Victoria Lodge 2848

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Victoria Lodge owes it's origins to a meeting of the South Staffordshire Branch of the United Kingdom Commercial Travellers Association which was held at the Victoria Hotel Wolverhampton in December 1900. It was suggested at this meeting that a new Lodge be formed as most Lodges met on weekdays and this made it particularly difficult for commercial travellers to become members.  At a meeting subsequently held in January 1901 and a further meeting in February held by the Founders it was proposed that the Lodge to be held on the second Saturday of each month and called "The Commercial Lodge".  Unfortunately this name was not approved by Grand Lodge but and alternative name of "Victoria" would be an appropriate alternative in memory of the late Queen who died in January.

Victoria Lodge No. 2848 was sanctioned on the 26th March 1901 and consecrated by the Provincial Grand Master, William Heneage, 6th Earl of Dartmouth, P.C., G.C.V.O., V.O., K.C.B., V.D., T.D., on Saturday 11th May 1901 at a ceremony held at the Victoria Hotel, with W.Bro. Walter Hamlett, P.Pr.J.G.W. as Worshipful Master.

The following years saw the Lodge grow to 75 members, and this level continued throughout the Great War years.  During this period it was decided not to hold banquets or suppers and the monies saved would be donated to the war charities the Lodge supported.

Once again war in 1939 disrupted Lodge activities, but it was able to continue albeit on a much reduced scale and still support the increased demand for charitable donations necessary at the time.

The Jubilee Festival of the Lodge was held on the 13th october 1951.

In October 1996 a new banner was commissioned and dedicated as the old one, which had served the Lodge for 94 years was in a worn and sorry state.

The Centenary celebration was held on the 12th May 2001 which was within on day of the exact centenary.

The Brethren who founded Victoria Lodge at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, guided and nurtured it through birth and infancy would find the traditions they established still alive today but would find it a much smaller Lodge now than it was in those early years.