Warranted 15th December, 1977
Proposals to form this Chapter were made early in 1977 and the Jubilee Rose Croix Chapter No. 838 was duly Consecrated on Tuesday 14th March 1978 at Keynsham Masonic Hall where there were 27 Founder Members and 8 Visiting reigning Sovereigns from other Chapters in this District as well as 3 members of the then Supreme Council in attendance.
The name Jubilee was chosen as the nation celebrated the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, and as jubilee is an important Festival in the Mosaic Law.
Since its conception our Chapter has always had a close relationship with our sister Chapter Keynsham Rose Croix Chapter No. 678 who are 8 years older than us. Up to 2010 they also met at Keynsham Masonic Hall but now meet at Saltford Golf Club.
We are very fortunate to have had two generous bequests in recent times. One from Ill Bro. Raymond W Ling 32⁰and another from E&P Brother Anthony J Allan 18⁰ both Keynsham Masons. Ray’s money helped towards the purchase of a new carpet for the Temple and the re-silvering of the goblets and Tony’s has enabled us to purchase many items to refurbish Jubilee, including a magnificent Altar, hand crafted by W Bro David Lyons a Frome Mason. He copied the design of a previous model which had been made by Ill Bro Mike Greaves 30⁰, which enabled us to perform the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Points all in the same room.
Jubilee has had many distinguished members who have held high rank in other Orders, including currently Ill Bro C A Stuart Hadler 30⁰, Past PGM for Somerset and Ill Bro Alan L Thompson 31⁰, Past Dep. D G M of Somerset and Wiltshire (RSM) and Past 3rd Provincial Grand Principal (Somerset).
Although we are small in number, around 20 members, Jubilee are a very happy and welcoming Chapter with Christian principles.
We meet three times a year at Keynsham Masonic Hall on the 3rd Friday in February (Enthronement), May and September at 1815. A warm welcome awaits our visitors.
The Masonic Hall, Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1SR (0117 986 2369).
Disabled Access: 2 Disabled Parking spaces, ramped front access to automatic door. Wheelchair/person lift to temple. Everything else level.
Bath Road A4 from Bristol. Continue along Keynsham by-pass to R/Abt at the Saltford end of by- pass. Take B3116 towards Keynsham, MH 50yds on right hand side. (70 cars).