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There are now 87 Lodges and seven Chapters pursuing a similar, yet distinct, course across England and Wales, where towns and cities have universities.

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Apollo University Lodge

Lodge number: 357

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Apollo University Lodge is the Masonic Lodge for present and past members of the University of Oxford.

From its first meeting held in April 1819, many thousands of Oxonians have become members of what is commonly regarded as the largest and longest-running of the various university societies.

Apollo celebrated its bicentenary in 2019. Today, membership is in the region of 300 and includes some 50 junior and senior academic staff.

Apollo is open to all members of Oxford University, past and present, and welcomes applications from any man over the age of 18 meeting this criterion.

Province:
Oxfordshire

Affiliated universities:
University of Oxford

Secretaries name:
Chris Noon

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Apollo University Lodge

Place of meetings:
The Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1

Number of meetings per year:
6

Days/Months of meetings held:

Saturday of the second and seventh week of full Michaelmas term (October and November); Saturday of the second and sixth week of full Hilary (January and February) and Trinity Terms (May and June)

Installation meeting:
November

Time of meetings:
4:30pm

Athol Lodge

Lodge number: 74

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Our Lodge is one of the most prestigious and vibrant Freemasons’ Lodges in the country, with a history that few others can match. The majority of our members live mainly in the Midlands area of England, but we have others who currently live and work in London, Leeds, the Home Counties and even France, Germany and China. They come from all walks of life, including all trades and businesses, self-employed, academia, students and retired members, who utilise their invaluable business and life skills to keep Athol Lodge so vibrant and progressive, while at the same time retaining our ancient traditions.

Province:
Warwickshire

Affiliated universities:
Birmingham City University

Secretaries name:
Garry Askey

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Athol Lodge

Place of meetings:
Severn Street Birmingham

Number of meetings per year:
8

Days/Months of meetings held:

First Wednesday of every month from October to May

Installation meeting:
First Saturday of January

Time of meetings:
6pm

Barn Hill Lodge

Lodge number: 7799

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Barn Hill Lodge currently numbers 23 members. While it’s far from being the largest Lodge in the Province, it has a youthful membership with an average age of 52 – 40% of whom are under 30, 66% under 40.

Barn Hill Lodge includes members from different races, religions and backgrounds, including medicine, construction, IT, accountancy and marketing.

Province:
Middlesex

Affiliated universities:
Middlesex University London

Secretaries name:
Omaid Hiwaizi

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Place of meetings:
Harrow District Masonic Centre

Number of meetings per year:
4

Days/Months of meetings held:

Second Tuesday of April; Fourth Tuesday of October; First Tuesday of December

Installation meeting:
First Tuesday of February

Time of meetings:
5pm

Blockley Lodge

Lodge number: 6345

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Blockley Lodge No 6345 is a Freemasons’ Lodge in the Masonic Province of Oxfordshire. The first meeting of Blockley Lodge was on the date of its consecration on 24 September 1946.

Blockley Lodge is named in honour of the Reverend TT (Thomas Trotter) Blockley (22 May 1864 – 2 March 1950). The Reverend Blockley was initiated into the Apollo University Lodge while studying at Oxford and eventually became Provincial Grand Master for Oxfordshire in 1945.

Blockley Lodge welcomes expressions of interest and applications from all men aged 18 and over.

As the United Grand Lodge of England Universities Scheme Lodge for Oxford Brookes University, we particularly encourage applications from current or former Brookes students or staff.

Province:
Oxfordshire

Affiliated universities:
Oxford Brookes University

Secretaries name:
Eric Warmington

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Place of meetings:
Woodstock Masonic Hall, New Road, Woodstock, OX20 1PD

Number of meetings per year:
7

Days/Months of meetings held:

Fourth Tuesday from January to April inclusive and from September to November inclusive

Installation meeting:
January

Time of meetings:
6pm

Boswell Lodge

Lodge number: 7759

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Boswell Lodge was founded in 1961. We have a membership of 54, with an increasing number under 30 years of age. A strong core of experienced Past Masters supports the younger members through the Lodge of Instruction and mentoring.

Province:
Essex

Affiliated universities:
Anglia Ruskin University

Secretaries name:
Andrew Shepherd

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Boswell Lodge

Place of meetings:
County Hotel, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 2PZ

Number of meetings per year:
7

Days/Months of meetings held:

Fourth Saturday from September to April except December

Installation meeting:
September

Bowers Lodge

Lodge number: 4865

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Bowers Lodge was formed in memory of the Rt Revd John Bowers, Bishop of Thetford and Provincial Grand Master of Norfolk. His impact on the Craft is duly measured by the naming of Bishop Bowers Temple.

