About the Lodge
Throughout its 50 year history, Saint Peter’s has earned a reputation for being a Lodge where members and guests attend regularly to enjoy each other’s company, and to take part in, and witness business-like ceremonies of a very high standard and significance. Our rehearsals for these ceremonies are taken seriously, with much attention given to detail in order that we convey to candidates the true meaning of what they are experiencing, but this is often combined with much humour and laughter befitting a happy Lodge.
Our Lodge Members come from all backgrounds including Teachers, Trainers, Company Directors, Solicitors, Accountants and Police Officers. We mix together really well and guarantee that those joining us will be in good company.
We meet at the Mansfield Masonic Hall on the first Monday of the months between October to April inclusive. Our meetings begin at 18:30. Lodge rehearsals are held in the preceding week at 20:00, all members are strongly encouraged to attend the rehearsal. After each meeting we enjoy dining together, where we sing, laugh and share a meal together. The evening typically concludes by 2200.
Although, in common with every other type of club, our members have reduced from those experienced 20 years ago, approximately 90% of our members attend every meeting - an unusually high percentage, demonstrating their enthusiasm and enjoyment of our proceedings. This commitment is further evidenced by the fact that 3 of us have been members since the very first year, that 6 others have been members for more than 30 years, and that others have re-joined after their other commitments required them to take leave of absence for a few years. We currently have 26 subscribing members and 5 honorary members, drawn from all walks of life, whose ages range from early 30’s to late 70’s. Two of our members have been the Provincial Grand Master for Nottinghamshire - the most senior Freemason in the county.
We believe that Freemasonry is a way of living and we are proud to be Freemasons. We are not embarrassed by trying to display the highest standards of behaviour and morals in all aspects of our lives, whether at business or leisure. We also believe that, despite only men being able to join our Lodge, our wives, partners and families should also be considered to play an integral part of our Masonic lives in the active support they give to our members.
Apart from our charitable fundraising activities which may include Race Nights, pub quizzes and the occasional karaoke, we enjoy a wide range of activities organised by our Social Committee. Our ladies are encouraged to participate with us in these activities (and often prove to be the victors!), which include pub-skittles and lawn bowls. Regular group visits to assorted restaurants for breakfast and evening meals, along with family hosted BBQs are always popular - and to help control the burgeoning waistlines, we are the only lodge which has its own cycling club that meets every weekend throughout the year. Members of all cycling abilities take a relaxing, off-road trip around the local reservoir where we can be rewarded at the cafe with a well-earned bacon-butty! In June we attend a church service on the Sunday nearest St Peter’s Day, which is followed by another social gathering, usually involving cakes and sandwiches, to which all are welcome.
We believe that we fulfil the ambition of every Masonic lodge: to take a good man, and make him better.
Saint Peter’s Lodge No 8493 was consecrated in April 1973 by a group of Mansfield Freemasons who recognised the need for an additional lodge to accommodate the growth in applications for membership of the Craft, and to avoid unnecessary delays in admitting new members. Many of the Founders had a connection with the town’s Parish Church; this latter factor was not a required qualification for membership then, nor is it today.
The Lodge will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023. We have a proud history, including the raising of two of our past masters to the position of Provincial Grand Masters.
To increase the membership of the Lodge and to ensure retention of its members below is a breakdown of our candidate profile.
● Men of all ages and backgrounds who satisfy our membership requirements.
● Interest in walking, cycling or any other outdoor pursuit.
● Has interpersonal skills and enjoys socialising.
● Be in full/part-time employment or retired.
● Have availability for meetings and rehearsals.
● A willingness to learn.
● We are especially interested in people who wish to get involved in the activities of the Lodge.