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Belfairs Lodge 4730


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Belfairs Lodge meets on the 2nd Saturday, 3rd Saturday or 4th Saturday in Febtuary, March, April, October and December. We always look forward to welcoming new members and if you are interested in knowing more about our Lodge please contact our secretary - and to know more about our Lodge history please click on the button below



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Lodge History

Belfairs Lodge 4730

The Lodge was consecrated by Lord Lambourne at Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, on Wednesday 25 May 1925.  The minutes of the Consecration ceremony record that there was ‘an instructive and impressive oration by the PGChap. Bro. Rev. R. Fermor Rendell’. The Lodge Crest is the family crest of Lord Lambourne.

The first regular meeting was held on Wednesday 14 October 1925 and included a Notice of Motion that the Lodge should become a Hall Stone Lodge, and that a collector be appointed to collect members’ donations.  The minutes show that with 20 Founders the liability of the Lodge would not be greater than 10 guineas per member, or 200 guineas in all, less 5 guineas per head for those Brethren who had subscribed in other lodges.

Those minutes also record that W.Bro Drysdale, Master of Priory Lodge No. 1000 be made Honorary member in appreciation of the kindness of Priory Lodge in recommending the Petition of the Belfairs Lodge to the PGM.

The Lodge originally met at the Grand Hotel, Leigh on Sea, but in 1927 moved to the Elm Hall, Leigh, later to the Queens Hotel and subsequently to the Palace Hotel.

Until the Second World War the Lodge held an annual golf competition for the Lord Lambourne Cup.  Unfortunately the cup has since been lost and the competition abandoned.

The Lodge met during the war years, albeit spasmodically, one meeting being in London.

The meeting on Saturday 8 February 1947 was especially busy: one Brother was Raised, two Passed and two Initiated.  The meeting started at 3:30 pm and finished at 7:40 pm.

The most charismatic member was Bro. Bill Lawes, a Founder and first Assistant Secretary.  He was WM both in 1930 and 1931.  He was initiated whilst serving in North West India with the Bengal Lancers.  He attended every meeting of the Lodge from its Consecration until the year of his death, 1971 – a period of some 46 years.

The minutes of the meeting on 13 April 1957 record: ‘At the subsequent Festive Board W.Bro Laws was presented with a gold mounted pen and pencil box, to commemorate his attendance at all 150 meetings of the Belfairs Lodge, and in reply gave a most interesting speech of thanks on the history of the Lodge, particularly with reference to the late Lord Lambourne’s permission for the Lodge to use his family crest’.  Unfortunately the minutes say nothing more and opportunities therefore to record the earlier history have been lost.

Bill Was Treasurer for many years; he epitomised all that a Freemason should be and put into practise those virtues that had been so eloquently expressed at the Consecration.

The largest and most memorable meeting was held on 11 February 1987, when the Lodge celebrated it’s 300th meeting.  The Eifel Lodge No. 855 of Bitburg, West Germany, gave a most exciting and informative demonstration of the American Third Degree, conducted in the appropriate costume.  The members of the Lodge and the many visitors were privileged to witness both the long and short ceremony of the traditional history, together with a most impressive rendering of the Walking Charge.  The minutes of the meeting record ‘Superlatives are inadequate to describe the atmosphere that was generated by the ritual and the sincerity of the performances given by all the members of the Eifel Lodge.  At the conclusion of the ceremony we all rose to our feet in appreciation of the demonstration, and the spontaneous applause lasted for several minutes’.  The DepPGM, Freddie Thornback, gave appreciative thanks to the Eifel Lodge for the demonstration and shortly afterwards wrote to the secretary: ‘I do not think I shall ever forget my visit to Belfairs Lodge as it must be the most enjoyable meeting I have ever attended’.

The members of Eifel Lodge and their ladies stayed with various members of the Lodge over the weekend of that meeting.  Much fun was had in their company and lasting friendships were forged.

The Lodge’s history records many instances of sons following their fathers to the Chair, and on two occasions this has extended to grandsons.  All are mentioned by name and addendum states that ‘Brothers and brothers-in-law etc. going through the Chair are perhaps too numerous to mention’.

Undoubtedly the Lodge’s most distinguished member, the late W.Bro Joe Holdsworth who was Master in 1992 and who died in July 2004 while serving as Provincial Grand Charity Steward.  His premature death was indeed a savage loss to Freemasonry in general and the Belfairs Lodge in particular.  The time and effort he devoted for charitable causes both Masonic and non-Masonic are well known and fully in the traditions expressed by the consecrating Chaplin.


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