Brian Ward Price was born in 1942 in London, where his father was serving with the Air Ministry.
However, his roots have so far been traced back to the late 16th Century in Devon, Shropshire,
Worcestershire and Yorkshire. His family spent some years in India, but eventually settled in
Harrogate in 1954 where he was educated at Harrogate Grammar School.
After University in Manchester, he worked briefly as an industrial chemist in the textile industry, but in 1963 joined the Royal Air Force as a Supply Officer.
Over the years he also became an air transport specialist, an operations research analyst and computer modeller, and a Management Consultant in various Information Technology fields.
He held corporate Membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellowship of the Institute of Management.
His Air Force career, lasting nearly 34 years, took him not only to many parts of the United Kingdom but also to Malaya, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Germany with a final tour working with NATO and the European Community in Belgium.
He was appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1992 and retired from the RAF in 1997.
He now lives in Harrogate, North Yorkshire with his wife Julia, a retired Junior School Teacher, whom he married in 1968. They have two children, Owen, (born 1971), and Eleanor, (born 1975); both are graduates and Owen is a Chemical Engineer and Eleanor is a doula and mother to Brian and Julia's three grandchildren.
His hobbies and interests, besides Freemasonry, have included Gliding, Flying, instructing scouts, and genealogy, archaeology, classical music, walking, camping, and travel
He was initiated in The Spa Lodge, No 7609 in Harrogate, on 17 June 70 when his father was Junior Warden and was installed as WM In October 1978.
While working in London, he joined the Royal Air Force Lodge, No 7335 in London in 1973 and served as WM 1981-82 and as Treasurer 1986-93. Between 1982 and 1986 RAF duty took him to the United States where he became a member of Fairborn Lodge No. 764 under the Grand Lodge of Ohio.
Later still in the 1990s, RAF duty took him to Belgium where he joined Chevalier Ramsay Lodge No. 4 under the Regular Grand Lodge of Belgium serving as its Director of
Ceremonies - an interesting office with members of a dozen or more nationalities, most without English as their first language and working an American ritual.
He received the Provincial ranks of Past Assistant Grand Registrar (1988) and Past Junior Grand Warden (2000), in the Province of Yorkshire (West Riding) and London Grand Rank in 1990.
He was appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2010. He has a keen interest in Masonic history and has been a Member of the Correspondence Circle of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No 2076 since 1971, and was elected a full member of that lodge in 2010 and WM in 2016-17.
Historical works include a History of his Mother Lodge to celebrate its 50-years in 2008, and he lectures on a wide variety of Masonic subjects. Recent speaking engagements include the UGLE Tercentenary Conference in Cambridge and the Opening Keynote Address at the Caribbean and Western Atlantic Regional Tercentenary Celebrations in Jamaica in 2017.
In the Royal Arch, he was exalted in November 1976 in The Spa Royal Arch Chapter No 7609, Harrogate serving as its First Principal in 1990-91, and as Director of Ceremonies 1997-2011.
He has represented the Chapter on the Leeds and District Royal Arch Council since 1997 serving as President in 2010-11 and Treasurer from 2007 until today. During another period of RAF duty in London, he joined the Royal Air Force Chapter No. 7335 in 1990 and has served three times as First Principal (1991-92, 2008-09, and 2019-20 although the Coronavirus Pandemic might well extend his current term for a second year.).
He received the Provincial ranks of Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies (1996), Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer (1997), and Past Grand Scribe Nehemiah (2002) in the Provincial Grand Chapter of Yorkshire (West Riding), London Grand Chapter Rank (1998), Senior London Grand Chapter Rank in 2010 and Grand Sword Bearer of the London
Metropolitan Grand Chapter in 2011. In the 1980s RAF service took him to the United States and it was his association with Rabboni Chapter No. 232 Fairborn, under the Supreme Grand Chapter of Ohio that the differences between Masonic Constitutions started to become obvious; in particular Royal Arch membership in the USA, as in Scotland, requires possession of the Mark and Excellent Master or Most Excellent Master degrees which, in England are part of the Order of Royal and Select Masters. His masonic knowledge consequently broadened considerably.
