Armistice Meeting: Victoria Rifles Lodge No 822

The Old Wellingtonian Lodge would like to pay tribute to the Worship Master and Brethren of Victoria Rifles Lodge No 822 for the wonderful and moving tribute paid to the fallen at the Armistice Day meeting held in Grand Temple on 10 November 2018. 

In particular the brethren would like to commend the leadership of one of our own, W Bro James Milne who served as Master of Victoria Rifles for the years either side of the meeting.

London Grand Rank

The Lodge would like the congratulate all those receiving London Grand Rank in November, including our very own Mentor, W Bro Simon Wilson on his appointment.

College Meeting 2019

The OW Lodge held its annual meeting at Wellington College, the 426th meeting of the Lodge, on 11 May 2019.

The sun beat the rain as Wellington put Radley to the sword (or bat) on turf, and we had visitors too – old friends and new joined us from the Old Rugbeians, Stanwell, Be Prepared, the Old Uppinghamians and the Provincial Grand Master of Berkshire.

The Worshipful Master Sid Mallya conducted a wonderful and rare ceremony – it is rare and indeed special when a member of a Lodge brings his son into masonry; that new mason is known as a Lewis and the continuity of masonry receives a special boost. It is rarer still when a son brings in his father, as was the case on this occasion.

We repaired to Great School for drinks, being joined by more friends from the Lodge and College including CMStGP, Murray Lindo and the Master Elect, James Dahl who honoured us with a few words on the state of College.

The Master Elect of College designated a charity for the evening, WOW or Widening Opportunities at Wellington, which the Lodge was pleased to support with a donation of £500, and a matching contribution of £500 to the Herbert Trust, now part of the wider College charities, which supports the education of OW’s children.

Dinner was enjoyed by 38 members and guests, and lamenting the passing of the Waterloo Hotel we departed into the late evening to the sounds of the clock over Porters’ Lodge.

The dinner is an open affair, and all members of the Wellington Community are most welcome. Next year we shall be meeting on 30 May, so please email the secretary if you would like to attend. All are most welcome.

February 2019 Meeting

After many happy festive boards at the East India Club, the February meeting saw the Lodge hold its meeting at this favourite haunt, the first meeting in St James’s for some 40 years. 

We conducted a fine raising ceremony, presided over by WM Sid Mallya in a fluent and confident performance, with the Traditional History being delivered with great style and understanding by W Bro Matt Burrows of our Mother Lodge, Household Brigade No 2614. We were also delighted to be joined by a familiar face from the Old Bradfield Lodge.

We finished the evening with an excellent meal and over Port and Madeira celebrated the imminent milestone of VW Bro Jervis Kay’s birthday.

Metropolitan Grand Steward

The Old Wellingtonian Lodge and its two past Metropolitan Grand Stewards would like to congratulate W Bro Matthew Saunders (WM 2015) on being appointed as a Metropolitan Grand Steward for the 2018/19 year. We wish him and all this year’s Met Grand Stewards every success and an enjoyable year.

Jimmy Higham Single

Jimmy Higham was an Old Rossalian and member of the Senior Common Room at Wellington College before his untimely death from cancer at the age of 26.

His cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” recorded in 2009 has become a posthumus hit, and is currently in the charts.

The cause has been taken up by the popular press, including the Daily Telegraph  with every 79 p download of the song commits 60p to the Jimmy Higham Bursary fund, a cause worthy of support amongst all OWs, ORs, and others.

The Fund “will provide a place at Wellington for a student from the north-west of England – a transformational opportunity and one which will perpetuate the memory of a great teacher and man”.

To download the single click here.



Note: For the avoidance of doubt Jimmy Higham was not a member of the OW Lodge