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100 years for Alfred and Guthrum

In a remote distant part of Somerset once known as the end of the known universe. Alfred the Great, King of Wessex at the Little Church in Allar, Somerset meets and baptises  Guthrum, King of Anglia the Viking leader, after he was defeated at the Battle of Ethandun. In 878.

1,045 years later Freemasonry in Somerset spreads its branches, and controversially recognises a demand for a Lodge in the Isle of Wedmore. The nearby lodges that met Weston Super Mare, Burnham on Sea and Wells. Supplied several distinguished masons to found the Alfred and Guthrum Lodge, with Rural Philanthropic Lodge from Burnham on Sea being their Mother Lodge.

100 years later the current Provincial team led by Ray Guthrie attend a special meeting to celebrate the long history and associations of the lodge. By dedicating a brand new banner and centenary’s warrant with individual members 100 year jewels.

The congregation then retired to the nearby isle of Wedmore Golf Club, to further celebrate the occasions with a sumptuous 3 course banquet which was the same menu that was enjoyed at the consecration of the lodge.

In the last 100 years freemasonry has continued to flourish in Wedmore, with the Thomas De Cheddre Lodge being founded to meet the growing demand. There is also a Royal Arch Chapter, a Lodge of Mark Master Masons, a Royal Ark Mariner Lodge, a Rose Croix Chapter and a Knights Templar Preceptory that meets here. All are extremely friendly and welcoming units to visit.

Article: WBro Craig Harding PrGStwd

Pictures: Bro Les Pickersgill, Provincial Photographer 

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