Bro. T. Strong, Mentor & SD, W.Bro. N. Taylor, ADC and W.Bro P. Emerton, DC
Back: W.Bro. Andy O'Sullivan, PrSGD and Sec, W.Bro. P. Johnson, Asst Sec,
W.Bro. Dave West, PrGStwd and Treasurer, Bro. J. Powell, JD, W.Bro. P. Anderson, Almoner,
W.Bro. J. Farndon, Organist, Bro. A. Hocking, EA and Bro. J. Rainford, IG
Saint Barbara Lodge No. 7701 Installation
19 Jan 2019
The Installation meeting of the Saint Barbara Lodge No. 7701 took place at Weyland Masonic Hall, Bicester on Tuesday 8th January 2019. The Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Steve Mitchell was proclaimed Master for a second year. The PrJGW, W.Bro. Adrian Barlow was in attendance, representing the PGM and escorted by the PrAGDC, W.Bro. Yanto Evans. The PrJGW was accompanied by W.Bro. Andrew Trueman, PrGSwdB; W.Bro. Andrew O’Sullivan, PrSGD and W.Bro. David West, PrGStwd.
The PrJGW also presented Grand Lodge certificates to Bro. Dave Clarke and Bro. Mark Hirst.
The ceremony was followed by an excellent festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. David West, PrGStwd, W.Bro Andrew O'Sullivan, PrSGD, Bro. Steve Jackson, SW,
W.Bro. Adrian Barlow, PrJGW, W.Bro. Steve Mitchell, WM,
Bro. Graham Darby, JW, W.Bro. Andrew Trueman, PrGSwdB
Windrush Lodge No. 1703 Installation
19 Jan 2019
The PrGM, R.W.Bro. James Robert Guy Hildith, escorted by the PrGDC W.Bro. Paul Buck and accompanied by the PrAGDC W.Bro. Steve Pope and PrGStwd W.Bro. Dave West, attended the installation meeting of the Windrush Lodge No. 1703 at the Witney Masonic Centre and witnessed a most enjoyable ceremony, seeing W.Bro. Perrin Hatwell installed into the chair of King Solomen for the first time. The PrGM also presented Bro. Tom West with his Grand Lodge certificate.
The evening was rounded off with an excellent festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Paul Buck, PrGDC, W.Bro. Steve Pope, PrAGDC, Bro. Scott Forest, SW,
W.Bro. Norman Sawyer, PAGDC VO, R.W.Bro. James Hilditch PrGM, W.Bro. Perrin Hatwell, WM,
W.Bro Graham Treadwell, PPrJGD, IM, Bro. Philip West, JW, W.Bro. David Carpenter, PPrJGW, Sec,
W.Bro Martin McBride, PPrGReg and W.Bro.. Dave West, PrGStwd
Bertie Lodge Installation
13 Jan 2019
The PrSGW W.Bro. Clifford Ward accompanied by W.Bro. Andrew Trueman (PrGSwdB), W.Bro. Brian Hemstock (PrJGD), W.Bro. Ron Barnett (PrAGSec), W.Bro. David West (PrGStwd) & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts (PrDGDC) were present to see W.Bro. Ian Wright installed for the 3rd time as Worshipful Master of the Bertie Lodge, having previously been Master in 1991 & 1996.
All parts of the installation ceremony were carried out in a fine manner.
The evening was rounded off by a very pleasant festive board at Cardinal House.
 
(L-R) Back Row: W.Bro. David West (PrGStwd), W.Bro. Brian Hemstock (PrJGD),
W.Bro. Andrew Trueman (PrGSwdB), W.Bro. Ron Barnett (PrAGSec), W.Bro. Peter Smith (Organist / PrGOrg)
(L-R) Front Row: W.Bro. Adrian Barlow (SW / PrJGW), W.Bro. Cliff Ward (PrSGW), W.Bro. Ian Wright (WM),
W.Bro. Alan Bovingdon-Cox (IPM), W.Bro. Barrie Vernon (DC)
Bowyer Lodge Installation
05 Jan 2019
The DPrGM V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer accompanied by W.Bro. David West (PrGStwd) & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts (PrDGDC) were present to see W.Bro. Ian McConnell duly elected to serve a second year in the chair of King Solomon.
The evening was rounded off by a superb festive board at Chipping Norton Masonic Centre.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. David West (PrGStwd), W.Bro. Ian McConnell (WM), V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer (DPrGM / PGSwdB)
Oxnaford Lodge No. 6691 Newsletter - December 2018
01 Jan 2019
Semper Paratus Lodge No. 3015 Raising
15 Dec 2018
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer, escorted by the PrAGDC W.Bro. Stephen Pope and accompanied by the PrSGW, W.Bro. Cliff Ward and the PrGOrg, W.Bro. Peter Smith attended the Semper Paratus Lodge No. 3015 on the 12th of December at Woodstock and witnessed an excellent ceremony of a double raising of Bro's Gilbert and James.
The Ceremony was carried out by W.Bro. Bob Greenwell who was ably assisted by both older and younger members of the lodge. Over 50 brethren were in attendance for both the meeting and the festive board that followed, all enjoying the occasion.
 
