Heatherden and the Silverscreen

The connection to Pinewood Studios stems from the founders and initiates in the early years, most of whom worked there in the technical support departments

With one, Charles Staffell, winning an ‘Oscar’ and an ‘Emmy’ for back projection and visual effects. In addition, the Master’s and Wardens’ chairs were made in the studios’ workshops. After the lodge moved from its original home in Iver Heath, just near Pinewood, when the then new Slough Centre opened, these chairs were ultimately transferred to the Slough Centre where they are still in use, after initially moving to Gerrard’s Cross and the Bell House in Beaconsfield where they were used by other lodges.

The Heatherden Lodge No. 7345 banner depicts at its center the ‘Porte Cochaire’ of Heatherden Hall, the Georgian manor house situated in Pinewood Studios. Above this is embroidered the square and compasses and below the motto ‘truth, honour, virtue’. The whole of this is encircled by gold embroidery, with the lodge name above and its number below. The original banner, embroidered by the Guild of Art & Needlework and purchased in 1965 through a legacy from a Founder was dedicated in January 1967. This was replaced in 2014 and now hangs in a glass case in the stairwell at the Slough Masonic centre. A new banner was commissioned and made in Pakistan and this was dedicated in a ceremony attended by the Provincial Grand Master, his Deputy and all three Assistant Provincial Grand Master in November of that year.