It is with sadness we record the death of our IPM WBro Stephen James Bateman.

21st July 1953 – 12th November 2018.

Steve was Initiated into Clavis Lodge in April 2009 and was installed as WM in October 2017.




Our Installation meeting took place on Saturday 13th October 2018 at Weyland Hall, Bicester.

We were pleased to welcome the PGM of Oxfordshire the RW Bro James Hilditch.

Unfortunately WBro Steve Bateman WM was not able to join us as he was, again,  in hospital. All the Brethren wished Steve the very best of good fortune in his continued fight to regain his health.

The Master Elect, Bro Ray Clarke was Installed as Worshipful Master by W Bro. Ian Hill and the IPM W Bro Martin Kirk.

W Bro Clarke appointed and invested his Officers.

There followed a superb Festive Board where W Bro Derek Barrett sang The Master’s Song.

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Pictured above L-R: WBro Graham Hayward-JW, WBro Andrew Keech-ProvGChStwd, RWBro James Hilditch-PGM, WBro Ray Clarke-WM, WBro Ian Hill-IM, WBro Martin Kirk-IPM and IM, WBro Barclay Lawrence-SW.



Congratulations to the following members of Clavis Lodge who received the following at PGL earlier in the month:

W Bro Andrew Keech was re-appointed ProvGChStwd
W Bro Alan Mayle was appointed PPrJGD
W Bro Nicholas Parsons was promoted to PPrJGW.


The Summer 2018 meeting was held in Bristol over the weekend of the 8-10th June.

A full programme of events was organised by the WM, WBro Steve Bateman, but unfortunately Steve found himself in hospital on the day of the meeting.

Brethren assembled at lunchtime in The Knight’s Templar and this was followed by ringing at 3 churches in the city centre.  Friday evening saw the Brethren and partners on a river trip round Bristol Docks followed by a meal at The Llandoger Trow.


At the lodge meeting on the Saturday, held in the Bristol Masonic Centre,  IPM W Bro Martin Kirk opened the lodge and WBro Andrew Keech Passed Bro Bill Liebow to the 2nd degree.

The white table dinner was held at the Centre at which very best wishes were accorded to WBro Steve for return to full health.



Congratulations to our Assistant DC,  W Bro. Simon Glanfield, who has received promotion to PPrJGD in his native county of Devonshire.


Our Spring 2018 meeting was an Initiation. held at Weyland Hall, Bicester.

Jon Waters was Initiated into the Lodge by WBro Alan Mayle and WBro Steve Waters – his Dad!


                              Pictured above (L-R)  : W Bro Alan Mayle, Bro Jon Waters and W Bro Steve Waters.


The Initiate (Lewis)  and his Dad !

Following the ceremony a super Festive Board was held which displayed to our visitors the warm welcome and  great fellowship for which Clavis Lodge is renowned.



Congratulations to W Bro Mark Wilson who recently became a Founder Member of The Permanent Way Lodge No: 9951 in the Province of Worcestershire.




The death is recorded of W.Bro John Mark Thomas Parker PPrGStdBr

11th February 1964 – 3rd February 2018

Mark was initiated into Clavis in April 1990 and was WM in 2002.




Bro Duncan Walker – a Steward of Clavis Lodge was installed into the  Chair of Unanimity Lodge No 339 ( his Mother Lodge) on Thursday 18th Jan 2018.
Clavis Lodge was represented by our Secretary W.Bro David Cox together with Bro Colin Belsey (JD) , who sang the Masters Song, and W Bro John Proudfoot.





It is with sadness that we record the death of W.Bro Aubrey James Phillips PPrGSuptWks 

– Jim to all who knew him.               

15th April 1935 – 1st December 2017

Jim joined Clavis Lodge in 1984 and was installed in the Chair in 1995.

He will very much be missed as a Mason, Ringer and Friend.



