The Founding Of The Lodge
The Masonic Lodge affiliated to the Province of Hertfordshire was founded on Monday 5th June 1961.
Two old students in particular were responsible for it’s foundation – Michael Brazier and John (Jack) Rawlings – together with parents of Old Students. The lodge was originally open to all Old Students, members of staff of the school and those associated with the school and/or the old students association.
The ‘old students’ at Foundation were Mike Brazier, Jack Rawlings, Edgar Reid, John Scott and Ronald Shimeild.
The Parents were Ernest Griffiths, Arthur Gubbins, Ernest Scott (father), John Scott (grandfather), Harry Burgin, Edward Rawlings, Ernest Davidson and Roderick Mills.
The first initiate was John Gubbins. The first ‘home’ was the Red Lion at Barnet and in 1969 moved to the Southgate Masonic Centre. We then moved to The Halsey Hall at Cheshunt and 2016 we moved to Mayflower Place, Hertingfordbury.
Although the Lodge used to be for ex-pupils and fathers of pupils of the East Barnet Grammar School, today, membership of the Lodge is open to suitable candidates who are not connected to the school in any way.
The Lodge now meets four times a year. Our 250th meeting will be held during the year 2016.
The name Ludgrove was chosen because of an historic school of that name, which had existed near our school playing fields at Cockfosters, where the first Old Students Clubhouse was built.
The Lodge Plaque was made by Edward Rawlings of bomb damaged marble from HM Queen’s bathroom. Buckingham Palace. Being a marble mason, he repaired the bathroom and used the marble in the 1970s for the plaque. During Lodge meetings, the Plaque sits on the Lodge Secretary’s table, and at our after-proceedings is displayed at the top table, in front of our Worshipful Master. This Plaque, as well as the logo at the top of the page and our banner carry a crest. The crossed swords indicate a battle, the red and white roses, the battle of the roses. The Greek letter, omega, being the last letter of the Greek alphabet, the last battle, the Battle of Barnet. The words of the motto, “En Avant” mean “Forward”.