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Banners of Craft Lodges in Hertfordshire (Continued)

Broadhurst Lodge No: 9415

The Lodge was formed by members of the Broadhurst Club of Instruction whose history starts with a meeting in Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead said to be in 1907, to rehearse several rituals. There are not thought to be many independent clubs of instruction in existence; but from this humble beginning and location, the lodge's name 'Broadhurst' is derived. The banner depicts the ancient Hampstead Conservatoire, Swiss Cottage, where the first minuted meeting of the club took place on 7th February 1909. The oak trees allude to Broadhurst Gardens, and also symbolise the growth and strength of freemasonry, and the Harts to the county of Hertfordshire in which the club was to find a masonic home. The club had held 3,441 meetings prior to the lodge's consecration on 21st May 1991. The motto 'Fidelis' means faithful; faithful to the memory of the Broadhurst club of instruction, which still meets, faithful to the craft and faithful to its obligation.

The lodge has its own printed Broadhurst Ritual to give recognition to the several rituals rehearsed by the club, it is largely based on Emulation words and M.M Taylor's floor work.  The banner was dedicated 15th February 1996.

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