Newbury Masonic Centre,
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Thatcham Lodge was consecrated by VWBro Brigadier E W C Flavell Deputy PGM, on the 31st of October 1966. In the late 1950’s a number of members of various Lodges which met in Newbury but lived in Thatcham started to hold informal rehearsals in Thatcham. When a Brother became the landlord of a local hostelry he offered the use of an upstairs room, and a more formal class of instruction was formed under the guidance of WBro A E C Mooring.
This grew into the idea of forming Thatcham Lodge. There were twenty-four founders, the first Worshipful Master being WBro Mooring. The first new members initiated by the Lodge were Donald Roy White, later to become Provincial Grand Treasurer, and David Stewart Wood – aptly, a stonemason!
The Lodge emblem was designed by WBro Laurie Turner, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 101. The emblem features a gobbet, or sheaf, of corn, which was part of the arms of the manor of Thatcham held in medieval times by the Earl of Salisbury. The River Kennet runs through this estate, hence the ‘two bands wavy’. These, together with the corn and water are heraldically and Masonically appropriate. They are supported by the Square and Compasses.
The Lodge banner, featuring the emblem, was dedicated in 1980, in memory of late Brethren Mooring, Vallis and Marshall. It was renovated in 2016 as part of the Lodge 50th Anniversary celebrations.
At the Installation meeting on 26th October 1987 the new Master was WBro Samuel Jones, 90 years of age!
The Lodge celebrated the 50th Anniversary in 2016, under the leadership of WBro John Avery, a Freemason for more than 50 years.
Meetings are held at the Newbury Masonic centre on the fourth Monday in October, November, the third Monday in December, and the fourth Monday in January, February, March and April.