Freemasons’ Hall Ashbourne 

St Oswald Lodge
No 850

A BRIEF HISTORY

St Oswald Lodge, meeting in Ashbourne Town Hall, 1897. Central rear, the WM, WBro JR Rigby, to his right, SW, Bro Wm Wooddisse, to his left, JW, WBro Rev J Young. Central Front, VWBro HC Oakover.GJW, PDGM (photo courtesy of Martin Snodden)

Founded in 1861, St Oswald Lodge is the oldest masonic lodge meeting in Ashbourne. Meeting originally in the ‘Green Man Hotel’ and later in the Town Hall, St Oswald Lodge moved into their present location in Ashbourne Hall in 1953.  The lodges first-ever initiate Haughton Charles Oakover, also became our highest achieving brother, reaching the position of Provincial Deputy Grand Master of Derbyshire and Grand Junior Warden of United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), based in London. In 1874 it was as Junior Grand Warden that he took part in the installation of the then Prince of Wales (Later, HRH King Edward VII) as the Grand Master of UGLE.  Having such a senior member amongst their ranks ensured that the very highest standards were set very early on in the lodge’s existence. 

A well attended, friendly and welcoming Lodge, St Oswald 850 is justly proud of its interesting and distinguished history. Its members strive to maintain the proud traditions and standards of their forebears, playing an active part in their community, including giving financial grants to good causes and voluntary organisations who offer support to the local population.

Dining together at a traditional ‘Festive Board’ after its meetings, St Oswald Lodge offers a warm and friendly welcome to visitors from other lodges. We also welcome enquiries from potential new members. Should you wish to join us, further information and a contact form can be found here.

When We Meet

St Oswald Lodge meets 8 times a year between October and May, on the evening of the first Monday of the month (unless it is a Bank Holiday, in which case the meeting moves to the second Monday). A summer recess is held between the May and October meetings. Rehearsals are generally held on the Wednesday before a meeting. The October meeting is for the Installation of the Worshipful Master and the appointment of the Officers for the year.

Another meeting of special note is the January Meeting which is a ‘Past Masters Night’ followed by a traditional Scottish Burns Night Supper, usually with Bagpipe accompaniment. This meeting is always well attended, and brethren from other lodges wishing to join us are advised to book their place in good time.

Lodge Of Instruction

A Lodge of Instruction is  also held 8 times a year on the evening of the second Monday of the month as per the craft lodge calendar.

A vibrant and friendly lodge, it offers an opportunity for junior brethren to learn and practice masonic rituals and traditions in an informal and supportive setting.

Aided and supported by Past Masters of the lodge, all Master Masons of St Oswald Lodge are eligible and encouraged to join.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A FREEMASON?

Now you have learnt a little more about what Freemasonry is, if you are interested in joining please read our “Become a mason” page.

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Admin Contact:

Bro Simon Meredith

Mob: 07801 282 036

Email: admin@ashbournemasons.org.uk

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St Oswald Lodge - Events

Mon 12 Sep 22 – 6.30pm Emergency Meeting

Mon 04 Oct 22 – 5.30 pm. –  Installation.

Mon 10 Oct 22– 7.30 pmL.O.I. 

Mon 07 Nov 22 – 6.30 pm. Lodge Meeting

Mon 14 Nov 22 –7.30 pmL.O.I. 

Mon 05 Dec 22 – 6.30 pm. Lodge Meeting

Mon 12 Dec 22 -7.30 pm – L.O.I.

Mon 09 Jan 23 -6.00 pm Past Masters night.

Mon 16 Jan 23 – 7.30 pm – L.O.I.

Mon 06 Feb 23 – 6.30 pm. Lodge Meeting

Mon 13 Feb 23 – 7.30 pm – L.O.I.

Mon 06 Mar 23 – 6.30 pm. Lodge Meeting

Mon 13 Mar 23 –7.30 pm – L.O.I.

Mon 03 Apr 23 – 6.30 pm. Lodge Meeting

Mon 17 Apr 23 -7.30 pm – L.O.I. 

Mon 08 May 23 – 6.30 pm. Lodge Meeting

Freemasons’ Hall Ashbourne
Cokayne Ave,
Ashbourne,
Derbyshire

DE6 1EJ

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