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Chartered 1749

81 Sprague Street

Portsmouth, RI 02871

Chartered 1798

39 Baker Street

Warren, RI 02885

Chartered 1802

363 Hope Street

Bristol, RI 02809

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Chartered 1816

152 Wyatt Road

Middletown, RI 02842

Chartered 1857

18 Turner Avenue

East Providence, RI 02914

What's the story about the red socks?

During the 1970s and early 1980s, the line officers of the five lodges in the 7th Masonic District shared a close bond and were very supportive of one another. It was customary for groups from different lodges to spontaneously attend each other's meetings as a gesture of solidarity. The officers collaborated closely as both close friends and brothers.

This environment fostered numerous enduring friendships, which naturally led to playful teasing among the companions. Against this backdrop, in the early 1980s, R.W. Bob Horton, a Past Master of St. Alban's #6, was appointed as the District Deputy Grand Master for the Seventh District. Bob was an instantly likable individual, displaying a genuine love for the craft and a delightful sense of humor. 

 

After completing all installations and commencing the cycle of visitations, W.B. George Thibault, a Past Master of St. Andrews #39 & Grand Master of Ceremonies, was known for his sincerity as a Mason but also for his mischievous nature. Wishing to make the visitation to R.W. Bob's Home Lodge extraordinary, he secretly requested all attending officers to wear white socks, without informing R.W. Bob of this plan. 

 

Amidst conversations that evening, it was revealed that R.W. Bob, unbeknownst to many, was diabetic and could not wear colored fabric against his skin due to the risk of allergic reactions. It was mentioned that R.W. Bob had taken a pair of black socks, removed the foot part, and placed the elastic part over a pair of white socks to adhere to the formal protocol for his tuxedo attire. At a predetermined signal, the entire suite of officers crossed their legs and raised their pant legs, revealing their white socks. Witnessing this spectacle, R.W. Bob removed his black socks and defiantly cast them to the floor, vowing never to be ashamed of wearing white socks.

 

This incident marked the inception of a distinctive tradition among the officers of the seventh district, a means of recognition and camaraderie. Anticipating that others would follow suit as R.W. Bob ascended the ranks, W.B. Dr. Cy Allen, the current master of St. John's #1 Newport, who had a connection to the Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island, Bishop Frederick Belden, made an observation. Bishop Belden, also a member of his lodge, always wore red socks, so W.B. Dr. Cy Allen declared that if the Bishop could wear red socks, he could too. From that day forward, red socks became the preferred choice within the Seventh District.

 

To this day, the wearing of red socks symbolizes the spirit of the "Old Seventh" and the warmth and brotherhood that permeate the district.

