The traditional Masonic Emblem - The Square and Compasses

The new Masonic Logo introduced in 2015

The inspiration for the Lodge, whose family motto became the name of Palma Virtuti Lodge.

The Right Honourable Roundell Cecil Palmer had been initiated into Panmure Lodge  No. 

723 in 1919.

He was Member of Parliament for Newton, Lancashire. from 1910 to 1918, and for

Aldershot from 1918 to 1940. He was Assistant Postmaster-General from 1924 to 1929 and

Minister of Economic Warfare from 1942 to 1945, in charge of the Special Operations

Executive. He became a Privy Councillor in 1929. and was made a member of the Order

of Companions of Honour in 1945.

He succeeded his father as 3rd Earl of Selbourne in 1942. In 1948 he was Master of the

Worshipful Company of Mercers, and following his political career he became chairman

of the National Provincial Bank  from 1951 to 1953 and deputy chairman of Boots from

1951 to 1964.

He died in 1971.

The Palma Virtuti Lodge Crest

"Palma Virtuti" - "Reward is to the Brave".

The original Lodge Banner donated in 1926 by the Lodge's 3rd Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Reginald Edwards in memory of his son.

The ceremonial pewter Trowel, awarded to the Lodge for raising over £18,600 for the Provincial 2005 Festival in aid of the Masonic Samaritan Fund.

The presentation of a new Lodge Banner by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro.  Brian Bellinger in 2007.

The banner was donated by W.Bro. Tony Martin in memory of his late father and Past Master of the Lodge, W.Bro. Bob Martin.

Lodge Officers 2010-11

The ceremonial engraved Gavel, presented to the Lodge for raising over £33,500 for the Provincial 2016 Festival in aid of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.

Lodge Officers 2019-20

The commemorative Lapel Pin Badge presented to members to celebrate the Lodge's Centenary in 2021.

The commemorative Coaster presented to members to celebrate the Lodge's Centenary in 2021.

The Lodge history "The Life and Times of Palma Virtuti Lodge No 4187 - The First Hundred Years" was published to mark the Lodge's Centenary in March 2021.

It is a 145-page hardback book with a foreword by the Provincial Grand Master.

It includes not only the factual history of the Lodge, but various snippets of information about Palma Virtuti and its members that gives an insight into the whole character of the Lodge. It also contains the various national, regional and local events that have affected the Lodge and its members.

The book is part of the national collection in the Grand Lodge Library, and is being sold in aid of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Provincial 2027 Festival in aid of the Masonic Charities Foundation. 

On 17th November 2021 the Lodge was honoured with a re-scheduled official visit by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Jonathan Whitaker and his team to mark the Lodge's Centenary and to present the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Barry Jones, with the Lodge's Centenary Warrant and the brethren with their Centenary Jewels. A gathering of 55 brethren and a full capacity dining room  at the Festive Board afterwards.

The Lodge's Centenary Warrant

The Lodge's Centenary Jewel, presented to members at the Official Provincial Visit to mark the Lodge's 100 years in November 2021.

A Lodge Group in November 2021

The Lodge welcomed its latest member, Bro. Mak Sigh Johal in January 2022. Mak was Initiated by the Worshipful Master, W,Bro. Barry Jones, and will be a great asset to the Lodge.

The Lodge held its Centenary Ladies Festival at the Farnborough Masonic Centre in February 2022, a very welcome opportunity to dress up and gather in numbers again after the restrictions of the COVID pandemic. 67 Ladies, Gentlemen and Brethren enjoyed he fantastic event, with excellent Catering , Toastmaster and Disco. Plentiful raffle prizes and over £600 raised for charity 

The Ladies Festival President, W.Bro. Barry Jones and  his Lady Wife, Ros, together with Mater of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Nigel Worsfold.

The Lodge was delighted on 18th May 2022 to receive a surprise visit by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Jonathan Whitaker. He turned up to celebrate his friend, W.Bro. Henry McWhinnie's 70 years as a Freemason since his Initiation as a 20-year old into Montgomerie Kilwinning Lodge No. 624 in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Henry was presented with a 70-Year Certificate and Lapel Pin, as well as a copy of his original registration document, lapel pin and letter from his Mother Lodge, which had been researched and obtained by W.Bro. Chas Cooper.
Henry's final surprise was to be honoured by the Provincial Grand Master with a field promotion to the ultimate Provincial rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden - a truly fitting recognition of an impressive Masonic career!
W.Bro. David Tonge PPSGW Passed to the Grand Lodge Above on 20th December 2022, and a Lodge of Sorrow was held for him at Palma Virtuti Lodge's Regular Meeting on 17th January 2023.
On 16th February, brethren from many Lodges said farewell to him at the Aldershot Crematorium, followed by a wake at the Meade Hall at the Crown and Cushion pub in Minley.
David was initiated into Palma Virtuti Lodge on 15th May 1985 and was its Worshipful Master in 1993 and again in 2017.
He was also a much loved member of Mid- Wessex Lodge of Installed Masters and was PZ in Panmure Chapter No. 723 and a Past-Master of Aldershot Military Lodge of Mark Masters No. 54.
David received promotions steadily through his Masonic life, earning the ranks of PPSGW in the Craft and PPGReg in the Royal Arch.
He was also a wonderful Almoner, an office he held in his Palma Virtuti Lodge for 17 years.
He worked within education and loved his job as a teacher, infact becoming the first head in London under the age of 30. He went on and completed his career at Farnborough Grange Junior School.
We are grateful to David for his 37 exemplary years of brotherly love and support. Our love and prayers go to his loving Wife Pearl and his Family.
Rest in Peace David.

The new Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Kevin Betswoth anf his Lodge Officers at the March 2023 Installation Meeting

The Worshipful Master, Wardens and Deacons

at the March 2023 Installation Meeting.

The November 2023 meeting saw the officers of the Lodge hosting their counterparts from our Mother Lodge, Panmure Lodge No. 723. This reciprocal annual visiting arrangement has been taking place for 64 years, and is still going strong.

The brethren were treated to a presentation by W.Bro. Guy Sudron of his very poignant talk about his experiences carrying out the “Frontline Walk” in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund. He showed photographs and described the 62-mile route which followed the famous World War 1 battlefront, where so many thousands of allied troops sadly perished.


At the same meeting The Lodge was very proud to receive a Silver Certificate, acknowledging that Palma Virtuti Lodge had already donated in excess of £14,700 to the Provincial 2027 Festival in aid of the Masonic Charities Foundation. The Festival was only launched two years ago, so the Silver Certificate represents a terrific achievement for a Lodge of our size, and hopefully bodes well for further future honorifics which we are proud to have been awarded in the previous 2005 and 2016 Festivals. 

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