A Platinum Anniversary for an Essex Lodge

Friday, 09 April 2021

On the evening of 29th March 2021, ten brethren held a Zoom meeting and talked about Freemasonry Past, Present and Future. Like most Freemasons they belong to a Lodge of congenial people, alike in their enthusiasms and enjoyment of the Craft and proud of their Lodge, particularly on this occasion which was for a notable Anniversary

On the same day 70 years earlier when ‘The Third Man’ with Orson Welles as Harry Lime won an Oscar in the US, at Freemasons Hall in Chelmsford, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Dr Archibald Glen Durgan MD, consecrated East Saxon Lodge No 7053.  It had been a two-year journey for the Founders who had seen the need for an additional lodge based in the town. Chelmsford and Tindal were also considered as names but in October 1949 the Lodge of Good Fellowship No 276 passed a resolution to support the petition for a daughter lodge named ‘East Saxon’.

The Founders were proud of the heritage of the ‘Kingdom of the East Saxons’ which, from the late fifth and early sixth centuries, covered modern Essex, Middlesex and part of Hertfordshire. There were 15 Kings of Essex who reigned from London. In AD 653, St Cedd converted the then King, built the Anglo-Celtic Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall at Bradwell in AD 654 and was Bishop of the East Saxons.

The Worshipful Master of East Saxon Lodge No 7053, Gavin MacInnes was joined by Burt Adams, Liam Devine, Tony Hales, Bob Kempson, Alan Love, Steve Philips, brothers Connor and Thaine Mayes and their father Glen, the Lodge Secretary and Almoner. Glen Mayes is also the Almoner Liaison Officer for Zone 3 covering Chelmsford, Hutton, Maldon, Orsett, Thurrock and Grays areas, his service to the community is exemplary and can be viewed at Deputy Lieutenants of Essex - Essex Lieutenancy (essex-lieutenancy.org.uk) as Wing Commander Glenn Mayes DL.  Orson Welles became a Freemason and passed to Grand Lodge above in 1985 when he was 70.

The nine o’clock toast to Absent Brethren was coupled with the names of Past Masters from 1970, Malcolm Robinson, and 1977, Keith Tuttlebury.  Malcolm is regular attender at meetings and is a nonagenarian who will, this August, become a continually subscribing Essex Freemason for 70 years. With platinum being symbolic for a 70th Anniversary because of its long-lasting strength and durability, all Essex Freemasons send their fraternal congratulations to the Brethren of East Saxon Lodge No 7053 which can now deservedly be called ‘a Platinum Lodge’.

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