the Lodge of Connaught & Truth No. 521
Second Fifty Years
C H A P T E R VII.
THE SECOND FIFTY YEARS
A Period of Celebrations, Jubilees and Anniversaries --
Diamond Jubilee of Queen
Victoria Petition to elect Honorary Member
Coronation of King Edward
VII Lodge Banner painted Death of King
Edward VII Constitution of
Instruction Classes United Lodges Lodge
Journal Lodge Removals W.
Bro. Samuel Guise, Prov. G. Secy. (Warwickshire)
Charity Golf Cup won by
Member of No. 521 Plans for Centenary Festival.
HAVING GUIDED the reader through a retrospective journey
of the first
fifty years, what is there in prospect to interest him
in the second half-century ? There are no changes of
look for, as the Lodge has found its permanent home at
Trust Deeds have been put on to an established basis, the
By-Laws have been
well revised. What then is to be seen ?
Well, The Lodge having passed its fiftieth anniversary,
perhaps some of
the Brethren Initiated in that period, will themselves
have 50 years'
freemasonry to their credit. If so, we shall find
Celebrations, Anniversaries, Golden
Weddings, and various occasions for rejoicing,
opportunities for presentations,
kindly actions and expressions of Brotherly Love : also,
sadder periods, three periods of the ravages of War, but
followed by Thanksgivings
and the welcome return to Peace and, it is to be hoped,
Goodwill among men.
The first of such Celebrations occurred in 1897, when, in
of 4th June, the Lodge placed on record :-
"its unswerving loyalty to Her Most Gracious Majesty
Queen Victoria on
the completion of the 60th year of her Auspicious Reign,
and to offer
up its gratitude to The Great Architect of the Universe
permitted our beloved Sovereign thus wonderfully to
the destinies of her great and mighty Empire."
Bro. A. Armitage, of The Lodge of Truth, was one of the
who received Provincial Honours (Prov.G.D.C.) in
commemoration of the above
event, and his Provincial Clothing and Jewel were
presented to him by the
Brethren of The Lodge.
In 1898 it was Resolved in open Lodge that each new
Initiate should be
presented with a copy of the Book of Constitutions, and
as regards existing
Members, any Member who required a copy could have one on
payment of 1/-.
One of the Brethren, often spoken about by Freemasons in
the T o wn,
w a s W . B r o. J o hn S ho es m i t h. H e wa s a m em
b er o f T h e Albert Edward
Lodge, No. 1783, and did much useful work in Freemasonry,
Masonic instruction. He had assisted on many occasions at
The Lodge of
Truth, as well as at other Lodges.
It is, therefore, not surprising to find in the Minutes
of 29th May, 1899,
that 35 of the Brethren signed and presented a petition
to The Lodge,
praying that he should be made an Honorary Member as a
recognition of the great services rendered by him. This
unanimously, and in due course he was
balloted for and elected. There
soon follows a practical example of Bro. Shoesmith's
November, 1899, he gave an "Explanation of the 2
Tracing Board" (by
no means as frequent in the Minutes as the lc), he
"The Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences."
In December there is a letter in the Minutes, which is
reproducing : ___
Dear Bro. Sykes,
Some time ago I made an intimation that it was my
intention to make a present of the value of £100 to The
Truth and I feel that before your year of office expires,
like to complete my offer. I have therefore to ask you to
behalf of yourself as Master and the Officers and
Brethren of the
Lodge a piano by Bechstein and I enclose a cheque for
towards the reduction of the mortgage.
A little arithmetic sum showed the Bechstein Piano to be
worth £6 5.
Later in the Minutes it was intimated that the Piano was
not given to the
Trustees but to the Members of The Lodge, and to be used
purposes only; it was not to be moved constantly about
from room to
At the next Lodge Meeting the W.M. proposed the purchase
cover for the piano to protect it. This resolution was
was expressed "in the W.M. (Bro. C. F. Arnold) being
The Minutes of 6th April, 1900, contain copies of a
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Grand Master,
expressing thankfulness to The Great Architect of the
Universe that He in
His Goodness had preserved the life of His Royal Highness
extreme danger; and there is a reply from The Grand
Secretary sending the
thanks and congratulations of The Most Worshipful Grand
Master on his
providential escape from the recent attempt on his life.
