Regular Lodge Meetings
The Hull Old Grammarians’ meet on the third Tuesday of the month, at Minerva Masonic Hall, Dagger Lane, with the evening’s proceedings commencing at 6.30pm sharp. Being a former school Lodge, we do not meet during the school summer vacation (July and August), meaning we meet ten times per year. Of those meetings, one is taken up with Lodge business and administration, and a second is our Installation night during which the new Worshipful Master will ascend to the chair, and the Lodge’s various offices will be allocated to members. The regular Lodge meetings are divided into two phases: first we assemble in the Lodge room itself in our regalia to undertake the scheduled Lodge business (usually a Degree ritual); the members then remove their regalia and enjoy a ‘Festive Board’, a three-course meal with toasts.
Lodge of Instruction (LOI)
These are very informal meetings (wearing ‘civvies’) held on the second Monday of the month whenever a regular Lodge is scheduled. These provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about Freemasonry-its history and symbols. Equally importantly, it is a great chance to practice learning and delivering some ritual in a relaxed environment, hopefully giving you the encouragement and confidence to go on and do it for real in an open Lodge. It is especially helpful for the team of incoming officers who will be installed in the forthcoming year to get in some informal practice.
Visiting is very much encouraged in Freemasonry and most of our meetings will be honoured by visits by members of other Lodges. Visiting advances your Masonic knowledge, expands your circle of friends and acquaintances beyond your own Lodge and exposes you to the fantastic variety of ritual, traditions and Lodge architecture and furnishing within Masonry. Hull Old Grammarians’ place a high priority on making our visitors feel welcome and if you’d like to experience our hospitality and gratitude then please arrange a visit with our Secretary.
The Royal Arch
Hull Old Grammarians’ have our own Chapter of the Holy Royal Arch which meets five times per year (Feb, Mar, Jul, Oct & Dec) on the first Thursday of the month. Though by no means mandatory, almost all of our Craft members go on to join our Chapter.
The Hull Old Grammarians’ Lodge No.5129 is a founding member of the Federation of Schools Lodges as well as a participant in the Universities Scheme. The latter is being promoted by the United Grand Lodge of England as a means of furthering and encouraging Freemasonry amongst university undergraduates, graduates and staff at universities in the Hull area. The Hull Old Grammarians’ Lodge was originally formed from Old Boys and Masters of the former Hull Grammar School, which students, post-graduates and other university members may find welcoming.
The normal age for initiation into a Freemasons lodge is 21 years, however, special dispensation may be granted for university students from the age of 18 years. If you are presently studying at a university in the Hull area, and wish to become a Freemason, or learn more see our ‘Becoming a Member‘ page.