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Ipsley Lodge of Redditch is proud of its history and rich traditions.

In 1946, W.Bro. Leslie Coleman, P.Prov.G.D. of Seymour Lodge, No. 2804, had the idea of forming a new Lodge in Redditch in the expectation that, with the number of ex-servicemen leaving the forces, there would be a surge in the number of applicants for Freemasonry. This new Lodge was given the name of Ipsley Lodge, and most of the founder member masons came from Seymour Lodge.

Ipsley Church lies about 1.5miles to the south east of Easemore Road. Its building was commenced in the 13th century and the parish covered much of what is now Redditch. The parish boundary ran down the middle of Ipsley Street and included the site of our former Masonic Hall. In 1900, when Seymour Lodge was formed, the middle of Ipsley Street was also the boundary between the counties of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, which accounts for the fact that Seymour Lodge is in the Masonic Province of Warwickshire. By the time Bordesley Abbey Lodge, No. 4495, was formed in 1923, the boundary had been changed to put the whole of Redditch into Worcestershire, which explains why Bordesley Abbey Lodge is in the Masonic Province of Worcestershire. The founders of Ipsley Lodge opted, nevertheless, to remain under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire.

It was decided to have as the emblem of the Lodge, the view of Ipsley Church looking from the west. The motto chosen was “Non Nobis Solum”, the translation of which is “Not only for Ourselves”

The consecration of Ipsley Lodge took place on Saturday, 28th June 1947 at 12 o’clock, at the Edgbaston Assembly Rooms in Birmingham, which was then the headquarters of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire. There were 120 brethren present.  The number 6491 is our ‘Registration’ number with the United Grand Lodge of England.

The first Regular Meeting took place on Tuesday, 4th November 1947. A ballot took place for three joining members and three candidates for Initiation, including Mr. Jack Millward who was proposed by his father, Bro. C.W. Millward, a Founder Member of the Lodge. Jack Millward was the first Initiate into Ipsley Lodge and was for many years our Organist.

2017 was an important year for Freemasonry – the Tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England, and also the 70th birthday of Ipsley Lodge.

Ipsley Lodge is now a very successful craft  lodge, with a diverse membership from all parts of the community, from Redditch and far afield!

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