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 is drawn from former pupils, their relatives, staff, Governors and others with a connection with the School. We have a good age spread and enjoy a very friendly atmosphere meeting four times a year, in March, May, October and December, usually alternately in the morning and afternoon, followed by either lunch or dinner and always welcome an excellent complement of visitors.
The Installation of the Lodge is held in March each year. A Ladies Festival is held annually at which the Lodge supports a charity, chosen by the wife of the Master, through its fundraising efforts.
The Lodge celebrated its Silver Jubilee Meeting on 12 July 1975 and its Golden Jubilee Meeting on 8 July 2000 (50 years to the day after the consecration of the Lodge). The Diamond Jubilee Anniversary was celebrated by a lunch at the School on 3 July 2010. Our 65th Anniversary was celebrated on Saturday, 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 and was its Master in 1968, was appointed and Installed as Provincial Grand Master for Somerset in May 1980, an office which he held until 1990. At present, the Lodge can boast one Grand Officer and many Provincial Officers as members as well as both the current and two immediate Past Provincial Grand Masters for Somerset and the current Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Somerset as Honorary Members. During its nearly seventy years, the Lodge has initiated eleven Lewis's. A brief history has been written and copies are available from the Lodge Secretary.
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
Queen's College Taunton Lodge Consecration Meeting, 8th July 1950