Following an intensive search by the Lodge of True Friendship together with our own Chapter member W. Bro Derek Childs—it was concluded that the Lodge of True Friendship 160 was a direct descendant of the Strong Man Lodge 45.
There was a special meeting and dinner held at Saxon Hall during the 31st March 2006 to celebrate the Essex Family Cluster which was attended by the PGM the RW Bro. J. M. Webb and various other retinue with of course members from the Strong Man & Lodge of True Friendship Lodges.
The tree below is based on a copy of the chart presented on the night together with the acknowledgements at the bottom…
Acknowledgements are gratefully extended to W. Bro P. Vidler of Strong Man Lodge 45, W. Bro J. Smoothy of True Friendship Lodge 160, W. Bro J.G. Amos of Earl Amhurst Lodge 3230, and W. Bro C. Penny of Leigh Chase Lodge 6804 for their very significant assistance in the preparation of this tree. Also to W. Bro Derek Childs, previously Secretary of the Shoeburyness Lodge 6665, who in recent times was the first to appreciate and process data relating to the kinship of the Strong Man and True Friendship Lodges.
History cannot always be shown definitely on a piece of paper. Strong Man’s relevant early Minutes were lost. So there are no defining documents extant confirming the Strong man Lodge was the Mother Lodge of True Friendship.
However the first Worshipful (Master), Senior Warden, Junior Warden and Secretary of True Friendship were all senior brethren of the Strong Man Lodge.