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Newbury Freemasons

The Newbury Masonic Centre ...

... is the focal point for Freemasonry in the Newbury Area.

Newbury Masonic Centre

The Newbury Masonic Centre has been the regular meeting place for the Loyal Berkshire Lodge of Hope since 1961 and is the focal point for Freemasonry in the Newbury Area.

There are 5 other Craft Lodges that meet at the Newbury Masonic Centre, all of which are related to Loyal Berkshire Lodge of Hope No. 574, they are:

  • Victory Lodge No. 3954, a daughter lodge founded in 1919
  • Hungerford Lodge No. 4748, a daughter lodge founded in 1925
  • St Bartholomew Lodge No. 6307, a daughter lodge founded in 1947
  • Thatcham Lodge No. 8121, a daughter lodge founded in 1966
  • Theale on Holybrook Lodge No. 8663 founded in 1974

Theale on Holybrook Lodge is a daughter lodge of Aldermaston Lodge No.2760. Aldermaston Lodge was founded in 1899 and is a daughter lodge of Loyal Berkshire Lodge of Hope. So, Theale on Holybrook Lodge might be considered as a grand-daughter lodge of Loyal Berkshire Lodge of Hope.

The Insignia of Newbury Lodges

Loyal Berkshire Lodge of Hope 574
Loyal Berkshire Lodge of Hope No. 574

The Lodge Warrant from Grand Lodge is dated 21st March 1850 and bears the signature of the Earl of Zetland, Grand Master, with its original number 839. This number lasted until 1863, when Grand Lodge carried out a general renumbering to close gaps and it became 574.

Victory Lodge 3954
Victory Lodge No. 3954

In 1919 immediately following the cessation of hostilities of the 1914-18 war, the founders of Victory Lodge thought it fitting that their Lodge should commemorate the triumph of the allied forces by choosing the name Victory.

Hungerford Lodge 4748
Hungerford Lodge No. 4748

Founded in 1925, the Hungerford Lodge meets six times a year on the third Tuesday of February, March, April, October, November (Installation), and the second Tuesday in December.

St Bartholomew Lodge 6307
St Bartholomew Lodge No. 6307

Founded in 1947, St Bartholomew actively endorses and respects that individuals come to Masonry for a variety of reasons and recognises this through support for their brethren in their Masonic journey.

Thatcham Lodge 3954
Thatcham Lodge No. 8121

In the late 1950's a number of Freemasons who met in Newbury but lived in Thatcham started to hold informal rehearsals in Thatcham. This grew into the idea of forming Thatcham Lodge which was eventually consecrated on the 31st of October 1966.

Theale on Holybrook Lodge 8663
Theale on Holybrook Lodge No. 8663

The geneses for the formation of a Lodge associated with the village of Theale was mooted in 1974 by a number of masons who were members of The Aldermaston Lodge.