The secretary of Sincerity Lodge No.327 in the Province of Cheshire received a very welcome phone call on the eve of their Installation meeting in February. W. Bro. Bill Hall, who is currently in the chair of Torfaen Lodge of MMM No.796, was making contact with Harry Shone as he had a past master’s jewel, which had been presented to his wife’s father, W. Bro. Arthur Oliver Chatterley P.A.G.D.C., following his year as W. Master of Sincerity in 1945, which he and his wife Jeanna were anxious to return to the Wallasey lodge.
Bill then offered to travel up to Wirral the following day to “repatriate” the jewel and asked permission to address the brethren, which was swiftly granted, and he gave the following history of his father-in-law’s life.
W. Bro Arthur Oliver Chatterley was born on November 8, 1899 and died in 1978 Aged 79. He lived at Oriel Road Liverpool opposite the Town Hall, attended Liverpool University, and his initial Architectural thesis was entitled “Masonic Buildings in England and America”.
He was a member of Liverpool University Lodge and won a national architectural competition in Birmingham so moved to Sutton Coldfield in 1928 where he raised a family of three girls and designed several Schools in Birmingham as well as private houses.
“He kept his office in Liverpool as well as his office in Birmingham travelling to Liverpool every second week as well as attending his Lodge in Wallasey and his University Lodge in
During WW1 he was a fighter pilot in the Royal Flying Corps which later became the RAF, flying Sopworth Pups and Tiger Moths amongst others in later years.
In the WW2 he and three others ran the Birmingham fire service and were responsible for the central section of the city. He was an Air Raid Warden when off duty and also ran the local Home Guard. He joined Lodges in Birmingham and as an organist was in great demand.
“When desperately ill with cancer he played the brethren out of the lodge room after the meeting and halfway through the festive board the members noticed he was missing and found him collapsed at the organ. He refused to take pain killers and died at home with his family at his side.
What a wonderful evening as St Margaret’s lodge of mark master Mason installed their new Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Paul Hartshorn. A first class ceremony, let by the Installing Master, W. Bro. Allan Howells was followed by an excellent meal, enjoyed by all.
Our Provincial Grand Master was delighted to present no less than seven Mark Benevolent Fund Collars.
Well done to the brethren of St Margaret’s Lodge. Pictures PGM congratulates the new WM and the festive board
Beaufort Mark’s New Worshipful Master W. Bro. Mark Stuart Timothy (glasses) with Installing Master W. Bro. Paul McGrath. Also DPGM Taken at the installation meeting of Beaufort Lodge of Mark Master Masons.
Excellent night. Good ceremony. Excellent meal. Good company
On the 1st of April, V. W. Bro. Benjamin Dykes PGJO, ProvGChap was installed as Worshipful Master of the Portwall Lodge of Mark Master Masons in splendid style by W. Bro. J.R. Spary in the presents of our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W. Bro. Philip Sefton.
After the meeting we all sat down to a splendid meal which was topped off with a main course of Confit Belly Pork with the finest crackling I have tasted in a long while.
A good time was had by all.
Torfaen Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 796 installation photograph. With the Provincial Grand Master at the back and Immediate Past Commander Keith Daniel (Left) and newly installed Commander Andrew Crump (Right). Picture taken by Norman Davies.
Rumours that W.C Keith Daniel bought a round of drinks after this are completely unfounded.
Last Wednesday the brethren of St John’s Lodge of Mark Master Masons were entertained by their Worshipful Master to an illuminated talk on A Few Famous Freemasons. From Wolfgang Mozart to Sir Stanley Matthews. Those St. John’s boy sure know how to enjoy themselves.
The Grand Secretary has been delighted to appoint W. Bro. George Reynolds of the Mark Province of Monmouthshire to Past Grand Junior Overseer thereby entitling him to the prefix of Very Worshipful Brother, in acknowledgment of his many years devoted service.
A lovely surprise for everyone. Thank you, Grand Secretary and congratulations, to Very Worshipful Brother George.
Monmouthshire Mark Masons shown recently delivering more bears to the Nevill Hall A&E Dept for distribution to children arriving at the hospital who need something to cuddle.
Sister Sharon Williams said “ We find the Teddy Bears a big help because they put the children at ease”
The pictures show WBro Randal Williams Chairman of the Teddy Bear Fund , Brian Evans Treasurer, both retiring from office, together with WBro Paul McGrath Asst Prov GChStwd and staff from A&E at Nevill Hall.