The Loyd Lindsay Lodge No. 3058, the oldest Lodge in Wantage and one of the oldest Lodges in the Province of Berkshire, was founded to honour and commemorate Robert Loyd-Lindsay, Lord Wantage VC KCB, the Provincial Grand Master for Berkshire from 1898 to 1901. Lord Wantage began an army career in 1850 when he entered the Scots Fusilier Guards. He served throughout the Crimean War where he was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry at Alma and Inkerman – indeed his well known defence of the Queen’s Colours at Alma is pictured within the Masonic Hall in Wantage. Amongst his many local achievements in the Wantage area, he purchased and presented the town with a statue of King Alfred the Great, which was unveiled in 1877 by the Prince and Princess of Wales (later to become King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) and is still known worldwide as a local landmark. The mists of history prevent us from knowing whether Lord Wantage was instrumental in the preliminaries leading up to the introduction of Freemasonry in Wantage but Loyd Lindsay Lodge was consecrated on 28th September 1904. Lady Wantage had given her permission for the family title and crest to be used by the Lodge – indeed the crest forms part of the Lodge banner which bears the motto ‘Astra Castra Numen Lumen’ (‘The stars are my tent, God my light’). On the right the Victoria Cross can be seen and on the left is an illustration of the decoration of the Knight Commander of the Bath Military Division.
From the date of Consecration until 11th February 1929 meetings were held in the Town Hall. In 1929 the Lodge moved to the current Masonic Hall which was then the Parish Hall and had previously been a Church of England Boys School. In 1944 the building was purchased by the Lodge but in 1975 the ownership and maintenance of the Masonic Hall became the responsibility of all the Lodges that met there with the formation of Wantage Masonic Hall Ltd.
Loyd Lindsay Lodge meets on the second Monday in October (Installation), November, December, February, March and April. In addition, the Worshipful Master usually hosts a Ladies Night in April each year together with a Lodge of Instruction Christmas Dinner in December. The latter events are of course open to all. Each Meeting of the Lodge is followed by a dinner or Festive Board and in Wantage we pride ourselves on serving the best food in the Province!
We recognise that men come to Freemasonry for a whole host of reasons and believe in the ethos that they should be supported in that journey. Visiting other Lodges is encouraged and we of course have very close links with the other Lodges and masonic orders that meet in Wantage, Abingdon, Faringdon and Wallingford. We regularly entertain visitors from other parts of the Province and indeed the United Kingdom as a whole. Such links build and promote Freemasonry thereby displaying to masons and non-masons how satisfying and pleasurable our pursuit can be.
We encourage our members right from their Initiation to take part in the life of the Lodge including, if they wish, taking part in our regular meetings. We will make sure that everyone is respected as an individual with an exceptional part to play in the life of Loyd Lindsay Lodge.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest fraternal and charitable organisations which is based on the principles of integrity, respect, friendship and charity – whatever you wish to obtain from Masonry, as a new or existing member, we can assure you of a friendly welcome from the members of Loyd Lindsay which, in turn will enable you to augment and appreciate your journey in life.
Becoming a Freemason is very easy – you do not have to wait to be invited – get in touch with our Lodge Secretary who will arrange to meet and answer your questions about Freemasonry, discuss the procedures for joining the Lodge and invite you to meet other members. Why wait?