Freemasons Leeds - Liberty Lodge 5871

Liberty Lodge No 5871 is a Masonic Lodge warranted by the United Grand Lodge of England. It meets in Alwoodley, Leeds.

 

The Master and Brethren would be pleased to meet any Masons who are looking for a new Masonic home or anybody who is interested in becoming a Mason.

Liberty Lodge: Who We Are

Liberty Lodge No 5871 was consecrated on 13th May 1943 into the English Constitution.

We meet every 2nd Thursday in March, April, June, October and November, at 18:30. Our Installation meeting is held on the 2nd Thursday of May and usually starts at 16.30.

Our regular meetings are held at
The Allerton Masonic Hall,
Nursery Lane,
Alwoodley,
Leeds
LS17 7HW

Our History

Liberty Lodge No 5871 was consecrated on Thursday 13th May 1943 at the Masonic Hall, Great George Street, Leeds. The founding members were all members of Goderich Lodge No 1211 which at that time had eighty nine members and a long waiting list for initiation.

The new lodge prospered and continued to meet at Great George Street until the time came when inadequate parking forced a move out of the city centre and the building was sold. On the 11th January 1991, Liberty held its first meeting at the new Masonic centre at The Allerton, Nursery Lane, Leeds 17, where it continues to meet. Regular meetings are held on the second Thursday of March, April, May, June October and November. Following the meetings, the brethren and their guests dine in the restaurant adjoining the masonic hall.

The relationship with the members of Goderich Lodge continues. The members of Liberty Lodge pay Goderich regular fraternal visits and members of Goderich visit Liberty regularly. Friendships have developed with other lodges and members of the Craft throughout Leeds and the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding and beyond, and from time to time Liberty makes or hosts fraternal visits.

But Liberty Lodge isn’t just about what happens in the Temple. The brethren are friends as well as brothers and have regular social events involving their families.

If you are an unattached or “out of Province” mason living or working in the Leeds area and looking to join a local lodge, a mason from further afield visiting Leeds, or someone not yet a mason but with a wish to know more about Freemasonry and what Masons do, don’t hesitate to contact us.

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry – a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.

We don’t say too much about our initiation ceremony because we don’t want to spoil the experience of the candidate, but it’s not secret.

In the 1940s and 50s Masons stopped talking about their membership, but that was because of the political climate in Europe. A significant number of Freemasons disappeared into Nazi labour and concentration camps, and Masons were persecuted in Mussolini’s Italy, Franco’s Spain and in Stalinist Russia. But in the 1980s, after the publication of a couple of sensationalist books we came to realise the damage that this was doing, and have become more open again.

No-one is sure how or when Freemasonry originated. Some say it developed from the old craft guilds, when the Reformation and the development of the cannon meant that there were no longer cathedrals and fortified castles being built, and the stonemasons found themselves with little to do save socialise. Others have tried to trace it back to the Knights Templar, and there are many other theories.

We can say with some certainty that modern Freemasonry started on this island, though whether in England or Scotland is not clear. The first record we have of Freemasonry in England was Elias Ashmole’s account of his initiation into a lodge in Warrington in 1646. The world’s first Grand Lodge (the umbrella, or ruling body) was founded in London in 1717. It spread, first to France, with the Stuart refugees, then around the globe. Wherever the British army went, there were travelling lodges. Local people were initiated into these travelling lodges, and when the regiment moved on, continued meeting. Kipling’s “The Mother Lodge” is a wonderful illustration of Freemasonry in the days of the Raj. There are now Grand Lodges in most countries, and a friend frequently regales us with his tales of being welcomed into lodges in France, Sweden, Japan and the USA.

Freemasonry is not a religion. It admitted Catholics and Jews in the days of religious intolerance in the 18th century. In England today there are brethren of all races and religions. All that is required is a belief in the existence of a Supreme Being.

Over the centuries many famous men have become Freemasons. Names that spring to mind include Winston Churchill, Mozart, Peter Sellers, George Washington, Duke Ellington and Len Hutton. But the majority of us are neither famous nor wealthy.  And while lodges meeting under the banner of the United Grand Lodge of England do not admit women, not all Masons are men. There are all-women and mixed lodges meeting in England under different Grand Lodges.

What is Freemasonry? It’s an opportunity to socialise with people whom you would not otherwise have met. It’s a gateway to areas of historical and philosophical research. Some members enjoy it for the element of amateur dramatics in our ceremonies. And we’re all of us proud that Freemasonry is one of the largest contributors to charity in the UK.

If you would like to know more, might we suggest the following pages from the United Grand Lodge of England: What is Freemasonry? Becoming a Mason.

RMBI Festival 2017

At the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge in May 2012 the Provincial Grand Master launched the 2017 RMBI Festival.

For those not acquainted with the ‘Festival’ system it is designed to ensure that each Province across England and Wales is tasked to raise funds for one of the four central Masonic Charities, usually for a period of 5 years.

Within the system a Province usually holds a ‘Festival’ every 11 years which means that we are asked to support a particular charity every 44 years.

This Festival ran from 2012 to 2017 and raised funds for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution which operates care homes primarily for the care of elderly Freemasons and their dependants.

One such home is Connaught Court, York and many members will already be familiar with the excellent work they do.

The funds raised through the Festivals are used for a very specific purpose.

Most people who enter a care home will initially pay for themselves.  Sadly, when their personal funds expire the State picks up their costs and people can often find themselves being moved to a cheaper care home. This can be extremely distressing as they may have been at their present home for many years. Medical evidence also shows that moving older people between care homes is likely to hasten their demise.

