Old Chigwellians Lodge No. 6648

News from the OC Lodge

By Nick Garnish (OC: 1973-83)

Ricky Gardezi (OC 1993) was once more installed as Worshipful Master of the Lodge in February. Paul McCarthy progressed to Senior Warden. Stuart Richardson was invested as Treasurer. This year we welcomed Raj-Inder Singh Chada (OC, 2004). Our new members have quickly become integral members of the Lodge; Harps Johal (OC 2000) and Rahul Bhome (OC 2003) continued to progress quickly.

We enjoyed a wonderful meeting at the School during May; where the Head Master, Michael Punt and his wife Gill were our principal guests. We were also honoured with the presence of the Bursar, David Morrison and his wife Loredana. We are extremely fortunate to be able to re-visit our alma mater in this fashion each year.

Sadly two of our Senior Lodge members passed away this year. Doug Dew was Master in 1955 and was the first Initiate of the Lodge. Several Lodge members attended a moving memorial service in St. Mary’s Chigwell. Equally, we were saddened by the loss of Gus Smith who was Master in 1971. Gus acted as the Charity Steward for many years. Both will be sadly missed, and our thoughts are with their families.

Brief History & key points

The Old Chigwellian Lodge was founded in 1948 by a number of Old Chigwellians including the Headmaster of the era, Dr. R.L. James. A more detailed history is available at www.oclodge.co.uk Lodge members meet four times each year. Most meetings take place during the evening in St James's, London SWI, and one meeting is held on a Saturday at the School each summer. Following each meeting we enjoy a pleasant dinner, often with friends from other Lodges.

Old School Lodges are often considered to be special and many schools such as Chigwell have Lodges associated with them. Other local examples include Brentwood, Forest, Bancroft and Felsted. The Lodge is proud of its heritage and values its close links to the School.

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is the UK’s largest, secular fraternal and charitable organisation, and raises money for a wide range of charitable purposes (including medical research, community care, education and work with young people). It is based on three main principles: Brotherly Love (respect for others); Relief (charity) and Truth (morality). The United Grand Lodge of England has some 270,000 members grouped in more than 8,300 lodges. Lodges in London (including The Old Chigwellian Lodge) are part of the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London. Organised Freemasonry became established in 1717 when four London Lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Ale House, near St. Paul’s Churchyard. In 1737 the first Royal Freemason was made – Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales son of King George II. He was the first of many, although Freemasons ‘come from all walks of life.’

Interested in learning more?

Applications for membership are welcome from all male Old Chigwellians, School staff members, current parents (fathers), sons, brothers and husbands of former or current pupils. For further information please contact the Lodge Secretary, at secretary@oclodge.co.uk

Existing masons who are members of other Lodges would be most welcome to visit us. Anyone enquiring about becoming a Freemason is assured of a warm reception.

The following internet addresses provide a good source of information for those curious. www.metgl.com, www.ugle.org.uk, www.oclodge.co.uk

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