The Lodge’s ethos and character are perhaps best summarised by the motto on the emblem – “Follow the Light” – a calling to all Masons and seekers of individual truth, brilliance and illumination.

Bowers instils in every member the principles of good ritual in the temple and informality outside, but above all the ability to enjoy their Freemasonry to the full.

Province:
Norfolk

Affiliated universities:
University of East Anglia

Secretaries name:
Michael J. McCormack

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Place of meetings:
Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR21JR

Number of meetings per year:
6

Installation meeting:
November

Bushey Park Lodge

Lodge number: 2381

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Bushey Park was founded in 1890 and its founders wanted a Lodge with summer meetings, so that they may enjoy the Masonic meetings as well as picnic with their families afterwards in the park. The members came from the southwest London area and many still live here. The Lodge works with West End (via Bushey Park) and has always had strong familial ties (two members are the third generations). It meets on a Saturday afternoon and the Lodge members pride themselves on a high standard of ritual and an equally high standard of camaraderie.

Province:
Middlesex

Affiliated universities:
Royal Holloway

Secretaries name:
Paul Hilditch

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Place of meetings:
Twickenham District Masonic Centre

Number of meetings per year:
4

Days/Months of meetings held:

Fourth Saturday of February and November; third Saturday of May and September

Installation meeting:
November

Time of meetings:
3pm

Castle of Leicester Lodge

Lodge number: 7767

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We pride ourselves on being a Lodge that welcomes members from all sections of the very diverse population of Leicester and surrounding areas. In addition, we welcome students and alumni from De Montfort University, who form an integral part of the Lodge.

Province:
Leicestershire & Rutland

Secretaries name:
Roger Thrift

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Place of meetings:
Freemasons’ Hall, 80 London Road, Leicester, LE2 0RA

Number of meetings per year:
5

Days/Months of meetings held:

Second Tuesdays of February, April, October, November and December

Installation meeting:
December

Time of meetings:
5:45pm

City of Lancaster Lodge

Lodge number: 281

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City of Lancaster Lodge 281 is a Universities Scheme Lodge in the Province of West Lancashire. The Lodge meets at Rowley Court. The Lodge is located in a place that is not only an important historical county town of great national value with excellent motorway and rail links, but which also has modernity in its great student strength, due to the presence of two main university campuses. The Lodge is open to all but especially welcomes those with similar academic connections who are students, graduates or staff of Lancaster and other universities.

Province:
West Lancashire

Affiliated universities:
Lancaster University

Secretaries name:
Andrew Ridal

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
City of Lancaster Lodge

Place of meetings:
Rowley Court, Scotforth Road, Lancaster, LA1 4NP

Number of meetings per year:
6

Days/Months of meetings held:

Third Thursdays of January, February, March, April, October and November

Installation meeting:
October

Time of meetings:
7pm

Daybrook Lodge

Lodge number: 5522

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Daybrook Lodge is a progressive, forward-looking Lodge with a mission to make Freemasonry relevant to 21st century men. Daybrook has been the Universities Scheme Lodge for Nottingham Trent University since 2007 and meets in the heart of the city of Nottingham.

We have a diverse membership made up of men of all ages, ethnicities and religions, with common values and a shared commitment to our respective communities. We pride ourselves on our high standard of ritual, friendship and charitable works.

Province:
Nottinghamshire

Affiliated universities:
Nottingham Trent University

Secretaries name:
Andrew Davidson-Hogg

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Daybrook Lodge

Place of meetings:
Masonic Hall, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham

Number of meetings per year:
7

Days/Months of meetings held:

First Thursday of January*, February, March, April, October, November and December
*depending on date/bank holiday

Installation meeting:
February

Time of meetings:
6pm

Domus Dei Lodge

Lodge number: 5151

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Domus Dei is a vibrant Lodge with a diverse membership, meeting in the heart of historic Old Portsmouth. The Lodge takes its name from the Old Portsmouth Domus Dei, or Hospital of St. Nicholas, which was founded by Peter des Roches, Bishop of Winchester, in about the year 1212, and for more than three centuries ministered, not merely to the bodily, but also to the spiritual needs of the sick, suffering and poor.

The Lodge has an active social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, as well as its website. Membership is open to all men.

