Hello, and welcome to the Radcliffe Lodge information page.
Radcliffe Lodge has been in existence for nearly 80 years, having been formed in 1931, and in that time has held over 550 meetings. It continues to strive to live up to the criteria of the founders - that Freemasonry should provide its members with the opportunity to embark on an amazing life-long journey of learning, self-discovery and of deepening personal moral strength and compassion. Radcliffe Lodge today is seen as progressive, welcoming and socially-active.
In recent times there have been a healthy number of new Masons joining the Lodge along with existing Masons wishing to find a new Lodge. The Lodge strives to look after new Brethren and is at the forefront of the Mentoring Scheme - which is our way of nurturing our new Brothers. This scheme ensures that each new member feels welcome, and sets the scene for a long and happy association with both Radcliffe Lodge and wider Freemasonry. The feeling of belonging we aim to generate also puts new members in the frame of mind where they feel comfortable in recommending their friends to join the Lodge.
Radcliffe Lodge takes its Ritual seriously and we strive to do this well - in order to make the Ceremony memorable and enjoyable for the Candidate and to increase our understanding of the meaning of the Three Degrees of Craft Freemasonry. The Lodge holds regular rehearsal meetings and the Radcliffe Lodge of Instruction, which helps new and experienced Brethren alike, has recently held its 200th meeting. We also meet informally throughout the summer months in the homes of some of our members enabling us to maintain contact through the 'close' season.
Radcliffe Lodge has a very extensive social calendar which ranges from 'themed' nights for Lodge meetings:
- the Christmas meeting
- the increasingly popular St Georges Day celebration
to events which encourage the whole family to become part of the Lodge:
- the Christmas Carol Service
- Christmas Party Night – where children are encouraged to come along and meet Santa
- the Lodge Ladies Night
and other various fun events - including a summer social garden party at the home of one of our members.
The Lodge strongly encourages Visitors and has built lasting relationships with other Lodges.
Radcliffe Lodge introduced the Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) charity (www.tlcnottinghamshire.co.uk) to the Nottinghamshire Province and Lodge members actively support the work of the charity by serving on the Committee and by organising fund raising events over the year - including the very popular Valentines Lunch.
We see Freemasonry as a force for good and we seek actively to be involved in the Community of which we are part.
The Lodge meets at the West Bridgford Masonic Hall on the third Friday of the month from October to April inclusive.
We always welcome enquiries from those wishing to join a like-minded group of men and if you would like any further information please contact David Nightingale (tel: 07832 668570) in the first instance; we would love to meet with you and tell you more about ourselves.