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Lodge of Hope Golf Day - July 2013


Despite the worst rain in years only hours before tee-off, the Lodge of Hope Golf day was a huge success with over 100 attending on 23 July 2013 at Howley Hall Golf Club, Batley!  The rain completely changed the conditions on the course making it a little slower and offering a good challenge to the golfers, but the sun finally shone as tee-off began at 12.30pm and the weather stayed fine for the rest of the afternoon.


This hotly contested event which began back in 1928, becomes more popular with each year and organiser W Bro Ian Thompson was delighted three other lodges accepted the invitation to take part - the Lodge of Charity, King Arthur Lodge and the Rugby Football Lodge.  “I could not believe it when I woke early to hear the downpour on the morning of the golf day. I thought it would put the whole competition in doubt but amazingly it stopped and all went to time,” said Ian.  Prizes were donated by United Business Media and presented in the evening after dinner.




Brian Tilley won 4th at the 14th hole nearest the Pin

Longest drive was at 11th – Dave Patterson

Nearest pin was at 18th - Chris Wilson.

Nearest the pin after the second shot: Shirley Tillotson.

Best par 3 finished gross one under par: Brian Tilley

The Rugby Football Lodge Trophy was won by Tony Rennison.

The Lodge of Hope Trophy winner: Ian Thompson.

Best Endeavour: Mandy Ainsworth

Best back 9 (18 points): Ian Thompson

Best front 9 (22 points): Craig Lawrence



3rd (16 points) Carole Guest

2nd (24 points) Shirley Tillotson

1st (27 points) Pauline Longbottom



3rd (35 points) Mick Keith

2nd (36 points) John Harborn

1st place, with 38 points, went to Ian Robinson who received the Des Longbottom trophy, donated this year by Pauline in memory of her husband, who for many years took part in the competition, as a member of the Lodge of Hope.


The trophy will be awarded each year to the winner of the men’s competition. Pauline said: “It has been nice to be a part of the day and I am very pleased it was such a success. Golf was always a big part of Des’s life and he would be very delighted with the numbers attending today”.  Ian, looking somewhat relieved at the end of the evening said: “It was great that three other lodges joined in and I am particularly pleased a large number of no players came to support”.

Pauline presenting the trophy to Ian Robinson and Ian Thompson.
The group of winners

May 2013 - Initiation


The Master of the Lodge Ian Thompson congratulated his candidate Bro Mark Simmons following his initiation in to the Lodge on 13 May 2013, joined by Mark's seconder into Free Masonry W Bro Gerry Wilson.  The ceremony was held at Spring Bank Place, the home of the Lodge, and attended by almost 100 brethren, including a large number of visitors from lodges around Yorkshire.

Worshipful Master Ian Thompson congratulates his candidate Bro Mark Simmons

April 2013 - 300th Anniversary Re-enactment


The year was 1713 and the first Masons were admitted in Bradford....now 300 years on and a special re-enactment has been performed in front of 108 Bradford Masons.  Wearing dress appropriate to the era including wigs, waistcoats and frock coats 13 Brethren recreated the moment the first Mason was admitted.


The scene was set in a simple pub room with bread and cheese on the table where chatter could be heard amongst squires and local titled gentlemen about the news of the day including slavery in the Americas and the end of Queen Anne’s war. Characters were played by members of several local lodges who spent six months rehearsing and preparing for the performance which was hosted by the Lodge of Hope at Spring Bank Place, Bradford, to near capacity audience including the Provincial Grand Master the Right Worshipful Bro John K Clayton.


The 300 year old theme followed through to the Festive Board where traditional fare included mushroom soup, steak pie and jelly for dessert. Planning of the event has taken two years and was the brainchild of W Bro Keith Grandison of Prince of Wales Lodge, who has given talks about the history of Masonry in Bradford for over 20 years.  Keith explained that according to the minute books for 1713, the first Masonic meeting of the York Grand Lodge of All England took place “when 18 gentlemen of the first families of that neighbourhood were made masons”.


Although it is unclear exactly when a full lodge was consecrated in Bradford, Keith says there is evidence of lodges in London in 1690 and in York in the 1500s during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.  As this 300th anniversary moved nearer Keith felt it was a perfect opportunity to mark the occasion with something special and so the idea of the re-enactment came about.  “Although I had a great deal of historical information, I also took advice from the very knowledgeable Rev Neville Barker Cryer, the Very Worshipful Brother Past Grand Chaplain, who was a huge help to me. Even at 89 years of age he was keen to travel from York to see what we had put together on the night and was very rather pleased with the way it went”, said Keith.


