So, after nearly 70 years, Andresey Lodge No. 6408 continues to flourish but it has not always been plain sailing. Shortages of candidates at times have seen lectures given and papers prepared but Traditions and Standards have been maintained throughout.

The use of electronic mail for correspondence and the issue of Lodge Summons has undoubtedly saved considerable costs to the Lodge. The introduction of the internet has also seen many applications for membership arising, which would not have been possible previously.

Freemasonry in the Community actively encouraged press publicity and when charitable presentations are made, the production of a twice yearly magazine ‘Within your Province’, the use of Lodge and Provincial websites and the inclusion of a site of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum, all add to an improvement in the conception of the public to Freemasonry. It is hoped that the high moral standards expected of Freemasons will not detract from candidates making applications, but encourage them to do so.

It is interesting to make a comparison between costs applied in 1947 to those applicable just 70 years later. Meal costs for example were originally set at 4/6d and now cost £17. Applying an accepted inflation factor for the period would result in a meal cost of only £8.93 today. However we did not have minimum wage legislation or VAT in 1947.

On the other hand the original rent paid in 1947 was set at £175 per annum and is currently £2848. This compares with £6947.50 if applying the same inflation standard, a considerable saving.

The Past Masters
Andresey Lodge only has a future thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Past Masters of the Lodge. Traditions, moral standards and the maintenance of the principles of Freemasonry are paramount in ensuring that we have a future, we therefore offer our thanks to all of those listed below.


*1947 - W. B. Briggs, P.G.St.B.(Eng), P.Pr.S.G.W., P.M. 624
*1948 - E. P. Wright, P.Pr.J.G.W.
*1949 - Eric Wayte, P.Pr.A.G.D.C.
*1950 - R. C. Scott, P.Pr.J.G.D.
*1951 - Eric Robinson, P.Pr.J.G.W., P.M. 4850
*1952 - W. H. Brentnall, P.Pr.J.G.W.
*1953 - W. S. Grainger, P.Pr.S.G.W., P.M. 624, 4850
*1954 - L. E. Farmer, P.Pr.A.G.D.C.
*1955 - Harold Bray, P.Pr.A.G.D.C.
*1956 - Sam Forshall, M.B.E., P.Pr.J.G.D
*1957 - G. A. Cave, P.Pr.G.R.
*1958 - N. S. J. Bebbington, P.Pr.G.J.D.
*1959 - 60 - E. Alan Wright, P.J.G.D.(Eng), P.Pr.J.G.W.,P.M. 2228
*1961 - H. H. Cherry, T.D., P.Pr.G.R.
*1962 - A. P. Richardson, P.A.G.D.C.(Eng), P.Pr.J.G.W.
*1963 - A. G. Andrews, P.Pr.J.G.W.
1964 - Peter Duffield, D.F.C., P.Pr.J.G.W., P.M. 5628
*1965 - W. E. Hopkinson, P.Pr.A.G.D.C.
*1966 - Harold Wynne, P.Pr.S.G.D., P.M. 624
*1967 - A. S. Methven, P.Pr.G.R., P.M. 4395
*1968 - J. W. Parker, P.Pr.G.Supt.Wks.
*1969 - Frank Martin, P.Pr.G.St.B.
*1970 - G. H. E. Howard-Smith, T.D., P.Pr.G.Supt.Wks.
*1971 - A. T. Alpin, P.S.G.D.(Eng), P.Asst.Prov.G.M.
*1972 - H. Thurston-Parker, P.Pr.G.R., P.M. 4850
*1973 - Rev. Preb. E. C. Hayward, P.Dep.G. Chaplain (Eng),P.Pr.G.Chap., P.M. 3995
*1974 - T. A. Swann, P.Pr.A.G.Sec.
*1975 - Eric Eyley, P.Pr.J.G.W.
*1976 - S. O. Smith
*1977 - Ralph May
*1978- R. E. Cort
1979 – Michael Stanhope, P.A.G.D.C.(Eng), P.Pr.J.G.W.,P.M. 624
1980 – R. H. Marsh, P.Pr.S.G.D.(Norfolk)
1981 – P. B. Harley, P.Pr.G.Supt.Wks.
1982 – A. I. Evans, P.Pr.J.G.W.
1983 – D. W. Harvey, P.Pr.G.R., P.M. 8902
*1984 – K. L. George, P.Pr.S.G.D.
1985 – P. W. Scragg, P.Pr.J.G.W.
1986 – A. Owen-Smith, P.Pr.A.G.Sec.
1987 – F. R. B. Armson, P.Pr.A.G.Sec
1988 – E. A. Ford, O.S.M., P.J.G.D. (Eng)., P.Pr.S.G.W.
1989 – B. L. Leggett, P.Pr.G.R.
1990 – A. R. Johnson, P.Pr.G.Reg., P.Pr.G.Swd.B.(Derbys).
*1991 – R. D. Campbell, P.Pr.J.G.W.
1992 – G. J. Ross, P.Pr.S.G.D.
*1993 – M. W. P. Cripwell, P.Pr.G.Reg.
*1994 – G. A. Foster, P.Pr.J.G.D. , P.Pr.A.G.D.C. (Derbys),P.M. 4841
1995 – P. J. G. Hall, P.Pr.J.G.D.
*1996 – Q. E. Faircliff, P.Pr.D.G.D.of C.
1997 – W. B. Cripwell, P.Pr.G.Swd.B.
1998 – S. T. Wass, P.Pr.J.G.D.
1999 – D. J. St.Clair, P.Pr.G.Swd.B.
2000 – D. V. Toon, P.Pr.J.G.W.
2001 – R. W. Davies-Lee, P.Pr.J.G.D.
2002 – D. P. Ayling, P.Pr.A.G.D.C. P.M. 3155
2003 – I. S. Botham, P.Pr.A.G.D.C.
2004 – R. A. Cripwell P.Pr.A.G.D.C.
2005 – R. C. Warrior P.Pr.G.Supt.Wks.
2006 –A. R. Johnson, P.Pr.G.Reg., P.Pr.G.Swd.B.(Derbys).
2007 - M.I. Bridge, P.Pr.J.G.D
2008 - C.D. Priestley, P.Pr.J.G.W.
2009 - A H May P.Pr.A.G.Sec.
2010 - G C Aitkenhead P.Pr.J.G.D.
2011 - E A Ford O.S.M., P.J.G.D. (Eng)., P.Pr.S.G.W.
2012 - K Davies
2013 - E N Robinson
2014 - M I Bridge, P.Pr.J.G.D
2015 - C J Palmer
2016 - G C Aitkenhead P.Pr.J.G.D.