The Lodge of Success No. 5486

Freemasons Lodge and Chapter in Chelmsford, Essex, UK


By the Grand Secretary
Consecrating a Lodge
By V.W. Bro Rev.Preb. G.H.Perry

Reprint from The Freemason
th July 1934

The Lodge, the first under the English jurisdiction to use the word “Success” was consecrated at Freemasons' Hall on 6th July 1934. Sponsored by Lodge of Perseverance, No. 1743, it was brought into being under every auspices of success. Many Brethren assembled for the initial ceremony, which was performed by R.W. Bro. Sir P.Colville Smith C. V.O., P.G.W., Grand Secretary, assisted by V.W. Bro. J.Russell McLaren, Pres. Bd. Gen. Purps., as S.W. W Bro. M. T. Perkins, A.G.Reg., J.W. ; V.W. Bro. Rev. Preb. G. H. Perry, T.D., M.A., P.G.Chap,, Chaplain ; W. Bro. J. E. Grosvenor, Dep.G.D.C., D.C. ; and W. Bro. H. J. Bulford, P.A-G.St.Br., I.G.

Lodge was ceremoniously opened in the requisite Degrees, and the opening hymn having been sung, the Consecrating Officer addressed the Brethren on the motive of the meeting. Following the opening of the ceremony, an oration on the nature and principles of the Institution was given by the Chaplain. (See later).

At the conclusion of the consecration, W. Bro. Benjamin H. Roach, Master-designate, was placed in the Chair of K.S. by the Grand Secretary. The new Master, after investing W. Bro. W. C. J. White as acting I.P.M., appointed and invested the following Officers:-

Bro. A.J. Andrews-Leipper, S.W. ;
Bro. A. T. Hornsby, J.W. ;
Bro. H.O. Dolamore (2765), Chaplain ;
W. Bro. H. Hawkins, L.R.,Treasurer;
Bro. J. F. Parker, Secretary;
W. Bro. J. Edwards, P.M., D.C. ;
Bro. G. P. Turner (13), S.D. ;
Bro. P. S. Turnage, J.D. ;
Bro. N. W. Cornish, A.D.C. ;
W.Bro. T. Francis (P.M. 3048), Asst. Sec. ;
Bro. A.T. Sheldon, I.G.;
Bro. H.C. Parsons, Steward;
Bro. C.J.K Harley, (2362), Steward;
Bro. H.N.Arber, Steward;
Bro. W.H.Nicks, Steward
W. Bro. W.W.Lawrence, Tyler.
(All the above were the Founders.)

V.W. McLaren gave the address to the Master, the Grand Secretary that to the Wardens, and W. Bro. Perkins that to the Brethren.

On the initiation of the Master the Consecrating Officers were asked to become hon. members, and souvenirs were handed to them. W. Bro. Roach expressed the Lodge's high appreciation of what had been done, which was acknowledged by the Grand Secretary.

Other business having been transacted, the meeting was closed with the singing of the National Anthem and the closing ode.

The music at the consecration was under the direction of W. Bro. Charles J. Winter, L.R., assisted by Bros. V. Marsters, Arthur Frith, George Stubbs and W. Bro.Ralph Norris, P.Pr.G.Org. (Middlesex), at the Organ.

A moving spirit in connection with the new Lodge was W. Bro. A. J. Andrews-Leipper, who undertook the secretarial work connected therewith. Tributes to his services were forthcoming in speeches at the dinner.

Among the visiting Brethren were W. Bros. F. A. Turner, P.G.D., Dep. Dist.G.M., South Africa, W.D. ; A. Darby, P.G.P. Major J. Boyd, M.C., G.Tyler ; G. B. Hall (WM. 1743) A. R. Knight (WM. 3090) W. A. Sulliman (WM. 3165) ; W. E. Harvey (5352) A. E. Keirle (2857) ; G. Shapland (1743), and C. Watts (299).

At the conclusion of the subsequent dinner the Master proposed the initial toasts and specially mentioned the presence of W. Bro. Turner, Dep.Dist.G.M., South Africa (W.D.). (In Lodge a notice of motion was moved to elect this Brother a hon. member.)

