History of the Lodge


Welcome to the history of Faith & Confidence Lodge. Whether you are a Freemason or not, we hope that you find the information interesting.

In 1958, whilst serving in Singapore, the late W Bro Major J James started collecting the names of Royal Army Pay Corps masons with a view to forming a Lodge for the “Convenience of Past and Present Members of The Royal Army Pays Corps”. After many problems were overcome, (indeed an attempt was made to found the Lodge in London), the then Provincial Grand Master of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, R W Bro Major General R L Bond, agreed to consecrate the Lodge on 17th April 1968. The sponsoring Lodge was William of Wykeham Lodge No 1883 and as the RAPC Training Centre, Computer Centre and Apprentice College were located at Worthy Down, meetings at the Winchester Masonic Hall were considered appropriate. In those days the Masonic Hall was situated in Parchment Street in the centre of Winchester and visitors to the area may like to glance at the walls above W H Smiths where Masonic symbols are still evident. 

The Royal Army Pay Corps had its origins in the formation of the Army Pay Department in April 1878. This gathered Army Paymasters into a single organisation and was followed four years later by the formation of the Army Pay Corps which was comprised solely of non-commissioned officers. These two separate, but complementary organisations, served through the various campaigns and wars and due to their efforts in the Great War of 1914-1918 were, in 1920, independently awarded the prefix “Royal”. Later in 1920, they were amalgamated to form the Royal Army Pay Corps. 

On 11th May 1937, HRH Prince Arthur of Connaught, KG, KT, GCMG, GCVO, CB, became the first royal Colonel-in-Chief. Regrettably HRH Prince Arthur died on 12th September 1938, at which time he was the Provincial Grand Master for Berkshire. 

In April 1992, under "Options for Change", the RAPC was subsumed into the newly formed Adjutant General’s Corps and Faith and Confidence Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter subsequently took the decision to remove any joining restrictions as to service background and, whilst continuing to embrace its military antecedents and enjoy all aspects of the shared service ethos, looks for suitable candidates and joining members from both tri-service and non-service backgrounds. 

Faith & Confidence Lodge meets five times a year, on the 3rd Saturday of January, March, May, September and November, at the Winchester Masonic Centre, Alresford Road, Winchester. Our November meeting is very special because, in recognition of our military roots, we hold a simple yet poignant act of remembrance in our Lodge. Whether you are already a Mason and would like to visit us or you are looking to join a warm and friendly society of men and would like to know more about Freemasonry, then please do not hesitate to contact us.