High Wycombe – Oddfellowship

Announcement Date: 1st February 1845

On Tuesday January 20th a new Lodge called ‘The Bud of Hope’ of the Manchester Unity, was opened with much pomp and ceremony at the Swan Inn, in this town, at which 43 were initiated into the order, among whom was Geo. Henry Dashwood Esq., our respected M.P., Alderman Wheeler, Thomas Wheeler Esq., in which they were assisted and instructed by deputation from similar lodges at Chertsey, Maidenhead, Windsor, Uxbridge, Amersham, and other places, during which , and nearly the whole of the day, the bells in the church steeple were kept in constant motion, and the town was much enlivened by the procession, headed by the splendid Amersham Brass Band, proceeding in order, wearing their sashes and bearing various ensigns of office and appropriate banners to church, where, after hearing an excellent discourse delivered on the occasion by the worthy vicar, the Rev. T H Paddon they paraded the town in a similar manner to the Lodge room and partook of an excellent dinner, provided by mine host, Brother Abbott, in the Town hall (by permission of the Worshipful Mayor), Brother Alderman wheeler, as Vice Chairman. The fundamental principle of Odd Fellowship, that ‘Unity is Strength’, was fully exemplified in the gathering, as we learn about 180 members and friends (including several of the corporate body) assembled to do justice to the dinner. After the usual loyal and constitutional toasts had been disposed of, the cause of the Independent Order was mostly ably to advocated and explained by several of the deputations and members, and its benefits and advantages pointed out, proving beyond doubt that ‘friendship, love and truth’ reign predominant amongst them, and that whist the widows and orphans of departed Brothers are provided for, it is ‘a way they in the order’ to make survivors ‘better husbands, better fathers, and better men’ A most social evening was enjoyed, and the merry glee catch, and song went cheerfully round, and little heightened by the humorous sarcastic songs of Mr Ivall, who appears generally on such occasions in his usual character of ‘All things to all men’ and when the hour of breaking up arrived it brought with it the only drawback, namely, regret in parting.