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The Old Dovorian Lodge is a Freemasons’ Lodge.
The Lodge is established primarily for the benefit of those educated at or connected with Dover College and those primarily eligible for membership are: Old Dovorians, Masters and Officers of Dover College, past and present, Governors of Dover College, Those otherwise connected with Dover College or Old Dovorians
We actively welcome new members to the Lodge, whether existing members of the Craft or those interested in joining for the first time. Please explore the site and feel free to contact us for more information.
The Lodge was Consecrated on Friday 29th January 1937 at Freemasons Hall, London, and was duly recorded into the book of registration under the United Grand Lodge of England.
The consecration party was led by Very Worshipful Brother C. R. I. Nicholl, Grand Director of Ceremonies, assisted by W. Bro Sir Gerald Wollaston K. C.V.O., P. G. D, W. Bro J. F. Taylor, M.D, P. G. D, V. W. Bro. Rev. Canon F. Halsey, M. A., P. G. Chap, W. Bro. G. Hannay, Dep. G. D. C., and W. Bro Sir. F. E. Newson-Smith, P. A. G. D. C. (who was also an Old Dovorian).
Like many newly consecrated lodges at the time, 1937 does not seem a propitious time to found a new lodge. The Great War had ended less than twenty years before, the terrible toll exacted on humanity was still raw in the memory and many of the Founders had served with distinction in the First World War and had seen the horrors of war at first hand.
The ‘war to end war’ in H.G. Wells’ famous phrase about the Great War must have appeared a hollow promise as the allied powers, albeit reluctantly, were preparing to face another global conflict. Only the day before the lodge’s Consecration, the Times report on Parliament included the headlines ‘Progress with Air Defence Plans’, ‘100 Squadrons by End of March’, ‘Balloon Defence of London’ and chillingly ‘Efficiency of German Bombers’.
Thus, at this point in history the Consecration was a signal sign of confidence and determination by the Founding Brethren.
Just over two and a half years later, on 3rd September 1939, war was declared and with the benefit of this history we can see how the fledgling lodge coped ‘for the duration’.
Despite low attendances and changes to dates, meeting times and dress, the impression gained is that it was very much a matter of ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, although one cannot be unmoved by the poignant entries in the minutes where the deaths on active service of members and their sons were announced.
The lodge, however, did carry on and despite the vicissitudes on the Home Front and the losses sustained among its membership, held its first peacetime meeting, after six long years of war, on 24th October 1945.
Today the lodge, being a ‘London’ lodge, operates within the Metropolitan Grand Lodge, and is a member of the Federation of School Lodges.
To find out more about, the Lodge, it’s news, the history of the Lodge, Past Masters of the Lodge, The Lodges meeting summons, The Lodges Charitable activities, also the lodges fallen during conflict and Freemasonry as a whole. Then follow the links from the OD Group section on the main menu