Replying to the toast of G.O’s, W.Bro. Turner reciprocated the kind welcome extended to him,.” As a Grand Officer of only a few years standing, he was rather unable to enlarge on the good qualities of, or to say much about what Grand Lodge did in this country. He read the reports carefully and took as many notes from them as he could. It had been his privilege during the last few years to visit his home country several times. On each occasion he watched for points. He took back some of their good points and left behind some of their bad points. (Laughter.) There were quite a few things they in South Africa were anxious to learn. Following a resume of the Masonic activities of his District, the speaker proceeded to express his thanks for the honour the Lodge had paid him. The proposal to elect him an hon. member, he continued, was a great surprise and pleasure to him, a perfect stranger to them. He knew none of the members. When he paid his respects to Headquarters it was mentioned that a consecration ceremony was being worked within a few days, and he was asked if he cared to attend. He intimated that nothing would give him greater pleasure, as during the, last six months they had consecrated two Lodges in his District, and he was anxious to see whether they had carried out the ceremony in the proper manner. He thought there was not much difference. Perhaps they did not do it with the same dignity, but still they would get, a place in the general race. (Laughter.) He thanked them sincerely for considering him in the matter. As a Grand Officer with the. keenest interest in English Masonry, he could assure them they in South Africa were doing their best in the “darkest corners of the Empire”, to carry out the work they were doing so much for in England. Though there were few of them in Africa they were maintaining the standard as far as they were able. (Applause,.)

In most eulogistic manner the Master proposed the health of the Consecrating Officers. Without those great firmaments, that Lodge would not have got its start.

They were most grateful to the Grand Secretary for giving them a day out of his busy life. They appreciated highly the important services he and his brother Consecrating Officers had rendered. They hoped to see them again at some not distant date, and could assure them a most hearty welcome. They tendered them their sincerest thanks. (Applause.) .

The toast was most enthusiastically honoured, and R.W. Bro. Sir Colville, Smith, in acknowledgement, confessed they had enjoyed having the opportunity of visiting that Lodge and wishing it every success. He was delighted to know that the Master was going slowly, as only two candidates had been proposed so far. Don’t make the Lodge too big at first. Let it be a Lodge in which everyone could know each other. Let everyone have a chance within a reasonable time of getting to the Chair. He wished the Master every happiness during his year. Continuing, the Grand Secretary said perhaps they would like to congratulate him on bringing such a team with him. It was not often they got the Pres. of the Board of General Purposes to join them. Again, they were lucky in getting the Chaplain they did. Also, they had two Grand Officers for the year as the J.W. and the D.C. (Applause).

W. Bro. Bulford, who also replied, said he had been fortunate during his short period as a Grand Officer of having a Consecrating Officer of three Lodges. Those had been a success, and now they came to the Lodge of Success he hoped that would prove a double success. He had been acquainted with their Master for many Years, and he had no hesitation in saying that the Lodge had chosen a Master who would do credit to it. (Applause).

Responding to the toast of the Master, eulogistically proposed by the I.P.M., W. Bro. Roach embraced the opportunity of voicing the thanks of the Brethren to Bro. Andrews-Leipper for the valuable services he rendered before the Lodge came into being. He had been their acting Secretary and had done a tremendous amount of work.

The Visitors' toast was in the hands of Bro. H.O. Dolamore, who thanked one and all for coming there to help them over a trying time. This toast was happily acknowledged by W. Bro. W. E. Harvey.

Bro. A. T. Hornsby, in giving Lodge of Perseverance (the Sponsoring Lodge), said that toast would be proposed many times in the future, and he rejoiced to be the first to propose it. Lodge of Success had embarked on a voyage of great endeavour,' but they had no fear, because that small craft of theirs was not only built by members of the Lodge of Perseverance, but was launched by them. Likewise, they gave them the skipper. He humorously explained why it was desired to form a new Lodge. Members had cast up an actuarial basis of the chances of them becoming Masters. It was thus found some of them might reach the Chair, between the ages of 80 and 100. (Laughter.) Hence that Lodge, which it hoped, would be worthy of Perseverance.

