This newspaper cutting was discovered in the SOUTHEND STANDARD

October 23rd 1902

It was a regular occurrence for lodges to have some meetings advertised in this way - something which is not continued today.

The article describes the meeting held during circa 18th October 1902 in which James Berry was installed as Master by E M Kemp both founding members. It not only describes all the new officers but also the speeches at the festive board.

It’s also interesting to note that the Mayor of Southend, J Ingram was also in attendance although we are unsure whether he was a member - on further investigation however, it was recorded that James Berry became the Mayor a year later in 1903.

Following the dinner a musical programme was given by what appears to be several members of the lodge - we doubt this would have been an early prelude to our Fish Night entertainment?


Rochford Hundred Lodge 8922

Read further information regarding our founder member James Berry by linking to the Rochford

Hundred Lodge website for a feature by their member David Catchpole…