Kenelm Lodge was Consecrated on 31st
October, 1968. The 150th Meeting was held on Tuesday, 22nd February
2006. Kenelm is a daughter Lodge of Greenhill Lodge No. 6981.
The crest shows Harrow Hill and the Elm Trees that used to be on its
mount. Legend has it that Kenelm was the son of the King
of Mercia, and his daughter was jealous of Kenelm and killed him.
A dove flew out of his throat and flew to the Pope who made Kenelm a
The Consecration was carried out
by W.Bro. Arthur Hollins, OBE, MD, PGD, at the time Deputy
Provincial Grand Master, and who was installed Provincial Grand
Master in 1973. He was assisted in the Consecration by W.Bro.
S.G.Ellis, PGD, APGM and ten other Brethren who included W.Bro. A.J.
Roberts, Provincial Grand Secretary, who returned to the Lodge as
Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 1977, to Dedicate the Banner.
At the Consecration there were 22
Founders members present, 17 Grand, Provincial and London Grand
Officers, and 85 visitors. That makes 136 dining at the Festive
Board - one wonders where they dined! In that first year of
the Lodge visitors included members of Kenelm Lodge No. 5158 and St.
Kenelm Lodge No. 6082.
The members of the Lodge were mainly
drawn from the Construction industry, Sudbury Golf Club, and Wembley
The First Master of the Lodge was
W.Bro. Reg. Sheppard, the then Preceptor of the Greenhill Lodge of
Instruction and who led the Petitioners for the new Lodge. W.Bro.
Sheppard was Master for only the December meeting after which he
installed W.Bro. Len Tipper as Master in the February meeting, and
then took the position of Secretary, assisted by his son, W.Bro.
David Sheppard, who is now a honorary member of the Lodge.
W.Bro. Reg, held the position for 8
years, until 1977, the year before he died.The first Treasurer was
W.Bro. Joe Silverstone who held the position until his death in
1974. The early minutes do not state what the first fees were but in
1975 they were raised to £13, and in £1976 they were raised again to
£18 with visitors fees £3.50. There was a strange entry of a fee for
non-dining visitors of £1.50.
There were 50 members of which seven
were non-dining membersIn the early years the members attended The
Greenhill Lodge of Instruction and it was in 1976 that the Kenelm
Lodge of Instruction was formed and the first Preceptor was W.Bro.
Members fees were £1 per year with
dues at 20p per week. In 1983 the Lodge of Instruction celebrated
their first Festival, and the following year the repeat was called
the Stewards Festival
In 1978 W.Bro. Ralph Miller, was
installed. He was the first initiate when the Lodge was consecrated
in 1968. W.Bro. Sidney Jaye, one of the Founders of the
Lodge, who held the position of Director of Ceremonies, for some 15
years, on and off, was appointed a Grand Officer in 1980.
During the 1980’s the membership of
the Lodge grew to around 60 members with only about seven to ten
country members. The 1990’s were a difficult period for the Lodge,
with membership falling to 35 of which 12 were country members, and
at some meetings there only 20 attending. However, the Lodge was
successful in attaining a Vice Patron honoriam in the Middlesex 98
Festival, donating £10,000
The outstanding event of the 1990’s
was the 25th Anniversary of the Lodge, on Sept. 26, 1993. Attended
by RW.Bro. Gordon Bourne, the Pro. Provincial Grand Master, and
W.Bro. David Bonner, the APGM, one of the features of the meeting
was the investing of W.Bro. Sidney Jaye with the promotion to PPJGW
by the Pro. Provincial Grand Master. On the same evening the Lodge
celebrated W.Bro. Bob Lacey being awarded the OBE, and the late Bro.
Arthur Steel being elected Mayor of Brent.
During the 43 years of the Lodge it
has had 78 Initiates and welcomed 27 joining members, with one
re-joining member. Since the Millenium the fortune of
the Lodge has improved with 21 initiates in seven years.
When W.Bro. Joe Dawson was installed
in 2003 there were 57 at the Festive Board and in 2006 when W.Bro.
Ramesh Parmar was installed 96 attended the Festive Board.
In 2005 two Lewis’ were initiated,
Bro. Bejul Shah, son of 2005 Worshipful Master, and Bro Raj Mistri,
son of the 2009 Worshipful Master, Bharat Mistri. With so many
new masons in the pipeline it was decided to get involved in Work
Sharing. In addition to the four regular meetings, an extra
meeting was held, and eight Work Sharing ceremonies were held in
other Lodges in order that Brethren could make progress - 13
ceremonies in a year, plus a Lodge of Instruction Festival.
In 2006 Worshipful Master Ramesh
Parmar initiated his son, Neel, and re-introduced social events such
as the Golf Day and a Barbecue. W.Bro. Bob Blackman took the chair
in 2007. That year, the Lodge achieved Grand Patronage of the
Middlesex RMBI Festival 2009. The power behind this
Charity Steward Bro. Ken Sinclair,
who followed into the Chair in 2008. That year also saw the Lodge
reach its 40th year and its 160th meeting.
14th August 2009, sadly saw the
passing to the Grand Lodge Above of W.Bro Bert Max, a stalwart of
the Lodge and Director of Ceremonies for 13 years.
In 2010 when W.Bro Hari Patel was in
the Chair of King Solomon, W.Bro. Bob Blackman was elected Member of
Parliament for Harrow East. At the September Meeting Lodge history
was made and we think for the first time at the Harrow Centre, Kenelm
Lodge initiated four new members.At the same meeting W.Bro. Mike Ford,
Treasurer of the Lodge for 18 years was made an honorary member of
W.Bro. Jay Shah was in the Chair in 2011 and used his
three meetings to Initiate his son (Bro.) Vishaal and Pass and Raise
This year saw the Passing to the Great Lodge Above of
three of our long term Brethren, Mike Ford, Mike Mold and Arthur Steel
2012 W.Bro. Ralph Miller, Kenelm’s first Initiate, who was
initiated in December 1968 was made an honorary Member of the Lodge at
the February Meeting.
2012 was the year that the first of the Lewis members,Bro
occupied the Chair of king Solomon
2013 Bro. Neel Parmar, another Lewis took the Chair in 2013.
W.Bro. David White, our Provincial Visiting Officer for several years,
was made an Honorary Member of the Lodge
In 2014 W.Bro. Narendrakumar Patel became Master of the
W.Bro. David Sheppard, an honorary member of the Lodge,
was presented with his 50 year certificate.