The Duke of Portland Lodge No. 2017 was consecrated at the Masonic Hall, Nottingham on Thursday 20th December 1883 by the then Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W. Brother John Watson. The new Lodge was the 14th to be consecrated in the Province of Nottinghamshire, and was named after William Cavendish-Bentinck, the sixth Duke of Portland, who was a prominent Nottinghamshire Mason and Politician. Elected an honorary member of the Lodge on the evening of the consecration, the 6th Duke was subsequently appointed Provincial Grand Master for Nottinghamshire in 1898, a position he held for the following 35 years.
With such a small number of founding members, the first Worshipful Master of the Lodge, W. Brother Edwin Patchitt, wasted no time in arranging the next meeting of the Lodge, by special dispensation, at his own residence, on the evening of Boxing Day, 26th December 1883. Surprisingly, the dispensation was signed by the Provincial Grand Secretary on Christmas Day!
At this meeting 4 further joining members and 2 initiates were balloted for, which enabled all of the principal Lodge Offices to be filled.
Having received permission from the Duke of Portland for the Lodge to use his coat of arms, a Lodge Banner was ordered during 1886, and on Thursday 23rd December 1886 the Lodge banner was provided at a cost of £15.
Over the years, the Lodge has gone from strength to strength.
In 1983, the Lodge celebrated its Centenary. To celebrate this milestone, a 90 page booklet entitled "The Duke of Portland Lodge No.2017 – The First Hundred Years" was written by W. Brother Eric Fell A.F.C. A copy of the booklet is presented to all new members on their Initiation. To also mark our Centenary, the Lodge sponsored the consecration of the Duke of Portland Chapter No.2017, to which many of the Lodge members also belong.
The Lodge membership is currently over 40. The present members have a diverse range of occupations and interests, and our average age is much lower than in many Lodges.
We meet at the Masonic Hall, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, on the 4th Thursdays in October, November, January, February and March, and on the 3rd Thursday in December.
Throughout the year, but particularly during the summer months, we arrange several social functions to include our wives and partners and sometimes our families too. We also hold a Ladies Festival Dinner Dance on the first Saturday of February each year.
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