Loyal Wye Lodge of Freemasons
Social Events 2019/20
On Sunday May 12th the annual Family lunch was held at the Greyhound Hotel. It was attended by Members, their families and friends and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Unfortunatly our most Senior Member thought it was the following Sunday so we were 2 less than anticipated and both were missed on this occasion.( as was their dining fee ! )
After a choice of starter it was the customary carvery with all the trimmings, followed by a choice of sweet.
Long after the plates were cleared, the tables were still occupied by Members and their Guests enjoying convivial company. This event has evolved from the traditional Ladies Night that the Lodge used to organise, and with the resurgence of Members it is possible that in the not too distant future, the Ladies Night will return.
Visit to United Grand Lodge of England
On June 13th 2017, 9 Brethren visited London and attended the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge. They had not been there long before the Provincial Grand Master of South Wales joined them for a short while and give a briefing on the day ahead and also the building itself. Indeed, he even helped 1 absent minded member who had forgotten where he had placed his case from the Meeting of Mark Grand Lodge the previous day. It was eventually discovered in the Grand Officers robing room, which was somewhat presumptious.
After the meeting, we all retired to a Restaurant in Convent Garden for a convivial meal. Also there were Brethren from Shropshire, and the PGM reappeared to share a glass of wine with us.
Altogether a most enjoyable day with grateful thanks to Graham Jackson for organising everything.
Pictured below the party ( some in civvies ! )
The Brethren of the Lodge have enjoyed visits to other Lodges during the past years and hope the tradition will cement fraternal companionship throughout the area . Lodges visited are Old Bromsgrovians, meeting in Bromsgrove; Powis Lodge meeting at Welshpool; Loyal Hay, meeting in Hay on Wye, Teme meeting just outside Knighton and our Daughter Lodge Ithon which meets at Llandrindod Wells.
In March 2016 a car load of Brethren ventured over the border and into Tewkesbury to visit the Ante Meridiem Lodge that meets at 110.00 am. The journey brought a whole new meaning to climate control during travel.
ENCOURAGING SIGNS FOR LOYAL WYE
By: Clive Alexander. WM 2015/16
Following the spectacle of the Ceremony of Dedication of the new Masonic Temple in Builth Wells by the Provincial Grand Master last December, the Loyal Wye Lodge No. 1807 has now settled down into the routine of Regular Lodge Meetings in their splendid new premises, which has already hosted visits from many Brethren from this and from other Provinces. However, such has been the demand from new members since that event, that they had to apply for Dispensation from Provincial Grand Lodge to hold an additional Meeting in May 2016 to enable the Initiation of the fourth consecutive Candidate, making four in total since December 2015. This is believed to be a record for the Lodge and the Brethren are of course, delighted with this progress but the Mentoring Officer, W. Bro. Ernie Beaumont, P.Pr.J.G.W. now has his hands full in dealing with this brood (or whatever collective term can be applied to a group of EAs)
Pictured (above) with the Worshipful Master W. Bro. Clive Alexander, PPJGW. in the centre flanked by his Senior Warden, Bro. Geoff Wilks on his right and Junior Warden, W. Bro. Richard Thomas, PPSGD on his left are, from the left Bros Paul Thomas, Anthony Mears, Trevor Morgan, and Howard Nixon.
Bros. Paul and Howard are both heavily involved in a number of other organisations particularly the Young Farmers’ Club movement and are currently Treasurer and President respectively of the Radnor County YFC. Bro Trevor is a local Estate Agent and Valuer and is a member of the Builth Male Voice Choir, whilst Bro. Anthony is a qualified Solicitor having re-trained from his previous career in farming.
Ashwynne Golden Jubilee
The evening of 11 November 2015 was a special occasion for the Loyal Wye Lodge No. 1807 at Builth Wells, when one of the senior past masters Wor. Bro Ashwynne Jones PPrGSwdB celebrated his golden jubilee, The lodge was very pleased to welcome Rt. Wor. Bro. Hywel Jones PPrGM as the representative of the Rt. Wor. Provincial Grand Master, W. Bro. Gareth Jones OBE to present a certificate to Wor.Bro.Ashwynne marking this milestone in his Masonic career.
Ashwynne's earliest memories of freemasonry were during his childhood when he was puzzled by the constant disappearance of his father into his bedroom, clutching a small black book and muttering to himself. All became clear however when he realised his father was a member of the London Carmarthenshire Lodge and indeed became their WM in 1953. So Ashwynne was brought up in a household where freemasonry was a part of daily life.
Hardly surprising therefore that when he moved to Builth Wells in 1959 to join a veterinary practice that he once again found himself under the influence of freemasonry through his work and his leisure interests, and consequently joined the Loyal Wye Lodge in 1965. Progressing through the ranks, he became the WM in 1981 and thereafter for a number of years was the Lodge Almoner.
He was appointed to PPAGDC in 1983 and later promoted to PPGSwdB.
Colin Bradley Celebrates 50 years in the craft
The evening of 13th November 2013 was a special occasion for the Loyal Wye Lodge No. 1807 at Builth Wells, when one of the senior past masters Wor. Bro George Colin Bradley PPrSGW celebrated his golden jubilee, exactly 50 years to the day since his initiation on the 13th November 1963 by Wor. Bro. H. T. Price. Wor. Bro. Colin Bradley is the second of three generations of worshipful masters of the Loyal Wye. His father Wor. Bro. George L. Bradley PPGD was initiated in 1932 and became master of the lodge in 1945and was a member of the lodge for 40 years until his death in August 1972.
Colin became worshipful master in 1979 and again in 2008 when his elder son Wor. Bro. Geo. Mark Bradley PPGOrg installed him into the chair of King Solomon as Colin had previously done for Wor. Bro. Mark in 2004, who himself has been master twice in 1993 and 2004.
November the 13th has another special meaning in the Bradley family as Colin’s identical twin sons Mark and Andrew, were jointly initiated on 13th November 1985. Both sons were at the Lodge to celebrate their father’s jubilee; Bro. Dr. Andrew Bradley resides in Gowerton but has remained a member of his mother lodge ever since his initiation.
Loyal Wye lodge was very pleased to welcome Rt. Wor. Bro. Hywel Jones PPrGM as the representative of the Rt. Wor. Provincial Grand Master Rt. Wor. Bro. Gareth Jones to present to Wor. Bro. Colin a certificate marking this milestone in his Masonic career.
Colin has filled all the progressive offices of the Lodge and has been DC, he is currently Charity Steward, an office he has filled for many years.
Between them the three generations of four Bradley masons have been members of the Loyal Wye for a combined total of 146 years, a remarkable statistic.
Colin’s past provincial ranks are PPrJGD, PPrJGW and finally PPrSGW in 2011.