The late Past Provincial Grand Master, Rev. Canon
R. T. Warburton, who advocated the Lodge’s foundation, hoped it would attract Brethren who would find it easier to attend daytime meetings.
Over the last 25 years, the Lodge has been able to attract many Brethren to enjoy the fellowship of a Lodge at the time of day that suited their hours of work, family situation or health problems. This gave them the opportunity to take as active a part in the life of a happy and interesting Lodge as they wished.
Presently, the Lodge meets four times a year in April (Installation), May, September and October. Although the Lodge is based at West Bridgford Masonic Hall, other meetings have been held at Mansfield and Newark. Meetings usually commence around 11:00am and are followed by a two-course festive board (the ladies are invited to join us at the October festive board).
It is now becoming obvious that there are Brethren resigning from their Lodges because their health and or age make it more difficult to attend evening meetings. Travelling in the dark, cold winter months, more hazardous weather conditions and dining late in the evening all bring their own problems.
This is where we hope that Robert Warburton Lodge can be of help. Sooner than finish a long and happy Masonic career, think of winding down whilst still enjoying the friendship and ceremonial you could share with us at a time and in circumstances which suit you. Please do not think we are poaching, we just want to keep you within your Masonic family.
We are far from being a home for masonic geriatrics but we do see ourselves as offering somewhere that preserves a very happy and traditional bond for a spectrum of Brethren who are working to give a strong alternative to resignation.
What can we offer?
- Four daytime meetings a year.
- You choose how much (if any) of the ritual you would like to do. If you feel it is time to sit back and relax then you can.
- If you decide you want to get back “on the floor” then you will get all the support you feel you need.
- Two-course meals - reduce the need for Gaviscon!
- Lower cost.
- You’ll feel at home from the moment you join.
Obviously, we would also be delighted to receive Brethren from Lodges surrendering their warrants, as we know how traumatic this can be. So, if your Lodge is closing or you are thinking of finishing come as a visitor and see just how well you could fit in.
For any information, or just a chat, ring W. Bro. Bill Lawrenson (LLO) on 0115 974 9272
or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am delighted to endorse the sense of fellowship contained on this page, not just because it reflects the attitude of the members of the Robert Warburton Lodge No 9464 but also because it promotes opportunities to enjoy Freemasonry to those who are not able to attend meetings in the evenings
The daytime lodges in Nottinghamshire are a valued element of the Province and without question, they aid retention. Those who elect to join one of those lodges will find a very enjoyable masonic experience awaits."
Philip G Marshall
Provincial Grand Master