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Hartley Council No.74

Hartley Council was the first, in 1972, of three Masonic Units formed to meet at Wilmington on 5th Saturdays in the year. The other two units being Temple Builders Conclave OSM (1974) and Frederick William Friday Conclave No.336, Red Cross of Constantine (1979). After 1979, it was the usual practise to hold Red Cross in the morning, all travel to Orpington for lunch at the house of the well-known Brother Phil Corbett, then return to Wilmington for OSM / AMD, followed by the Festive Board held in the last Order of the day.

Most of the Founders were ‘Masonic Powerhouses’ of the time, including the Founding Secretary, James Owen Lay, who held that Secretaryship until his retirement in 1996, a total of 24 years.

It is worthy of note that in 50 years there have only been four Secretaries of Hartley Council.

In 1996, for various reasons, Hartley & Temple Builders moved to the Westwood Centre, Welling, leaving Fred Friday Conclave at Wilmington.

In 2001, both Hartley and Temple Builders moved to Sidcup, where they were re-joined by Fred Friday Conclave.

However, the format was changed to Red Cross in the morning, followed by an open, non-denominational buffet lunch, with no speeches, followed by Hartley, then Temple Builders, these two switching on the second meeting of the year. It was, and it remains, the intention to be all finished by just after 5pm, to allow members to spend the Saturday evenings with their families.

This congregation has become known as the ‘Sidcup Saturday Club’, and has resulted in all three units flourishing, each becoming the most popular and largest unit in Kent in each of the three Orders.

You can contact Hartley Council No.74 by emailing the Secretary, W.Bro. Paul Hutchinson: Click here

Meeting Dates
First (Installation), second and third fifth Saturdays in the Calendar Year, excluding July

Place of Meeting
The Masonic Hall, Church Road, Sidcup, Kent DA14 6BX
Officers 2024-25
  Worshipful Master W. Bro. Phil Clare
  IPM W. Bro. Les Smith (Acting)
  Senior Warden Bro. Lee Curtis
  Junior Warden Bro. Denis Babbington-Callnon
  Chaplain W. Bro. Ian Tough
  Treasurer W. Bro. Peter Wise
  Secretary W. Bro. Paul Hutchinson
  D of C R. W. Bro. Peter Brockbank
  Almoner W. Bro. John Norton-Doyle
  Senior Deacon Bro. Michael Gent
  Junior Deacon Bro. Russel Hughes
  Asst. D of C W. Bro. Alan Cook
  Asst. Sec W. Bro. Tony Clayton
  Inner Guard Bro. John Jerome
  Steward Bro. Mark Estaugh
  Steward Bro. Simon Donovan
  Steward Bro. David Huntley
  Tyler W. Bro. Scott Dunn
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