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Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Ferrers & Ivanhoe Lodge No. 779


Warranted: 4th February 1859 Consecrated: 6th October 1859 Centenary Warrant: 6th October 1959 Centre: Ashby-de-la-Zouch Masonic Hall, Lower Church Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1AB Meeting: Second Tuesday from September to May, except October on the third Wednesday Installation meeting: October Website: Click Here Contact: Email History The first Freemasons Lodges in Ashby de la Zouch were set up by French prisoners-of-war who were living on parole in the town during the Napoleonic War. One is known to have been working in 1810 and another was in ope ration in 1814. There were English Freemasons in Ashby at that time as the records of the Tyrian Lodge No.253, at Derby, show that several residents of Ashby and Coleorton were initiated in that Lodge between 1796 and 1814. However it was not until 1836 that the first Ashby Lodge, Ivanhoe No.631, was formed, but this was short-lived, no meetings being held after 1841 and in 1851 it was erased from the roll of Lodges. A few years later strenuous efforts were made by Earl Howe, the Provincial Grand Master with the active support of the 9th Earl Ferrers and Edward Mammatt, who had been a keen member of the Ivanhoe Lodge, to revive Freemasonry in Ashby, and in February 1859 a warrant was granted by Grand Lodge. The new Lodge was to be named Ferrers and Ivanhoe No.1081 and was to meet in the Town Hall on the Monday on or after the full moon of every month. Earl Ferrers was designated as Worshipful Master but he died before the consecration of the Lodge in October 1859. Edward Mammatt was installed as the first Worshipful Master but he too died only six months later. The Brethren were thus deprived of the guidance of two experienced masons at a very early stage, but under the watchful eye of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. William Kelly the Lodge prospered and increased in numbers. In 1863 the number of the Lodge was changed to 779 and in the same year St Augustine's Chapter No.779 commenced working in Ashby.




Hastings Lodge No. 8695


Warranted: 10th December 1975 Consecrated: 29th March 1976 Centre: Ashby-de-la-Zouch Masonic Hall, Lower Church Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1AB Meetings: The fourth Thursday in October and November, third Thursday in December, fourth Thursday in January and February, third Thursday in March, and fourth Thursday in April (Installation meeting April) Website: Click Here Contact: Email History The pedigree of the historic family of HASTINGS has been traced back to Thomas de Hastings of Gissing in Norfolk, whose grandchildren flourished there towards the end of 12th Century. Over the years the family acquired land around Wistow in Leicestershire and Alleston in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Sir Nicholas Hastings was summoned by King Edward I to attend at Carlisle for the campaign against the Scots. His son, Sir Ralph Hastings, died of wounds received at the Battle of Neville’s Cross in 1346. By 1455, the Hastings family had acquired considerable estates in Leicestershire and Yorkshire, but had not risen to political prominence. However, Sir William Hastings became friendly with Prince Edward of York and in 1461, when he became King Edward IV, he created Sir William as Lord Hastings of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, giving him the Manor of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The King appointed Lord Hastings to be Master of the Mint, Chamberlain of the Royal Household and Receiver of the Duchy of Lancaster. Hastings loyally supported Edward IV after King Henry VI had been restored and when he regained the throne he appointed Hastings as Lieutenant of Calais. In about 1475 Lord Hastings rebuilt St. Helen’s Parish Church at Ashby-de-la-Zouch and constructed the “Hastings” Tower at Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle. Hastings was summarily executed by Richard III in 1483 but his widow and infant son were allowed to retain the family estates. In consequence from 1461 until the present day, the Lord of the Manor of Ashby de la Zouch has always carried the name of Hastings. Notable successors have been Henry Hastings, the third Earl of Huntingdon, who was Queen Elizabeth’s Lord Protector of the North from 1570 to 1595, and Francis Rawdon Hastings, the second Earl of Moira, first Marquis of Hastings, K.G., G.C.B. (1754–1826). The Earl of Moira was a General in the Army, Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets, Constable of the Tower of London, Master General of Ordnance and successively Governor General of India and Governor and Commander in Chief, Malta. He was also Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England. Between 1810 and 1814 Freemasons’ Lodges were set up in Ashby de la Zouch by French Prisoners of War on Parole in the town. These Lodges were under the personal protection of the Earl of Moira. The present Lady of the Manor is the Rt. Hon. Barbara Huddleston Abney-Hastings, Countess Loudoun. Her Grandfather, the Hon. Paulyn Francis Cuthbert Abney-Hastings, was initiated into Ferrers and Ivanhoe Lodge No.779, on 13th May 1884, and was installed as Worshipful Master in 1891. He was a founder and Worshipful Master of the Grace Dieu Lodge No.2428. The Countess of Loudoun has graciously consented to the Hastings Lodge No.8695 adopting “The Maunch Sable” – the ancient Arms of the Hastings Family – as the Lodge Crest.





Coalville

Grace Dieu No. 2428


Warranted:

Consecrated: 16th November 1892

Centre: Coalville

Freemasons’ Hall, Park Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3AF

Meetings: The second Thursday evening each month from October to May (excluding January).

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History

The Grace Dieu Lodge 2428 was consecrated on Wednesday 16th November 1892 by The Right Hon. The Earl Ferrers, R.W. Prov. Grand Master. The Grace Dieu Lodge was formed with fourteen founder members, W Bro The Hon Paulyn Rawdon-Hastings being installed as first Worshipful Master. The petition to consecrate a new lodge had followed a meeting of brethren from the Ferrers and Ivanhoe Lodge 778 who had recognised the need for a new Lodge in the Coalville area having seen such growth in the town with the expansion of the mining industry and a growing interest in Freemasonry in the area. The lodge grew rapidly, quickly initiating a number of new members, the first initiate Bro Sharpe, became the first initiate to serve as Worshipful Master, just five years later, whilst the third initiate, Bro Hurst, composed the music to ‘May we all meet together’ which is still sung at the end of all Grace Dieu meetings and at a number of other lodges in the Province.

The next significant event in the history of Grace Dieu Lodge 2428 was the building of the Masonic Hall at Park Road, Coalville, with the foundation stone being laid in May 1927, and the completed building being dedicated in February the following year. Bro James Clamp was initiated at the first ceremony in the new Masonic Hall, having later been installed as Worshipful Master in 1940, he went on to serve the lodge as Director of Ceremonies for 26 years.

During those early years the lodge continued to grow and flourish, with the first ladies Festival in 1928, the formation of a Lodge of Instruction the following year, commissioning of various items of Lodge furniture and ceremonial items, and a number of eminent Freemasons within the province being members of Grace Dieu. In common with other lodges there have been more difficult periods within the lodge history, particularly during the two world wars, and at the demise of the mining industry in the area, along with the cost and complexity of maintaining the Masonic hall. However Freemasonry has continued to flourish in the area and the Grace Dieu Lodge 2428 remains at the heart of this. The lodge celebrated their Centenary in 1992, and is now over 120 years old. Grace Dieu Lodge 2428 continues to meet at the Coalville Masonic Hall seven times a year, along with the Lodge of Instruction, and an enjoyable range of social events during the year. Often described as a ‘happy and friendly’ lodge we pride ourselves on a good standard of ceremony followed by an enjoyable Festive Board.




Wayfarer Lodge No. 8679


Warranted: 12th November 1975

Consecrated: 30th March 1976

Centre: Coalville

Freemasons’ Hall, Park Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3AF

Meetings: The third Friday from October to April

Installation Meeting: March

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History

The Wayfarer Lodge was formed by a group of Masons whose origins lay elsewhere, who decided that rather than becoming joining members of Lodges across Leicestershire they would form their own Lodge and encourage others to join them who were similarly placed. That group of Founders included a number who have played a significant role in the life of Freemasonry at both a Provincial and a National level. They were encouraged by Leicestershire Province to make their base at Coalville where they could share the purpose built Temple and Lodge rooms established by Grace Dieu Lodge No.2428.

This tradition of welcoming Masonic newcomers from around the country to join them has continued until the present day, so that the growth of the Lodge has been able to draw on a rich and fertile soil. At the same time Wayfarer Lodge has been in operation long enough to have established its own traditions and practices. It has the reputation of offering a warm welcome so that greetings at the festive board are brought from far and near, not just from the guests but also from the founders and incomers, who have most often maintained their links with their mother lodges. At the same time Wayfarer Lodge had also attracted members from nearer at hand to join its lively and vigorous fellowship as it continues to prosper.

The choice of name and motto really tells it all. The Wayfarer Tree (Viburnum Lantana), after which it is named, is a small tree which is commonly found along the lanes and roadsides of the southern parts of England. It is a tough tree, very flexible and hard to break. The motto “undique” means from all sides.





Hinckley

Knights of Malta Lodge No. 50


Warranted: 30th January 1764

Consecrated: 10th February 1903

Centre: Hinckley

Hinckley Masonic Hall, St. Mary’s Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 1EQ

Meetings: The second Thursday from October to May

Installation Meeting: December

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History

The history of this Lodge dates back to 1803 when seven Brethren signed a petition for a Warrant addressed to the Antients or Atholl Grand Lodge. Of these, four had been members of Lodge 91 meeting in Leicester and one, who had also previously been a member of Lodge 91 in Leicester, was a member of St. Johns Lodge, then numbered 562. Bro. Henry Granger was chosen as the first Master and, without any pomp or circumstance, was installed by three other Brethren, Bro. Henry Wright, Bro. Jonathan Atkins and Bro. Samuel Marston, all of who were Past Masters (as was Bro. Wright himself), on 1st March 1803. The meeting place of the new Lodge was the Prince of Wales Inn in Lichfield Street, Hinckley.

Hinckley, at that time, was a town with a strong agricultural base as well as being a centre for the manufacture of stockings, and all of the members were small manufacturers or traders. The dramatic drop in demand for stockings after the Napoleonic War caused severe problems for the local economy and for a while in the 1850’s it appeared that the Lodge might founder. However, the then Provincial Grand Master, Earl Howe, took the Mastership of the Lodge for two years and started a recovery which brought new members into the Lodge. From that time the Lodge prospered and has a strong membership today with many candidates coming forward. When the Brethren of the Lodge took the bold and sensible step of building a Masonic Hall in Hinckley, which was completed in 1929, the future was secure and enabled other Lodges to be formed in the town. Today, the Lodge membership is drawn from a wide variety of occupations and this creates a vibrant atmosphere. The Lodge was proud to celebrate its Bi-Centenary in 2003 in Leicester and looks forward to the next anniversary with eager anticipation!




Sparkenhoe Lodge No. 8063


Warranted: 10th November 1965 Consecrated: 22nd February 1966 Centre: Hinckley Hinckley Masonic Hall, St. Mary’s Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 1EQ Meetings: The fourth Tuesday in the months of October, November, January, February, March, April, and third Tuesday in December Installation Meeting: February Website: Click Here Contact: Email History With the progressive growth and prosperity of Hinckley, the demand for admission to Freemasonry grew considerably. Indeed, by the early 1960s the waiting list to get into Knights of Malta Lodge No.50 was eight years! This led to pressure being put on Knights of Malta Lodge by the PGM to establish an additional Lodge in the town. So a Foundation Committee formed from six of the senior Brethren from the ‘Mother’ Lodge, 50, was established during late 1965, resulting in twenty three Brethren agreeing to become Founders, comprising fourteen senior Brethren from 50 plus nine others then working or residing in the Hinckley area. A Petition was submitted to Grand Lodge and a Warrant for the formation of a new Lodge was received in 1965; and the Consecration took place in 1966. Since then Sparkenhoe has been able to maintain a stable membership of around fifty, sustained by a steady stream of candidates for Initiation. The banner of the Lodge, the “Hill with the Brushwood”, illustrates the source and origin through which the name of the Lodge is derived. The Maltese Cross, taken from the badge of the Knights of Malta Lodge, 50, illustrates the source by which the Sparkenhoe Lodge originates. The red and white Coat of Arms is of Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester (1208-65), in right of his honour of Hinckley, and indicates that the name of the Lodge originates back to 1300. At that date it was the name given to a new “Hundred”, an administrative area, established in the County of Leicester.




Burbach Lodge No. 8699


Warranted: 11th February 1976 Consecrated: 22nd March 1976 Centre: Hinckley Hinckley Masonic Hall, St. Mary’s Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 1EQ Meetings: The second Tuesday from October to March, and on the third Tuesday in April Installation Meeting: April Website: Click Here Contact: Email History Burbach Lodge was founded in 1976 as a Daughter Lodge of The Knights of Malta Lodge No. 50 which also meets in Hinckley. The Master of the Lodge at its dedication was Worshipful Brother A. Gibson-Leitch. The Lodge took its name from the 12th Century spelling of the name Burbage as recorded in the Doomsday Book, many of the Founders of the Lodge having connections with the village of Burbage. The Lodge Banner depicts a “Burr”, a type of thistle many of which grew on the west side of the village, and “Bach” being the name of a small rivulet which rises on the east side of the village and flows west to join the River Soar. The banner is shown at the side of each page of this web-site. Today the Lodge has a membership of around sixty Brethren and continues to attract new membership. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere of its meetings, both formal and social, offer a great deal to existing and potential members.




Lodge of St. Simon & St. Jude No. 8729


Warranted: 9th June 1976 Consecrated: 29th September 1976 Centre: Hinckley Hinckley Masonic Hall, St. Mary’s Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 1EQ Meetings: The fourth Thursday in October, January, February and April, and the first Tuesday in December Installation Meeting: October Contact: Email History The Lodge was essentially a ‘summer lodge’, the only one in the Province to be so designated. It took its name from the parish church at Earl Shilton, and was a daughter Lodge of the Knights of Malta Lodge No.50, meeting at Hinckley. It had twenty-seven founder members, and in its first thirty years has had four members awarded Grand Rank.




Hinckley Lodge of Installed Masters. 9972


Warranted: 14th November 2018 Consecrated: 23rd May 2019 Centre: Hinckley Hinckley Masonic Hall, St. Mary’s Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 1EQ Meetings: TBC Installation Meeting: May Website: Click Here Contact: Email History Over 130 Brethren took their seats in the Oliver Lodge Room as the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Dr Andrew Green took the chair and appointed the Consecrating Officers to the various positions around the Lodge. The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. David Hagger then entered the room to preside over the consecration ceremony, ably assisted by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies W.Bro. Geoff Searson, the Provincial Grand Chaplain R.W.Bro. Rev. Canon Michael Wilson, and other members of the consecrating team.After the conclusion of the consecration ceremony, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Peter Kinder assumed the chair to direct the Installation ceremony, as the Worshipful Master Designate, W.Bro. David Fell was installed as the first Master of the Lodge.The Provincial Grand Master was delighted to present Founders Jewels to all of the Founders present, The first duty of W.Bro. David was to appoint and invest his officers for the year, starting with his two Wardens, W.Bro. Michael Kennedy and W.Bro. John Reilly. As a most welcome surprise, the Provincial Grand Master, before the evenings' proceedings were concluded, presented a promotion to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden to the new Master, who was left speechless at such a kind gesture.





Leicester

St. John's Lodge No.279


Warranted: 31st August 1790 Consecrated: 11th November 1790 Centre: Leicester Freemasons' Hall, 80 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA Meetings: The first Wednesday, from October to May Installation Meeting: January Contact: Email History St John’s Lodge was founded on the roll of the “Moderns”. Though not the first lodge in Leicestershire, it is the oldest Lodge to be warranted, consecrated and continuously working in the Province. As such it is frequently referred to as the “Mother Lodge of the Province” and its members have had a direct involvement in the creation of, and St John’s has recommended the petitions for, 14 other lodges in the Province. The majority of the foundation members of St John’s were former members of 91. Thirteen brethren attended the first meeting on 11th November 1790. The lodge met on Christmas Day 1790, passed one brother and initiated five candidates. The minutes of that meeting then note: “The Lodge then went to dinner and spent the day in the greatest harmony and conviviality, many Masonic toasts were drank and songs sung upon the occasion” There are two festivals of St John, the Baptist with a saint’s day in June and the Evangelist with a saint’s day in December. Until 1816 the Lodge held a festival to celebrate each saint’s day and installed a W.M. on each occasion. Given its pre-eminent position in the province, its members felt that they should have a disproportionate say in the appointments to Provincial Grand Lodge. Needless to say, this was not always well received. St John’s has, however, provided a significant number of eminent Provincial Officers, indeed the PGMs between 1810 and 1873 were all from St John’s, as was the PGM between 1913 and 1928. The number of members has fluctuated between low teens and approximately 160 until settling at around 60 for the last few decades. On at least two occasions the number of members and the poor attendance at meetings (including by the W.M.) has led to discussion about surrendering the warrant. The latest occasion was in the late 1830s and it was at this time that a candidate who was to become one of the eminent Leicestershire masons joined St John’s, William Kelly. The success of St John’s Lodge over the ensuing decades is, in large part, due to the work done by him in the early 1840’s.




