V.W. Bro. William Thomas Braithwaite, 18°.
Former member of Temple Masonic Lodge 51
Extract from “History of Masonic Hall, Arthur Square, Belfast” by Samuel Leighton, 1927.
V.W. Bro. W. T. Braithwaite, 18°
V.W. Bro. W. T. Braithwaite, 18°, P.M.W.S. Chapter 12, P.P.S.G. Warden, Antrim. P.M., P.K., P.P. of Temple Lodge, Royal Arch Chapter and Preceptory. Died 22nd January, 1918. This portrait was unveiled by R.W.Bro. Jas. H. Stirling, 30°, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Antrim, at the Stated Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge. 10th May, 1920.
V.W. Bro. Braithwaite, 18°, familarly known to his brethren as ” W.T.B.,” was greatly esteemed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was of a most retiring disposition, and it was with difficulty he was persuaded to accept Provincial Grand rank; even then he would have been better pleased with a more humble position than that of Senior Grand Warden, but his brethren decided that the highest office in their gift was the one for him. Subsequently, he was exalted to the degree of “Prince of the Grand Rose Croix,” Chapter 12 of which he was P.M.W. Sovereign.
On Wednesday the 6th of December 2017 we had our annual Christmas dinner. As usual we were accompanied by our partners, wives, girlfriends, kids etc. There were 47 who sat down to dinner in the main function room in Arthur square. The new caterer did an excellent job and everyone enjoyed the evening.We also were joined by some of our new potential members and their partners who got a tour of the Arthur square hall.
21 of us went on our annual trip to The Grand Lodge of Ireland headquarters in Molesworth street in Dublin. A good day was had by all. We conferred two 1st degrees and two second degrees one of which was from Belfast Lodge 651. We had guests with us from Lodge 731 and Belfast lodge 651, the team work was excellent with everyone sharing offices and parts of the degree. There was the usual tour of the building given by the always excellent Kieth followed by lunch and a few pints in Buswells.
We had a great day out at the Ulster Aviation Society in September – lucky the roof doesn’t leak as the rain was very heavy
12 of the Brethren met for a chat and a beer in the pool room on the top floor of Robinson’s bar Belfast on the 16th August. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable social evening that gave the Brethren a chance to socialise and catch up on things that have happened over the summer break. A few of our prospective new members also attended and had a chance to meet the other Brethren prior to our first festive board in September. The facilities in Robinson’s are excellent in the pool room, and a good night was had by all
Temple Lodge 51 based in Arthur Square Belfast met with it’s name-twin Temple Lodge 138, based in Londonderry. Good times were had, with great hospitality from hosts at 138.
Our installation of officers occurred with much celebration and good times. We were honored to have the Deputy Grand Master of Ireland, R.W.Bro Rodney McCurdy and Assistant PGM W.Bro Jack Dunlop. We also have two very distinguished and welcomed guests from Wisconsin, USA
Charles Olsen..Most Excellent Grand High priest of the Grand Chapter of Wisconson
Michael Fairbanks Right Excellent Grand Treasurer of the Grand Chapter of Wisconson.
Your company was highly enjoyed and we invite you to come again next year!
On October 15 2016, Temple 51 Masonic Lodge, joined with members from Newtownards and as far as Scotland, visited the Grand Lodge of Ireland in Dublin – Molesworth Street.
A tour was given around the magnificent hall courtesy of Br. Keith. Two 2nd Degrees (Sebastian and Alexander) were conferred, aswell as one 3rd Degree, under the excellent instruction of W.Br. W.Moore, W.Br. Harvey and W.Br. Jacobs.
A good time was had all around.
Give it a Shot, Clay Pigeon Night, took place on Tuesday 4th Oct 16 at the Thatch Clay Target Club Broughshane. The event was to raise funds for the TLC Appeal (Teddy’s for Loving Care) – and was open to both Masons and family. It was an enjoyable night with the positive that no Mason was hurt – they were excellent shots. We highly recommend paying a visit to the Thatch Clay Target Club and we thank them for their hospitality. Here’s some snaps:
While the organisation has been in Ireland for 300 years, with about 800 Irish lodges across the country, few have seen inside their halls. Much of the myth surrounding the order spans from its secrecy. But recently, the Freemasons open the doors to their ornate administrative headquarters on Dublin’s Molesworth Street.
Presented by Morgan McCreedy
Shot by Donal Corkery
Edited by Orlagh Bailey