(L-R) Bro. D Braun SW, W.Bro. Stephen Pope PrAGDC, V.W.Bro. Neil Clive Spencer DPrGM,
Bro. Mark James & Bro. Lee Gilbert, W.Bro. Bob Greenwell WM,
W.Bro. R Claridge Chaplain and the acting JW, W.Bro. Steven Earl
Blockley Lodge No. 6345 Raising
15 Dec 2018
The PrGM, R.W.Bro. James Robert Guy Hildith, escorted by the PrGDC W.Bro. Paul Buck and accompanied by the PrGSwdB W.Bro. Andrew Trueman, PrGChStwd W.Bro. Andrew Keech, PrGOrg W.Bro. Peter Smith and the PrGTyler W.Bro. Nigel Payne, attended the 510th regular meeting of the Blockley Lodge No. 6345 and witnessed a most excellent, sincere and enjoyable ceremony where the WM W.Bro. Rippington, SW, Bro. Boulle, JW, W.Bro. Carter and officers of the Blockley Lodge raised Bro's. Bektas and Bargus. The excellent ceremony was followed by a very enjoyable festive board.
 
Marlborough Lodge No. 1399 White Table
15 Dec 2018
The PrSGW W.Bro. Clifford Ward, representing the PGM and escorted by the PrAGDC W.Bro. Yanto Evans, attended the November meeting of the Marlborough Lodge No. 1399, held at the Masonic Temple in Woodstock. The PrSGW presented a 50 year certificate to W.Bro. Les Cook, PPGReg (Worcs) and W.Bro. Ken Calcutt PPJGW.
The evening was held as a white table and after the lodge was closed, the Brethren and ladies present were given an interesting presentation on the Spitfire project by W.Bro. Paul Fowler, followed by an excellent festive board.
 
Old Bloxhamist Lodge Installation
15 Dec 2018
The DPrGM VW.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer accompanied by a number of provincial officers were present to see W.Bro. Chris Gasson installed in the chair of King Solomon.
The lodge presented a cheque for £2500 to the DPrGM for the 2022 festival.
The evening was rounded off by an excellent festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Shahid Butt (PrGStwd), W.Bro. Ron Barnett (PrAGSec), W.Bro. Adrian Barlow (PrJGW),
W.Bro. Chris Gasson (WM), VW.Bro. Neal Spencer (DPrGM / PGSwdB), W.Bro. Andrew Trueman (PrGSwdB),
W.Bro. Peter Smith (PrGOrg), W.Bro. David Roberts (PrDGDC), W.Bro. Yanto Evans (DC / PrAGDC)
Aelfric Lodge's Carol Evening
15 Dec 2018
A good time was had by all at the Aelfric Lodge's Carol Evening held at Woodstock Masonic Hall last Friday evening, 7th December 2019. The event for brethren, their wives and guests was well attended by over seventy people, who enjoyed a great Christmas meal followed by the singing of carols played by the Provincial Grand Organist, Peter Smith and led by maestro, W.Bro. Alan Mills.
Father Christmas put in an appearance accompanied by his trusty elf and a small gift was received by all who attended.
 
 
Upper Thames Lodge No. 8696 Meeting
09 Dec 2018
Upper Thames Lodge No. 8696 held their most recent meeting on Friday 9th November at the Henley Masonic centre, which was a raising.
Part of the festive board was by candle light to celebrate Bonfire night, while we toasted marshmallows and enjoyed an indoor fireworks show projected over our EAF Guy. It was well supported by visitors and a great atmosphere was enjoyed by all. This was something the Worshipful Master Daniel Coppock has been planning for some time (after checking building insurance and fire regulations!!).
 