John of Gaunt Lodge No. 523


Warranted: 6th March 1846 Consecrated: 11th May 1846 Centenary Warrant: 11th May 1946 Centre: Leicester Freemasons' Hall, 80 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA Meetings: The third Thursday from October to December, and February and March Installation Meeting: October Contact: Email History Leicester had had only St. John’s Lodge from 1790, but by 1845 there was a feeling that another should be created. This was largely the result of various activities of R. W. Bro. William Kelly, its first Master - and Bros. W Williamson, Earl Howe and Sir Frederick Fowke. Warranted on 6th March 1846 as 766, its first meeting was by dispensation on the 26th March 1846 at The Exchange in the Market Place, when six candidates were initiated. William Kelly gave its name to the Lodge, recalling John of Gaunt, whose principal residence was Leicester Castle. The Lodge originally met at The Three Crowns Hotel, moving in 1859 to the new Masonic Hall in Halford Street and then in 1910 to the present Hall on London Road. Meetings have been on the third Thursday of each month since 1850 and from September to May since 1890. Installations were held each 21st June until 1921, when the date was changed to October to allow the Hall a summer recess. The Lodge was granted a Centenary Warrant on the l2th May 1946. The first Lodge Banner was put into service on 1st June 1882 and a new one consecrated on 19th December 2002. The Lodge also has a Loving Cup given on 18th September 1855, on which the Masters’ names are engraved, and a Genevan Bible dated 1610, presented in 1846 by R.W.Bro. William Kelly. Founded in a spirit of Masonic expansion the Lodge has continued in petitioning for new Lodges, including Ferrers and Ivanhoe No.779 (Ashby), Howe and Charnwood No.1007 (Loughborough), St. Peter's Lodge No.1330 (Market Harborough), Albert Edward Lodge No.1560, Lodge of the Golden Fleece No.2081, Lodge of the Flaming Torch No.4874 and Castle of Leicester Lodge No.7767. Membership from the beginning was widely spread, including a Chief Constable, Chemist, Bank Manager, Solicitor, Landowners and an Excise Officer, and this wide selection of members has continued. In its first century the Lodge had welcomed some 720 members and some families have reached their third generation of membership.




Commercial Lodge No. 1391


Warranted: 20th February 1872 Consecrated: 1st April 1872 Centenary Warrant: 8th February 1979 Centre: Leicester Freemasons' Hall, 80 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA Meetings: The fourth Friday in the months of October, December, February, March and April Installation Meeting: April Contact: Email History The Commercial Lodge No.1391 was consecrated on 1st April 1872. Its first W.M. was a Commercial Traveller, and the other eleven petitioners included four Manufacturers, a Railway Inspector, a Station Master, a Poor Law Auditor, an Artist, a Theatre Lessee, a Clerk in Holy Orders and a Surgeon. The main object of the Lodge was to provide a centre and bond of Union for commercial men, resident in or frequenting Leicester. In the first year they held a further nineteen meetings and the popularity of Freemasonry and The Commercial Lodge in those days is further evidenced by the election of twelve Brethren as Joining Members and nineteen gentlemen as Candidates for Initiation. Whilst as an old Lodge it contributed significantly to Freemasonry in the Province, it is probably best remembered for controversy. In November 1873 the following Notice of Motion was given:- “The present system of working the ballot in this Lodge being vague, unsatisfactory and questionable, that a Committee be appointed to decide upon a more equitable and positive mode of working it for the future.” Lack of harmony within the Lodge was further recorded in 1876 and 1877, two significant matters which disturbed the peace being the frequency of Candidates being blackballed and the conduct of the Senior Warden. In 1877, many members considered the S.W. to be unfit for election as W.M. Although he was elected and installed, this was preceded by a bitter campaign between the two factions, which resulted in the Father of the Lodge being defeated in the vote for his re-appointment as Treasurer. Although disharmoniously, regular meetings continued until 12th January 1878. At the Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on 29th May 1878, reference is made to the Suspension of Commercial Lodge 1391 until 22nd October 1879, when it is recorded that Commercial Lodge had emerged from under its cloud. The Centenary of The Commercial Lodge was not acknowledged until 1979. The Lodge can, however, record that seven of its members have held the Office of Lord Mayor in the City of Leicester.




Albert Edward Lodge No. 1560


Warranted: 23rd July 1875 Consecrated: 9th November 1875 Centenary Warrant: 9th November 1975 Centre: Leicester Freemasons' Hall, 80 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA Meetings: The second Tuesday from October to April Installation Meeting: November Contact: Email History The first reference to the Albert Edward Lodge appears in the Minutes of the John of Gaunt Lodge No.523 of the summer of 1875 when an emergency meeting was to support an application for a new Lodge to be named “Albert Edward” which, if sanctioned by the Grand Lodge of England, would be held at Freemasons’ Hall. The petition to set up the Lodge was signed by William Kelly, PPGM, and the Rt. Hon. the Earl Ferrers, PGM was amongst the proposed Founders. The main argument for creating a new Lodge in Leicester was that the population of the town was such that there was a need for a fourth Lodge. R.W.Bro. Kelly in supporting the Petition explained it was not in any way intended to be an exclusive Lodge, not even as to Banquets - thus was started the reputation of Albert Edward Lodge for its Festive Boards. The original membership of the Lodge was wide and varied, although at one stage it acquired the reputation of being primarily a ‘Doctors’ Lodge’. It was some time before that reputation was lost. The Warrant of Constitution was granted and signed on 23rd July 1875, only four days after the Emergency Meeting was held. On the reverse of the Warrant is written the following inscription which is also found with identical wording at the front of the original book of By-Laws of the Lodge. “On the Ninth day of November 1875, being the 34th Birthday of HRH Albert Edward Prince of Wales, Most Worshipful Grand Master, (who on the preceding day landed in India) the Albert Edward Lodge No.1560, was in ancient form duly Constituted and Dedicated, and the Right Hon. the Earl Ferrers, Provincial Grand Master, regularly installed as its first Worshipful Master in the presence of upwards of eighty provincial Grand Officers, Past Masters, and Members the private Lodges in the Province, by the undersigned. William Kelly, Past PGM.”




Granite Lodge No. 2028


Warranted: Consecrated: Centenary Warrant: Centre: Leicester Freemasons' Hall, 80 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA Meetings: Installation Meeting: Website: Click Here Contact: Email History A special meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge was held at 3.15pm at the Narborough Hotel, Leicestershire, on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 1884 to consecrate the Granite Lodge. Granite Lodge became the eleventh Lodge in the county to be granted its Warrant. The present form of the Lodge Badge first appeared on the Summons of 25th June 1885. However the motto ‘Sermon in Stones and Good in Everything’ has always been depicted – it is thought that the name and the motto are almost certainly connected to the local granite quarries at Enderby and Croft. There is one direct link with the occupations of the founders and early members i.e. Mr G W Rawson who was initiated at the first Regular Meeting on Thursday 6th March 1884. He was the Lodge’s eighth Master in 1891/92, and was a quarry owner.

At that first meeting twelve members were balloted for membership and nine were initiated. A frequent practice in those early days saw more than one ceremony at the same meeting and often four or five candidates were passed and raised on the same evening. The Lodge met on Thursdays on or before the full moon in every month apart from May, August, and September. Members from Leicester were able to use the train, and on production of the Summons they secured a reduced fare. In 1890 the first initiate in the Lodge was installed as W.M., namely Bro. T.W. Everard. Bro. Herbert Simpson was installed in June 1897 at a ceremony where there were only 17 members present and all four wardens and deacons were absent. He became W.M. in 1905 and initiated his father. Later that year he initiated his brother, and three years after (by permission of the then Master), initiated his son, W.Bro. H. Simpson, who became Lord Mayor of Leicester in 1924.

Meetings were altered to the second Thursday in 1903, and in 1914 to the first Monday, as now. The Lodge continued to meet in Narborough until April 1914. In that year representations were made to W.Bro. Everard, the owner of the Narborough Hotel, to carry out certain improvements but these were denied, and therefore Granite moved to Leicester. Granite’s first daughter Lodge, the Enderby Lodge No.5061, was consecrated on 22nd January 1929, and its second daughter Granstone Lodge No.6406, on 29th September 1946.




Lodge of the Golden Fleece No. 2081


Warranted: Consecrated: Centenary Warrant: Centre: Leicester Freemasons' Hall, 80 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA Meetings: Installation Meeting: Website: Click Here Contact: Email History The Lodge was sponsored on the Petition of 17 Masons to the John of Gaunt Lodge No.523. Of these 17 original sponsors, 7 were members of John of Gaunt and the first Master was W.Bro. Edward Watson who had been the Master of the Commercial Lodge No.1391 in 1883. The worthy petition was first received by the Masonic Hall, Halford Street, John of Gaunt Lodge on the 20th March 1884 and subsequently the Minutes of their Meeting on 20th November 1884. The Petition soon received the sanction of Grand Lodge and on the 3rd December 1884, the Grand Master, Bro. H.R.H. the Prince of Wales commanded the Dep.G.M. to sign and seal our Warrant which remains open for our inspection to this day. Arrangements for the consecration proceeded and duly recorded in the Minutes of the meeting held at John of Gaunt Lodge dated 15th January 1885. Provincial Grand Lodge convened a Special meeting at the Masonic Hall, Halford Street, Leicester on Monday 16th February 1885 and W.Bro. Samuel Partridge (Dept.P.G.M. acting as P.G.M.). Solemnly consecrated the Lodge in ancient form. Over the next 25 years the Lodge continued to meet at the Masonic Hall in Halford Street and was shared with four other Lodges meeting in Leicester, namely St. Johns, John of Gaunt, Commercial and Albert Edward. By the turn of the century, the numbers had grown noticeably. All this prompted a Resolution to purchase alternative premises and this present site at “London Road” was purchased in 1906 for £2,500. By 1910 the building in its form was completed and furnished at the further cost of £9,500. On 25th April 1910 the building was consecrated by the M.W.Pro. Grand Master Lord Ampthill. In the same month the Lodge resolved to hold all future meetings here and ever since we have had the privilege to have the use of the magnificent Holmes Temple. In 1885 the Lodge produced a membership of 30, after 25 years and moving to London Road the membership trebled to 83. Many ceremonies in that period involved multiple candidates. Immediately after the First and the Second World Wars the lodge membership exceeded 120. Such multiple ceremonies still continued for some twenty years after the Second World War. The last occasion when a double ceremony occurred in the Lodge was on the 15th March 1971, when Bro’s. Michael and Paul Kind were initiated together, the charge given to them by their father W.Bro. Cyril Kind, the Lodge Secretary. After 1960 and out of the Lodge of the Golden Fleece:- The Jason Lodge No.7716 was consecrated on the 30th November 1960. The Lodge of the Argonauts No.8210 was consecrated on the 5th March 1968. A petition was approved in January 1985 for the Leicestershire and Rutland Rotary Lodge No.9158 to be consecrated later in the year. W.Bro. P. Bickley was the First Master. Since 1985 we have had Six Brethren who have served as Master of the Lodge twice. W.Bro. E. Watson (1885-1901), W.Bro. W.H. Staynes (1893-1913), W.Bro. G. Baxter (1978-2002), W.Bro. J.R. Williamson (1992-2007), W.Bro. J.C. Peacock (2008-2009) and W.Bro. D.O. McKeown (1989-2010). The 1,000th Meeting of the Lodge was held on 15th March 1999. W.Bro. P. Potter W.M. Presiding. On 21st December 2009, Long Service Certificates were presented by W.Bro. C. Packham, the Lodge Liaison Officer, to W.Bros. Geoffery and Roy Baxter. For 50 years service in the Lodge of the Golden Fleece. W.Bro. J.C. Peacock Presiding. On Monday 17th November 2014, a Long Service Certificate was presented by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. David V. Hagger to W. Bro. Peter Bickley for 50 years service in Freemasonry. Later in the evening a tankard was presented to W. Bro. Peter by the Worshipful Master, Bro. David H. Lewin. On Monday 21st March 2016, a Long Service Certificate was presented by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W. Bro. James L. Buckle to W. Bro. James Williamson for 50 years service in Freemasonry. Later in the evening a tankard was presented to W. Bro. James by the Worshipful Master, Bro. Peter Davies. On Monday 20th November 2017, a Long Service Certificate was presented by the Lodge Provincial Liaison Officer, W. Bro. Richard J Moore to W. Bro. John Coleman for 50 years service in Freemasonry. Later in the evening a tankard was presented to W. Bro. John by the Worshipful Master, Bro. Peter Willcocks.




Lodge of Research No. 2429


Warranted: 3rd June 1892 Consecrated: 26th October 1892 Centenary Warrant: 26th October 1992 Centre: Leicester Freemasons' Hall, 80 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA Meetings: The Fourth Monday in November, January and March (All Master Masons are invited to be present. Installation Meeting: November Website: Click Here Contact: Email History The origins of the Lodge of Research lie in the life and interests of W.Bro. J.T. Thorp. Thorp, employed in the elastic web business, was involved in overseas travel stimulating a lifelong interest in continental Freemasonry. Thorp was also an internationally renowned literary and historical scholar and was the recipient of many fellowships of learned bodies throughout the British Isles. By 1892 there were 370 masons meeting in Leicester in 5 Lodges. Thorp, together with W.Bro. F.W. Billson, a local solicitor, formed a scheme to raise issues of Masonic interest at meetings of the Leicester Union Lodge of Instruction. On Thorp’s suggestion it was determined to follow the lead of Lodge Quatuor Coronati No.2076, and seek a warrant for a Lodge devoted to research and the dissemination of Masonic knowledge. The Lodge was warranted in 1892, and consecrated at a meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on 26th October. Samuel Partridge was the consecrating officer, but he stood aside to allow W.Bro. G. Speth, a Past Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge, to install Thorp as the first Master of the Lodge. W. Bro. Speth then became an honorary member of the Lodge, and contributed a number of papers to its “Transactions” thus marking the start of a long and happy relationship between these two Lodges. While the Lodge has full power to initiate, pass and raise candidates, it was early on determined that there should be no trespass on the legitimate areas of the other private Lodges, nor the Union Lodge of Instruction. Thorp became Secretary of the Lodge after he had served his year as Master, and was also the first editor of its “Transactions”, as well as the author of many contributions. Indeed it was his desire to preserve papers delivered to the Lodge which led to the publication of the series which still continues, and which has featured the work of many distinguished Masonic scholars, including Prestonian lecturers and high ranking overseas Brethren. One cloud fell across the Lodge in 1909, however, when the members felt apprehensions about the move from Halford Street to London Road, and the Lodge resolved not to meet at the new premises, instead moving to Syston. This may have had something to do with the proposed cost of the new premises, and may also have been the cause of the resignation of Samuel Partridge from the Lodge as he had been a major moving force behind the acquisition and development of the London Road site. After some two years these differences were set aside, and the Lodge now meets at London Road, Leicester. The Lodge has also been much involved in the growth and maintenance of the Hall’s Library and Museum.




Lodge Semper Eadem No.3091


Warranted: 9th February 1905 Consecrated: 26th April 1905 Held at Leicester on the fourth Wednesday from September to March Installation meeting: September Contact: Email Detailed information about the conception of the Lodge is sadly lacking. The senior Leicester Lodge, St. John’s Lodge No.279, was the sponsor, and those forming the Lodge included many distinguished men with a close interest in local public and civic affairs, including the then Mayor of Leicester, Stephen Hilton, Edward Holmes the Chief Constable and Charles Bennion, the generous donor of Bradgate Park. With such a close relationship with those active in public life in the (then) Borough of Leicester it is unsurprising, and entirely apposite, that its motto, Semper Eadem, determined the new Lodge’s name. From a study of the early membership of the Lodge it is evident that the Founders desired to attract to Freemasonry members of the professions, those engaged in the civic administration, regular officers of the Armed Services and Ministers of Religion (both of whom were at one time admitted on payment of a reduced fee) and the higher echelons in local industries. In the succeeding years many Lodge Brethren made outstanding contributions to the life of the City of Leicester and to Freemasonry. Seven received the honour of Knighthood, six served as Mayor or Lord Mayor; three as Provincial Grand Master (of whom one, Brigadier Cecil Bernard Simpson Morley, was perhaps the most influential Mason the Lodge produced); four as Deputy Provincial Grand Master and one as Assistant Provincial Grand Master. Many Brethren have been appointed to Grand Rank and six have filled the important office of Provincial Grand Secretary. Such a contribution continues to the present day in the person of the Provincial Grand Treasurer. Semper was the first Lodge to meet in the Holmes Temple on 27th April 1910, just two days after its dedication, and the Lodge has continued to meet in that room throughout its subsequent history. In 1924 the Lodge supported the formation of Holmes Lodge No.4656 and a close relationship has existed since that time with a regular and alternating exchange of visits between the two Lodges. From 2006 this arrangement was broadened to include Prince Rupert Lodge No.7841, Holmes’ own daughter Lodge, so a new tri-partite routine was established.




