Members of Kendrick Lodge strike a good balance between taking Freemasonry seriously and having fun. They strive to do what they do very well, whilst never forgetting that any hobby needs to be rewarding and enjoyable.
Kendrick Lodge was founded in the late nineteenth century and the Consecration took place on Thursday 2nd October 1884 at the old Masonic Hall in Greyfriars Road, Reading, with a total attendance of fifty-one Freemasons. Founder members derived from of Reading Lodge of Union (No. 414) and Grey Friars Lodge (No. 1101). The name probably came from the Kendrick family who were a high-profile Reading family during the sixteenth century. Both the town and the Kendrick family were very much involved with the ‘cloth trade’ as it was then known. John Kendrick (1573-1624) was one of Reading’s greatest benefactors and was responsible for instigating several Charity Trusts to assist the poor into work. As time progressed the Charity Commissioners used their resources to establish the Kendrick Boys and Girls Schools and the Kendrick Boys School in 1915 combined with Reading School.
The current members of Kendrick Lodge meet at the Home of Berkshire Freemasonry in Sindlesham and Lodge Meetings are held on the third Thursday in February, April, October and December. Lodge of Instruction is held on the third Monday of the month (apart from August) with a Rehearsal on the Monday preceding the Lodge meeting.
The advantage of being a relatively small Lodge with approximately 20 members is that opportunities to take an active role are regularly available. Numbers are growing positively and additional events such as a Sunday pub lunch as well as an end of season curry night are typical events. Visits to other Lodges and other Masonic Centres are regular occurrences and we make every effort offer a varied programme.
We seek to attract new and joining members. We offer a friendly and supportive environment in which good humour and enjoyment are the norm. Our Lodge Secretary “Gerry” as well as other members are more than happy to explain the many positives that Freemasonry and especially Kendrick Lodge offer. We look forward to hearing from you!