Temple Island Lodge Triple Initiation
09 Dec 2018
The APrGM W.Bro. Graham Peter Ellis (PJGD) accompanied by W.Bro. Andrew Trueman (PrGSwdB), W.Bro. Brian Hemstock (PrJGD), W.Bro. Shaid Butt (PrGStwd) & W.Bro. Payam Nabarz (PrGStwd) & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrDGDC, were present to see the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff conduct a triple initiation ceremony in his own unique style.
The floorwork/ perambulations and the charge to the initiates were carried out to a very high standard.
There were over a dozen Entered Apprentices & Fellowcrafts in attendance.
The evening was rounded off by a most enjoyable festive board at the Henley Masonic Centre.
 
The WM, with the APrGM, 5 Fellowcrafts & 8 Entered Apprentices
 
(L-R) Bro. Gil, Bro. Lovejoy, W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff (WM), W.Bro. Graham Ellis (APrGM / PJGD), Bro. Kaminski
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Roy Simmonds (Sec / PGStdB), W.Bro. Brian Hemstock (PrJGD),
W.Bro. Andrew Trueman (PrGSwdB), W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff (WM), W.Bro. Graham Ellis (APrGM / PJGD),
W.Bro. Shaid Butt (PrGStwd), W.Bro. Nick Carter (Visiting Officer / PAGDC)
Service and Honour No. 9162 Social Events
02 Dec 2018
These pictures show members of the Oxfordshire Lodge of Service and Honour No. 9162 with their wives and partners having a pub lunch in the Black Prince in Woodstock. This gathering was the idea of the reigning Master W.Bro. Leigh Thompson who has also arranged our first Ladies Festival at The Stratton Manor Hotel and Spa in Stratford upon Avon on the weekend of 7-9 March 2019. He extends an invitation to all brethren to join us.
 
 
Sixty Years in Hampden Lodge
25 Nov 2018
The 433rd meeting of Hampden Lodge No. 6290 was held at Thame on Friday 16 November. It was a meeting of two halves:
   Brother Steve (Henry) Hutt was presented with a certificate by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, to commemorate the anniversary of initiation sixty years ago.
   The Lodge was then closed and non-masonic guests were admitted and were treated to a presentation by Mrs. Jane MacKerron on Lord Williams's School 'Young Carers Programme'.
At the conclusion of her talk, Mrs. Mackerron was presented with cheques to assist the programme from representatives of Hampden Lodge, Icknield Way Lodge, and Lodge of Peace.
 
(L-R) The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Steve Hutt,
and the WM of Hampden Lodge W.Bro. Mark Slaymaker
Carfax Lodge No.5723 Raising
17 Nov 2018
The PrGM, R.W.Bro. James Robert Guy Hildith, escorted by the PrGDC W.Bro. Paul Buck and accompanied by the PrGSec W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff, attended the 473rd regular meeting of the Carfax Lodge No.5723 and witnessed a most sincere and enjoyable ceremony where the members of the Carfax Lodge raised Bro. Grant Howes of the Semper Paratus Lodge No. 3015 in an excellent manner. A large number of members of the Semper Paratus Lodge also attended in support of Bro. Howes and to enjoy the warm Carfax welcome. The excellent ceremony was followed by a very enjoyable festive board.
 
The PrGM, R.W.Bro. James Robert Guy Hildith, the PrGsec, W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff PGStdB,
W.Bro. Roberto Bonassisa WM, Bro. Grant Howes and members of the Semper Paratus Lodge No. 3015
A very special raising for Temple Island Lodge No. 8031
18 Nov 2018
News item courtesy of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire.
Click on the link below to read the article.
www.warwickshirepgl.org.uk/news/a-personal-connection-to-make-a-raising-very-special
 