St. Martin’s Lodge No.3431


Warranted: 17th January 1910 Consecrated: 16th March 1910 Held at Leicester on the third Wednesday from September to April Installation meeting: March Contact: Email St. Martin’s Lodge was originally scheduled to be the first Lodge consecrated at the new Freemasons Hall, London Road, Leicester, but owing to building delays it became the last Lodge to be consecrated at the Halford Street Hall. The founders of the Lodge were members of St. John’s Lodge No.279 together with John of Gaunt Lodge No.523. It was named after the Cathedral area of the city and the banner (donated by Stephen Hilton) represents the Roman soldier who became St. Martin, giving up his cloak to a poor man. The first W.M. was Stephen Hilton (P.M. of 279 in 1907) who held the office of Mayor of Leicester in 1904. At the first regular meeting two candidates were Initiated, John Edward Barker and Joseph Orringe. John Barker, son of the Senior Warden, was killed in action in 1916. Joseph Orringe served the Lodge for many years and his son, Eric maintained the family connection until his death in 1998. The Lodge moved to London Road from the September meeting. It is interesting to note that for many years after the consecration the summons stated that the toast to absent brethren would be taken at 10 o’clock. During WWII the Lodge met, on most occasions, around midday as an energy saving measure, and the dress code stated “Morning suit or uniform”. As the Lodge prepared for its centenary in 2010 it looked back with pride on a total of 379 members in its history of whom 319 brethren were initiated under the St.Martins banner.




Wyggeston Lodge No.3448


Warranted: 9th May 1910 Consecrated: 1st July 1910 Centenary Warrant: 1st July 2010 Held at Leicester on the third Friday from October to April Installation meeting: November UGLE Universities' Scheme Lodge for the University of Leicester Website: Click Here Contact: Email The first meeting considering the formation of the Wyggeston Lodge was held in the Masonic Hall in Halford Street, Leicester on 11th April 1910. Twenty Brethren were present and as a result of their deliberations the Lodge was consecrated on 1st July 1910. A total of 34 Brethren were party to the Petition to form the Lodge and with the majority of those being from Commercial Lodge No. 1391 that Lodge became our “Mother Lodge”. The Consecration took place in the new Masonic Hall at 80 London Road, Leicester with W.Bro. F.W. Billson as the Founding Worshipful Master. The motto of the Lodge, “Date eleemosynam et ecce omnia munda sunt vobis” which translates to “Give freely of yourself and behold all Worlds are yours”, was that of William Wygston, the famous Leicester citizen. In 1925, members of the Wyggeston Lodge requested permission to form a Lodge to be known as Knighton Lodge No.4711 which thus became the first “Daughter Lodge” of the Wyggeston Lodge. In 1937, the procedure was repeated with the Lodge of Welcome No.5664 becoming our second “Daughter Lodge”. The Lodge continued to prosper during the 1930’s with membership standing at 110 by 1939. The activity of the Lodge was somewhat curtailed during the Second World War with meetings taking place at lunchtimes instead of the usual time in the evening. With the cessation of hostilities in 1945 matters returned to normal and in the May of that year our third “Daughter Lodge”, Wyvern Lodge No.6167 was formed. In the 1950’s the membership of the Lodge fell slightly but there was still a waiting time of up to two years before a candidate could be Initiated. Our Golden Anniversary in 1960 saw W.Bro. T.G.S. Ellwood as Worshipful Master, with the anniversary meeting being attended by 82 Brethren. Representatives from our Mother Lodge, Commercial Lodge and our three Daughter Lodges joined other visitors in a memorable evening. On the 1st July 2010, the Wyggeston Lodge celebrated its Centenary where W.Bro. R.W. Rankin presided as Worshipful Master. This was attended by 169 Brethren including the Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland, R.W.Bro. D.V. Hagger, who presented a Centenary Warrant, and representatives from our Mother and Daughter Lodges. The Brethren assembled for a Festive Board, which contained a 6-course menu reflecting the original Consecration menu of 1910. In April 2011, the Brethren of the Wyggeston Lodge agreed to join the Universities’ Scheme to forge links between Freemasonry and University students studying at the University of Leicester. As the Lodge moves into its second century the Lodge motto, “Give freely of yourself and behold all Worlds are yours”, is as pertinent today as it was in 1910.




Halford Lodge No.3919


Warranted: 27th January 1919 Consecrated: 21st October 1919 Held at Leicester on the second Wednesday from October to May Installation: October Website: Click Here Contact: Email The name of the Lodge is intended to perpetuate the memory of the late W. Bro. Sir Henry St John Halford, Bart.C.B. of Wistow Hall, Leicestershire, and Lord of the Manor. He was born on the 9th August 1828 and later educated at Eton & Merton College, Oxford and obtained a B.A.in 1849. He was Justice of the Peace for the Counties of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire; High Sheriff of the former in 1872; Chairman of the Quarter Sessions and the first Chairman of the Leicestershire County Council. Sir Henry was also Colonel of the 1st Vol. Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, which he commanded for many years. He was acknowledged to be an enthusiastic, and expert marksman, and shot with the English Eight at Wimbledon. He was Initiated into the John of Gaunt Lodge No.523 on the 4th February 1870 and on the 16th September, in the same year, assisted in the founding of St. Peter's Lodge No.1330, of which, he was the first Senior Warden.




Temperantia Lodge No.4088


We meet at the Provincial Grand Lodge Headquarters at London Road in Leicester. Our regular Lodge meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of September through to April inclusive. We also hold committee meetings on the Monday immediately before a Lodge meeting. Website: Click Here Contact: Email We were consecrated as a Craft Lodge on 13th May 1920. We are a daughter lodge of Lodge Semper Eadem, No 3091, also of Leicester. We have met regularly every year since then through depression, war and social change. We look forward to celebrating our centenary We were created a temperance lodge at the wish of then Provincial Grand Master, WBro Edward Holmes, who, in the late 1910s, expressed a wish that “the Province should have a teetotal lodge but not necessarily a lodge of total abstainers; the intention being that such a lodge would provide a Masonic home for young men who wished to become members of the Craft and who would prefer a Lodge with teetotal principles” and thus we were formed. Read carefully, the subtlety of the Provincial Grand Master’s statement is self-evident. As times and mores change so principle can be applied to all aspects of life. Hence we are Temperantia and practice temperance but what is temperance? Temperance is the practice of moderation in all things. It was one of the four "cardinal" virtues held to be vital to society in Hellenic culture. It is one of the Four Cardinal Virtues considered central to Christian behaviour by the Catholic Church and by the other Christian denominations in general. It is an important tenet of the moral codes of other world religions too, for example, it is one of the Five Precepts of Buddhism. Classically, temperance was defined as governing natural appetites for the pleasure of senses according to the bounds of reason. No virtue could be sustained in the face of inability to control oneself, if the virtue was opposed to some desire; this is why temperance is classified as a cardinal virtue, where "cardinal" signifies "pivotal".




Holmes Lodge No.4656


Warranted: 1st July 1924 Consecrated: 24th October 1924 Held at Leicester on the first Tuesday from October to April Installation meeting: October Contact: Email The Lodge was consecrated on 24th October 1924, by the P.G.M., R.W.Bro. Edward Holmes, and was sponsored by St. John’s Lodge No.279. There were 34 founding members, coming from 11 Mother Lodges; 11 from Lodge Semper Eadem No.3091; 5 from St. Martin’s Lodge No.3431; 4 from Commercial Lodge No.1391; 3 from John of Gaunt Lodge No.523; 3 from East Goscote Lodge No.2865; 2 from St. John’s Lodge No.279; 2 from Lodge of the Golden Fleece No.2081; and 1 each from Granite Lodge No.2028, Albert Edward Lodge No.1560, Grace Dieu Lodge No.2428 and Halford Lodge No.3919. 15 trades and professions were carried out by the Founding members - 11 Hosiery Manufacturers, 7 Boot and Shoe Manufacturers, 3 Solicitors, 2 Clothiers/Outfitters and 1 each of Bank Manager, Chartered Accountant, Tobacco Merchant, Insurance Manager, Printer, Manufacturer’s Agent, Company Secretary, Miller, Thread Manufacturer, Boot Factor and the deputy Chief Constable of Leicester. Of the 84 Past Masters, 6 did not proceed within the Province, 3 achieved high Provincial Rank. V.W.Bro. G.W. Hunt became Deputy P.G.M. R.W.Bro. Sir John Corah became P.G.M., V.W.Bro. W.G. Fox became Deputy P.G.M. The death of Edward Holmes in 1928 caused the Lodge to enter a period of 2 months Masonic Mourning. It comprised the wearing of 4 Black Crepe Rosettes, 3 on the apron and 1 on the point of the collar; these cost 3/9p each. It was recorded in the Minutes of the 2nd October 1928 meeting, that following the toast to the Grand Master, “the Brethren will rise to honour the memory of Edward Holmes.” Membership increased in the first year to 47 members; there were 8 Initiates and 5 joining members. Holmes membership has always been between 48 and 55. Holmes Lodge has 3 important traditions. Firstly to Rise to the Memory of Edward Holmes, each new Initiate receiving an explanation of this. Secondly at the festive board, there is a rolling fire. The Third tradition is that of a tri-annual visit to the family of lodges comprising Semper Eadem, Holmes and Prince Rupert.




Knighton Lodge No.4711


Warranted: 4th February 1925 Consecrated: 8th May 1925 Held at Leicester on the second Monday from October to April Installation meeting: April Contact: Email Knighton Lodge was founded as a daughter Lodge of The Wyggeston Lodge No.3448, members of which had expressed the fear, as early as 1924 that Lodges were tending to become too large. When the plans for the Lodge were drawn up it was agreed that each originally designated officer should purchase a collar with appropriate jewel in silver for presentation to the Lodge. The Lodge prospered, and soon found itself performing double or even triple ceremonies, on one occasion recording a double passing followed by a double raising. On the occasion of its Golden Jubilee the Lodge recorded: “Knighton Lodge, richly blessed in its Founders, and ably supported by their successors, can still look forward to the future knowing that its early ideals will be maintained and its justly gained reputation pass, pure and unsullied, to those that are yet to come.”




Highcross Lodge No.4835


Website: Click Here Contact: Email In March 1926 the promoters of a new Lodge to be named The Highcross Lodge presented a petition to St. John’s Lodge No.279 asking for its formation. This was accorded and the Highcross Lodge, the 24th Lodge in the Province, was warranted on the 12th April and consecrated on the 29th September 1926. The seventeen founders of the Lodge came from six main Lodges: St. John’s Lodge No.279; John of Gaunt Lodge No.523; Commercial Lodge No.1391; Lodge of the Golden Fleece No.2081; St. Martin’s Lodge No.3431; and Wyggeston Lodge No.3448. The founders were of diverse trades and professions from Glover and Outfitter to Accountants and Surveyors. The first regular meeting took place on Monday the 4th October 1926, and the first Initiation took place on the second meeting in November, the initiate being Mr. L.G. Dryland, a Civil Engineer. Since that date there have been over 180 initiates with a strong father and son influence and the present membership (at the start of the 2009 season) numbers 56 with one honorary member. For a month after the outbreak of the Second World War Freemasonry was suspended, but after a pause the Lodges resumed work. Saturday morning meetings were common. In 1964 it was agreed to reduce Lodge meetings to seven a year. Meeting days have been Monday, Saturday (War years) and then the first Thursday of the month as now. It is thought that Thursday was selected due to the number of shop owners and members connected to the retail trade who were members and whose half day it would have been in those days. The members of Highcross Lodge are proud and honoured to include The PGM R.W.Bro. D.V. Hagger and W.Bro. P.J. Staniforth, Past Assistant PGM in their number. Various anniversaries of Highcross Lodge have been celebrated. The 500th meeting took place at Freemasons’ Hall, London Road on Thursday 4th February 1993, and a celebration for the occasion of the 600th meeting was held on the 5th April 2007 with the ladies attending the Festive Board and with entertainment provided.




Lodge of the Flaming Torch No. 4874


Warranted: 5th October 1926 Consecrated: 7th December 1926 Held at Leicester on the second Thursday from October to April Installation meeting: March Contact: Email Since the Lodge’s inception its emblem, perhaps not surprisingly, has been the familiar image of the flaming torch. Indeed, the name of the Lodge derived from the emblem rather than the other way round. Of course, the flaming torch was highly significant in Greek mythology and ritual over 2,500 years ago. In modern times the Torch has come to be a symbol of education and learning. Herein lies the significance of the Flaming Torch to our Lodge. It has been and continues to be a reminder that each generation has a duty to maintain the principles of Freemasonry. In keeping with this sentiment the inscription on the Lodge’s banner, Vitai lampada tradunt, means “they hand on the torch of life”. The petition for the Lodge’s inception was signed in the John of Gaunt Lodge No.523, on 5th April 1926, and the warrant was issued on 5th October of that year. The Consecration Ceremony took place at Freemasons’ Hall, London Road, Leicester on 11th December 1926. There were seventeen founder members of which eight (47%) were schoolmasters or were closely associated with education, and for many years the Lodge was recognised as a Schoolmasters Lodge. At the first regular meeting a ballot was taken for the first Initiate, Mr R.E. Woolmer, who was a schoolmaster. Indeed, it was a declared aim that the Lodge would bring together those involved in education and industry, and up to the outbreak of the second World War, out of the 31 men Initiated into the Lodge, 13 were schoolmasters. On 7th December 1927 the Lodge’s Mother Lodge, John of Gaunt, paid its first official visit. That tradition continues. The Lodge celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1976. On a positive note over the last ten years, almost every year the Lodge has welcomed two new Initiates. It would be remiss not to mention the most eminent Members who currently grace the Lodge. The first of these is R.W.Bro. Derek A. Buswell who served as the PGM of Leicestershire & Rutland from 1989 to 2002; secondly, from 1996 to 2007 V.W.Bro. William G. Dawson filled the role of Grand Superintendant over the Royal Arch Province of Leicestershire & Rutland. Currently the Lodge has five serving Grand Officers.




Enderby Lodge No.5061


Website: Click Here Contact: Email In February 1928 the Past Masters of the Granite Lodge No.2028, concerned about the size of the Lodge, proposed that they should petition Grand Lodge for permission to establish a new Lodge. A committee was established under the guidance of W.Bro. T O Judge, Master of Granite Lodge. It was decided that the founding Master would be W. Bro. Henry Jinks Grace, a distinguished mason who had been Worshipful Master of Granite Lodge in 1894 and 1916, Past Provincial Grand Treasurer since 1914, a Grand Officer, a Founder and Past Master of the Wiclif Lodge No.3078, a Founder and Past Master of the Wyggeston Lodge No.3448 and a Past Master of the Lodge of Research No.2429. The founding committee wanted to honour W.Bro. Grace by calling the new lodge “The Grace Lodge” but Grand Lodge would not accept the name. They tried a number of alternatives until finally they agreed upon “Enderby Lodge”. W.Bro. Grace was managing Director of The Enderby & Stoney Stanton Granite Company and had resided in Enderby for most of his life. It was decided that the motto of the Lodge should be “Aedificatus in Saxo” - “Founded on a Rock”, since the Lodge was formed by Granite Lodge.




Lodge of Welcome No.5664


Website: Click Here Contact: Email In 1936 two Freemasons residing in Leicester, Bro. George Gallimore of the Incorporated Accountants Lodge No.4255 (London), and Bro. Howard Clarke of the Wyggeston Lodge No.3448, thought there was scope for a new Lodge, primarily to accommodate brethren already initiated in other Provinces who for business reasons had taken residence in Leicester. A letter was sent on 1st May 1936 to interested Brethren regarding a meeting on the 5th May. In addition to Bros. Gallimore and Clarke, 13 Brethren expressed an interest. Following this meeting a further meeting was arranged in September for prospective founders, the number of founders had now grown to 20 in total. Following this meeting a decision, was made to send a letter to the Worshipful Master of the Wyggeston Lodge No.3488 with a petition signed by 20 brethren of the new Lodge to be named “The Lodge Of Welcome” requesting that the WM and Warden with the approval of the majority of the Lodge, give recommendation to the petition at their October Lodge meeting.
Following a further meeting of the founders, a letter was sent to the secretary of the Wyggeston Lodge asking that they obtain approval of the majority of the Lodge to be the sponsor’s of the new ”Lodge of Welcome” so that the petition may be presented to the Provincial Grand Secretary for the approval of the Provincial Grand Master. The requisite Form of Petition was received from the Provincial Grand Secretary and was duly completed by Bro. Frank Stewart Copeman nominated as WM, Bro. William Holden as SW and Bro. Samuel J. Usher as JW., and at the meeting on 15th January 1937 the Wyggeston Lodge approved the petition which was signed to form a new Lodge in the Province. Notification dated 4th March 1937 was received from the Grand Secretary that the M.W. Grand Master has been pleased to accede to the prayer of the petition for the proposed Lodge Of Welcome with the number “5664”. A further Notification was received dated 30th March enclosing the Warrant which was dated 3rd March 1937 together with the Clearance Certificate.
The design for a Lodge Shield and a Banner was first discussed at the meeting of the Permanent Committee on the 16th November 1937, and again at the next meeting on the 3rd December where a design submitted by W.Bro W. Knight was approved. The building on the Lodge crest is a representation of the Guildhall, formerly the Old Town Hall, originally the Medieval Hall of the Corpus Christi Gild.




