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.
It has been a truly successful start for 2022 bringing in four new initiates into the Loyal Manor Lodge No. 6445. It has been a while since we have had so many Entered Apprentices at one time and it was great to see the North East corner so well represented. We are also lucky to have, and warmly welcome, two new joining members.
Pictured below. W.Bro Richard Brewer, Bro. Sam Wynne, Bro. Charlie Ellis, WM Selwyn Williams, W.Bro Derek Sawtell, Bro. Stuart Johnson, Bro. George Dacey and Bro. Gavin Anderson Terry.
The Loyal manor Lodge 6445 are happy to welcome a third candidate in 2022 Stuart Johnson. Stuart made it three Initiations in a row and a great line up in the North East corner with his new made brothers Charlie and Sam.
Pictured here are WM Selwyn Williams, Bro. Stuart Johnson and W.Bro Derek Sawtell
The Loyal manor Lodge 6445 are happy to welcome a second candidate in 2022 Sam Wynne. It is great to see new initiates together and these two new members have been very patient as they both applied to join in 2019 before the pandemic.
Pictured here is W.Bro Derek Sawtell, EA Charlie Ellis, EA Sam Wynne and WM W.Bro Selwyn Williams.
The Loyal Manor lodge welcome Charlie Ellis as our first initiation since Loyal Manor restarted meeting, post pandemic. The evening was extra special as Charlie’s obligation was carried out by his Grandfather W.Bro Derek Sawtell who is also our Lodge Almoner.