History of the Lodge

Eventually all who had petitioned in the first instance again travelled to Dusseldorf one week-end early in 1957 to the Logenhaus and after a six hour ceremony the three Past Masters were invested by M.W. Bro. Theodor Vogel as Meister vom Stuhl under the German constitution and given permission to form their own lodges doing British workings under the German constitution.

One Lodge had to be formed first and then after a short time daughter lodges could be formed from this mother lodge. And so New Absalom became the first lodge and eventually daughter lodge permission was granted. Britannia should have been No. 842 but as W. Bro. Jimmy’s silver wedding plans were imminent and his fellow founder members were adamant that he should go home for the celebrations, Saxony jumped in and beat us by a few weeks.

In June 1957 Britannia was formed. W. Bro. Jimmy Faint was given the honour of choosing the name and at once he chose Britannia as he thought it would immediately forge a link with all who had UK roots. Everybody chipped in; money was scarce, but they scraped along. Tools were made by some members and all the original officers bought and presented their collars to the lodge.

It was only possible for them to get going through the help of our German hosts at the Lessinghaus in Bielefeld, who very kindly loaned their temple at a very reduced rate. Bro. Ernst Luckel gave valuable assistance to the Lodge in those early days and his help has never been fully appreciated. Jimmy Cloke became the first secretary and was also a great tower of strength in those early days. It was Basil Le Page who on that opening day sat with tears in his eyes at the organ to play the first opening ode and said “This is the day that I have looked forward to for so many years”.

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