Corinthian Lodge No 1208 in Dover celebrated its 150th anniversary on the 19th March 2018, where 89 members and visitors were in attendance. This historic occasion was marked by a meeting in the presence of the Provincial Grand Master Geoffrey Gordon Dearing, also present was a previous holder of that position John Bonomy OBE, and a number of Grand Lodge officers.
The lodge officers lead by the Master, Gordon Button, took the meeting back to 1868 by representing the original officers from that time, that included reading out the names, ages and professions of those who held those positions at its first meeting, and facts from the early days of the Lodge.
At the Sesquicentennial Celebration Meeting a cheque was presented to the PGM Geoffrey Dearing for the sum of £1208 which of course matched the number of the lodge.
The PGM was also presented with a small gavel, 60 gavels were made by Colin Smith for his lodge members. The worshipful master Gordon Button said,
“What a wonderful evening this has been, and such a fantastic turnout, I am proud to be master of the lodge during its 150th year”.
PGM Geoffrey Dearing added:
“I am honoured to have been present at this anniversary celebration of this lodge, I really enjoyed being taken back in time, and hearing facts from 150 years ago, to have been presented with this beautiful gavel made by Colin, who is a true craftsman. I am sure Corinthian lodge will continue to go from strength to strength”.
ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 1868 MEETING:
Corinthian lodge was consecrated at Licence’s Assembly Rooms, on the seafront, Dover, in the presence of the Provincial Grand Master, Viscount Holmesdale, M.P., by Henry Muggeridge, a Past Master of the Lion and Lamb Lodge No. 227 (now 192) who installed as first Master Brother George Adamson of 199.
At this meeting, eight gentlemen were proposed for initiation and eleven as joining members. Trinity Pilots predominated, but veterinary surgeons, licensed victuallers, printers, tailors, and grocers were among the number. Brother Adamson must have worked very hard. At his first meeting in March, he initiated eight candidates and admitted the joining members. Incidentally, the Lodge opened at 6.15 pm and closed at 9.45 pm. Their meetings were held at the Royal Hotel in Clarence Place.