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Lodge of Fraternity - a short history
In Southend in the 1940s, it would take around 20 years for an Initiate to become Worshipful Master of his mother lodge.
And so, six friends, all members of Albert Lucking or Prittlewell, conceived the idea of a new lodge to enable brethren to advance more quickly.
These “Original Six” founders were a sub-postmaster, a dental mechanic, a senior collector for the gas company, a draper, a solicitor and a transport manager. All were in their late 30s when initiated, and none had much hope of becoming a Past Master for many years.
The Warrant for the Lodge of Fraternity was granted in November 1943 and the lodge was consecrated in February 1944 as number 5196 in the register of the Grand Lodge of England.
Seventy years on, the Lodge of Fraternity still meets six times a year: on the last Saturday in September, October, November, January, February and March; and with a healthy membership of around 45 and welcoming new candidates every year, it remains healthy, friendly and busy.
The Lodge sets a high standard for its ceremonies in the temple, working Emulation “with variations”, and is one of the few lodges in England to present Initiates with its own book of ritual – Fraternity Working.
Lodge of Fraternity also boasts its own demonstration team, presenting “White Roses & The Evergreen”, an aspect of American freemasonry, effectively a Lodge of Sorrow, convened to honour brethren called to the Grand Lodge Above. It is a dramatic demonstration, unique in the UK.
On the charity front, Lodge of Fraternity has achieved at least Patron status in every major appeal since its consecration, and most recently was awarded its certificate from the Province as a Double Grand Patron of the Essex 2011 Festival.
Also, in recent years, the Lodge has donated nearly £40,000 to local, national and international good causes, ranging from the local taxi drivers’ charity to its largest single donation of £2,750 to the Myotubular Trust.
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