He lectures on several Royal Arch subjects and compiled the history of The Spa Chapter to commemorate its 50 years in 2013.
Other Degrees and Orders.
His RAF duties brought into contact with many other forms of Freemasonry - many of a very different character to the 'normal' English pattern which also showed how much changed in England as a result of the Union of 1813. This illustrated only too well the impact on global Freemasonry that Military organisations still have today - although to a much lesser extent than in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries during the heyday of Military Travelling lodges.
His interest in Military and Chivalric history naturally fuelled an attraction to Chivalric and Military Orders of Freemasonry and he is a member of the Ancient and Accepted Rite (Rose Croix), The United Orders (Knights Templar and Knights of Malta), the Order of Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and Order of Holy Wisdom, The Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, and the Order of Knights Beneficent of the Holy City within the Rectified Scottish Rite. In most of these he holds Grand Rank.
Through deployment on military duties where he was stationed remote from his usual Yorkshire-based English masonry, his Freemasonry came to embrace Mark, The Order of Royal and Select Masters and the Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees, but his historical interests show very clearly how these all had their base within Eighteenth Century Antients workings.
In most Orders he currently holds office and has been honoured with active Provincial or Grand Rank with particular recognition in the Allied Order as Deputy Grand Master in 2008-10 and Grand Historiographer since that date. This all illustrates a 50-year career of a globe-trotting Brother with a rather diverse pattern of activity in 5
different constitutions over which, including some 38 honorary memberships, brought membership of over 70 different masonic units including some in America, Belgium, Caribbean Islands, France, Germany, Guyana, India, and South Africa, as well as the British Isles; it is not surprising he is currently in his 27th Chair.
A brief resume of Brian's involvement with other orders and degrees may be of interest as they illustrate a slightly unusual masonic career, and they have a significant bearing on the extensive range of lectures for which he is well known. Active ranks are shown in Bold Type.
Mark. He received his mark in 1982 in Rabboni Chapter No. 232 Fairborn, under the Supreme
Grand Chapter of Ohio, and joined Knaresborough Castle Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 768 in 1999, and served as Master in 2011-12. In 2007 he became a founder member of Joey Dunlop Lodge No. 1881, the first Mark Master Masons Lodge for Motor Cyclists, occupied the Chair in 2009-10 and is currently Director of Ceremonies. His service to Mark Masonry was recognised with an appointmentas Past Provincial Junior Grand Overseer in West Yorkshire in 2013 and Provincial Grand Master Overseer in Leicestershire and Rutland in 2013 followed by Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2019.
Ancient and Accepted Rite. Brian's interest in Chivalric and Military Freemasonry took him towards such Orders early on in his career. He was admitted a member of the Ancient and Accepted Rite in Harrogate Rose Croix Chapter No 355 in 1974, serving as Sovereign 1991-92 and as DC from 2006- 14. He received the 30th Degree in 1992, 31st Degree in 2005, and 32nd Degree in 2012 and is currently prelate in Harrogate Chapter.
United Orders. In the United Orders, he was installed a Knight Templar and Knight of Malta in De Ros Preceptory No. 213, Harrogate in 1981, serving as Treasurer 1986-90, Preceptor and Prior 1992-93, Deputy Marshal (1996-2002), Marshal (2003-2006 and 2011-13). He served as Provincial Banner Bearer in the Province of West Yorkshire in 1996-97 and was honoured as Past Great Warden of Regalia in 2001. He was honoured with Honorary Membership of Nathaniel Greene Commandery No 81 KT, Xenia, Ohio, in 1982. He regularly lectures on KT subjects, is currently compiling the history of his Preceptory for its Centenary celebration in October 2020, and has recently completed the history of the United Orders for Great Priory.
