The Border Lodge

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Lodge No. 3129

 

Meeting at The Masonic Hall, Station Approach, Ludgershall, Wiltshire.

 

The Lodge meets at 6.15pm on third Wednesday in January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and the first Wednesday in December.
 

Installation meeting April when the Lodge Tyles at 4.30pm

 

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FROM THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER

 

It is already 7 months since I was installed into the Chair of King Solomon, so more than half way through my year as your Worshipful Master.  I know that includes the summer break but it means that I effectively have just 5 more meetings in my year and one of those will be to install my successor.

Distinguished, more experienced Brethren say before you are installed that you should “enjoy your year” and after early concerns I am doing just that.  There is no doubt that putting in the hours at Lodge of Instruction and Rehearsals does mean that you can relax and enjoy our ceremonies.

As for the team that supports me I am pleased to see the younger members, and in one case a joining member, taking on more pieces of the ritual.  Getting involved in the ceremony gives you much more satisfaction than sitting and watching from the side-lines.  It is my hope that this now extends into the longer pieces of floorwork.

We now have a new Dining Steward [Bro Andy Gammack] and he together with the new caterer are delivering some excellent Festive Board meals. 

Whilst I have not been able to organise a social event this autumn, planning for the Christmas Draw night on 30th November, the Christmas Family Meal and Carol Service on 15th December and for my Ladies Festival on 28th March 2020 are all in hand.  Do please support these events and invite your friends and relatives, hopefully, having enjoyed our convivial hospitality, one or more of them might think about joining our excellent fraternity.

Finally Brethren, I want to thank you for continuing to support our charitable donations and may I be the first to wish you all a Happy Christmas 2019 and Prosperous New Year 2020.

 

W Bro Stephen J Smith

Master of Border Lodge No 3129

 

 From your Secretary

Dear Brethren all, we are looking forward to a time of year when we can welcome our families into joining into our Festive Activities, Firstly at the Christmas Draw Night, on 30th November with prizes and Carols along with a buffet; it is an evening not to be missed. Bring your friends along with you and they will be made most welcome. Please book in numbers with W. bro. Meade; £7:50 pay on the night.

Also the Christmas Sunday Luncheon followed by a Carol Service at Ludgershall Church. If you cannot make the Luncheon please bring your family to the Lessons and Carol Service at 3:30pm; children will be most welcome.

Brethren we are happy to welcome into the Lodge Bro Brian Trainer Initiated in September. Also in October from the Scottish Constitution Bro. Tom Rankin took his Obligation to The United Grand Lodge of England and was welcomed into the Lodge by the Worshipful Master.   We will also welcome Bro.David Rees as a joining member into the Lodge. December should see Bro. Steve Anderton taking his Third step in Freemasonry which will probably be performed by the Past Masters of the Lodge a Ceremony I will never forget as I also did my Third Degree on this special evening. In the New Year we will be Initiating Mr Gary Martin and Mr Gary Grant. We welcome them all into Freemasonry and Border Lodge in particular.

May I wish you all well and enjoy Christmas and the New Year                  

 Yours sincerely & fraternally

W. Bro John Spicer

Secretary

 

From the Almoner

Well Brethren we are fast approaching the end of another year, it’s surprising how the year seems to go at a pace.

As most of you know from my somewhat lengthy reports, we do have a number of Lodge Members who are unfortunately laid low with various medical conditions, thankfully the majority are managing to hold their own with their respective illnesses.

One of the most pleasurable aspects of this role is when you manage to make someone’s  life more tolerable  as you will notice in the Masonic Charities Autumn/Winter newsletter we managed to do that with one of our members , I do recommend you have a read of this excellent report.

This year has also been hard for the Lodge as we lost two of our members W/Bro Allan Durran and Bro Bill Marshall , as you are aware our care does not cease with the passing of a Brother we thankfully keep contact with the widow, which I enjoy being able to do .

