Craft Lodge Profiles

Minster Lodge No. 8702

Minster Lodge Badge Cleaned.pngMinster Lodge was created in 1976 as part of the world wide community of Freemasons with the Founders wanting a modern lodge with modern ideas and while some lodges have their long histories and timeless peculiarities Minster Lodge has kept its modern outlook and goes from strength to strength.

While some Lodges concentrate on specific interests, for instance there are Motor Cycle Lodges, Fishing Lodges and Musical Lodges etc. Minster Lodge prides itself on having members from across the board, if you want to talk fishing – great we have keen fishermen, motor cycling – great we have motor cyclists, cycling – great we have cyclists, we have car enthusiasts, we have clay pigeon shooters and whilst we take our Masonic duties very seriously, we take enjoying ourselves seriously too.

We normally meet at 6.15pm on the 3rd Thursday of September, November, January, February , March and May at the Lincoln Masonic Centre on Nettleham Road leaving the Summer and weekends free to enjoy whatever pastimes we want to. We also have very enjoyable BBQ’s, Ladies Nights and Christmas Socials where not only members but family and friends are also welcome.

As a modern forward thinking Lodge, Minster Lodge utilises social media to maintain links with its members ensuring everyone is involved and engaged. This allows all members to feel they are an integral part of our fraternity irrespective of length of membership.

For more information contact
W.Bro Graham Cadel
Minster Lodge Membership Officer
Tel 07715 328350
Email g.cadel@ntlworld.com

Lindum Lodge No. 5777

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Lindum Lodge, which was consecrated in February 1939, draws its members from a wide cross-section of society and age range. Lodge members have a variety of occupations and interests, ranging from the traditional professional occupations, Armed Forces & Emergency Services (serving & retired), employed, self-employed and some students. This varied membership truly makes for a happy and interesting lodge.

Over 80 years, Lindum Lodge has gained the enviable reputation of being a ‘happy and welcoming Lodge’, where sharing the company and friendship of likeminded members of society is second only to that of improving the lives of the less fortunate in society, whilst having fun!

Our meetings are held in the early evening (usually starting at 6.15pm) on the second Tuesday of the months of January, February, March, April. October, November and December, at the Lincoln Masonic Centre, 116 Nettleham Road in Lincoln. A typical meeting usually lasts about 2 hours and is followed by a meal (or Festive Board as it is referred to) where members can enjoy each other's company in a relaxed, semi-formal atmosphere.

At Lindum Lodge we also understand the importance of balancing Freemasonry with family life, therefore we hold a number of social events throughout the year, at which members’ families and friends are positively encouraged to attend. These range from our Ladies Night which is a formal black-tie event held in November, BBQ’s, Quiz nights, Xmas meals, Jazz nights, Wii Bowling etc., - again with the emphasis on having fun.

For more information contact:
W.Bro. Martin Huckle
Lindum Lodge Membership Officer
Tel: 07910 353192
Email: martinhuckle71@gmail.com

Ashlar Lodge No. 5219

Ashlar Lodge Badge.jpgAshlar Lodge Warrant dated 6th February 1930 and was consecrated on the 26th February 1931.

The seal of the Ashlar Lodge shows a stonemason working on a "Rough Ashlar" or stone that has been squared but has a rough surface which has not yet been polished.

The Ashlar Lodge was consecrated by the Earl of Yarborough who was the Provincial Grand Master for Lincolnshire at the time. Since its conception six of its members have been Sheriffs of the City of Lincoln and we have had one active Member of Parliament.

The Ashlar Lodge continues to flourish today and more and more young people are joining this is due to the active social calendar that the Lodge has and the enjoyable Lodge meetings combined with a happy festive board (the meal after the Lodge meeting). Many of the visitors coming from other lodges return as they find Ashlar Lodge so friendly.

