History

Founder members

Founder members at the Consecration of Grand Junction Lodge on Tuesday 20th April 2004 at Freemasons Hall, Northampton

20th April 2004

The Consecration was attended by 220 Brethren in the Ballroom at Freemasons Hall.

The Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro Nicolas Hart Consecrated the new lodge with the assistance of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro Barrie Hall (who installed the Worshipful Master) and W.Bro Derek Young.

A very happy time was enjoyed by all and concluded with a delightful banquet.

17th May 2004

The first regular meeting of Grand Junction Lodge was held at The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne on Monday, 17th May 2004. An initiation ceremony was performed in a convivial atmosphere with 50 members and guests attending.

Afterwards a four course festive board with wine and port was enjoyed by all.

13th September 2004

Our third regular meeting was held at Stoke Bruerne on the 13th September when a double Initiation took place. This was a very warm and friendly meeting with many members and guests surprised at what could be done in such a small space. We have now initiated three new Brethren since May.

29th November 2004

Our fourth meeting was held by dispensation at The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne on Monday 29th November 2004. This was a third degree ceremony with the room filled to capacity. The ambiance of the room encouraged a warm convivial atmosphere in which the ceremony was worked with many brethren involved.

Banner dedication

Left to right: W.Bro. Max Bayes Asst.PGM; W.Bro. Rev. Tony Avery PGChaplain; V.W.Bro. Barrie Hall Dep.PGM; W.Bro. Andrew Woodward WM; W.Bro. John Sermon Chaplain; W.Bro. Neville Manning PGDC

11th January 2005

The Lodge Banner was dedicated on Tuesday, 11th January 2005. This took place at The Masonic Hall, Towcester with great pomp and ceremony, ably assisted by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and Provincial Grand Chaplain. Brethren retired to The Boat Inn for a hearty Festive Board.

25th February 2005

An informal Ladies night was held on Friday 25th February. The evening included a buffet with table magicians and Lincoln Noel playing on his piano supported by his Jazz Trio. A most memorable evening was experienced by all who attended.

14th March 2005

Monday 14th March brought the first year of this new Lodge to a close with the Installation of our Senior Warden, W.Bro. Mike King, as the new Worshipful Master. It was lovely to see seven members of the ‘Hertfordshire Wanderers’, including the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Hertfordshire, W.Bro. Atkinson, join us at this meeting.

16th May 2005

We shouldn’t complain at ‘too many candidates’. In the May meeting we enjoyed another double Initiation Ceremony.

Our Provincial Grand Master, Rt.W.Bro. Nicolas Hart, attended as an honourary member and even assisted in part of the ceremony.

A very happy evening was experienced by all.

16th July 2005

This was our away-day meeting. A double second degree ceremony took place. Our ladies were also invited to join us at the Festive Board.

12th September 2005

The second of our 3rd degree Ceremonies took place this evening. This enabled our Brother who ‘winters’ away from his summer boating to fully enjoy his Masonry in Australia.

28th November 2005

An emergency meeting was held, which enabled us to perform another 3rd degree Ceremony.

3rd – 5th March 2006

The Lille and Bruges trip was a most successful ladies weekend enjoyed by all.

13th March 2006

The Installation meeting was a very happy evening ending with a four course dinner and port.

15th May 2006

Another Initiation took place this evening.

15th July 2006

Our ‘away’ meeting took place at The Gables, Leighton Buzzard where a 2nd Degree Ceremony was performed. The ladies joined us for an enjoyable Festive Board.

11th September 2006

A 2nd Degree Ceremony was performed with an excellent rendition of the Tracing Board. It was a warm evening for everybody with an outside temperature of around 30°C. One of the best Festive Boards was enjoyed this evening.

27th November 2006

Another 3rd Degree Ceremony took place this evening by dispensation.

17th February 2007

The Ladies Festival was held at Freemasons Hall & Conference Centre in Northampton.

