Held at Masonic Hall, 6 York Road, Kettering, NN16 0DB on the 2nd Tue Nov (I) to Apr
Warrant Granted 4th June 1947 Consecrated 4th September 1947
Lodge of St.Paul, No.6516
In 1946 with only 3 lodges meeting in Kettering, and the prospect of a lengthy wait for brethren to proceed through the various offices of these Lodges, a number of select brethren from predominantly Perseverance Lodge no 455, and Cytringan Lodge No 4048 took the decision to form a new lodge, the Lodge of St Paul.
During 1947, the necessary paperwork was completed and the Founders Fees of 2 shillings and 6 pence per capita were paid to Grand Lodge, and a Warrant issued for the sum of 10 guineas.
On Thursday 4th September 1947, the Lodge of St Paul No.6516 was consecrated in a ceremony held at the Masonic Hall,Kettering.The Consecration was performed by W.Bro E.H.Harries-Jones,Provincial Grand Master, who was assisted by W.Bro E.E.Field, his Deputy.The first Worshipful Master of the lodge, W.Bro E.W.Gravestock PGStdB was duly installed.The number of founder members was 15 and the annual subscription was agreed at 4 guineas, including dinner.
The first meeting of the Lodge was held by Dispensation, due to the abscence of the Worshipful Master on business, on 6th November 1947, when W.Bro E.C.Gravestock conducted the ceremony of initiation, the first iInitiate being his son P.E.Gravestock. In 1951 with the then number of meetings being deemed insufficient, and too many dispensations being granted for emergency meetings, a resolution was passed to include a meeting to be held every second Tuesday in February.
February 1953, saw the Lodge Banner being formally dedicated, having been subscribed to by the Founder members of the Lodge.Following on in the Lodges history during the early 1960's the present format of every second Tuesday November to April inclusive was adopted by the Lodge for its regular meetings, and remains to date.The Lodge continued to grow and during this time avaraged 36 members.
The Lodge is proud to be a Patron of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, and was proud to become a Grand Patron of the Royal Masonic Hospital.
In 1976, the Officers of the Lodge subscribed for a Volume of the Sacred Law to be used in the Temple at Kettering, and the Volume was dedicated by the then Provincial Grand Chaplain, W.Bro G.F.Turner.
The Lodge continued to grow and flourish, and shortly after The New Masonic Samaritan Fund was formed, soon gained patronage. November 1994 saw the membership of the Lodge agree to sponsor the formation of a new Lodge, to be called Town and Country Lodge No. 9580 strong links have since been forged between "Mother and Daughter" Lodges.