There then followed soon afterwards more entries
Crown, and the loyalty of Freemasons to the Throne: this
time, a special
form of service at The Lodge, as in many others at that
commemorate the death of Queen Victoria.
As the Brethren entered the Lodge on 1st February, 1901,
sang the Hymn
"Lo, He comes with Clouds descending."
After opening the Lodge, and the Minutes, another Hymn
"Great God what do I see and hear
The end of things created."
There followed a loyal resolution on the profound loss
sustained by the
lamented death of the beloved Queen, Patroness of the
sympathy with His Majesty King Edward VII the Grand
feelings of the Brethren were well expressed in
well-chosen words in
speeches, recorded in the Minute Book, by
The Proposer, W. Bro. Reuben Williamson.
The Seconder, W. Bro. Abram Armitage.
Supported by W. Bro. C. F. Arnold
W. Bro. J. F. Dyson.
W. Bro. John Pyrah.
Before closing the Lodge, the third Hymn was sung,
"Lead Kindly Light,"
and the fourth, as the Brethren retired, Now
the Labourer's Task is o'er."
The reader will remember from previous Chapters that The
Noble The Marquis of Ripon, who had been Provincial Grand
West Yorkshire and Grand Master of England, was an
Initiate in The
Lodge of Truth, No. 521, and in April, 1901, we find the
remembering him in a special way, by sending him their
congratulations on his Golden Wedding.
In February, 1902, the Brethren were particularly
interested in a
Paper delivered by W. Bro. A. H. J. Fletcher, P.P.G.Reg.,
on a Visit to the
U.S.A., more particularly to a Lodge where he had
witnessed a Raising
Ceremony, giving a description of the principal Masonic
temple in the
The time had now arrived for the Coronation of His
Edward VII. Plans had been made for a combined Social
with the Brethren of Albert Edward Lo dge, No. 1783, hut
it will be
within the memory of many of the readers that, owing to
the illness of His
Majesty, the Coronation was postponed. In place of the
Social Festivity, there was held in Huddersfield on the
very day fixed for
the Coronation, viz.: 26th June, 1902, an Emergency Lodge
Banner of The Lodge of Harmony, No. 275, when the Masters
of the six
Lodges in the Town occupied the Chairs: and here is a
copy of the Minutes
of that historic Meeting, as recorded in The Lodge of
Truth Minute Book
An Emergency Lodge was held at 9-30 a.m. on Thursday,
26th June, 1902, at the Masonic
Hall, South Parade, Huddersfield, under the banner of the
Lodge of Harmony, No. 275, when the
following Brethren occupied the respective Chairs :-
W.M. W. Bro. S. Kendall, W.M. 275.
S.W. W. Owen, 290.
J.W. J.W. Mallinson, 521.
S.D. J. H. Laycock, 1514.
J.D. G. Munroe, 1783.
I.G. A. Roberts, 2261.
The W.M. proposed the following resolution (to be entered
on the Minutes of all the
Lodges therein named) which was seconded by W. Bro. W.
Owen, W.M. 290, supported by W. Bro.
J. W. Mallinson, W.M. 521, and carried unanimously :
The Worshipful Masters, Past Masters, Officers and
Brethren of the Masonic Lodges
Nos. 449, 275, 290, 521, 652, 1514, 1645, 1783, 2035, and
2261 in Huddersfield and District,
in open Lodge assembled under the banner of the Lodge of
Harmony, No. 275, at the Masonic
Hall, South Parade, Huddersfield, on 26th June, 1902, the
day fixed for the Coronation of His
Majesty King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, desire,
before proceeding to attend a
Service of Intercession, to record their loyalty and
devotion to the throne and
person of His Most Gravious Majesty, and their profound
sorrow in the affliction which
has befallen him. They pray that the Great Architect of
the Universe may speedily restore him to
health and preserve him in peace and happiness thro' a
long and prosperous reign."