Wyvern Lodge No.6167


Warranted: 1st August 1945 Consecrated: 29th September 1945 Held at Leicester on the first Monday from October to April inclusive and on the first Friday in May Installation meeting: October Contact: Email Our Lodge was planned in 1944 and consecrated in 1945 as the European Hostilities ceased. Its objective was to 'Provide a Masonic Lodge for those worthy men who will be returning after service in His Majesties forces, having been prevented from becoming Freemasons by reason of their absence from their home town and to relieve the membership waiting lists of many of our Lodges in the Province'. The Lodge was the first to be consecrated in Leicestershire and Rutland since 1937. We originally held our meetings at Syston and moved to London Road, Leicester in 1950, where we still meet. We have members from all walks of life who are harmonious, both young and old, whose youth and experience adds to the prosperity of the Lodge.




Granstone Lodge No.6406


Warranted: 4th December 1946 Consecrated: 29th September 1947 Held at Leicester on the third Thursday from September to April Installation meeting: April Contact: Email In the mid-1940s several members of the Granite Lodge No.2028 realised that the length of time before reaching the chair was becoming unacceptably protracted and the result was a petition for the Granstone Lodge; the name was derived in part from ‘Granite’ and the name of the other daughter Lodge, Enderby Lodge No.5061, that being a Stone Quarrying area. Two committees were established, the Court of Honour and the Founding members Committee. The first Court of Honour meeting was held at Church House Leicester to discuss applications for membership and make recommendations for candidates. Originally it was reported that until Oliver Lodge Room was available it would not be possible to meet at London Road, and enquiries were then made to meet at Syston. It now meets regularly in London Road.




Gateway Lodge No.6513


Warranted: 4th June 1947 Consecrated: 19th May 1948 Held at Leicester on the third Friday from September to April Installation meeting: September Contact: Email In 1947 the Masonic Hall, London Road had through the war years been partly taken over by the Army Pay Core. Many Brethren had returned from the war and the lodges were large in number. It was because of this fact that a number of brethren of Commercial Lodge No.1391 and one other thought it would be an appropriate time to sponsor and found a new Lodge. A number of meetings took place by the prospective founders, twenty one in all. Many names were discussed and a brother, standing on University Road and looking through the large wrought iron gates towards the war Memorial on Victoria Park, suggested the name The Gateway. This provided the name and the view towards the war War Memorial and provided the view depicted for the Lodge Banner. This was very appropriate with many brethren returning from the war and, sadly many who did not return. The Lodge was warranted on 4th June 1947 and given the number 6513. It was agreed the Lodge would meet on the third Friday of the months September to April. 1st Master Designate was Walter Earnest Smith.




Lodge of Gratitude No.6514


Warranted: 4th June 1947 Consecrated: 26th May 1948 Held at Leicester on the fourth Tuesday from October to April Installation meeting: October Website: Click Here Contact: Email The Lodge of Gratitude No.6514 was consecrated on the 26th May 1948. At that time, there was a teaching lodge called The Lodge of Instruction. This lodge met monthly and the more experienced Brethren who instructed on various training matters within Freemasonry were called Preceptors. A group of 20 Preceptors decided to form a new Craft Lodge and they named it Gratitude in deference to the many years of enjoyment they had received since deciding to join the fraternity of Freemasons. They designed a crest in 1948 which included the words “si fundamenta quaeris intravide” which translates into “ if you seek for the foundations, look within” and this crest and motto is still used today, The by-laws of Lodge state that the members should at all times reflect strength of character and radiate true Masonic principles of love, relief and truth. So, the Lodge's ceremonies and other meetings are all conducted with these principles in mind and social events are arranged to raise money for charities as well as enjoying the company of friends who all have a like minded persuasion. The Lodge of Gratitude is a small and friendly Lodge of Freemasons and its members are a mix of ages from early thirties to late eighties. Some are employed in professions, others in trade, the police and social service positions so has a broad spectrum of knowledge and interests.




Newarke Lodge No.6794


Website: Click Here Contact: Email On Monday 17th April 1948, a meeting of all the Past Masters of St. John’s Lodge No.279, together with the Wardens of the Lodge, was summoned to consider the formation of a new Lodge. At the time there were some 150 members of St John’s and there was little chance of all brethren being able to take office in their lifetime, a forty year wait being indicated! At that meeting seven brethren agreed to become Founders. The Newarke Lodge became the 35th Lodge within the Leicestershire and Rutland Province. The consecration was held on the 18th May 1949. Many of the founders had attended The Newarke School. Its name linked the Lodge to the historical past of Leicester. The name Newarke was a corruption of “New Werke” the enclosure built over six hundred years ago by the third Earl of Leicester, containing a hospital built in 1331 and a church which became the Collegiate Church of the Newarke. The first Worshipful Master was W.Bro. Leonard Wright Harvey and there were three candidates during the Lodge’s first year 1949-1950. In December 1949 six joining members were admitted, one of those six, W.Bro. Don Letts, being in 2009 the oldest member. The goblets which are used by the Worshipful Master and Wardens were donated by members of the Lodge. There have been a number of father and son connections. The 50th Anniversary of the Lodge took place on the 18th May 1999, under the direction of W.Bro.Stephen Riley. A dispensation had been requested and granted to allow the Lodge celebrations to take place on the exact date of the consecration of the Lodge – 18th May. Other than the connection of attending the Newarke School, the Founders of the Lodge came from a cross section of professions which has continued today.




Jason Lodge No.7716


Warranted: 1st June 1960 Consecrated: 30th November 1960 Held at Leicester on the first Monday from October to April Installation meeting: December Contact: Email Jason Lodge was founded as a consequence of the feeling by the Lodge of the Golden Fleece No.2081 that with 140 members many were frustrated by the long wait that lay ahead if they were to achieve any office and the opportunity to exercise those Masonic Talents and Ambitions that they had worked so assiduously to achieve. Within weeks the decision was taken, the die cast and the rumours that a new Lodge was in the offing spread like wild fire and “found spontaneous and enthusiastic support from the rank and file of members of the Lodge of the Golden Fleece”. Within a year from that decision Jason Lodge was formed by 21 members of the Lodge of the Golden Fleece. After 50 years the Lodge still has a number of the founding members still active. Bro. Revd John Garrett is now 100 years old and a lifetime honorary member. Bro. ‘Bob’ Kinton was a founding Steward and is now closing on his century. Another founding steward was Bro. L.E. Hutchinson MC who went on to hold high office as Provincial Grand Secretary and is fondly remembered by many for his enthusiasm for Lodge and encouraging the social side of Freemasonry. And no less than three of the founding Brothers were able to see their own sons come through to join and chair Jason. Whilst Jason Lodge cannot boast the long traditions of many of our fellow Lodges, of people who have served their country at time of war or high civic offices, it is likely that these periods in a “Lodge History” which appear most barren of incident were in fact the periods when the traditions of the Lodge were being built up and the tone of the Lodge was being set. Since the Consecration of Jason Lodge, there have been 46 Worshipful Masters but it would be fair to highlight one individual who has virtually seen Jason Lodge through since the beginning and is one of the best known throughout the Province of Leicester and Rutland. In February 1960, the Lodge took on its third initiate, one Rodney Dixon, son of founding Brother Sidney Dixon. It was quickly discovered that this person had an aptitude with the keyboard and soon became the Organist. Since that time, he rose through the ranks and became Worshipful Master in 1974 and today that same W.Bro. R.B. Dixon PPSGW now acts as Organist for 11 Craft, 9 Chapter and 4 Mark Lodges and is at a Lodge Meeting nearly every working day of the month, a tremendous achievement that brings much credit to Jason Lodge.




Guthlaxton Lodge No.7717


Warranted: 1st June 1960 Consecrated: 15th February 1961 Held at Leicester on the third Wednesday from October to April Installation meeting: February Website: Click Here Contact: Email Guthlaxton Lodge No.7717 was started as a daughter lodge in 1960 by members of the Wyvern Lodge No.6167 and it was a prerequisite at that time, for candidates to work or reside in the Oadby/Wigston area. The name Guthlaxton means a hundred. A hundred is a geographic division used in England and other countries and historically was used to divide a larger region into smaller administrative divisions. So Guthlaxton was a hundred of Leicestershire. It was in the south of the county and covered Lutterworth and Wigston. At the time of the Domesday Book it was one of Leicestershire’s four Wapentakes (Administrative Meeting Places) and covered a much wider area including Market Bosworth and Hinckley. Past luminaries include one of the founders – Walter Charles whose generosity provided the Oadby and Wigston Borough Council with the Walter Charles Community Centre. An early association with Alexandra Lodge No.985 in Long Sutton Lincolnshire continues to this day. The visit to Long Sutton is always in the month of December and is popular amongst brethren.




Sir John Corah Lodge No.7736


Warranted: 2nd November 1960 Consecrated: 30th March 1961 Held at Leicester on the fourth Friday in September, October, December, January, February, March and April, and on the fourth Wednesday in November Installation meeting: March Contact: Email The Sir John Corah Lodge was Consecrated on the 30th March 1961 after forms of petition were obtained and approved in open Lodge by the members of St John’s Lodge No.279 on 7th September 1960. The name for the Lodge was suggested by the then Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Brigadier C.B.S. Morley, after a number of other names had been considered. Sir John Corah was installed as the Provincial Grand Master on 5th of April 1940 and held that office till the end of 1958. There were nineteen Founding Members, who were all members of the St John’s Lodge.The Consecration Ceremony was conducted in the Oliver Lodge room by the Provincial Grand Master, in the presence of R.W.Bro.Sir John Corah and four other Grand Officers. W.Bro. W.F. Botterill, was Installed as the First Worshipful Master of the Lodge. Over the years the Lodge has always had a good membership which often risen to over fifty. The Sir John Corah Lodge celebrated its 50th year in 2011 when the then Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Charles Bentley commented “that the Lodge looks forward with confidence to the next 50 years”




The Lodge of the Round Table No.7762


Website: Click Here Contact: Email The Lodge was formed by 20 Local Brethren who either were or had been members of the Round Table movement of Great Britain & Ireland. The Consecration took place in the Oliver Temple of the Masonic Hall at 80 London Road, Leicester by the Most Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Bro. Brig. C.B.S. Morley C.B.E., T.D., D.L., with W.Bro. William. G. Fox as the Founding Worshipful Master on 2nd May 1961. The motto of the Lodge, “Adopt Adapt Improve“ is taken from the motto of the Round Table Movement.




Castle of Leicester Lodge No.7767


Warranted: 8th February 1961 Consecrated: 25th September 1961 Held at Leicester on the second Tuesday in October, November, December, February and April Installation meeting: December UGLE Universities' Scheme Lodge for De Montfort University Website: Click Here Contact: Email The Castle of Leicester Lodge was formed in 1961. The reason for its formation is best summarised by a quotation from a letter dated 17th December 1960 from the first Secretary of the Lodge, W.Bro. Cecil M.R. Smith. “The Lodge is sponsored by the John of Gaunt Lodge No.523 and the principal reason for the formation of this Lodge is to enable more Brethren to reach the Chair with a reasonable time. At present, due to the size of the Lodge, many are precluded from reaching the Chair on account of age, and there is also a long wait for even the younger Brethren……………” The Lodge was consecrated on 25th September 1961. It has always met at Freemasons’ Hall, London Road, Leicester initially with seven meetings per year, reducing to four in 1999 and now five (starting in 2009). Since Consecration there have been 118 members of the Lodge comprising 27 Founders, 80 Initiates and 11 Joining Members. The Lodge celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2011.




Gartree Lodge No.7778


Warranted: 27th April 1961 Consecrated: 13th October 1961 Held at Leicester on the second Wednesday from October to April Installation meeting: December Contact: Email The name GARTREE has several related origins. Gartree was a wapentake and later a Hundred in the county of Leicestershire, while Gartree Road was that part of the Roman Via Devana which ran between Medbourne and Leicester. The founders included very many occupations and professions. The first non-founding initiate of the Lodge was Bro. Michael E Herbert, son of the founding Master, and the Lodge has had a very strong family representation. Members of Gartree have held, and still hold, high ranking positions within Masonry. W.Bro. Michael E. Herbert was PGM for Leicestershire and Rutland Mark Masons from 1995 to 2005 when he was appointed President of the General Board at Mark Grand Lodge and Chairman of the Grand Masters Royal Ark Council. He was succeeded as PGM for Leicestershire and Rutland Mark Masons by another Gartree Initiate, W.Bro. Anthony Morris.




Rothley Temple Lodge No.7801


Warranted: 8th November 1961 Consecrated: 9th February 1962 Held at Leicester on the second Friday in October, December, February, March and April Installation meeting: February Contact: Email Rothley Temple took its name from the Babington family manor house, known as the Temple, because of its association with the Knights Templar, and subsequently the Knight of St. John of Jerusalem (Hospitallers). Rothley Abbey, or chapel, still remains as part of the Rothley Court Hotel and is incorporated into the Badge of the Lodge. The Founders mainly resided in the Rothley/Quorn/Cropston area and were typically members of the Rothley Park Golf Club. Geographic exclusivity being prohibited, membership was extended to include those residing beyond the Rothley area to the Province and beyond. Many members were associated with various Corporate, Legal or Financial institutions, in particular British Gas and Alliance-Leicester. Freddie Upchurch (PM), formed the Lodge as WM, with Bro.Rev. Lawrence Jackson and Bro. Stanley Cox as Wardens, on Friday the 9th of February 1962. The Ceremony of Consecration, with a recorded attendance of ninety one, was performed by R.W.Bro.Brig. C.B.S. Morley, and the Installation Ceremony by the DPGM, V.W.Bro. W.G. Fox, assisted by W.Bro. O. Farrant as DC. The Lodge has met five times, formerly four times, per year in the Holmes Temple at Freemasons’ Hall Leicester, although in the early days in the Morley Temple. The one of RTL ritual and interpretation of rubric is essentially “Nigerian Ritual”; ceremonies and duties are performed with great care and felicity. The Festive Board “fine-dining” standards, remain renowned throughout the Province. The Banner was presented by W.Bro. Bill Bentley, and a WM’s goblet, given by W.Bro. John K. McLauchlan in memory of his father, remains. The 200thRegular Meeting, an Installation Festival, was honoured by the presence of the R.W.Bro. Michael H. Roalfe PGM, on the 11th of February 2005.




Saint Crispin Lodge No.7832


Warranted: 14th March 1962 Consecrated: 3rd May 1962 Held at Leicester on the fourth Monday from September to April (December excepted) Installation meeting: September Contact: Email It was in 1959 that there began to be a feeling that a Lodge dedicated to the Patron Saint of shoe- making should be founded. The leading lights who eventually gathered together the Founders of the new Lodge were W.Bro. Sidney Frank Sursham and W.Bro. George William Henry Glover, both of whom were Founder Members and Past Masters of the Lodge of Friendship No.7168. These two communicated their enthusiasm for a new Lodge to other Brethren, especially some Junior Brethren in those two Lodges and other Lodges meeting at the Freemasons’ Hall, London Road, Leicester. At the same time, they were deeply involved in the activity that led to the foundation of the Humber Stone Lodge No.7744. Eventually, meetings of prospective Founders of Saint Crispin Lodge took place and at the first formal meeting in 1962 it was announced that the prospective Mother Lodge of the new Lodge would be the Lodge of Friendship No.7168. It was decided that the Lodge should meet seven times in each Masonic Session, preferably on Mondays, the traditional weekly holiday of shoemakers, and, by making it the fourth Monday of the month, the Lodge meeting would periodically fall on the twenty-fifth of October, Saint Crispin’s Day. The list of founders shows that many were engaged in the footwear industry and, no doubt, some of the others were employed by that industry in their professional capacities. At the period when the foundation of the new Lodge was being mooted, many Junior Brethren found themselves in Lodges with large memberships and with the prospect of having, by natural progression, to wait many years before reaching even the most junior office of Steward. The process of foundation, it was explained, included the cost of a suitable shield which would carry the Lodge Badge, for the dining room at the Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester. It was also customary for Lodges to purchase and have installed an elegant, varnished wood display board, to be affixed to a wall in the corridors or on the stairs of the Hall, on which the names of successive Masters of the new Lodge would be written in gold leaf.




