As many of the members of the Lodge of King Solomon’s Temple lived a great distance from Chester it was felt that a two-day programme would be arranged for the second meeting, Friday 7 April and Saturday 8 April 1911, which would also include the company of the ladies. Provision was made at the Blossoms Hotel to receive the guests for 2 days ‘at a reasonable rate’!
The weekend commenced with Lunch at the Blossoms at 12.30 pm and at 2.00 pm the party left by train from the General Station, Chester for Bebbington, en route for Port Sunlight where the guests were given a guided tour of the charming model village built by W. Bro. W.H. Lever for his workers in his nearby factory. At 3.30 pm they left Port Sunlight for Thornton Manor as the guests of W. Bro. and Mrs Lever where they enjoyed afternoon tea , before returning to Chester ready for dinner at the Blossoms at 7.45 pm. The W.M., W. Bro. R.F. Gould, stayed with the Lever’s at the Manor for the weekend.
Saturday 8 April started with breakfast at 9.00 am, and at 10.30 am, through the kindness of His Worship the Mayor, the party was given a conducted tour of the most interesting historical sites of Chester. These included: the Phoenix Tower, Pemberton’s Parlour (formerly known as Goblin’s Tower), Chester Castle, Water Tower and Roman Remains, the Roodee, the Old Dee Bridge and Chester Cathedral. At 1.00 pm lunch was served at the Blossom’s Hotel. This was followed at 2.00 pm. by an official reception for all members, visitors and ladies by the Mayor and Mayoress in Chester Town Hall.
During this second meeting of the Lodge, which took place at Hunter Street at 3.00 pm, the ladies were entertained in the Town Hall by the Lady Mayoress and at 4.00 pm they rejoined the brethren to listen to a lecture by W. Bro. A.J. Thompson, P.P.G.W. entitled ‘A Tour through Palestine with Special Reference to the Temple of King Solomon’. The lecture was illustrated by over 200 lantern slides during which several appropriate sacred songs were rendered by Bro. E. Robinson’s ‘famous Quartette’.
High tea was served at 5.30 pm followed at 6.30 pm by a social evening under the Presidency of W. Bro. W.H. Lever and Mrs Lever accompanied by the Mayor and Mayoress. Several ‘cinematograph films’ were shown during the evening by Bro. A.T. Wright and musical items were performed by Bro. E. Robinson’s ‘Quartette’, Bro. Walter Baker, Bro. R.T.W. Allen, Bro. J.F. Swift and several other artistes. Mrs Lever was presented with ‘a most beautiful album containing the signatures of the members and guests of the Lodge of King Solomon’s Temple No. 3464’ together with an illuminated address thanking her for her kindness and the interest she had shown in Freemasonry.
After ‘God Save The King’ had been sung the brethren and their ladies dispersed ‘at their own convenience’.
Afternoon tea for members and wives at Thornton Manor 7 April 1911
Lodge members, Visitors and Ladies outside Chester Town Hall 8 April 1911
Illuminated Address to Mrs W. H. Lever
At this second meeting there were 37 members and 46 visitors present. The committee appointed to draw-up the Bye-Laws delivered their report which was as follows:
The Regular Meetings of this Lodge shall be held at Freemason’s Hall, Hunter Street, Chester, on the second Saturday in the months of April and October of each year, at 2 o’clock pm, or at such time the Worshipful Master may appoint.
At the Regular Meeting in April the Master and Treasurer for the ensuing year shall be elected by ballot and a Tyler elected by shew [sic] of hands.
The Master-Elect shall be Installed in the Chair of The Lodge at the Regular Meeting in October of each year, if the minute relating to his election be confirmed and shall then, and there invest and appoint the Officers.
The Annual Subscription shall be the sum of Ten Shillings and Sixpence, except in the case of the Officers of the Lodge, who shall pay the sum of One Guinea [£1.05] per annum. The Subscription shall be payable in
advance at the Regular Meeting in October of each year. Members in arrears shall not hold Office, Vote, or be eligible to sit upon any Committee of the Lodge.