W. Bro. Marshall (275) proposed a resolution of sympathy
with Her Majesty the Queen, the
Prince and Princess of Wales and the rest of the Royal
Family. This was seconded by W. Bro.
Mallinson (1645) and unanimously carried.
The Lodge was closed in peace and harmony at 10-0 a.m.
and the Brethren walked in
procession to a Special Service at the Parish Church by
invitation of Bro. Rev. Canon H. Lowther
(Sgd.) J. W. Mallinson,
Witnessed in open Lodge W.M.
(sgd.) Fred E. Beckwith,
In September, 1902, there followed a resolution to His
King on his recovery from his illness and upon his
About this time each successive month seemed to have its
peculiar and special feature. October, 1902, was set
apart for the reopening
of the Premises after alterations, and this was followed
in the same
month by a Special Social gathering to mark the occasion.
"Happy Celebration" was the feature of the
following Lodge in
November, 1902, which marked the occasion of the Masonic
Jubilee of W.
Bro. Allen Jackson, which is more particularly summarised
in Chapter XI.
As a matter of fact, the next item of special interest to
the records is "a repeat order" of the above
happy event, when, within four
months, viz.: on the 6th March, 1903, the Brethren are
again honouring a
worthy member of the Lodge on completing 50 years'
time W. Bro. Henry Shaw. On this occasion, unlike the
historical resume does appear in detail in the Minutes.
Again it was W.
Bro. Reuben Williamson who was the narrator. It is well
for any Brother interested to ask permission to read this
narrative. The occasion is summarised and dealt with in
the specific Chapter
(Chapter XI) devoted to the special items of this nature.
In 1904 it is recorded that the Lodge Banner was
work was done by Bro. J. T. Spratt, who asked the
Brethren to accept the
work from him as a gift and as some acknowledgment of the
hours he had spent under the Banner of the Lodge. This
another 50 years' "Celebration," as the Banner
was presented in 1852.
In the Minutes of the Lodge Meeting in April, 1906, there
one or two interesting points in a Report by Bro. John
Pyrah as Charity
Representative of the proceedings at the Provincial
Charity Meeting on
31st March, 1906, to commemorate the completion of the
Investment for the West Yorkshire Educational and
Institution. At this Meeting the Lord Allerton
"Presentation" and the
Richard Wilson "Presentation" were started. The
first £32 from the
latter "Presentation" was to the widow of a
former Member of The
Lodge of Truth.
In July, 1906, Bro. Pyrah figures in the Minutes again as
of a Portrait of Lord Allerton (now in the Supper Room).
The ye ar 1907 marked the passing of W. Bro. John Pyr ah,
whose name occurs frequently in this History, and of whom
Minutes say on 7th June, 1907 :
"He was a friend of every one of its Members. His
freemasonry were always a labour of love with every goal
reached worthy of the highminded, noble singleness of
which' always animated him."
He was not only an eloquent exponent of Masonic Rites,
Masonic scholar deeply versed in the literature and
archaeology of the
Craft, and the Local Representative of The Quatuor
Coronati Lodge, of
In November, 1907, there was a interesting presentation.
made by W. Bro. James Mosley as a token of respect for W.
Bean (then W.M.), who was the only candidate the donor
had proposed in the
Lodge. The gift was a complete set of Working Tools
enclosed in a case
bearing the following inscription :-
"Lodge of Truth, No. 521."
"Presented to the Lodge by Bro. James Mosley, P.M.,
as a token
of his respect and esteem for the Worshipful Master, Bro.
Thomas Bean, Nov. 1907."
Next month a presentation was made by Bra. Thomas Bean
himself, or rather by Bro. Bean on behalf of his Wife,
who asked the Lodge
to accept from her the gift of a Lectern and Stand to
mark Bro. Bean's
year of office as Worshipful Master.