I shall close my brief letter with my usual message regarding any one who you may think needs my help I am always contactable on my various means of communication

I sign off wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Regards

Steve

Almoner 3129 

 

AVETE ATQUE SALVE

Since the last newsletter we have welcomed 1 new Initiate into our Lodge, Bro Trainer, and 2 joining members in the persons of Bros Rankin and Rees;  we hope they have many years to enjoy their masonry.  Sadly we have had two resignations – from W. Bro. Peter Ashby, for health reasons, and Bro Ray Parnham for business reasons.  We have also lost two former members to the Grand Lodge Above in the persons of Bros Allan Durran & Bill Marshall.

    

CHARITY NEWS

Since the last newsletter, we have contributed £1,000 to Andover Mind in support of the work they are doing which includes to a former Lodge member.  £250 to Friends of Ludgershall, a community group supporting lonely & elderly people in Ludgershall and Tidworth and £500 to support a disabled child in Ludgershall and help towards the cost of a special wheel chair to enable him to take part in a sports activity.  These gifts are only possible through the generosity of our members; if any one else wishes to make a regular contribution each month, please speak with Michael Meade. Alternatively, you can now set up an individual relief chest with the Masonic Charitable Foundation;  for details see :  https://mcf.org.uk/individual-relief-chest-scheme/  However you support our charities thank you all.

 

BUILDING NEWS

During the summer recess we redecorated the Lodge Room.  Thank you to all who helped, especially W. bros King, Smith & M. Scratchley as well as many others.  We hope you have noticed the difference!

 

CHRISTMAS DRAW NIGHT

The Christmas Draw will be held on Saturday 30 November in the Dining Room starting at 7:30pm.  Please return your tickets to W. Bro Meade;  if you wish to attend on the night and enjoy a jolly evening of fun and music please also book in with W. Bro Meade; £7:50 per head, pay on the night.

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCH & CAROL SERVICE

The Christmas Lunch and Carol Service will be held on Sunday 15 December;  please get your bookings in to Bro Andy Gammack as soon as convenient.

 

BORDER MASONIC CLUB

The Annual General Meeting of the Club was held on Wednesday 17 July at 7pm.  It was nice to see members of all units there.  The accounts for the year were approved;  the catering contract renewed and a donation to the Building fund agreed, along with a donation from the 100 club.

 

NEWS FROM BORDER MARK LODGE

In September. W. Bro John Burgess was installed in the Chair of Adinirom as the 70th Master, in the presence of the PGM and many members of the Provincial team.  In November we welcomed Bro Peter Blakeman as an Advancee into the Lodge; we hope he will have many years to enjoy this special degree.  Any Master Mason is entitled to take this 4th step in Freemasonry.

 

BORDER CHAPTER NEWS

Since the last Newsletter we have Installed Comp Nick Preston as 2nd Principal and exalted Bro Nik Kersley & Bro Tony White into the Chapter.  Also in June, we received the Travelling Quaich from Gooch Chapter and a goodly number of us then passed it on to Stonehenge Chapter in September.  We have candidates in the pipeline up to next November!  Any Master Mason wishing to complete his journey into Pure Antient Freemasonry would be welcome to be Exalted.

 

LUDGERSHALL CASTLE ASSEMBLAGE

We have welcomed Bro Mike Greenyer as a new Apprentice and in October W. Bro John Bridgeman was installed as the 14th Deputy Master Mason following which he installed his officers for the ensuing year.  Two of our members have qualified for the Great Footing Corner Stone Award, the highest award in the Society’s charity fund;  sadly, one of them, W. Bro Brian Drozd was called to the Grand Lodge Above before receiving it  His jewel will be displayed in a case in the Long Room.  We have 2 ceremonies in the pipeline but would welcome anyone else wishing to join this very different degree; you have to be in Mark & Chapter to be eligible.