Temple Island Lodge No. 8031
Henley-on-Thames National Remembrance Day
18 Nov 2018
Clearly the Great Architect shined down upon us today, as what was originally expected to be a wet weekend, was instead glorious sunshine.
Drawn from the ranks of both light and dark blue, representatives of the Henley Masonic Centre (HMC) paid their respects to the fallen by taking part in the Henley-on-Thames National Remembrance Day parade. Ringing out from the tannoy a list of the fallen men and women from Henley was read out before the service began.
After a short sermon the entire gathering were encouraged to sing several hymns including 'I Vow to Thee, My Country'. In true Masonic style we sang eschewing song sheets and followed up with a rousing rendition of the first verse of the national anthem. Which was punctuated by a fly past of three World War I aircraft ... including a Sopwith triplane, a Fokker triplane and an SE5 biplane.
Dignitaries from across Henley-on-Thames then laid wreaths on the steps of the Town Council Building, with W.Bro Roy Simmons laying a wreath on behalf of the brethren of the HMC.
Led by the veterans and members of the armed forces, the brethren of the HMC performed a lap of honour around the town square and then paraded out.
A truly moving experience befitting the memory of those who gave their today for our tomorrow.
 
(L-R) Jamie Bennett, Roy Simmonds, Roger Seward, Christopher Wagstaff and Colin Cregan
Banbury Remembrance Day Parade
17 Nov 2018
Oxfordshire Craft members at the Banbury Remembrance Day Parade, lead by the Deputy Prov. Grand Master.
 
Certificate of Merit W.Bro. Philip Cross
11 Nov 2018
On Tuesday 6th December during the meeting of the Bowyer Lodge No. 1036, W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff, on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, presented the certificate of Meritorious Service to W.Bro. Philip Cross.
With the following explanation:
Brethren, we all know that appointment to and promotion in provincial office carries with it an expectation of future service, whether to the lodge or the Province. The presentation of my Certificate of Merit recognises those brethren who have lived up to that expectation.
Today's recipient is no exception. He was initiated in 1979 and subsequently became a founder of another Lodge in the Province. He was WM of both these lodges, but it is his continued service to both Lodges since then that deserves recognition. In one he was Almoner for 10 years, before filling in a gap as Inner Guard for 3 years and then stepping up to the plate for a couple of years as Treasurer when no-one else was available. In his other lodge, he has held the office ADC for more than 10 years. He has also supported his Chapter well, holding the office of Assistant Scribe E. for 8 years and Almoner for over 15 years at the same time.
Brethren please join me in congratulating W.Bro. Philip Cross of Bowyer Lodge and Redman-Brown Lodge as I present him with this certificate of Merit as well as the badge of that rank, which he should wear at all Craft meetings he attends.
This came as a total surprise to W.Bro.. Philip.
All the brethren attending had previously witnessed the demonstration of a Third degree in the unique Bowyer way.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff and W.Bro. Philip Cross
Oxfordshire Lodge of Installed Masters Installation Meeting
03 Nov 2018
On Saturday 29th September, 60+ brethren met at Cardinal House, Oxford, for the Oxfordshire Lodge of Installed Masters Installation meeting. Outgoing Master W.Bro. Ken Calcutt installed W.Bro. Peter Norman into the Chair of King Solomon. Peter had been the Lodge's Almoner for over 10 years, doing a cracking job of looking after its members and widows. It was also a family affair, with Peter hosting his son and grandson to witness the special occasion.
The Lodge was pleased to welcome representatives from Installed Masters Lodges from Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Cambridgeshire and Gloucestershire.
There were six new joining members, bringing the total membership up to 123.
Brethren enjoyed a relaxed meeting and festive board, enjoying the surroundings and facilities at Cardinal House.
 
