De Tabley Lodge No. 941 – Closes its Books & Returns its Warrant

On Monday 8th April 2019 the last meeting of De Table Lodge No. 941 was held at Leicester Warren Hall in Knutsford.

In the long history of what was once a highly respected and thriving Knutsford Lodge, De Tabley Lodge No. 941 sadly closed its VSL and doors after 156 years of devoted service to Freemasonry and The Province of Cheshire.

We must remember that although a closure is a sad occasion, it is also a celebration of all that has been achieved over those 156 years of the existence of De Tabley Lodge.

Falling numbers of Membership had begun to make the Lodge unsustainable in its current form. Finally, in March 2019 a ballot was taken and the proposition in favour of closing the lodge was passed.

WBro Adrian Davies AsstProvGM, with special responsibility for Area Three, attended together with WBro Simon Palfreyman AsstProvGM and WBro Barry Jobber ProvGChap, accompanied by Acting Provincial Officers.

The very solemn and sad ceremony was duly undertaken with WBro Adrian Davies taking the Chair of the Lodge from the WM WBro Barry Armstrong PProvAGDC.

Adrian explained the proceedings and formality of the closure ceremony and then called upon the designated Historian of the Lodge WBro John Turner PProvJGD, who accepted the role, to deliver a History of De Tabley Lodge No. 941.

This is a copy of the history of the lodge: –

De Tabley Lodge No 941 History

 

After the presentation on the history of the lodge there followed the very sad closure of the Lodge and the procession out of the Lodge, for the last time.

It is good to know that most of the members have now found new homes with Lodges within the Province. 

The Lodge Member with the dignitaries and Lodge Visitors

The Lodge Member with the dignitaries and Woody, WBro Trevor Smith’s Hearing Dog

The Lodge is finally quiet…

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