Province:
Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Affiliated universities:
University of Portsmouth

Secretaries name:
Jordan Fretter

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Domus Dei Lodge

Place of meetings:
Phoenix Lodge Rooms 110 High Street, Old Portsmouth PO1 2HJ

Number of meetings per year:
8

Days/Months of meetings held:

First Wednesday from October to June excluding January

Installation meeting:
April

Time of meetings:
6pm

Goulburn Menturia Lodge

Lodge number: 3478

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A Lodge of 25 young and old members, growing quickly with five new entered apprentices since September. We prioritise Initiations and Raisings but are also prepared to ‘sub-contract’ Passings to our chosen friendly Lodges.

We have a policy of visiting and supporting friendly and likeminded Lodges, whose members in return support and visit our Lodge, using these occasions to explain and mentor new members. This enhances their enthusiasm and curiosity, and cements new friendships, while continuing their Masonic education.

Recruitment is mainly through our website. An informal, though rigorous, interview process is designed to provide candidates with as much information as possible.

Province:
East Lancashire

Affiliated universities:
University of Bolton
University of Salford
The University of Manchester
University College London

Secretaries name:
Ian Batty

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Goulburn Menturia Lodge

Place of meetings:
Bolton Freemasons’ Hall, Institute Street, Bolton. BL1 1PZ

Number of meetings per year:
7

Days/Months of meetings held:

Second Wednesday of February, March, April, May, October, November and December

Installation meeting:
April

Time of meetings:
6:30pm

Grenville Lodge

Lodge number: 1787

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Grenville is one of the oldest Lodges in the Province of Buckinghamshire, having been consecrated in 1878, named after the family of the third Duke of Buckingham. The Lodge originally met at Buckingham Town Hall but now meets in Yeomanry Hall, formerly the mess hall of the Bucks Hussars.

Grenville joined the Universities Scheme in 2012, when two students were initiated at a meeting attended by the Assistant Grand Master, the RW Bro David Kenneth Williamson.

The Lodge continues to have a close relationship with the University of Buckingham and has introduced at least one student to Freemasonry every year since.

Province:
Buckinghamshire

Affiliated universities:
The University of Buckingham

Secretaries name:
Simon Hill

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Grenville Lodge

Place of meetings:
Yeomanry Hall, Hunter Street Buckingham MK18 1EG

Number of meetings per year:
8

Days/Months of meetings held:

Second Wednesday from October to May

Installation meeting:
October

Time of meetings:
6pm (regular meetings) and 5pm (Installation meeting)

Grey Friars Lodge

Lodge number: 1101

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Grey Friars is one of the oldest Lodges in Berkshire, having been consecrated on 17 March 1866. It was named so because the Lodge regularly met at the Masonic Hall on Grey Friars Road. This was our meeting hall until 1969. The Lodge celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016.

We are a youthful Lodge, not only due to our younger membership base, but also in the attitudes of our older members. We like to have a laugh now and again, yet still do our utmost to keep the Lodge active and its members engaged.

Province:
Berkshire

Affiliated universities:
University of Reading

Secretaries name:
Stanhope Crooks

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Grey Friars Lodge

Place of meetings:
Sindlesham Court

Number of meetings per year:
6

Days/Months of meetings held:

Second Wednesday of January, March, April, May, November and December

Installation meeting:
November

Time of meetings:
6pm

Hartington Lodge

Lodge number: 1085

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Hartington Lodge is the Universities Scheme Lodge for the Province of Derbyshire, joining in 2012. We are also a member of the Association of Medical, Universities & Legal Lodges. We have a wide range of members from all walks of life, including a number of members of staff from the university, past and present. We have regular social events, which include going away both in the UK and abroad, and raising money for charity in the process. The Lodge welcomes all individuals, so long as they share the same core views and beliefs.

Province:
Derbyshire

Affiliated universities:
University of Derby

Secretaries name:
David Greenway

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Hartington Lodge

Place of meetings:
Derby Masonic Hall, 457 Burton Road, Littleover, Derby, DE23 6XX

Number of meetings per year:
8

Days/Months of meetings held:

First Wednesday of January, February, March, April, May, July, October and November

Installation meeting:
February

Time of meetings:
6:15pm (regular meetings) and 5:30pm (Installation meeting)

Isaac Newton University Lodge

Lodge number: 859

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Isaac Newton University Lodge No 859 (INUL) in the Masonic Province of Cambridgeshire is for matriculated members of the University of Cambridge.

INUL was consecrated on 21 May 1861 at the Red Lion Hotel, Petty Cury in Cambridge. The Duke of St Albans was the Lodge’s first Worshipful Master. Other distinguished members of the Lodge include HRH the Prince of Wales and later King Edward VII (1873).

In addition to regular meetings, INUL holds an annual guest night and a summer garden party. These popular events are an opportunity to open up to potential new members, partners of current members and members from other Lodges in the city.

