Diary of Important Events

Listed below are many interesting facts and figures regarding the formation of the White Ensign Lodge.

  • The Lodge Banner was dedicated.
  • Bro's. AB Syd Beck, L.Sea Ron Reading, FCPO Dave Perrin, AB Terry Idiens, were Initiated. W.Bro's. OA Dermis Hale, Mech. Dennis Cato, Sub Lt Ralph Ingam, and Bro. Michael Porter became Joining Members.
  • Presentations to the Lodge comprised a set of Working Tools from our Mother Lodge, Lechmere Volunteer Lodge No. 1874, a Set of Gavels by W.Bro. Mike Davis AE in memory of his father, and a Ballot Box and Balls by White Ensign Lodge, Gillingham No 4180.
  • The WM W.Bro. OA John Porter was appointed a Provincial Grand Steward, and W.Bro's AB Francis Jephcott MA P.Prov.G.Reg. (Warks), and AB Fred Thomas P.Prov.S.G.D. (Warks).
  • Bro's L.Sea Ralph Guest and C/Sgt Chris Archer were Initiated and W Bro's Keith Berridge OBE, Mne Bruce Porter and PO EI Doug Blomeley became Joining Members.
  • W.Bro. AB Francis Jephcott MA was appointed Prov.S.G.W. (Warks).
  • The Lodge of Instruction held its First Meeting.
  • Bro's. AB(SBS) Reg Riley, SIO Bob Healey, LEM(A) Frank Walters and PO(E) Ron Cresswell, were Initiated.
  • Bro. Sig. Bob Sweeting became a Joining Member.
  • The WM W.Bro. QMS(T) Stan Skippings was awarded and became a Member of the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire, (MBE) in The Queen's New Year's Honours List.
  • A Plaque and Cable Tow were presented by Royal Navy Lodge No. 276l.
  • Bro. Tel. Terry Reynolds was elected Tyler.
  • Bro. ERA Doug Wood was Initiated.
  • W.Bro. John Porter, M.Sc. CEng. Past Grand Steward, was promoted and appointed P.Prov.G.Reg.
  • Presentations of a specially painted lifebuoy and a portrait of HM Queen were presented by Royal Navy Lodge 2761.
  • Bro. Lt.Cdr. Chris Richards was Initiated.
  • W.Bro. Musn. Roger Hollingworth became a Joining Member.
  • W.Bro. O.Sea David Crosby was promoted and appointed Prov.Asst.G.Sec. (Warks).
  • W.Bro. Roy Greenway was promoted and appointed P.Prov.A.G.D.C., and P.Prov.S.G.D. (Warks).
  • W.Bro. WIM Peter Lorton was promoted P.Prov.A.G.D.C.
  • W.Bro. Mech. Dennis Cato P.Prov.G.Std.B.
  • W.Bro. Lt.Cdr. Frank Passmore P.Prov.G.Std.B.
  • Bro's. ERA John Sandford and Stephen Brightman (Lewis) were initiated.
  • W.Bro's. POR Mech. Ken Laugharne JP P.A.G.D.C., Coder Bert Parker and Bro. Sgt. Ian Fothergill became Joining Members.
  • Bro. L.Sea Ralph Guest passed to the Grand Lodge above.
  • W.Bro. AB Francis Jephcott MA was promoted and appointed P.J.G.D.
  • W.Bro. L.Sea John Waters was promoted and appointed P.Prov.G.Reg.
  • W.Bro. POR Mech Keith Berridge OBE was promoted and appointed P.Prov.J.G.W.
  • Bro's. Cook(s) Les Rhodes and Conrad Porter (Lewis) were Initiated.
  • W.Bro's. RPO Bill Gibbons P.A.G.D.C., AM(E) Alan Hawkrigg P.Prov.S.G.D. and Boy Seaman 2nd Class Wynn Thomas P.Prov.S.G.W. (Warks) became Joining Members.
  • W.Bro. POR Mech. Keith Berridge OBE passed to the Grand Lodge above.
  • W.Bro. Sgt. Ron Brightman was promoted and appointed P.Prov.A.G.Reg. (Warks).
  • W.Bro. AB Francis Jephcott MA., P.J.G.D., Asst.P.G.M. (Warks), was appointed P.Prov.S.G.W.
  • Bro's. Mne John Smith and Yeo. Keith Aston were Initiated.
  • Bro's. WOl Don Haycroft and LSA(S) Len Evans became Joining Members.
  • Bro. PO Coxn. Tommy Gould VC was elected an Honorary Member of the Lodge.
  • W.Bro. LAX Graham Coldicutt was promoted and appointed P.G.Std.B.
  • W.Bro. Boy Seaman 2nd Class Wynn Thomas P.Prov.S.G.W. (Warks) presented a Set of Goblets for the WM and Wardens.
  • Bro. PO Peter Lees became a Joining Member.
  • W.Bro. COA Charles Shave, RVM, P.Prov.A.G.D.C. and Bro. PO(E) Ron Cresswell passed to the Grand Lodge above.
  • W. Bro. RPO (Crusher) Bill Gibbons, P.A.G.D.C. had need to read the following Charge:
    "RW.Bro. Cdr. Michael Higham, P.J.G.W., Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England, did, contrary to Good Order, Naval and Masonic Discipline, without permission, absent himself from the Consecration Meeting of White Ensign Lodge on Saturday 5th December 1985, and did remain adrift until 1700 on Monday, 31st January, 1994, a total of 2,979 days adrift. This is an aggravated offence."
