William Rufus Lodge 6979 - A brief history, past and present.
On the 17th of October 1949, 17 Masons gathered at Lexby Hall in Totton. Lexby Hall was then the Masonic centre founded in 1945. The meeting was called for the purpose of discussing the formation of a new Lodge. The reason for the new lodge was twofold.
• There was a need for another Lodge based in Totton
• To allow for the progression of young Masons
It was unanimously agreed and, during a subsequent meeting where it has been described as an "animated" discussion took place, two names were decided upon.
1. William Rufus
William Rufus was ultimately decided upon by the Provincial Grand Secretary - W. Bro C J H Jones on the 30th November 1949. It was agreed that the Lodge would meet 8 times a year on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, omitting June, July, August and December.
At 2.30pm on the 1st of June 1950 the Deputy Provincial Grand Master-in-Charge of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, W.Bro Wilfrid Attenborough, accompanied by many Provincial Grand Officers entered the Temple, prepared in Southampton Guildhall. In total 432 brethren attended the consecration, some from as far afield as Nigeria, Bombay, New York and Massachusetts.
Having consecrated the lodge, the ceremony was "called on" at 4.50pm, W.Bro F W Munday was installed as Master and William Rufus Lodge 6979 was born.
A small slideshow of the original documents of 1950, click the pause button to stop each slide if you wish to view longer.
William Rufus today
Today William Rufus is still considered a young lodge with many new brethren in thier 30's and 40's. We still meeting regularly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month albeit 5 times a year now in Feb, Mar, May, Oct and Nov.
We have a very warm, friendly and vibrant atmosphere at our meetings and the after proceedings in the dining hall are always described as friendly, welcoming and lively.
We often socialise outside the lodge (life, work and family commitments allowing) which goes towards strengthening the fellowship the lodge enjoys.
We have an excellent relationship with other local lodges and regularly visit and support them, likewise we are fortunate enough to enjoy the company of members from other lodges who visit, join us in our ceremonies and dine with us afterwards.
In the modern digital age, we decided to get "online" and in doing so on the 7th March 2013 We created a Facebook page It proved quite successful and was added as a link on the Provincial Facebook page.
And today, Sunday 12th May 2013, this website was created. Bringing yet another dimension to the lodges dynamic and diverse course in history.
We, the members of William Rufus Lodge, welcome you to this website and indeed to the lodge its self and hope that you might one day visit, share in our ceremonies and share the food and wine at our tables.
"As the strength of a chain is determined not by the number of its links but by the quality of each link, even so a Lodge in its practical service to its members and to society is measured not by the number of men who constitute it, but by the quality of each.”