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                                   Our Lodge Banner

The banner which adorns almost every English Constitution Lodge today became popular during the middle to second half of the 18th Century, originating from a simple means of identification dating back thousands of years. An easily recognised symbol was used as a rallying point in time of battle or to identify the location of the group within the camp. The Assyrians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all fought under their respective banners and even today, the Colours so revered by every army battalion are items of great pride and lifelong honour

Some such easily recognised symbols within Freemasonry are of course the Roman Eagle and the standards used in the Royal Arch. Moving on to more recent times but still within Freemasonry are the banners used in Knights Templar, two colours only are used in this case.
The introduction shortly thereafter of individual recognition colours or coats of arms was brought about by the all enveloping suits of armour and the need to recognize ones own side or leader in the heat of battle. As more and more knights adopted this form of easy recognition disputes arose when the designs clashed and precedent was disputed.
From these disputes originated official heraldry, and the proper methods used in the granting, design and application of Arms, was established in 1484 by the foundation of the College of Arms in London and is still in existance today.

What is a Banner?

Boutell in his book 'Heraldry' states it is a square or oblong Armorial flag hung by one of its sides.

As it has its foundation in battle, we can safely say it is:

The flag showing the armorial bearing of someone of importance or the badge of honour of some place or group deemed worthy of such distinction.

This may seem a bit over the top for a Masonic lodge, but is it really? We all wish to identify with something or someone, it is human nature to do so, at Provincial or District Grand Lodge meetings, does not the PGM (DGM) ask "how do you find the Lodges" with the reply, "ranged under their respective Banners".

So it is obviously accepted by the rulers of the Craft.

 

By rights it should have a distinguishing feature so that it is easily recognised by members and everyone else.

While simplicity is to be commended, to tell the full story we often need more than a just a square and compass to get the full message across. 

 

Teme Lodge was born out of Sabrina Lodge No. 6595, who sponsored the new Lodge, when they had over 70 members, and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of that time, F.H. Griffiths suggested that a new Lodge be sponsored.

"Sabrina" was the Roman word for the river Severn, which flows through Worcester - The river Teme flows into the river Severn south of the City.

The river Teme flowing into the river Sever Severn is comparable to the relationship between Teme Lodge and it's sponsor -Sabrina Lodge.

Because of the significance of these two great rivers meeting at Worcester, it was decided that the new Lodge would be called Teme Lodge.

 

You will see that the Banner shows the convergence of these two great rivers; also depicted are two pillars bearing a cellestial and terrestial globe, a Square and Compasses, a Rough Ashlar, a Smooth Ashlar and the Volume of Sacred Law - all well known symbols in Freemasonry.