Prince Rupert Lodge No.7841


Warranted: 25th April 1962 Consecrated: 24th September 1962 Held at Leicester on the third Monday in September, December, February and April Installation meeting: September Contact: Email Prince Rupert Lodge, a daughter Lodge of Holmes Lodge No.4656 and a Granddaughter of Lodge Semper Eadem No.3091, was founded at the express wish of the then PGM, Brigadier C.B.S. Morley, who asked W.Bro. Sidney Brown, the Provincial Grand Secretary, to form a Lodge suitable for young business executives to join who were unable to spare more than four evenings per year, but were intelligent enough to absorb the ritual easily and would rapidly advance to Provincial rank. W. Bro. Sidney Brown formed a committee which decided the name, which he himself proposed, approved the Founders, and arranged the details of the formation of the Lodge and its consecration which took place on 24th September 1962, and which meets on the third Monday in September, December, February, and April. The Lodge meetings were held in the Corah Temple which was very cosily furnished. The Lodge rapidly attracted a large number of Grand Officers as Joining Members; the Director of Ceremonies was a Grand Lodge Officer and both the PGM and PGS were members. The spirit in the Lodge was strong – one member who was permanently paralysed was carried up three flights of stairs to each meeting for many years. The Lodge is sparing in its use of music as Brigadier Morley was averse to too much choral singing during ceremonies, and still eschews singing carols at its Christmas meeting. The Lodge is most happy to record that one of its Founders, W.Bro. Jim Browett, is still very active in the life of the Lodge, and is grateful to him and his co-founders for what they did in 1962, and have accomplished over the years, especially in maintaining high standards of ceremonial and hospitality.




Leicestershire & Rutland Lodge of Installed Masters No.7896


Warranted: 13th February 1963 Consecrated: 29th April 1963 Held at Leicester on the last week day, excluding Saturday, in October and the second Friday in April Installation meeting: April Contact: Email At a meeting of Past Masters of the Lodges within the Province held in the Holmes Temple Freemason’s Hall Leicester on 12th January 1963; under the chairmanship of the Assistant PGM W.Bro. J.E. Foister PAGDC, the decision was taken to form a Lodge of Installed Masters. There were 103 founding members representing 57 Lodges within the Province. It meets twice a year on the last weekday, excluding Saturday, in October and the second Friday in April and membership of the Lodge is open to any Brother immediately after his Installation. Every Master and PM will regard such membership as one of the ambitions of his Masonic career. The aims of the Lodge are to study and discuss points of view and difficulty, exchange opinions and experiences, seek advice and give it, refresh minds and make new contacts.




Lodge of the Argonauts No.8210


Warranted: 14th February 1968 Consecrated: 5th March 1968 Held at Leicester on the first Tuesday from October to April Installation meeting: October Website: Click Here Contact: Email The Lodge Warrant was issued by Grand Lodge on 14th February 1968, and the Lodge was consecrated on 5th March 1968, being the second daughter of the Lodge of the Golden Fleece No.2081, the other daughter being Jason Lodge No.7716. The Founders consisted of 17 members of the Golden Fleece. The Lodge was consecrated by the Provincial Grand Master, the R.W.Bro. Brig. C.B.S. Morley, along with the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, the ceremony taking place in the Holmes Temple at 80 London Road Leicester. The Lodge celebrated its 25th anniversary on 2nd March 1993. Over the years, the Lodge has been honoured by the Province with a number of the Brethren being appointed to both Active and Past Provincial Grand Rank, the highest rank being Active Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 2006–2007.




St. Denys Lodge No.8276


Warranted: 12th February 1969 Consecrated: 6th May 1969 Held at Leicester on the fourth Thursday in September, October, January, February and April, the fourth Monday in November, third Tuesday in December and fourth Tuesday in March Installation meeting: January Contact: Email The inspiration for the forming of the St. Denys Lodge began with a group belonging to the Evington Branch of the Royal British Legion which met at the Cedars Public House in Evington on Monday Evenings. They often met for a drink and conversation on Sunday mornings after Church.Although 24 years had passed since the end of the 1939/45 war, the spirit of comradeship was still very much alive, having much in common with the principles of Freemasonry. The name of the lodge was chosen from the village church of St. Denys which was close to the Cedars Public House and the majority of the founders who lived in Evington attended this Church. The name Denys or Denis from the Latin Dionysus, comes from the first Bishop of Paris and the patron saint of France, born in Rome and dying in Paris about 258 AD, his feast day is the 9th October. According to St. Gregory of Tours’ 6th Century “Historia Francorum” he was one of the seven Bishops sent by the Pope to convert the people, in the reign of Emperor Decius. Little is known of his life, except as Bishop of Paris he was later martyred by beheading, during the persecution of Christians by Emperor Valerian. In 1626 his relics were removed to the Benedictine Abbey at St. Denys near Paris. The Lodge Shield design is made up of the Fleur de Lys of Paris in one quarter and the Cinque of Leicester in the opposite corner, two quarters being Dark Blue to represent the Craft which when conjoined with the Gold quarters represents the Royal British Legion. Following the tradition of Service Lodges, the National Anthem is played after the Closing Ode. The entry procession to the music of Eric Coates “ The Dam Busters March “ in acknowledgement of the first Senior Warden who was a wartime Officer in the R.A.F. The closing processional music being Elgar’s “Pomp & Circumstance No.4” as was felt to be appropriate by the Founders. The founding Master, Senior and Junior Wardens had all seen active service during the war and represented the Royal Navy, Royal Airforce and Army. The Lodge was consecrated on 6th May 1969 in the Morley Lodge Room by the P.G.M. R.W.Bro. Brigadier C.B.S. Morley.




Morley Lodge No.8320


Warranted: 11th February 1970 Consecrated: 18th September 1970 Held at Leicester on the third Friday in September, second Monday in November, first Thursday in January, fourth Thursday in February and first Wednesday in April Installation meeting: January Contact: Email Morley Lodge was consecrated on 18th September 1970 by the then Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland: the formidable Brigadier Bernard Morley. To give him his full title he was Brigadier General C.B.S. Morley C.B.E, T.D, D.L - understood to have been descended from William the Conqueror and a figure who was not backward in offering criticism of wayward ceremonials. The Lodge being formed by the Provincial Grand Master resulted in its founder members being drawn from other senior figures within the Province and included Sidney Brown who was the then Provincial Grand Secretary. David Hurwood and Peter Staniforth were both founder members and each separately attained the distinction of becoming Assistant Provincial Grand Master. The first Master of Morley Lodge was Vernon Best followed by David Hurwood in 1971, James Tompkin in 1972 and Lawrence Insley in 1973. It was in 1973 that David Mitchell was initiated and he recalls that Brigadier Morley was in attendance at his initiation. A number of East Midlands airline pilots joined the Lodge in the late 1970’s and the lodge membership has always been broadly based both socially and geographically: some past members driving down from North Yorkshire for Lodge meetings and returning the same night. Numerically one of the smaller Lodges in the Province, the present members of Morley Lodge pride themselves on their enthusiasm and sociability. The growing number of keen new members and their more experienced brethren see an encouraging and lively future for the Lodge. There are five lodge meetings each year.




Saint James’ Lodge No.8478


Warranted: 8th November 1972 Consecrated: 29th January 1973 Held at Leicester on the second Monday in October, the second Friday in November, the second Monday from December to March and the first Thursday in April Installation meeting: January Contact: Email On Friday, 25th February 1972, the Vicar of the Church of St. James the Greater, the Rev. J. Josephs, Provincial Grand Chaplain and a Past Master of Enderby Lodge No.5061, invited a number of Brethren to a meeting at the Vicarage, 216 London Road, Leicester. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the possibility of founding a new Lodge from among those members of the congregation who were known to be Freemasons, some twenty in number. The invitees included past and current Church Wardens of St James’s, and members of its Parochial Church Council. From the outset it was apparent that there was great support for the project. From these modest beginnings the Lodge was founded. The Lodge today is very different from when it was first founded. It now has 38 members from 4 different faiths. The age range is also impressive with the youngest member being 23 and the eldest being the former PGM R.W.Bro. Gayton Taylor at 87 years. The connection with St. James the Greater is maintained when the Lodge attends an annual Church service followed by a Lunch to which all the Lodge widows are invited.




Tudor House Lodge No.8481


Warranted: 8th November 1972 Consecrated: 19th March 1973 Held at Leicester on the second Friday from October to April Installation meeting: October Contact: Email The founders of Tudor House Lodge were mainly Masons who were Old Boys of Gateway School. The name Gateway was already in use, but since the buildings of the School dated back to the Tudors that name was taken instead. The first Master of the Lodge was an English Master at Gateway School and the links have been maintained since.




Gabriel Newton Lodge No.9071


Warranted: 8th December 1982 Consecrated: 13th September 1983 Held at Leicester on the first Wednesday in February and October, and the first Friday in December and April Installation meeting: October Contact: Email The Lodge was consecrated in September 1983, and its founder Membership was largely drawn from former members of Alderman Newton Grammar School.




Gayton Taylor Lodge No.9176


Warranted: 13th November 1985 Consecrated: 20th May 1986 Held at Leicester on the first Thursday in October, the first Wednesday in December, the fourth Thursday in January and the second Thursday in March Installation meeting: December Website: Click Here Contact: Email The Lodge was Warranted on the 13th November 1985 and Consecrated on the 20th May 1986 in honour of the then Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. Gayton C. Taylor. The Lodge Crest which was devised and executed by Bro. J. Goodacre of the Gateway Lodge No.6513, represents the personal interests of the Provincial Grand Master in whose name the Lodge is dedicated. R.W.Bro. Gayton Taylor's business was that of a manufacturer of Shoe Accessories and the buckle alludes to this. As the holder of a civil pilot's licence after service in the Royal Air Force, flying became one of his keen interests, his other main hobby is sailing in coastal waters which now occupies much of his leisure time. The Airman's wings and the anchor give a pictorial representation of these activities and prominence is also given to his close association with the Village Church at Gaddesby of which he was at one time Churchwarden.




Ratae Meridian Lodge No.9673


Warranted: 11th February 1998 Consecrated: 18th May 1998 Held at Leicester on the second Friday in October, November, February, March and the 3rd Friday in May Installation meeting: March Contact: Email Ruminations to found a lodge commenced in 1997. The initial ideas were that the lodge should be peripatetic and especially that it should be of value to those masons no longer able to enjoy Masonry in an evening, possibly because of age-related difficulties. Therefore it could engage those residents of Devonshire Court, and others about the Province at a lunchtime meeting. Essentially it was to fulfil a perceived need. Soon after Consecration restrictions were placed upon the lodge confining it to one meeting place, therefore it moved to Devonshire Court, Oadby. Appropriate furniture was purchased to form a correct lodge room, and meetings were held there for a few years, but problems arose. The venue did not attract candidates for Initiation so there was only a limited variety of ceremonies, though Joining Members and visitors did swell the attendance. The Masonic residents had to be cared for, several snored during ceremonies, other needed comfort breaks that caused disruption, most could not sustain a meaningful concentration till the ceremony ended, and mobility was a problem as was the later festive board. Equally, the lady residents had to be restricted from part of their home, and this was done by arranging lunchtime trips and meals out. Staff cooperation was excellent, but it did place considerable additional burdens on the Lodge members who in truth were not of an active age themselves! A new impetus was required. A new venue was required; it moved to London Road and the lodge changed its intentions. If the lodge was to succeed it needed members who needed to be Initiated, Passed and Raised to sustain the variety of ceremonies and engage all the brethren. It needed young members to revitalise it and to fit into their schedules. After a year’s deliberations the emphasis was to attract young business men around the city who could stretch their lunchtime break occasionally so they might enjoy a sharply defined ceremony, and the opportunity of a buffet lunch before returning to their work placement. This became the pattern; new candidates appeared, as well as a steady supply of Joining Members. Meetings were brisk in the main, but other features appeared lacking. Regular formal lodges have conventional “Toasting”, and often quite elaborate Installation Meetings, Ladies Festivals etc. These issues have been addressed and a traditional Installation Evening is now the established pattern. In 2009 the lodge will have its first Ladies Festival. Though the new members have experienced these aspects in other lodges they may have visited the lodge now feels complete. Since the radical change took place this was concurrent with the change in dress code. Whereas most lodges have members attired in dark suits, Ratae Meridian is dressed in “Business Attire”. This has been totally accepted after initial resistance, and visitors agreeably comment on this aspect. Ratae Meridian Lodge No.9673 has now stabilised, it grows satisfactorily, and a real Masonic bond has developed amongst its members who come from 20 other lodges.




Derek Buswell Lodge of Provincial Grand Stewards No.9705


Warranted: 8th September 1999 Consecrated: 18th January 2000 Held at Leicester on the fourth Tuesday in February, the third Tuesday in September Installation meeting: September Contact: Email The idea of forming a Stewards’ Lodge in Leicestershire and Rutland was first suggested by W.Bros. Peter M. Jackson, Richard J. Moore and Derek A. Parnell in 1994 when they were each appointed as Provincial Grand Stewards. At the time it was not thought to be necessary. However in 1999, with the approaching 2001 Festival, the increasing attendances at Provincial Grand Lodge and introduction of activities such as the Initiate’s Evenings and Open Days, the then Provincial Grand Master, R.W Bro. Derek A. Buswell decided that a group of experienced brethren who could assist on such occasions was called for. W.Bro. Peter M. Jackson was asked to assist in forming a Stewards Lodge and the response from Past Stewards appointed by R.W.Bro. Derek A. Buswell was so enthusiastic that the Derek Buswell Lodge of Provincial Grand Stewards No.9705 was consecrated in January 2000. The designs of the Lodge Jewel and Lodge Banner are both based on the traditional Stewards’ cornucopia but enhanced into the design illustrated as per this letter heading by Bro David Taylor of Loughborough. The ribbon is coloured crimson as are the aprons worn by Provincial Grand Stewards.




Grey Friars Lodge No.6803


Warranted: 1st December 1948 Consecrated: 24th May 1949 Held at Leicester on the fourth Wednesday from October to April Installation meeting: October Contact: Email The Grey Friars Lodge No.6803 was consecrated on 24th March 1949 following the granting of a Warrant dated 1st December 1948. The Founders were mainly drawn from the Halford Lodge No.3919, and the Lodge was well supported by these Brethren in the early years of it’s history. The Founders sought to form a new Lodge as the Halford Lodge had over 100 members at that time, which naturally meant that it would take junior Brethren many years to achieve the Chair. There does not seem to be a record for the selection as “Grey Friars” for the name of the Lodge, but some senior Brethren believe that as some of the initial meetings to discuss the formation of the Lodge, were held in an office situated in Grey Friars, in the Cathedral area of the city, then this name seemed fitting. The Lodge continued to grow and mature, and has since drawn members from diverse professions and backgrounds. There has been a very strong family tradition within the Lodge which has resulted in many Lewis initiations. At one time there were three generations from one family within the Lodge. The Lodge has continued to meet at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester at 5.30 pm on the fourth Wednesday of the months from October to April inclusive. The tradition of being a “dinner jacket” Lodge still continues.




Lodge of Friendship No.7168


Warranted: 5th March 1952 Consecrated: 22nd May 1952 Held at Leicester on the first Tuesday from October to May Installation meeting: October Contact: Email The Lodge of Friendship No.7168, was consecrated in 1952, as a daughter Lodge of the Lodge of Welcome No.5664. Since its inception, membership of the Lodge has progressed well, and currently holds a good reputation for introducing Initiates into Freemasonry. However, the Lodge has similar problems to those of Lodges across the Country, and suffered several losses to its membership, which currently stand at 37. In 1964 the Lodge was pleased to receive as an Initiate a Mr. Michael Henry Roalfe, then aged 29, who progressed steadily and became Master of the Lodge in 1979. Further progress in Masonry saw R.W.Bro. Roalfe installed in 2002 as the PGM, an achievement of which his Mother Lodge is extremely proud. The Lodge of Friendship has a history of valued support to Masonic, Local and National Charities. It carries on its Summons to Lodge Meetings three references to being Patrons of specific Charities/ Festivals; - Patron of the Grand Charity, Patron of the Masonic Charity for Girls and Boys, (2003), and Patron of the 2012 Royal Masonic Benevolent Festival. To support these Charities Lodge members have arranged a variety of extra-curricular activities. All of these raise considerable amounts of money, whilst enhancing the social life of the members. In addition to the Lodge’s charitable activities, the Lodge is proud to be associated with the wider benefits of Freemasonry, namely that of visiting with other Lodges of Friendship from around the world. The Lodges of Friendship have held annually since 1999 a Gathering, usually around the month of May. Leicestershire’s Lodge of Friendship No.7168 were hosts to the sixth annual ‘Gathering’ in 2004 when invitations were issued to 21 other Friendship Lodges, as far afield as Fuengirola, Mauritius and Nairobi.




Lodge of the Chevaliers de Fer No.9732


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At the close of the 20th century, fifty or so motorcyclists in different parts of the country started and warmed their engines before setting about their daily business. Apart from a handful in the Portsmouth area they were total strangers to one another. The five motorcyclists from Portsmouth became acquainted as competitors in off road motorcycling events. They were all members of Red Lion Racers and as happened they also had a common interest in freemasonry and were to become the prime movers in the establishment of a lodge of motorcyclists. With help from the Internet Lodge, which broadcast the idea, and a letter to the craft magazine Freemasonry Today, promising support was received from the Home Counties, and as far north as Cumbria and Devon in the South West.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Lodge had some early reservations which were overcome. Notwithstanding the initial surge of support, they wanted to be sure that the momentum would be maintained. There may also have been concern as to the type of person who might be drawn in. Marlon Brando gave motor cyclists an image problem which still remains. While Basingstoke was to be its home base since the majority of prospective members were from nearby, it was anticipated that this would be a travelling lodge. However, unlike regimental lodges who were granted travelling warrants, this practice ceased over 100 years ago due to changing custom and practice. Hence the need for dispensations when the lodge meets in other places, which it now does regularly.

