De Vere Lodge, Number 1794 on the Register of the United Grand Lodge of England, was sponsored by Newstead Lodge No.47 and consecrated on 3rd March 1879 by Worshipful Brother John Watson, Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Nottinghamshire, in the Council Chamber of the Mechanics Hall (later known as the Mechanics Institute) in Nottingham.
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 in the Peerage of England. It was 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".
In the more recent past, De Vere Lodge has been 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 a diverse lodge with members of many different backgrounds and interests.
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. The lodge still enjoys very friendly and enjoyable dinners mixing formality with fun; it has a reputation for making new members and visitors feel very welcome.
De Vere is one of very few lodges in this province which uses a ritual different to Emulation. The ‘De Vere Ritual’ we perform today is reputed to be based on Old York Workings that can be traced back to the 18th Century, it makes our ceremonies unique.
Meetings are held at the Masonic Hall, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham 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.
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