75 Years in Masonry – Very Wor Bro Tommy Frame.

Presentation at Friendly Brothers Lodge No 609 I.C.

Presentation at Friendly Brothers Lodge No 609 I.C.

On the 22nd May 2015, a celebratory evening was held in the Lodgeroom of Friendly Brothers Lodge No 609 I.C. to celebrate the Masonic career of Very Worshipful Brother Tommy Frame. Tommy’s Masonic career began on the 20th June 1940 when he joined St John’s Lodge No 98 I.C. This Lodge used to meets in the Arthur Square Masonic Hall, where it was one of the original 23 Foundation Lodges that subscribed to the building of the new Hall in 1873. Tommy was born in 1917, at a time when the population of Belfast was around 350,000 people. He joined the Craft, aged 23 and has spent the past 75 years as an active Mason. Rt Wor Bro Jack Dunlop, an Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Antrim had the great pleasure of presenting Tommy with his certificate and bar marking 75 years service to Irish Freemasonry.

Presentation to Tommy by Rt Wor Bro Dunlop P.A.G.M.

Presentation to Tommy by Rt Wor Bro Dunlop P.A.G.M.

In his Masonic career, Tommy has witnessed many changes in his city and country. In 1941 the Germans bombed Belfast, and as a result Tommy missed his Lodge Meeting, one of the very few occasions in his 75 year career that he missed a meeting. He served as Master of St John’s Lodge No 98 in 1955, and was delighted to take the chair of his Mother Lodge for another year in the year 2000. In 1977 Tommy served as Senior Deacon in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim. In the mid 1980’s he became an Honorary Member of Golden Pillar Lodge No 156 I.C. This Lodge began life in the old Beechpark Masonic Hall, on the Oldpark Road, before moving to the new Hall on the Crumlin Road, which opened in 1898. The Lodge has been in the Crumlin Road Hall ever since. He has always had a great interest in the Masonic Charities, having been elected a governor of the Masonic Boys School in 1953 and the Masonic Girls School in 1963. He became vice-president of the Belfast Masonic Widows Fund in 1976. He has been an active member of the Crumlin Road Craft and Royal Arch Classes of Instruction for approximately 65 years and has served with distinction in other branches of the Order. Tommy joined the Friendly Brothers of St John Lodge in 2006, after his Mother Lodge returned their Warrant, and continues to enjoy his Masonry right up the the present time.

A Final View of the Presentation to Very Wor Bro Tommy Frame.

A Final View of the Presentation to Very Wor Bro Tommy Frame.

IU’m sure Tommy might be intereswted in the ode written to commemorate the centenary of his current Lodge in the year 1882, which is still preserved in the old Lodge records of this Lodge still held in the Rosemary Street Museum.

“TRUE TO THE MOTHER LODGE.”
That unity is strength we’re told, and where is finer proof
To show this proverb true ? ‘Neath our own Masonic roof,
With heart and hand whene’er we meet, we meet as friend and brother;
All children of one family ; the dear old Lodge our mother.

CHORUS.
True to your Mother Lodge always be;
Work well together, friends in harmony.
Square your actions day by day where the Compass points the way,
And help a needy brother when distress you see.

In every quarter of the earth does Masonry abound.
The grips, the signs, the passwords, too, in ev’ry land are found.
From deadly peril oftentimes a brother has been freed,
And through the Craft has found a friend in darkest hour of need.

Tho’ mighty nations rise and fall midst warlike strife and crime,
Our glorious Temple stands erect, defying age and time.
‘Twill last until old Father Time his earthly course has run,
And our Grand Master calls the roll, and tells us, “Work is done.”

Our Mother Lodge, famed six-nought-nine, in seventeen-eighty-two
Received its Charter first, to which it always has been true.
This is her first Centenary; none here the next will see;
So I want each brother heartily to say along with me —

CHORUS

True to your Mother Lodge always be;
Work well together, friends in harmony.
Square your actions day by day where Compass points the way,
And help a needy brother when distress you see.

About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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