The first Regular Meeting of the Lodge and subsequent meetings were held at the Gaiety Restaurant up to closing of the Restaurant in May, 1911, following which the Lodge met at the Café Royal, Regent Street, London until 1991 since when the Lodge has met at Mark Masons Hall, St James's Street.
All the Consecrating Officers, and in addition R.W.Bro. Lord Balfour of Burleigh, K.T., P.G.W., were elected Honorary Members of the Lodge. As a memento of the occasion each of the Consecrating Officers was presented with a Jewel. In addition to the Founders, the Consecration was Witnessed by 27 visiting Brethren. Propositions were made for 5 Initiates and 3 Joining Members.
Press reports of the Consecration appeared in the Daily Telegraph 11th May, 1908, The Freemason 16th May, 1908, The Freemason Chronicle 23rd May, 1908 and the NTC's house magazine in June 1908.
Founders and First Officers
|W. Bro. F. O. HARKE, P.M.33, 2528||W.M.||
|W. Bro P. P. KIPPING, P.M.33. 2712. 2987||S.W.|
|Bro. S. J. GODDARD, Steward 3069||J.W.|
|W. Bro. C. G. SLEIGH, P.M. 2599||Acting I.P.M.|
|Bro. C. E. TATTERSALL, 2697||Treasurer|
|Bro. P. J. T. KENNY, 1805||Secretary|
|Bro. The Rev. J. E. WATTS DITCHFIELD, 2896||Chaplain|
|Bro. F. A. B. LORD, J.D. 2087||S.D.|
|Bro. E. J. D'AUTHREAU, 245||J.D.|
|W. Bro. C. E. WETTON, P.G.S.D.||D.C.|
|Bro. A. F. PADDON, 2511||I.G.|
|Bro. J. E. PULLEN, 348||Steward|
|Bro. F. W. W. HOLDER, 1275||Steward|
|Bro. W. J. DOWNES, 65|
|Bro. W. M. FRANCE, 241|
|Bro. R JOHNSTON, 2511|
|Bro. R H. R. KENWAY, 898|
|Bro. W. V. MORTEN, 33|
|Bro. F. E. SIMS, 2500|
|W. Bro. THOS. TAYLOR, P.G.D.(Eng.)|
|Bro. F. A. S. WORMULL, 33, 2087|
Frederick Omerod Harke was a Cashier (Clerk 3rd class) NTC
Percival Philip Kipping was an Electrical Engineer
Stanley James Goddard was General Superintendent of the NTC, but described himself on the petition merely as a Chartered Accountant.
Charles Edward Wetton was an Electrical Engineer
Charles George Sleigh was an Electrical Engineer
Frederick William Winder Holder was an Electrical Engineer
Fitzherbert Albert Bugby Lord was an Electrical Engineer
William Masterman France was an Electrical Engineer
Edward Joseph D’Authreau was an Electrical Engineer
Albert Frederick Paddon was an Electrical Engineer
Robert Johnston was an Electrical Engineer
Frederick Edmond Sims was an Accountant
Frederick Alfred Stanley Wormull was an Electrical Engineer
Charles Edwin Tattersall was an Electrical Engineer
Patrick James Thomas Kenny was a Corresponding Clerk (Clerk 3rd class)
Walter John Downes was a Contract Officer
John Edwin Watts Ditchfield was the Vicar of St James the Less, Bethnal Green
Walter Victoria Morten was the Manager of the Mid Yorks District of the NTC
Thomas Taylor was an Insulator Manufacturer
Joseph Edward Pullen was an Electrical Engineer
Richard Henry Russell Kenway was a Storekeeper
Stanley Goddard was the General Superintendent of the NTC - what today would be called Managing Director. His generosity endowed the Lodge with many items of its initial furnishings, including the three ivory gavels. But masonically speaking he was junior to W.Bro Frederic Harke and W.Bro Percival Kipping, having become a Mason only in 1905, so took the office of 1st Junior Warden, becoming Master two years later.
Stanley Goddard was born in 1863, the son of a Tea Broker. In 1880, he became a trainee Auditor with Quilter, Ball & Co and while there worked in the winding up of the old Edison Telephone Company. He became an external auditor for both the United Telephone Company and the NTC prior to their merger. In 1892 he joined the NTC as their first Head of Audit, but in 1893 was promoted to become Assistant to the General Manager. He succeeded to this post in 1907, at which time it was renamed General Superintendent. He was a key player in the successful transfer of the NTC into the PO in 1912. As so often happens in company takeovers, there was no place for Goddard himself in the Post Office in 1912, but he then became Vice-President of the Western Union Telegraph Co.
Our last remaining Founder W. Bro. Albert Frederick Paddon, G.St.B. (1935), P.A.G.D.C. (1950) died on 10th April, 1960 aged 85. He was a member of the Management Committee of the R.M.B.I. for 37 years and was actively interested in the development of the Telephone Lodge throughout its long life.
Bro. The Rev. Watts Ditchfield became the first Lord Bishop of Chelmsford.