Bedford Castle Lodge in 2020

22nd September 2020 ( thanks to W.Bro. John Franklin for his input into this bulletin) – Today is a very special day for the Lodge as it celebrates its 75th anniversary.  It was the Lodge’s original plan to have a special meeting and festive board to celebrate. However, as that great Freemason Robert Burns once said:  “The best laid schemes of mice and men oft go awry, and leave us nothing but grief and pain, for promised joy”.  In these very trying and testing times we have to find other ways of celebrating and tonight through the medium of “zoom” we will raise a glass at 20.00 hrs to the Lodge and its members past and present.  

Bedford Castle Lodge No 6124 was Consecrated by the Provincial Grand Master on 22 September 1945 at Newnham Rooms, the first permanent Masonic Temple in the Province.  It was formerly St Cuthbert’s Parish Hall. The Founder Master was RW. Bro. Dr C. H. Perram, PGW, and the Founder Senior Warden W. Bro Reginald Crewdson, LGR, whose son  R. J. (John) made the ballot box, columns, gavel handles and alms collecting boxes whilst home on leave from the Army.    The remainder of the tools were all made by members of the Lodge from solid natural oak.

The Lodge was sponsored by the oldest Lodge in the Province Stuart Lodge No 540.  At the time of consecration the Membership totaled 24 which is a similar number to that of today.

5th May 2020 – It is no exaggeration to say that all the Brethren have missed the opportunity of meeting at our monthly gatherings.  However thanks to the efforts of several Brethren we have held virtual meetings via “Zoom” including general chats and quiz nights.  At present we have no idea when the Government and the United Grand Lodge of England will deem we can return but as the season has now finished we all hope that decision will be made in time to organise for October – keep safe

19th March, 2020 –  Due to current siutation with the coronavirus and guidance issued by UGLE there must be no lodge meetings for the next 4 months this in essence means we will close for this Masonic year re-opening in October.  Everyone keep safe and well.

10th February, 2020During a recent visit home to Australia one of our Brethren presented the Master of his mother lodge “The Hills No. 1024” with a retro pin to celebrate this Lodge’s 75th Anniversary due in September this year.  The Master can be seen wearing said pin.  Proving Masonry is universal.

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