Meeting at at the Masonic Hall, The Crescent, Taunton TA1 4EB 18.30 0n the last Tuesday of January, May (third Tuesday) and October (Installation, 17.30). The Lodge has 20 Subscribing members.

Officers of the Lodge - appointed Tuesday 25th October 2016

Worshipful Master - Pat Hitchcock
Senior Warden - Rod Green
Junior Warden - Andrew Barrett
Master Overseer - Sidney French
Senior Overseer - David Palmer
Junior Overseer - Kevin Neagle
Chaplain - Colin Neagle
Treasurer - Peter Roworth
Registrar of Marks - Roger Teale
Secretary -
Harry Price
Director of Ceremonies - Jimmy Durant
Almoner - Roger Teale
Charity Steward - Sidney French
Senior Deacon - Chris Palmer
Junior Deacon - Kevin Hickman
Assistant D of C - Terry Wood
Organist - Barry Renwick (Guest)
Assistant Secretary - Vacant
Inner Guard - Matt Clothier
Stewards - Vacant
Tyler - Mike Salway

Past Masters of and in the Lodge

1990 Dennis Calvert JW
1991 Terry Wood
PGSD
1994 David Hartley
PAGIG
1995 Les Johnson JW
1996 & 2002 Roger Teale SW
1998 Peter Roworth
PSGD
1999 Derek Townson JO
2005 & 2006 Jimmy Durant MO
2007 David Lampard JO
2008 Sidney French SO
2009 Harry Price SO
2011 Rod Green JD
2012 David Palmer SD
2013 Pat Hitchcock JD

2014 & 15
Colin Neagle Stwd
Andrew Barrett
PAGDC

Fidelity and Unanimity Lodge News and Events

  • October 2015 Installation Meeting

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    Tuesday 27th October 2015, Installation meeting.
    The Master Colin Neagle remains in the chair for his second year. He is on the right of the photo with his son Bro Kevin who was advanced at the last meeting in January and at this meeting W.Bro Dad invested Bro Kevin as Inner Guard !
    Talk about fast track to the top!

    Words & photo Phil Voisey
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  • January 2013 - David Palmer in the Chair

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    348 Principal Officers with the deputy PGM at the meeting on Tuesday 29th January 2013.
    From left to right Colin Neagle - Junior Warden, Deputy PGM John Morgan, Master - David Palmer and Senior Warden Pat Hitchcock.
  • October 2010 Installation Meeting

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    Tuesday 26th October 2010, Installation meeting.
    The photo shows (l to r) Pat Parker - Past DPGM, Rod Green - Senior Warden, Harry Price - Installing Master, Terry Leach - Master, Barry Woodside - Junior Warden, Tony Hick - Past PGM and Geoff Nash - Past DPGM representing the PGM.
  • May 2010 - 125th Birthday Party

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    Tuesday 25th May 2010 - The Lodge Celebrates its 125th Birthday.

    With the help of The Somerset Ancient Mark Masters Team, the Provincial Team, headed on this occasion by Deputy PGM Ray Guthrie and many visitors the brethren of 348 had a very enjoyable 125th birthday party! The photo shows, Master, Harry Price with the Deputy PGM surrounded by his officers and members of the SAMMs Team.
    For more photos see
    full report.

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  • The Lodge Banner

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    The Lodge was consecrated on Tuesday 26th May 1885 at The Masonic Hall, Taunton by R W Bro R C Else, Provincial Grand Master for Somerset. The Master designate was W Bro Col. A W Adair, Past Grand Warden and a Past Master of William Long Lodge Mark Lodge No 191 In the Summons the attention of Brethren was drawn to the fact that “The Great Western and Dorset Railway have kindly arranged to convey Brethren on the 1st and 2nd Class Carriages at the rate of a Fare and a Quarter for the return journey to anyone able to produce a Provincial Grand Lodge Card”.
    In the beginning quite a lot of candidates came from Chard, Wellington and Ilminster as well as Taunton, and in the minutes of the 28
    th April 1903 mention was made in open Lodge to the fact that the Brethren from Chard wished to form their own Lodge and Cerdic Lodge No 571 was Warranted in 1904.
    In 1913 the Fidelity and Unanimity Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 348 was duly Warranted
    The members of Fidelity and Unanimity No 348 were, amongst others, responsible for the creation of Langdale Lodge No 1615 in 1984, the only other Mark Lodge operating in Taunton.
    Many well known Somerset Masons have been members of the Lodge amongst these it can boast such names as V W Bro Thomas Albert Hughes
    GMO and R W Bro Anthony Walter Samson Hick PPGM, the latter having been appointed Dep. PGM in 1994 and PGM 1997 to 2004.
    In 1947 the first 'triangular' meeting with William Long Lodge and Quantock Lodge was held, a practice which continues to this day.
    A celebration of the first 100 years of the Lodge took place on Tuesday 28
    th May 1985 and a new Banner was made for the occasion and duly consecrated at the ceremony that evening.
    The R W Bro John James Webber M. C. was in attendance in his capacity as Provincial Grand Master. The Master of the Lodge at that time was W Bro Robin Shirley-Smith.
    Although membership numbers are at a low of 26 at the moment, current members of the oldest Mark Lodge in Taunton are determined to keep the Lodge going and look forward with confidence to a bright future.

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