St Michaels Lodge

Lodge Number: 2136
Consecration: 24 March 1886
Meeting Place: St Michaels Masonic Hall – Bishops Stortford
Meeting Dates: 2nd Wednesday October (Installation)
2nd Wednesday January
2nd Wednesday February
2nd Wednesday March
2nd Wednesday April
2nd Wednesday November

 

Maltsters, newspaper owners, a union master and other local business and professional people were among the Petitioners of the second lodge to be formed in Bishop’s Stortford. In 1886, Gladstone was Prime Minister and plans were afoot to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee the following year.

The Consecration was performed on 24th March 1886. Special Meetings have been held in April 1986 and March 2011 to celebrate the Centenary and 125th Anniversary.

The Lodge took its name from the local parish church, the main structure of which dates from the fifteenth century, although there are indications that it could be as early as the seventh century

The original emblem was the Hertfordshire’s Antlered Hart, surmounted by a Square and Compass, but that shown today later replaced this.

The Lodge has remained strong and vibrant over its 125-year history with a high reputation for its working, due in large measure to the excellence of the Lodge of Instruction, which has been in continuous existence since 1897. It was recognised by the Emulation Lodge of Improvement on 18th April 1951.

For many years meetings were held at the Chequers Hotel in Bishop’s Stortford, but in 1934 the present building was purchased and has been improved and maintained by the brethren ever since. In recent years the anteroom has been splendidly refurbished, and is available as an additional LOI room.

Over the years the Lodge has given generous support to the various Festival Appeals, and continues to support many local charities, demonstrating the members concern for those less fortunate in the community.