the Lodge of Connaught & Truth No. 521
The Lodge's Jubilee, 1895
THE LODGE'S JUBILEE, 1895.
Full Account of Celebrations 29th April, 1896 __ jubilee
Circular and Programme
Officers present Lodges represented
History by W. Bro. Reuben
Williamson Congratulations and Greetings
Bro. John Pyrah, Secretary.
THE READER who has perused the foregoing pages of this
History will no
doubt readily agree with Bro. John Freeman Dyson, the
Worshipful Master of The Lodge of Truth, in 1896, who, in
the course of
his remarks at the Jubilee Celebrations, and with
pardonable pride, claimed that
his Brethren were justly entitled to regard the past 50
years as an honorable
history in Freemasonry.
The Brethren had been looking forward with eager
anticipation to this
happy event. After carefully planned preparations, a
suitable date for the
Celebration was settled, namely, Wednesday, the 29th day
of April, 1896.
Distinguished members of Provincial Grand Lodge were
friends, old and new, from other Lodges. Members were
reminded that, as
this would be a most important event in the History of
the Lodge, their
attendance was urged. An Emergency Lodge was convened;
the Lodge was
opened at 4-0 p.m. and the Festival Banquet arranged for
Illustrations are included at Pages 58 and 59 of : -
( a ) T h e L o d g e S u m m o n s , a n d
( b ) T h e f r o n t p a g e o f t h e P r o g r a m m e
The two inside pages contained the details of the
Programme, with the
Words of the Hymns and Songs printed in full. The
following is a précis
P R O GR AM M E .
1. Lodge opened at 4-0 o'clock.
2. Processional Hymn (Hail Eternal ................. )
during entry of the
Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge.
3 . W o r s hi p fu l M a s t e r 's ad d r es s o f W e
l com e . Song
Gounod's N az ar et h B r o. W. Riley, P.M.
4 . History of the Lodge compiled and read by W. Bro.
Williamson ____________ P.P.G.D.
Vocal DuetBros. Riley and Arnold.
5 . Congratulations and "Hearty Good Wishes" by
6 . Recessional Hymn during retirement of Provincial
7 . Lodge closed.
The first point which strikes the historian on reading
Minutes is a note at the heading that the Lodge of
Emergency was held
"in the Upper Room known as the Old Lodge
That was perhaps partly for sentimental memories, the
Meetings in 1855 onwards being held in that room, and
Banquet was to be in the later and present Lodge Room.
The Officers on this historic occasion were
Bro. John Freeman Dyson W.M.
John Davis S.W.
Charles Frederick Arnold J.W.
W. Bro. Rev. John Dunbar, P.P.G.C. Chaplain.
George Jackson Treasurer.
John Pyrah Secretary.
John William Mallinson S.D.
John Holroyd J.D.
Tom Brook Tunnacliff I.G.
John Lewis Sykes D.C.
William Henry Jones A.D.C.
supported by 30 of the Past Masters and Brethren of the
including five Brethren of Provincial Rank.
There were 21 Provincial Officers- including
the following Lodges :-
Wilson (America) No. 72
Harmony No. 275
Huddersfield No. 290
Philanthropic No. 301
Friendship No. 750
Sincerity No. 1019
Mirfield No. 1102
Saville No. 1231
Zetland No. 1311
Ivanhoe No. 1779
Albert Edward No. 1783
and there were 35 other Visitors, Worshipful Masters,
Past Masters and
Brethren of various Lodges, including :-
St. Patrick, Newry No. 77 (America)
The Three Grand Principles No. 208
Harmony No. 275
Huddersfield No. 290
Devonshire No. 625
Holme Valley No. 652
Mirfield No. 1162
Duke of Edinburgh, Liverpool No. 1182
Defence No. 1221
Saville No. 1231
Brighouse No. 1301
Thornhill No. 1514
Albert Edward No. 1783
Clerkenwell No. 1964
Armitage No. 2261
So that there were 23 different Lodges represented at the
The Provincial Grand Master (The Rt. Hon. W. L. Jackson)
unable to fulfil his promise to attend, because of the
emergencies of his Parliamentary and other duties. He
sent a special letter
of apology, as also did the Deputy Provincial Grand
Master and others,
identifyi ng themselves in suitable terms with the spirit
of the occasion.
