Lodge History

Minutes of 100 Years Ago

January 1916

An Extract of the minutes of the meeting held 100 years ago is read out in Lodge at every meeting. You can read them at your leisure here:





PRESENT WERE;                     10 Officers including W.M. W.Bro. J.J. Appleton

 MEMBERS;                                 20

 VISITORS;                                   21


The Lodge was opened in due form after solemn prayer at 5.20   p.m.

The Minutes of ther last regular meeting were read and confirmed by the Brethren present.

A ballot was then taken for Mr. Thomas John Ley who had been regularly proposed and seconded as a fit and proper person to become a Freemason, and at its conclusion it was found to be unanimous in his favour.   Mr. Ley was then introduced into the lodge as a candidate, properly prepared to be made a Mason, and was duly initiated into the Ancient Mysteries and Privileges of Freemasonry. The ceremony being very ably rendered by the W.M. W.Bro. J.J. Appleton. The charge of this degree was very impressively given by Bro. R. King   J.W

W.Bro. W.E. Matthews P.M. / Secretary   then assumed the Gavil.

Bro. John William Todd was next called to the pedestal and after having given proof of the progress he had made in the Science was entrusted with the P.G. & P.W. leading from the 1st. to the 2nd. degree. He then retired to be prepared for the ceremony of passing.

The Lodge was then opened in the 2nd. Degree and Bro. Todd was re-admitted properly prepared and passed to the Degree of a F.C. The ceremony of passing being rendered by W.Bro. W.E. Matthews P.M.

The W.M. then re-assumed the Gavil and the Lodge was called from labour to refreshment.   The lodge, having resumed from refreshment to labour, W.Bro. W.H. Blackaby I.P.M. assumed the Gavil.

W.Bro.. W. Vaughan D.C. then presented Bro. G.H. Richardson S.W. Master Elect to the installing Master, to receive at his hands the benefit of Installation. The Ancient Charges were read by the Secretary to   Bro. Richardson, to all of which he signified his unqualified assent

The Lodge was then opened in the 3rd. Degree and all the Brethren below the rank of an installed Master retired.

Bro. Richardson was then duly installed into the Chair of K.S. according to ancient custom. The ceremony being very impressively rendered by W.Bro. W.H. Blackaby

The Installed Master having invested his I.P.M. , all Master Masons were re-admitted and under the direction of the D.C. saluted the W.M. in the 3 Degrees.   The Lodge was then lowered to the 1st. Degree

The W.M. invested his officers for the ensuing year.

The W.M. then presented W.Bro. J.J. Appleton with a P.M. Jewel paying him , at the same time , a high tribute to the very efficient manner in which he had carried out the important duties of the Lodge during his year of office.   W. Bro. Appleton thanked the W.M. & Brethren for the honour thus conferred and for their kind appreciation of his services.

The Lodge proceeded to elect a Charity Representative and a   Lodge Almoner for the ensuing year.

Letters were read from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, The Provincial Grand Secretary and Deputy Provincial Grand Secretary,   expressing their inability to attend.   A Special Dispensation was read giving permission to wear Masonic Collars at Installation Supper.

Under the direction of the D.C. the visiting Brethren presented their hearty greetings to the W.M.

Apologies were received from three Brethren for non-attendance.

Nothing further being offered for the good of Freemasonry in general or of this Lodge in particular it was closed in perfect harmony at 7. p.m.

The Charity Box at the Installation supper raised £2. 9s. 3p.