Seven Kings Lodge 2749

Seven

Upminster Masonic Hall,

Deyncourt Gardens,
Upminster,
Essex

email: umhpb@btconnect.com

Centre Website: www.thesquareatupminster.co.uk

RM14 1DF

Regular meetings are held on the third Friday in February, fourth Saturday in April, the first Saturday in June and first Saturday in November (installation) at the Masonic Hall, Upminster, Essex England.

The Chapter in connection with this lodge meets on the fourth Saturday in March, second Saturday in June and third Friday in November (installation) at the same address.

The lodge of instruction meets at the Thurrock Masonic Hall, Cross Keys, 2 Riverview, Chadwell St Mary, Grays. Essex RM16 4DH on Mondays at 8.00pm September to June. See the history of the Lodge below who see our own website www.7kings.co.uk

 

History

Seven Kings Lodge was sponsored by Liberty of Havering Lodge No.1437 and Consecrated on 22nd June 1899 at the White Hart Hotel in Romford. The Consecration was carried out under the direction of the Provincial Grand Master the R.W.Bro. Earl of Warwick. It ranks No.42 in the order of precedence for the province of Essex.

There were 22 Petitioners and Founders of the Lodge, the first Worshipful Master was W.Bro.Frank Evans , six more of the founder members went on to become Master of this Lodge.

In the early years regular meetings were held at the ‘White Hart Hotel’, the ‘Golden Lion Hotel’ and the ‘Cauliflower Hotel’ but soon the ‘White Hart’ became its only regular meeting place except for installation meetings which were so well attended that they were held in London at the ‘Holborn Restaurant’.

In 1935 all the meetings were switched to the newly erected ‘Lord Lambourne Masonic Hall’ in Romford until it was requisitioned in 1940 by the War Department. It is interesting to note that this Lodge was holding a meeting on the first night of the Blitz and our minutes tell of the proceedings being carried out during ‘continuous aerial bombardment’. Seven Kings Lodge then became ‘homeless’ for the next three years. During this time the meetings were held at a variety of places but in 1943 the ‘Roebuck Hotel’ Buckhurst Hill became the regular venue, this continued until 1949 when the Lodge returned to its roots at the ‘White Hart Hotel’ Romford. In 1967 the Lodge moved to the ‘Royal Forest Hotel’ Chingford and remained there until 1970 when it moved to its present home at ‘Upminster Masonic Hall’ .

Seven Kings Lodge has four regular meetings per year, held on the third Friday in February, fourth Saturday in April, first Saturday in June and our Installation meeting on the first Saturday in November. We also have a very strong Lodge of Instruction which meets at the Thurrock Masonic Hall, Cross Keys, 2 Riverview, Chadwell St Mary, Grays. Essex on Mondays between September and June.

There is of course a Royal Arch Chapter associated with us namely Seven Kings Chapter No.2749 which also meets at Upminster Masonic Hall. Chapter meetings are held on the fourth Saturday in March, second Saturday in June and third Friday in November, the latter being the Installation meeting.

Seven Kings has sponsored five Daughter Lodges although the ‘Genealogy of Essex Lodges’ shows only four. The four shown are Vigilance Lodge No. 3859 in 1918, Old Friendship Lodge No.3907 in 1919, Hainault Lodge No.4367 in 1922 and Tilney Lodge No.5856 in 1942. The discrepancy occurs over the original petition for Saint Chad Lodge No.3115 consecrated in 1905 which according to the archives held in the library at Freemasons Hall shows co-sponsors one of which is St. Erkenwald Lodge No.2808 and the other to be Seven Kings Lodge No.2749, so in a sense Saint Chad was our very first Daughter Lodge. The first mentioned four Lodges have since produced for us thirteen Granddaughter Lodges, six Great Granddaughter and one Great Great Granddaughter Lodge.

In addition to the four regular meetings this Lodge holds per year we have been the instigators of what we refer to as the ‘ Boars Head’ which is a cluster meeting held every December, the theme of this being the support of a children’s hospice. At first it was ‘Quidenham’ but latterly we have supported ‘Little Havens’, which is in the Province of Essex. Every Brother who attends must bring with him a toy for the hospice and with a usual gathering of over 150 Masons it is a wonderful sight to see so many toys for those unfortunate children who may not enjoy another Christmas.

Seven Kings is always very keen to be involved in the charitable side of Masonry and during our centenary year we were able to donate sufficient to be presented with the Gold Award for the Essex Festival 2000, Vice Patron of the Chelmsford Cathedral Appeal Essex and Festival 2011 Grand Patron We are truly proud of these honours.

This Lodge has been very fortunate to have held grand affairs to mark 50 years, 75 years and most recently 100 years of existence. Our membership has a relatively young average age, this is probably one of the reasons that it is such a strong Lodge, we currently have over 60 members, and still increasing.

Being such an active lodge we are always happy to play host to our visitors which we always make most welcome with many of them returning time and time again. We are renowned for our hospitality from Argyle and the Isles in Scotland to the Isle Of Wight in the south of England we have even been privileged to welcome M.W.Bro.Peter Stokes the Grand Master of Western Australia.