The University of Nottingham Lodge No.7598
Freemasonry. It spells friendship, charity, honesty, tolerance, intellectual and moral self-improvement as well as being a fascinating hobby. It is the oldest fraternal society in the world, and we are proud to be a part of it.
Our Lodge was created in 1958 in the Great Hall of Nottingham University. We are thus a true University Lodge as well as being a member of the United Grand Lodge University Scheme. The original criteria for membership included having a connection with Nottingham University or any other University. Over the years this was extended to include men with equivalent professional qualifications such as teaching, industry and commerce.
Members of the University staff were deeply involved in the initial arrangements, not only to establish the Lodge, but to obtain approvals for meeting and dining rooms, to select the appropriate ritual as well as to decide an appropriate coat of arms. Regular Meetings were initially held in a private dining room of the Portland Building at the University and the Officers wore dinner jackets although this formality has now been discontinued. Some University Lodges encourage members to wear academic dress at meetings, which does lend an interesting colour and dignity to the meetings; sadly, we do not follow this interesting tradition. As a University Lodge our meeting dates have always followed the University Terms. As time progressed, there became a problem of dates and venues for the meetings. Suitable rooms were not always available in the calendar of the University and the geography of the Portland building made access difficult when other functions were taking place at the same time. The Lodge therefore moved to the Masonic Hall at Goldsmith Street (just across the road from Trent University) where we still meet.
Our members ages range from 22 to 94. We currently have a wide range of nationalities including English, French, Indian, Singaporean and Greek. We have Students, Graduates, Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Accountants, Engineers, University Staff, Professors and Lecturers within our membership. We have those who are new to the Craft as well as senior Brethren with decades of experience. Over the years several members have been Freemasons of importance including a Deputy Provincial Grand Master and a Grand Superintendent.
Every Lodge has a banner and the design of ours reflects our origins. The three wavy lines of blue running across the shield at the centre signify the location of Nottingham on the River Trent and recognises the importance of the river in the development and history of the City. Superimposed is a “cross moline gules” (a red cross broadened at its extremities) to recognise the University’s foundation. Above the cross the open book is inscribed with the words: QUAERENTI OSTIUM, (to the enquirer – a gateway); an appreciation of the University’s role of seeking the truth through study. Flanking the open book are domed towers which were derived from the triple towered walled castle that features on the City Coat of Arms. These acknowledge the great contribution made by the City in establishing the University College.
Other elements of the University Coat of Arms – the oak tree which surmounts the shield and the scroll carrying the motto “Sapienta Urbs Conditur” are not included on the Banner but the latter is used on Lodge stationery.
We enjoy a sociable dinner following each meeting and we make visitors and all newer members feel most welcome. The Master of the Lodge organizes an annual black-tie Ladies' Night for Brethren, families and friends together with many other varied social activities throughout the year. We also welcome our Ladies and non-masonic guests at a ‘White Table’ event following one of our regular meetings each year.
We fully support the fundamental principles of Freemasonry and accordingly we regularly make charitable contributions to local and national causes.
If you are interested in discovering more about The University of Nottingham Lodge, wish to join us, visit us, or just talk to us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.