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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.

Covid-19 Update: Freemasonry in England was closed down in March for four months in order to protect our members, their families and the wider community. We have not been meeting or practising at The Allerton Masonic Hall or going to the Lord Darcy, but supporting each other by telephone and social media. It has now been decided that lodges can meet again, provided they comply strictly with government guidelines. However, it is left to the discretion of individual members to decide whether or not they feel confident to do so. We hope to be able to organise some social meetings in small groups in the near future.

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.

Masonic Meal Appeal

Freemasonry and charity go hand in hand. Elsewhere in this website you can read about the local Choices scheme, and there is a link to The Masonic Charitable Foundation, our national charity.

During the four months of the suspension, the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding encouraged the Brethren of its member Lodges to donate whatever they would have spent on dining after Masonic meetings to the Masonic Meal Appeal, and we are proud to say that this appeal raised £30,095.49.

Grants have been made to care and support organisations around the province to assist them in continuing with their endeavours at a time when their usual income streams are much reduced.

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Tue, 7th July 2020

Covid-19

In March, because of the pandemic, United Grand Lodge ordered that Masonic meetings be suspended for four months. The last time that there was such a suspension was at the outbreak of the Second World War, and on that occasion the suspension lasted only a short time.

This suspension comes to an end on 17th July, and is not to be extended. However, whilst Lodges will now have permission to meet, they are not required to do so. Liberty’s next regular meeting is not until October, so we will have plenty of time to assess the situation.

When we resume, we will follow Government and NHS guidance. Also, on instruction from UGLE there will be some temporary alterations to our ancient ritual, to cut down the risk of transmission.

We will be meeting socially at The Masonic Hall at The Allerton as soon as the Hall’s committee permits. If you are interested in meeting us, please get in touch.

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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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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.

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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.

Join Us

We meet formally six times a year, on the second Thursdays of March, April, May, June, October and November. We sometimes add in extra meetings, and we also have social events with our families and friends. On those Thursdays when we don’t have a formal meeting we usually have a rehearsal and then go on to The Lord Darcy on Harrogate Road, Leeds 17, for a bite to eat, a drink and a chat.

We welcome decent and trustworthy men who would like to become members of our ancient institution. Our brethren range in age from their 20s to the 80s, and whatever age, nationality, colour or creed you are, if you live in or near Leeds and would like to join us, we would love to meet you. We will, of course, need to get to know you, and you, us, before we initiate you, and we will do this by inviting you to come along to The Lord Darcy to meet us. It is daunting to contact people you don’t know, and to find yourself sitting with a group of strangers, all of whom already know each other, but you will be made most welcome.

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Our Location

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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