 

THE STUART PARRY LODGE OF ROYAL ARK MARINERS

In June we elevated Bro Stephen Smith into the Lodge and in December we shall be installing a new Worshipful Commander, The Ark Mariner ritual is among the oldest speculative Masonic ritual and its influence spread into the Craft in the early days and it has many interesting lessons for the discerning Mark Mason to enjoy. We meet in the mornings at 10:30 am on the first Thursday of March, June & December. Only Mark Masons are eligible to join. 

 

100 YEARS AGO

For the benefit of those not able to attend Lodge regularly, please see below extracts from the minutes of 100 years ago and it is noticeable that on several occasions in 1919 the Lodge worked two or sometimes all three degrees on one night! 

 

Regular Meeting Thu 18 Sept 1919

 

The Lodge met by regular summons at the PofW Hotel at 5:15 pm.

23 members & 2 visitors; 1 IC

 

The Lodge was opened in due form & with solemn prayer, with the IPM in the chair; the circular convening the meeting was read and the minutes of the previous meeting and of the  emergency meeting were approved.

 

Messrs Alfred Alvin Perrin & Charles Edgar Perrin having been duly elected & having paid the necessary fees, were admitted into the Lodge and Initiated by the IPM who also presented the WTs & gave the charge.

The Lodge was opened in the 2nd degree. (Presumably the EAs retired) Bros Smith & Porter were tested in the former degrees and proving satisfactory were entrusted with a test of merit and retired for preparation.

The Lodge was opened in the 3rd degree.  Bros Smith & Porter were re-admitted and Raised to the sublime degree of a MM by the IPM who also presented the WTs.

 

The Lodge was closed in the 3rd  degree by gavel and resumed in the 2nd. The Lodge was closed in the 2nd degree by gavel and resumed in the 1st.

W. Bro Brisco-Owen proposed and the IPM seconded that a vote of thanks be given to Bro Shrimpton for the success of the summer outing.  Carried.

W. Bro Brisco-Owen proposed and W. Bro Grace seconded that 2gns be taken from the Almoner’s fund and donated to the Hostel of God; carried.

W. Bro Grace proposed & Bro Bryan seconded that 1 gn be taken from the Almoner’s Fund and donated to the King George Fund for Sailors; carried.

 

The IPM warned the Brethren against attending any meeting promoting the idea of Fmy among women and of the likely penalties should they so do.

The IPM also suggested that a Lodge of Instruction should be restarted and offered to preside over it.  This was supported by Bro Shrimpton who proposed that the first meeting be held the following Thursday at 6pm; this seconded by Bro Grainger.  (?carried)

The Secretary complained about the absence of supper after the meetings and suggested that the IPM, SW & Bro Shrimpton be formed into a committee to make the necessary arrangements.

Hearty good wishes were received from the GL of England and a number of private Lodges.

The Lodge was closed in antient form and with solemn paryer  . The Alms bag was passed round which raised  17/9d

 

Regular Meeting Thu 16 Oct 1919

 

The Lodge met by regular summons at the PofW Hotel at 5:00 pm.

26 members.  6 visitors -1 IC,

 

The Lodge was opened in due form & with solemn prayer with the IPM in the chair;  the circular convening the meeting was read and the minutes of the previous meeting approved.

 

Bro Gemmell & A. Perrin, candidates to be Passed to the 2nd degree were tested in the 1st and being found proficient were entrusted with a test of merit and retired for preparation.

the Lodge was opened in the 2nd degree.  Bros Gemmell & A Perrin were re-admitted and Passed to the 2nd degree by the IPM who also presented the WTs.  Bro King gave an exemplary presentation of the 2nd Tracing Board.

Bro Harris, a candidate to be Raised to the 3rd degree was examined and proving satisfactory was entrusted with a test of merit and retired for preparation.

The Lodge was opened in the 3rd degree. (Presumably FCs retired.)

Bro Harris was re-admitted and Raised to the Sublime Degree of a MM by the IPM who also presented the Charge & the WTs.

