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Zetland Lodge 561
Meet 3rd Wednesday September to May. 7 00pm
—Installation 3rd Saturday January 3.15pm
History of Zetland Lodge
In the mid 1800s a young Scottish doctor set up practice in Stokesley. John Hepburn Handyside had been a member of the Lodge of St Andrew, Edinburgh. His zeal and interest led to the establishment of Cleveland Lodge, and Zetland Lodge two years later. The Lodge was named after the Most Worshipful Grand Master, the Honourable Thomas Dundas, second Earl of Zetland.
Zetland Lodge was consecrated on Wednesday June 13 1849 at the Cock Inn in Guisborough (now occupied by the NatWest Bank). Seven members and eighteen visitors were present. Bro John Handyside was installed as WM, Bros George Wray as SW, and Bro Joseph Penistan as JW. The appointment of other officers was deferred until a subsequent Lodge. Five new members were balloted for and initiated. The new initiates paid their fee of Four Guineas each to the secretary, until a Treasurer could be appointed. The minutes conclude ‘the Brethren partook of a sumptuous banquet provided by Bro Henry Watson. They passed the evening in convivial Harmony and afterwards departed in brotherly love’.
On August 13 1863 the number of the lodge was altered from 820 to its present number 561 on the register of the United Grand lodge of England. Meetings continued in the Cock Inn until 1874 when the present Masonic Hall was built, where meeting have been held since. Meetings were initially held in the lodge room downstairs, but in 1914 a new lodge room was added upstairs. It was first used on September 16 1914, and has been used ever since.
Zetland Lodge celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday June 18 1949, opened by the Worshipful Master W. Bro. J. Darrell Buttery. After deputations were received from four neighbouring Lodges, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W. Bro Locklin Harrison, gave a speech ‘worthy of the occasion’. Bro. The Revd A. Gillies Wilken delivered an Oration which ’will surely find a permanent niche in the memories o those who were privileged to hear it’ .The lodge was closed and Brethren adjoined to the Carlton hall for dinner. (The Carlton Hall became a cinema, and is now the Health club).
A week later on Sunday June 26 1949 a Special Masonic Service was held at the Parish Church, Guisborough. The service was conducted by Bro. The Revd A. Gillies Wilken, and the sermon was given by the lord Bishop of Whitby (Very Worshipful Bro The Rt. Rev H Badderley).
At 1443rd meeting on June 12 1999, Zetland lodge celebrated its 150th Anniversary. Present were the worshipful Master, R. A. Heath, together with 21 officers, 24 members and 49 visitors from 19 different lodges. The Lodge was honoured by the presence of the Provincial Grand Master, Rt. W. Bro. his honour judge Gerald J. K. Coles along with his Provincial team and several senior provincial officers of the year. Over its first 150 years, Zetland
Lofthouse Lodge 6357
Lofthouse Lodge Meet, 2nd Thursday March to December 7.00pm
Installation October 5 15pm
“A meeting was held in the Town Hall, Loftus, on Friday the 21st. Of December 1945…for the founding of a new Craft Lodge for the Loftus area of the Province of the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire… and all present were unanimous that there was a need for a New Lodge and it was decided that progress be made to this end.”
Thus begin the minutes of the first meeting of those who were to be Founders and Lofthouse Lodge, sponsored by Zetland Lodge No. 561, was consecrated on Saturday October 12th., 1946, at the Cleveland Technical Institute, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
An Agreement had been entered into with the Agent of the Zetland Estates Company “in respect of hiring some of the rooms in the Town Hall Loftus for the purpose of holding Lodge Meetings”, initially for a period of seven years, and Lofthouse Lodge met in Loftus Town Hall until removing to Guisborough in 1974.
Lofthouse Lodge celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1996 and continues to meet in Freemasons Hall, Guisborough, on the second Thursday of each month, except January and February.
Enquiries are welcome from gentlemen interested in becoming members.
Old Guisborian Lodge 7793
Old Guisborian Lodge Meet 4th Friday, March, April, May, September, October, at 7.00pm
Installation 4th Saturday November 4.00 pm.
Guisborough Grammar School was endowed by Robert Pursglove, the last Prior of Guisborough in 1561. The original Charter (25th June) bearing the signature of Queen Elizabeth 1 and the Great Seal of England is still preserved and can be seen at the School (now a Sixth Form College).
Linked to the Grammar School was a flourishing Old Boys’ Association. The idea of an Old Boys’ Masonic Lodge had been discussed many times over the years by members of the Association and to coincide with the School’s Quatercentenary, in 1961, the Old Guisborian Lodge No 7793 obtained its Charter on 13th September 1961.
On Saturday, February 10th 1962, the Consecration of the new Lodge took place in the School Hall, followed by a banquet for 240 guests in the Church Hall, Guisborough, at a cost of 13/6d. (67p) each. The Consecration was performed by The Most Hon. The Marquess of Zetland, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master and Worshipful Brother J.D. Buttery, PPGSuptWorks was installed as the first Worshipful Master. The Initiation fee was £25 and the Joining fee £9. The Lodge started with 27 Members from several local Lodges.
Development In 1970, Guisborough Grammar School was reorganised and named Prior Pursglove Sixth Form College, into which girls were admitted. Originally, membership of the Lodge was restricted to Old Boys’ of the School and to those closely connected to it. In 1973, it was decided, with some reluctance, to remove this restriction and today the Lodge welcomes applications from any suitable gentleman.
The April 2012 meeting. The Lodge celebrated its 50 year anniversary
Present were the Worshipful Master D.W. Watson, together with 36 members and 58 visitors from 17 different Lodges,
The Lodge was honoured by the presence of W Bro. Barry Hill PPSGW representing the RW Provincial Grand Master accompanied by W Bro Steve Beddow PPGStwd as Director of Ceremonies.