Lodge History

1995 saw the question of Charitable trust being well researched and debated. This culminated on the 13th of October when a proposition to apply for Charitable Trust Status was voted for. The vote was 27 for and 14 against. As the current Trust deed required a 75% majority for the change the motion was defeated.

Most of the evening was given to the debate but time was still found to propose W. Bro. T. R. Hodgson an honorary member after 60 years loyal service to the Lodge. The D.P.G.M in charge W. Bro. D. E. Davinson then had the pleasure of presenting Provincial Long Service Certificates to both W. Bro. Hodgson( 60years )and W. Bro K Taylor(50 years )and expressed his thanks for the part that both had made in his own development as a Mason.

In 1996 W. Bro K .Boaz was promoted to Grand Lodge as PAGDC.

For the first time in 47 years a P.G.M, R.W. His Honour Judge Gerald Coles attended St Germain when Bro. A.J. Joy was installed as Master on the 9th of May 1997. The Provincial Grand Master was attended by a number of his team including his Deputy and one of his assistants.

Renovations and improvements to the Lodge were regularly being undertaken throughout the 1990’s. Both W.Bro. T Stafford and W.Bro. K Harland had been consecutive chairs of the house committee and had both brought much enthusiasm and commitment to the post.

In 1998 the old bar was removed and a new building was erected in the old back yard  to accommodate the new bar the old Temple stairs were removed and new access stairs and chair lift were installed. Thanks to a very generous donation by Bro. W.H Harding and some exceptional fundraising this area was carpeted and the whole downstairs re painted by the Brethren themselves.

In May 2004 the Lodge was again honoured by a visit from the Provincial Grand Master this time by the R.W. P.G.M, R. J. Anderson and his team to the Installation of Bro. J Doherty, and on this occasion he presented Long Service Medals to W. Bro K. Taylor (60 years) and to W. Bro. J. Huddlestone (50 years ) and promoted them both to P.G.J.W’s.

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