(Southern Daily Echo, 11th June 2018)
Hampshire Freemasons have formed a new lodge for those involved or interested in air travel as it attempts to attract members.
It is the latest specialist lodge in the province following the creation of a scouting lodge, football lodge, rugby lodge, sailing lodge and two motorsports lodges.
They are proving highly popular and have been credited in a rise in interest in freemasonry.
The Samuel Cody Aviation Lodge is named after the early 19th century flying pioneer.
Among its number are members and former members of the RAF, members and former members of civil flight and ground crew, those from air traffic control as well as aeroplane enthusiasts.
It is run in the same way as any other lodge and its first master is Roger Bricknell who spent 25 years as a Concorde flight engineer – clocking up 14,000 flying hours.
He said: “After the success of the other specialist lodges it became clear that…