Finding a suitable name for the lodge was a challenge but, after much research and discussion, the title Lodge of the Chevaliers de Fer was then proposed. Seemingly, a chevalier is not simply a horseman, he is a knight. The implied chivalry and the allusion to iron struck exactly the right note and met with Grand Lodge approval. The crest incorporates two motorcycles, but to the regret of some, the helmet in heraldic form was adopted rather than a modern safety helmet.

The lodge was sponsored by Prince Edward of Saxe Weimar Lodge and consecrated on the 18th November 2000 by the then Provincial Grand Master, Ernie Moss

In January 2019 the Lodge moved from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Province to their new home in the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland and holds the Installation meeting on the 2nd Saturday in September at Lutterworth Masonic Hall. The other two meetings held on the 3rd Saturday in April and the 3rd Saturday in July are held at a location decided by the Worshipful Master.

The Lodge’s first meeting in the new Province was held at Hinckley Masonic Hall on 13th April 2019 where a Candidate was initiated into Masonry and a Joining member was welcomed into the Lodge




The Union of Rugby Lodge No.9989


Warranted: Consecrated: 4th April 2020 Held at Freemasons' Hall Leicester on the second Friday in May, first Friday in October, first Saturday in December, and the fourth Friday in January. Contact: Email

The Union of Rugby Lodge is the newest lodge in the Province, it’s been formed by Brethren across Leicestershire & Rutland who have a keen interest in rugby, many of whom have represented various local rugby clubs and more recently the Light Blues Rugby Club; the Provinces’ own masonic rugby club.

The Light Blues have recently formed this new Freemasons Lodge "The Union of Rugby Lodge" it will meet at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester four times per year.

Whether you are a Freemason who loves rugby, or a rugby enthusiast curious to know more about Freemasonry, this new lodge is for you.

Rugby Union has significant parallels with the core values of Freemasonry - in particular respect, integrity, friendship, and of course, charity. Thus it's hardly surprising that many rugby players find their way into Freemasonry.

New lodges, such as The Union of Rugby Lodge No.9989, are a continuing part of that process. Whilst staying true to the core aim of Freemasonry, empowering its members to be the best they can be, both for themselves and for society around them, we have developed a new and exciting approach to ensure that our members can enjoy their Freemasonry (and their Rugby), without compromising family or professional obligations.

The new lodge will be launched in early 2020, it has already attracted over 80 new members, all with interests in rugby and Freemasonry, many of whom are associated with local rugby clubs across the county.

The Light Blues Rugby Club was formed in 2016, they play their home matches at the Vipers Rugby Club in Leicester if you would like to join them, please get in touch.




Tudor Rose Lodge No.5660


Meetings:

3rd Friday of October (Installation)

3rd Thursday of January

3rd Thursday of May

Contact: Email

Although the Lodge is a Military Lodge, membership is not restricted to those that have served and is open to those who are relatives of serving or ex service personnel and to anyone with an interest in the mIlitary, provided they accept the ethos of the Lodge.

Tudor Rose Lodge 5660 was Consecrated on 29th April 1937 in the Province of Warwickshire. Meetings were held at the halls in Sutton Coldfield with the Lodge adopting the Tudor Rose as it’s emblem in recognition of the town’s Royal Charter from Henry VIII to it’s inhabitants. The Worshipful Master’s collar is one of few adorned with the 250th commemorative jewel.

In November 2018, nine Leicestershire Brethren joined the Lodge in order to petition for the Removal to Leicestershire in order to form a Military Lodge, which was unanimously agreed by everyone. At the time the Leicestershire Brethren joined, the Lodge had just seven subscribing members and was looking to surrender it’s Warrant. The Removal was agreed by both Provinces and the Grand Master in September 2019.

In October 2019, the Lodge had its first meeting in Leicestershire with the Installation of the first Master of the Lodge in its new chapter as the Military Lodge for the Province and saw members dressed to represent their arm of service. The Tudor Rose emblem is particularly apt due its connection with the War of the Roses, as the cap badge of the Intelligence Corps and as part of the insignia of other Regiments. The Lodge is the 38th member of the Circuit of Services Lodges having been successfully proposed for membership by the Met. G. Sec. and Vice President of the organisation.

The Lodge works Emulation ritual but with a difference, which members and visitors have found refreshing. It is open to veterans and serving members of the three Armed Forces, both regular and reservist, as well as Emergency Services personnel. It’s ethos is in uniting Military personnel, to again experience the kinship that only Military life gives and to raise funds for service supporting charities.

Meetings are currently held on the 3rd Friday of October (I), the 3rd Thursday of January and May.





Loughborough

Howe & Charnwood Lodge No.1007


Warranted: 1st March 1864 Consecrated: 2nd August 1864 Centenary Warrant: 1st August 1964 Held at Loughborough on the fourth Tuesday from September to December and the fourth Tuesday of February, March & April Installation meeting: November Website: Click Here Contact: Email The Lodge was consecrated on 2nd August 1864 by the D.P.G.M., W.Bro. William Kelly. It replaced the defunct Rancliffe Lodge No.608, which had surrendered its warrant in 1853. A daughter Lodge of John of Gaunt Lodge No.523, the Lodge took its name from the P.G.M., R.W.Bro. the Earl Howe, adding the word Charnwood to differentiate it from the Lodge of Mark Master Masons by that name which was meeting in Leicester. (Eventually the Mark Lodge was to transfer to Loughborough in 1894.) Although the Lodge flourished at first it hit a depression in the 1870s, there was a revival in the 1880s when several Masons joined, notably Bro. C.F. Oliver (Initiated 1889), who was to serve the Lodge and Province for 50 years, the last eleven as P.G.M. In 1901 the Lodge moved from the Kings Head Hotel to the Town Hall, and in 1902 changed their meeting to September to April, instead of April to November, although the Installation Meeting is still held in November. After the First World War Freemasonry was so popular that the Lodge held double ceremonies until 1956. During this period the Lodge helped found Beacon Lodge No.5208, in 1928 and Thomas Burton Lodge No.7007, in 1950. It was agreed that members wishing to be members of both the Howe and Charnwood and Thomas Burton Lodges had to remain members of both Lodges until 1955 or resign from both. The Lodge continued to meet during the Second World War, with the Senior Steward in 1943 instructed to spend £20 on alcohol and other liquid refreshments, and to ensure the stocks were maintained. However at the Installation meeting of January 1947 the food crisis was such that only the W.M. was allowed personal guests. In 1964 the Lodge moved to its present premises in Ashby Square, where the first ceremony was worked on 29th September. In 1970 the Lodge sponsored the Loughborough Lodge of Installed Masters No.8312. At this time the Lodge membership numbered over 100 members, but due to deaths and resignations by the end of the decade 54 of these members were gone; either they had died or they had resigned. In 1974 it was decided to alter the night of the meetings to the 4th Tuesday of the month. The present Lodge membership stands at 40 and continues to grow. In 2006 the Lodge sponsored The Showmen’s Lodge No. 9826, this being somewhat unique in that all the founder members were also all Showmen and are based throughout the UK and come together in Loughborough for their Lodge meetings. 2016 / 2017 Howe & Charnwood Lodge, No. 1007 join other Lodges throughout the Province with a Digital & Social Media presence. Please visit their website by clicking below or view their Facebook page by following this link: Facebook Page - Howe & Charnwood Lodge, No. 1007




Beacon Lodge No.5208


Warranted: 23rd May 1930 Consecrated: 15th October 1930 Held at Loughborough on the Second Thursday from September to April Installation meeting: October Website: Click Here Contact: Email Beacon Lodge was born out of the success of Freemasonry between the First and Second World Wars. It was a daughter lodge of the Howe & Charnwood Lodge No.1007, which had outgrown its ability to cope with demand for membership. By 1930, Howe & Charnwood had 135 members - with an extra six to eight being added annually. Nearly all ceremonies were “doubles” and the lodge was expanding at such a rate that it was decided to form the Beacon Lodge. There were 26 founding members, 17 of them members of Howe & Charnwood. There were four hosiery manufacturers, two builders, a decorator, saddler, boot maker, draper, master baker, jeweller & silversmith, as well as a bank manager, solicitor, head postmaster, dental surgeon, optician, six engineers of various kinds, an accountant and a secretary. The first Worshipful Master was the railway district agent. Within the first years of its existence, Beacon took part with its mother lodge in a special joint meeting to celebrate 100 years of Freemasonry in Loughborough. Although the Lodge found a permanent home at the Town Hall and then Ashby Square, finding a venue for committee meetings was not always easy. In the Thirties they were often held in the boardroom at hosiery company Hanford & Miller. Other meetings were held at various public houses. In the Fifties, meetings were often held at the Deaf & Dumb Mission in Ward’s End and especially at Smith’s Studios in the High St. The custom of a summer committee meeting followed by a meal and refreshments provided by the Master was started in July 1952. The keeping of Lodge banners in specially-made cabinets in the lodge room was suggested during the 1960’s, but it was not until more than 20 years later that the Lodge finally got the splendid cabinet used today, made by a superb craftsman and present Beacon Lodge Past Master. He also made and presented a beautiful lectern for the use of the Lodge. Three elegant silver candlesticks that grace the Secretary’s table at Lodge meetings remain a visible link with Beacon’s past. These were made by the jeweller and silversmith referred to in the list of Founders and bear emblems of the Square, Level and Plumb Rule as well as the lodge’s crest.




Thomas Burton Lodge No.7007


Warranted: 7th June 1950 Consecrated: 22nd September 1950 Held at Loughborough on the first Thursday from October to April Installation meeting: April Website: Click Here Contact: Email The Lodge is named after Thomas Burton, a 15th century local merchant and benefactor who was a member of the Wool Staple of Calais. Thomas Burton is the traditional founder of the Loughborough Grammar School, which dates from 1495. The original seed for the Lodge was sown between 1920 and 1922 when the Past Masters of the Howe & Charnwood Lodge No.1007 held ad hoc meetings devoted to the formation of a second Lodge in Loughborough to be called the ‘Thomas Burton Lodge’. Sadly nothing came of the original plans. In 1950, the Howe & Charnwood Lodge consented to be the sponsor for a new Lodge in Loughborough to be called ‘Thomas Burton’s Lodge’. The possessive nature of this name did not meet with the approval of the Provincial Grand Master and he caused it to be changed to the ‘Thomas Burton Lodge’ as originally proposed in 1920. The Lodge was granted permission by the Governors of Loughborough Grammar School to use the School shield and motto. The original intention of the founders had been for membership to be restricted to governors, old boys, past and present staff and others connected with the Loughborough Grammar School. This restriction was not approved by Provincial Grand Lodge and the policy was altered for membership to be mainly - but not exclusively - connected with Loughborough Grammar School. A Warrant of Constitution was granted on 7th June 1950 and the Lodge became the fourth to have Loughborough as its home town. The Thomas Burton Lodge celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2000 when W.Bro. Jeremy Whyman was Master. At the same time, his father W.Bro. Stanley Whyman and brother, W.Bro. Roger Whyman were also members of the Lodge. The tradition of fathers and sons in Thomas Burton Lodge is one, which is enjoyed in many other Lodges, although in the Thomas Burton Lodge this invariably also reflects a family succession to Loughborough Grammar School as well as the Lodge itself.




Lodge of the Holy Well No.7827


Warranted: 14th February 1962 Consecrated: 1st May 1962 Held at the Loughborough on the third Wednesday in October, November, January and March Installation meeting: March Contact: Email The foundations of the lodge were laid by W.Bro. Malcolm Moss, PAGReg, who also suggested the name, which relates to the Holy Well on the outskirts of Loughborough, about which legends abound. The Thomas Burton Lodge No.7007, sponsored the founding of the Lodge, and in 1971 the Lodge of the Holy Well had the honour of sponsoring the foundation of the Herbert Schofield Lodge (later to be known as the Lodge of Science and Art No.8429). At the first meeting of the Lodge the Master and Wardens of the Thomas Burton Lodge were received ceremoniously, and this tradition continues to this day at the January Meeting each year. A wide range of professional and business men have been attracted as members, and whilst the Lodge only meets four times a year, with two rehearsals per meeting, a high standard of ceremonies has always marked the meetings. Bro. George Towers was appointed Organist of the Lodge in 1971 and continued in that office until 2006, during which time he was very proud to have only missed two meetings of the Lodge. In 1964 the new Freemasons’ Hall at Loughborough was dedicated by the PGM, and on 21st October 1964 the Lodge met for the first time at the new Hall. On 1st May 2002 the 40th Anniversary was celebrated. At this meeting much of the success of the Lodge was attributed to the excellence of the Directors of Ceremonies and especially to the fact that there had only been six Secretaries during the life of the Lodge, thus creating excellent continuity. The Lodge continues in good heart and with a membership within a broad spectrum of ages, which is contributing to our continued success.




Loughborough Lodge of Installed Masters No.8312


Warranted: 12th November 1969 Consecrated: 16th January 1970 Held at the Loughborough on the fourth Wednesday in March and October Installation meeting: October Contact: Email The Lodge was consecrated at the Masonic Hall, Loughborough, in 1970. In his address the PGM stated that ‘.....the predominant role of the Lodge will be to afford its members scope for improving and widening their Masonic knowledge as Installed Masters. A secondary, but no less important, role will be to fit them to assert their privilege of assisting, advising and co-operating in the day-to-day government of the Province. The Lodge should never attempt to assume the role of a Lodge of Research, which is something for the Masonic student, or that of a Lodge of elementary instruction.’ Since 1970, the majority of meetings have been to receive papers of Masonic interest or to carry out different versions of the Installation ceremony. In the early years the Lodge did perform four Second Degree ceremonies to help out another Lodge in the Town, but has not been called upon to perform any such ceremonies recently. R.W.Bro. Morley also said in his address, ‘In a Lodge of this special nature I would suggest that its interests will best be served by its members not aspiring to progress through successive offices to the Chair. The Mastership should more properly be regarded as secondary to service to the Lodge, and certainly not as a goal for personal ambition. There would not seem to be any good reason why a brother should not occupy an office for a year, and then drop back until he is wanted for another office, or as the Master of the Lodge.’ The tradition has, however, been for members to progress towards the Chair.




Lodge of Science & Art No.8429


Warranted: 8th March 1972 Consecrated: 20th April 1972 Held at Loughborough on the fourth Wednesday in September, November, January, February and April and on the fourth Friday in October Installation meeting: January UGLE Universities' Scheme Lodge for Loughborough University Contact: Email Website: Click here The Lodge of Science and Art which meets at the Masonic Hall in Ashby Square, Loughborough, was consecrated on 20th April 1972. A number of Masons connected with Loughborough University and the Loughborough Colleges had decided that they wished to form a new Lodge; and this aspiration had been supported by other Masons living and working locally. Though the name of the Lodge clearly reflected its links with the campus, from its inception it was firmly established that it should be a ‘town’ and ‘gown’ Lodge. Indeed, approximately half of the founder members came from the ‘town’. The name of the Lodge seems amply justified and the members like to feel that the founders’ hopes for the establishment of a harmonious Lodge has been well met. The Lodge crest portrays the significance of science and art and freemasonry. The serpent of wisdom surrounds the chisel, which is used, together with the maul, to create regularly shape matter from the rough material – an analogy to the work of education. The serpent represents the resulting wisdom, whilst the book and the wheel illustrate the theory and practice of science and technology. The motto of the Lodge is shown at the bottom: Homo Natus, Doctus Artifex, Latomus Acceptus – Born a Man, Taught a skill, Made a Mason.




The Showmen’s Lodge No.9826


Warranted: 8th November 2006 Consecrated: 27th February 2007 Held at Loughborough on the fourth Tuesday in January, the second Tuesday in February and November, the first Wednesday in September and the third Friday in December Installation meeting: February Contact: Email The Lodge was founded by a group of travelling showmen who have their winter quarters in the Midlands. They decided after viewing the various options to come to the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland. Initially the Lodge was composed of a number of closely-knit families and its members hope to maintain their links with the profession of Showmen.