As will he seen from the Programme Précis, a History of
of Truth had been prepared by W. Bro. Reuben Williamson,
and read by him at this Meeting. The Minutes say that
"he read a concise consecutive and interesting
sketch of the career
of the Lodge and the salient features of its History be
gi nni ng
wi t h i t s form at i on i n 1845. W i t h a grace ful
manner and in
literary terms full of feeling he traced its
development and progress referring tersely to the
services of its more eminent Past Masters : particularly
emphasised the honorable and proud distinction of Bro.
Frederick Samuel Robinson then Viscount Goderich's
The Lodge of Truth 521 who was its Worshipful Master in
56, and who subsequently was elected R.W. Prov. G. Master
of West Yorks, and Most Worshipful the Grand Master of
He furnished the following facts
Ther e fol l ows s o m e B LANK s pa ce i n t he M i nut
e B ook,
obviously reserved for the Secretary to write up the
matter from Bro.
W i l l i a m s o n ' s n o t e s , b u t U N F O R T U N
A T E L Y i t w a s n e v e r
completed, and the Minute Book remains BLANK. At a
Meeting, a few days later, on the 4th May, 1896, a very
hearty Vote of
Thanks was given to W. Bro. Williamson, and it was also
Resolved that the
History be printed and bound, but no trace can be found
of any such
bound copy or of the manuscript or typewritten notes. The
appreciate how useful this record would have been to the
writer of this
present History, who has had to cover all the 100 years,
including the 50
covered by Bro. Williamson. The loss of this valuable
Lodge archive is
After hearing the History read by Bro. Williamson,
Brethren rose to give speeches and messages of
greetings, including :-
The Prov.G.S.Warden W. Bro. Harry Allen (Ivanhoe, No.
The Prov. G. J .Warden W. Bro. J. A. Godwin (Zetland, No.
W . B ro . C . L. M as on ( P h i l an t h ro pi c , No .
3 01 ).
W . B r o . W . H a r r o p ( H u d d e r s f i e l d , N
o . 2 9 0 ) . C h a i r m a n o f t h e
t h e
W . Bro. Ed. Armi t age (Harm ony, No. 275).
In the course of his remarks, W. Bro. Harrop said that
Lodge of Truth had done itself credit by its generous
support of the
Charities. (There are ample evidences of this in the
Minutes on many
And there were interesting points in the speech of W.
Armitage (of The Lodge of Harmony, No. 275), who spoke as
a Mason of
over 50 years' unbroken membership, and said he had one
son who was
W.M. of his Mother Lodge near London, and another son who
of The Lodge of Harmony, No. 275.
After this there followed an interesting presentation by
Provincial Grand Assistant Secretary, who handed to the
a copy of the Addresses of the late Right Worshipful
Provincial Grand Master,
Bro. T. W. Tew.
S o ended t he p roc eedi n gs i n t he "U pper R
oom . " In t he
absence of any notes or information as to the
"after-proceedings" at the
Banquet, it is left to the imagination of the reader to
draw his own picture of
that part of the Celebrations; doubtless they were
appropriate to the festive
This Chapter would not be complete without a special
the Secretary of the Lodge at the time of these
Celebrations, and upon
whom so much extra work would fall. It was none other
than Bro. John
Pyrah, known by present-day members of the Craft as the
father of Bro. J.
Faux Pyrah (of Huddersfield Lodge, No. 290), whose name
is associated with
the 150 years' History of The Huddersfield Lodge, No.
290. Bro. Faux Pyrah
is a great friend of and frequent Visitor to The Lodge of
Truth, and on
several occasions has made presentations to the Lodge in
this association and his father's memory.
Bro. John Pyrah received the eulogistic thanks of his
the next Lodge Meeting in May, 1896, for his services in
connection with the
Jubilee Festival, and the words of the Secretary's reply
form a fitting
finale to this Chapter of History :-
"The Secretary briefly responded rejoicing with the
the spirit, hz.rmony and sentiments of the Festival
throughout under the able and sagacious direction of our
esteemed Worshipful Master had yielded results alike