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A Short History of the Kenneth Cross Lodge of Dorset Provincial Grand Stewards

When the, then, Provincial Grand Master, Kenneth Cross, envisaged the forming of a Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge a committee was formed to discuss the possibility under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Cyril House.

A letter was sent to every Brother who had held the office of Provincial Grand Steward, and at a meeting of thirty one Brethren in October 1992 it was resolved and carried that a Lodge bearing the name 'The Kenneth Cross Lodge of Dorset Provincial Grand Stewards' should be formed. Progress to the Chair would be based on that of Dorset Masters' Lodge i.e. via the offices of Junior & Senior Wardens. It was agreed the Lodge should be based at Wareham where the Installation meetings would be held, and sponsored by the Lodge of Unity No.386. Three other meetings a year would be held at different venues in the Province.

There were thirty eight Founders, the first Master being Leslie Bailey. The Lodge was Consecrated at Sherborne School, on 3 April 1993, by the Provincial Grand Master, assisted by his Provincial Officers.

It was decided to form teams to carry out the Catechetical Lectures and it was agreed to conduct ceremonies for other Lodges if required. A choir was formed to sing within the Lodge after the Closing Ode, and a Lodge song 'Men of Dorset' and the Tyler's song at every Festive Board. In more recent times the choir has performed at Provincial Grand Lodge meetings, Craft and Royal Arch Consecrations, Provincial carol services and Lodge Social functions.

It was also decided there should be only one Past Master's Jewel and that would be worn by the Immediate Past Master of the year. In fact, a replica was made and this is displayed in the Dorset Provincial Museum at Branksome.

On 24 November 1994, the Lodge Banner, purchased by subscriptions from Lodge members, was dedicated by the Provincial Grand Master, Harry Barnes.

The Lodge members regularly assist with the seating and hospitality arrangements at meetings of Provincial Grand Lodge and the Provincial Carol Services. The Lodge has colloquially become known as 'The Stewards Lodge' and is able to enlist a maximum of six new members a year when Brethren are appointed to the rank of Provincial Grand Steward.

It has joined in fraternal reciprocal visits with other Stewards' Lodges from various Provinces as far afield as Northampton and Suffolk.

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