St Edmund Lodge
Lodge No. 4714
Meeting at The Masonic Hall, Stanier Road, Calne, Wiltshire.
The Lodge meets on the fourth Tuesday in every month at 6.15pm (except June, July, August and December)
Installation at May meeting when the Lodge Tyles at 5.00pm
Christmas tinged with sadness
The annual Carol service at Calne Masonic Hall was once again a marvellous occasion, although on this occasion it was tinged with a little sadness; for it was the the final dinner at Calne to be prepared by Andrew and Frances Evans and their incomparable team; and the final time long standing member and stalwart Mo Davey will serve behind the bar – now ‘retired’
A total of 85 members; ladies; guests and 12 members of the Masonic Widows Association from Chippenham and District with their Chairman Veronica Mannings attended this wonderful evening which began with a welcoming glass of bucks fizz or orange without the fizz before the members and their guests entered the Lodge Room – a packed Lodge Room - for a Carol Service which also included readings and reflections, with music provided by William (Bill) Handcock from St. Michael’s Church, Lyneham. If Bill hadn#t turned up his stand in might well have been one Francis Wakem.
Having been warmly welcomed by the Master Keith McEvoy the proceedings were entrusted to the Lodge Chaplain David May who lead the Service of Five Carols; Five Readings; and Prayers ably assisted by Owen Powell Past Lodge Chaplain who gave the Closing Blessing.
In between the Carols and Readings the assembled guests were entertained quite beautifully by the ‘Serendipity Bell Ringers’
To mark the end of the Service, Veronica Mannings recited the poem ‘A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year ‘ by Edgar Guest; a beautiful and emotional presentation by Veronica. It was so good to see Veronica looking so well after her serious health worries a few months ago.
A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas seasons here;
Then he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime.
Having enjoyed the carols and readings it was back to the dining room for a magnificent Christmas feast prepared and served by Andrew and Frances and their dedicated team of 'Andrew's little helpers'
A moving farewell tribute from the Master Keith McEvoy to Andrew, Frances, and their team was received with spontaneous and prolonged applause. Keith presented Andrew and Frances with a cheque from the Lodges and Chapters who meet at Calne Masonic Hall and the Brethren; Ladies, MWA and Guests present on the evening. Andrew responded with warm words.
A great evening, very moving and such an enjoyable pre-Christmas Celebration.
Andrew, Frances, their Team and Mo Davey will be greatly missed.
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Warrant 4 February 1925. Consecrated 27 May 1925
The Consecrating Officer was the Provincial Grand Master the Earl of Radnor and he was assisted by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W Bro T C P Calley. On this occasion the PrGM not only consecrated the Lodge, he presented the working tools in each degree and gave the three addresses!
The first Master was W Bro B J Spackman P Pr G Supt Works; the Senior Warden, W Bro A L Forrester PPrADC; and the Junior Warden, Bro W E Pritchard. The ceremony took place at the Town Hall, Calne, where the Lodge met until 1939. From there it moved, until 1963, and held their ceremonies in Church Street, Calne. This was a rather ancient building which had a lot of character but was proving expensive and difficult to maintain, so in 1984 the Lodge used the Masonic Hall, Chippenham until their new home at the Masonic Hall, 17 The Green was ready, into which they moved in August 1985.
St Edmund Lodge was not the first Lodge to have met in Calne. In 1853 the Lansdowne Lodge of Unity No 909 was formed, but it did not do very well at Calne and after some years was moved to Chippenham. It is now No. 626.
The Masonic Hall at 17 The Green, Calne also proved to be difficult to maintain, and once again the Lodge was hosted in Chippenham until December 2008. St. Edmund now meet at their purpose built Masonic Hall in Stanier Road , which is on the Porte Marsh Estate in Calne. The Foundation Stone was laid and dedicated by the Provincial Grand Master - R W Bro Francis Wakem QPM on the 14th June 2008.