 

The Lodge was closed in the 3rd  degree by gavel and resumed in the 2nd. The Lodge was closed in the 2nd degree by gavel and resumed in the 1st.

Hearty good wishes were received from the GL of England and a number of private Lodges.

 

The IPM proposed & Bro Purcell seconded Captain Ernest Charles Tackley, a retired officer of 4 Swan Cottage, Tidworth as a fit and proper person to be made a Mason.

The Lodge was closed in antient form and with solemn prayer. The Alms bag was passed round which raised  £1/1/7d.

 

Regular Meeting Thu 20 Nov 1919

 

The Lodge met by regular summons at the PofW Hotel at 5:20 pm.

27 members. 15 visitors  ; 1 from Egypt, several from St. Hubert in Andover.

The Lodge was opened in due form & with solemn prayer with the IPM in the chair,  the circular convening the meeting was read and the minutes of the previous meeting approved.

 

A ballot was taken for Capt Ernest Charles Tackley which proved in his favour.  He having signed the Declaration and paid the necessary fees was admitted to the Lodge and Initiated by the IPM who also delivered the WTs.  The charge was given by W. Bro Jones in an exemplary manner.

Bro C. Perrin, a candidate to be Passed to the 2nd degree was examined in the first and proving satisfactory was entrusted with a test of merit and retired for preparation.

The Lodge was opened in the 2nd degree.  (EA out?)Grand Lodge certificates were presented to Bros Taylor, Woolacott and Simes.  W. Bro Jones then took the chair and Bro C. Perrin was Passed to the 2nd degree by W. Bro Jones who also presented the WTs.

Bros Gemmell & A. Perrin, candidates to be Raised to the 3rd degree were then examined in the former and proving satisfactory were entrusted with a test of merit & retired for preparation.

 

The Lodge was opened in the 3rd degree and the IPM resumed the chair.  (presumably the FC retired)

Bros Gemmell & A. Perrin, re-entered the Lodge and were Raised to the sublime degree of a MM by the IPM who also presented the WTs.

The Lodge was closed in the 3rd  degree by gavel and resumed in the 2nd. The Lodge was closed in the 2nd degree by gavel and resumed in the 1st.

 

The Secretary reported that he had received a request from W. Bro Glass asking to visit the Lodge to hopefully obtain support for the RMBI.  The Secretary also reported he had received a new copy of the B of C from Grand Lodge.

 

The IPM proposed and Bro Brotherton seconded Farrier QMS William John Foster, Bulford Camp as a joining member ; from Lodge 1771.

 

Hearty good wishes were received from the GL of England and 13  private Lodges.

W. Bro Grace proposed & the Secretary seconded that2 gns be taken from the Almoner’s fund and be donated to the Freemasons; War Hospital; carried

 

The Lodge was closed in antient form and with solemn prayer. The Alms bag was passed round which raised £1/10/4d

 

Regular Meeting Thu 18 Dec 1919

 

The Lodge met by regular summons at the PofW Hotel at 5:30pm.

25 members 7 visitors (1 from I C)

The Lodge was opened in due form & with solemn prayer with the IPM in the chair; the circular convening the meeting was read and the minutes of the previous regular meeting approved.

 

A ballot was taken for Bro William John Foster as a joining member which proved in his favour.

Bro Tackley, a candidate to be Passed to the 2nd degree was examined in the former and being satisfactory was entrusted with a test of merit and retired for preparation.

 

The Lodge was opened in the 2nd degree. Bro Tackely re-entered the Lodge and was Passed to the 2nd degree by the IPM who also presented the WTs.  Bro King, a steward, presented the 2nd degree Tracing Board in an admirable manner.

Bro C. Perrin, a candidate to be raised to the 3rd degree was then examined in the former degrees and proving satisfactory was entrusted with a test of merit and retired for preparation.

The Lodge was opened in the 3rd degree.  A Grand Lodge certificate was presented to Bro Porter.

