In 1905 a group of artistes and musicians founded a Lodge
which was destined to be one of the best known in the world of Freemasonry Chelsea Lodge No.3098
It was consecrated on 19 May 1905 and its members have represented most
branches of show business including music hall, variety, circus, pantomime,
comedy, magic, ventriloquism, silent films and talkies, cinema, radio and television, not to
mention musicians who were members of British dance bands and orchestras. To date over one thousand Freemasons have been members, and meetings take
place at Grand Lodge, Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London five times a year.
the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London. Diamond Award holder RMBI/MetGL
appeal. Holders of the Metropolitan Grand Lodge Silver Trowel Award for the London Appeal in support of the RMBI
Royal Masonic Trust For Girls And Boys
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
The New Masonic Samaritan Fund
The Grand Charity
W.Bro Kim Joyce
111th Master Chelsea Lodge No.3098
Lodge 691st Regular Meeting
Friday 15th January 2016 2016
Regular Meetings are held on the Third Friday in
January, March, May (Installation), September and
Photo - from left to right David, Rick, Amy
Roberton (Community and Events Co-ordinator for
MIH) and Paul Kerr who was the entertainer
on this occasion.
PM Rick Wakeman and
PM David Capri (Charity Steward) presented a
cheque donation on the 18th November on behalf
of Chelsea Lodge to the ‘Music in Hospitals’
Charity at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
This very worthwhile charity provides live music
for the patients. On this occasion it was in the
Radeltt Centre Cheque Presentation
From left to right Alan Astra (compere), carrying the cheque is Derek Martin ( supporter), PM David Capri (Charity Steward) Julie Banes (Organiser) and Sophie Aldred ( supporter) along with some of the Children who took part in the show.
Presentation of cheque taken at the Radeltt Centre when
several schools for special needs took part in a show.
The donation from Chelsea Lodge enabled the annual show
to continue. Julie Banes the organiser thanked the lodge,
and said "It would not have been possible
without the help of the members of Chelsea Lodge"
W.Bro.David Capri presenting a cheque for £2000 on
behalf of PM Rick Wakeman and members of Chelsea Lodge.
This is part of money raised during Rick’s year as
Grumpy Old Rick
supports the RMTGB
Wednesday, 30th July 2015, W Bro Rick Wakeman and W Bro
David Capri of Chelsea Lodge No 3098 visited Freemasons’
Hall to present a cheque for £9,865 to Les Hutchinson,
Chief Executive of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and
Capri, who is Charity Steward for Chelsea Lodge, said:
"It was a pleasure for Rick and I to meet with Les and
to hear about the aims of the Royal Masonic Trust for
Girls and Boys and the plans for the future."
Wakeman is the Immediate Past Master of Chelsea Lodge,
and the cheque represents the proceeds of a number of
fundraising events that took place during his year as
year the Chelsea Lodge make a donation to the Masonic
Fishing Charity which takes underprivileged and
handicapped children fishing for the day. The Harrow School
day in July is the one we sponsor.
Chelsea Royal Arch Chapter which is associated with
Chelsea Lodge meets at Freemasons' Hall, Great
Queen Street, London WC2 on the first Thursday in
February and April and the the fourth Thursday in
We welcome visitors from other Chapters. The next
Regular (Installation) Convocation takes place on Thursday 22nd October 2015
the Chelsea Lodge meeting on Friday, 20th September 2013, with over 250
in attendance, The Right Worshipful Metropolitan Grand Master, Russell
John Race, was presented with a cheque for £20,000 for the Metropolitan
In his presentation to the Metropolitan Grand Master, the Master of
Chelsea Lodge, Worshipful Brother Giles Cooper, said that “the donation
was comprised of the charity proceeds collected during the years of two
of his predecessors, Immediate Past Master, W.Bro. Mick Abrahams and
W.Bro. Miki Travis, with a further donation from the Chelsea Lodge
Charity Fund”. Worshipful Brother Giles further asked that the
Metropolitan Grand Master accept the cheque “on behalf of the members of
Chelsea Lodge as a donation towards the Metropolitan Masonic Charity”.
The Metropolitan Grand Master, in his response, stated how “grateful he
and the Metropolitan Masonic Charity were to the members of Chelsea
Lodge for their continuing and now very well known level of generosity”
and assured the Chelsea Lodge that the money would be put to very good
use. This donation brings the total given to charity by the Chelsea
Lodge in the past six years to well over £100,000.
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SHOW BIZ LODGE RAISE £100,000 FOR CHARITY
past five years, London’s Chelsea Lodge, the Masonic
home for the entertainment industry, has raised over
£100,000 for a wide range of charities. The sum was
raised by members and guests donations at Lodge meetings, Ladies Festival fund raising initiatives and
the proceeds from a Chelsea Road Show, which travels
around the Home Counties giving Lodge talks on the
history of the Lodge.
charities receiving support include the London Masons
Cyberknife Appeal, Prostate Cancer, Brain Tumour UK,
Mercy Ships and Forces Children’s Trust.
Lodge also contributes towards funding a bursary at the
Sylvia Young School.
Entertainer Miki Travis, Worshipful Master for the
2011/2012 Lodge year said, ‘’Just short of twenty two
thousand pounds was raised by the members and visitors
in his year, I am amazed at their generosity, this money
will make such a difference to so many who need help and
Chaperlin, Secretary of the Lodge and the Chelsea Lodge
Charity said “Chelsea is a very high profile
Lodge with many famous members, we regularly welcome
over 200 members and visitors to each of our meetings,
which is reflected in the amount we raise coupled with
the hard work of many Chelsea members. Chelsea Lodge is
committed to the Metropolitan Grand Lodge’s raisin
d’être to make a positive contribution to the local
community, charity and good causes. I am proud to be at
the helm of such a wonderful group of Brethren”.
business legend, Roger de Courcey, chairman of the
Chelsea Charity added “The Entertainment industry is
known for its generosity especially in performers giving
their time to
support charities and those less fortunate in society.
The Chelsea Lodge was formed over 107 years ago by some
of the biggest Musical Stars of the day. One of its main
objectives was to provide support and assistance for
those in society that need help. I am delighted that
those principles have continued in this Lodge throughout
that time and are still being supported by a new
generation of entertainers. The founders of the Chelsea
Lodge would be proud of those Chelsea brethren working
in the industry today..... as indeed I am”.
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The book chronicles an important historical account of not just their
professions, but gives biographical details of many of the colourful
performers, past and present, who have entertained the public in the last
KEITH SKUES Is a broadcaster and author who began his professional career
at the age of eighteen. Called up for national service he joined the Royal Air Force in
1958 and was posted to the British Forces Network in Germany. Since then he has never
looked back and is the only broadcaster in the world to have worked with BFN, Radios
Caroline, London and Luxembourg, independent local radio and BBC national, regional and
Now resident in Norfolk, he is the author of several books on media, family history
Keith is a joining member of Chelsea Lodge.
He was appointed MBE in the 2004 Honours List.
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