Lodge No. 6616
Meeting at The Masonic Hall, Bath Road, Pickwick, Nr Corsham, Wiltshire.
The Lodge meets at 6.30pm on third Thursday in September, October, November, December, January, February, March and April.
Installation meeting fourth Thursday in May when the Lodge Tyles at 5.00pm
With nearly 80 members Corsham Lodge can claim to be one of the best supported Lodges in Wiltshire.
We are fortunate to have experienced and dedicated Officers who run the business of the Lodge, also a backbone of relatively younger members who are enthusiastic and enjoy their Masonry, this reflects greatly on the well-being of the Lodge. We have a steady flow of new candidates each year ensuring the Lodges future.
Corsham Lodge is well known for its hospitality, and our dining is legendary throughout Wiltshire Masonry. We have a full social calendar including our popular Ladies Festival, Skittles Night, Summer Balls, Christmas Party, Burns supper and most importantly Fraternal visits, a popular event is our visit, en masse, to a different Lodge somewhere in the UK each year, which always includes an overnight stay and a few beers.
We pride ourselves on our ceremonies within the Lodge and our welcoming atmosphere at the dining table. If you are interested in Freemasonry and would like to join a vibrant Lodge then please get in touch with our Secretary email@example.com you will find a warm welcome at Corsham
A Brief History of Corsham Lodge No.6616
It was proposed to form a Lodge at Corsham before the second world war. With the influx of a large number of military and civilian personnel to the area it was thought there would be sufficient Freemasons to form a Lodge. However, the war put paid to that idea.
After the war, the proposal was reviewed and the Corsham Lodge No 6616 was consecrated on the 22nd May 1948 at Corsham Court.
The Founders of the Lodge came from near and far, Chippenham, Bradford-on- Avon, London and Lancashire. It is probable that many Freemasons resident in Corsham at that time were members of Chippenham Lansdowne Lodge of Unity No 626, who became our sponsoring Lodge. Of the Founders, several were local businessmen, one a Turf Accountant and another, an Architect.
The building originally was a Quaker Meeting House then became a Brewery for local public houses, then a school, before Corsham Lodge purchased the building.
The Lodge has always met at our present premises with dining originally held at the Methuen Hotel and then the Royal Oak. In 1963 the present dining room, previously a hostel was purchased for the sum of £75 from the MOD. The hostel had been previously used to house Hungarian refugees. Over the years considerable improvement work has been carried out at the premises, including electrical rewiring, central heating and complete refurbishment of the building as a whole and is the equal to any Lodge premises in the Province and completely debt free.
In May 1953 the Corsham Lodge of Instruction was formed and in the early years met three times a month compared to once a month at present.
In 1998 Corsham celebrated 50 years of Masonry. To celebrate this occasion a new Lodge Banner was purchased and dedicated by Provincial Officers at a ceremony in our Lodge room, followed by a banquet in our dining room. It was a packed house and a very enjoyable evening.
Over the years many of our members have gained Provincial Grand Lodge honours. In 2002 W. Bro Francis Wakem was installed as the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Wiltshire. In 2003 he was awarded Grand Rank and in 2004 was installed as the Provincial Grand Master for Wiltshire.
A real Deaneisty....
At our last meeting we initiated Mr Oliver Deane into Freemasonry and into Corsham Lodge No.6616 and in doing so Brother Oliver “Ollie” Deane becomes the youngest ever member to join Corsham Lodge at the age of 23 years and 6 months.
Up to this point in time, W Bro Fred Boyer PPrJGW at the age 24 years and 1 month, initiated in 1954, was the youngest. Ollie follows his Father and Grandfather into Wiltshire Free Masonry, another first for the Lodge, having 3 generations of the same family in Corsham 6616. Amazingly, Corsham Lodge actually has four members of the family in Corsham Lodge as Ollie's Uncle Brother Bill Wright joined in September 2019. Is this a Deaneisty?
W Bro John H Deane PPrJGW was invited by the Worshipful Master of Corsham Lodge to take the Chair of King Solomon to initiate his son, which being a very importnat ceremony was carried out with great care and affection.
RW Bro Wakem PPGM BEM QPM having taken the floor and introduced what was about to be explained, delivered the Charity Charge with great sincerity.
Bro Ollies Prep School Master, W Bro Hall PPGSwdB delivered the Charge; and the tools were presented by W Bro Trainer on behalf of Ollies Grandfather, W Bro John R Deane.
There was great support from this and other Provinces with many friends and visitors attending and enjoying our usual hospitality and fine dining.