On the 20th January 2023, Twelve Brothers of the The Loyal Manor Lodge No:6445 visited The Portsmouth Lodge No:487 of the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Our Worshipful Master W.Bro Derek Sawtell was received as an official guest alongside the WM of Bishopswood Lodge No:7920 by the Worshipful Master W.Bro Kevin Hunt of The Portsmouth Lodge.
There is a strong family link between the two lodges with Bro Steve Watkin who has five family and friends in The Portsmouth Lodge, pictured below is Bro. Steve Watkin sitting with his father Ed Watkin, who has been in Freemasonry for more than 40 years.
Our Worshipful Master and his Wife Anne celebrated Christmas with the Brethren of Loyal Manor in style. The evening culminated in singing several carols and of course the legendary Twelve Days of Christmas bringing the house down. A big thank you to all those who organised and setup the evening and also great thanks to W.Bro. Sartin for our carol music.
Christmas kicked off for Loyal Manor with a min-bus trip to the Exeter German Market the first weekend of December. A group of sixteen took the day to enjoy the German Market and all that it offers with a slap up meal on the return journey.
All had a great time … the merriment in the restaurant was going so strong it was hard to leave and head home. Merry Christmas Loyal Manor.
Three members of the Loyal Manor Lodge and spent a great evening at the Grand Ball in Bournemouth with their partners. W. Bro. Graham Cook and Wendy, W.Bro. Chris Barrett and Carole and W.Bro. Mike Lambourne and Marion enjoyed the celebrations.
On the 29th October 2022 W/Bro Brian Barton, PGStB of the Loyal Manor Lodge 6445, was invited to visit the ” Musket, Pike, and Drum Lodge 9906 at Alton in the Province of Hampshire, to present them with one of his specially made cable tows, which are now becoming known not only across the country but across parts of the world.
Brian was accompanied by W/Bro’s Graham Cook, Derek Pile, and Roger Hart, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed themselves at this lovely and somewhat unusual meeting of a travelling re-enactment Lodge. During the meeting they performed a double initiation. The clothing that some officers wished to wear was dependent on the re-enactors area of interest, which varied widely from Nelson and Trafalger to King Richard III and the battle of Bosworth Fields.
Brian also had the pleasure of presenting a GL Certificate to one of their more recent members.
All in all a brilliant day, finishing up with an excellent festive board. W.Bro Graham Cook
Congratulations to Derek Sawtell and also a thank you for taking the role of WM for the second time for the Loyal Manor Lodge. It was a great evening with many stepping up to the next level also after three years supporting W.Bro Selwyn Williams. Derek is pictures here with his new Wardens Gavin and David before celebrating further at the Festive Board.
The evening was also noted for a presentation to John Halford for forty years in Freemasonry, receiving a certificate and a whiskey glass, which John promised to put to good use 😉
September 29th 2022, Chris Barrett met Bro Jason Harding who took him on a tour of the Grand Lodge of California in San Francisco. First Chris presented Jason with the Grand Lodge of California Nautical Cable Tow, especially crafted by WBro Brian Barton, for the occasion. Jason gladly accepted the Nautical Cable Tow on behalf of the Grand Master M.W. Jeff Wilkins and placed it on his desk during the walk around of the building. A history of Californian Freemasonry was explained and included a variety of handmade aprons and an impressive scale model of Kings Solomons temple which dominated the first floor office complex.
The last meeting of our WM, W. Bro. Selwyn Williams, before the Installation of the Master Elect in October, was held the Friday evening of the 23rd September. This has been a marathon run, heading the Loyal Manor Lodge since his Installation in October 2019, just a few months before the pandemic and lockdown.
Selwyn responded to the IPM’s toast with a great speech, culminating in a fine round of applause from members and visitors. This piece of history will be logged on the roll of honour of Past Masters of the Lodge.
The evening was made all the more special with a presentation made by the PPGM RW Bro. Harry Barnes who praised the Lodge for it’s convivial atmosphere.
We congratulate two Loyal Manor members who were presented with a gift and certificate for more than 40 years in Freemasonry, WBro. David Seall and WBro. Paul Reed
A great evening to end three tough, but memorable, years
BRIAN BARTON OF LOYAL MANOR LODGE NO. 6445 AT PORTLAND IS SUPPORTING THE DORSET FESTIVAL 2025 IN HIS OWN SPECIAL WAY. BRIAN IS A FORMER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER IN THE ROYAL NAVY AND IS USING HIS SEAFARING SKILLS TO PRODUCE CUSTOM-MADE NAUTICAL CABLE-TOWS FOR LODGES. THE CABLE-TOWS ARE MADE FROM SEAMAN’S KNOTS WITH PERSONALISED FREEMASONRY SIGNIFICANCE. THEY ARE FULLY FUNCTIONAL AND PERFECT TO ADORN CANDIDATES FOR MANY YEARS
To date Brian has made over four hundred individual nautical cable-tows which have been sent to Lodges around the globe. As a consequence, Loyal Manor Lodge has received glowing endorsements from Lodges, masonic museums and private collections, Lodges belonging to the Grand Lodge of England, the Grand Lodges of Ireland and Scotland, South and West Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
The original version was finished using white rope, signifying purity and Innocence. However, at the request of Lodges most cable-tows are now adorned with regiment, unit, university, school and Lodge banner colours. They come complete with an explanation certificate and presentation pack, making it a great gift.
Brian will gladly make you a presentation nautical cable-tow, unique to your Lodge in return for a donation to the Masonic Charitable Foundation Charity.
For more information please use the CONTACT facility on our Lodge website: loyalmanorlodge.org/nautical-cable-tow
Chris Barrett made a donation of £280 on behalf of the lodge to the Veterans Hub and had great pleasure in visiting them and having a catch-up tour with Andy Price, the founder and Director. The facilities have developed greatly since Chris last visited in March 2020 and now includes a gym, an outdoor vegetable garden, a cafe and dining area. The premises also includes a shop which looks on to the Portland Road, which has since been converted into a large office and includes a physiotherapy room.
The photo includes Andy and Gavin Sandford, a Veteran who attended our June dining in night. Gavin was Initiated in 2000, is a Past Master of the Yeatman Biggs Lodge 2672 in London and is also a holder of London Grand Rank. Chris will be working more closely with the Veterans Hub, not just because of the connection to Gavin and because of the variety of Veterans within the lodge, but because of the increasingly diverse support services which they provide to meet so many needs.