Definition of a Guild Lodge


 

A Lodge is the building where stonemasons work or meet but also refers to any place where a number of stonemasons are gathered.

 

Lodge meetings serve two purposes;

 

(1) Education. Meetings chaired by Master or member of the Board of Masters.

 

(2) Corporatist Unionism. Meetings chaired by the Maire/Gáhir of the Lodge acting as shop steward regarding the welfare of members.

 

Both meetings are traditionally radical and non-conformist where free speech is at the heart of proceedings. Linked to early trades unions, London working men's association and the Chartist movement.

 

Lodge motto:

 

Firmness, Kindness, Compassion