Symphony Lodge No 4924

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During the first twelve months of its life, up to the outbreak of war, scarcely a name appears on the list of initiates which is not connected with the world of entertainment. locally, nationally or internationally, mainly musicians – Reg Dixon, “Bertini”, George Hilton (father of Jack) and others too numerous to to mention.  In October, 1931, the Lodge minutes record the receipt of a letter, in appreciation of the services of members of Symphony, who had formed the orchestra at the Masonic Service held at St John’s Church.  Many other such occasions are recorded.  The festive Boards were often scenes of “Star” entertainment, when visitors such as Webster Booth, David Nixon, Arthur Askey, Nat Jackley, and others, visited the Lodge.

In the early years of its existence, the Lodge suffered lean times, its very foundations in Music being badly shaken by the advent of the “Talkies”.  Cinemas dismissed their orchestra and pianist; hotels replaced orchestras with temporary bands, now available to them on casual basis.  Many of our members were obliged to change their professions, or seek employment away from Blackpool.  Generally, however, they maintained their connection with the Lodge, resulting in a legacy of a rather large number of Country Members.  Brother A. J. S. Bowden and W. H. Scott, both proposed at the first regular meeting of the Lodge, were amongst those who remained in Blackpool.  W.Bro. A. J. S. Bowden, P.Pr.A.G.D.C., maintained an almost unbroken record of attendance; he was the first initiate in the Lodge to be Worshipful Master and served as Director of Ceremonies from 1939 until his death in 1976.  W. H. Scott with a similar attendance record died in 1988 aged 92.

In recent years  the Lodge has drawn its membership from a much wider field and no longer meets during the summer months.  The Lodge looks forward with confidence  assured that the future of the Lodge rests in the safe hands of a “band” of enthusiasts from all walks of life.