The Cholmeley Lodge 1731 is a masonic Lodge founded for previous pupils, teachers and Governors of Highgate School.

Currently each meeting is attended by around 60 ex-pupils, teachers and governors as well as friends who are members of other lodges.

Our Meetings

Each meeting consists of a formal lodge meeting followed by a sumptuous dinner. The formal part is based around the ancient rituals of Stone Masons who needed to be able to identify skilled workers.

Dinner is a relaxed chance to catch with old friends and make new ones. Meeting people from all walks of life is a big part of freemasonry.

At a meeting you will find people of all religions and ethnicity – certainly at Highgate School and Cholmeley Lodge we are delighted to welcome members from all of the world’s religions.

Freemasons have a proud tradition of participating in The Lord Mayor’s Parade in London.

In 2022 we marched behind a Fire Appliance.
In addition to displaying one of the two High Lift Aerial Ladders besides the Mansion House.
The BBC filmed the new Lord Mayor inspecting the equipment immediately prior to the commencement of the parade.

For the past 10 years Cholmeley Lodge has arranged for the participating parading Masons to congregate prior to the procession at ‘The Great Hall’ Saint Bartholomew’s and also arranges for a sumptuous luncheon after the parade for the Masonic marchers and their families.

In 2022 the two Woman’s Masonic orders HFAF (Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons) and OWF (Order of Women’s Freemasonry) joined us in the parade and both plan to return next year.

The two “baloons” in the photograph (Rough and Smooth Ashlars) relate to the work of ancient stonemasons.

Charitable Acts

Freemasonry is a non-religious, fraternal organisation which aims to improve the world by significant charitable acts.

Cholmeley Lodge is an avid active supporter of ‘The Noah’s Ark Childrens Hospice’ and arranges regular funding to their worthy cause.

London Freemasons purchased and funded £2.5 million to the fire service to purchase two vehicles with high lift aerial ladders, which would be capable of reaching the top of a building as high as Grenfell Tower.

In recognition of Cholmeley Lodge’s effort in raising substantial funds for a second Air Ambulance Helicopter and Rapid Response vehicles for the capital, ten members were invited to the Helipad to meet the pilots and doctors to see and understand their work for themselves.

London Freemasons purchased and funded a Cyber Knife for Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital. This is used for a high precision radio surgical treatment of tumors.
The ‘Great Hall’ at
Saint Bartholomew’s, West Smithfield is Cholmeley’s home and we were Honoured to be present for its unveiling by our Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent.

Members of The Cholmeley Lodge accompanied the Lord Mayor of London

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