To the Queen's College
The Lodge was consecrated on 8 July 1950 and came into being as a result of the enthusiasm of a number of English and Welsh Old Boys of the School who were Masons. The Lodge of Unanimity & Sincerity No 261, also meeting in Taunton, sponsored the Lodge. The Founders established that the Lodge should work the Oxford ritual. This has been adapted over the years to produce our own unique "Queen's Working."
Our Membership, from all over the UK, is drawn from Old Queenians, fathers of current or former students, current or former members of Staff, Governors or just friends of the School. Although our roots lie with Queen's College, we welcome enquiries from anyone with a genuine interest in Freemasonry.
We have an enviable reputation for the very friendly atmosphere at our meetings held on just four Saturdays a year, in March, May, October and December. We meet at the Taunton Masonic Centre in the Crescent - an impressive Grade 2 listed building, comprehensively equipped and having excellent in-house dining facilities. Guests from other Lodges are always welcome. The December Christmas meeting is an event to which Ladies and Guests are invited, followed by a Traditional Festive Lunch.
The Installation meeting of the Lodge is held in March each year. Each year the Lodge supports a local charity chosen by the Master. Charitable giving is a feature of our meetings.
The Lodge celebrated its Silver Jubilee Meeting on 12 July 1975 and its Golden Jubilee Meeting on 8 July 2000 . The Diamond Jubilee was celebrated by a lunch at the School on 3 July 2010. Our 65th Anniversary was celebrated on 9th May 2015.
We have been privileged over the years to have had many eminent Brethren from Somerset and other Provinces as members. Ken Kinnersley, who joined the Lodge in January 1958, was it's Master in 1968 and was Installed as Provincial Grand Master for Somerset in May 1980; retiring in 1990. At present, the Lodge can boast two Grand Officers and many Provincial Officers as members, as well as the current and three Past Provincial Grand Masters as Honorary Members.
A brief history has been written and copies are available from the Lodge Secretary.
Occasional holidays abroad are taken to include a visit to the local Lodge.
The Lodge is a member of the Federation of School Lodges and has hosted the Annual Festival of the Federation on two occasions, in 1967 and 2000.
Queen's College Taunton Lodge Consecration Meeting, 8th July 1950
Queen's College Taunton