Royal and Select Masters. His first contact with the Cryptic degrees was in his American Royal Arch Chapter where he received the Most Excellent Master degree in 1982 as a prior qualification for the Royal Arch. In this Order, his Mother Council is Wright Council No. 96 R&SM, Xenia, Ohio, USA.
He joined White Rose Council No. 17, in Harrogate, in 1985, served as Master in 1991-92 and 2018-19; Treasurer 1996-98, and DC from 1999-2005 and 2019-Date. He holds honorary membership in 10 English Councils. He served as Divisional Recorder for the North Eastern Division 1991-93, an interesting office in a Division extending from the River Humber to the Scottish border, relinquishing the appointment on Government assignment to Belgium. He was promoted to Cryptic Divisional Rank in 1993, served as Grand Sword Bearer in 1997, Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies (2000- 2002) and was promoted to Past Grand Lecturer in 2004 and Past Grand Councillor in 2010. He researched and published the Centenary History of White Rose Council No. 17 in 1999.
Allied Masonic Degrees. His first connection with the Allied degrees was in his United States Knight Templar Commandery where he received the Red Cross Degree in 1982. On return to the United Kingdom he joined Prince Edward Council "G" in 1986 (now in Ripon), served as Master 1992-93, and Treasurer in 1996-97. He joined Centennial Council No. 100 in 1998 in London, and holds honorary membership in 22 English Councils, 2 in India and 4 in the South West Caribbean. He received Allied Divisional Rank in 1995, was appointed District Grand Prefect for Yorkshire in 1997, and served as an elected member of the Executive Committee and a Trustee of the Order until 2010. During 2008-10 he served as Deputy Grand Master and is currently Grand Historiographer.
He has lectured on a variety of Allied subjects and was appointed Freddie Smyth Lecturer for the Order in 2005, 2007, and 2012 and has researched and published the history of Prince Edward Council to commemorate working from 1799 to date. He is recently published a volume of 23 lectures on different aspects of Allied history which trace its origins from Antients Craft roots.
Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests. In the Order of Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests,
he was admitted to Royal York Tabernacle No. 2, Harrogate, in 1988 and was a founder of Cliffe
Castle Tabernacle No. 201 at Keighley in 1997. He served as High Priest in 2000-2001 and has been Treasurer for the last 17 years! His services were recognised by successive promotions in Grand Ranks since 2003, currently holding the rank of Knight of Holy Wisdom. His research interests of relevance to this Order include an on-going study of the Lancashire and Yorkshire roots of the Priestly Order that formed an integral part of the Prince Edward Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees from 1819 to 1871.
Rectified Scottish Rite. In the Rectified Scottish Rite, he was admitted as a Scottish Master and
Scottish Master of St Andrew (SMSA) (4th Degree) 2008 St James's Lodge of Scottish Masters of St Andrew No 2, 2008, Consecrated as Squire Novice (5th Degree)and Commissioned Knight Beneficent of The Holy City (KBHC) (6th Degree) in the Prefectory of St George of London No. 1, 2008. He became a Founder Member of Constantine Lodge of Scottish Masters of St Andrew No. 13 in York in 2008, and Walsham How Lodge No. 18 in Morley in 2016 serving in a variety of offices in both Lodges and in the Prefecture of Brigantes. Further recognition came with appointments as Grand Banner Bearer of Grand Priory in 2015 and Past Deputy Great Herald in 2019.
Secret Monitor. In the Order of the Secret Monitor or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan he was
Inducted into Summus Conclave No. 3, in London in 2009 and Commissioned as a Supreme Ruler in 2015. He currently holds the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer.
Red Cross of Constantine. In the Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine he
was Installed as a Knight-Companion in St Andrews Conclave No. 15 held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India) 6 May 2009. He served as Acting Consecrating Grand Sword Bearer, St Joseph Conclave No. 491, Grand Imperial Conclave of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine. (At Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India) in 2009. This was followed by installation as a Knight-Companion of the Holy Sepulchre and St John the Evangelist, St Helena Conclave, Harrogate 26 Apr 2011.