About this period there was some interesting history
Bro. John Holroyd, who had been Worshipful Master of The
of Truth in 1903. In November, 1908, he had the honour of
Mayor of Huddersfield, and received the congratulations
not only of his own
Brethren but of the neighbouring Lodges: and thus he
became one of several
members of The Lodge of Truth who served as Mayor of the
Brethren attended the Parish Church with W. Bra. John
22nd November, 1908.
When Bro. William Henry Wittrick was Installed as
Master on 4th December, 1908, he had the unique
having the Charge delivered to him by W. Bro. John
Holroyd, who was
then Mayor of the Town, which must have given an added
dignity to that
very impressive piece of ritual.
Once more, in March, 1909, the Deputy Provincial Grand
Master, Bro. Richard Wilson, attended to make a
presentation, this time
to present W. Bro. John Holroyd with a Past Master's
Jewel as a special
token of the esteem and regard of the Brethren. W. Bro,
died (in 1911), whilst on a visit to London on business
for the Town, and
left with the Brethren the two great lessons of
"Brotherly Love" and
In October, 1909, the Provincial Grand Lodge once more
the Banner of The Lodge of 'Truth. The Meeting was held
in the Town
Hall, the Officers of The Lodge of Truth opening and
closing the Lodge.
In June, 1910, the Brethren, like others throughout the
associating themselves with the profound grief into which
world had been plunged by the lamented death of His Most
Majesty King Edward VII; this was followed later, in
July, 1911the first
Lodge Meeting after the Coronationby a Resolution
of Loyalty and
Devotion to The Throne and the Person of His Most
King George V.
In the year 1913, a rather unusual thing
happenedthe Lodge closed
down for two summer months (July and August).
Correspondence in regard
thereto is contained in The Lodge Committee Minute Book.
In 1915 the Brethren joined in the general satisfaction
at the appointment
of W. Bro. Sir William Pick Raynor, Kt., J.P. (of
Huddersfield Lodge, No.
290), as the Deputy Provincial Grand Master (on 17th
During the War years, 1914-1918, it was not always
carry out the Agenda as planned, as sometimes candidates
were away with the Forces, some with the British
Expeditionary Force, and
were not able to get leave for their Ceremony. Other work
undertaken, and interest was maintained. On one such
occasion, 4th May,
1917, the main item of business was a Summary of the
Early History of the
Lodge given by W. Bro. j. T. Spratt. The author of this
History has been
privileged to refer to the notes of that A d d r es s ,
wh i c h h e f o un d m os t
i nt e r es t i n g a n d h el p f ul . In t h e Chapter
(No. VIII) dealing with the Lodge
Records, the Writer has made full reference to the
splendid work, of such
lasting value, carried out by W. Bro. Spratt in writing
up all the details of The
Lodge Journal from 1815 t o 1917 ( and l at er t o 19
23). It was at t h e
Lod ge i n November, 1917, that the Journal, as completed
to date, was
presented to the Lodge and the following Resolution
passed : -
"We, the Worshipful Master, Officers and Brethren of
of Truth beg to place on record our profound thanks and
appreciation of the self-sacrificing labours of W. Bro.
J. T. Spratt
in compiling the Lodge Journal. That the Journal shall
removed from the Lodge Premises without the sanction of
Worshipful Master for the time being. That W. Bro. Spratt
requested to write up the Journal after each
Installation, and failing
him, that it be an instruction from the Worshipful Master
Secretary, to keep the Journal written up to date after
The Writer of this History echoes the profound thanks and
appreciation of the Worshipful Master and Brethren of
1917 for that most
helpful and inestimable record.
On 2nd August, 1918, W. Bro. Spratt was presented with a
It was in the year 1917, at the Lodge Meeting on the 1st
June, that the
Petition was signed for the formation of a New Lodge--the
d a u gh t e r Lo d ge
o f C o n n a u gh t ; t h e d e t a i l s o f t h e d i
s c u s s i o n s and formation meetings,
etc., are recorded in Chapter XIII, Page 127, and the
daughter Lodge of
Connaught, No. 3800, started on its happy and prosperous
At the Inst all ation Meet ing in December, 1918, W. Bro.
