More about Cuffley Lodge No 8950
The Lodge Badge (above left) incorporates several emblems relating to Cuffley: the German Shütte-Lanz airship (SL-11) 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) and the memorial at Cuffley erected in his memory in 1921, shown above right. The airship (frequently incorrectly described as a Zeppelin) is shown in profile above centre and is to the left of the Square and Compasses on the badge; 'mouseover' the image for more detail. 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.
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 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.
On the right is a photograph of our Lodge Banner, with the Lodge Badge in the centre. Although the bulk of the banner is embroidered, the badge is painted and has therefore suffered somewhat over 30+ years. Rollover the image with the mouse to see a closeup of the badge.
Cuffley Lodge is proud of its charitable giving. We attained Vice-Patron status in the Herts 2009 Festival Appeal and regularly give to both masonic and non-masonic charities, both national and local. Amongst charities supported in recent years are:
- Parkinson's Disease Society
- Royal National Orthopedic Hospital
- Dogs for the Disabled
- Isabel Hospice
- Crossroads Care
- Motor Neurone Disease Association
- Injured Jockeys Fund
- Cuffley Friends of Cancer
- Cuffley Carers
- Cuffley Scouts