The University of Nottingham Lodge No.7598
The year was 1958. On 14th January the University Registrar confirmed the consent of the Senate to the creation of the Lodge and passed on its suggestion that the lodge should be endowed with the title of “The University of Nottingham Lodge” and that it could hold its meetings on the University premises if the members so wished. On Tuesday 15th April, a member of the Royal Sussex Lodge proposed the signing of a petition praying the Grand Master to sanction the formation of a new Lodge in this Province to be known as “The University of Nottingham Lodge”. On Saturday, 13th September, the Consecration Meeting took place in the Great Hall of the University. It was thus that our Lodge came into being.
The original criteria for membership included having a connection with Nottingham University or any other University. Over the years this was extended to include men with equivalent professional qualifications such as teaching, industry and commerce.
Regular Meetings were initially held in a private dining room of the Portland Building at the University and the Officers wore dinner jackets although this formality has now been discontinued. Some University Lodges encourage members to wear academic dress at meetings, which does lend an interesting colour and dignity to the meetings; sadly we do not follow this interesting tradition. As a University Lodge, our meeting dates have always followed the University Terms. As time progressed, there was concern with the developing problem of dates and venue for the meetings. Suitable rooms were not always available in the calendar of the University. The geography of the Portland building also made access to the lodge room difficult when other functions were taking place at the same time. The Lodge, therefore, moved to the Masonic Hall at Goldsmith Street (just across the road from Trent University) where it still meets.
Our members include a wide range of ages, nationalities, and occupations. It includes those who are new to the Craft as well as senior Brethren with decades of experience. Over the years a number of members have been Professors and senior academics of repute. Some also have been Freemasons of importance including a Deputy Provincial Grand Master and a Grand Superintendent.
Every Lodge has a banner and the design of ours reflects our origins. Members of the University staff were deeply involved in the initial arrangements, not only to establish the Lodge, but to obtain approvals for meeting and dining rooms, to select the appropriate ritual as well as to decide an appropriate coat of arms.
On our Banner are three wavy lines of blue running across the shield at the centre signifying the location of Nottingham on the River Trent and recognising the importance of the river in the development and history of the City. Superimposed is a “cross moline gules” (a red cross broadened at its extremities) to recognise the University’s foundation. Above the cross the open book is inscribed with the words: QUAERENTI OSTIUM, (to the enquirer – a gateway) which may be seen as an appreciation of the University’s role of seeking the truth through study.
Flanking the open book are domed towers, one surmounted by a crescent moon and one by a star. These were derived from the triple towered walled castle that features on the City Coat of Arms that was formally recognised in 1614. The towers on the University Arms acknowledge the great contribution made by the City in establishing the University College. They also imply that vigilance is required.
Other elements of the University Coat of Arms – the oak tree which surmounts the shield and the scroll carrying the motto “Sapienta Urbs Conditur” are not included on the Banner but the latter is used on Lodge stationery.
We enjoy a sociable dinner following each meeting and we make visitors and all newer members feel most welcome. The Master of the Lodge organizes an annual black-tie Ladies' Night for Brethren, families and friends together with other varied social activities throughout the year. We also welcome our Ladies and non-masonic guests at a ‘White Table’ event following one of our regular meetings each year.
We fully support the fundamental principles of Freemasonry including ‘Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth’. In support of these principles we regularly make charitable contributions to local and national causes.
If you are interested in discovering more about The University of Nottingham Lodge, wish to join us or visit us, please contact either of the following Brethren:
Professor Brian Pollard, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julian Rose (Lodge Secretary), email: email@example.com