Welcome to Royal Albert Edward Lodge No.906
The Royal Albert Edward Lodge, registered No 906 with the United Grand Lodge of England, is named after ‘Bertie’, the eldest son of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert born in 1841.
He was the Prince of Wales and Heir apparent for 60 years until becoming King in 1901, until his death in 1910. The Lodge Banner proudly displays the Prince of Wales feathers.
During 1861, members of the Royal Cumberland Lodge, which dates to 1732, met at the Christopher Hotel, opposite the Guildhall in Bath, to consider establishing a new Masonic Lodge for the Bath area. The idea was developed, and a Lodge Warrant was granted at the formation of the Royal Albert Edward Lodge, with the first meeting held in May 1862. In the early days, the Lodge met in public houses such as the Lamb & Lark Inn at Keynsham, and the Crown & Anchor in Upper Weston, Bath. In 1891 the Lodge moved to its now permanent residence at the Bath Masonic Hall, where it holds evening meetings during the months of January, February, March, April, September, October & December. The meetings are on the 4th Wednesday of the month, except December when the meeting is on the 1st Wednesday. 160 years have now passed since the earliest members of Royal Albert Edward enjoyed their first meeting.
906 Lodge membership grew steadily during the past century and peaked just after the 2nd World War. The number of members is not as large these days, but this does provide an excellent opportunity for new members to join and get one-to-one tuition from our more experienced Freemasons. The Lodge continues to enjoy popularity, attracting visitors from Lodges all over the United Kingdom and overseas, who enjoy the intellectual complexities of a very historical ritual.
We follow the ‘Cumberland Workings’ of our mother Lodge, approaching 300 years old, as does our daughter Lodge, St Alphege. This unique and ancient ritual – used by only these three lodges – provides a rare experience to all our candidates and visitors, as they pass through or witness the work and degrees in Freemasonry.
We are an inclusive lodge and actively encourage our members to achieve their masonic ambitions, take part in our ceremonies, take lodge office and eventually to become the Master of 906, if they so desire. We understand that learning lots of words and actions may be difficult for some, and we fully support all those who want to make a daily advancement in masonic knowledge, and ultimately become better men, however we all participate in Freemasonry for our social enjoyment, and this is paramount within our lodge.
We openly welcome diversity in the widest sense; indeed, our membership is very diverse. We have engineers, tradesmen, shop owners and businessmen, retired and active professionals, in other words people from all walks of life.
We pride ourselves that we are a very friendly, happy, and supportive band of Brothers. We take our unique ritual sincerely, and afterwards when we sit to dine, we like to shed the formalities of our formal work, with all due reverence, to the enjoyment of the after proceedings, and we specialise at being congenial hosts to our guests, with an aim at the end of the night for all to head home, with a smile on their face, a contentment in their bellies and an excitement looking forward to our next masonic event.
If these values appeal to you we’d really look forward to hearing from you, and to visit or join us.