Freemasonry is alive and well in Huntingdon with four Craft Lodges meeting at Priory House at The Ermine Business Park.
Samuel Pepys Lodge was consecrated on the 20th June 1970 and meets on the fourth Thursday of September, October, January, February and March and the second Thursday in December.
Our sponsoring Lodge, Socrates Lodge No 373, had served freemasonry in Huntingdon for about 150 years, but in the 1960's the town and district began to expand rapidly. A number of masons had moved into the area and Socrates Lodge founded a Committee to discuss the need for a new Lodge. At a special meeting of Socrates Lodge held on 6th May 1969 it was agreed to proceed and twenty one Freemasons of whom three were members of Socrates formed a committee of founders.
Huntingdon has a long history and past association with many eminent people, including Oliver Cromwell. But conscious that Samuel Pepys had for a time lived in nearby Brampton, and with the approval of the Samuel Pepys Society, his name was chosen for the Lodge. The Founder Members supplied the collars of office to which they were appointed and W. Bro Basil Dixon, who had been chairman of the founding committee, was invited to become the first Worshipful Master.
The subscription was originally set at £10 Pounds 10 shillings per year but by 1997 this had risen to £100.00. At the end of the first 20 years, the membership had increased to over 60. Indeed Huntingdon continued to grow and in 1988 Samuel Pepys Lodge sponsored the formation of Hinchingbrooke lodge.
The Lodge Banner was designed, made and presented by two members and the needlework carried out by the wife of the Founding Senior Warden. Another member presented his family bible to be our V S L.
What is Freemasonry?
It is one of the world's largest and oldest secular fraternal and charitable organisations - a society of men, concerned with moral and spiritual values providing a social mix for men of differing faiths from many walks of life.
Samuel Pepys Lodge is part of the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire, which is one of the 47 Masonic Provinces in England and Wales, under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and generally corresponds to the old county boundaries of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire.