Consecrated on the 25th March 1957.
Meeting at the Freemasons’ Hall in Cheltenham.
What we do
Although the Lodge’s founders were all Civil Servants working at Government Communications Headquarters it is not – and never has been – a GCHQ Lodge. Although consideration was given to restricting membership to GCHQ personnel at a preliminary planning meeting in 1956 that idea was firmly rejected as it was thought most desirable to have a “truly Gloucestershire lodge”. This wise decision is evidenced by the fact that at its first regular meeting the first Initiate was not from the Department but a local businessman.
Mercury, the messenger of the Roman gods, was deemed an appropriate name for the new Lodge and its crest depicts Mercury, the Winged Messenger.
Why join us?
Our membership currently stands at 31 subscribing members and two honorary members. Although we do have a very small number of GCHQ, Armed Forces and Law and Order retirees the membership is actually an eclectic mix from a wide spectrum of occupations such as: business backgrounds, a blacksmith, building & construction and hospitality. Our membership has developed well in recent years and there has been a welcome increase in our younger members.