The PrGM with the Lodge Officers
 
(L-R) The PrGM and WM
 
WM, Son and Grandson
Marlborough Lodge Installation Meeting
03 Nov 2018
The PrGM R.W.Bro. James Robert Guy Hilditch, accompanied by the APrGM W.Bro. Graham Peter Ellis (PJGD), W.Bro. Clifford Ward (PrSGW), W.Bro. Adrian Barlow (PrJGW), W.Bro. Paul Buck PrGDC / PAGStdB, W.Bro. Bernie Clark (PrJGD), W.Bro. Ron Barnett (PrAGSec), W.Bro. Tom Buxton (PrGStwd) & W.Bro. Shahid Butt (PrGStwd) & escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrDGDC, were present to see W.Bro. Eugene Gratwohl continue as Worshipful Master for the ensuing year. This is the 3rd time that W.Bro. Gratwohl will have served as master of the Marlborough Lodge.
The evening was rounded off by a most enjoyable festive board at the Woodstock Masonic Centre.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Tom Buxton (PrGStwd), W.Bro. Ron Barnett (PrAGSec), W.Bro. Paul Buck (PrGDC, PAGStdB),
R.W.Bro. James Hilditch (PrGM), W.Bro. Eugene Gratwohl (WM), W.Bro. Graham Ellis (APrGM, PJGD),
W.Bro. Adrian Barlow (PrJGW), W.Bro. Bernie Clark (PrJGD), W.Bro. Shahid Butt (PrGStwd)
Woodstock Freemasons Defibrillator Donation
03 Nov 2018
Kate Bailey, Manager of WUFA (Woodstock Under-Fives Association) had a long-held ambition to provide a public access defibrillator outside her pre-school unit in New Road, Woodstock. A tentative request for assistance to Woodstock Masonic Hall Committee received a surprising response.
The Woodstock Freemasons, agreed to purchase the complete unit and provide the cost of installation. It was installed free of charge by Bro. Mark James (electrical expertise) and W.Bro's Brian Mayling, Ray Claridge and Jim Flinn (who supplied the manpower) on a bitterly cold Saturday.
W.Bro. Adrian Pallett is now making arrangements to provide training for staff and volunteers to use the defibrillator, which will again be provided free of charge. WUFA are hoping to arrange a formal handover with press coverage. Brian Mayling, WMH Committee Secretary observed that this is a great example of Freemasonry working for the local community and hoped other projects will follow.
   
(L-R) Bro. Mark James, W.Bro. Brian Mayling and
W.Bro. Ray Claridge
Woodstock defibrillator
Semper Paratus Lodge Double Initiation
03 Nov 2018
On the 24th Oct 18 The PGM escorted by W.Bro. David Laidlaw, W.Bro. Clifford Ward and W.Bro. Tom Buxton visited the Semper Paratus Lodge. The ceremony was a double initiation ceremony, which was conducted in a swift, excellent manner by the Worshipful Master and his officers.
Following the meeting the festive board was enjoyed by all, particularly the entered apprentice song and masonic chain.
 
(L-R) Bro. D Scott, PGM, Bro. M Autrey, Bro. M Mills, W.Bro. Mayling, W.Bro. Greenwell,
W.Bro. Salcombe, Bro. Hunt, W.Bro. Twyneham
Temple Island Lodge No. 8031 Installation
28 Oct 2018
The Deputy PGM attended Temple Island 8031's installation on 27th September accompanied by PrDGDC Sonny Timms, where W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff was proclaimed WM for the 2nd year. As the ceremony was short, they made up the time by a double passing for Bros. Jeremy Sidgwick and Richard Bell. A further 3 candidates were proposed for initiation in December.
The highlight of the evening was the Oktoberfestive Board where the brethren dined on authentic Bavarian cuisine, including wild boar wurstl, washed down with a selection of 9 different German beers.
 
 
(L-R) V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer DPrGM and W.Bro. Chris Wagstaff WM PPrSGD
Castle Lodge No. 7302 Installation
28 Oct 2018
The 65th Installation meeting of the Castle Lodge No. 7302 took place at Banbury Masonic Hall on Thursday 11th October 2018. It was a superb ceremony with the traditional Castle Lodge installation festive board. The APGM, W.Bro. Graham Ellis, PJGD who was in attendance and escorted by the PrAGDC, W.Bro. Yanto Evans, accepted a cheque for the Oxfordshire 2022 Festival from the new Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Chris Wilson for the sum of £500.
The APGM also presented a Grand Lodge Certificate to Bro. Jon Mold.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. N Payne PrGTyler, W.Bro. B Wegerhoff PrGSec, Bro. D Crook JW,
W.Bro. C Wilson WM, W.Bro. Graham Ellis APrGM, Bro. D Luke SW,
W.Bro. P Pueschel PPrSGD W.Bro. Ron Barnett PrAGSec
 