“I also worked very closely with W Bro Paul Tottle from Lodge of Charity who was responsible for much of the script for the re-enactment and the evening went wonderfully well. So many people made comment about how interesting it was to see something so unusual. The atmosphere was great and it made all the planning worthwhile”, said Keith.  In fact, two days later the thespians were equally well received when they performed a second re-enactment at the Lodge of St Peter & Harmony at Hoyle Court, Baildon, attended by 60 brethren including Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Stuart Cummins.


And the travelling players might not be hanging up their wigs just yet. “There is even a whisper now that further lodges around the Yorkshire area would like to see it, so we may be to performing again soon!” said Keith.

Characters were played by members of several local lodges who spent six months rehearsing!

December 2012 - Worshipful Master gets his year started with a Bang !


The first ever Lodge of Hope No. 302 Clay Pigeon Shoot was held this December and was so successful it is hoped a team will compete in the annual Provincial Shoot!


Organised by W Bro Neil Johnson, the event was held at Crow Nest Park Gun Club grounds in Wyke, Bradford and attended by 22 brethren and guests. The weather was kind, offering good conditions for both first time shooters and experienced guns.  Joint first place went to Bro Alex Carp and a guest Mr Andrew Hutchinson.  Second place was shared equally between the newly installed W Bro Ian Thompson, W Bro John Burland and Bro Jay Woods.  Third place went to W Bro Gerry Wilson.


After the event W Bro Neil Johnson said: “I am delighted so many brethren and guests took the time to attend this, the first event of its kind for the Lodge of Hope. There was a super, if slightly competitive, edge to the morning, making for a fun event which we are aiming to repeat. There was certainly some promise shown by a number of shooters and we are hoping to form a team to compete in the forthcoming Provincial Shoot,” said Neil.

Shooting group

December 2012 - Sunshine Donation after Civic Reception


The Lord Mayor of Bradford will be sprinkling a little sunshine with a donation from the Lodge of Hope. During a recent visit by Brethren from Zum Hellen Licht Lodge in Germany to the Lodge of Hope, the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Dale Smith, welcomed members of both lodges to the City Hall for a Civic Reception.


The visitors were treated to a tour of the historic 1873 building including the Council Chamber and viewed some of the magnificent Civic silver.  Coun Smith explained the history of the building and its links to local business over the changing decades. He was very well aware of the importance of international links both to the city’s community and to individuals and mentioned the 40 year twinning between Shipley and Hamm in Germany, where Zum Hellen Licht is based.


W Bro Peter Michels, the WM of ZHL presented the delighted Lord Mayor with a commemorative coin to mark the civic visit. Refreshments were served to the visitors and Coun Smith explained that each new Lord Mayor chooses a charity to support through fund raising during his or her year of office.

“I felt that it was so difficult to make that decision that I decided that whatever money was raised in my year would be spread amongst so many good causes particularly organisations looking after those without a home or on low income,” said Coun Smith


Shortly after the visit, representatives of the Lodge of Hope returned to the Civic Hall and presented the Lord Mayor with a £250 cheque towards his Sprinkle Sunshine Appeal.

The Worshipful Master presented the cheque for £250

December 2012 - Lodge Installation


The most important event on the Lodge of Hope’s Masonic calendar took place on Monday 3 December when Bro Ian Thompson was installed as the Master of the Lodge of Hope.


The ceremony was held at Spring Bank Place and attended by almost 100 Brethren, including visitors from a number of lodges around Yorkshire.  Visiting brethren also included six members of Zum Hellen Licht 169 who travelled from Hamm in Germany for the event, continuing a 32 year partnership with the Lodge of Hope.


W Bro Thompson took over the office from W Bro Graham Priestley and said he was truly honoured to be installed.

WMs of 302 & 169 with Brethren of the Lodge of Zum Hellen Licht.

December 2012 - Civic Reception


The morning of the Installation saw a Civic Reception at the City Hall in Bradford, held for the German Masonic visitors. Bradford is twinned with Hamm in Germany and the visitors were welcomed to the city by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Dale Smith.


Councillor Smith explained that his own father had enjoyed many years as a Mason, and that he in turn was delighted to welcome the visitors from Hamm. The visitors and members of the lodge were taken on a tour of the City Hall and shown some of the Civic silver before having their photograph taken in the Council Chamber.

Brethren of 302 & 169 in the City Hall council chamber with the Lord Mayor.

New Initiates to the Lodge of Hope


October 2012 saw two new university Initiates to the Lodge of Hope 302.  Here W Bro Graham Priestley and W Bro Mike Depledge (who acted at Master at the ceremony) chat with the candidates about their experience.

