St Martin’s

Number: L2320

Lodge Info

Meetings: 1st Tues 9, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6;

Installation: 1st Tues 10

Contact Email: 2320@eafm.org.uk

About this Lodge

The Lodge was founded in July 1889 and held its meetings at the Church Inn, Castleton, Rochdale. Meetings then moved in December 1901 to the Blue Pits Inn at Castleton.

With the construction, in 1926 of the new Masonic Temple at Richard Street in Rochdale, the Lodge agreed to assist in funding the project to the amount of £500.00, paid over 5 years, but had no intention of moving into the building. A condition, however, was laid down by the Lodge that should they ever need to transfer to the new Temple, they would do so under terms no less favourable those to the original occupants.

This in fact did happen and in May 1947, St. Martin’s held its first meeting at Richard Street and still continues to do so.
As a side note, the architect for the building was a Roderick H. Baxter, a former Past Master of St. Martin’s Lodge and the plans are on display in the building.

The Lodge meetings are held in the Main Lodge Room in the Masonic Buildings, Richard Street, Rochdale, Lancashire OL11 1DU
St. Martin’s Lodge meets 10 times in the year on the first Tuesday of every month, except July and August, at 6.30 in the evening. The Lodge’s year begins in October, when the new Master is Installed to oversee the running of the Lodge and ends in September of the following year, where a new Master is elected.

Apart from the monthly Lodge Meeting, there are other occasions when the members gather each month.
The management meeting, held on the Monday after Lodge, where future meetings and events are discussed.
The Lodge Instruction Night, held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, where members can practise their future roles within the Lodge.

The Practise Night, held on the Friday before Lodge, to enable members to rehearse the upcoming Lodge ceremonies.

Members of the Lodge pay an annual subscription to cover the costs of their registration with United Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge, which includes donations to the Grand Lodge’s Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and the East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC) and of course, a room rent to the Masonic Building to maintain its upkeep.

After the closure of each Lodge meeting, the members retire to the dining room for our Festive Board. This usually consists of a 3 – course meal which is paid for separately by the members.

Wives and partners are always welcome to join the members at various social events. The ladies themselves meet and dine together on the Lodge Installation Night, the annual Christmas Lodge Dinner complete with a brass band and carols, the not to be missed Ladies Night where the members treat their partners to a banquet meal complete with entertainment and to end the year, a meal together on the Lodge Election Night. Whatever the occasion, family and friends are always welcome.

As of the 1st January 2021, St. Martin’s Lodge consists of 22 members of various ages from their 30’s and into their 80’s, some of whom have been Freemasons for over 50 years. In business, they vary from accountants and solicitors to kitchen designers and mechanics.

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