Brian Ward Price was born in 1942 in London, where his father was serving with the Air Ministry. However, his roots have so far been traced back to the late 16th Century in Devon, Shropshire,Worcestershire and Yorkshire. His family spent some years in India, but eventually settled inHarrogate in 1954 where he was educated at Harrogate Grammar School.
After University in Manchester, he worked briefly as an industrial chemist in the textile industry, but in 1963 joined the Royal Air Force as a Supply Officer.
Over the years he also became an air transport specialist, an operations research analyst and computer modeller, and a Management Consultant in various Information Technology fields.
He held corporate Membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellowship of the Institute of Management.
His Air Force career, lasting nearly 34 years, took him not only to many parts of the United Kingdom but also to Malaya, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Germany with a final tour working with NATO and the European Community in Belgium.
He was appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1992 and retired from the RAF in 1997.
He now lives in Harrogate, North Yorkshire with his wife Julia, a retired Junior School Teacher, whom he married in 1968. They have two children, Owen, (born 1971), and Eleanor, (born 1975); both are graduates and Owen is a Chemical Engineer and Eleanor is a doula and mother to Brian and Julia's three grandchildren.
His hobbies and interests, besides Freemasonry, have included Gliding, Flying, instructing scouts, and genealogy, archaeology, classical music, walking, camping, and travel
"The PGM telephoned W Bro. David Child on the 16th June to congratulate him on attaining 60 years of membership of the Craft. History may have been made as the PGM promoted W Bro. Child to the rank of PPJGW on the 'phone, during the call."
During the 1950s, I attended several social functions at the Lodge of Friendship with my father, so after National Service, I spoke to him about joining the Lodge. I was initiated in June 1960.
In 1961 I was married and subsequently have had four children, two girls and two boys. I now have twelve Grandchildren and two Great Grandsons.
In March 1963, I was exalted in the Chapter of Faith and 11 June 1970, I was installed as a Knight by my Father into St. Laurence Preceptory.
In the 1960s the Lodge, which was strong with over 70 members, had a full-time stewardess with the Lodge. Meals being brought in and having to be carried up from the cellar by the stewards. It was two plates at a time until we obtained the stands which carried 5 plates. The steps were very uneven, so it was a miracle that there were no accidents!
In the early 60s, we had a visitor to the Lodge who was in the Black Watch regiment, and he gave a talk on Masonry in Cyprus. He was there at the same time as myself, and I wished I had been a mason at that time.
In those days we did not have very many Social Functions, just a Children's party and a Ladies evening. The Children's party was always a huge success for upwards of 70 children. The ladies of the Lodge provided the tea while the children were entertained by a Professional Entertainer. After tea, there was a film show followed by Games and further Entertainment from the Entertainer. Carols were then sung, and Father Christmas came in on a sledge pushed by the Junior brethren. After the children, grandchildren, etc. had gone home, then there was a social for the remaining brethren.
During the year there was a Ladies night where visitors came and a good night was had by all. Dependant on the WM there may be a ladies night for Brethren and their Lady only in November. It was on such an occasion when as Chief Steward I had to inform the WM Herman Jarvis of the assassination of the American President John F Kennedy.
In due time our stewardess retired and as no one was available to be appointed their quarters were incorporated into the Lodge. The Dining Room became bigger, The meals were provided by an outside caterer but prepared at ground level, and the stewards did not distribute the meal!! In recent years the bar lounge has been altered and extended so a member of the 60/70s would not recognise it now.
December 1973 was a little different for at the Installation the WM. The SW and I as JW were appointed but we three were all Lewises whose fathers were active in the Lodge.
In November 1976 we celebrated W.Bro Clifford Haigh's 50 years in Freemasonry. It was for me worse than an Installation for we had not only the Dep.PGM but the ASSISTANT PGMS. David Welch was only a Grand Lodge officer then. I felt sorry for the Prov. Charity Rep. who had to give a talk on Provincial Charities!!
Tragically during my time in the Lodge, I have seen two W Brethren Pass away, one while I was WM.
In 1977 I was IPM when the Treasurer W. Bro Priestley Carbutt fell ill, and I was asked to take over as Treasurer.
We three Lewises decided that all surpluses from Social Functions would go into a special reserve account so that there was money available to maintain our Lodge Premises, rather than reduce Lodge Subs. This I am pleased to say has continued with the current brethren, so the Lodge is in a reasonably healthy position.