Worshipful Master Graham Priestley with all the Trophy Winners




The Lodge of Hope No. 302 Golf Day held at Howley Hall Golf Club was the most successful yet with 46 taking part.  This is a long established and hotly contested event which attracts a high level of player and is one of the most popular events on the lodge calendar.  Lodge members and friends can take part and after bacon butties, tee off started from 12.30.


With a summer of awful weather, hopes were not high for a shirt sleeves event, but the sun shone and there were a few shiny red heads by the end of play!  A three course dinner at the club house followed which was also attended by non-playing lodge members, family and friends.  Event organiser Bro Ian Thompson spoke of the high quality of golf and how good the greens were:  “It is really great so see over 90 people here tonight to support this event. From time to time it is good to have something on the calendar which is not so much associated with lodge business and is more of a social event which can include everyone whether they play golf or not.”


Presentations were made by W Bro Graham Priestley who said he was delighted to see so many people there. He thanked Ian for organising the day and getting such excellent sponsorship for the awards.  Last years lodge winner of the 'Fairbank Trophy' was Bro. Chris Wilson.

The Lodge Of Hope's latest initiate


On April 2nd 2012 at a regular meeting at the Lodge, a post graduate student at the university of Bradford became the latest candidate to be initiated through the University Scheme.


The candidate, a barrister, is currently a post graduate student at the University of Bradford taking a Master's Degree in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution.  The Worshipful Master W Bro Graham Priestley (left) is seen explaining the significance of the Entered Apprentice's apron to Bro Achi (centre) watched by Bro Horace Harvey.


Bro Harvey recently underwent his third degree ceremony & became a Master Mason. In Bro Achi's initiation ceremony Bro Harvey stood in as Junior Deacon, an important role in the ceremony, and as the Worshipful Master commented " Horace undertook the office with great distinction as he himself has only been a Master Mason for a short time".

Eden Mobility Healthcare Advisor Nick Davey (right) delivering the scooter to Mrs Myers, looking on is the Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Hope 302, W Bro Graham Priestley and the Lodge Almoner W Bro John Stone (left).








The Latest news from the Masonic Samaritan Fund...


One of the Lodge of Hope 302 widows, Marjorie Myers, has just taken delivery of a motorised scooter thanks to the Masonic Samaritan Fund.  In recent years Marjorie, who is 87, has found getting about and walking any distance difficult. She lives in Saltaire nearBradfordand her late husband Peter was a member of Lodge of Hope 302 until his death in 1988.


The Masonic Samaritan Fund, has through Eden Mobility, paid for the scooter which will also be maintained through the Fund.  “This will make a huge difference to me, I was struggling to walk far because of back pain, now I will be able to get out to the shops, visit the local park and friends.  I would like to thank the Samaritan Fund for being able to provide this scooter for me.  "I know the Masonic charities raise money each year for good causes but never thought I would one day be the one to benefit!” said Marjorie.

The Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Hope Graham H Priestley (centre) with members of the Lodge of Zum Hellen Licht who attended the ceremony.




Just five weeks after the Stiftungsfest seven of our German brethren came over for the Lodge of Hope Installation.  They included their new Worshipful Master Peter Michels with seven brethren.  This year the German brethren came for a 48 hour visit staying at Lodge of Hope homes and managed a little relaxation and visits to local places of interest before their return on the Tuesday.


W Bro Peter Michels emailed W Bro Steve Myers following the Installation saying:
“I would like to thank you once more for your hospitality and the time which, you and your brethren spent with us.  “Your warmth and kindness was wonderful. The work in your Lodge was impressive and the dinner afterwards memorable.  “I am sure that such experience will intensify our partnership and friendship. Please be kind enough to extend my thanks and congratulations to Graham,” said Peter.

The Late W Bro Derek McKelvi


Brethren of the Lodge were saddened to learn of the Death on 17 December 2011 of W Bro Derek McKelvie, one of the most senior members, and a stalwart of 302.


Initiated in February 1968, Derek very quickly became a valued member of the Lodge where his skills at the Organ and Piano were an essential part of our meetings for most of his 43 years membership.  In addition his ability to present word perfect ritual was in evidence on many occasions.  Derek was Installed as Worshipful Master in December 1977 when he appointed Peter Myers, (the Father of our current Director of Ceremonies Steve Myers) as his Senior Deacon.


Having served as the Acting Provincial Grand Organist, Derek later came to the assistance of the Lodge when we had succession problems, and he took the chair again in December 1988 when he was Installed by the outgoing WM, Graham Priestley, coincidentally, our current Master.  He was also a very active Royal Arch Mason, being a member of Chapter of Moravia at Hoyle Court, and Jubilate Chapter meeting at Shaw. He was honoured with Provincial Chapter rank, in both Yorkshire West Riding, and East Lancashire Provinces.