12th March 2007

Our 4th Installation was held this evening with the Provincial Grand Tyler, W.Bro. Jim Tarry, taking the chair.

22nd May 2007

Our 7th Candidate was initiated this evening.

21st July 2007

Our annual away meeting was held at Bletchley Masonic Centre where a 2nd degree ceremony took place. Many members came by their boats, which were moored nearby, including the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Jim Tarry who hitched a lift on Arabesque. It was lovely to see the Ladies who joined us for the Festive Board.

19th August 2007

The Worshipful Master, Brethren and friends has a most enjoyable day at Stoke Bruerne Cricket Club where a Summer Pig Roast was held, together with informal games, a quiz and raffle.

10th September 2007

A 3rd degree ceremony was performed this evening.

26th November 2007

The Worshipful Master arranged an informal “Fish and Chip Supper” for members and Masonic guests, accompanied with a sprinkling of Masonic Education. It was a most informative and fun evening.

13th January 2008

W.Bro. Jim Tarry, arranged a Luncheon to conclude his year in office as Worshipful Master of the Lodge with many friends, Brethren and their Ladies attending.

10th March 2008

Another successful Installation meeting with our 5th Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Mike Pusey, being installed into the chair. The meeting was attended by 60 Brethren.

19th May 2008

We had another successful Initiation ceremony.

8th September 2008

Another 3rd Degree Ceremony

24th November 2008

After last years success another informal Fish & Chip Supper was held followed by interesting speakers.

9th March 2009

Our 6th Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Cliff Davies, was Installed in this fine Lodge. W.Bro. Davies was Initiated over 40 years ago and this is his first chair.

18th May 2009

Another Initiation ceremony was held this evening for a long standing Stoke Bruerne resident.

18th July 2009

Our ‘away’ meeting with the Ladies joining us for the Festive Board was held at Daventry Masonic Hall.

9th August 2009

A Summer Festival Lunch was held at the home of W.Bro. and Mrs Holiday in Blisworth.

14th September 2009

Another 3rd Degree ceremony was held.

Friday 11th October 2009

We enjoyed a Ladies Weekend, described as a ‘Persuits in the Country’ weekend, at The Hellidon Lakes Hotel. A wonderful time was had by all who attended.

Monday 8th March 2010

We have now enjoyed the Installation of our seventh Worshipful Master in the person of Bro. Trevor Morley who has been a Mason for over 20 years. His Mother Lodge is ‘Baltic’ in the city of London steming from the time he worked at The Baltic Exchange.

Monday 17th May 2010

Another Initiation Ceremony and a rather special one as it was for the son of our former Treasurer (now ADC), W.Bro. Colin Stanbridge.

Saturday 19th June 2010

Although a cold night, a successful Festival Summer Party and Hog Roast was held by Bro. Bill Capell’s fishing lake.

Saturday 3rd July 2010

A Second degree ceremony was performed at our away meeting at the Masonic Centre in Rugby. The ladies were, as usual at this meeting, invited to join us for the Festive Board.

Monday 13th September 2010

Our candidate experienced his third degree ceremony this evening.

Friday 24th September 2010 to Sunday 26th September 2010

A successful Ladies Weekend, held in Lille, was enjoyed by all.

Monday 14th March 2011

We enjoyed the Installation of our eighth Worshipful Master in the person of W.Bro. B. James.

Monday 16th May 2011

An Initiation Ceremony was held.

Saturday 16th July 2011

Our ‘away’ meeting, where the Ladies were invited to join us for the Festive Board, which was held at Banbury Masonic Centre.

Monday 12th September 2011

A third degree ceremony took place.

Monday 28th November 2011

Along with the Ladies, other Masons and friends, the Grand Junction Lodge Pie ‘n Mash Night was held The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne.

Monday 12th March 2012

We enjoyed a very convivial Installation Meeting with our ninthWorshipful Master, W.Bro. Charles Reeve, who had just completed a marathon cycle ride from John O Groats to Lands End via London where he took part in the London Marathon raising a good sum for Brain Tumour UK.

