The basic style of the banner is in the form of a Ship's Crest.
Each different type of Ship has a different shape of Crest, and therefore by looking at the Crest you can tell what vessel it is from.
The significance of the shape of the Diamond is that of a Shore Establishment or what is known in “Navy-speak" as a "Stone Frigate".
Whatever the shape it is formed by a Rope, and is usually painted Gold.
The whole is surmounted by the Navy Crown. This Crown was adopted over 300 years ago, and is an emblematical representation of the battle with the Spanish Armada. You can identify the sails of the small English Ships between the large after-castles of the Spanish galleons as they proceed up the English Channel.
Usually the Ship’s name was put in the block immediately under the Crown. In this instance we have placed our Lodge Number, 9169.
The Square and Compasses have been added at 6 o’clock and are shown in the Third Degree.
An emblematical pictorial representation or the Ship's name always fills the centre of the Crest. For us it is the White Ensign flying from a jackstaff.
The background colour in the centre of the Crest is emblematical of the sea.
The name of the Lodge has been put in scrollwork underneath and clear of the emblem. The significance of the scrolling is that we have used the typical scrolling used on the Battle Honour board of any vessel or establishment.
The White Ensign can only be flown by warships in commission and is the cross of St. George defaced in the Upper Sinister Quadrant with the Union Flag. The symbolism of this is as follows:
"The three ensigns authorised to be worn by British ships are the Red, White and Blue Ensigns.
Up to and including the Tudor period the national colour for English ships was the St. George's Cross.
From early in the 17th century the fleet of the Royal Navy were divided into Red, White and Blue Squadrons, and by the middle of that century the ships of these respective squadrons wore their “Colours”. In 1864 this system was discontinued and, by Acts of Parliament of 1864 and 1865, the White Ensign was authorised to be worn by all ships of the Royal Navy, the Red Ensign by merchant ships, and the Blue Ensign by ships belonging to public office and by ships of the colonial navies.
The White Ensign was probably allotted to the Royal Navy because ships had sailed under these colours in battle since 1800 including at the Battle of Trafalgar. The reason for wearing the White Ensign in battle in preference to the Red and Blue was to avoid the risk of confusion of the two latter with the French “tricolor” . A similar confusion between the White Ensign and the German Ensign arose in the First World War and so H.M. ships added the Union Flag; only called the “Union Jack” when flown from a staff at the stern or on the bowsprit by ships or vessels at anchor or alongside. It is only flown at sea when a ship or vessel is dressed overall, and Blue and Red Ensigns to ensure proper identification could be made.
(Admiralty Annual of Seamanship 1964 Volume 1)
On Saturday 30th November the Members of the Society and their Ladies gathered at Stratford Oaks Golf Club for our Annual Presentation Evening hosted by the Society Captain Derek Richards.
The Trophy Table had its usual excellent array of Trophies for all our Matches, including our French Tour and the Golfer of the Year Award.
As always it was an excellent evening and we now look forward to the start of the new, our 21st, season which begins with our AGM and 1st Game at Ombersley Golf Club on Tuesday 10th March.
Visitors are always welcome, please contact our Secretary Martyn Davies : firstname.lastname@example.org
Yet another White Ensign Lodge success when the Lodge once again celebrated in its usual unique fashion the Great Victory at Trafalgar.
This year however as well as celebrating the courage and leadership of Admiral Viscount Nelson we also honoured a hero of our own, a former Honorary Member of the Lodge, PO Cox'n Tommy Gould, VC. W. Bro. Les Leek very kindly presented to the Lodge a framed copy of the London Gazette and Tommy's Medals to be retained by the Lodge and a smaller set which was auctioned by our "Tame" Auctioneer and raised £617.00. This has now been presented by the Purchaser to the Submarine Musueum at HMS Dolphin, Gosport.
Once again an excellent evening with a very good Initiation Ceremony and the usual fine entertainment on the Mess Deck.
On Saturday 6th December 2019 W. Bro. Sgt (S) Ian Fothergill, PPrSGW, LGR returned to the Chair of the Lodge having last been Installed into that Chair in December 1999 as the Millenium Master.
Following an excellent Ceremony, performed by W. Bro. RO1 Mike Harbon, the Officers were Invested and this was followed by the newly Installed WM presenting a cheque for £1,000, as a further contribution by the Lodge to the 2022 Festival Fund, to the Presiding Officer, W. Bro. Michael Dykes, Prov AGM, following which the Ships Company and those Taking Passage retired for the usual Tot prior to entering the Mess Deck for an excellent meal.
This year rather than presenting each Member present with a set of Lodge Cuff Links the WM provided all present with a Pen incorporating a Light. (Ideal for the 3rd Degree).
Tuesday 3rd December once again provided a night of sheer enjoyment with a strong nautical flavour both in the Temple and on the Mess Deck on completion.
Some 26 Companions were on board, including 18 Members of the Crew, and 8 Taking Passage, to celebrate the 20th Installation Convocation. Those on board included the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E. Comp. John M Phenix,(an Honorary Member), Acting 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, E. Comp. Ian M Fothergill, PGStB, PPrGJ, LGCR, and the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, E. Comp. Barry J Griffin, PGStB, all very ably escorted by E. Comp. Tim L Jones, PGStB the Provincial DC.
Unfortunately the MEZ Designate had just been discharged from Sick Bay following an emergency operation and will therefore not assume command until our June 2020 Convocation (04/06/2020). This left E. Comp. Frank Walters, PPrAGDC, on the bridge assisted by the Installation of E. Comp. Martin Green as H and the Induction of E. Comp. Len Venables, ProvGSwdB, as J.
Following the Convocation the ships company retired to the Mess Deck for an excellent meal and where the ships Welfare Officer managed to extract a total, including Gift Aid, of £136.25