Gill, who was attending as Chairman of the Charity
Committee, announced to the
Lodge the welcome news of the appointment of W. Bro. Sir
Raynor as the Provincial Grand Master of West Yorkshire.
An interesting happening in 1920 (January 11) was the
some of the Brethren at the unveiling of a Memorial
Tablet to the late W.
Bro. Doctor Peter Macgregor, well-respected and beloved
and Mason of the Town.
An Emergency Lodge held on 29th April, 1920, contained
reference and honour to Bro. J. A. Woolven, who received
of the Lodge on his having attained to the Chair as Chief
Magistrate of the
Borough. The Worshipful Master said it had been the good
fortune of the
Lodge on several occasions to provide the Mayors of
among its Members.* In replying, Bro. Woolven called
attention to the fact
that he and his predecessor, W. Bro. W. H. Jessop, a Past
Master of No. 521,
were now the two oldest Members of The Lodge of Truth.
The next Meeting, 7th May, 1920, was another occasion,
Dispensation, the Lodge balloted for and Initiated a
Throughout its history the Lodge has been consistently
kind to its
members, and the occasions are numerous recording
presentations made, not
only at Jubilees and Special Anniversaries (such as Past
Master's Jewels for
special services rendered, and Provincial Clothing on
Rank), but also gifts as mementoes to Brethren who have
had to leave the
district for business or health reasons; for example, on
1st September, 1922,
the Brethren presented a Silver Rose Bowl, suitably
inscribed, to W. Bro. J.
Mosley, P.P.G.D., on his removal to the South of England
on account of his
Another instance of this was in 1926. The Worshipful
Master of that
year apparently celebrated his Silver Wedding the same
year, as on 6th
August, 1926, there is a mention that he and his wife
received a gift from the
Brethren of Silver Candlesticks to commemorate the happy
The Minute Book for 1926 has two blank pages between the
November and December Lodges marked in pencil "Leave
for Town Hall
Meeting." No doubt what was intended was to record
the precis of a
United Lodge held on the 20th November, 1926, at the Town
Huddersfield, under the auspices of The Huddersfield and
Installed Masters' Association, organised specially for
the local Freemasons
to give a welcome to the new Provincial Grand Master,
who had succeeded Sir William Pick Raynor in that Office.
There was a
large assembly of the Brethren from the eighteen Lodges
in the Town and
District, who gave enthusiastic support to the
extended to Viscount Lascelles by Sir William Pick Raynor
on behalf of the
Huddersfield Brethren; and the Brethren present will
remember the address of
His Lordship for its earnest impressiveness.
The year 1930 marked a revival or repetition of the close
association between The Lodge of Truth and The Lodge of
reader will recall the part played by members of The
Lodge of Harmony at
the formation of The Lodge of Truth, and the very close
association in the
early years, and how, on occasions, The Lodge of Harmony
premises at the disposal of The Lodge of Truth, and how
also The Lodge of
Truth had accommodated The Lodge of Harmony during
alterations at South
There were several changes and removals in 1929-30. The
Edward Lodge, No. 1783, who had been Tenants at
Fitzwilliam Street for many
years, moved into new Premises acquired by them at The
Greenhead Road. Two of the tenant Lodges at South Parade
The Lodge of Harmony, No. 275), viz.:
*In this connection see pages 132-133 of this History.
The Huddersfield Lodge, No. 290, and The Unity Lodge, No.
rem oved from Sout h P arade t o Greenhead R oad; The Lod
Harmony, No. 275, decided to sell their premises at South
they had been housed for so many years, and came to
Fitzwilliam Street as
Tenants of The Trustees of The Lodge of Truth, No. 521.
