Distinguished Officers

Over the years, Masefield Lodge has benefited from the valuable experience of many distinguished Officers in these roles, whose names are recorded here:
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Names in italic are deceased members.



Grand Lodge Officers

Masefield Lodge is very proud of all the members but here we pay particular attention to our past and present Officers of Grand Lodge from the founding of the Lodge. The names below are listed in order of joining:

W.Bro. J.S. Pritchett (pictured)

W.Bro. J.S. Pritchett
  • M.A. Barrister-at-Law.
  • Founder Masefield. Honorary Member 1928.
  • Initiated into Alma Mater Lodge No. 1644, 1880.
  • W.Master 1886 and 1919 (in other Lodges).
  • P.G.D. 1918.
  • Asst. Prov.G.M. (Warks.) 1925.
  • Deputy Prov.G.M. (Warks.) 1935.
  • Founder (Warks.) Installed Masters Lodge No. 4538, 1923.
  • Died 1941.

W.Bro. J.S. Pritchett was probably the most distinguished of our Founders, although he never occupied the Chair of the Lodge. He lived with his three brothers in the family home at Eagle Cottage, Redditch Road, Kings Norton, and was a barrister in practice in Birmingham, later becoming Recorder of Lincoln, and an Alderman of the City of Birmingham.

He was for many years a Stipendiary Magistrate, and is said sometimes to have had a very short way with wrongdoers. To one prisoner he is reputed to have said “your wife doesn’t believe you; the police don’t believe you; and I don’t believe you. Six months.”

In 1928 he was elected an honorary member of the Lodge, and at the celebration of our Golden Jubilee in 1934 he was the sole surviving Founder of the Lodge.

W.Bro. Harry Clark

  • Royal Hanover Lodge No. 1777, Twickenham.
  • Joined Masefield 1887.
  • W.M. 1893.
  • P.P.S.G.W. (Beds.) 1922.
  • P.A.G.D.C. 1928.
  • Hon. Member 1930.
  • Died 1931.

W.Bro. C. Stevens, C.B.E. (pictured)

W.Bro. C. Stevens, C.B.E.
  • Rear-Admiral.
  • Initiated in Masefield 1890.
  • Joined Phoenix Lodge No. 257 in 1904,
  • W.M. of 257 in 1913.
  • 1922 P.P.J.G.D., (Hants and I.O.W),
  • 1923 Prov.G.Sec., (Hants and I.O.W.), A.G.Supt.Wks
  • 1933 P.G.D.
  • Died 1933.
  • A letter written onboard ship.

W.Bro. A.W. Watson

  • Initiated 1903.
  • W.M. 1911.
  • Prov.G.Treasurer 1924 - 26.
  • Prov.S.G.W. 1927.
  • P.A.G.St.B. 1933.
  • Almoner and Charity Steward of Masefield Lodge, 1912 - 1939.
  • Chairman Moseley Masonic Hall Co. Ltd., for two extended periods.
  • First Master of St. Mary’s Lodge No. 3879, 1918 and W.M. again in 1948.
  • Died 1959.

W.Bro. T. Mason

  • Initiated 1906.
  • W.M. 1915.
  • Prov.S.G.W. 1917.
  • P.A.G.D.C. 1935.
  • Joined Alchemy Lodge No. 3950 and De Montfort No. 5155 (both in Warks).
  • Honorary Member 1944.
  • Died 1945.
  • Known affectionately as “Uncle Tom”.

W.Bro. A.W.Smallwood (pictured)

W.Bro. A.W. Smallwood
  • Initiated 1917.
  • W.M. 1927.
  • Prov.A.G.P. 1931.
  • P.P.G.D. 1936.
  • P.P.G.W. 1947.
  • Asst.Prov.G.M. 1955 - 62.
  • P.G.D. 1957.
  • First Master Nautical Services Lodge No. 5629 in 1936.
  • W.M. Worcestershire Installed Masters’ Lodge No. 6889, 1957.
  • Died 1965.

W.Bro. D.R. ("Jim") Counsell (pictured)

W.Bro.D.R. ("Jim") Counsell
  • Initiated in Beaufort Lodge No. 103 (Bristol) 1918.
  • Joined Masefield 1921.
  • W.M. 1936.
  • Founder of Francis Davies Lodge No. 5035, 1928 - W.M. 1932.
  • Prov.A.G.P. 1934.
  • P.P.S.G.W. 1937.
  • P.A.G.D.C.1954.
  • P.G.D. 1965.
  • Founder Weatheroak Lodge 7214. Consecrated 17.12.1952.
  • Joined Installed Masters Lodge No. 6889 in 1966.
  • Died 1979.

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Counsell who lost an arm in the Great War, an Inspector of Taxes by profession. A tall man, somewhat gaunt in appearance, he maintained an impressive physical presence to the end of his days. A formidable man who insisted that the Lodge was tightly run to the Book of Constitutions. He was a stickler for attention to detail, paperwork, timing, and ritual. He insisted that no one ever used a ritual book in the Lodge, not even the IPM.

Jim never missed an officers meeting till the day he died . A stalwart of the lodge who possibly more than any other, with the possible exception of Arthur Watson, in the Lodge history contributed to its form and high standing in the Province.

He never played golf but was one of the organising founders of Weatheroak and used to alternate at the Provincial meetings in his allegiance to the roll call of Lodges they used to practise in those days. He would meticulously stand for Masefield one year, Weatheroak the next, ultimately becoming a senior Past Master of both.

W.Bro. G. Mawson

  • Initiated 1921.
  • W.M. 1937.
  • Prov.S.G.D. 1942
  • P.P.S.G.W. 1964.
  • P.G.Std.B. 1961.
  • Almoner and Charity Steward 1940 - 1964.
  • Died 1964.