Lutterworth

Wiclif Lodge No.3078


Warranted: 8th November 1904 Consecrated: 11th January 1905 Held at Lutterworth on the second Wednesday from October to May Installation meeting: January Contact: Email The Wiclif Lodge was formed in Lutterworth by nine local Masons, who saw the need for a Lodge in their own vicinity. The Consecration was performed by the DPGM, W.Bro. S. S. Partridge in Lutterworth Town Hall, where most meetings were held over the next 57 years. The membership grew rapidly in the early years with many multiple ceremonies. Through the Great War Years, charitable activities were much in evidence and in 1917 the Lodge joined the Leicestershire & Rutland Masonic Charity Association. The Lodge having no permanent home, a fund was set up in 1920, with a view to acquiring a Masonic Hall. The Second World War added to venue problems, when the Military occupied the Town Hall. Because of the blackout, many wartime meetings were on Saturday afternoons or in lighter months instead of November and December. The PGM, R.W.Bro. J.H. Corah, recognised the Lodge’s unusual difficulties and gave a blanket dispensation to use temporary venues and hold Elections and Installations of Masters on the same day. By 1960 the increasing inconvenience of meeting in rented rooms was emphasised. In 1962, the Ritz Cinema in Lutterworth closed and was considered a suitable site. The Lutterworth Masonic Association was formed to encompass all the Lodges involved, with the purpose of purchasing and converting the building. A price of £8,250 was agreed with the owners, although a further £6,000 was needed for conversion, fittings and furnishing, while much of the ancillary work was done by members at reasonable cost. The new home for both Craft Lodges and several Side Degrees was dedicated by the PGM in 1963.




Edward Sherrier Lodge No.6757


Warranted: 1st September 1948 Consecrated: 18th October 1948 Held at Lutterworth on the first Friday in October, November, December, February, March, April, and the second Friday in January Installation meeting: October Contact: Email Edward Sherrier Lodge was consecrated on 18th October 1948, becoming the second Craft Lodge in Lutterworth and the thirty fourth in the Province. It was sponsored by Wiclif Lodge No.3078 and was part of the expansion of Freemasonry after the Second World War. Some members of the Wiclif Lodge felt that it had begun to lose its local identity with initiates being drawn from outside the area and that a new Lodge could cater for Lutterworthians. The Founding Committee had initially suggested that it might be appropriate for the new Lodge to be for Old Boys of Lutterworth Grammar School, but this was considered to be too restrictive. The original by laws set differential initiation fee; candidates who resided within eight miles of Lutterworth were to pay fifteen guineas, and for those living beyond this distance the fee was doubled. This distinction was abolished in 1974, but the understanding remained that preference ought to be given to local men. Four names were suggested; Guthlaxton, St. Mary’s, Morning Star and Edward Sherrier. A vote resulted in the choice of Edward Sherrier. This enabled the memory of Rev. Edward Sherrier (1661- 1731) to be commemorated. He was Rector of the adjoining parish of Shawell between 1696 and 1731 and notable for his philanthropy. The consecration was held at Lutterworth Grammar School. The first Master was W.Bro. W. L. Gascoyne who had been a Founder of Wiclif Lodge in 1905. At the first Regular Meeting on 2nd November 1948 the only double initiation in the Lodge’s history took place. This was because Bro. J.H. Pettit and W.Bro. F.W. Heaton both wished their sons to be the first initiate. Since its foundation the Lodge has prospered and currently has a membership of 57. On 3rd November 1998 the 350th Regular Meeting and the 50th Installation was held. The Golden Jubilee was marked by the publication of a Lodge History, which charted its development over the previous fifty years.





Market Harborough

St.Peter's Lodge No.1330


Warranted: 18th July 1870 Consecrated: 16th September 1870 Centenary Warrant: 16th September 1970 Held at Market Harborough on the third Thursday in March and December, the fourth Thursday in September, October, November, January, February, April Installation meeting: September Website: Click here Contact: Email No record of the early years of this Lodge have been found, but in 1889 the first Treasurer of this Lodge W.Bro. Robert Waite (also a Past Master of St Peter’s Lodge No.442 in Peterborough) wrote: ‘it was through my own individual efforts more especially that your Lodge was opened at Market Harborough, as it happened that at that time I had been in communication with the Duke of Manchester [PGM of Northants and Hunts] to open a Lodge at the “Freemasons Inn” Station Street, Little Bowden in the Province of Northants and Hunts, and it was during the negotiations that I waited upon my Bro. William Kelly and the Rev Halford to open a Lodge of St Peter’s in the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland to which he agreed.’ It appears that Waite and Kelly were known to each other through their banking business connections. The Lodge was to be held on the Friday nearest the full moon in every month. The white and gold furniture of the Lodge was bought by the PGM in 1870 from the Lodge of Antiquity for £45. The Lodge met in three venues – the Three Swans Hotel, the Assembly Rooms, and the St John’s Ambulance Hall, the latter two in Abbey Street – prior to the opening of a purpose-built Masonic hall in Market Harborough in 1968.




St. Wilfrid’s Lodge No.8350


Warranted: 9th September 1970 Consecrated: 30th March 1971 Held at Market Harborough on the second Wednesday in the months of October, November, December, January, February, March and April Installation meeting: March Website: Click here Contact: Email The Formation In October 1969, a number of Freemasons living in the Kibworth area discussed the formation of a new Lodge – to be called ‘St Wilfrid’s Lodge’, after the patron saint of the Parish Church of the two Kibworths (Harcourt and Beauchamp). They planned to use (and still do) the facilities of the existing Masonic Hall in Market Harborough. The Lodge was sponsored by St Peter’s Lodge No.1330 and the warrant was issued in September 1970, followed by the consecration in March 1971. The annual subscription was set at £10.50, with country members, resident more than 30 miles from the Masonic Hall, paying £5.25. The Founders There were 17 founders, with the majority (7) coming from St Peter’s Lodge, but with significant support being given by Lodge of the Golden Fleece No.2081, East Goscote Lodge No.2865, St Martin’s Lodge No.3431, Wyggeston Lodge No.3448 and Highcross Lodge No.4835. The Consecration Meeting was held at the Masonic Hall, Market Harborough. The Consecrating team was led by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Brig. C.B.S. Morley C.B.E. T.D. D.L., 12 other current Provincial Grand Officers. The attendance book records the names of the 19 members of the consecrating team and 63 visitors in addition to the 16 officers appointed and the IPM – a total of 99 in all. The seven course banquet cost £2.50 per head, including sherry, wines and a glass of port. Notable Events since the Consecration In 1979, Ron Jacques was installed into the Chair and became the first founder member to serve in all the progressive offices, from Steward upwards, and in 1981, Ken Mattock become the first Initiate to be installed into the Chair of the Lodge. The Lodge has had a regular supply of candidates over the years and many have progressed to the Chair. There have, however been four joining past masters who have assisted when the normal progression was interrupted, namely John Macdonald (1989), John Townsend (1999), Fred Lifford (2000) and Doug Gill (2003). The Lodge has had a number of active Provincial Officers over the years, among them, Archie Pitman ProvGSwdB (1971), Reg Dickinson ProvAGDC (1986), Bruce White ProvAGDC (2004) and ProvGSwdB (2012), Joe Gaskell ProvSGD (2007) and ProvGO (2008), John Townsend ProvSGW (2008) and Cliff Hollingsworth ProvGStwd (2012). A number of members have been recognised for long service. In 1994, Archie Pitman was congratulated having completed 50 years in the Craft. In 2005, the Provincial Grand Master’s ‘Certificate of Service to Masonry’ was presented to John Macdonald (60 years), in 2006 to Alf Newton (50 years) and in 2012 to Fred Lifford (50 years). When David Hagger, APGM, presented the Certificate to Alf Newton, 5 Scottish visitors made the journey to be present, including the Master of his mother Lodge, Forfar & Kincardine (No.225 SC). In February 1983, at the instigation of W.Bro. John Townsend, a Study Group (similar to an LoI) was formed. Open to all Master Masons, it meets monthly (from September to June, apart from December) at the Masonic Hall in Market Harborough. Eric Orringe was the first Preceptor and currently John Townsend carries on work. In January 2007, the 250th meeting was celebrated. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. David Hagger PSGD attended, accompanied by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Philip Dodd PAGDC. During the meeting a copy of a history of the first 250 meetings, prepared by John Townsend, was presented to the WM, Bro. Cliff Hollingsworth by the APGM. Copies of the booklet were distributed to the members and engraved commemorative glassware, in the shape of cut glass Whisky Tumblers, Firing Glasses and half-pint Tankards, were delivered to those who had placed prior orders. All items are engraved with the Lodge Crest and the words “St. Wilfrid’s Lodge No.8350 - 250th Meeting”. The Lodge was fortunate to have W.Bro. David Hagger as it’s Liaison Officer for many years, until he became Provincial Grand Master. On relinquishing the role, he was invited to become an honorary member of the Lodge and, subsequently, the role has been filled by W.Bro. Ian Kennedy PAGDC. The Lodge has always contributed generously to charities and is a Patron of the Grand Charity, The Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, the Masonic Samaritan Fund and the Leicestershire and Rutland RMBI 2012 Festival.





Oakham

Vale of Catmos Lodge No.1265


Warranted: 5th May 1869 Consecrated: 30th September 1869 Centenary Warrant: 30th September 1969 The Lodge meets at Oakham School and holds regular meetings on the Tuesday nearest the full moon in the months of October, November, December, January, February, March and April Installation meeting: October Website: Click here Contact: Email Union of Leicestershire and Rutland Provinces and Formation of the Vale of Catmos Lodge The decision of the Rutland Lodge No.1130 to apply for a Warrant of Constitution to permit the formation of a new Lodge, to be named the Vale of Catmos Lodge, which was to meet at Oakham, set more wheels turning than is normal on such occasion. For the Lodge-to-be lay in territory that had since 1776 enjoyed titular status as a Province, though lacking any Provincial organisation and – since the death of the renowned Hippolyto Jose da Costa – without a Provincial Grand Master. The solution favoured by the M.W. Grand Master was to instruct the P.G.M. of Leicestershire to take the smaller Province under its jurisdiction. This was accordingly done, and on 30th September 1869 the Provincial Grand Lodge was summoned to meet at Oakham in the Agricultural (now Victoria) Hall for its AGM, in the course of which the new Lodge was to be consecrated. The adoption of the by-laws meant that the new Lodge had its meetings regulated by the full moon. This was no innovation; it had been, and remained until 1899, the practice of the mother Lodge, and no doubt the Vale of Catmos Lodge was happy to avail itself of the idea, which, in the days of narrow lanes, poor road surfaces and ineffective lighting, and when farm cart, pony trap or saddle-horse were the only alternatives to walking, was a thoroughly sensible one. Moreover a horse which had not dined would be quite likely to know the way home better than its master, who had, and could pick his way more comfortably by the moon’s light. Member groups It is noted that seven of the ten Founders were members the Rutland Lodge, and of the ten Founders, three had the title The Reverend and have their occupation listed in the original minute book as clerk in H.O.; two are listed as farmers, with actuary, doctor, gentleman, land agent and maltster being the recorded occupations of the remaining Founders. It should not be forgotten that in its earliest days the Vale of Catmos Lodge was very much a country Lodge. Of the first nine Worshipful Masters no less than seven of them were farmers. In modern times there is no one major member group (except for retirees (!)) although in the late 20th century there were a number of former teachers and shopkeepers. Today members’ occupations cover a broad spectrum of professions and occupations. Other special considerations Forming other Lodges In October 1964 a petition to the M.W. Grand Master applying for a Warrant of Constitution to permit the formation of a new Lodge, to be named the Old Oakhamian Lodge No.8033, was received, approved and signed by the Master and Wardens with due ceremony. Similarly in 1984, the Vale of Catmos Lodge sponsored a third Lodge in Rutland to be named the Uppingham-in-Rutland Lodge No.9119. Bad and good times The Vale of Catmos Lodge had its ups and downs. Two particularly difficult periods were during the two World Wars 1914–1918 and 1939–1945 but it survived and grew in strength. The Lodge also had a bad patch in the late 1990s and in 1997 reduced its number of meetings from seven to four per year due to resignations and lack of candidates. However in the early 2000s the situation began to improve for a variety of reasons and in 2006 the Lodge reverted to seven meetings a year. The move to Oakham School This move was initiated by a change of arrangements at the Victoria Hall, and the Lodge considered this to be an ideal opportunity to utilise the accumulated funds of a member’s legacy to secure long term accommodation for the Lodge. The first meeting at Oakham School was held in October 2006 and in August 2008 an agreement between the Lodge and school was signed enabling the Lodge to firmly re-establish itself in Oakham.




Old Oakhamian Lodge No.8033


Website: Click Here Contact: Email The Old Oakhamian Masonic Lodge is probably one of the most regular and widely supported organised sections running under the Old Oakhamian banner.

The Lodge was originally the brainchild of Alwynne and Kenneth Westmoreland, who were at the time members of the Vale of Catmos Lodge No 1265 which still meets regularly in Oakham. Towards the end of 1963 they decided to call a meeting of those members of the Vale of Catmos Lodge, who had been educated at Oakham School, to discuss the possibility of forming an Old School Lodge. Some of those who attended were their brother Geoffrey, Russ Thornton, Rupert Baines, Frank Gilman, Charles Dennison, William Steele, John R Clarke and Eric Chambers. As there was such enthusiastic support they agreed to go ahead and action the formation of the Old Oakhamian Lodge.

Following on from the meeting fantastic efforts were made to contact as many other Old Boys who might be interested in becoming founder members and from thereon JCB (Sandy) Thompson, Gilbert Chatterton, Stuart Humphrety, Eric Guillaume, Reginald Banks, Kenneth Righton, L Robert Wright, G Anthony Wharton, Bruce Donald, D Brian (Joe) Holyoake and Philip Mockford all became founder members. What was most interesting was that many of the founders were living miles away from Oakham even as far as the Isle of Wight.

Obviously, the whole idea had to be discussed with the Headmaster at the time, so John Buchanan was contacted and he readily agreed to the Lodge being formed and made the generous offer of providing suitable accommodation for the Lodge at the School. Fortunately and with many thanks subsequent Heads have continued this assistance.

In due course a Warrant for the formation of the Old Oakhamian Lodge No 8033 was granted by the United Grand Lodge of England on 29th April 1965 and the Lodge was consecrated on Saturday 22nd May 1965 in the Barraclough Hall, Oakham School by the then Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland Right Worshipful Brother Brigadier CBS Morley assisted by many of his other Provincial Officers. After the Consecration a very enjoyable Festive Board was held at the Oakham Crown Hotel. The Crown of course, well known to many Old Oakhamians and their visiting parents over many years.

At this point the Lodge had accommodation but that was only a start as it became necessary to borrow at lot of the furniture used in the Lodge from the Vale of Catmos Lodge. Before and after very meeting the working parties were in action, hauling the heavy carpet and all the other equipment backwards and forwards to and from the Victoria Hall where they held their meetings.

In due course the Lodge acquired its own furniture as Rupert Baines made the Officer’s pedestals and the kneeling stool using solid oak acquired from surplus pews from one of the Rutland churches. Rupert was a very skilled carpenter and the beauty of his craftmanship is today still clear to see. Russ Thornton painted the Tracing Boards. The original carpet was purchased second hand from the Rutland Lodge No 1130, which met in Melton Mowbray.

One of the symbolic tools, a poniard, was originally a dagger acquired from a German SS Officer during the Italian Campaign in the Second World War. A skirret used in one of the ceremonies was made by students at Stamford College Engineering Department. The candlesticks and their support bases together with the rough and smooth ashlars and a tripod were purchased from a Newark Lodge which was surrendering their Warrant. On closer examination it was found that the candlesticks and bases had been heavily painted in a very dark brown paint and when this was removed it was discovered that they were made from solid oak and more than a perfect match for the pedestals.

The Lodge was initially located in the Barraclough Hall but then the School planned to convert the hall into a theatre. They did, however, provide some alternative accommodation in the Old Hall, School House, where the Lodge still meets today.
In recent years the Old Oakhamian Lodge has made donations to a number of local charities including:- Wish Upon a Star, Royal Leicester Regiment Museum, RNLI Rutland, Rutland Sailability, Oakham School Charity Association (OSCA), Oakham All Saints Scouts Group, Rainbows, LOROS and Warning Zone.

The Lodge always meets on Saturday evenings, four times a year, to enable those who from afar to organise their travel. This was very useful as far as the Master in 2005/2006 was concerned as he travelled regularly from New Jersey, USA.

One very notable action which occurs whilst dining, is that the Lodge always toasts the School. How wonderful it is to be able to stand for that toast with Old Boys whose ages can range from 21 to over 90. It is a true reflection of the respect for the School, appreciated by so many, who all have their own personal memories.

The Lodge appreciates everything that all the Headmasters and the School staff have done over so many years to enable the Lodge to hold its meetings.





