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Short History of Porchway Lodge 7027

Consecrated 18 October 1950

During the 1939-45 War, members on the Staff of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes at the Surbiton headquarters, who were Freemasons from widely scattered Lodges formed a lodge of Instruction to improve knowledge of Masonic ritual and maintain the bonds friendship. This association led to the determination to petition for a new Lodge in the Province of Surrey. This was approved by the United Grand Lodge of England and was consecrated as Gatehouse Lodge No 5860 in 1943. This is affectionately known as our Mother Lodge. Due to the success of Gatehouse Lodge, Springewell Lodge No 6697 was consecrated in June 1948 and is now known as our Sister Lodge.

These two Lodges being so successful that another new Lodge seemed to be indicated and on /Wednesday 18th October 1950 Porchway Lodge 7027 came on the scene.

The lodge was consecrated at the Masonic Hall, Croydon on Wednesday 18th October 1950 by R.W.Bro Lieut0-Col. H A Mann OBE, MC Provincial Grand Master of Surrey and his team.

Hinckley Masonic Hall

The Founding Members of our Lodge were:

W.Bro G S Salter PPGD
W.Bro R J Coley PGD PPGW
Bro F P Salter
Bro L A J Toogood
Bro J H Gazzard

W Bro A F R Sims

WM
Acting IPM
SW
JW
Treasurer
Secretary
Bro C D  Hubbard
Bro A C Gravestock
Bro R B Newham
Bro RW Atwood
W Bro C L Sims
Bro F A Finch PDGOrg (Gilbraltar)
DC
SD
JD
ADC
Almoner
Organist
Bro L C Baker
Bro A E S Newham
Bro T E Cutts
Bro M H Bourguet

W Bro R A Turner PPAGDC

Assistant Secretary
IG
Steward
Steward

Tyler

It is with great pride and reverence that all those founding officers who donated their collars and jewels of office to the Lodge, are still worn today, although some of the collars have been replaced.

The Lodge today has 32 full members of which, 18 have Provincial honour and three are Honorary members.

In April 2016 our oldest member, W Bro Geoffrey was presented with his 50 year certificate for service to masonry by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro T Rains PSGE.

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Porchway Lodge Consecration

Scripts from the Original Lodge Books

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