The 26th October 2019 was an auspicious day in the history of Ancholme Lodge: It was the 150th Anniversary of the Lodge (though not of Freemasonry in Brigg), and we had a new banner which was dedicated by the Provincial Grand Master of Lincolnshire.

We needed special permission, a dispensation, to move our Lodge meeting from it’s normal Monday night to a Saturday lunchtime, but we wanted it to be a close as possible to the anniversary of the actual date of 25th October 1869. We all had to learn a new term (sesquicentennial) and then had to say it!

It was an early start for the Provincial team. However, we laid on tea and cakes to ensure they were sustained. As shown below, the team was quite large!

The Provincial Team with the new Banner

Once the Worshipful Master, Dave Hirst, had opened the Lodge, the Provincial Grand Master for Lincolnshire, David Wheeler, took charge of proceedings. An interesting extract from the centenary meeting was read out by Mike Johnson, which reflected that even then the members of the lodge had concerns about new technology and the place of Freemasonry in the modern world!

The new Banner was then dedicated and presented to the packed room. Shown below, it really is an impressive sight.

The new Banner with the Worshipful Master, Dave Hirst (left), and the Provincial Grand Master, David Wheeler (right)

Before the Provincial Grand Master handed the ceremony back to the Ancholme Brethren, a surprise was in store. He presented a new Gavel, made from Lincolnshire timber, to the lodge. The H, K and L stand for the original regions of Lincolnshire; Holland, Kesteven and Lyndsey.

The new Gavel

We were joined by 40 visitors, so the lodge room was “cosy”, but all agreed that they would not have missed such an interesting event. Prior to our meal, we gathered the lodge members for a celebratory picture.

Ancholme Lodge with their new Banner

The brethren, with their guests and visitors, then retired to the Angle Suite where they enjoyed a celebratory meal based on the centenary meal of 1969, and another gift!

The lodge extends it’s grateful thanks to the organising committee.