About the Lodge
De Vere Lodge is a diverse lodge with members of many different backgrounds and interests, In the past, it was known as a musical or singing lodge due to our unique ritual and sense of fun at social events, a sailing lodge when a number of friends with a common interest in dinghy and yacht sailing became members and is now welcoming to all suitable men.
The lodge enjoys friendly and enjoyable dinners after every meeting where we try to mix formality with fun. The lodge is proud of its reputation for making new members and visitors feel very welcome.
Meetings are held at the Masonic Hall, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham at 6pm on the third Friday of September, October, November, December, January, February and March each year. A number of social events are also organised throughout the year, when the involvement of family and friends is encouraged.
De Vere Lodge, Number 1794 on the Register of the United Grand Lodge of England, was consecrated on 3rd March 1879.
His Grace, The 10th Duke of St. Albans, William Amelius Aubrey De Vere Beauclerk (pronounced boh-clair), the Provincial Grand Master for Nottinghamshire, gave permission for his family name to be used as the title or name of the Lodge and for his coat of arms to be used by the Lodge for Masonic Purposes.
The Duke of St Albans is a title created in 1684 for Charles Beauclerk, 1st Earl of Burford, then fourteen years old. King Charles II had accepted that Burford was his illegitimate son by Eleanor (commonly known as 'Nell') Gwynn, an actress.
The Motto on the Coat of Arms is: Auspicium Melioris Aevi (also the motto of the Order of St Michael and St George), its official meaning is "a pledge of better times" and is also written as "token of a better age". This is most appropriate for our members who strive to become better men through freemasonry.
Currently a profile of De Vere Lodge suggests that members enjoy feeling part of an organisation that is charitable and has an impact on society, built on a value system they can share with like-minded men who also want to improve themselves and enjoy masonic history and tradition.
We have members ranging from their 30’s to their 90’s and whilst new members are encouraged to take part in all lodge activities, many of our more experienced and mature members are still involved with and contribute to lodge meetings and ceremonies.
New members will be assigned a personal mentor who will, in conjunction with their sponsor and seconder, support them in their masonic journey through the three degrees and potentially into the Worshipful Master’s chair if they wish.