Cuffley Lodge

Lodge Number: 8950
Consecration: 13 November 1980
Meeting Place: Halsey Masonic Hall – Cheshunt
Meeting Dates: 2nd Thursday November (Installation)
2nd Thursday February
2nd Thursday April
3rd Thursday September

 

The Lodge was consecrated on 13 November 1980. It was founded by a group of 19 Masonic friends living in Cuffley who often visited each others’ Lodges, but a number had not had the opportunity, for various reasons, to progress through the Chair of their Mother Lodge.  Cuffley Lodge was therefore founded not only to provide for masonry in the village of Cuffley, but also to allow these Master Masons a chance to progress through the Chair of a Lodge. To this day, Cuffley Lodge maintains the tradition that only Master Masons progress to the Chair and it has not needed to call on Past Masters to fill in. Like many lodges, Cuffley Lodge has had members with close connections from other spheres. Initially, there was a substantial group of publicans and policemen. Equally, there was also a strong contingent who were also members of the local Round Table.

The Lodge Badge incorporates several emblems relating to Cuffley. The German Shütte-Lanz airship SL-11 was shot down by Lieut. William Leefe-Robinson in 1916, (for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross – this being the first airship shot down in the Great War). The memorial at Cuffley was erected in his memory in 1921. The airship, frequently incorrectly described as a Zeppelin, is shown in profile above centre and is to the left of the Square and Compasses. The badge also features an oak leaf surround, reminding us that Cuffley was once a clearing in the forest.  The Hart and the wavy blue and white lines are both drawn from the badge of the County of Hertfordshire; the latter can be said to represent Cuffley Brook, a tributary of the River Lea, one of the principal rivers in the County.