"The PGM telephoned W Bro. David Child on the 16th June to congratulate him on attaining 60 years of membership of the Craft.
History may have been made as the PGM promoted W Bro. Child to the rank of PPrJGW on the 'phone, during the call."
During the 1950s, I attended several social functions at the Lodge of Friendship with my father, so after National Service, I spoke to him about joining the Lodge. I was initiated in June 1960.
In 1961 I was married and subsequently have had four children, two girls and two boys. I now have twelve Grandchildren and two Great Grandsons.
In March 1963, I was exalted in the Chapter of Faith and 11 June 1970, I was installed as a Knight by my Father into St. Laurence Preceptory.
In the 1960s the Lodge, which was strong with over 70 members, had a full-time stewardess with the Lodge. Meals being brought in and having to be carried up from the cellar by the stewards. It was two plates at a time until we obtained the stands which carried 5 plates. The steps were very uneven, so it was a miracle that there were no accidents!
In the early 60s, we had a visitor to the Lodge who was in the Black Watch regiment, and he gave a talk on Masonry in Cyprus. He was there at the same time as myself, and I wished I had been a mason at that time.
In those days we did not have very many Social Functions, just a Children's party and a Ladies evening.
The Children's party was always a huge success for upwards of 70 children. The ladies of the Lodge provided the tea while the children were entertained by a Professional Entertainer. After tea, there was a film show followed by Games and further Entertainment from the Entertainer. Carols were then sung, and Father Christmas came in on a sledge pushed by the Junior brethren. After the children, grandchildren, etc. had gone home, then there was a social for the remaining brethren.
During the year there was a Ladies night where visitors came and a good night was had by all.
Dependant on the WM there may be a ladies night for Brethren and their Lady only in November. It was on such an occasion when as Chief Steward I had to inform the WM Herman Jarvis of the assassination of the American President John F Kennedy.
In due time our stewardess retired and as no one was available to be appointed their quarters were incorporated into the Lodge. The Dining Room became bigger, The meals were provided by an outside caterer but prepared at ground level, and the stewards did not distribute the meal!!
In recent years the bar lounge has been altered and extended so a member of the 60/70s would not recognise it now.
December 1973 was a little different for at the Installation the WM. The SW and I as JW were
appointed but we three were all Lewises whose fathers were active in the Lodge.
In November 1976 we celebrated W.Bro Clifford Haigh's 50 years in Freemasonry. It was for me worse than an Installation for we had not only the Dep.PGM but the ASSISTANT PGMS. David Welch was only a Grand Lodge officer then. I felt sorry for the Prov. Charity Rep. who had to give a talk on Provincial Charities!!
Tragically during my time in the Lodge, I have seen two W Brethren Pass away, one while I was WM.
In 1977 I was IPM when the Treasurer W. Bro Priestley Carbutt fell ill, and I was asked to take over as Treasurer.
We three Lewises decided that all surpluses from Social Functions would go into a special reserve account so that there was money available to maintain our Lodge Premises, rather than reduce Lodge Subs. This I am pleased to say has continued with the current brethren, so the Lodge is in a reasonably healthy position.
Besides being Treasurer I have also been assistant Secretary, Secretary, Auditor & Organist. The
Lodge was fortunate to have 2 Organists so W Bro. Alan Clough and I were appointed and played when the other wasn't available. I have been the full-time organist for the last 20 years.
In 1985 I received a promotion to PPDepDofC and in 2000 to PPGR.
In 2010 I was delighted to have W Bro. Stuart G. Carley, to present me with my 50 years Certificate. This was a most enjoyable occasion.
