The Lodge of Peace held its Centenary meeting at the Masonic Hall, Hoyle Court Baildon on 11th November 2019.
The centenary meeting was graced by the Presence of the Provincial Grand Master Rt.W.Bro David Pratt and his provincial escort led by W.Bro Ian Smith, Provincial Director of Ceremonies. Almost 80 Brethren were present at this special meeting.
A history of the Lodge of Peace was given by W.Bro Mike Astley.
The Provincial Grand Master informed the W.M. W.Bro Ian Paterson and his Brethren that the Lodge had provided evidence of 100 years continuous membership of Grand Lodge and accordingly a Centenary Warrant could be issued.
The Centenary warrant was read out by the Acting Provincial Grand Secretary W. Bro Colin Symes. The Provincial Grand Master presented the Centenary Warrant to the W.M. with his usual good humour and affection. The W.M. suitably responded.
The members of the Lodge of Peace assembled in the north of the Temple. As their names were called, they stepped forward to the pedestal and were presented with specially commissioned Centenary breast jewels by the Provincial Grand Master.
The Acting Provincial Grand Chaplain W.Bro Revd Roger Quick delivered an excellent Oration. He took us back 100 years and explained how Freemasonry had survived a year after the end of the Great War when the Lodge of Peace was consecrated. A thought provoking and reflective talk reminded us that our beliefs in the Three Grand Principles had not changed in the last 100 years. Humorous anecdotes and comparisons with modern times in Freemasonry made this Oration a most enjoyable and enlightening experience for everyone present.
W.Bro Phil Taylor, Lodge of Peace Charity Steward presented a cheque to the Provincial Grand Master in the sum of £3988, the Lodge of Peace Grand Lodge number. The Provincial Grand Master enthusiastically thanked the Brethren for their generous donation and said the money would be put to good use within Masonic Charities. The Brethren loudly applauded.
The festive board was a held in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with plenty of banter and laughter. The usual toasts and speeches were supplemented by a toast to The Lodge of Peace and the next 100 years.