A new beginning

We are now a Lodge! We were consecrated on Saturday the 7th May as a Classic and Performance Motor Lodge, The Sir William Morris Lodge, number 10,003 in the Grand Lodge of England.

It’s different from other classic car lodges you’ll find in other Provinces, as this is a lodge for all masonic petrol heads. It doesn’t matter whether you have a fearsome Foden truck, a leaky Series 1 Landy, an elegant E type Jag, a naughty Norton Commando (yes bikes too!) right up to a nifty Nissan GTR. In fact, you don’t even have to have one – but could aspire to own one or just be a fan!

The lodge is named after that leading light in the British motor industry, Sir William Morris (aka Lord Nuffield, or 1st Viscount Nuffield) who was renowned for his immense contributions to charity, and luckily for us was a member of Oxfordshire’s Alfred Lodge No 340 for almost 60 years. We were very honoured that Alfred Lodge 340 was the sponsoring lodge.

We will officially meet 3 times a year over the summer months at Cardinal House near Oxford, plus many more times socially and informally, and especially at different car shows/events (where we will be closely working for the good of the community), and will be a working progressive lodge.

About us

Why a car club that is masonic?

You might well be asking why not just have an ordinary car club – why involve Freemasonry? Being a member of a car club is great – there’s lots of banter, help and support – so what’s the point of adding freemasonry into the mix?

Freemasonry has been around for hundreds of years – long long before the organisation that came together over 300 years ago to co-ordinate all the separate lodges, known as the United Grand Lodge of England. In that time, it has spread all over the World, and wherever you may go you will be sure to find a masonic lodge somewhere close by. The core principals of Freemasonry can be described in four simple words: Integrity. Respect. Friendship. Charity. Whilst there are many car clubs across the globe that possess some of those attributes, there are scarce few that can boast to offer all of them, and that are part of a global network.

If you’d like to find out more about what makes this group so special, read on further on this website or if you would like to make contact you can reach the Primus Master Designate, Chris Wagstaff (and currently the secretary of Henley’s Temple Island Lodge ) where he’d be delighted to talk to you,

Consecration News

Latest News – 8th May 2021
As you may have guessed, due to Covid we once more had to delay our Consecration, and this time the date will be 7th May 2022. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Date of Consecration Confirmed! 7th May 2022

Our consecration will take place on Saturday 7th May 2022 (a year later than previously announced) at the Oxford Transport Museum in Long Hanborough, just outside Oxford. The ceremony itself will take place amongst the exhibits and there will not only be a car show of members and visitors cars, but the museum will be open for a private viewing for those attending, after the ceremony. We recommend booking in early (at the bottom of this page) as we already have a lot of brethren booked in and space is limited. This is going to be quite unique and a fun filled day. A large section of the museum includes 2 floors of the Sir William Morris exhibition in its own hall – not to be missed!

We are also hoping to organise entertainment for non masonic friends and family during the consecration itself, with vintage bus trips from the museum to Blenheim Palace and the gardens and to nearby historic Woodstock, and afterwards we hope to bring everyone together for further celebrations.

Warrant News:

In early April 2020 Grand Lodge formally granted us permission to form the new lodge, allocating us the “chassis” number 10,003 – just over the clock!

The consecration will start at 1pm sharp, but the museum will be open for our exclusive use from 11 am. The festive board is a motoring themed one and will cost £37.50 including entry to the museum.

If you are coming to the consecration but not to the festive board, there will be a small charge of £7.50 as entry to the museum will still be required (included in the cost of the Festive Board).

Please complete the form and make an online payment to :
Sir William Morris Lodge
Sort Code 30-98-97
Account No: 72573760

Please ensure that you use your name and lodge number as a reference.

Meet Roger

Our Charity Steward Designate

I joined Gateway Lodge 8501 at Witney Masonic Centre in 1980, due to work commitments I spent quite some time as a Steward and 18 years as Charity Steward, being Master in 1994 and 2007. In 2011, I became the Provincial Charity Steward for Oxfordshire on a 5 year term, a role I really enjoyed. A highlight was to be part of the team that started the Pantomime Project, which is still going strong and provides a yearly pantomime to 500+ Children with Physical Disabilities, Learning Difficulties or Disadvantaged. 

In 1986 I bought a 1980 Ford Cortina Mk5 Ghia, the most expensive car I had ever purchased at £2,500:00, I had a £200 limit before that. Although with two previous owners it had been well looked after and after ten years I replaced it but just couldn’t part with it so have kept it in good condition ever since. It has been a real working car and had some scrapes, yet still on its original engine with 140,000 on the clock. Its first claim to fame was in 2009 when it was used on a BBC Crime Watch programme for a reconstruction of a murder in London in the 1980’s when a white Cortina was seen leaving the scene. In 2012 my son Martin and I drove the car to Cortina de Imprezzo in the Italian Alps, the town the car was named after, as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Ford Cortina.

In 2016 it was on Sky TV in a show called ‘Stars and Their Cars’ and was driven by Phil Tufnell, the cricketer and TV celebrity, accompanied by TV presenter Paddy McGuinness. Apparently a Mk5 Cortina was Phil Tufnell’s first car.

In 2008 our three children bought my wife and I a 1999 Jaguar XJ8, I had always wanted one of these cars, but was never going to get around to buying one. As part of my initial training as a police officer I spent 4 weeks with traffic department as a passenger in an XJ and that’s when the passion of them started.

The third car is not really mine but jointly shared with my son Martin. In 2000 he was looking to buy a house and saw a 1947 Morris 8 series E abandoned at the bottom of a neighbouring garden. It had been there since 1966, he was given the car rather like a type of barn find, but more of a bucket of rust find. The car has a lot of interesting history and in 2017 we found the time and space to start a full restoration. Literally blood, sweat, tears and money has resulted in something to be proud of and just a few weeks after completion it was on the front of the Morris stand at the 2019 Classic Car Show at the NEC.

Just a week after completing restoration the Morris was used for the original owners Grandson’s Wedding (from Left to Right Roger Hampshire, Martin Hampshire, Tom  and Faye Souster)

I enjoy attending car shows and all three cars have been used for weddings and have picked a few trophies in their time.



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