Early Records

early records When we come to search for the origins of the Lodge, the loss of the first three minute books has caused inconvenience to Lodge historians, as W.Bro. D.R. Counsell P.G.D., P.Prov.G.W., found when he compiled a history of the Lodge to 1968; in spite of his diligent search in Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge records, we have little information about the Lodge until 1911. However, we do have a record of an incident which may be justly considered unique in Masonry.

12th day of September, 1888

It was the custom, which continued until 1927, for the Provincial Grand Lodge to be held under the Banner of a particular Lodge, when the Master and Wardens of that Lodge had the privilege of opening the Lodge in the three degrees prior to the processional entry of the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Officers. The following account of the event is taken from the Minute Book of Royal Standard Lodge No. 498 Dudley.

Sir Edmund Anthony Harley Lechmere The Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire, holden at the Moseley and Balsall Heath Institute, on Wednesday, the 12th day of September, 1888. At this meeting a singular and unique Masonic Ceremony was interspersed, the like of which there is no precedent in the annals of Masonry. After the Masefield Lodge had been duly opened in the three degrees by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. W. Thomas, the Lodge was "Called Off". The R.W. Bro. Sir Edmund Anthony Harley Lechmere, Bart., MP, Provincial Grand Master, (additional article) W.Bro. Sir Frederick Godson, M.P., Dep. Prov. Grand Master, and the Officers present and past, assembled in the Lodge room. The Rt.W.Prov. Grand Master occupied the chair. Lady Lechmere, accompanied by Mrs. Thomas, the wife of the Worshipful Master of Masefield Lodge, Mrs. Underhill, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Gallimore, Mrs. Waldron, and a number of ladies, were admitted into the Lodge and introduced to the Provincial Grand Master, by W.Bro. Sir Frederick Godson. Katherine, Lady Lechmere, then with a very befitting and appropriate truly Masonic speech, which in itself was not only an honour but a noble example to the Craft in general, presented two splendid Standards, for the use of the Provincial Grand Lodge in perpetuity.

The Standards were made and embellished by Lady Lechmere, as a labour of love and devotion to the Craft. The Rt.W.Prov. Grand Master rose and said it would give him great pleasure to accept the Standards on behalf of the Province and thanked Lady Lechmere for the valued gifts so much needed. The ladies then retired from the Lodge room, being escorted by the Officers of the Provincial Grand Lodge. 

Thus ended one of the most interesting incidents in the history of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire.

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