Past Events

  • Dinner Reservation: May 8 Stated Communication
    Dinner Reservation: May 8 Stated Communication
    Wed, May 08
    St. Alban's Lodge No.6
    May 08, 2024, 6:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge No.6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    May 08, 2024, 6:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge No.6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Food will be served at 6:00 pm. The Menu will be Chicken Parm, Pasta & Garlic Bread. The cost will be $13 collected at the door.
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  • Dinner Reservation: April 10 Stated Communication
    Dinner Reservation: April 10 Stated Communication
    Wed, Apr 10
    St. Alban's Lodge No.6
    Apr 10, 2024, 6:30 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge No.6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Apr 10, 2024, 6:30 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge No.6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Food will be served at 6:30 pm. The Menu will be Shepard Pie, Salad & Garlic Bread. Cost $10 collected at the door.
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  • Dinner Reservation: March 13 Stated Communication
    Dinner Reservation: March 13 Stated Communication
    Wed, Mar 13
    St. Alban's Lodge No.6
    Mar 13, 2024, 6:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge No.6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Mar 13, 2024, 6:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge No.6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Food will be served at 6:00 pm. The Menu will be St. Patrick's themed with Corned Beed, Potatoes, Cabbage, Carrots & Soda Bread. Cost $15 collected at the door.
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  • February Stated Communication
    February Stated Communication
    February Stated Communication
    Wed, Feb 28
    St. Alban's Lodge
    Feb 28, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Feb 28, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    The town of Bristol R.I. has implemented a parking ban starting tonight at 11 pm until further notice. As a result, we have received dispensation to move the next communication to February 28, 2024, 7:00 pm
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  • Annual Holiday Dinner 2023
    Annual Holiday Dinner 2023
    Sat, Dec 16
    2nd Floor Social Hall
    Dec 16, 2023, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    2nd Floor Social Hall, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Dec 16, 2023, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    2nd Floor Social Hall, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Our annual Holiday Family Dinner for the friends and family of St. Alban’s No. 6.
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  • Stated Communication: September 2023
    Stated Communication: September 2023
    Thu, Sep 14
    St. Alban's Lodge No. 6
    Sep 14, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge No. 6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Sep 14, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge No. 6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    A lodge of Master Mason.
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  • Summer Wine-Fest 2023
    Summer Wine-Fest 2023
    Sat, Aug 19
    Home of Jason & Kathy Nystrom
    Aug 19, 2023, 1:00 PM
    Home of Jason & Kathy Nystrom
    Aug 19, 2023, 1:00 PM
    Home of Jason & Kathy Nystrom
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  • Grand Lodge Annual Picnic 2023
    Grand Lodge Annual Picnic 2023
    Sun, Aug 13
    Masonic Youth Center
    Aug 13, 2023, 11:00 AM
    Masonic Youth Center, 116 Long St, Warwick, RI 02886, USA
    Aug 13, 2023, 11:00 AM
    Masonic Youth Center, 116 Long St, Warwick, RI 02886, USA
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  • Fourth of July Parade
    Fourth of July Parade
    Tue, Jul 04
    Bristol
    Jul 04, 2023, 10:30 AM
    Bristol, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Jul 04, 2023, 10:30 AM
    Bristol, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    238th Bristol Fourth of July Parade
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  • Stated Communication: June 2023
    Stated Communication: June 2023
    Wed, Jun 14
    Hope Lodge No. 25
    Jun 14, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hope Lodge No. 25, 64 Columbia St, Wakefield, RI 02879, USA
    Jun 14, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hope Lodge No. 25, 64 Columbia St, Wakefield, RI 02879, USA
    A lodge of Master Mason will be opened as a Joint Communication with Hope Lodge No. 25.
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  • Stated Communication: May 2023
    Stated Communication: May 2023
    Wed, May 10
    St. Alban's Lodge No. 6
    May 10, 2023, 7:00 PM – May 11, 2023, 9:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge No. 6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    May 10, 2023, 7:00 PM – May 11, 2023, 9:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge No. 6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    A lodge of Fellowcraft will be opened within the body of a Lodge of Master Mason at 7:00 pm for the conferral of the Fellowcraft degree.
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  • Annual Communication 2023
    Annual Communication 2023
    Wed, Jan 18
    St. Alban's Lodge
    Jan 18, 2023, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Jan 18, 2023, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    5:30 pm: Lodge of Master Masons only opens for business, officer reports, the election of officers, setting of dues & stipends, etc. 7:00 pm: Semi-Public installation of officers: All Masons, their families, and friends are invited.
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  • January 2023 Communication
    January 2023 Communication
    Wed, Jan 11
    St. Alban's Lodge
    Jan 11, 2023, 7:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Jan 11, 2023, 7:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Program: Entered Apprentice Degree
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  • December 2022 Communication
    December 2022 Communication
    Wed, Dec 14
    St. Alban's Lodge
    Dec 14, 2022, 7:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Dec 14, 2022, 7:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Program: Fellowcraft Degree
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  • Annual Holiday Dinner 2022
    Annual Holiday Dinner 2022
    Sun, Dec 04
    2nd Floor Social Hall
    Dec 04, 2022, 1:00 PM
    2nd Floor Social Hall, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Dec 04, 2022, 1:00 PM
    2nd Floor Social Hall, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Our annual Holiday Family Dinner for the friends and family of St. Alban’s No. 6.
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  • November 2022 Communication
    November 2022 Communication
    Wed, Nov 09
    St. Alban's Lodge
    Nov 09, 2022, 7:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Nov 09, 2022, 7:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
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  • October 2022 Communication
    October 2022 Communication
    Wed, Oct 12
    St. Alban's Lodge
    Oct 12, 2022, 7:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Oct 12, 2022, 7:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
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  • 2022 International Gathering
    2022 International Gathering
    Fri, Sep 30
    St. Alban's Lodge #6
    Sep 30, 2022, 6:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge #6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Sep 30, 2022, 6:00 PM
    St. Alban's Lodge #6, 363 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
    Registration is now available!
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