The Minster town of Southwell had been without a Craft Lodge since Southwell Lodge No 1405 moved to Nottingham in 1880. Minster Lodge No 8510 was subsequently consecrated in 1973 and since then has met in the historic Great Hall of the Archbishop’s palace, a setting which is both highly atmospheric and unique in the province of Nottinghamshire.
Our Lodge exists very much at the heart of our community; we meet in the shadow of the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and hold our festive boards at the Saracen’s Head hotel opposite the Minster, an inn that can trace its roots back to 1647. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month, 7 times a year.
With such rich history associated with our setting it is perhaps an understandable assumption the make that Minster Lodge in someway looks backwards more than it looks forwards. We are in fact a thriving lodge with around 65 members and an active social calendar.
We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming, whether a brother wishes to enjoy his Craft Freemasonry from the side-lines or throw themselves into our many and varied social activities planned throughout the year, all brethren are most welcome. We enjoy a diverse mix of members of different ages, occupations and backgrounds and our membership also includes brethren who possess considerable masonic experience and those who are only recently commencing their journey in the Craft.
The motto emblazoned on our Lodge banner is ‘fide et fiducia’: ‘by faith and confidence’ which pays due respect to our unique setting while declaring the product of our fraternal endeavours.
A unique and special setting, a strong and highly supportive membership, an inclusive and sociable group.