However, in RMBI homes when personal funds come to an end the RMBI will cover the difference between the State contribution and the full charge for their care. This means in a majority of cases they will spend the rest of their life in the RMBI care home.

The RMBI has to find around £6m every year to help continue to support people in their care homes when their funds have expired and this is where the money raised by the Festival system is used.

The total passed to the RMBI at the conclusion of the festival was £3,300,300

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Fri, 8th November 2019

Visit to Cumbria

On Friday 8th November 2019, the WM, accompanied by brethren of Liberty Lodge No 5871, attended the installation meeting of John Dalton Lodge No 7557 at Cockermouth Masonic Hall in the Province of Cumberland and Westmorland. On this occasion, a Past Master of Liberty Lodge, who now lives in Cockermouth was installed in the chair of King Solomon. An impressive ceremony was conducted in a full room. Following this, they enjoyed a splendid Festive Board and returned home the following day very pleased by the experience.

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Thu, 17th January 2019

Visit to Essex

One of our newer members has been transferred to work at Stansted Airport. On Thursday 17th January 2019 a party of members of Liberty Lodge travelled to Saffron Walden, where our brother was passed to the second degree at a meeting of Audley Lodge No 7281. We were joined by some of our friends from the Old Chelmsfordian Lodge No 5499.

As it is the custom of Audley Lodge to hold a Burns Night for their January meeting, all present enjoyed an entertaining and boisterous festive board.

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Thu, 10th January 2019

Emergency Meeting

At a further Emergency Meeting held at The Allerton Masonic Hall on Thursday 10th January, the Master and Brethren of Liberty Lodge conducyed a First Degree Ceremony.

As customary, the brethren then retired to the restaurant where they enjoyed a superb meal with their visitors.

News


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Fri, 8th November 2019

Visit to Cumbria

On Friday 8th November 2019, the WM, accompanied by brethren of Liberty Lodge No 5871, attended the installation meeting of John Dalton Lodge No 7557 at Cockermouth Masonic Hall in the Province of Cumberland and Westmorland. On this occasion, a Past Master of Liberty Lodge, who now lives in Cockermouth was installed in the chair of King Solomon. An impressive ceremony was conducted in a full room. Following this, they enjoyed a splendid Festive Board and returned home the following day very pleased by the experience.

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Thu, 17th January 2019

Visit to Essex

One of our newer members has been transferred to work at Stansted Airport. On Thursday 17th January 2019 a party of members of Liberty Lodge travelled to Saffron Walden, where our brother was passed to the second degree at a meeting of Audley Lodge No 7281. We were joined by some of our friends from the Old Chelmsfordian Lodge No 5499.

As it is the custom of Audley Lodge to hold a Burns Night for their January meeting, all present enjoyed an entertaining and boisterous festive board.

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Thu, 10th January 2019

Emergency Meeting

At a further Emergency Meeting held at The Allerton Masonic Hall on Thursday 10th January, the Master and Brethren of Liberty Lodge conducyed a First Degree Ceremony.

As customary, the brethren then retired to the restaurant where they enjoyed a superb meal with their visitors.

Events

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Tue, 9th July 2019 6:30pm

Emergency Meeting

At an Emergency Meeting planned to be held at The Allerton Masonic Hall at 6.30pm on Thursday 11th July 2019 we shall conduct a first degree ceremony.
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Thu, 12th September 2019 6:00pm

Emergency Meeting

At an Emergency Meeting which is planned to be held at The Allerton Masonic Hall at 6.00pm on Thursday 12th September 2019 we shall conduct a third degree ceremony.

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Thu, 10th October 2019 6:00pm

Regular Meeting

At our Regular Meeting to be held at The Allerton Masonic Hall at 6.00pm on Thursday 10th October 2019 we shall conduct a third degree ceremony.

Events

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Tue, 9th July 2019 6:30pm

Emergency Meeting

At an Emergency Meeting planned to be held at The Allerton Masonic Hall at 6.30pm on Thursday 11th July 2019 we shall conduct a first degree ceremony.
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Thu, 12th September 2019 6:00pm

Emergency Meeting

At an Emergency Meeting which is planned to be held at The Allerton Masonic Hall at 6.00pm on Thursday 12th September 2019 we shall conduct a third degree ceremony.

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Thu, 10th October 2019 6:00pm

Regular Meeting

At our Regular Meeting to be held at The Allerton Masonic Hall at 6.00pm on Thursday 10th October 2019 we shall conduct a third degree ceremony.

Women Freemasons

Freemasonry is not just for men, even though the United Grand Lodge of England does not admit female members.

There are two masonic organisations which cater solely for women. More information can be obtained from their websites:

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Royal Arch

It is the privilege of all Masters Masons to be able to join a Royal Arch Chapter. Such a chapter is attached to our mother lodge and is known as Goderich Chapter 1211. Any Master Mason who is interested in joining can ask the lodge Chapter Liaison Officer or any chapter member, who can be identified by his Royal Arch breast jewel.

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The Allerton Masonic Hall, Nursery Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds LS17 7HW

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Why not come and meet us?

Most Thursdays, we meet at the Lord Darcy public house on Harrogate Road, Alwoodley, LS17 8EH from about 8pm.
If you would like to meet us and find out a bit more, we would be happy to see you.

Address

The Allerton Masonic Hall, Nursery Lane,
Alwoodley, Leeds LS17 7HW

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Get In Touch!

Why not come and meet us?

Most Thursdays, we meet at the Lord Darcy public house on Harrogate Road, Alwoodley, LS17 8EH from about 8pm.
If you would like to meet us and find out a bit more, we would be happy to see you.

Address

The Allerton Masonic Hall, Nursery Lane,
Alwoodley, Leeds LS17 7HW

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