Ten members of Clavis Lodge met at St Thomas’ Church, Oxford to ring a Peal to celebrate the Tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Details can be found here:   http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1198056


At our Autumn 2017 meeting held on October 14th Bro Steve Bateman was installed into the Chair of the Lodge by the Installing Master WBro Martin Kirk.

The Lodge was honoured by the attendance of RWBro James Hilditch the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Oxfordshire.

Our newly installed Master presided over a first class Festive Board to conclude an excellent day in Bicester and the beginning of his year in office.



(l-r)  WBro Ewan Gordon- PrGStwd, WBro Martin Kirk- IM, WBro Stephen  Bateman- WM, RWBro James Hilditch- PGM,  WBro Andrew Keech PrGChStwd, WBro the  PrGPurs.
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The Festive Board.



The Lodge congratulates the following members on their appointments and promotions in the October 2017 Provincial Grand Lodge of Oxfordshire:

W.Bro Steve Waters appointed PPrSGD

W.Bro Mark Wilson promoted to PPrGSwdB

W.Bro Nigel Thomson  promoted to PPrGReg


W.Bro Andrew Keech appointed  ProvGChStwd


The Summer meeting 2017 was held in Leominster, Herefordshire on  Saturday June 10th  when Bro. Gareth Jones was raised to the 3rd degree. The following white table dinner was held at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford.

This formed part of a weekend of activity organised my the WM W Bro Martin Kirk.

Meeting up at  Trumpet Inn on the Friday for lunch, the members and partners enjoyed  leisurely ringing at three churches on the way to Hereford.

Friday evening saw 28 of the group at Weston’s Cider Mill for a tour, tasting and meal.





On Sunday morning some braved the steps up the cathedral tower to augment the local band.


The Spring 2017 meeting was an Initiation Ceremony and  held at Weyland Hall, North Street, Bicester, OX26 6NE on April 8th at 3.00 pm.

In that ceremony Bill Liebow was Initiated into the Lodge in the presence of the APGM  WBro Alan Knowles. It was an enjoyable day and a super evening with Bro Liebow being received into the lodge in fine style.



WBro Alan Knowles, WBro Martin Kirk and Bro Bill Liebow


Our Autumn 2016 meeting held at Weyland Hall Bicester saw the Installation of Bro Martin Kirk into the Chair of the Lodge . He was installed by the IPM W.Bro. Andrew Keech.

Bro Steve Bateman and Bro Ray Clarke were appointed and invested as Senior and Junior Wardens respectively.


Pictured above are the Deputy Provincial Grand Master V W.Bro. Neal Spencer and W.Bro Martin Kirk.


The Summer 2016 Meeting was held in June and the WM W.Bro. Andrew Keech organised a full programme of Ringing, Masonic and Social activity based in Bedford.

At this meeting Bro. Gareth Jones was passed to Second Degree.

As usual at the summer meeting we were joined  by partners, wives and friends.


In May 8 members travelled to Broadclyst in Devon where they rang a peal of Uxbridge Surprise Major.

Full details can be found here: http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1010020


On April 22nd ten members of the Lodge met at Higham Ferrers to attempt a peal.

They were successful and full details can be found here:  http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1003488


Our Spring 2016 meeting was held, as usual, in April at Bicester and Gareth Jones was Initiated into Masonry by the WM W.Bro. Andrew Keech


At our Installation Meeting held at Weyland Hall Bicester in October 2015, WBro Andrew Keech was installed as WM of the lodge by the Installing Master WBro David Hull.


(L-R)  APGM  WBro Alan Knowles, Deputy Provincial Grand Master V W.Bro. Neal Spencer , WBro Andrew Keech,  Prov Grand Secretary WBro Ivor Hawkins.



At our meeting in October 2016  we resolved to hold all our April and October meetings at Weyland Hall, North Street, Bicester.

We are always pleased to host visitors, so drop us a line if you’d like to attend. Moreover any bellringers who’d like to know more about Masonry are most welcome to contact the secretary to find out more.