Banners of Craft Lodges in Hertfordshire (Continued)
Burning Bush Lodge No: 9608
The lodge has its origins in the 1970's. Two brethren who were firm friends, both moved into the Bushey area within months of each other. The first meeting of potential founders was held at Bushey Synagogue on 6th February 1995, attended by twenty eight people, many of whom were subsequently founders of the lodge. The proposed name, Burning Bush Lodge, was accepted immediately by Grand Lodge, as was the Lodge emblem. The name 'Burning Bush' has, of course, a biblical origin. It is suggested that the seven branched candelabra, or Menorah, may be emblematical of the burning bush, depicting the flames, and a Menorah was placed in King Solomon's Temple at Jerusalem. The Burning Bush is often taken as the symbol of Israel, small among nations and yet indestructible, because of the divine spirit that dwells within it. The lodge was consecrated by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Michael Batham Jones on 22nd February, 1996.
The banner was dedicated 22nd May 2000. It was donated by W.Bro. Joachim Oberlander the worshipful master at its dedication. He also organised its production. The embroidery in the main is wool and not the usual silk. The main emblem is of course the Burning Bush together with other furniture and ornaments.