Bro. C. Perrin then re-entered the Lodge and was Raised to the Sublime Degree of a MM by the IPM who also presented the WTs.

 

The Lodge was closed in the 3rd  degree by gavel and resumed in the 2nd. The Lodge was closed in the 2nd degree by gavel and resumed in the 1st.

 

A ballot was taken for the election of a Master for the ensuing year which proved in favour of  Bro Bryan, SW, who thanked the Brethren for the honour.  A ballot was taken for the election of Treasurer which proved in favour of W. Bro Grace, who also thanked the Brethren.  The Secretary proposed and the IPM seconded that Bro Grace also be appointed Almoner & Charity Representative; carried.

The IPM proposed and Bro Chivers seconded that Bro Lansley be re-elected as Tyler; carried.  Bro Lansley entered the Lodge and thanked the Brethren.

 

The IPM proposed and W. Bro Jones seconded that the Senior & Junior Wardens be appointed auditors; carried.

 

W. Bro Grace proposed and the Secretary seconded that one gn be taken from the Almoner’s Fund and donated to the Seaman’s Hospital at Green wich; also that a similar be donated to the Home for  Waifs & Strays; carried.  The Secretary read a letter from the Deputy Chairman of the King George Fund for Sailors warmly thanking ther Brethren for their recent donation.

 

Hearty good wishes were received from the GL of England and 10  private Lodges.

 

The Lodge was closed in antient form and with solemn prayer.. The Alms bag was passed round which raised  £1/1/4d.

 

 

 

 

 

Border Lodge 'kick off'

 

Border Lodge recently donated £400 to the newly opened Ludgershall Youth & Boys Club. 

 

Pictured from left Mayor of Ludgershall and trustee of Youth Club Mike Giles , Michael Meade on behalf of the Lodge and Lodge Treasurer W Bro Tony Pickernell  who is also a trustee of the Youth club. 

 

In front are the only two members present not too shy to be in the picture!

 

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W Bro Tom Turner celebrates 50 years service

 

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At a recent meeting of the Border Lodge No 3129 the Deputy Provincial Grand Master WBro David Davies presented a 50 year service certificate to WBro Tom Turner, seen here with WBros Michael Meade, the DepPrGM, Alan Faver (acting WM) and John Reid.

 

News item and picture submitted by W Bro David Davies PAGDC, DepPrGM

A Tribute to W Bro Michael Meade


In a wonderfully moving meeting held at Ludgershall the Past Provincial Grand Master, Francis Wakem led the tributes to W Bro Michael Meade who celebrates 50 years service to Freemasonry.  Francis was joined by The Provincial Grand Master, Philip Bullock, Peter Winton DPrGM; Stephen Bridge APrGM; John Reid, Grand Superintendent, Martin Brown, PrGM MMM and the Master of Border Lodge and many friends of Michael.

 

Michael Meade was educated in his early days in Ludgershall and later at Dauntsey's School at West Lavington, where interestingly many of hisImage Masonic Peers were also pupils, albeit not neccesarily in the same year or class.

Having proven to be a student of some talent, Michael gained a place at the University of Oxford and later the University of London where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy.   On being asked whether a degree in philosophy had been of assistance, Michael responded without hesitation - "Oh yes, it has enabled me to argue the point on any subject whatsoever without the need to prove whether I was right or wrong".

Michael entered the field of education as a schoolmaster first in Cornwall and later in the Thames Valley.  Perhaps Cornwall needed a teacher with Michael's undoubted talents, maybe it was because as Michael exclaimed "I couldn’t get a job anywhere else" or of course it could have been due to a lack of Latin scholars in the locality.

Bro Francis Wakem was tempted to use this oblique reference to reveal his own knowledge of Latin which he used during that part of his police career when prosecuting in the Criminal Courts.  After a moment of conemplation he decided discretion was the better part of valour, contenting himself with the quote Ab uno disce omnes from one learn all.

