St Philip Lodge was formed in 1921 and is widely regarded as friendly, successful Lodge. We always welcome enquiries from any man interested in becoming a Freemason. For a full history of our Lodge click the button below or to know more please contact the secretary.
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Saint Philip Lodge No. 4221
St. Philip Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons was consecrated on 21st April 1921.
It came into being due to the St. Andrew’s Lodge No.1817, at that time a Military Lodge based at Shoeburyness became so large, boasting a membership in excess of 200 that a humble petition by James Berry, Captain A.G. Stevens, Nicholas Hillyer and others to H.R.H. Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn K.G. The Most Worshipful Grand Master to grant a warrant to constitute the petitioners into a Lodge. This the M.W. Grand Master acceded to by his command on 13th December 1920.
The choice of a name for the new Lodge was appropriate due to the close association between St. Andrew and St. Philip although an enigma exists to this day as to why the mother Lodge was St. Andrew’s and the daughter Lodge St. Philip! No one dares to call us St. Philip’s.
As an interesting aside, we have a close association with St. Philip’s Lodge No.5580, Province of Warwickshire and St. Philip’s Lodge No. 7116 Province of Yorkshire (West Riding). Every effort is made to support each other at meetings and Ladies Festivals. However to return to our roots.
Our motto of “Amicitia Caritas et Veritas” is totally appropriate as freely translated means “Brotherly love, Relief and Truth”
Initially the Lodge met at The Halfway Hotel, Thorpe Bay but on 14th June 1923 a foundation stone was laid at the rear of the hotel and our own Temple was erected. An inscribed silver Trowel used to commemorate the event is still displayed on the Secretary’s Table at each meeting. Much of the original furniture is still in use at Saxon Hall, although the inscriptions are now well worn by zealous cleaners!
On 10th December 1926 St. Philip Lodge became a Hall Stone lodge as a mark of the financial assistance given at the construction of Freemasons’ Hall, Gt. Queen St. London. The incoming Master is suitably invested with the Hall Stone Collarette to this very day and is worn by succeeding Masters with great pride.
There is much history recorded in the 75thAnniversary history which occurred in 1996. However it can now be seen that in a few years time we will be approaching our Centenary and efforts are already in hand to accrue sufficient funds to celebrate this event appropriately.
To bring us up to date we have five meetings per Masonic season, all on the second Tuesday in the following months: October (Installation), December, February, March and April. In December we receive the Master and Officers of St. Andrew’s Lodge, in March a similar event with the Master and Officers of our daughter Lodge, Southchurch Hall Lodge No. 8005 both on a reciprocal basis. In April we regularly hold a celebration of St. George, Patron Saint of England at our Festive Board. In addition we enjoy social occasions with the Lodge of Fraternity No. 5916 with whom we also hold an annual joint Lodge of Instruction.
Our Lodge of Instruction is held on all Fridays at 8:00pm from September round to June. An essential if one is to learn the St. Philip Lodge version of the Book of Emulation Ritual although having our roots in “The Military” it can be understood that certain elements of Taylor’s working can be found. All creates the interest that only variety can provide.
We recently enjoyed a very successful Ladies Festival at Saxon Hall where we were well looked after by the staff at Saxon Hall. Overall it can be seen that we are a very happy and successful Lodge with diverse interests in our community and farther afield. Above all is our commitment to charitable donations to both Masonic and to other worthy causes.
In conclusion, it is perhaps appropriate to quote a phrase used at both our 50th and 75th anniversary;-
“Finally, I would remind the Brethren today, that as their present has grown out of the past, so will the future of St. Philip Lodge grow out of the present “