Our Lodge meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday in October, November, February, March and April and the 2nd Tuesday in December. Like any organisation, there is a business element with minutes, accounts and plans for forthcoming events and charity activities to be addressed and discussed among members.
A very important part of each meeting is a report on the welfare of members who are not able to be present, together with their family’s well being. Lodge meetings are also ceremonial and involve a series of formalised and symbolic presentations (similar to short plays) that use drama to highlight the codes of conduct by which a Freemason strives to live. The final part of the meeting usually involves members sharing an enjoyable meal together, known as a Festive Board.
Lodge of Instruction
As well as our regular Lodge meetings (6 times a year), we also have a Lodge of Instruction which meets once a month on the last Monday (except Bank Holidays) of January to April and September to November. This is an opportunity to come along, participate and learn more about the ritual in a more relaxed setting. Your attendance at the Lodge of Instruction is expected as you progress through the various offices within the Lodge.
Once a year we organise a barbecue at the home of one of our members during the summer. This is a chance to socialise with our partners and also invite non-masonic friends along.
Membership of a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is open all to men of good character aged 21 or over who have been proposed by two members. (University lodges have a special dispensation to initiate men at 18 years old) The final decision rests with the members of the individual Lodge. A Freemason may join more than one Lodge and, once a member, may visit other Lodges as a guest – so a change of home or job should not necessarily cause difficulties.