Bristol Lodge Celebrates 225 Years
Bristol Lodge No. 25, considered as one of the oldest Masonic lodges in the country was granted a warrant to operate on March 15, 1780, and over the years its members have met regularly ever since that historic date. Bristol Lodge's first hall was erected on Cedar Street near Market Street in Bristol, PA, in 1815 and stood until the summer of 1853 when the old structure was torn down and the lodge's present building was erected at the same site and opened in 1854.
On Sunday afternoon, March 20, the officers, members and guests of Bristol Lodge, gathered to celebrate the lodge's historic 225th anniversary at King's Caterers in Levittown, with a special banquet attended by RW Grand Master William Slater II, and the Grand Lodge Officers, along with William A. Wetterau, District Deputy Grand Master of the 8th Masonic District. District Deputy Grand Masters from other districts and numerous officers from lodges throughout Pennsylvania and their ladies, were also present for the historic occasion.
At an afternoon social gathering, 217 Bristol Lodge members and guests snacked on a variety of hot hors d'oeuvres, while renewing old friendships and acquaintances.
Grand Master Slater acknowledged Bristol Lodge's historic milestone, and presented a history of Bristol Lodge to the lodge through Trevor C. Drake, Worshipful Master. Grand Master Slater spoke eloquently about Pennsylvania Freemasons in general and Bristol Lodge No. 25's unique history in particular.
Grand Master Slater's remarks also included positive comments regarding the Pennsylvania Child Identification Program (CHIP), and he presented every Mason present at the banquet with a Pennsylvania Freemasons Sharing the Light lapel pin. The Grand Master concluded his remarks by saying how honored he was to attend Bristol Lodge's banquet and share in the lodge's celebration.
Grand Master Slater was presented a commemorative plate of Bristol Lodge No. 25's historic 225th Anniversary and the Grand Master accepted a donation to the CHIP Program by the members of Bristol Lodge, presented by Worshipful Master Drake.
The overflow crowd and their ladies were serenaded by recorded music provided by disc jockey Brooks Saint Ives throughout the banquet.
Following dinner, entertainment was provided by the Pennsbury Senior High School Choir with dancing to the melodic sounds of The First Time Around Band. A grand time was enjoyed by everyone present.