  • The Worshipful Master, W.Bro. R.E1 John Moore was promoted and appointed P.Prov.A.G.Reg.
  • W.Bro. Musn. Roger Hollingworth was appointed Prov.A.G.D.C. (Staffs).
  • W.Bro. Sgt. Ron Brightman was promoted and appointed P.Prov.A.G.D.C.
  • Bro. CPO Tony Walters was Initiated.
  • Bro. Nicholas Gordon (Lewis) became a Joining Member.
  • W.Bro. OA John Porter was promoted and appointed P.Prov.S.G.W.
  • W.Bro PO AFA Bill Edwards was promoted and appointed P.Prov.A.G.D.C.
  • Bro. Stephen Brightman presented a carved Capstan designed as a Charity Box to the Lodge.
  • Bro. ERA Doug Wood presented the Lodge with a unique Table Plan montage.
  • Bro's. AB Tom Whitehead and CPO Fred Coke were Initiated.
  • W.Bro. Garry Evans (a Lewis) became a Joining Member.
  • The following promotions and appointments were received: W.Bro. W/M Peter Lorton Prov.G.Supt.Wks., W.Bro. Mech. Dennis Cato P.Prov.J.G.D., W.Bro. OA Dennis Hale P.Prov.J.G.W. (Warks), W.Bro. AM(E) Alan Hawkrigg P.Prov.G.Reg. (Warks), W.Bro. AA Norman Gordon P.Prov.J.G.D. (Warks) and W.Bro. LACM Dennis Woodhams P.Prov.G.Std.B. (Warks).
  • W.Bro's OA John Porter, LEM Eric Crooks and RE1 John Moore presented the White Ensign Lodge Honours Board, designed by W.Bro. PO AFA Bill Edwards and made by W.Bro. Mne Bugler Albert Gunter, dedicated to the memory of W.Bro. COA Charles Shave RVM.
  • Bro. AB Fred Haycock was Initiated.
  • W.Bro. L.Codr Charles Gray became a Joining Member
  • W.Bro. PO REL Ken Laugharne JP, P.A.G.D.C. passed to the Grand Lodge above.
  • W.Bro LEM Eric Crooks was promoted and appointed P.Prov.G.Swd.B.
  • W.Bro. Mne Bugler Albert Gunter was promoted and appointed Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.
  • W.Bro's. Sig. Bob Sweeting and Sgt. Ian Fothergill were appointed P.Prov.A.G.D.C. and Provincial Representatives to Lodge of Bon Accord No. 4935 and Avon Lodge No.3569 respectively. These were the first two Brethren to receive promotions and first appointments as Members of White Ensign Lodge.
  • W.Bro. Gary Evans was promoted and appointed Provincial Grand Steward (Staffs).
  • Bro. Cpl. Jim Haden was Initiated.
  • W.Bro's Lt. Bill Hartley P.G.Std.B., LSA Les Depper P.Prov.A.G.D.C. (Staffs), PO (V) Bernard Clarke P.Prov.J.G.D. and Bro. Stwd. John Lovely became Joining Members.
  • W.Bro. A1an Yates, P.Prov.A.S.G.D.C. (Som) presented a set of red, white and blue page markers for the VSL. W.Bro. John Porter presented a pair of port and starboard navigation lights for the Honours Board and Bro. PO Peter Lees presented 200 miniature gavels and firing mats for use in the Mess.
  • Bro. Adam Bunting (Lewis) and CCCT(L) Don French were Initiated.
  • W.Bro's. L.Sea A1an George, RMSI Arthur Lambert and Bro's. Lt. Peter Ibbotson, Mne Mike Wroe and CPO Vaughan Williams became Joining Members.
  • W.Bro's. Sgt. Ron Brightman P.Prov.A.G.D.C. and Tp.Sgt. Fred Bradley, our first Tyler, passed to the Grand Lodge above.
  • W.Bro. Sgt. Ian Fothergill, P.Prov.A.G.D.C. was promoted and appointed LGR.
  • W.Bro. Cliff Hadley, P.S.G.D., P.Asst.G.M. (Warks), presented a bronze bust of Bro. Admiral Lord Nelson to the Lodge to display in the Mess.
  • The White Ensign Lodge Golf Society (WHELKS) was formed.
  • Bro's. Dan Gill and LWEM(R) Martin Green were Initiated.
  • W.Bro. Rct. Les Leek, Bro's. Stephen Roe (Lewis) and CPO Klaus Rode-Gilbert became Joining Members.
  • W.Bro's Cmdr Barry Tenison P.Prov.G.Supt.Wks., O.Sea. Ted Roe and Reservist John Hinks passed to the Grand Lodge above.
  • The Lodge became Grand Patrons of the Grand Charity.
  • W.Bro. LEM(A) Frank Walters presented a new fanny for the Rum Tub.
  • The White Ensign Tourists (WETS) was formed.
  • Bro's. Mne Geoff Lister and Stuart Wood (Lewis) were Initiated.
  • W.Bro. Roger Hollingworth P.Prov.A.G.D.C. (Staffs) was appointed Prov. Pursuivant. This is the Lodge's first Acting appointment.
  • W.Bro. Mech. Dennis Cato was appointed and became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.(MBE)