De Lacy Lodge No 4643
De Lacy Lodge was founded and consecrated on 4 November 1924 a daughter Lodge of Saint Oswald Lodge No 910. A new lodge was deemed necessary as the number of candidates, who sought admission to St Oswald Lodge during the five years preceding the formation of De Lacy Lodge,entailed 46 initiation ceremonies being performed.
Founders of the Lodge
Installation 4 November 1924
WBro Oswald Holmes PPGD Worshipful Master
WBro Arthur Dixon Immediate Past Master
WBro Frank Godson Director of Ceremonies
WBro John Edward Pickard Organist
WBro Thomas Jeffries Sides Chaplin
Bro Charles Johnson Steward
Bro Thomas Bull Senior Warden
Bro John Thomas Scott Junior Warden
Bro Miles Nightingale Walton Treasurer
Bro Edward Pearson Inner Guard
Bro Ernest Joseph Barnes Junior Deacon
Bro Archibald Schofield Senior Deacon
Bro William Bentley Secretary
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The De Lacy Lodge Crest
In November 2007 members of De lacy Lodge donated 3 Reclining Tip & Tilt Chairs with a value of over £3000 to the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract.
In December 2007 members of De Lacy Lodge applied for a grant from the Provincial Grand Masters Fund and was awarded £1500 which was presented to the 1st Pontefract Scout Group for the purchase of Canoe and other outdoor equipment.
Members of The De Lacy Lodge in Pontefract heard that the Wakefield and district Samaritans were raising funds to purchase a computer based system which enabled them to receive Text messages from people in distress or despair for whatever reason.
This Texting service has already been introduced in 30 of the 203 branches of the Samaritans and will be introduced to other branches as more funds and volunteers become available.
The donation of £1000 which was presented by Worshipful Brother Craig Kidd the Charity Steward and Worshipful Brother David Whitelaw who is the current Master of The De Lacy Lodge, this will enable the Samaritans to purchase the system out right, and get the scheme up and running almost immediately. The donation was given to The De Lacy Lodge after an application was made to the Provincial Grand Masters Fund which is an account which all the Masonic Lodges in the Province of West Riding contribute to.
The Samaritans are always looking for willing volunteers and especially now that the new texting service will soon be up and ready to use, if you would like to apply to be a Samaritan or you could help in anyway please contact them direct on 01924 377011.
Two Members of De Lacy Lodge
(Middle Rear) presenting a cheque for £1000 to the Wakefield and District Samaritans.
All Photographs on this page where Taken by
Bro. Stuart Sands
A Master Masons Apron
Pontefract Freemasons take the plunge!
Brother David Whitelaw and Brother Craig Kidd both from the De Lacy Lodge in Pontefract but born and bred in Knottingley hoped that the organisation which they have come to love could help a local cause which needed funds to purchase equipment in these troubling times.
Knottingley Swimming Club was formed over 30 years ago and has taught 1000s of children from 5 years old to swim and competitively swim in competitions across Yorkshire. In the 1970's, KSC began a yearly exchange with Duingen Swimming Club in northern Germany.
This exchange has led to many European friendships and a Wedding. Brother David Whitelaw joined in 1981 and swam until he was 21 when work and good living took its toll. As well as giving children life saving skills, KSC has provided a basis for learning team working, individual responsibility, problem solving and competitiveness.
Commenting on the grant Brother David Whitelaw said "Its great news that our application for funds has been successful and we are able to help Children of Knottingley benefit in a similar way that I did by being a member of the Swimming Club."
With the £1000 grant from the Provincial Grand Master's Fund, the Club has been able to buy an automatic starting machine and a sound system for use in competitions.
WBro David Whitelaw & WBro Craig Kidd
Present a cheque for £1000
to members of Knottingley swimming club
De Lacy Lodge do it again!!
Another successful year of fund raising in De Lacy Lodge from Pontefract saw a
cheque presented to representatives of the Dr Jackson Cancer Fund.
WBro David Whitelaw who was the Worshipful Master in 2007 - 2008 held functions
throughout his year but a particularly successful event was a Race night in which £900 was raised.
David whose father Peter Whitelaw worked in Pontefract General Infirmary as a
security guard and was also a member of De Lacy Lodge lost his fight against cancer
The Dr Jackson Cancer Fund which is based at Pontefract Hospital helped Peter
during his illness and this seemed the right choice for the donation of £900 from the
Lodge to go too.
The Dr Jackson Cancer Fund are always raising money for items of great importance in the help to raise awareness or to fight cancer and members of the De Lacy where only to happy to help.
Pictured: David Whitelaw, Bill O’Brian (Dr Jackson Cancer Fund), and members of
the De Lacy Lodge
Photograph by Stuart Sands
De Lacy Lodge
Meets at 6.30pm on
1st Tuesday in the months of: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, October, November, December (Inst)