He was particularly proud to be presented with a Certificate acknowledging 40 years membership of the Craft in 2008, by the then APGM Stewart G Carley, in a very moving ceremony attended by many including his close friend W Bro Harold Woodward, who at the time was APGM of the Province of East Lancs.  In recent years Derek suffered with failing health and sight. When it became apparent that he would be unlikely to attend Masonic meetings again, he was granted Honorary Membership of the Lodge of Hope, and the Chapter of Moravia.


His funeral service, on 23 December was attended by well over 60 friends and family, gathered to remember, and pay their respects to a very special man. On behalf of the Lodge, John Stone delivered a very moving Eulogy.  His devoted Wife of over 60 years, Lily survives him, and is being looked after by their 3 Daughters and Grand-Children. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to them at their loss.

Stiftungsfest Visit – (November)


The Stiftungsfest is the founders’ day ceremony held by our German twin lodge Zum Helen Licht in November.  This event is open only to members of the Lodge of Zum Hellen Licht and is held each year on a Saturday near to the founding date and consists of a special ceremony in the lodge rooms in Hamm.


It is followed by a meal at which further words of dedication are said. This year W Bro Brian Walker, W Bro Steve Myers and W Bro Tony Rennison (formerly of the Lodge of Hope 302 and now a member of Lascelles Lodge) flew over for the weekend. The brethren were also accompanied by Mrs Pam Walker & Mrs Kathy Myers.  Unlike the Johannisfest in June there is no large dinner dance simply a formal dinner after the Lodge meeting. The food this year was provided by a local restaurant and proved to be quite a gastronomic feast of five courses.


A main feature of the evening was the way the Zum Helen Licht members were positioned around the tables with those in principal roles sitting in the carved wooden chairs purchased in Halifax nearly 30 years ago. Before the purchase, the German lodge had no traditional furniture for their modern lodge building and the chairs became a focus for their lodge workings. Originally Brian with Tony and former Lodge of Hope members W Bro Bernard Fry and W Bro David Naylor transported the chairs in a van and Brian and Tony still have happy memories of that trip! The chairs, now of course, have created a little bit of history and a bond between the two lodges.

The Stiftungsfest is another opportunity to continue the links and proved, yet again, to be a thoroughly enjoyable weekend for all concerned.


Certificate of Service...


A Certificate of Service to Craft Masonry has been awarded to W Bro Brian Walker of the Lodge of Hope No 302.


This special honour was presented by W Bro Stewart G Carley Assistant PGM on behalf of John Clayton Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master.  The certificate which notes W Bro Walker’s service to the craft also makes special mention of his 30 years involvement with the Lodge of Hope’s twinning with the German lodge Zum Hellen Licht No 169.


W Bro Walker joined the Lodge of Hope in 1964 and has played an active role in the lodge throughout the years and he is the longest subscribing member.  He was on the inaugural visit toGermanyin 1980 and has been a major enthusiast of the twinning association right through to the last year when the two Lodges celebrated the 30th anniversary.


In 1994 Brian was awarded the Silver Medal by the Grand Lodge of Germany for his services to Zum Hellen Licht. At the time there were only nine holders of such a medal and Brian was the only non German.  “It is always pleasant when your work is appreciated, I have enjoyed my freemasonry and the challenges it brings.  “The twinning with Zum Hellen Licht has been a particular highlight, seeing the two lodges form not only Masonic links but great friendships too,” said Brian who is also a member of the Lodge of Probity inHalifax.



Pictured at the presentation of the cheque are, from left; W Bro Neil Johnson, Carol Pickthall (club treasurer), Barry Peacock (club secretary) and W Bro John Burland Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Hope.









Cheque presentation to Clayton ARLFC


Young rugby fans in an inner city area ofBradfordnow have the chance to play in a team thanks to a donation from the Provincial Grand Masters Fund.  Clayton ARLFC was struggling to find funds this year to set up Under 8’s and Under 11’s teams.

When W Bro Neil Johnson heard about their plight a petition was made via the Lodge of Hope No 302 Bradford, of which he is a member, to the Fund.


A successful appeal resulted in a £500 donation which is being used to buy safety equipment.  “The club is based in an area ofBradfordwhich has little spare money to spend on sport. Clayton ARLFC has a number of youngsters who where keen to play but the club was struggling to raise the cash for all the equipment.  “With this money the new team organisers have been able to start buying tackle bags, body protectors, tag belts and strips to set up the touch rugby teams – as youngsters of this age are not allowed to play a contact game.  “It was great to hear the petition had been successful and we at the Lodge of Hope look forward to hearing how the two teams get on in the coming months,” said Neil.



