Lodge History  

The Formation of Llantwit Major Lodge No. 9241

A meeting was held at the White lion Hotel on the 26th March 1987, when there were 26 brethren present,  all from the Province of South Wales (Eastern Division) A unanimous proposition was upheld for the formation of a new Lodge to be Known as the Llantwit Major Lodge. A steering committee was formed and Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary were elected and a bank account opened.

White Lion Hotel
White Lion Hotel where it all began

At a meeting on 27th February 1987 it was decide that Lodges would be held on the second Friday of September through to May with the exception of  October and February. Porthkerry Lodge No. 6299 had agreed to sponsor 'The Prayer' to the Grand Master and the Town Council agreed to the use of the town's Coat of Arms  for the Lodge Badge. The Chairman of the steering committee was unanimously elected as first WM.

On the 12th march 1987, The Provincial Grand Secretary addressed the meeting and presented it with the appropriate form of petition to the GM. First Wardens and officers were then presented and accepted

On the 27th March, the Petition was presented to Porthkerry Lodge by the WM and Wardens designate. Porthkerry Lodge agreed to sponsor the  Petition which was signed by the WM and wardens in open lodge. The Petition was presented to the Grand Secretary for signature and presentation to the GM.

By the 27th May 1987, the By-laws had been presented and accepted and an Annual subscription fee fixed at £25.00

Llantwit Major Lodge No. 9241 was Consecrated in accordance with the antient and established custom on Friday 16th October 1987 by the R.W. Provincial Grand Master, The Right Honourable The Lord Swansea

The first Worshipful Master was then Installed.

Founders
Founder members and First Officers of Llantwit Major Lodge

A Brief History of Llantwit Major Lodge No. 9241
Compiled and written by W.Bro. R.J.Williams P.Pr.G.Std.B.

Founding of the Lodge

The founding of a Lodge in the Vale of Glamorgan town of Llantwit Major was largely due to the inspiration of W.Bro.M.D.M.Thomas ('Mel') P.A.G.D.C.

The intention was to provide a Lodge for the use of the numerous freemasons already resident in Llantwit Major and the close vicinity, and to attract new members from this local catchment area.

There had previously been an attempt to establish a Lodge at Llantwit Major in the early 1970's. This resulted in the formation of the Llanilltud Fawr Lodge No. 8644 (warrant 12th February 1975), but due to a lack of suitable premises in Llantwit Major, a recurring theme in this history, the Llanilltud Fawr Lodge began their meetings at the Porthcawl Temple where they continue to meet to the present day.

As a presage to forming the new Lodge, a series of meetings were convened early in 1987 at which the first officers were proposed with W.Bro. Mel as Master elect, and W.Bros. G.D.Sweeting and M.R.Evans as Principal Officers designate. The Porthkerry Lodge No. 6299 agreed to sponsor the petition to the Grand Master, and the Llantwit Major town council agreed the use of the town coat of arms for the Lodge badge bearing the motto 'In All Things Loyal'. By-laws were agreed and the annual subscription set at £25.

The Master elect presented his team of officers including Rev. Dyfrig Lewis as Chaplain, and Bro. D.S.Price (Dai) as Tyler, both of these great characters now passed to the Grand Lodge above.

The Llantwit Major Lodge No. 9241 was granted a Warrant on 30th April 1987, and consecrated at the Masonic Temple, Barry, on Friday 16th October 1987, with the late R.W.Bro., The Rt. Hon., The Lord Swansea, D.L., Provincial Grand Master, as the Consecrating Officer.

The White Lion Hotel

Lodge meetings were held in a former Oast house at the rear of The White Lion Hotel, East Street, Llantwit Major from November 1987 until September 1999.

Oast House
The Oast House rear of the White Lion, our first meeting place

Since the Oast house was used for public purposes as well as Lodge meetings, the temple furniture was assembled immediately prior to the meeting, and packed away again when the meeting finished. In its' place, dining tables were then assembled prior to enjoyment of the festive board.

Although this practice entailed much hard work for both members and visiting brethren alike, this unusual and rustic venue proved very popular by all, and the room was often full to capacity.

Three years after the Lodge Consecration, a Royal Arch Chapter was founded. The Warrant was granted on 27th April 1990, and the Consecration was carried out at the White Lion Hotel on Friday 26th October 1990 with E.Comp. The Rt. Hon. The Lord Swansea, D.L., as the Consecrating Principal.

The first regular meeting of the Chapter was held on 8th February 1991 with E.Comp. M.D.M. Thomas, E.Comp. G.Holtam, and E.Comp. S.M.Mortimer as the three Principals.

Stan and Mel

Sadly, due to increasing difficulties with the Hotel management during 1999 an alternative venue had to be sought.

Compton House

Directly across the street from the White Lion Hotel was a building known as Compton House, which traded as a restaurant by day. This was where the Lodge found its' new home, and the first meeting here was held in November 1999.

Compton House

Once again, the Masonic meetings and after-proceedings took place in the one room, which required the same work in erecting and dismantling of furniture.

This situation again proved successful, and both Lodge and Chapter meetings were enjoyed at Compton House until June 2002.

In 2002, the proprietor of Compton House made arrangements with another restaurateur to utilize the premises as an Indian restaurant, which would occupy the building by night and day. Once again a new venue had to be found.

Llantwit Major Social Club

During 2002, negotiations were held with the management of the Llantwit Major Social club. The social club had been in decline for many years, and so were keen to receive our custom and forty plus new club members. This resulted in a five year lease being drawn up for our sole use of a disused room on the top floor of the building.

Llantwit Major Social Club

The room had been neglected for many years and required much refurbishment, including lighting and heating, painting and decorating, and equipping to act as a permanent temple. In addition, emergency lighting and fire safety measures had to be installed as a condition of occupancy.

Top Floor

In order to accomplish these things, time and effort was provided by the members, who also freely donated the necessary finances. This meant that by September 2002, for the first time in the Lodges' history, we had a purpose built temple that did not have to double as a dining room.

Lodge Room

Our 'bijou' temple at the social club could hold no more than fifty five people, so it appeared full on many occasions, and three more years passed before we once again found ourselves 'homeless'.

Unbeknown to the Lodge members, the social club had amassed large debts which resulted in the electricity supply being cut off. As a result of the financial situation the social club closed and with it our occupancy ceased.

Outcasts

For the next year the Lodge became itinerant, and we met in a number of local Masonic halls such as Bridgend and Barry, but mostly in the Cowbridge Town Hall. This was probably due to the fact that we missed carting furniture about.

The inconvenience of this situation did not diminish the enthusiasm of the Lodge members, but our visiting brethren had to be alert to find us.

Llantonian Hall

Since November 2006, the Lodge has now been re-established in Llantwit Major.

Llantonian Hall

Once again, the temple has to be assembled before the meeting takes place, and dismantled upon completion. The meetings are now held in a community hall (Llantonian Hall) situated at the rear of the Llantwit Major Rugby Club car park, and the festive board undertaken at the rugby club.