In 2017 I was admitted to the hospital with a second dose of Bowel Cancer. I decided that travelling to Cleckheaton from Bingley was too far for me as well as the brethren to me. I played for the Installation in the December and then wrote my letter of resignation from the Lodge. It was a wonderful surprise to receive a reply asking if I would accept Honorary Membership; wonderful as I know that the Lodge does not give out Honorary membership lightly. I have played for their Installations and special ceremonies and accepted this wonderful gift.
I looked at the Lodges in Bingley and decided to join Shirley Lodge no 4978 This was approved in April 2019 and I was admitted in Sept. 2019 and am now the Almoner.
I was looking forward to the PGM presenting me with my 60 years certificate so my mother Lodge could enjoy the ceremony along with my new Lodge. Perhaps this may happen next year.
John Terrence (Terry) Hobson was initiated into Hillsborough Lodge No. 5444 on 8th March 1960, having been proposed by his father, W Bro A.E. (Jack) Hobson who was himself initiated into Hillsborough Lodge in 1944. Terry was passed in the May and raised in October of 1960 making steady progress through the long ladder of offices to be installed as WM in January 1975. He was appointed as PPDeputy Grand Sword Bearer in 1984, with promotion to PPJGW in 1993. Terry had been exalted into Hillsborough Royal Arch Chapter No.5444 in March 1973, installed as Z in 1980, appointed as PPAssistant Grand Scribe E in 1987 and promoted to PPGrand Scribe N in 1995, a reflection of his commitment to Sheffield Freemasonry which, has included him holding the position of President of Sheffield Royal Arch Council.
During his time in masonry Terry realised that he had made many early connections in life, having attended Oakwood prep school alongside W Bro Venon Outram, late of Royal Brunswick, before moving on to Ecclesfield Grammar School (which the late R W Bro JK Clayton also attended) – gaining his School Certificate and Higher School Certificate. Terry then went into the RAF on national service and then on to RAF signals working mainly on V.H.F. D/F (Radar was not in general use at that time). Demob was delayed for 6 months owing to the start of the Korean War, but on his discharge, Terry followed his father into the butchery business. A career he continued through to his retirement on age 71.
Terry was married in 1960 to Shirley, who sadly passed away suddenly in 2011. They have two daughters and four grand-children.
Unfortunately for Terry, Hillsborough Lodge handed back its warrant at the end of 2019, but to allow him to continue to enjoy his freemasonry and provide an outlet for his experience he joined Royal Brunswick Lodge No. 296 which meets in Sheffield and preparations had been made for everyone to celebrate his being presented with his 60th Jubilee Certificate. As we are all too aware those celebrations had to be postponed, but the lodge does intend to honour W Bro Hobson when ‘normality’ is resumed in order that we can hear more of his adventures.
W. Bro Kenneth G. Ogden PPJGW
C.Chem, M.R.S.C., M.I.Mech E., F InstGas Eng., F. Inst.E
W. Bro Ken Ogden was educated at Doncaster Grammar School where he passed 9 School Certificate examinations. Not satisfied with these he went on to become qualified as a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Chartered Gas Engineer, Chartered Enery Engineer , Government Senior Scientific Intelligence Officer and a Civil Defence Rescue Instructor. Still not satisfied Ken went on to become President of the Yorkshire Gas Managers Assoc in 1968, Honorary Member of the Yorkshire Gas Managers Assoc. in 1985 (and still retains his membership), National Chairman of the Gas Managers Assoc of Great Britain 1974-6, he was also a Council Member of Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers 1973-6.
His career with British Gas spanned 48 years which gave him responsibilities all over our area covering Nottinghamshire, South & West Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
W. Bro Ken began his masonic career on the 3rd May 1960 when he was initiated into Abbey Lodge No. 624 Burton upon Trent. During this time he was a visitor to Rotherwood Lodge 4392 on many occasions. After spending 12 years at Abbey Lodge progressing up the ladder he eventually joined Rotherwood Lodge 4392 occupying all offices before becoming Master of the Lodge in 1980.
