About the Lodge
Our lodge has previously had a good many members from the construction and allied industries, but members are now drawn from more diverse spectrum of vocations, including those enjoying retirement too – the lodge also has a healthy number of members with motorcycling and classic or interesting cars and vehicles, which they are happy to discuss and share with anyone.
Our regular lodge meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday each month from November through to March, five meetings each year, with the Installation meeting being held each November. Meetings commence at 6pm promptly, with the exception of the November meeting, which commences at 5:30pm promptly.
There are additional gatherings throughout the year that provide opportunities for informal learning and rehearsing, as well as opportunities to meet up in an informal setting with friends and family too, often at pubs dotted around the county to give opportunity for all to come along, dubbed our ‘pie and pint’ nights. Annually, there is traditionally a ‘Black Tie Event’, which is normally a formal affair, along the lines of a dinner / dance evening, for members, partners and friends to enjoy.
The age range of the lodge is from 34 to 91, with a good spread of experience, both in life and in freemasonry. It is also noticeable, and healthy, that we boast younger band of up-and-coming active members, a perfect setting for new members to settle in and work with like-minded fellows in the development and expansion of their masonic knowledge and experience. We try and produce a small newsletter each quarter, to ensure that current and past members are informed of the lodge activities, its successes, and communicate the social and other plans for the coming months in advance. This has been running for a year now, and has been well received.
At the core of all that we do and stand for, sits ‘Charity’. As an organisation in general, and as a lodge in particular, we do try to fully support all national, as well as provincial charitable campaigns, and to this end, we encourage our members to subscribe to our regular giving facility, which enables members to donate little and often, into our designated charity account, to ensure that we are well prepared to contribute to any initiative when properly called upon.
The first founders meeting was held on Friday 29th November 1929 at the Reform Club, Victoria Street, Nottingham, The Temple Lodge No. 5196 was eventually consecrated on 30th October 1930, the first new lodge to be consecrated in the new Masonic Hall, built at Goldsmith Street, with the first regular meeting being held on 2nd December 1930.
Why join Temple Lodge No. 5196 ? – Because it operates in a traditional manner, with a constant focus on striving to operate at a high standard, with ample opportunities to enable its members to join in every aspect of masonic life, learn, develop, flourish and thrive, and encourage participation within our own lodge activities, but also to encourage visiting of other lodges nationwide, where members can meet masons form across the UK, building and maintaining lifelong friendships in the process. If you are interested in joining us, please do get in touch, and let’s get that initial informal ‘chat’ underway, the first step is always the most trepidatious, but having the courage to make it, can lead to a thoroughly enjoyable and supportive masonic career and fantastic network of new friends. Please feel free to make contact with any of the below, to discuss any interest and explore our lodge, and what it has to offer, in more detail:
• Lodge Secretary Alan Yates email@example.com
• Lodge Membership Officer Ashely Barrington-Dawson firstname.lastname@example.org
• Lodge Mentor Adrian Bellamy email@example.com