About the Lodge
Carnarvon Lodge meet 6 times a year on the 3rd Monday of October through to December then February through to April.
Our meetings normally start at 6pm, except the October meeting. This a longer meeting therefore begins at 5:30 pm. We meet at the Masonic Hall Goldsmith Street, Nottingham which is convenient for public transport, on the Tram route. The Hall also has a large car park. It has excellent meeting facilities in a splendid building with splendid dining facilities.
Following every meeting, we have a sit down meal which provides an opportunity for the members to meet socially and get to know each other. It is also a time to get to know members of other Lodges who join us at our meetings.
Prior to all meetings, we have rehearsals which currently take place on a Tuesday starting at 8pm. Most members meet socially before at 7:30 pm. All members of the Lodge are encouraged to attend these rehearsals as it will provide an opportunity for members to practice their parts and raise them to a good standard. It is also an ideal opportunity to socialise and meet other members in the bar before and afterwards.
We organise several social events during the year including celebrating Burns Nights. This is open to all members, family and friends plus members of other Lodges.
A Church Service in the Chapel at Newstead Abbey followed by Sunday Lunch at a local pub. The Service is open to all faiths and a talk is sometimes arranged on the Masonic connection to Newstead. Given by the Secretary.
A trip to Scotland in early December for 5 days staying at the Duke of Gordon Hotel in Kingussie, when members from across Nottinghamshire are invited along with their partners and also guests who are not Masons are offered the opportunity to take part in the trip.
The name of the Lodge comes from The Earl of Carnarvon. The Pro Grand Master, 2nd in Charge to HRH Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (King Edward VII), 1874-1901 The Grand Master.
The Earl owned at the time most of Mapperley, Gedling and Carlton with lands stretching to Bingham where he resided when visiting his Estates.. He built St Pauls a Basilca Style Church in Carlton and an area he helped to create known as Carlton in the Willows 1883. The name was to distinguish this area from other Carltons in Nottinghamshire.
Other famous members were Sir John Turney, Leather manufacturer, Alderman and Lord Mayor of Nottingham. Sir Albert Martin and his cousin C Reginald Martin, founders of Martin Emprex an International Company still in existence today.
The Lodge welcomes candidates of all professions to become members. Many existing members are from the Armed Forces and enjoy the fellowship the Lodge offers. Other members include Builders, Doctors, Property developers, financial advisers, and Accountants. The Lodge has members of a diverse number of Nationalities and Faiths and the ages of member range from the lower 20’s to 80’s and all mix with a wealth of knowledge to impart.
Further information is available from the Secretary / Lodge Membership Officer W.Bro. Martin G White