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OW Lodge

Sir Joseph Williamson No.4605 (Founded 1924)


Masonic Hall
Gundulph Square, Rochester. ME1 1QD



The Masonic lodge was founded in 1924 primarily for former pupils of the School, but over the years, governors, teachers, fathers, sons and brothers of OW’s have been admitted to membership.


The lodge is under the direction of the Province of East Kent and ultimately to the United Grand Lodge, the most senior grand lodge in the world.  For a small provincial lodge numbering about  50 members, we are lucky to have amongst them two very distinguished and well known freemasons.


Jonathon Spence is the Deputy Grand Master, Russell Race was formerly the Metropolitan Grand Master, is now the Second Grand Principal in the Holy Royal Arch.  Both frequently deputise for His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent in their respective orders.


The current Worshipful Master, Installed on 3rd February 2018, is Steven Marsden and he has appointed Eddie and Ash Tait as his Senior and Junior Warden respectively. 2019 will see a unique position for the Lodge in which a father (Eddie Tait) and his two sons (Ash and Stephen) will occupy the three principal offices in the Lodge.


Apart from various Masonic charities the Lodge has supported fund raising events at the School, most notably Sport Relief.



​Any OW who would like to join is invited to contact the Secretary, John Humphries (, 01634 321042)

Meeting Dates: 

First Saturday in February, March, October, November & December.


“On 2nd February 2019, Eddie Tait was Installed as Master of the Lodge. On 1st February 2020, W Bro Eddie Installed his eldest son, Ash, as his successor as Master. On 6th February 2021, Ash will Install his brother Stephen as his successor as Master.”


“At the regular meeting held on 6th March 2020, Ron Martin the senior Past Master of the Lodge celebrated 60 years as a Freemason. Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Graeme attended to present W Bro Ron with a certificate to mark the occasion/achievement. W Bro Ron is pictured receiving his certificate from the APGM.”




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