The social activities to which family and friends are invited include trips to Grand Lodge, garden parties, barbeques, dining nights including hotel-restaurant meals and curry nights, rugby trips, visits such as Lincoln Cathedral Tours and of course our yearly Ladies Night which is always well attended.

Ashlar Lodge meets 8 times a year on the 4th Thursday of the month September to November and January to May inclusive.

The Lodge is committed to supporting the Province of Lincolnshire and Grand Lodge of England in moving forward with Freemasonry in the 21st century.

For more information contact
W.Bro Richard Woodall
Ashlar Lodge Membership Officer
Tel 07964091095
Email mr.richard.woodall@gmail.com

Paulinus Lodge No. 3957

Paulinus profile.jpgPaulinus Lodge was Consecrated on 29th May 1919, having been formed from St Hugh Lodge.

Paulinus was a young Roman Monk and sent by Pope Gregory the Great to help St Augustine in his conversion of the people of Britain. He became the Bishop of York whose diocese included then, Lincoln.

Paulinus died on 10th October 644 and therefore that date is now designated St Paulinus day.

Paulinus Lodge. A popular lodge where you will always receive a warm welcome, and we are known for the friendly reception that our guests receive. We welcome regular visitors from lodges in Lincoln and other lodges throughout the country and abroad.

We are proud to share a home of our own in Lincoln with other lodges and orders. Paulinus Lodge meets 9 times a year on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm (Excepting January when it is the second Wednesday). Meeting in September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May followed by a break or summer recess. After the lodge meeting, which takes approximately 2 hours, we get together for an evening meal in a semi-formal but relaxed setting and enjoy the company of our friends with the obvious social enjoyment.

We are a body of men banded together for the purpose of mutual moral and social support, we endeavour to cultivate and exhibit charitable support in many areas.paulinus 3957 Badge.png

We recognise that a Masons duty is first and foremost to his own family, to help their families understand who we are and to enjoy each other's company,

We hold many social functions where many lasting family friendships have been made.

If you find you would be interested in joining Paulinus Lodge, Please call or email 

W. Bro Chuck Boulton
Paulinus Lodge Membership Officer
Email: cebpaulinus@btinternet.com
Mob: 07941290431

Excalibur Lodge No. 2959

Excalibur profile image.jpg“Excalibur” Lodge, named after the celebrated sword of King Arthur, and immortalised by Alfred Lord Tennyson in the Idylls of the King, was chosen by the Lodge founders for three reasons.

Firstly – As a mark of respect to Alfred Lord Tennyson, thus showing an appreciation of the spirit of his work.

Secondly – As a commemoration of the relief of the City of Lincoln, by King Arthur, when besieged by the Saxons under Cedric in the year 520 A.D.

Thirdly – As an ideal. By regarding that magical sword in the hands of the great King, the hilt and scabbard sparkling with jewels of purity and virtue, the cross guards fashioned into serpents, ancient emblems of wisdom, the blade, keen to destroy evil, succour the distressed and to defend the brotherhood. Finally returning radiant with light to the waters whence it sprang, as a noble symbol of the intellectual purpose of life.

The seal of the Lodge shows the scene of the return of Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake, framed in a design of a Celtic spiral ornament which is copied from the boss of a Celtic shield found in the River Witham near Washingborough, along with a sword of similar pattern, and a fine Viking sword, probably all being relics of the Saxo-British fight; this is charged upon the circle of the Sun and Moon and Blazing Star.

The motto “Vigilando Vinces in 5th century script, may be freely translated “By watchfulness thou shalt prevail”, and is derived from the last command of King Arthur to Sir Bedevire “Watch”.