The Fee for Initiation shall be Seven Guineas. The Joining Fee shall be Two Guineas, not including the cost of Registration from a Foreign Constitution.
The Permanent Secretary of the Lodge shall be exempt from the payment of subscription, as per Rule 235 of the Book of Constitution.
The Treasurer’s Accounts shall be audited by two members of the Lodge; who shall be elected at the Regular Meeting in April of each year.
A Permanent Committee consisting of the Master, Wardens and Past Masters of the Lodge, the Treasurer, the Secretary and two members of the Lodge elected at the Regular Meeting in April, shall have the superintendence of the property of the Lodge; shall enquire into the qualifications of candidates for Initiation, or Joining and consider any report on any matter that may be delegated to them or connected with the welfare of the Lodge. Three to form a Quorum.
The foregoing Bye-Laws were considered and adopted at the Regular Meeting held on Saturday 8 April 1911.
Lodge members 8 April 1911
Lodge Bye-Laws 1911
The wood at the top and bottom of the scroll containing the Bye-Laws is olive wood from Jerusalem presented by W. Bro. A.E. Mitchell.
A ballot for the Joining Members proposed at the previous meeting proved unanimously in favour. W. Bro. A.E. Coveney was elected Master for the ensuing year and the Treasurer and Tyler were re-elected.
The following 41 Brethren were proposed as Joining Members:
H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught, K.G., Most Worshipful Grand Master.
His Majesty King Frederick VIII of Denmark, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Denmark.
His Majesty King Gustav V of Sweden, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Sweden.
The President of the United States of America, Bro. William Howard Taft.
The Most Honourable the Marquess of Tullibardine, M.V.O., D.S.O., Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland.
General T.J. Shryock, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Maryland.
M.W. Bro. Edward B. Paul, Most Worshipful Past Master of British Columbia.
M.W. Bro. W.B. Patton, Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of Minnesota.
R.W. Bro. The Right Honourable T.F. Halsey, Deputy Grand Master.
The Right Honourable Lord Egerton of Tatton, R.W. Provincial Grand Master of Cheshire.
The Right Honourable Field-Marshal Lord Wolseley, P.G.W.
General Sir Charles Warren, G.C.M.G., K.C.B., F.R.S.
Sir Edward Letchworth, Grand Secretary.
W.Bro. John Strachan, K.C., Past Grand Registrar.
R.W. Bro. T. Sherlock-Graham, District Grand Master of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
It is assumed that the above were to be Honorary Members although this was not specifically stated in the Minutes; they were balloted for separately at the next meeting. Additionally the following brethren were proposed as Joining Members:
W. Bro. T. Stott, P.P.G.W. (Gentleman)
Bro. George Prince, (Gentleman)
Bro. J. Bateman Thompson
Bro. Charles E. Andrews, (Pilot)
Bro. C.H. Huckle, (Dental Surgeon)
W. Bro. James M. Lamberton, (Harrisburg, Pa. USA)
Bro. Frederick A. Parker, (Manager)
Bro. W. Lund, (Agent)
Bro. James Pilling, (Entertainer)
Bro. Stanley Palmer, (Accountant)
Bro. Harry Ball, (Musician)
Bro. Aaron Henry Lord, (Artiste)
W. Bro. Major R.C. Davies
W. Bro. Owen Jones, (Merchant)
Bro. George Anderson Truefitt, (Dental Surgeon)
Bro. Albert Brady, (‘Albert Felino’ Comedian)
W. Bro. W. May, (Forwarding Agent)
Bro. William Dalton, (Society Entertainer)
Bro. Reginald Hedley Sherbourne Roberts, (Art Student)
W. Bro. J.S. Warren, (School Master)
Bro. Charles Richard Whittle, (Comedian)
Bro. Frank Weston, (Theatrical Manager)
Bro. Thomas Joseph Edwards, (Ventriloquist)
W. Bro. S.J. Prevost, (Gentleman)
Bro. Thomas Gerrard, (Pilot)
Bro. George Royden, (Gentleman)
The Lodge was then ‘closed in time, form and harmony’.