Wiltshire Masonic Widows Association
The Province has three active branches which meet in Salisbury, Chippenham and Swindon.
All three branches enjoy a full programme of social activities including lunches, interesting and informative talks and visits to places of interest. New members are assured of a warm and friendly welcome.
The aim of the Association is to provide an organisation offering friendship, encouragement, support and comfort to all the widows of Freemasons who are living in the Province. All three branches enjoy a full programme of talks, visits to places of interest and other social activities, reports of which appear in the Provincial Newsletter.
The Provincial Grand Almoner, W Bro John King, is Co-ordinator for the Masonic Widows Association.
The Broken Column
The Broken Column in Masonic lore is often cited as representing the untimely death of the principal architect of the Temple at Jerusalem, it has also been held to signify the fact that the Temple itself was not completed. In the depiction shown opposite, it is a uniquely poignant symbol signifying the loss of a husband and Freemason. Family is at the heart of Freemasonry, and in the Province of Wiltshire the widows and children of Freemasons are always placed at the centre of our thoughts. The crown of laurel serves only to register the high esteem in which they are held.
Meets on the second Friday of each month at 10.30am at the Masonic Centre, The Planks, Swindon.
Chairman - Mrs Joy Harris
Secretary - Mrs Betty Bunce
Swindon Branch Liaison Officer: Bro David C Lewis
Meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 10.30am at the Chippenham Masonic Hall, Emery Lane, Chippenham
Chairman: Mrs Veronica Mannings
Secretary - Mrs P Taylor
Chippenham and District Branch Liaison Officer: Bro Ian Jacobs.
Meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10.30am at Freemasons' Hall, Hall, Crane Street, Salisbury.
Chairman: Mrs Elizabeth Hockey
Secretary - Mrs Jean Lewis
Salisbury Branch Liaison Officer: Bro Ian Gibson.