May we extend a cordial welcome to the web page for West Bridgford Lodge.
Towards the end of the First World War our 'Mother Lodge' - Bentinck No 3416 (which was formed in 1910) - found its membership expanding and was called upon to sponsor a 'Daughter Lodge'; a group of like-minded members of Bentinck Lodge rose to the challenge and created West Bridgford Lodge No 3943 which was granted its warrant by the United Grand Lodge of England on 17th March 1919 and consecrated on the 31st July 1919.
The name of the Lodge is taken from the local area, which was at the turn of the 19th Century becoming a popular residential district - meeting the aspirations of business owners and professionals within the City and County of Nottingham. Old postcards show West Bridgford as a leafy suburb with straight thoroughfares, boulevards and avenues; few shops were to be seen and there were no public houses till 1937!
The West Bridgford Lodge usually meets at 6:00pm on the first Thursday of the month - October to April inclusive - at the Freemasons' Hall, Welbeck Road, West Bridgford. This fine old building was opened in 1910. In addition to our Lodge meetings, we also meet socially; the two main events being the traditional Christmas meal (held on the December meeting of the Lodge) and our Ladies' Festival (held in the Spring). Both events are open to non-masonic guests which members are encouraged to bring along.
Our original Lodge Banner has stood the test of time and is stored at the West Bridgford Freemasons' Hall, but unfortunately we have been unable to trace any record of its design or information about the designer. We believe that it represents the first Trent Bridge (built by the Saxon King Edward the Elder in 924AD) and is described as '... a wooden superstructure placed on the top of stone piers on oaken piles driven into the riverbed...' The bridge was originally known as Hethbeth Bridge and a part is still preserved today on the West Bridgford side of the River Trent, adjacent to the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground.
Depicted on the Nottingham side of the Banner (above the River Trent) is displayed the crocus fields leading over the Meadows area to the Nottingham Castle Rock; in the river stands an Ox and is one of the emblems on the standards of the four divisions of the armies of Judah, representing patience and assiduity.
Charity is at the Heart of Freemasonry
The three Great Principles by which we stand are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth:
- Brotherly Love - Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures
- Relief - Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals
- Truth - Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of others; this work continues today.
Masonic charity is exercised at every level, and West Bridgford Lodge gives aid to our own community and contributes at Provincial level where large sums of money are donated to regional causes; Nationally, our efforts are chanelled through four main charity organisations.
The Lodge membership is comprised of individuals from all walks of life and age ranges - and West Bridgford Lodge is acknowledged to be a very friendly Lodge; we extend friendship and fellowship to all individuals irrespective of race, religion or social status. We embrace our new members - they are the lifeblood and future of the Lodge; and in order to facilitate this we run a Mentoring Scheme - the Lodge 'Mentor' ensures that all new members are made to feel welcome, have all their questions answered and he sows the seed for each new member to have a long, happy and enjoyable association with Freemasonry.
We see Freemasonry as a force for good and we seek actively to be involved in the Community of which we are part; as a group, we strive to be upright men, good citizens who prize honour and virtue, practice brotherly love and seek truth and peace. We would welcome any man over 21, with 'strict morals and upright intensions' with a belief in a Supreme Being, to contact us; also, any existing Freemason looking to join a Lodge would be most welcome.
Thank you for visiting our webpage and if you require any more information about West Bridgford Lodge, please do not hesitate to contact us:
The Lodge Secretary
tele: 0115 914 5831