(L-R) WM W.Bro. Chris Wilson, presenting a cheque for £500 on behalf of the
Castle Lodge to the APrGM for the 2022 Festival
Regatta's Lodge No. 9660 Installation
28 Oct 2018
The Brethren were given a treat at the Regattas Installation, a colourful display with a very well-rehearsed and meaningful ceremony. The APrGM W.Bro. Graham Peter Ellis attended the meeting accompanied by the PrSGW W.Bro. Cliff Ward and escorted by W.Bro. Stephen Pope, PrAGDC. The proceedings in the Lodge ended with the APrGM receiving a cheque for £750 towards the Provincial 2020 appeal. A further £600 was raised on the evening at the festive board, a most excellent amount.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Roy Simmonds PGStdB, W.Bro. Cliff Ward PrSGW, W.Bro. Neville Bird WM,
W.Bro. Graham Ellis APrGM, W.Bro. Stephen Pope PrAGDC
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Cliff Ward PrSGW, W.Bro. Roy Simmonds PGStdB, W.Bro. David Reeves,
W.Bro. Neville Bird WM, W.Bro. Graham Ellis APrGM, W.Bro. Paul Denison-Edson PPrGSwdB
Redman Brown Lodge No. 9607 Installation
28 Oct 2018
 
WM W.Bro. Pat McGeehan accompanying W.Bro. Adrian Barlow PrJGW attended by the Lodge DC and ADC
Carfax Lodge No. 5723 Installation
28 Oct 2018
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Yanto Evans PrAGDC, W.Bro. Cliff Ward PrSGW,
W.Bro. Roberto Bonassisa WM and W.Bro. Andrew Trueman PrGSwdB
W.Bro. Roberto Bonassisa, The newly installed Worshipful Master of the Carfax Lodge (Oxfordshire) seen here proudly wearing the new Carfax Masters Apron and Gauntlets that were presented to the Lodge by the Worshipful Master Robert McCartney and the brethren of the Carfax Lodge (Horsham, West Sussex). The Carfax Lodges have had a reciprocal visiting arrangement for many years. The new Carfax Lodge apron was a replacement made by the Carfax Lodge(Horsham) as a gift to celebrate the 1st installation meeting at our new home at Cardinal House replacing the last WM Lodge apron gifted to the Lodge some 36 years ago.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Tom Weston, W.Bro. Robert MacCartney WM Carfax Horsham,
Bro. Andy Proper JW, W.Bro. Roberto Bonassisa WM, Bro. John Blessing SW and W.Bro. Peter Lewis
The 1st installation meeting of the Carfax Lodge No. 5723 was held at the Oxford Masonic Centre Cardinal House on the 18th October. W.Bro. Roberto Bonassisa was installed into the chair by the installing master W.Bro. Mick Hollis, the Lodge was delighted that W.Bro. Cliff Ward attended the meeting as the PrSGW, W.Bro. Cliff has been a regular visitor to the lodge in the past and the lodge was please to receive him in his new role.
Danesfield Lodge No. 8520 Installation
19 Oct 2018
The PrSGW W.Bro. Cliff Ward, representing the PrGM and escorted by the PrGDC W.Bro. Paul Buck attended the installation meeting of the Danesfield Lodge No.8520. W.Bro. Richard Hogg installed W.Bro.Andrew Speller as Worshipful Master, his second time as Worshipful Master of the Danesfield Lodge, in an excellent Ceremony. This was followed by a most enjoyable festive board
 
(L-R) PrSGW W.Bro. Cliff Ward & W.Bro. Andrew Speller (WM)
Evenlode Lodge No. 6535 Installation
19 Oct 2018
The PrGSec W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff, representing the PrGM and escorted by the PrGDC W.Bro. Paul Buck attended the installation meeting of the Evenlode Lodge No.6535.
W.Bro. David Portman installed W.Bro. Simon Stanley as Worshipful Master, in a most sincere manner. This is W.Bro. Simon Stanley's second time as Worshipful Master of a lodge, the first time in the Province of Oxfordshire. His father, brother and good friend from Scotland, travelled many miles to be present and support W.Bro. Stanley on this joyous occasion. The excellent ceremony was followed by a most enjoyable festive board.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Paul Buck, PrGDC, W.Bro. Bernie Wegerhoff, PrGSec, W.Bro. Simon Stanley, WM,
W.Bro. Ron Bridger PJGD & W.Bro. Tom Buxton PrGStwd
Icknield Way Lodge No. 8292 Installation
17 Oct 2018
The PrJGW W.Bro. Adrian Barlow represting the PrGM and escorted by the PrGDC W.Bro. Paul Buck attended the installation meeting of Icknield Way Lodge No. 8292. A most enjoyable ceremony seeing W.Bro. Michael David Vines installed as Worshipful Master, followed by a pleasurable festive board.
 
