Bill Howie, Secretary of the Globe and Laurel Lodge in Deal, recently sent this report to the website team.
Such is the life of a lodge Secretary that, on 5th July 2015, I was very surprised and delighted to receive the following request from a lady called Barbara:- “I have recently inherited some WW1 war medals which belonged to my mother’s great uncle Lieutenant Charles T SAVILL RM Amongst the box of medals we also discovered a selection of Masonic medals including:
- HRH Duke of Connaught MWCM 1917 – 1717-1917 Masonic Million Memorial
- Steward – Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution 1920
- Steward 1930 – Invicta – Royal Masonic Institution for Girls
- Founder – The Globe and Laurel Lodge No 4657
I am writing to enquire whether any member of the Lodge could assist me in the research of these medals and their significance. I would be happy to meet with you and discuss if you feel it appropriate.”
I responded accordingly: “Good news. I can confirm that your mother’s great uncle Lieutenant Charles T SAVILL RM was indeed a founding member of the Globe & Laurel Lodge. The Lodge was founded on 24th May 1924 when the founding Worshipful Master was Major General ARH Hutchison CBE CMG DSO. Whilst I have a description of the Founders’ Jewel, the Lodge is not in the fortunate position of possessing one. One reason may be that as the Founders passed on, the significance of the jewels were not apparent, but that is merely speculation on my part. I have a booklet on “The First 75 Years of Globe & Laurel Lodge No 4657 “ which I will send on to you. The early pages will give you a better insight into the role of the founders. Additionally, the remaining jewels including the Invicta Stewards, would, I am sure, be of great interest to the Province of East Kent who have an excellent Masonic Museum in Canterbury. I am regularly in contact with our East Kent Provincial Office and would be happy to liaise with them if you wish”.
Following a visit to the Provincial Museum by Barbara and her husband Barry, I eventually met up with them and showed them around the lodge room and facilities at our Masonic Centre in Sondes Road, Deal. Much to my surprise Barbara presented all four jewels to the Globe and Laurel Lodge. I was absolutely delighted that we actually had a Founder’s jewel. As a result of this ‘find’ by Barbara, and the desire to return the jewels from whence they came, I am of the opinion that too many important Masonic jewels are disposed of as “junk”.
So be on the lookout in Charity shops, Boot Sales etc for Masonic jewels…….you might make a lodge very, very happy.