Province:
Cambridgeshire

Affiliated universities:
University of Cambridge

Secretaries name:
Justin Bishop

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Isaac Newton University Lodge

Place of meetings:
Freemasons Hall, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1NA

Number of meetings per year:
6

Days/Months of meetings held:

Last Tuesday of January; first Saturday of March; last Saturday of April; second Tuesday of June; First Saturday of December

Installation meeting:
Last Tuesday of October

John Bunyan Lodge

Lodge number: 5973

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John Bunyan Lodge was consecrated in September 1944 and has its own unique history that closely links the members with the picturesque town of Bedford and one of its most famous patrons, John Bunyan, who was the author of Pilgrim’s Progress. The Lodge is even reputed to have inherited a jug from Mr Bunyan’s family, which is used to ceremonially pour wine for the Master and Wardens of the Lodge.

Province:
Bedfordshire

Affiliated universities:
University of Bedfordshire

Secretaries name:
Ian Bond

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
John Bunyan Lodge

Place of meetings:
The Keep, Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8AJ

Days/Months of meetings held:

Third Saturday of January, February, March, October, November and December

Installation meeting:
November

Time of meetings:
4:45pm

Juno Lodge

Lodge number: 10001

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Juno Lodge was consecrated on Saturday 23 October 2021 in Kingston upon Hull. We are a keen group, set to be the Province’s champion of the Universities Scheme. The Scheme itself is a pioneering attempt by the United Grand Lodge of England to help and support the many students and other young people who are seeking to become involved in Freemasonry but who may not know where to begin.

Juno Lodge aims to make Freemasonry more accessible to university students, academics, alumni and staff who would like to engage and enjoy the precepts of Freemasonry but struggle due to studies, family and career pressures. Juno will make Freemasonry more accessible to men without compromising their studies or work commitments, nor without losing any of the ethos or principles of Freemasonry.

We are a group of enthusiastic, likeminded, local members – our membership ranges in age from 21 to 60-plus. For many, the biggest draw is the fact that members come from all walks of life and meet as equals whatever their race, religion or socioeconomic position in society. Our values are based on integrity, friendship and charity. We will be taking part in national and local community engagements to make a positive difference to the community.

We recognise that personal circumstances or professional commitments may influence attendance, which is why Juno Lodge only meets five times a year. Our meetings are held at the Minerva Masonic Hall, Dagger Lane, Kingston upon Hull, which is situated within the city’s old town.

Province:
Yorkshire, North & East Ridings

Affiliated universities:
University of Hull

Secretaries name:
James E.G. Steele

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
June Lodge

Place of meetings:
Minerva Masonic Hall, 7 Dagger Lane, Hull, HU1 2LU

Number of meetings per year:
5

Days/Months of meetings held:

Fourth Monday of November, February, April, and June

Installation meeting:
Fourth Saturday of September

Time of meetings:
7pm (Regular meetings) and 11am (Installation meeting)

Lodge of Fraternity

Lodge number: 1418

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The Lodge of Fraternity has been an enthusiastic member of the Universities Scheme since 2008. Our student members have attended Durham University and Teesside University. We welcomed our first student member in 2010 and since then we have welcomed a steady stream of student members in addition to local applicants, who generally come to us via website applications. Our aim is to provide an enjoyable and friendly experience of Freemasonry for our members.

Province:
Durham

Affiliated universities:
Teesside University
Durham University (International Study Centre at Stockton)

Secretaries name:
Paul Jenkins

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Lodge of Fraternity

Place of meetings:
Stockton-on-Tees

Number of meetings per year:
8

Days/Months of meetings held:

Fourth Thursday from January to May and from September to November

Installation meeting:
April

Time of meetings:
7pm (Installation meeting 5:30 or 6pm)

Lodge of Science and Art

Lodge number: 8429

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The Lodge of Science and Art meets at the Masonic Hall, Loughborough. As part of its activities, it is responsible for recruiting students, staff and alumni from Loughborough University who have shown an interest in becoming Freemasons, and looking after them once they have joined.

Province:
Leicestershire & Rutland

Affiliated universities:
Loughborough University

Secretaries name:
Chris Butlin

Secretaries email:
[email protected]

Website:
Lodge of Science and Art

Place of meetings:
Loughborough Masonic Hall, Orchard Street, Loughborough, Leics LE11 5AZ

Number of meetings per year:
6

Days/Months of meetings held:

Fourth Wednesday of January, February, April, September, November; Fourth Friday of October

Installation meeting:
January

Time of meetings:
6pm (regular meetings) and 5:30pm (Installation meeting)