Welcome to the website of the William Tyndale Memorial Lodge, of the Order, Sons of St. George. Our lodge is located in North Warwickshire, England. We trust that you will find the site of interest whether you are a member of the society or just curious about us. This year (2011) is the 141st anniversary since the society was founded by Englishmen at the town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, during the year 1870.
Today, as in the past, we are a social fraternal society dedicated to promoting the mutual aid and assistance of our members, and preserving and celebrating our English heritage and traditions. We also aim to promote and strengthen the bonds of friendship and co-operation between England and other English speaking nations, as we recognize that England, along with nations such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and United States of America, share the same strong ideals of freedom and democracy, as well as having strong historic cultural ties harking back to the days of the British Empire.
As a fraternal society we aim to encourage brotherly concord between our members, practical benevolence and philanthropy. We are not a charity although we encourage our members to engage in fundraising work for charities and local good causes.
We have always been, and will continue to be, strictly a non-political organisation. Our laws and constitution forbid the discussion of partisan political subjects within our lodge rooms. Neither are we a protest group. We will never participate in public acts of protest against any issue. The only time we will hold public processions is to joyously celebrate and manifest our heritage, such as when we celebrate St. George's day for example. Our society is named in honour of St. George, who has has a strong and ancient association with England, and whose emblem of a red cross on a white background is the flag of England.
The officers St. George Lodge No.1, April 22nd 2010.
The Order, Sons of St. George is a very old society, being founded as a benevolent and cultural society in the town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, by English migrants in 1870. From there is spread across the entire North American continent with lodges in many American and Canadian towns and cities. Almost 600 lodges have existed at one time or another, and at its peak in the early 20th Century, membership was over 45,000.
Lodge in Windsor, Ontatio, Canada, 1914
The Order decreased in size rapidly during the 1970's, as insurance schemes offered by banks and other companies removed the need for men to belong to a benevolent society for financial security. Also, migration from England to North America had much reduced since those early years, and so the Order found it hard to gain new members. As the sons and grandsons of those original expatiates who had founded and joined the society became integrated into the American way of life, the appeal of an English cultural Society was lost on them.Though much diminished the Order continues to exist. This is the website of the William Tyndale Memorial Lodge in North Warwickshire. The first lodge appeared in England after 1970, although the exact date remains uncertain.
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