The Lodge of
Harmony, No. 275, held its last Meeting at South Parade
January, 1930, and its first Meeting at Fitzwilliam
Street (after the
removal) on 6th February, 1930.
In November, 1931, there was a further interesting
another United Lodge at The Town Hall on 3rd November,
the auspices of The Huddersfield and District Installed
to provide the R.W. Bro. The Earl of Harewood with an
meeting the Huddersfield Freemasons. Prior to the opening
of the Lodge
a Reception was held, at which some 800 or more of the
individually presented to the Provincial Grand Master.
After the United
Lodge a Banquet was held at the Lodge of Truth Premises
In 1932 there is found the first of a little series of
references to W.
Bro. Samuel Guise, a Member of The Lodge of Truth, who
left the Town in
1932 to take up an appointment as Provincial Grand
Secretary of the
Province of Warwickshire. He was Initiated into The Lodge
of Truth, No.
321, in 1915, and occupied the Chair of his Mother Lodge
in 1928. Later
he joined The Freedom Lodge, No. 3914, at Birmingh am,
and became the
Worshipful Master of the Lodge in the year 1937. It was
also in 1937
that he had conferred upon him the Grand Lodge Rank of
he was promoted to Junior Grand Deacon (Past Rank) in
When leaving Huddersfield in 1932 he was presented with a
Mahogany Cabinet, subscribed jointly by the Members of
The Lodge of
Truth, The Chapter of Truth, and The Hope Preceptory
K.T.S., and in
1937 he had two other presentations, one of his Grand
("Undress") from his Mother Lodge, and the
Jewel of his Office by The
Lodges of Truth and Freedom jointly, the latter
presentation taking place at
The Freedom Lodge, when two Brethren from The Lodge of
It was during t he year 1932 that The Huddersfi eld R o
Infirmary had its Centenary Celebrations, and the
Brethren of the Lodge,
along with others, were invited to a special Thanksgiving
Service at The
Another practical example of fellowship is illustrated in
Minutes of 2nd December, 1932, when the Brethren
presented an oak
cabinet to W. Bro. J. W. Shaw as a token of their esteem,
another on 20th November, 1933, when a cabinet was
presented to W.
Bro. T. McCulloch on leaving Huddersfield for Worthing.
At the Regular Lodge Meeting on the 5th April, 1933, the
Lo d ge i n vi t ed t h e T e n an t Lo d ge s o f H a rm
o n y, C o nn a u ght and
Concord to join with them in a United Lo dge, and several
Brethren f r om
e a c h Lo d ge a t t en de d . It w as an In i t i a t i
on C e r em on y, t he Initi ation
being carri ed out by Bro. A. Hudson, the Worshi pful M
as t er of Th e
Lod ge o f T rut h. Th e add res s i n t he N. E. C orne
r was given by Bro. J.
Brook, the Worshipful Master of Concord Lodge, No. 4126,
the W. T. by
Bro. G. Beaumont, the Worshipful Master of The Lodge of
275, and the Ancient Charge by Bro. Whitfield Senior,
Master of Connaught Lodge, No. 3800.
There have been one or two similar united efforts at the
Lodges at which the Worshipful Master of The Lodge of
Once more in 1936 the Brethren are found passing a
resolution affecting the Crown, this time, on the 7th
February, 1936, when
s ympathetic reference was made to the passing of another
King, His Majest y King George V, on the 20th January,
And again in 1936 is another example of fraternal
affection for a
Member leaving the District when, on 15th June, 1936, W.
Bro. J. W.
Thickett was presented with a Walnut Sideboard, the
Members of the
Hope Preceptory (K.T.) joining with the Lodge in this
Periodically throughout this Chapter of History from 1895
onwards, the Lodge has held regular Social Events,
including Annual Picnics
or Outings, and many and varied have been the places
visited on these
happy and instructive outings.