Following his time in the chair W. Bro Ken occupied most of the senior positions within the lodge :
- Treasurer for 7 years
- Director of Ceremonies for 2 years
- Almoner for 7 years
He has presented the 2nd Degree Tracing Board on more than 15 occasions and has represented the lodge as VP of the Rotherham Installed Master’s Association in 1994 then becoming President in 1997.
Ken is a stalwart of our Lodge and can be relied on to fill any office when required. His commitment is second to none whether it be at a regular lodge meeting or a practice which he very rarely misses. W. Ken received his just rewards by being promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1996.
Of course his masonic work isn’t limited to the Craft. In 1988 he was exalted into Phoenix Chapter 904. After again occupying all offices he was installed as 1st Principal in 1999 and achieved Provincial Honours as Past Provincial Grand Scribe N in 2010. He became a founder member of the South Yorkshire Chapter of Installed Principals No 9633 in 2003, president of S.R.R.A.C. 2009-10.
In his “spare” time he became chairman of Rotherham 41 Club, Chairman Rotherham Probus Club, Chairman Wickersley, Probus Club. If that’s not enough W. Bro Ken is a keen gardener (his plumbs are ledgendry) and at one time was the keeper of 50 Australian Parakeets.
Once again Ken we congratulate and thank you for 60 years of work, commitment and support not only to Rotherwood but to the whole masonic community. You have been and continue to be a fine example of all that the masonic movement stands for and you are the best of role models for any “junior” brother.
Somewhat to my surprise, and to that of many others I suspect, Ian was born and bred in Macclesfield but, sadly his Father died when he was six and the family moved to Glasgow whence his Mother hailed. He completed his schooling and took up an apprenticeship at a Steelworks, which then enabled him to train as an Engineer with British Bakeries where his whole working life was spent, but in numerous locations, finally West Yorkshire in 1989.
His Masonic journey began when he was, on the 9th October 1969, Initiated into Lodge Tollcross No 1194, Glasgow. Advancement into the Mark lodge then followed on 4th June 1970 hence his fifty years is now complete. Work took him to Kirkcaldy where he was exalted into Royal Arch Masonry at Kirkcaldy Chapter No 97. He also joined Oswald of Dunnikier Lodge No. 468 where he became Master in 1987 and at the same time 1st Principal at Kirkcaldy Chapter and under this banner he was Installed as the W.M. of the Mark Lodge. In March 1991 he became a member of Horsford Lodge No. 5339 having established his move to West Yorkshire, subsequently taking early retirement in 2006, and became the W.M. in April 2000, later becoming the Lodge Secretary in 2002, a post he still holds. Very sadly his wife, Iris, died in 2013, but after a period of reflection he was prevailed upon by long-time friend Barry Massam to join Wharfedale Mark Lodge in April 2015 where he was subsequently Installed as WM in 2018. Shortly after that both Barry, and sadly missed friend Graham Cooper, proposed him into White Rose Lodge No. 77, Allied Masonic Degree.
In March 2017 his good friend John Clough supported by R.W.Bro. Jim Steggles “persuaded” him that he really wanted to join Claro Lodge of Royal Ark Mariner No. 525, he enjoyed it so much he became a founder member of the Rugby Football Lodge of RAM No. 1965 the following year. By now he had lost the ability to say no and the late David Cordell, District Grand Master for RSM, asked him if he would be his next District Recorder for West Yorkshire. When it was pointed out that he was not a member, the reply was “Oh that’s not a problem” and neither was it as by the following meeting in August of 2018 he was appointed and invested as District Grand Recorder. This was just before he was appointed and Invested in November 2018 as Provincial Assistant Grand Scribe E, an office he still holds. By January 2019 Cloughie, once again, convinced him to join Secret Monitor and introduced him into Claro True Friendship Secret Monitor No.4.
Ian is a very enthusiastic and committed Freemason, a jovial, friendly character welcomed wherever he goes, long may it continue, Congratulations on achieving this superb milestone.