The Early Years
At the second Regular Meeting on November 13th 1964 a ballot took place for the above four candidates and this proving successful Mr. David Vernon Hughes was Initiated on 11th December 1964 and Mr. Brian John Hefferman was initiated on the 8th January 1965. It is of interest to note that W.Bro. A.G.Thomas, PPJGW, of Aberconwy Lodge No.5996 who has recently celebrated 60 years in Freemasonry as well as his father, with the same name but a member of St. Tudno Lodge No.775 attended at Mr. Hughes’ initiation.
During the first years candidates came forward regularly, but there were a number of problems with the interpretation of the phrase “professional and business” which resulted in members being prevented from proposing good candidates for membership of this Lodge. Also some candidates proposed lived a considerable distance from Hawarden and so after going through their Third Degree were not able to make progress in the Lodge or contribute greatly to its development.
There were other problems associated with the day in the month that the Lodge met. In March, 1967, a Notice of Motion was carried unanimously to change the regular day of meeting from the second Friday to the fourth Thursday in the month. The Minutes state that “the alteration was necessary in order that we should reach an amicable agreement with Old Castles’ Lodge No. 5773, so that they might continue to hold their rehearsal meeting on the same Friday evening as they had done in past years. Subsequently, in February, 1969, a further Notice of Motion resulted in the decision to change the day of the meeting to the last Friday in the month and the Installation Meeting to be on the last Saturday in March, which appertains to this day.
At the Committee Meeting of the Lodge held in September 1968 the Lodge Crest was approved as it appeared on the September Lodge Summons for the first time with the request that a little of the dark background be removed. This crest had been created by the Head of Art at Hawarden Grammar School, Mr. Ray Day. The Crest and Lodge Jewels show the Mossley Valley with a “Red House” that also overlooked the valley. This house was a Gladstone family house which has since been demolished.
Of the Founders, W. Bro. Emlyn Roberts became ProvGOrganist. In 1966 and was promoted to the rank of PPJGW in 1981; W.Bro. John Hewitt was promoted to the rank of PPJGW in 1969; W.Bro. John Kilshaw received Provincial Honours in 1970 as ProvAGReg. and was promoted to the rank of PPJGW in 1984; W.Bro. Thomas Kenneth Hibbert was also promoted to Prov.JGW in1974; W.Bro.H.Gordon Davies received Provincial Honours as ProvAGSec in 1973;W.Bro. William Leslie Rowlands also received Provincial Honours as ProvSGD in 1973; W.Bro. Aylmer Hughes Clark received Provincial Honours as ProvJGD in 1975.
Of the first two Initiates into Mossley Lodge W.Bro. David V Hughes is now the current Secretary. Having received Provincial Honours as PPAGDC in 1977, promoted to PPGSwdB in 2001, promoted to PPJGW in 2007 and received Grand Rank as PAGDC in 2009. Unfortunately W.Bro Brian J Hefferman who received Provincial Honours as PPAGReg in 1978 died on October 6th 1983. He is still remembered in the Lodge – the Tracing Boards were presented to the Lodge by his wife, Marion, in his memory in October 1985.
In February 1972 the Secretary and “Father” of the Lodge W.Bro. John Hewitt decided to resign from the Lodge and although, at the time, this caused concern the other Founders rallied round to make sure that the Lodge continued with the meetings being harmonious. Indeed it can be said that the Members and, in particular the Master Elect W.Bro. Brian Hefferman should be congratulated for their determination to make sure that Mossley suffered little disruption .
At the October meeting in 1972 members of St. Marks Lodge, No 2423, in Connah’s Quay officially attended Mossley Lodge. The Master of St Marks at that time was W. Bro. Dennis Murray and he was accompanied by fourteen of their members. In January 1973 the Members of Mossley Lodge returned the compliment by attending the meeting of St. Mark’s Lodge. They again visited St.Mark’s Lodge in January 1974.