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Lodge History

The Lodge was consecrated at the Carlton Theatre Teignmouth, on Saturday 25th November, 1967, at 3.0 p.m. by the Right Worshipful Brother Major-General Sir Allan Adair, Bt. K.C.V.O., C.B., D.S.O., M.C., D.L. the Assistant Grand Master and he was assisted by Air Marshal Sir Victor Groom, K.C.V.O., K.B.E., C.B., D.F.C., PGSwdB. Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies as Director of Ceremonies, and other Officers of Grand and Provincial Grand Lodge.

The Lodges Founders, represented 25 lodges from far and near, and not all within the English Constitution. Indeed, Worshipful Brother Wells Hanlan once a year would give greetings in Chinese - I do feel for the secretary at the time!

At the beginning the brethren were predominately hoteliers, which is the reason why the Lodge enjoys a long summer break. These days the Lodge consists of like-minded gentlemen, with skills in a wide range of trades and professions.

The Lodge first made its home at The Masonic Hall, Holland Road, Teignmouth, where it enjoyed 21 years of 5 meetings a year, 4 Regular and 1 Installation meeting, in those days the brethren dined out at a variety of venues such as the Royal Hotel & Venn Farm, because of which we soon acquired a reputation as a dining lodge, and to this day I can boast at least 6 courses at each meeting.

The first initiate was Mr. Gordon Eaton, a Lewis of a founder, he was proposed by his father W. Bro. Geoffrey Eaton and seconded by W. Bro George Ridd. Mr. Eaton was Initiated on the 6th December 1967, Passed on the 3rd January 1968, Raised on the 2nd October 1968 and was Installed into the chair in 1973, I am delighted to say W. Bro. Gordon Eaton is still a subscribing member.

In 1989 the Lodge moved to our current Masonic home, the Masonic Hall, Barton Terrace, Dawlish and its first ceremony there on the 2nd January 1989 was to Pass Bro. Roger Nott, who was Raised later that year, I am please to say W. Bro. Nott is still a subscribing member. The first initiation at Dawlish came soon after, that being Mr. Peter Corpe, and he was proposed by W. Bro. John Shepherd and seconded by Bro. Fred Codd. Mr. Corpe was initiated on the 3rd January 1990, Passed on the 7th November 1990 and Raised 5th December 1990.

As the brethren have increased in number and not restricted by there professions, we now meet 6 times a year, 5 Regular and 1 Installation meeting, I have added a February meeting, and it is also an established custom to dine in the lodge, still maintaining our reputation for fine dining, our Brethren also enjoy the passing around of the snuff box and a good port wine.

I have over the years heard a couple of suggestion regarding how the Lodge was was named, - at the northern end of the promenade at Teignmouth, there is a church by the name of St. Michael’s “the church by the sea”.


Presentations

At the Lodges Consecration and over the years we have been very fortunate, in receiving many lovely gifts from our brethren, I have selected a few which are detailed below.
In attendance at the Consecration in November 1967 were W.Bros Skentlebury and Ellis Diggle who were the Provincial Senior and Junior Grand Wardens respectively, they presented the Lodge with a “Loving Cup”, to be used at the festive board on the nights of Initiation and Installation, during the early years it was passed around all the Brethren dining, but as our numbers have increased its use has been limited to the top table only.
In 1972 Worshipful Brother A. G. Partridge, one of our founders, was Worshipful Master and gave a gavel and base to be used by subsequent Worshipful Masters which is still in use today. Worshipful Brother Alan returned to the chair in 1984 and 1986.I seem to remember that Worshipful Brother Partridge changed the date of his wedding from Friday 13th July 1980 to Saturday 28th July 1980, I recall he was a bit superstitious but all the same managed to visit a lodge in Bridgewater on the 13th.
On the 7th April 1993 the Lodge was honoured to have a banner dedication ceremony, in attendance at this occasion was Right Worshipful Brother Kenneth J. Alford Provincial Grand Master and Worshipful Brother Reverend P. L. Baycock. The Worshipful Master was Worshipful Brother S. J. Beavis; the Banner Bearer was Worshipful Brother A. S. Newcombe. The Worshipful Master invited the Dedication Officer to occupy his chair and direct the lodge during the ceremony for Dedication of the Banner. After the dedication Worshipful Brother Beavis installed his successor into the chair of the Lodge.
In 2012, once Worshipful Brother R. L. Bailey had installed his successor Worshipful Brother B. J. Watson, he presented the Lodge with four goblets, one each for the Worshipful Master and his Wardens and one for the candidate after his initiation. This was given in appreciation of a splendid year.


The Lodge Banners
The following is an extract from the dedication booklet titled “Banners”. Our Banner was made by W. Bro. Hanlan’s daughter, and is on display in our Temple. The origin of banners goes back to remote antiquity. A banner has always been an emblem of fealty and homage to a feudal superior. In battle it was the rallying point. It symbolises Loyalty, Fidelity and Unity. Therefore the banner reminds us of our duty and fidelity to God and should be the rallying point for the three Grand Principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

Most Lodges in Britain have their special banner which is symbolic of the characteristic of the Lodge. Banners were first mentioned when Moses ranged the Children of Israel under their respective banners in the wilderness and there is no doubt these were regarded with reverence and awe. For instance, we have this Biblical phrase, “As terrible as an army with banners”.

In Grand lodge ritual there is a reference to banners when none is carried. The Grand Pursuivant asked, “What is your duty?” and the reply comes, “To give a due report of all approaching brethren and see they are properly clothed, and ranged under their respective banners”. The Brethren have no visible banners with them, but symbolically it means that Grand Lodge was composed of Lodges each with its own particular characteristics, contributing to the beauty and harmony of the whole.