 

Aged only twenty-two years, Michael was Initiated in to Border Lodge No. 3129 in November 1965.  WBro A G Burden was in the Chair, his Proposer was the Lodge Chaplain WBro W H Annetts and his Seconder the Lodge Secretary WBro J Whyt.  They joined a veritable list of wonderful names in the Wiltshire Reference Book for that year, including those of Lord Methuen and the Earl of Radnor as Members of the Border Lodge.

 

He progressed through the offices and was Installed as Worshipful Master on 21 April 1976, presiding over a Lodge Membership of 104. Michael remained in Office continuously for the next 32 years serving the Lodge as Assistant Secretary; Treasurer; Secretary; and Charity Steward. 

 

Michael was Exalted in the Supreme Degree of the Holy Royal Arch in St. Hubert Chapter No. 1373 in Andover and Installed as Most Excellent Zerubbabel in 1982. 

 

In 1984 Michael became a Founder Member of Border Chapter No. 3129 and Installed as Most Excellent Zerubbabel in 1986 and subsequently served as Scribe Ezra and Director of Ceremonies.  He is also a Founder Member of the Wiltshire Chapter of First Principals No. 6731 and was Installed as Most Excellent Zerubbabel in 1994.

 

Advanced as a Mark Master Mason in Border Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1143 in 1968 – 47 years ago - and Installed as Master in 1977, he is a Founder Member of Kennet Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1599 and a Joining Member of the Wiltshire Installed Mark Masters’ Lodge No. 1460 where he was Installed as Master in 1999.

 

Elevated in Elias de Derham Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 442 in 1975 and Installed as Worshipful Commander Noah in 1984.  A Joining Member of the Reginald W Short Installed Commanders Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1460 and Installed as Worshipful Commander Noah in 2010, he is a Founder Member and the primus Worshipful Commander Noah of the Stuart Parry Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1843.  

 

In 1998 Michael was Inducted into the Andover Conclave Order of the Secret Monitor and Installed as Supreme Ruler in 2004.  Michael holds hold the rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer. 

 

Apprenticed in the Box Tunnel Assemblage of the Worshipful Society of Freemasons in 1996 and Installed as Deputy Master Mason in 2001.  Michael is a Founder Member of the Ludgershall Castle Assemblage and served as primus Deputy Master Mason. He has received Appointment to Grade VII Master Mason – being the highest Degree in the Order. 

 

As a Mark Master Mason.  RWBro Michael Meade's first Provincial Appointment was in 1979 and then from 1995 until 2002 served as Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Wiltshire.  In 2002 the Grand Master MW Bro HRH Prince Michael of Kent Appointed him Provincial Grand Master for Wiltshire, an Office held until retirement in 2010.

 

Michael Meade's support for the Craft and Holy Royal Arch was recognised with Provincial Appointments over the years.  However, in April 2004 and April 2005 the Grand Master and First Grand Principal, Bro and Comp HRH The Duke of Kent in recognition of his outstanding support for pure Antient Masonry Appointed Michale an Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and an Officer of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England as Past Grand Standard Bearer. 

 

An outstanding Volunteer within the local Community in this part of Wiltshire, Michael takes an active involvement with St James' Church in the Parish of Ludgershall and Faberstown and an equally active involvement with Ludgershall Sports Club. 

 

The Past Provncial Grand Master concluded his remarks by saying "Brother Michael Meade your enthusiasm and support for pure Antient Masonry; for Masonic Orders Beyond the Craft; for the whole Wiltshire Masonic Family – and for the wonderful and precious gift of life in general is quite outstanding.  I am sure all those present would agree with these sentiments.  Without doubt you have lead an extraordinary life – a life you continue to enjoy to the full".  