Coming to the close of the second fifty years and to the
we find three interesting items. First, that it fell to
the lot of a Member of
The Lodge of Truth, Bro. Robert Hunter McConnell Trew, to
honour of winning the Golf Charity Cup, played for
annually by the Members
of the various Lodges in the Province, as part of a happy
scheme for adding to the Charitable Funds raised in the
a remembrance by those old and close friends of No. 521,
the Members of
Huddersfield Lodge, No. 290, by a presentation made by
Worshipful Master, Bro. G. W. Utley, at The Lodge of
Installation, 2nd December, 1944, of a copy of the
History of the
Huddersfield Lodge, No. 290, covering 150 years of their
existence ; and lastly
the submission to the Brethren of the Petition for a
which was duly approved, and signed, on behalf of the
Brethren, by the
Worshipful Master and Wardens. The request was offi ci al
l y granted,
and a cop y of the Centenary Warrant appears on Page 75
So the crowning event to form the fitting finale to this
Celebrations, Anniversaries and Rejoicings, is the
Special Festival arranged
to celebrate the Centenary of the Lodge, for which
auspicious occasion the
Brethren commenced their planning by appointing a Special
on the 27th April, 1944, known as "The Centenary
the following Brethren :
W. Bro. Lewis Schofield,
W. Bro. J. F. C. Cole, W.
Bro. Norman Sykes,
W. Bro. Geoffrey Gledhill (Master in 1944-45),
Bro. W. A. Bates (S.W. of 1944-45 and Master 1945-46)
28th May, 1915.
with W. Bro. Lewis Schofield as Chairman, and W. Bro.
This Committee met at intervals during the years 1944 and
although the actual 100 years' Anniversary Meeting of the
Lodge would be
the Installation Meeting of December, 1945, the Centenary
desirous of selecting a date for the Festival out of the
season, a date when the Provincial Grand Master,
his Deputy and Assistants would be able to attend.
Accordingly a Resolution
was passed in June, 1945, as follows :
"That the CENTENARY CELEBRATION should be held on
SATURDAY, the 1st June, 1946, and that this date be
to the Provincial Grand Secretary."
Previously, at a Meeting held in May, 1945, the Committee
approach W. Bro. Harold L. Simpson, P.P.G.D., Past Master
of The Lodge of
Harmony, No. 275, to write a History of The Lodge of
Truth, No. 521, covering
the first 100 years from 1845 to 19.15; and the Committee
expressed their wish to
have the History printed and published in time for
presentation at the Centenary
Thus the Festival is AFTER the termination of the first
100 years' period,
and is an historic item in the next "century":
it is, however, possible to include
herein details of the arrangements made by the Committee
for this eventful
(1) Invitations to the Members on lines similar to the
sent out for the Jubilee Celebration (see Chapter VI) ;
(2) Invitations to the following Brethren as Special
Guests : -
The Provincial Grand Master,
R. W. Bro. Sir Anthony Gadie, Kt., J.P., P.G.D.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master,
W. Bro. Milbourne Edward Clark, J.P., P.G.D.
The Assistant Provincial Grand Masters,
W. Bro. Henry Clifford Smith, J.P., P.G.D. W. Bro.
John Tait, M.B.E., P.G.D.
The Provincial Grand Secretary,
W. Bro. Charles Edward Frobisher, P.G.D.
The Chairman of The Charity Committee of The Province
of Yorkshire (West Riding),
W. Bro. Percy Blackburn Henshaw, P.P.G.W.
The Author of this History,
W. Bro. Harold Lawson Simpson, P.P.G.D.
(of The Lodge of Harmony, No. 275).
(3) The seven guests above-named to be listed in due
course on the
Lodge Summons for election as Honorary Members of the
(4) In v i t a t i o ns t o be ext e nd e d t o : -
(a) the Masters of the following Lodges in the Town and
The Lodge of Peace, No. 149. (Meltham).
The Lodge of Harmony, No. 275. (Huddersfield).
Huddersfield Lodge, No. 290. (Huddersfield).
Holme Valley Lodge, No. 652. (Holmfirth).
Thornhill Lodge, No. 1514. (Lindley).
Colne Valley Lodge, No. 1645. (Slaithwaite).