Syston

East Goscote Lodge No.2865


Warranted: 9th July 1901 Consecrated: 14th November 1901 Held at Syston on the first Thursday from October to May Installation meeting: October Contact: Email The East Goscote Lodge was the first Craft Lodge to be situated at Syston. Consecrated in Syston Village Hall on the 14th November 1901, it was founded because Brethren living in the Syston area found it inconvenient to travel to Lodges in Leicester and Oakham. Nine like minded Brethren, together with a number of well known Past Masters of the Province, formed the Lodge and its name was taken from the old East Goscote wapentake in which Syston was situated. The first Master of the Lodge was W.Bro. Henry Harrison Parry, Lord of the Manor of Syston and a past Master of the Palladian Lodge, 120 in the Province of Herefordshire. The Senior Warden and second Master was W.Bro. Edward Holmes who at that time was Provincial Grand Secretary. Syston Village Hall continued to be used as the Lodge room for a number of years, but in December 1904 concern was expressed regarding the ability to tyle the Lodge properly. The first Master of the Lodge, W.Bro. H.H. Parry, provided the solution by giving land he owned in Broad Street, Syston to the Lodge so that a Masonic Hall could be built. The first meeting in the new premises was held on Thursday 5th of October 1905, and the first Lodge Banner was presented to the Lodge in September 1906 by W.Bro. Thomas Coltman. Over the years the number of the members of the Lodge continued to grow and by 1914 there were fifty nine members. At this time it was decided that the Hall must expand. The enlarged Lodge was reopened by one of the founders of the Lodge, the then PGM, Right W.Bro. Edward Holmes. East Goscote Lodge was the sole occupant of Syston Masonic Hall until November 1917 when the East Goscote Chapter was consecrated. In 1927 Lodge membership had risen to eighty nine, and this was causing acute problems, so much so that the number of visitors had to be restricted. To ease the problem it was voted in 1929 that a new dining room be built over the existing ground floor. The new facilities were opened by the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. C.F. Oliver on the 2nd January 1930. By 1947, such was the number of members that the Lodge had over fifty members who had not reached the rank of Tyler, and this led to the formation of East Goscote’s daughter Lodge, the Bradgate Lodge No.6596, which was consecrated on the 21st September 1948.




Bradgate Lodge No.6596


Warranted: 3rd December 1947 Consecrated: 21st September 1948 Held at Syston on the third Tuesday from September to April Installation meeting: September Contact: Email The first meeting of the founders to consider the forming of a new Craft Lodge at Syston was held at the Grand Hotel, Leicester on 4th July 1947 when it was suggested that the name of the Lodge should be “St. Aidans”. This was favourably received, but there were some objections to the purely Christian nomenclature of the proposed name. It was eventually resolved that the name should be the ‘Bradgate Lodge’. The petition for the Lodge made it clear that the new Lodge would be a daughter Lodge of East Goscote Lodge No.2865, of which the membership had reached 110. The founders believed ‘that the essence of Freemasonry is to be found in the smaller Lodges and consequently it is their intention to restrict entry to the new Lodge that it will remain comparatively small.’ The Lodge has always been prepared to adapt to changing pressures. In 1956 for instance it was agreed that the time of Lodge meetings should be moved to 6pm to enable Brethren to go home after work to change their clothing. The Minute Books also reveal a number of interesting occurrences. In 1957 the premises were burgled and most of the Lodge regalia stolen. None of the items were insured; later a boy of 15 fishing a gravel pit near Lincoln “caught” one of the Stewards Jewels. He was suitably rewarded and asked to go back and try to catch the Masters Jewel. It was valued at £25 whereas the Steward’s Jewel was only worth 23/11d. In 1963 a number of Masonic books were donated to start a Library at the Syston Masonic Hall. Later in the year, the Bradgate Lodge donated a bookcase to house these books. The highlight of 1992 was the Chief Steward finding himself locked in the Car Park when all but he had happily gone home from the February Lodge. In 1974 the Lodge proposed to sponsor a new Lodge at Syston, to be known as the Roundhill Lodge No.8639.




Humber Stone Lodge No.7744


Warranted: 2nd November 1960 Consecrated: 14th March 1961 Held at Syston on the second Tuesday from October to April Installation meeting: March Contact: Email The Lodge was conceived by a number of brethren who were all members of the Humberstone Conservative Club. The Petition for its creation was signed by 24 prospective founder members, coming from 13 different lodges, and was then sponsored by the Worshipful Master and Wardens of East Goscote Lodge No.2865. The Warrant was dated 2nd November 1960, and the Consecration was held at the Masonic Hall, Syston in 1961. The Lodge Shield was prepared by Bro. Thomas Goddard of Wyvern Lodge. The first W.M., Bro. Fred Lake, died after only three meetings of the Lodge in 1961, a grievous blow at such an early stage in the formation of the Lodge. Over the years the Lodge Minutes record thanks to a number of brethren for their gifts to the Lodge. The Lodge continues an active social life for its members, many of whom are the sons of members of the Lodge. At the same time it is a loyal supporter of the various Masonic Charities, being a Patron of the Royal Masonic Hospital Redevelopment and Modernisation Fund, The Royal Masonic Institution for Boys, The Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and The Masonic Samaritan Fund and a Grand Vice-Patron of the Royal Masonic Hospital.




Compass Lodge No.8765


Warranted: 7th February 1977 Consecrated: 29th March 1977 Held at Syston on the fourth Saturday in October, November, January, February and March Installation meeting: March Contact: Email Compass Lodge derived its origins from two factors. The first is Gilwell Park, the then International Training Centre which · is now the Scout Headquarters. When Leaders in Scouting have completed their training they are awarded the Wood Badge and become Members of the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group. The second is the Kindred Lodges Association, an association of Lodges and Individuals who have or had an interest in Youth Work. Originally there were five Scout Lodges all formed independently by Masons who had a common interest in Scouting. In 1952 they met and decided to hold a Meeting on the Friday before the Gilwell Reunion so many of them could attend the meeting as well as the camp at Gilwell Park. These Meetings continued every year with the Lodges taking it in turn to host and organise the meeting. A number of Masons from Leicestershire regularly attended the meetings and camp with brethren from the Lodge, and by 1972 their conversations had led to the idea of a Scout Lodge in Leicestershire to serve the East Midlands. In May 1975 the first informal meeting was attended by eight brethren with a further six sending apologies. Those present agreed in principle to form a Lodge. The cost to form the lodge was in the region of £500, which was an appreciable amount in the early 70’s. By November 1975 there were 15 prospective Founders, 13 from Scouting and two from the Boys’ Brigade. The Lodge name was eventually chosen after considering Brownsea, Acorn, Forester, Woodcraft and Acorn & Oak. A problem arose with the original design for the Lodge Badge which had the Scout Badge prominent in the centre. The PGM at that time did not like this so the North Point was made into the Scout Badge which was not noticed. The Lodge decided to meet at Syston as the cost was less than in Leicester, and it could be accommodated on a Saturday, the day that best suited the majority either for their other commitments or for the distances some members would have to travel.




Roundhill Lodge No.8639


Warranted: 12th February 1975 Consecrated: 14th April 1975 Held at Syston on the third Thursday from October to April Installation meeting: October Contact: Email Preparations for the formation of a new Lodge. 1974 Several meetings were held at weekends by "potential founders" at the Masonic Hall, Broad Street, Syston. The meetings were chaired by W.Bro. W.H. Moore and comprised of members from 17 Craft Lodges inclusive of 4 Lodges outside of the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland from which 4 potential founders held dual membership. It was agreed the new Lodge would meet at the Masonic Hall, Syston on the 3rd Thursday between October - April. W.Bro.W.H. Moore declined to accept the Office of Master he being of the opinion it would be more advantageous for a younger Brother to undertake the Mastership of the Lodge. He Proposed W.Bro. W.D. Langley as Master Elect. W.Bro. E.R.H. Chambers Seconded the proposition which was carried unanimously. Name of the new Lodge Several suggestions considered resulting in Roundhill or Beau Manor as the most suitable. At a later date Ridgeway was offered as an alternative to Roundhill and submitted to the Provincial Grand Master for approval. Provincial Grand Lodge showed a preference to Roundhill due to the proposed location and historical connections with the district. The name Roundhill was submitted and approved by The Grand Lodge. Lodge Crest In 1387 a ground rent of £12.19.4 1/4d was paid to the High Abbot of Leicester Abbey together with a "Pepper Corn" rent consisting of 4 flights of arrows, 8 races of ginger, 2 white rose flowers and a quartem of pepper. The Lodge Crest is illustrated with the 4 flights of arrows, 2 white rose flowers, 2 swans on the river with the Roundhill in the background. The Crest Design was submitted and approved by The Grand Lodge. A Banner was manufactured at a cost of £60. Petition to form a new Lodge A petition was signed by 25 petitioners and submitted to The Grand Lodge. On 27th March 1975 the 1st Lodge Summons was sent by the Lodge Secretary Designate informing a WARRANT OF CONSTITUTION HAD BEEN GRANTED by the Provincial Grand Master. The Lodge to be Solemnly Constituted and Consecrated on 14th March 1975 in the Masonic Hall, Broad Street, Syston on Monday 14th April 1975. Ceremony of Consecration To be conducted by Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Brig. C.B.S. Morley. C.B.E., T.D.,D.L. The Master Designate: W.Bro.W.D.Langley to be installed by Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. W.G.Fox. T.D.,J.P.,D.L., P.G.Swd.B. 1st Degree Ceremony of Initiation 16th October 1975. Mr. G.W.Ballard. Dedication of Lodge Banner 18th December 1975. Inflation Annual subscriptions. 1975: £15, 2009: £95. Silver Jubilee A commemorative booklet was compiled by the Lodge Secreatary W.Bro. D.N. Farr and sold at a cost of £3 per copy, monies realised donated to the Lodge charity collection.




Leicestershire and Rutland Rotary Lodge No.9158


Website: Click Here Contact: Email The original concept to form the Lodge was born in the Autumn of 1983 at a Rotary social and fund raising evening. The idea was to bring together the mutual aims of Masons and Rotarians; this was reflected in the wording of the application form put forward to the Grand Lodge “To bring together two great organisations whose aims are to serve the community at home and internationally and to ease the burden and distress of our fellow men” The warrant for the new Lodge – The Leicester and Rutland Rotary Lodge No 9158 was granted on March 13th 1985 A Lodge Banner – the Rotary Roundel with Square and Compass Surmounted was designed and the Lodge was consecrated on October 31st 1985 by Right Worshipful Bro. Gayton C Taylor the then Provincial Grand Master.




Reynard Lodge No.9285


Warranted: 28th April 1988 Consecrated: 27th September 1988 Held at Syston on the fourth Monday in the months of October, February and April, the second Monday in January and September, and the third Wednesday in December Installation meeting: October Website: Click Here Contact: Email The idea of forming the Reynard Lodge was first discussed at Stoneygate Rugby Club in September 1985. The first JW, SW, Treasurer and WM hatched the plan over a beer following a Club Rugby match. It was to be some 2 years and 3 months later in January 1988 that a letter was written to the Prov. Grand Secretary stating that 32 like-minded Freemasons wished to form a new Lodge with the common interest of Sport. It was agreed that the request that the new Lodge be formed was to be sent to UGL in London. The 32 Founders comprised 6 Provincial Grand Officers; 15 Past Masters; 12 Master Masons; 10 Members of the Humber Stone Lodge No.7744; and 11 Members of Stoneygate Rugby Club, all from 19 Lodges.





Uppingham

Uppingham in Rutland Lodge No. 9119


Warranted: 8th February 1984 Consecrated: 10th September 1984 Centre: Uppingham Upper Cricket Pavillion, Seaton Road, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9QX Meetings: The Second Tuesday in September through to February (Inclusive). Installation Meeting: September Contact: Email History Due to the growing numbers of Freemasons moving to and residing in Rutland the idea to investigate the viability of opening a Lodge in Rutland’s second largest market town Uppingham was discussed informally. The inaugural meeting to progress this was held at the Science Laboratories Uppingham School on the 4th August 1983 with 20 brethren present. The decision to establish a Lodge at Uppingham was taken and the Vale of Catmos Lodge No.1265 was approached to sponsor the new Lodge to which they agreed. At this time it is to be remembered Rutland had come under the administration of Leicestershire something most Rutlanders tried to ignore, therefore to keep the proud name of Rutland alive it was agreed to call it the Uppingham in Rutland Lodge which is now even more significant as Rutland has regained independence. Uppingham has always had close links with the school and they were asked if the Cricket Pavilion on Seaton Road could be made available from September to February to which they kindly confirmed and Lodge continues to meet there to this day. The Warrant was issued on the 8th February 1984 and consecration was 10th September 1984. The Uppingham in Rutland Lodge No.9119 was now established. The Lodge had many members from the Vale of Catmos and it was agreed to meet on the Tuesday nearest the New Moon to avoid clashing with the Vale of Catmos meeting date of Tuesday nearest the Full Moon. In 2008 approval to change the meeting date to the second Tuesday of the months September to February inclusive was sought and granted. The Lodge is very successful with currently 52 members.





Melton Mowbray

Rutland Lodge No.1130


Warranted: 6th September 1866 Consecrated: 19th October 1866 Centenary Warrant: 19th October 1966 Held at Melton Mowbray on the first Thursday, October to May Installation meeting: April Contact: Email In 1866 the Rutland Lodge became one of five lodges founded in all of the main market towns within the county within a decade of 1860, becoming its sixth lodge. The three active founders were Bro. Revd William Robinson, master of Wymondham Grammar School, Bro. John Selby, landlord of the George Hotel and Bro. Revd William Langley. These were aware of a number of Masons in the Melton area who were interested in joining. The other founders were W.Bros. William Kelly, R Brewin, Revd E Woodcock and H Morris. The Lodge sought permission of the Duke of Rutland to use the name and also his Arms for its banner. Interesting Special Dispensations were given, one to initiate seven candidates on one evening of whom one became Worshipful Master in 1870! In 1868 there was another dispensation for an eighteen and a twenty year old to be balloted for and initiated. During its existence the Lodge has been associated with eight locations. 1866 - 1900 in The George Hotel, High Street; 1900 - 1911 in The Town Hall, Kings Street where a room was leased; 1911 - 1920 in a Masonic Hall which was erected on land in Park Lane but eventually sold in order to discharge debentures; 1920 - 1925 in Colles Hall, Burton Street, where arrangement for regular use was continued for five years; 1925 - 1929 in the Young Men’s Institute Hall, Market Place; 1929 - 1948 in Egerton Lodge. Two rooms were leased from the Council with use of the Council Chamber as dining room. Between 1948 - 1951 Red House, Park Road, was purchased but an application to convert failed. Sale Proceeds were put to a Building Fund which enabled the stable block at Wicklow Lodge to be purchased. Meetings were held in the Corn Exchange. From 1951 to date the Lodge has met at Freemason’s Hall, Wicklow Lodge, Burton Road. In 1902 with the assistance of the Provincial Grand Secretary a Lodge of Instruction was formed under the sanction of the Lodge. Being re-established in 1953 with St Mary’s Lodge it continues to provide much masonic benefit. In 1951 the Worshipful Master proposed, and the Senior Warden seconded, that a new lodge should be sponsored, resulting in May 1952 in the consecration of St Mary’s Lodge No.7164. Of the twenty-four founders twelve were members of the Rutland Lodge. Forty years later the Framland Hundred Lodge No.9453 was consecrated, eighteen of the Founders being brethren of the Rutland and St. Mary’s Lodges.




St Mary’s Lodge No.7164


Warranted: 6th February 1952 Consecrated: 27th May 1952 Held at Melton Mowbray on the fourth Monday from October to April (December excepted), and the third Monday in May Installation meeting: May Contact: Email The St. Mary’s Lodge No.7164 in Melton Mowbray was named after the grand Parish Church which stands proudly in the centre of the rather attractive Market Town. The Fifty-ninth regular meeting was held on 27th January 1961 and at it the Worshipful Master informed the Brethren that they had received a gift of an Organ for use by all the Lodges meeting at Freemasons’ Hall. It was given by six members from 3 Lodges who wished to remain anonymous. The Lodge membership numbers made good progress and by 1962, ten years on, the original founders’ number of twenty four had almost doubled to forty five. For six years the membership remained static, but from 1969 there was a steady annual increase. But from 1989 there was a steady decline and by 1993 the membership total had fallen to sixty, significant was the loss of eight members in the Lodge year 1992/93. 1997 produced a small rise to sixty two. Since that year small annual losses means by 2002, the Jubilee year, the membership stood at fifty six. In January 2009 there is a membership of sixty five. The Three hundred and fifty-first regular meeting was held on 20th May 2002. The Lodge was informed of the forthcoming retirement of R.W.Bro. D. A. Buswell on 31st July 2002. The Lodge on this occasion was honoured by the Presence of the Deputy PGM V.W.Bro. Michael H. Roalfe who was named as the new PGM from 1st August 2002. The Worshipful Master on behalf of the Lodge wished the Provincial Grand Master a happy and long retirement and congratulated V.W.Bro. Roalfe on his appointment. This meeting was the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the lodge.




Framland Hundred Lodge No.9453


Warranted: 13th November 1991 Consecrated: 27th May 1992 Held at Melton Mowbray held on the third Monday in the months of February, April, September, November and December Installation meeting: December Website: Click Here Contact: Email Framland Hundred Lodge was formed mainly by members of the two other Lodges in Melton Mowbray, Rutland Lodge No.1130 and St. Mary's Lodge No.7164, by a need to reduce the time taken to progress to the Master's Chair. The name Hundred is derived from the geographic division formerly used in England, and Framland being the name of that division covering the location of the town's present Freemasons' Hall, Wicklow Lodge.





 

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