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Victor Carey Lodge, No. 6892

Mariners’ Lodge No 168, which can trace its origins back to 1784, is renowned as the Father of Freemasonry in the Province of Guernsey and Alderney having been responsible for the creation of no less than four Lodges, three of which are still flourishing.

At the regular meeting of Mariners’ Lodge on 6 April 1949 the Secretary read a communication, from W Bro J O‘Toole acting on behalf of the Founders of a proposed new lodge, requesting that Mariners’ Lodge No 168 consent to sponsor and sign the Petition for the founding of a new lodge within the Province.  W Bro W J F Jehan, P.Prov.G.Supt.Wks proposed and W Bro C Stonelake, P. Prov. S.G.W. seconded the motion which was put to the vote.  It was unanimously resolved to sponsor the Victor Carey Lodge and accordingly the Worshipful Master W Bro W E Hall, the Senior Warden Bro C H Adey and the Junior Warden Bro L A Tupper signed the Petition in Open Lodge.

Victor Carey Lodge No. 6892, which the R.W. Provincial Grand Master of the time, Sir Victor Gosselin Carey had graciously allowed to be named after him, was consecrated at 4 p.m. on Thursday 29th September 1949 at the Masonic Temple, Le Marchant Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey

Sir Victor Carey was born in Guernsey on 2nd July 1871 and died on 29th June 1957.  He became an Advocate of the Royal Court in 1898 and was appointed Bailiff of Guernsey in 1935, a position he held throughout the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, until retirement in 1946.

Sir Victor had been initiated in Doyle’s Lodge of Fellowship No 84 on 12th March 1902 and was appointed Provincial Grand Master in 1927 a position he enjoyed until advancing years and deteriorating health led to his resignation in 1955.

Peak membership of the Lodge was reached in 1970 when the figure had risen to 81.  Like most of the other Lodges within the Province, Victor Carey has sadly experienced a decline in numbers and membership is now in the low 40’s though at the time of posting, there are at least three new candidates awaiting Initiation.

The Lodge meets at the Masonic Temple, St Martins, Guernsey on the second Wednesday in the months of October, November, January, February, March, April and May and the second day in July. Installation meeting is in October.

Founders of Victor Carey Lodge