To W. Bro. G. B. Hall, the Master of Perseverance Lodge, fell the honour of replying. His Lodge was a branch of Prosperity, he said, and Success was a branch of Perseverance.

It might have been perseverance, prosperity and success, but though it was not, he was sure the new Lodge would meet with every success, with praise of the work undertaken by Bro. Andrews-Leipper.

W. Bro. J.Tollett, L.R., also spoke on behalf of the sponsoring Lodge. He recalled some of his earlier experiences in Perseverance Lodge and of his taking on the Secretaryship. After 25 years’ service he gave that up 1922. When he became Secretary the membership 45, and in 1922 it was 154.

Consecrating, a Lodge
By V.W. Bro. Rev. Preb. G. H. Perry

In consecrating a new Lodge we are engaged in the most solemn of our Masonic services. To consecrate a Lodge is to set it apart for a sacred or holy purpose. From the earliest age consecrations of one kind or another have taken place. The ancient Romans consecrated their Temples and the Standards of their armies. What does the expression mean to consecrate a Lodge? The word “Lodge” suggests a building, but we are not consecrating a building or place where the members meet. I suppose the word “ Lodge” was originally used for the workshop or temporary building used by our ancient Brethren when engaged in building a cathedral or some other great and important structure. It is possible that those temporary buildings or workshops were consecrated in some way, and we can be perfectly sure that they were properly tyled against intruders. By a natural transition the word “Lodge” has come to mean not a building but an association of Freemasons, just as in the same way when we speak of the House of Commons we do not mean the Chamber or House in which legislators meet, but the men themselves. The expression “Lodge” is to a certain extent unsubstantial and imaginary. It is a kind of imaginary entity, which is permanent but the members of, which are not permanent. In a short time, in the course of a year probably, there will be other members of the Lodge who are taking no part in this ceremony and indeed are not present. Therefore, what does the creation of a Lodge mean? It means just this-that the Founders present to-day, and all who might hereafter join the Lodge as long as it existed, are being set apart for a sacred and holy purpose. That is the meaning of consecration.
What is the great and holy purpose? It is that the Lodge is set apart for the service of God and man. It is not necessary to remind you that as Freemasons we are pledged to the service of God. We have all declared and put our trust in God, and prayer has been offered on behalf of us all that we might dedicate ourselves to God’s service. That is the first and foremost important principle of Freemasonry. Every Freemason is pledged to be a religious man. No rule is made as to the religion he should profess, but it was required that he should devote himself to the service of the Almighty - that he should be diligent in the duties of his own religion and so live a religious and godly life. I hope that every Freemason will always keep that in his mind as being the first and most important principle of the great Order to which it is our pride, and privilege to belong. Next to that great duty, and only next to it, comes the service to man. The service to man is closely connected with the service of God. We are taught in our Lodges the duty of brotherly love. As a rule there is a real bond of brotherly love binding Lodges together and pervading all the Masonic bodies. But we must, not be content with that. As soon as a member begins to understand what brotherly love means, he is conscious of the fact that he has duties to perform to his fellow men, for every Freemason should be a great force in combating many of the social evils and injustices that still exist. We band of brothers bound together as we are by brotherly love-and we are not few to-day-ought to be strong enough to bring some real improvement in social relations and the conditions of human society. It should be the aim of all of us as a great influential body and as individuals. In fact, it is selfishness and misunderstanding which separates sect from sect, and is the cause of so much unhappiness and social unrest. This is the real meaning of what is taking place today. The new Lodge is to be a new unit of a great body pledged to the service of man. I trust that in the Lodge our great principles will ever be remembered and acted on, so that the Lodge may ever be set apart by a high and holy purpose. When I think of the name you have chosen for your Lodge I cannot help feeling that the true success of a Masonic Lodge is not to be obtained in the number of members and its wealth, but rather by the devotion of members to the great principles of Freemasonry living lives of piety and striving to promote the honour and glory of God and the welfare of man.

(The above oration was delivered at the Consecration of the Lodge of Success, No. 5486, on 6th July 1934.)

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