Besides being Treasurer I have also been assistant Secretary, Secretary, Auditor & Organist. The Lodge was fortunate to have 2 Organists so W Bro. Alan Clough and I were appointed and played when the other wasn't available. I have been the full-time organist for the last 20 years.
In 1985 I received a promotion to PPDepDofC and in 2000 to PPGR.
In 2010 I was delighted to have W Bro. Stuart G. Carley, to present me with my 50 years Certificate. This was a most enjoyable occasion.
In 2017 I was admitted to the hospital with a second dose of Bowel Cancer. I decided that travelling to Cleckheaton from Bingley was too far for me as well as the brethren to me. I played for the Installation in the December and then wrote my letter of resignation from the Lodge. It was a wonderful surprise to receive a reply asking if I would accept Honorary Membership; wonderful as I know that the Lodge does not give out Honorary membership lightly. I have played for their Installations and special ceremonies and accepted this wonderful gift.
I looked at the Lodges in Bingley and decided to join Shirley Lodge no 4978 This was approved in April 2019 and I was admitted in Sept. 2019 and am now the Almoner.
I was looking forward to the PGM presenting me with my 60 years certificate so my mother Lodge could enjoy the ceremony along with my new Lodge. Perhaps this may happen next year.
John Terrence (Terry) Hobson was initiated into Hillsborough Lodge No. 5444 on 8th March 1960, having been proposed by his father, W Bro A.E. (Jack) Hobson who was himself initiated into Hillsborough Lodge in 1944. Terry was passed in the May and raised in October of 1960 making steady progress through the long ladder of offices to be installed as WM in January 1975. He was appointed as PPDeputy Grand Sword Bearer in 1984, with promotion to PPJGW in 1993. Terry had been exalted into Hillsborough Royal Arch Chapter No.5444 in March 1973, installed as Z in 1980, appointed as PPAssistant Grand Scribe E in 1987 and promoted to PPGrand Scribe N in 1995, a reflection of his commitment to Sheffield Freemasonry which, has included him holding the position of President of Sheffield Royal Arch Council.
During his time in masonry Terry realised that he had made many early connections in life, having attended Oakwood prep school alongside W Bro Venon Outram, late of Royal Brunswick, before moving on to Ecclesfield Grammar School (which the late R W Bro JK Clayton also attended) – gaining his School Certificate and Higher School Certificate. Terry then went into the RAF on national service and then on to RAF signals working mainly on V.H.F. D/F (Radar was not in general use at that time). Demob was delayed for 6 months owing to the start of the Korean War, but on his discharge, Terry followed his father into the butchery business. A career he continued through to his retirement on age 71.
Terry was married in 1960 to Shirley, who sadly passed away suddenly in 2011. They have two daughters and four grand-children.
Unfortunately for Terry, Hillsborough Lodge handed back its warrant at the end of 2019, but to allow him to continue to enjoy his freemasonry and provide an outlet for his experience he joined Royal Brunswick Lodge No. 296 which meets in Sheffield and preparations had been made for everyone to celebrate his being presented with his 60th Jubilee Certificate. As we are all too aware those celebrations had to be postponed, but the lodge does intend to honour W Bro Hobson when ‘normality’ is resumed in order that we can hear more of his adventures.
W. Bro Kenneth G. Ogden PPJGW C.Chem, M.R.S.C., M.I.Mech E., F InstGas Eng., F. Inst.
W. Bro Ken Ogden was educated at Doncaster Grammar School where he passed 9 School Certificate examinations. Not satisfied with these he went on to become qualified as a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Chartered Gas Engineer, Chartered Enery Engineer , Government Senior Scientific Intelligence Officer and a Civil Defence Rescue Instructor. Still not satisfied Ken went on to become President of the Yorkshire Gas Managers Assoc in 1968, Honorary Member of the Yorkshire Gas Managers Assoc. in 1985 (and still retains his membership), National Chairman of the Gas Managers Assoc of Great Britain 1974-6, he was also a Council Member of Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers 1973-6. His career with British Gas spanned 48 years which gave him responsibilities all over our area covering Nottinghamshire, South & West Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
W. Bro Ken began his masonic career on the 3rd May 1960 when he was initiated into Abbey Lodge No. 624 Burton upon Trent. During this time he was a visitor to Rotherwood Lodge 4392 on many occasions. After spending 12 years at Abbey Lodge progressing up the ladder he eventually joined Rotherwood Lodge 4392 occupying all offices before becoming Master of the Lodge in 1980.
