Elliott Lodge was formed in 1974. It originally met in the Denman’s Head public house in Sutton-in-Ashfield, moving to its current home at Mansfield in 1990.
It meets on the 2nd Friday of each month, October to April inclusive and to date, has met on more than 300 occasions. For many of its members, a Friday meeting is easier to attend due to many organisations finishing work a little earlier on that day; they also claim that a Friday evening activity seems to extend the weekend.
Membership of Freemasonry offers a life-long personal journey of self-discovery and development in moral strength and compassion for others, it is intended to be more a way of life than a mere hobby but will always simply be whatever the individual makes of it.
The lodge is one of the largest and most vibrant in the Province (County of Nottinghamshire) with an age profile younger than many. Amongst the offices of the lodge there is an Almoner to support brethren who are ill or have some other need and every member has a Mentor for guidance.
The membership is comprised of men from a wide range of occupations with the only qualification to join being a desire to participate in the Masonic journey of self development, a belief in a Supreme Being and to be at least 21 years of age, although there are exceptions to this when younger men may apply. The aim is to create friendships amongst good men, regardless of politics, religion or background.
This is an organisation where Christians, Muslims, Jews, Arabs and many other Faiths meet and dine together and for there to be no issue.
In most holy books, charity and love could almost be transposed and what that means for Freemasonry is that caring for those less fortunate than ourselves is a core aim of the organisation, both in acts, deeds and financial support. Freemasonry in fact, is a major fund-raiser and donor to worthy international, national and local charities.
There are many social events organised by both the Province (County of Nottinghamshire) and individual lodges, some being for the purpose of charitable fund-raising and all involving partners and family. Elliott Lodge stages an annual ‘Ladies Night’, a formal dinner and dance but will also have casual events in the form of garden parties/picnics etc.
Within the lodge, the November meeting is a ‘Remembrance’ meeting for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, there is a special Christmas lodge in December and a ‘Burns-night’ in February.