Excalibur Lodge was formed from eighteen members of Witham Lodge No. 297, and one member of St Hugh Lodge No. 1386. The consecration ceremony took place on 5th May 1903. In the beginning, Excalibur Lodge was given the nickname of the ‘Farmers’ Lodge owing to the number of brethren living outside the City boundaries. Helped by a very convenient Great Eastern Railway service from Sleaford to Lincoln, which provided transport for many Freemasons from the villages along that line. Excalibur Lodge has evolved to include members from all walks of life. A position Freemasonry still supports today. It is open to men from all backgrounds, faiths, ages and races, allowing them to meet as equals. Excalibur Lodge meets 8 times a year on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 6:15pm from September to April inclusive, at the Lincoln Masonic Centre, 116, Nettleham Road, Lincoln. LN2 1RR.

The social side of Freemasonry is well supported by our members and quite apart from the eight Masonic meetings each year, Excalibur Lodge has a full social programme, to which partners and friends are invited. We hold a Burns Supper, a Ladies Night, Quiz nights, a Garden Party, a Ladies Dining in Night, Race nights and meals out. All of which are fun filled and enjoyable occasions, which help us to raise monies to support our chosen charities.

For more information contact:
W. Bro Dave Wicks
Excalibur Lodge Membership Officer
Email wicks.david@hotmail.co.uk
Tel 07847 461089 or 01777 870455

Ermine Lodge No. 2351

ermine lodge profile.pngErmine Lodge was issued with its warrant on 21st January 1890. It was formed to accommodate the gentlemen of the county and men of professional calling and in its early years included those who dominated its business and social life including such illustrious members as a number of Lords, an Earl and a former Lord Bishop of Lincoln and several Provincial Grand Masters.

The Lodge began life in the Assembly Rooms in Bailgate, Lincoln, which was at the side of the old Roman Road known as Hermin or Ermine Street. Hence the name of our Lodge.

Today, there is no such requirement for meeting the aforementioned criteria of this very friendly and inclusive Lodge other than members should be men of good character with a belief in a supreme being.

Membership of Ermine Lodge today is from many walks of life and include brethren from the legal profession, restaurant trade, hairdressing, accountancy, caring profession, entertainment and law. We are also a Lodge of golfers who are keen to organise inter Lodge competitions. We have musical brethren and include members of the fire service brass band who regularly entertain at Lodge festive boards and Ladies nights and have a well-known local and international comedian who entertains at inter Lodge social occasions.

Ermine Lodge meets at the Masonic Hall in Nettleham Road at 6pm on the last Tuesday in October (installation night), November, January, February and April. We also hold an annual Ladies night. We hold a Zoom quiz night for members which is well attended. Meetings usually last between one and two hours after which there is a dinner or festive board of three courses and coffee where brethren get to know each other in a convivial and socially relaxed atmosphere and we can always expect a fair number of visiting members of other Lodges to attend as our guests.

Masonry of course has a firm history of ritualistic learning meant to increase the knowledge and self-worth of its members. It also has a strong commitment to charitable giving to Masonic and non-Masonic causes for which Ermine Lodge is justifiably proud.

For more details please contact:
W. Bro. John Bottomley
Ermine Lodge Membership Officer.
Email: jmb203@ymail.com
Tel: 01522 415215

St. Hugh Lodge No. 1386

St Hugh Profile pic.pngSt Hugh Lodge was consecrated on 20th March, 1872 and takes its name from Hugh who was born at Avalon in Burgundy in 1140. His mother died whilst he was a child and his father entered Monastic life taking Hugh with him. At the age of 19 he was ordained Deacon, later joining the Carthusian Order. King Henry II of England pressured him to become Prior of a new Carthusian Monastery in Somerset and by the time he was 47 he was elected Bishop of the See of Lincoln, which covered 9 counties. He acted as adviser to the King and Archbishop, and he oversaw the rebuilding of Lincoln Cathedral after the earthquake in 1185, being responsible for rebuilding the Choir and Choir transept. His statue can be seen high up on the outside of the Cathedral. He died in 1200, being buried in the Choir of the Cathedral and was canonized in 1220.