(L-R) PrJGW W.Bro. Adrian Barlow & W.Bro. Michael Vines (WM)
Clarendon Lodge Meeting
17 Oct 2018
The Clarendon Lodge had an enjoyable evening at their regular meeting at Cardinal House on Monday 8th October.
The Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. James Robert Guy Hilditch, escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrDGDC, were in attendance & had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
The evening was rounded off by an excellent festive board, the highlight of which was an excellent Cottage Pie.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Bryn Walker (WM) with the PrGM R.W.Bro. James Hilditch,
members of the Clarendon Lodge & visitors
Clavis Lodge Installation Meeting
16 Oct 2018
The PrGM RW.Bro. James Robert Guy Hilditch, escorted by W.Bro. Dave Roberts PrDGDC, were present to see W.Bro. Ray Clarke installed into the chair of King Solomon in an excellent manner W.Bro's Ian Hill & Martin Kirk.
Brethren from many parts of the UK in attendance, including Devon, Suffolk, Gloucestershire, Wales & Cumbria were present.
The evening was rounded off by a most convivial festive board at Bicester Masonic Centre.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Graham Hayward (JW), W.Bro. Andrew Keech (PrGChStwd/ Tyler), R.W.Bro. James Hilditch (PrGM),
W.Bro. Ray Clarke (WM), W.Bro. Ian Hill (IM), W.Bro. Martin Kirk (IM), W.Bro. Barclay Lawrence (SW)
Thames Lodge No. 1895 Installation
16 Oct 2018
W.Bro Jim Stoner of Thames Lodge No. 1895 installed his successor, W.Bro Richard Strudwick, as their new Master on Tuesday 9th Oct. A good ceremony was followed by a lively Festive Board. Thames was well supported by members from other Henley Lodges as well as their regular visitors.
 
(L-R) V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer (Deputy PrGM), W.Bro. Richard Strudwick (WM of Thames Lodge) and
W.Bro. Graham Ellis (AsstPrGM)
Buttercross Lodge Meeting
15 Oct 2018
The DPGM witnessed the Raising of Bro. Luke Fowler by the brethren of Buttercross Lodge on the 28th Sept. Due to the short notice unavailability of both their EA's the planned double Passing was changed to a Raising instead. All the Buttercross principle Officers are Light Blues and even though they only had quite short notice to prepare in the words of V.W.Bro. Neal Spencer "they performed a flawless ceremony".
Bro. John Grout who was Bro. Luke's proposer had travelled down from Suffolk to witness the Raising.
The 40 brethren present then retired to an excellent festive board in in terms of food, company and ambience.
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Tom Buxton (Seconder), V.W.Bro Neal Spencer, W.Bro. Simon Watson (WM),
Bro. Luke Fowler, Bro. John Grout (Prosper)
Hampden Lodge Installation Meeting
30 Sep 2018
The Installation meeting of Hampden Lodge No.6290 was held on Friday 28 September.
W.Bro. Mark Butler installed Bro. Mark Slaymaker as his successor.
The PrSGW (Chris Beckley) represented the PrGM, he was accompanied by the PrJGW (Mike Smail), PrDGDC (Sonny Timms), and escorted by the PrGDC (Alan Baverstock).
 
(L-R) W.Bro. Chris Beckley, W.Bro. Mark Slaymaker and W.Bro. Mark Butler
Installation Meeting of Isis Lodge No. 4242
30 Sep 2018
On Monday 24 September, Isis Lodge No.4242 held their first installation meeting at Cardinal House.
The Provincial Grand Master was in attendance, and witnessed W.Bro. Stephen Warren instal W.Bro. Stephen Gater as his successor.
 
(L-R) The Provincial Grand Master and W.Bro. Stephen Gater
St Edburg's Lodge No 9233 Installation Meeting
30 Sep 2018
W.Bro Graham Peter Ellis APGM presented a Silver Award Certificate on behalf of the PGM to the newly Installed WM Adrian Floyd of the St Edburg's Lodge for their support in aid of the MCF Festival.
 
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 PrGStdB, 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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