W.Bro. F.D. Ratcliff

  • P.M. Vernon Lodge No. 560, Stourport.
  • P.G.Std.B. 1924.
  • Joined Masefield 1928.
  • Founder Severn Lodge No. 5583, 1935.
  • Hon. Member 1948.
  • Died 1951.

W.Bro. J. Finney

  • P.M. Archimedes Lodge No. 3802 (Warks.)
  • P.G.Std.B. 1953.
  • Joined Masefield 1945.
  • Died 1968.

W.Bro. P.B. Hodgkinson (pictured)

W.Bro. Phil Hodgkinson
  • Initiated 1949.
  • W.M. 1960.
  • P.Prov.S.G.W. 1979.
  • P.G.Std.B. 1985.
  • Celebrated 50 years, April 1999.
  • Died 2nd February 2007.

V.W.Bro. R.E. Whitlock (pictured)

V.W.Bro. Bob Whitlock
  • Initiated 1952. - W.M. 1964.
  • Prov.A.G.D.C. 1969. - Prov.Deputy G.D.C. 1975. - Prov.G.D.C. 1977.
  • P.P.S.G.W. 1978.
  • P.A.G.D.C. 1979.
  • Asst.Prov.G.M. 1982.
  • P.S.G.D. 1984.
  • Prov.Deputy.G.M. 1993.
  • P.G.Swd.B. 1994.
  • P.Prov.Dep.G.M. 2002. - Celebrated 50 years also April 2002.
  • Died 2005.

W.Bro. D.P. Alexander (pictured)

W.Bro. Don Alexander
  • Initiated 1957.
  • W.M. 1968.
  • Prov.S.G.W. 1973.
  • P.A.G.D.C. 1979.
  • Died 25th December 1996.

W.Bro. F. Fowler (pictured)

W.Bro. Fred Fowler
  • Initiated 1950.
  • W.M. 1962.
  • P.Prov.J.G.W. 1979.
  • P.Prov.S.G.W. 1985.
  • P.A.G.Swd.B. 1988.
  • Celebrated 50 years, April 2000.
  • Cert.Merit Worcs. 2000.
  • Resigned (through ill health) 2001.
  • Died 2003.

W.Bro. Dr. W. Whitelaw (article)

V.W.Bro. R.B.W. Price (pictured)

V.W.Bro. R.B.W. Price
  • Initiated into Masefield Lodge No. 2034, 13th November 1961, Master in 1974 & 1984
  • Joined Lodge of The Round Table No. 7961 in 1981, Master 1990
  • Joined Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge No. 6889 in 2004
  • Joined Worcestershire Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No. 9142 in 2005
  • Joined Birmingham Old Edwardian Lodge No. 7115, Warwickshire in 1986, Master in 1992
  • Joined Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge of Warwickshire No. 9253 in 1998
  • Holds the rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon in the Province of Warwickshire
  • Appointed Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1979
  • Promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden 1984
  • Promoted to Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 1990
  • Appointed Past Junior Grand Deacon United Grand Lodge of England 2004
  • Promoted to Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer in 2007
  • Promoted Past Grand Sword Bearer 2010
  • Exalted into Masefield Royal Arch Chapter No. 2034, in 1971
  • Installed MEZ in 1981 and 1982
  • Founder & First Haggai of R.A. Chapter of the Round Table No. 7961 1995, MEZ 1996
  • Appointer Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1983
  • Promoted to Past Provincial Grand Sojourner in 1989
  • Promoted to Past Provincial Grand Registrar in 1994
  • Promoted to Provincial Grand Joshua in 2000
  • Appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Supreme Grand Chapter in 1997
  • M. E. Grand Superintendent for The Royal Arch Province of Worcestershire in 2004
  • Honorary Member of:-
  • Perseverance R. A. Chapter No. 573
  • Wigornia R. A. Chapter No. 4935
  • Old Bromsgrovian R. A. Chapter No. 5743
  • Lapel R. A. Chapter No. 6031
  • Almacantar R. A. Chapter No. 7023
  • White Ensign R. A. Chapter No. 9169
  • Celebrated 50 years in Freemasonry, 14th November 2011.

W.Bro. P.C. Band (pictured)

W.Bro. P.C. Band
  • Initiated in Cosmopolitan Lodge No. 3391 1973.
  • Joined Masefield Lodge 1983.
  • Prov.S.G.D. (Warks.) 1987.
  • W.M. 1988 and 2007.
  • Prov.G.Stwd. 1992. - Prov.J.G.W. 1993.
  • P.Prov.G.Swd.B. (Warks.) 1995.
  • P.A.G.D.C. 1999.
  • Asst.Prov.Grand Master 2003.
  • P.S.G.D., 2004 .
  • W.M. , Past Asst.Grand Master 2008.

W.Bro. S.W.S. ("Bill") Southgate (pictured)

W.Bro. S.W.S. Southgate
  • Initiated in Border Lodge No. 2475 (Hants & IOW) 1979.
  • W.M. Border Lodge No. 2475 (Hants & IOW) 1990.
  • Appointed Prov.G.Purs. (Hants & IOW) 1998.
  • Promoted to P.Prov.S.G.D. (Hants & IOW) 1999.
  • Joined Mid Wessex Installed Masters Lodge No. 8859 (Hants & IOW) 2000.
  • Joined Sussex Masters Lodge No. 3672 (Sussex) 2003.
  • Appointed P.G.St.B. 2004.
  • Joined Bournemouth & District Masters Lodge No. 9152 (Hants & IOW) 2005.
  • Joined Masefield Lodge 11th December 2006. W.M. 2010.
  • Joined Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge October 2011.

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