Barnet – Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Announcement Date: 15th May 1845

On Monday last the Loyal Wrotham Lodge of Odd Fellows held their anniversary at the Mitre Inn, in this town. At eleven o’clock the members were formed into procession, and proceeded to the Independent Chapel, Wood Street, where an able and eloquent sermon was preached by the Rev Alexander Stewart. After divine service a procession was again formed, and the brethren, with the various insignia of their respective order, proceeded up High Street to Hadley, from whence they returned to the Mitre Inn, where an excellent dinner was provided by the host, Mr Oliver. The Chairman of the day was Mr William Westlake, an honorary member of the order, and a highly respectable watchmaker and jeweller of the town. He discharged the duties of his office with considerable ability, and to the entire satisfaction of the assembly. The usual loyal and appropriate toasts were drunk with applause and several speeches of no common order were delivered by various members of the brotherhood. The proceedings were enlivened by the services of the Amersham Brass Band, and everything passed off in a manner that must be highly gratifying to the members of the lodge.