Father of the Lodge celebrates 60 years’ service

This is the story of one man’s dedication to Freemasonry and the joy it continues to give him.

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Peter George Townsend Ludlow

Peter George Townsend Ludlow is the current Father of Hungerford Lodge. This term is used to describe the member with the longest continuous service to the Lodge. He started his long and illustrious masonic career on 19th February 1957 when he was initiated into the Hungerford Lodge and he has been a constant member ever since.

Progressing steadily through the ranks within the Lodge he was installed as Master on 15th November 1966. His performance as Master obviously caught the eye of the Berkshire Provincial team as he subsequently rose to the rank of Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Berkshire and then on to Past Senior Grand Deacon of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Despite being 90, Peter is a very active Mason. He is a member of a number of Masonic Lodges and other Masonic orders within Berkshire, Wiltshire and Somerset and visits widely. He regularly brings a retinue of guests to our meetings.

Peter is well-loved within the Lodge and his is the calm voice we turn to when guidance is required, for example when the Lodge moved its meeting place from Hungerford to Newbury. When we recently interviewed a young prospective candidate, Peter spoke passionately about Freemasonry’s ability to keep him interested for 60 years as well as the support it has given him through troubled times such as the recent loss of his beloved wife, Daphne. Which other hobby can bring men of 23 and 90 together in this way?

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Peter (in his regalia) flanked by Kenny (L) and Adam (R) who were Passed, together with some of the members and visitors

At our meeting on 21st February, 65 members and visitors saw Peter presented with a certificate thanking him for his 60 years of service to Freemasonry in the Province of Berkshire. This was then followed by a certificate recognising his dedication from the Province of Somerset. Those attending were also treated to a double Passing ceremony for two of our Four Aces.

After the meeting, all present joined Peter at the Festive Board at the Royal British Legion Club in Newbury. No doubt a few memories were shared and new ones created.

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Ask not what Freemasonry can do for you

Being a Freemason is about what you can do for other people, not what Freemasonry can do for you.

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Turning the key

…ask what you can do for Freemasonry

Once you have finished talking about rolled up trouser legs and “funny handshakes”, one of the first questions asked by non-Masons discussing Freemasonry is “What’s In it For Me” (WIFM) as they look for a motivation to join. Undoubtedly, Freemasonry rewards people for the amount of effort they put in. However, the rewards cannot be measured in silver or gold but in terms of being a better or more rounded person.

If you are only looking to join Freemasonry for what it will give you, I suggest you are looking at the wrong organisation. Freemasonry will not:

  1. Give you money or make you rich
  2. Make you famous or help you get a recording contract

Freemasonry expects you to:

  1. Contribute both financially and by giving your time to good causes, without causing problems to either yourself or your family
  2. Pay annual Lodge subscription fees
  3. Attend regularly, recognising that the proper order of things is Family, Work, Freemasonry

In return, you will join the world’s first social network, meeting people from all walks of life and learning important lessons about yourself and life in general. Other pages on this site will help you understand more about Freemasonry in general and specifically the Hungerford Lodge, feel free to look around.

If you have got this far and are still reading, please feel free to apply to join the Hungerford Lodge.

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Freemasons give early Christmas present to School

The Hungerford Lodge of Freemasons has donated £500 to Great Bedwyn School to fund the school’s plan to replace its outdoor climbing frames.

The Hungerford Lodge of Freemasons has donated £500 to Great Bedwyn School to fund the school’s plan to replace its outdoor climbing frames.

Gilbert Mills, Chairman of the Hungerford Lodge Benevolent Association said, “Many people are not aware that the Freemasons, nationally, are the second largest donors to charity, donating many millions of pounds each year to worthy causes.  Our own Lodge has donated in excess of £25,000 over last five years to local organisations and needy individuals.  We hope to add to the sum we have given to Great Bedwyn School in the near future.”

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Kim Spencer, head of Great Bedwyn School said, “We are delighted to receive this donation.  Our existing outdoor equipment is coming to the end of its life and will need replacing soon.   School funding is increasingly coming under pressure, so every little helps.  We are still some way off our target, but hope to be able to erect the new frame within the next two years.  At our recent summer fete, our PTA managed to raise over £9,000 towards our fund but we still need to raise thousands of pounds to cover its cost.  Once we have reached our target sum, our children will have a say in what type of playground equipment they would like to have. “