Laindon Lodge -
The conception of the
Lodge took place at a meeting in the Laindon Hotel on February
1st 1930 with ten of the founders, Worshipful Brother Osborne
and Brothers Miller, Herepath, Jerram, Childs, Cass, Chappell,
Shaw, Hutchens and Bebington in attendance. At this meeting
three additional founders were proposed but consequently only
two of them, Brothers Holman and Russell became founders. The
following motions were carried:-
Brother Osborne be the first Worshipful Master
Brother Miller be the first Senior Warden
Brother Chappell be the first Junior Warden
The Lodge being called
the Laindon Lodge to meet on the second Tuesday in March, June,
October and December. (Lodge meetings were later amended to
the second Tuesday in February, May, October & December
The insignia of the jewel to incorporate a picture of
St. Nicholas Church.
The founders fee:
The initiation fee: 10 guineas
The joining fee:
By the third meeting held
on the 17th February three further founders, Worshipful Brother
Holland and Brothers Sceats and Patrick were added and the Lodge
motto “Dante Qui Je Puis” (As much as I can
I will) was adopted. This motto has been well practised
by the Lodge to the present day. At the fourth meeting in October
members were informed that the warrant had been granted and
the number would be 5230. and that the consecration was to be
held at the Hutton Masonic Temple on November 29th. At the last
meeting held on November 10th there were still fifteen founders
but before the consecration Brother Hutchens was apparently
ineligible and the final number became fourteen, however, Brother
Hutchens became a joining member at the first regular meeting
The Consecration ceremony took place on November 29th at Hutton.
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Brigadier General
R. B. Colvin C.B., The Lord Lieutenant of Essex, assisted by
the rest of the consecrating officers, performed the ceremony
and 14 founders, 14 consecrating officers and 71 guests attended
The Occupations of the
founders were as follows;-
Timber Merchant, Chemist,
Insurance Officer,Wharf Manager,Civil Servant,Supervising Collector,
Estate Agent, Clerk , Builders (Four Number ) ,Licensed
Victualler, and Builders Merchant.
The first initiate in
December 1930 was Brother W. J. Jerram, the son of one of the
At the December meeting a proposal was carried granting a warrant
for a lodge of instruction to meet at the Laindon Hotel on Thursday
evenings. This Lodge of instruction now meets at Orsett Masonic
Temple on Wednesday evenings. There does appear to have been
a break from 1940 to 1948.
The lodge has had twelve ‘Lewis’ members during
its seventy five years .
In February 1931 a Mr.
A. Palmer was initiated. Later Worshipful Brother Alf
Palmer was well known to a majority of the members for his extensive
work as Almoner.
Work seemed rather brisk
in those early days and a number of emergency meetings were
called. At one of these meetings held in July 1931 the meeting
commenced at 5p.m., dinner was at 7.30 p.m., and including a
calling on and off, double ceremonies of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd
were performed. Indeed within the first year there were nine
initiation ceremonies, five passing and three raising as well
as eight joining members.
At the February 1932 meeting,
Worshipful Brother L. A. M. Stubbs and his father became joining
members and including the consecration, Worshipful Brother Len
Stubbs missed only one regular meeting of the Lodge between
that date and the Golden Jubilee meeting in 1980, a record which
he could be justly proud of.
In 1933 a special dispensation allowed Brother R. Holman to
become Steward of the Lodge, this was necessary as he was landlord
of the Laindon Hotel which was the meeting place of the Lodge.
In the same year another name well known to some members of
the Lodge appeared on the summons. Brother A. C. Henbest, father
of Worshipful Brother A. A. Henbest was initiated.
Work carried on normally
up to the war years when a direction from Grand Lodge gave the
Master powers to cancel any meetings if it seemed prudent in
the state of emergency so to do, with the added instruction
to meet as early as possible and to be as brief as possible.
In consequence, the meetings then commenced at 2.30 p.m. with
effect from 1939. At the December installation meeting, Worshipful
brother W. J. Jerram was installed. He was the first initiate
of the Lodge and the son of the founder Brother H. E. Jerram.
At this meeting Worshipful Brother A. J. North, our secretary
for many years, started on the ladder as Inner Guard, odd little
things then started appearing on the summons, like informing
about the number of meals “owing to food control”.
A few meetings were held without ceremonies but on the whole
work was fairly normal.
In 1942 our well respected
Worshipful Brother F. Carter was initiated.
The father of L. Stubbs became Master and had the pleasure of
installing his son in December 1943. During 1944, with Worshipful
Brother Len Stubbs in the chair, the summons carried the ominous
signs of the war giving the notice forbidding movement in the
restricted areas, ( Laindon was listed at the time as a restricted
area). That year a joint Ladies Festival was held by Worshipful
Len Stubbs & his Father. Another well known name to
appear during this period was Brother R. Hooper who for many
years was Secretary. Brother Hooper was initiated in 1945, just
before the emergency powers given to the Master by Grand Lodge
were rescinded in December 1945.