St Hugh Lodge, along with the other seven Masonic Lodges meet at the Lincoln Masonic Centre, 116 Nettleham Road, Lincoln. We used to meet at the County Assembly Rooms in Lincoln, but with our fifty year lease coming to an end we decided to buy our own property. After much hard work the property was extended and underwent a total refurbishment. We now have a fine centre of our own of which we are all very proud and which we moved into in 2013.

We meet on the third Wednesday evening of October to May, excluding January, starting at 6.00pm, The evening is split into two halves, the first half is taken up with Lodge business and ceremonies whilst the second half is the social side with drinks and a meal, when there is an opportunity to meet other Lodge members and their visitor friends from other Lodges, this ending at 10.00 – 10.30pm. We enjoy various social events from Ladies Nights to BBQ’s, trips, Christmas Dinners and dining nights, where we can meet up with family and friends.

People join Freemasonry for different reasons and we help them to satisfy themselves that they will be happy with us and find what they are looking for. It may be about making new friends and acquaintances, giving and receiving the support of others, or about being able to help deserving causes, supporting a wide variety of Masonic and non-Masonic charities, and making a contribution to family and society. For most it is an enjoyable hobby for those who enjoy helping others, socializing with likeminded people in a friendly atmosphere and making lifelong friends.

St. Hugh Lodge is a vibrant Lodge with over 80 members, aged from 18 – 90+ years. This blend of ages works remarkably successfully and they all learn from each other. We encourage new members to join and we make them welcome and they are supported by Lodge members, especially their personal Mentor. The mentoring is not just for new members but is continued so that members are always learning. St. Hugh Lodge was chosen to be the United Grand Lodge of England Universities Scheme Lodge for Lincolnshire in 2011 and was only the 47th Lodge out of the 7,000 in England to be given such a position. Since then we have an average of eight students from the University of Lincoln join us each year.

We have people joining us from all walks of life, of all ages, religions, race or position in society. St Hugh Lodge is a very happy and social Lodge whose members support and care for each other and for the families.

For further information please contact,
W.Bro John Hassall
St. Hugh Lodge Membership Officer
Email: john.hassall4@ntlworld.com
Mob: 07576 492957

Witham Lodge No. 297

witham lodge profile.jpgWitham Lodge is the oldest Freemasons Lodge in the County of Lincolnshire, although we were consecrated (established) in 1793, we can trace our lineage back to 1730 and the ceremonies we perform go back even further with links to the York Rite.

Our banner can be broken down into four parts. Top Left depicts the coat of Arms for the City of Lincoln, that being the cross of St George, with the fleur de lys in the centre. Top right is The Square and Compasses (or, more correctly, a square and a set of compasses joined together) the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. Both the square and compasses are architect's tools and are used in Masonic ritual as emblems to teach symbolic lessons. The next part of the banner is the five pointed star which alludes to the five points of fellowship. The bottom section depicts a Lincoln scene which is the River Witham, and an Alder tree surrounded by a red haze with Lincoln Cathedral in the background.

Our members are both young and older,  and from all walks of life, from serving and former military personnel, self-employed, emergency services, salesmen, plumbers, window cleaners, and businessmen to mention but a few. With all of us having a wide and diversified range of hobbies you will always find someone to talk to with common interests such as vintage vehicles, sports, history, poetry, fishing, shooting etc.

We meet seven times a year on the second Monday of each month, from February to May, and then again after the summer break, from October to December with the possibility of additional meetings in June and September. After the meeting we have a festive board (a sit down meal) where all members and guests of the lodge can sit down, drink and chat socially.

Along with the normal lodge meetings we have a social committee that organise events throughout the year for ourselves along with our family and friends (who we encourage to be involved) such as family BBQ's, meals out, quizzes to just a social drink. We also have a Ladies Night once a year in November which is a black tie event for you and your partner.

For more information contact:
W. Bro Richard Quirk RVM SLGR
Witham Lodge Membership Officer
Email: membership@witham297.org.uk