Monday 21st May 2012

An Initiation Ceremony was held.

Saturday 16th July 2011

Our ‘away’ meeting, where the Ladies were invited to join us for the Festive Board, which was held at the Banbury Masonic Centre. A second degree ceremony was held.

Monday 10th September 2012

A third degree ceremony was held.

Monday 11th March 2013

We enjoyed a very special Installation meeting when we installed Bro. John Brierley as the 10th Master of the Lodge. He is the first Grand Junction Initiate to take the Chair.

Monday 20th May 2013

An Initiation ceremony was held.

Saturday 13th July 2013

Our ‘away’ meeting, with our ladies invited to join us for Festive Board, was held at The King’s Masonic Hall, Market Harborough. A second degree ceremony was held.

Monday 9th September 2013

A third degree ceremony was held.

Monday 10th March 2014

Bro. Nicholas Smith was Installed as our eleventh Master.

Monday 19th May 2014

An initiation ceremony was held.

Friday 11th July 2014

Our ‘away’ meeting, with our ladies invited to join us for Festive Board, was held at Freemason’s Hall, Sheaf Close, Northampton. A second degree ceremony was held.

Monday 8th September 2014

An initiation ceremony was held.

Monday 24th November 2014

We had an Emergency meeting  for an Initiation ceremony which was well attended and made good use of some of our Past Masters who performed the Ceremony.  A most enjoyable Festive Board was enjoyed by all.

Wednesday 4th March 2015

Our Grandmother Lodge, The Lodge of Fidelity No 445, based at Towcester performed a Second Degree Ceremony on our behalf on one of our Candidates with a most excellent rendition of the Second Degree Tracing Board.

Sunday 8th March 2015

A most enjoyable Ladies Lunch was held at The Marriott Hotel, Northampton with money being raised for The British Heart Foundation.

Monday 9th March 2015

Today our twelth Master was Installed in the person of W.Bro. Trevor Boswell who is currently The Provincial Grand Secretary and is to become the new Deputy Provincial Grand Master in May.  The meeting was well attended and a good evening enjoyed by all.

Monday 18th May 2015

At this regular meeting we Initiated a new member.

Saturday 18th July 2015

We all had a most enjoyable ‘away meeting’ which was held at St Ives, Cambridgshire where  a short Second Degree Ceremony was performed with our ladies and partners joining us for the Festive Board.

Monday 14th September 2015

A Third Degree Ceremony this was performed evening.

Sunday 18th October 2015

The Worshipful Master and his Wife, Daphne, had a most sucessful  Ladies Luncheon at The Boat Inn.  Most enjoyable.

Monday 30th November 2015

An informal dinner with entertanment was enjoyed by members, partners and friends during our Winter recess.

Monday 14th March 2016

We started off a new year with an Installation Meeting and our 13th Master.  Another full house with over 60 members and guests attending.

Monday 16th May 2016

We had a very good Third Degree Ceremony

Saturday 16th July 2016

We had our awayday meeting (which was a Passing) at The Masonic Hall in Warwick where our Ladies joined us at the Festive Board.

Monday 12th September 2016

We had a Candidate for Initiation this evening.

Monday 28th November 2016

An informal dinner followed by a quiz (organised by W Bro David Powell and his wife) was enjoyed by members, partners and friends during our Winter recess.  The winners were very generous in donating their winnnings to Charity.

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February 2017

The Worshipful Master, W Bro. Terry Stock, and his Wife, Anne, had a most sucessful  Ladies Weekend at Billesley Manor  near Stratford upon Avon.  53 attended the Saturday evening banquet and all enjoyed a lovely weekend.

Monday 13th March 2017

Installation of our fourteenth Master.  Another full house and, unfortunately, had to disappoint a few Brethren who we were unable to accommodate.