30th Anniversary of the Twinning...


A year of celebrations culminated in presentations to the Lodge of Hope No 302 and Lodge of Zum Hellen Licht No 169 marking the 30 years twinning.  Both lodges have annually travelled to each others ceremonies building up not only Masonic friendships but personal friendships too. Children from both lodges have also taken part in exchanges securing further links between 302 and 169.


During this last year a number of special events have marked the 30 years. The highlight of the year was a presentation of congratulatory letters from John Clayton Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master. The letters were presented on his behalf by W Bro Stewart G Carley, Assistant PGM.


The picture shows Bro Krech and W Bro Burland with the letters from the Provincial Grand Master. Also shown is a special picture marking the 30th anniversary which was created by leading German artist Bro Jockel Reisner, a member of Zum Hellen Licht. This was presented to the Lodge of Hope to mark the anniversary.  From left: W Bro Neil Johnson, Bro Siegfried Krech (representing the WM of Lodge of Zum Hellen Licht), W Bro John Burland (WM Lodge of Hope), W Bro Stewart G Carley (Assistant PGM), W Bro Brian Walker, Bro Jockel Reisner, W Bro Steve Myers (“Foreign Secretary” Lodge of Hope).

Hope visit Germany


The Worshipful Master of the Lodge, together with three Brethren, travelled to Germany to attend the Installation of the Lodge Zum Hellen Licht No 169 in Hamm, Germany on 18 June 2011.  The German Lodge Installed Bro Peter Otto Michels as its new Master in a very enjoyable ceremony, at their Lodge Rooms in Sedenstrasse 59065 Hamm.

Peter is only the 27th Master in the 229 years of existence of the Lodge, where it has not been uncommon for a Master to hold office for over 25 years. In more recent years the post has been held for a 3 year term, and the 9 most recent former Masters were all in attendance at the ceremony.  Following the Installation, the Lodge members were joined by their Ladies for a splendid banquet at which traditional toasts were proposed to the Lodge, the Fatherland, and the Ladies.


The event closed with dancing, ending a very enjoyable day. Old friendships were renewed, and new bonds of friendship formed, indeed several of the members who were present at the inaugural twinning meeting in 1980 were present, and recalled events of over 30 years of fraternal association between the two Lodges.  In addition to the festivities on the Saturday, the Lodge hosted parties on the Friday evening before, and Sunday afternoon following, where the traditional German food and drink was very generously provided by our hosts.

From left:W Bro Edward Lord PAGDC Chairman of the Universities Scheme, RW Bro John K Clayton Provincial Grand Master, Bro Alexandru Carp, W Bro John L Burland PPJGW Master of the Lodge of Hope, RW Bro David K Williamson Assistant Grand Master, VW Bro Bruce Clitheroe PGSwdB Acting as Director of Ceremonies to the Assistant Grand Master (also the Yorkshire Regional Coordinator for the University Scheme)




Assistant Grand Master visits the 'Lodge of Hope 302' on the 5th September 2011...


The Lodge of Hope was proud to welcome RW Bro David Kenneth Williamson, Assistant Grand Master, accompanied by many distinguished Worshipful Brethren fromLondonon the occasion of the Lodge being named the 46th University Lodge under the Grand Lodge University Scheme, as the University Lodge of the City ofBradford.


On hand to welcome RW Bro Williamson was the RW Bro John K Clayton Provincial Grand Master for theProvinceofYorkshire WR, supported by a number of Senior Acting Officers of the Province.

The brethren of the lodge had invited over fifty visiting Brethren to witness a third degree ceremony to Raise Bro Alex Carp who graduated in 2010 fromBradfordUniversity. The ceremony and the festive board were of the highest standard, one which will not be forgotten for many years to come.

Hope pair receive Provincial honours...

At the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge held at the Royal Hall, Harrogate, on Tuesday 3 May 2011, the Lodge saw two of its members elevated in Masonic Rank by the Provincial Grand Master;


W Bro John Richard Stone was appointed to the high rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden following a year as the Acting Superintendent of Works in the Province.
He has twice occupied the Masters Chair of the Lodge, and recently completed a year as the President of the Bradford & District Royal Arch Council demonstrating his very high level of commitment to Masonry.


W Bro Hardev Singh Sidhu received a first appointment as Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon. Hardev was appointed WM of the Lodge in December 2004, after progressing diligently through the offices leading to the chair.


Heartiest congratulations are extended to these Brethren on these richly deserved promotions.


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