Saturday, 17 March 2018

Masons commemorate foundation stone

FREEMASONS in Henley have renewed their connection with Shiplake Memorial Hall.

The hall was built in memory of villagers who had lost their lives in the First World War.

On July 18, 1925, several members of Thames Lodge, the only masonic craft lodge in Henley at that time, marched in full regalia to the site to witness the laying of the foundation stone.

Worshipful master “Tommie” Nash and Mark Weyland, deputy provincial grand master for Oxfordshire, took part in the ceremony. During the hall’s modernisation project last year the present members of the lodge decided to make a donation to mark the connection. Seven members were present at an informal gathering before the hall management committee’s annual meeting last week.

They saw the foundation stone, which was re-set in a prominent position during the refurbishment, and lodge secretary Stephen Quant presented a cheque for £250 to Rachel Lloyd, who chairs the committee.

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