The name ‘Porthkerry’ translated means ‘Harbour of Kerry’ When it came to selecting a suitable name, the Founders had sought one that would somehow link the Vale of Glamorgan and the town of Barry with its thriving sea-going industry. They found that link in the railway which was used for transporting coal through the Vale of Glamorgan over the large stone viaduct just outside the village of Porthkerry. The Motto ‘In Loco Isti Dado Pacem’ translates ‘In this place will I give peace’
The Lodge came into being for several reasons.
a) After the second World War the town witnessed a tremendous influx of labour to match the growing capacity and demand of local large employers plus the subsequent build up of supporting service industries.
b) Servicemen returning from the war wanted to retain the friendship and camaraderie established whilst serving in the forces.
c) The two existing Lodges could not cope with the excessive demand for membership.
Consequently at the time, Barry Lodge and Vale of Glamorgan Lodge, worked hard to form Porthkerry Lodge. It has now developed into its current cosmopolitan make up and style of membership.