Following his time in the chair W. Bro Ken occupied most of the senior positions within the lodge :
- Treasurer for 7 years - Director of Ceremonies for 2 years - Almoner for 7 years
He has presented the 2nd Degree Tracing Board on more than 15 occasions and has represented the lodge as VP of the Rotherham Installed Master’s Association in 1994 then becoming President in 1997.
Ken is a stalwart of our Lodge and can be relied on to fill any office when required. His commitment is second to none whether it be at a regular lodge meeting or a practice which he very rarely misses. W. Ken received his just rewards by being promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1996.
Of course his masonic work isn’t limited to the Craft. In 1988 he was exalted into Phoenix Chapter 904. After again occupying all offices he was installed as 1st Principal in 1999 and achieved Provincial Honours as Past Provincial Grand Scribe N in 2010. He became a founder member of the South Yorkshire Chapter of Installed Principals No 9633 in 2003, president of S.R.R.A.C. 2009-10. In his “spare” time he became chairman of Rotherham 41 Club, Chairman Rotherham Probus Club, Chairman Wickersley, Probus Club. If that’s not enough W. Bro Ken is a keen gardener (his plumbs are ledgendry) and at one time was the keeper of 50 Australian Parakeets. Once again Ken we congratulate and thank you for 60 years of work, commitment and support not only to Rotherwood but to the whole masonic community. You have been and continue to be a fine example of all that the masonic movement stands for and you are the best of role models for any “junior” brother.
Somewhat to my surprise, and to that of many others I suspect, Ian was born and bred in Macclesfield but, sadly his Father died when he was six and the family moved to Glasgow whence his Mother hailed. He completed his schooling and took up an apprenticeship at a Steelworks, which then enabled him to train as an Engineer with British Bakeries where his whole working life was spent, but in numerous locations, finally West Yorkshire in 1989.
His Masonic journey began when he was, on the 9th October 1969, Initiated into Lodge Tollcross No 1194, Glasgow. Advancement into the Mark lodge then followed on 4th June 1970 hence his fifty years is now complete. Work took him to Kirkcaldy where he was exalted into Royal Arch Masonry at Kirkcaldy Chapter No 97. He also joined Oswald of Dunnikier Lodge No. 468 where he became Master in 1987 and at the same time 1st Principal at Kirkcaldy Chapter and under this banner he was Installed as the W.M. of the Mark Lodge. In March 1991 he became a member of Horsford Lodge No. 5339 having established his move to West Yorkshire, subsequently taking early retirement in 2006, and became the W.M. in April 2000, later becoming the Lodge Secretary in 2002, a post he still holds. Very sadly his wife, Iris, died in 2013, but after a period of reflection he was prevailed upon by long-time friend Barry Massam to join Wharfedale Mark Lodge in April 2015 where he was subsequently Installed as WM in 2018. Shortly after that both Barry, and sadly missed friend Graham Cooper, proposed him into White Rose Lodge No. 77, Allied Masonic Degree.
In March 2017 his good friend John Clough supported by R.W.Bro. Jim Steggles “persuaded” him that he really wanted to join Claro Lodge of Royal Ark Mariner No. 525, he enjoyed it so much he became a founder member of the Rugby Football Lodge of RAM No. 1965 the following year. By now he had lost the ability to say no and the late David Cordell, District Grand Master for RSM, asked him if he would be his next District Recorder for West Yorkshire. When it was pointed out that he was not a member, the reply was “Oh that’s not a problem” and neither was it as by the following meeting in August of 2018 he was appointed and invested as District Grand Recorder. This was just before he was appointed and Invested in November 2018 as Provincial Assistant Grand Scribe E, an office he still holds. By January 2019 Cloughie, once again, convinced him to join Secret Monitor and introduced him into Claro True Friendship Secret Monitor No.4. Ian is a very enthusiastic and committed Freemason, a jovial, friendly character welcomed wherever he goes, long may it continue, Congratulations on achieving this superb milestone.
