Provincial Grand Lodge Of Gloucestershire

Old Friends Meet after 250 years

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Old Friends Meet after 250 years

Lodge of True Friendship No 218 Visit To Sister Lodge Humility with Fortitude No 229

On 23rd November 2023 brethren of the Lodge of True Friendship No 218 were invited to the 250 year Banner Celebration ceremony for their sister Lodge Humility with Fortitude No 229 in London. Both Lodges were originally formed in the year 1773 in Calcutta, India in the District of Bengal although Lodge of True Friendship, due to being of military origin and constantly moving location in India, could not prove continuous workings and therefore did not receive its Grand Lodge Warrant until 1797. Humility with Fortitude remained in its original location of Park Street, Calcutta until the early 1960’s when it relocated in London. The Lodge of True Friendship was also located in Park Street, Calcutta from the late 1700’s and relocated to Gloucestershire Province in 1971.

The 250 year Banner Celebration was held in Great Queen St and six members of the Lodge of True Friendship attended. The Festive Board was held in the Vestibule of Grand Lodge which was a magnificent setting with the doors of Grand Lodge being open and the Masons’ Peace Memorial, commonly known as Freemasons Hall, behind the top table. A great day was had by all and we were made very welcome by the Brethren of Humility with Fortitude; each of us being presented with a personal gift of a pair of silver wine goblets at the Festive Board to mark the occasion. We all agreed that this was a truly memorable day that will not be forgotten.

We thank Ken Allen, Secretary of the Lodge of True Friendship for this article and photographs.

 

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Old Friends Meet after 250 years