Vale Royal Freemasons ‘come home’

The Blue Cap in Sandiway can trace its history back to 1716 when it was a coaching inn and over the years has seen many owners and landlords.

Now owned by Greene King, it recently revived a piece of that long-lasting heritage when Vale Royal Lodge of Cheshire Freemasons returned to make it their home again after an absence of 20 years.

The Lodge room in all its glory The Lodge room in all its glory

The Lodge had previously met at the Blue Cap for some 73 years prior to its move in 1998 when the redevelopment of the hotel forced a move to other premises – now the Lodge is delighted to have come “home” at last.

Lodge members Kevin Dickens (left) and Tony Waldron (right) present the Manager Mimi with a bouquet, pictured with team leader, Beke. Lodge members Kevin Dickens (left) and Tony Waldron (right) present the Manager Mimi with a bouquet, pictured with team leader, Beke.

An enthusiastic team of volunteers have transformed the upper floors of the Blue Cap back into a suitable Lodge room complete with the installation of a stair lift and the Lodge recently held its first meeting back at the Blue Cap. Vale Royal Lodge is well known in the area and has in the past been generous in its donations to local charities including the Petty Pool Trust, St. Luke’s Hospice and the Scouts.

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