Victory Lodge No. 3954 was consecrated 11th July 1919 in Newbury, Berkshire and intended to have celebrated its centenary in 2019, however, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic this was not to be. However on 23rd November 2021 the celebration was finally able to take place and what an evening it proved to be!
The lodge room was packed with members of Victory Lodge and visitors from other lodges from far and wide to see the WM proclaimed and his officers invested, all with great aplomb before the main event, The Celebration of Centenary. The RW PGM for Berkshire, Anthony Howlett-Bolton, OBE took the Chair of KS for this part of the evening, ably supported by the PGSW, PGSW, PGChap. PGDC, PGADCs and the PG Organist. The Victory Lodge Secretary stood in for the PGSec who was unwell.
During the Celebration, the minutes of Consecration Meeting read and countersigned by the ruling PGM. The roll-call of the founders was read by the Secretary and the brethren called to order in respect of departed merit. The PG Chap. lead the prayers and presented a splendid oration concerning freemasonry, how the Victory Lodge founders demonstrated the involvement with the local community. Throughout the oration and the PGM’s opening remarks and later, his speech at the celebration dinner were the core values we espouse and how each of us should strive to ensure that we all enjoy our life and work as freemasons.
During the evening the PGM presented these worthy Brethren with certificates to mark their 60 years as Freemasons. Their achievements were warmly applauded by all present.
The menus for both the Consecration and Centenary Celebration festive boards included that very English main course of Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding. The raffle held during the meal raised over £700 for the Berkshire 2023 Festival. The dining charges were 6/- (30p) and £32 respectively, how times change!
Photographs courtesy of and © Gavin McCoy and Brian Page.