To understand where the
Trust stands presently, it is necessary to know a little of the
history of the administration of Masonry in Bridgend and how it developed from the earliest
days. There is evidence that
Bridgend Lodge No 33 was meeting in the town between 1765 and
1777 but subsequently lapsed.
The origins of the
forbearers of present Freemasonry therefore lie with the
formation of the Ogmore Lodge No 1752 with a warrant signed by
HRH Albert Edward, Prince of Wales the then Grand Master dated
24th April 1874, and the building of the temple in
Adare Street. There are several photographs in existence taken
construction of that building and the laying of the Foundation
The sponsor for the new Lodge was Afan Lodge No 833..
in due course became the
"mother lodge" to Llangeinor 4194 (1921), Morganwg
5024 (1929), Penybont 6743 (1948).
Lodge subsequently sponsored Ewenny 8485 (1973) and Ogmore
sponsored Glanogwr 8508 (1973) and Adare 9247 (1987).
at Adare Street in Bridgend had great charm with seating for about 120
in the Temple and dining room. (Part of this building served as "The British Restaurant" and a boot shop
during the War Years of 1939-45).
The limitations of the facilities were
becoming obvious during the ‘70s and the possibility of making
an advantageous move "out of town" was
investigated. The possibility of moving to a site in Cheapside site off Nolton
Street was mooted, illustrative drawings produced, but became
aborted when the potential developers withdrew. Around 1980 however,
interest stirred once more and after much negotiating and
ethical wheeler dealing, it was agreed that Ogmore Lodge would
effectively surrender the building and site at Adare Street in
exchange for a new temple to be built at Coychurch Road, Bridgend with the
very great asset of adequate car parking. Coincident with this
action, Ogmore Lodge would vest the assets relating to the
building in a newly formed Trust. The members being the
Lodges : Ogmore, Llangeinor, Morganwg, Penybont, Ewenny and Glanogwr.
Each Lodge to be represented by a subscribing member elected as
Trustees were supplemented soon afterwards by the addition of Adare Lodge
and its representative. In addition, it was agreeed, Ogmore Lodge, as the senior
partner and the "mother Lodge" would have its
Treasurer join Trustees ex officio. This structure was set
out in a Trust Deed dated 1st May 1984 and signed by
the then Trustees, all senior Brethren within Bridgend Lodges.
This document has subsequently been amended and updated by
signatures of current Trustees as and when they replace retired