Albert Edward Lodge, No. 1783. (Huddersfield).
Beaumont Lodge, No. 2035. (Kirkburton).
Armitage Lodge, No. 2261. (Milnsbridge).
Brooke Lodge, No. 3608. (Honley).
Connaught Lodge, No. 3800. (Huddersfield).
Unity Lodge, No. 3930. (Huddersfield).
Cambodunum Lodge, No. 3953. (Lindley).
Salarden Lodge, No. 3971. (Milnsbridge).
Concord Lodge, No. 4126. (Huddersfield).
(b) the Presidents of The Huddersfield and District
Masters' Association in 1945 and 1946 : W. Bro. Henry
Vincent Wood, J.P., P.A.G.D.C. W. Bro. Harry
(c) W. Bro. Thomas Smailes, P.P.A.G.D. (P.M. of Brooke
Lodge, No. 3608)The Almoner of The Lodge.
(d) Brethren in the Town and District appointed as
Provincial Grand Lodge (May, 1946) and
(e) W. Bro. F. R. Worts, M.A., P.P.G.D.Hon.
the Province of Yorkshire (West Riding).
(5) The Proceedings at the Festival to include :
(i) A welcome to the Provincial Grand Master and his
(ii) A welcome to the Honorary Members ;
(iii) Presentation of copies of the Published History ;
(iv) Précis of the History by the Author ;
(v) Special Donations to the Masonic Charities ;
(vi) Hearty Greetings by the Visiting Brethren.
(6) A verbatim report of the proceedings, in the Lodge
and at the Banquet
to follow, to be bound and preserved as a permanent
(7) An Illustrated Brochure of the Festival, with details
of the Business
and Proceedings, and the Menu and Toast List at the
follow, to be handed to each Brother present.
Thus each Brother attending and receiving a copy of the
have an interesting souvenir of the auspicious and
Photograph of the Centenary Warrant, 5th December, 1945.
COPY OF THE CENTENARY WARRANT.
TO THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER, WARDENS, OTHER
OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE LODGE OF
TRUTH No. 521 and all others whom it may concern.
WHEREAS it appears by the Records of the Grand Lodge that
on the 3rd
day of December, 1845, a Warrant of Constitution was
granted to certain Brethren
therein named, authorising and empowering them and their
regular Successor s to
hold a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons at the White
Hart Inn, Huddersfield,
Yorkshire, and which Lodge was named The Lodge of Truth
and then numbered
763 on the Register of the Grand Lodge of England AND
WHEREAS in consequence
of the alteration made in the numbers of Lodges in the
year 1863 the said Lodge
became and now stands on the Register as No. 521 meeting
at Freemasons' Hall,
Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield in the County of York,
under the Title or Denomination
THE LODGE OF TRUTH
AND WHEREAS satisfactory proof has been produced of the
of the said Lodge for ONE HUNDRED YEARS dating from the
4th day of December
1845 AND WHEREAS the Brethren composing the said Lodge
desire to be permitted
to wear a COMMEMORATIVE JEWEL and have prayed our
NOW KNOW YE that We having taken the Petition into our
have acceded to their request and in virtue of Our
Prerogative DO HEREBY GIVE
AND GRANT to all and each of the Subscribing Members of
the said Lodge being
Master Masons permission to wear in all our Masonic
Meetings suspended to the
left breast by a Sky Blue Ribbon not exceeding one inch
and a half in breadth a
JEWEL or MEDAL of the pattern or device that we have
already approved as a
CENTENARY JEWEL But such Jewel shall be worn only by
those Brethren who
are bona fide Subscribing Members of the said Lodge and
for so long only as they
shall pay the stipulated Subscription to the funds
thereof and be duly returned as
such to the Grand Lodge of England.
GIVEN at London this 5th day of December. A.L. 5945. A.D.
By Command of the Most Worshipful Grand Master,
The Right Honorable The Earl of Harewood, K.G., etc.,
Sydney A. White, G.S.