Warrant: 27th October 1905; Consecrated: 4th December 1905

 

At a meeting on 20th October 1904, to discuss the possibility of forming a Masonic Lodge in Ludgershall it was immediately decided to apply for a Warrant to form a Lodge.  Loans of between £3.00 and £5.00 were promised by some of those present, to fund the purchase of furniture. The Lodge was to be called "The Border Lodge" and would meet at the Prince of Wales Hotel. Founders fee to be £2 2s 0d. This was followed by a very difficult start as, two days after the meeting, at which the Master elect had been decided, this brother died. Another brother's name was put forward but he decided that he could not proceed; so, at the third attempt. Brother E.C.Williams' name was put forward and he became the first Master.

 

The work proceeded and in March it was agreed to write to the Provincial Grand Secretary to arrange a meeting with Elias de Derham Lodge (Salisbury) to ask if they would act as the Sponsoring Lodge.  One more snag  - one of the possible founders was declared to be "not suitable", he had already given £10 towards the furniture, By July 5th 1905 it seemed that things were moving. One of the founders, a Brother Staden, offered a room at the Prince of Wales Hotel, at a rent of £2 2s 0d per annum. Furniture was purchased, and an organ from the Church Authorities at East Cholderton for £10. Three dozen chairs for the Lodge Room, and first officers were willing to present the collars and jewels of their respective offices. Lord Radnor, the Provincial Grand Master, indicated that he would consecrate the Lodge on December 4th 1905 at 2.30 p.m.

 

As one could imagine, during the 1914-18 war matters were rather difficult, but towards the end of that time the Lodge had plenty of contact with the armed forces stationed in the area. The Lodge was even asked to support the formation of a Military Lodge to meet at Bulford Camp and although this was agreed, nothing came of it.  However, between the years 1914 and 1920 St Patrick's Lodge No. 295 Irish Constitution (a military travelling lodge, attached to the 4/7 Royal Dragoon Guards) met at the Prince of Wales Hotel and the two lodges seem to have interchanged quite a lot.  One member of this Lodge actually took the Chair of Border and performed a ceremony.  It is very interesting to note that in 1996 this Lodge returned to the area and used the Lodge premises again.  Also, among the initiates in 1917/18, were army personnel from Sydney, Victoria, Brisbane and Western Australia.


After the war, attendance naturally improved and during the twenties the Lodge prospered, membership rising to 133. Another period of disturbance came in 1939 at the outbreak of the second world War when, for three months, meetings could not be held as the premises used by the Lodge, had been taken over by the military.  Meetings were often held on a Saturday and early in the day (NB the blackout being responsible for this) but the number of visitors was often high and they came from far and wide.  It now seems that the minute books for the period from Feb 1943 to October 1955 have gone missing, but this gap was filled by the use of the minute book of the General Purposes committee.  During these War years, and because of the number of visitors from various American Lodges, it became the practice that the second toast of the evening would be "The President of the United States and our Allies." After the War many letters were received from overseas visitors expressing their thanks for the welcome given to them in a foreign land.

 

1957 was another momentous year for the Lodge. The landlords, Messrs Strong & Co. advised that they were prepared to sell to the Lodge the premises that they occupied.  The price, £3,750, was considered to be a bargain, and the decision to proceed with the purchase was quickly reached. Trustees were appointed, a Masonic Club was created and registered and quite a lot of building work was undertaken. Loans and donations were asked for, and the cash reserves and War Loan were called in, so that by the end of 1959 all accounts were settled.  Later, the lower floor was made into a dining room.

 

Sometime prior to the 1920's a peculiar custom arose, not always approved by senior members of the Craft, known as the "Wiltshire Flutter"! It was a form of salutation given to celebrate a special visitation, a particular charitable occasion, or as a thank you for some particular service to the Lodge.  It consisted of the brethren of Border Lodge bending forward with their arms outstretched to the ground, drawing themselves up to their full height and at the same time clapping their hands above their heads and accompanied by a type of Indian war cry!  It would-be interesting to see, and hear, should it be re-introduced at some future time!

 

A new Lodge Banner was dedicated in 1984.