11th May 2023

The brethren of the Aelfric Lodge welcomed Bro. David Braun as a joining member, the WM then proceeded to invest him as Junior Deacon for the year.

This was followed by a demonstration of an Initiation with Bro. Jack White (SD) acting as the candidate for the evening. Several of the brethren stood in as acting officers with notable contributions from Bro. Nick Woodwards presenting the working tools, W.Bro. Simon Escott entrusting the candidate, W.Bro. Roger Hazelden putting the candidates principles to the test and the Charge given by W.Bro. Kevin Sellman.

The successful ceremony was followed by a superb festive board where the Brethren sang Happy Birthday to W.Bro. Bob Bryant for his 70th birthday this week.

Officers of Aelfric Lodge May 2023 from left to right: W.Bro. Roger Hazelden (acting SD), W.Bro. Klaus Hodge (Almoner) Bro. Nick Woodwards (IG), Bro. David Braun (JD), W.Bro. Peter Leaver (Secretary), W.Bro. Kevin Sellman (acting SW), Bro. Jack White (acting Cand), W.Bro. Neil Wisbey (IPM), W.Bro. Bob Buckingham (WM), W.Bro. Ray Calleja (Treasurer), Bro. Jeff Glenister (JW), W.Bro. Peter Hodge (Chaplain), W.Bro. Cliff Ward (DC), W.Bro. Simon Escott (ADC)

6th May 2023

The Worshipful Master and Brethren of Aelfric Lodge of Freemasons No 8926 in The Province of Oxfordshire, congratulate His Majesty King Charles III on his Coronation.

2023 Installation

13th April 2023 the Lodge held its first meeting of our Masonic year the Installation with W.Bro Robert Buckingham PPrGSwdB being proclaimed as Worshipful Master for his 2nd successive year. He proceeded to install his officers in his usual proficient manner and a superb evening was had by all of the 52 Brethren present. W.Bro. Eugene Gratwohl PrJGW represented the PGM joined us and presented 3 Grand Lodge certificates in a splendid manner to Bros. Stephen Evatt, Neil Williams and Nicholas Woodwards.

The evening was completed by a fantastic festive board with the usual Woodstock fayre provided by Lorraine Ward and her wonderful team.

W.Bro. Eugene Gratwohl PrJGW congratulating W.Bro. Robert Buckingham PPrGSwdB after a wonderful meeting.
The Worshipful Master, supported by his officers of the year and the Lodge’s two Founding Members, presenting two charity cheques of £300.00 each to W.Bros. Nick Chaitow & Roger Hazelden as representatives for the following Charities – Headway, a UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury by providing vital support and information services and Daybreak – a registered charity that helps vulnerable members of our society, particularly children and young people at risk of neglect or abuse.”

aelfric burns night supper

Saturday 28th January 2023

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Carol Service 2022

Aelfric Lodge held its annual Carol Service on Friday evening, 2nd December 2022 at Woodstock Masonic Hall.  A total of 65 masons, wives, partners and friends attended and a thoroughly enjoyable evening it was. A four course meal with turkey and all the trimmings was consumed, provided by Lorraine and her helpers, and afterwards Peter Smith, our guest organist, entertained us with carols which were sung in good voice by all assembled and with solo renditions from Mrs Lou Woodwards.  Father Christmas and his Elf helper arrived to distribute a present to everyone before the evening concluded.

The following Sunday morning, 4th December, brethren of the Lodge, having had Saturday to recover from the Friday evening, again assembled in the Dining Hall at Woodstock for the Annual General Meeting of the Lodge and afterwards enjoyed sherry, mince pies and coffee.  A very good beginning to the coming Festive Season.

23RD NOVember 2022

W/Bro Robert Buckingham PPrGSwdB, Worshipful Master of Aelfric Lodge No. 8926 preparing to enter the Temple  at Woodstock Masonic Hall on Wednesday 23rd November 2022 for a very interesting and enjoyable 38th Lodge of Instruction Festival lecture entitled “The Symbolism of the Three Degrees.” 

Also pictured above are W/Bro Ray Calleja P.Pr.G.Swd.B  and Bro Jeff Glenister acting Junior Warden and just behind him acting Senior Warden W/Bro David Brown P.Pr.G.Std.B

The Province was represented by W/Bro Swaylie Forrest Pr.J.G.D.

Following the meeting a most satisfactory 4 course meal was served in the Dining room where the brethren enjoyed a lot of chatter and laughter and all said what an excellent evening it had been.

10th September 2022

The Worshipful Master and Brethren of the Aelfric Lodge No 8926

congratulate His Royal Highness on his proclamation and confirm our allegiance to King Charles III.

God save the King

A message from W.Bro. Bob Buckingham

The Worshipful Master and Brethren of the Aelfric Lodge No 8926 in the Province of Oxfordshire would like to pay their last sad tribute of respect to departed merit to Queen Elizabeth II. They join the Royal Family and the Nation in their grief and offer their heartfelt condolences.

The latest pictures from the Woodstock Masonic Hall refurbishment

The Past Masters plaque about the be mounted in the dining room
The North wall of the Temple
Jim Flinn trying to sell Peter a very large poppy…

Here are a few pictures from the Woodstock Masonic Hall refurbishment

Peter Leaver and the Charity Steward, Eddie Peirce at Thame Masonic Centre in 2018 for the Provincial Charity Evening where a cheque for some £1,100.00 was presented by the Lodge to the Eynsham Medical Centre