On Saturday 31st August 2013 a very special event took place in the History of the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire
On that day RW Bro Max Bayes, the Provincial Grand Master, dedicated the new Northampton Freemasons' Hall in the presence of over 200 brethren from across the Province.
The purpose-built functional modern premises, in addition to providing an excellent Provincial Headquarters, offers flexible accommodation for the meetings of local lodges with facilities for up to three concurrent events, or a single major function, and catering for up to 300 members. Like the sectional lodge room the large separate dining room can be divided, to enable up to two Festive Boards to be catered for at a one time.
In his address the PGM commented that the day was the culmination of a long period of planning followed by much hard work by a considerable number of brethren. He commented that he was grateful to all the input, but a small number had made very significant contributions which he was pleased to reward with promotions.
One in particular, W Bro Barry Howard, who negotiated the purchase of the premises, project-managed the whole building programme and oversaw the disposal of the previous premises at St George's Avenue, was promoted to Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden and was then awarded the Provincial Grand Master's Certificate of Merit. In making the award RW Bro Max Bayes said that without Barry Howard's constant support throughout the months following completion of the purchase the project could not have been achieved on time.
As a final item on the meeting agenda W Bro Jim Parker, the Chairman of the Hall Management Committee, paid tribute to the leadership of the Provincial Grand Master. He also announced that, in appreciation of this, the Management Committee had decided that the main Lodge room would be known as the 'Max Bayes Room'. The very obviously surprised PGM thanked the Management Committee for the singular honour and again paid tribute to all who had contributed to such an excellent outcome over what had been a difficult period with many hurdles to be overcome. The rapturous applause by all present gave witness to the appreciation of all the members present for what had been achieved in providing a premises that would serve Freemasonry in the Province for many years to come.