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 Sebastian Petzolt-  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.

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.