A short history of the foundation of Beacon Lodge by W Bro. Malcolm Priestley PPGReg, mostly taken from an article written in 1960 by the late W Bro. Cyril Sunderland PPJGD.
Beacon Lodge is the daughter Lodge of De Warren No. 1302 and was consecrated at St. John’s Place, Halifax on the 4th June 1920 by Sir William Raynor JP PGM with 11 PMs 12 Brethren and 13 additional Brethren present (all former members of De Warren Lodge), as well as many other Brethren and visitors.
De Warren Lodge had been constituted in 1870, sponsored by its mother Lodge St. James’s No. 448. In the early 1900s De Warren joined St. John’s as joint owners of the Masonic Hall at Blackwall.
By 1919 De Warren had 132 members.
De Warren had applied for Beacon Lodge to be accommodated at Blackwall, but permission was refused by the joint owner Lodges of Blackwall, and preliminary arrangements were made for Beacon to meet in premises belonging to South Ward Liberal Club in Brunswick Street and Hopwood Lane, Halifax “on the 4th Friday of the month”. But these premises were sold for a tramway club and Beacon never did meet there and agreement was reached for the use of a room at St. John’s Place.
An exceptionally large influx of members into De Warren 1302 during the period at the end of the first World War (one WM initiated no fewer than 24 Brethren during his year of office in 1918-19, giving 78 obligations at 41 Lodges) increased the membership of De Warren Lodge to 132 by the end of 1919. The formation of a daughter Lodge therefore became almost inevitable. A petition for a Warrant was applied for on the 8th December 1919, with 23 petitioning Founders, all members of De Warren Lodge.
Fortunately agreement was reached for the use of the Lodge and practice room at St. John’s Place by the new Beacon Lodge. Beacon Lodge was consecrated in this Lodge Room on Friday, 4th June 1920 by Sir William Rayner PGM. From De Warren there were present 11 Past Masters and 12 Brethren as Founders and 13 additional Brethren, being Master Masons of less than 3 years standing and consequently unqualified as founders, but proposed at the time of the Consecration for Membership as "Founding Members' and elected at the subsequent Lodge. All these 36 Brethren were members of De Warren Lodge and Beacon Lodge must remain forever indebted to its Mother Lodge for the sure foundation laid by these numerous Foundation Members.
Few Lodges can have had for its first WM a finer Freemason than WBro Arthur Alderson. Initiated in De Warren Lodge in Dec.1889, he occupied the Chair in 1895 and during his year as WM initiated Sam Naylor who became the first IPM of Beacon Lodge. He served Beacon Lodge as WM for 17 months to bring the Installation date to November. When he relinquished office the Lodge presented him with silver Fruit Stand in appreciation of his services. His 14 Candidates also presented him with a silver Salver, engraved with their signatures, amongst them two Past Masters and that of the celebrated tenor Walter Widdop. The details of W Bro Alderson’s cabinet making business are recorded in Malcolm Bull’s Calderdale Companion.
The Consecration procedure of the new Lodge by the PGM and his team and the Festive Board thereafter are recorded in the Consecration/Banquet booklet, copies of which are still in the Lodge archives. The Festive Board was indeed a banquet with 6 courses including soup, fish, and steak jardinière, roast lamb/roast beef/beacon pudding with custard, cheese and biscuits! And a hundred Brethren!
Beacon Lodge moved to Southwood in Halifax in the early 1990s, where we had hoped to celebrate our Centenary on Thursday the 4th June this year, exactly 100 years since our foundation. Many more facts relating to the history of the Lodge remain to be formally recorded. Under the present emergency a proper celebration of the Centenary event has been postponed, however at a “Zoom” virtual meeting of the Lodge on 4th June 2020 it was possible to remind ourselves of the event 100 years ago of the original consecration. Much water has passed under the bridge since 1920 and there is much to relate from the history of the Lodge during the years 1920 to 2020, which I hope someday to record in an appropriate manner.
In spite of the tragic consequences of the conflict of WW1, the influenza epidemics of 1918-19, the Second World War, other economic downturns and health issues, Beacon rose to a membership of 75 at its height in the 1950s and 1960s. Membership is not so numerous now, but as the past shows, the future can bring upturns and reward unknown to those who steadfastly carry the banner through hardship and distress. MI Priestley, in grateful acknowledgment to Cyril Sunderland.