In February 1948, Worshipful Brother L. Stubbs initiated his
grandson Brother K. Stubbs, and the ancient charge was given
by the father, Worshipful Brother Len Stubbs.
At a special meeting held
in November 1951, the Lodge celebrated their 21st Anniversary,
and to commemorate this occasion the Lodge purchased a banner
which was consecrated at this meeting.
The Secretary, Worshipful Brother Bebington, gave a short résumé
of the first 21 years and referred to the unique ceremony of
the Stubbs family, by pointing out there were then four generations
of the Stubbs.
One year later, in 1952, Worshipful Brother Bebington completed
another milestone, his 21st year as Secretary of the Lodge.
He was presented with a travelling case.
During Worshipful Brother Frederick Carter’s year of office
in 1955, he initiated his brother Walter Carter. At the same
meeting Worshipful Brother Ted Smith, well known among our older
members as a past Preceptor of the Lodge, gave the First
Tracing Board lecture. In the December of that year Worshipful
Brother Carter installed Worshipful Brother Dick Hooper into
The following year Worshipful Brother Dick Hooper had the pleasure
of initiating the Smith Brothers, Worshipful Brother Jack and
his brother Charles, who served as Treasurer of the Lodge for
many years and as joint Preceptor of the Lodge of Instruction.
In1957 the Lodge was honoured with a visit from the Right Worshipful
Provincial Grand Master Canon Stafford Morris.
At the October meeting in 1959, it was agreed to change the
venue to Hutton Masonic Temple and to alter the meetings to
the first Tuesday in February, May, October and December (installation).
Gone were the knocks from the bar below!
In 1973 the Lodge sponsored our daughter Lodge No.8477 which
was consecrated at the Southend Temple, Six members of the Lodge
June 1976 saw the consecration of the Langdon Hills Chapter
at Orsett in the blazing sunshine. Due to the excessive heat,
the members were allowed to attend in shirt sleeves, a most
unusual occurrence. Five members of the Lodge were founders.
The Langdon Hills Rose Croix was consecrated at Upminster in
1978. Worshipful Brother A. R. J. Cook having the distinction
of having been a founder of all three of the Lodge’s off-spring.
2nd December 1980 saw the celebration of fifty years of the
Lodges existence and was celebrated with 103 members and guests
in attendance inclusive of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand
Master, F. W. R. Leistikow, who bestowed a Stewards Collar on
the Installing Master W.Bro M.B.Gibbons in honour of the occasion.
At the meeting held on
3rd February 1981 a proposal was passed & dispensation granted
that the Lodge meet at Orsett Masonic Centre in the village
of Orsett (where it remains) on the 1st Tuesday in February,
April, May, October and December (installation)
Over the last 90
years the lodge has continued to flourish building upon the
foundations of its founders .Over the years the Lodge has supported
the Grand Charities (Grand Patrons of the Royal Masonic Hospital
and patrons of the R.M.I. Girls, R.M.I. Boys, R.M.B.I. with
the master being the proud wearer of the Hall Stone Jewel) and
continues today in previously supporting the 2000 festival and
will support the current festival.
The general decline in membership accross the whole of Freemasonry has meant several Lodges have struggled to survive. In 2016 our Daughter Lodge, Langdon Hills Lodge, sadly had to hand back their warrant, however, this sad occasion gave rise to seven members of Langdon Hills joining Laindon Lodge and it was a great pleasure to welcome them into our family.
Over the years
the Lodge has seen the passing of a number of Brethren who were
stalwarts of the Lodge, such as W. Bro Charles Smith (
Grand Officer ) W. Bro Bob Cook.(Preceptor) and W.Bro R. Davies.
The Lodge has reached where it is today due to their efforts
Traditionally the secretaries
of the Lodge have remained in the position for a number of years
and currently W. Bro Chas Ager has continued that
The Lodge in its first fifty years, was very much a family
lodge with twenty two families having been involved , and albeit
not so much, it has continued for the next twenty five years
with a further five families being involved. Indeed the following
brothers were initiated into the Lodge as “Lewis’s”
Brother David Ball Feb 1967, Bro
Terry Jerome Feb 1968, Brother David Cowell Feb 1982 , Brother David Evans
Feb 1986, and Brother Robert Davies (Junior ) Feb 1988.
The Following Brethren
have received awards for long service:-
60 years - Worshipful Brother Ron
50 years - Worshipful Brother Roy Francis
50 years - Worshipful Brother David Ball
50 years - Worshipful Brother Terry Jerome(Honorary Member)
40 years - Worshipful Brother Gerry Hemsworth
40 years - Worshipful Brother Ricky Bender
40 years - Worshipful Brother Mike Sumner
In conclusion, the Laindon
Lodge has always lived up to its motto, DANT QUI JE
PUIS” which translates “As much
as I can I will. Both the Lodge and the Lodge of instruction
meetings support many charities and with luck on our side, lets hope we continue to do so for the next ten years after which we will reach our next milestone, our Centenary,
our 100th year.