Cantelupe Lodge № 8247
|Meeting at||Long Eaton Masonic Hall|
|Meeting dates||3rd Fridays in January, February, March, April,
October, November & December.
|Regular meeting times||6.30 pm|
|Installation meeting time|
|Warrant dated||11th September 1968|
The Lodge is named after the Cantelupe family. It is probable that William de Cantelupe was Sheriff of both Nottingham and Derby in the reign of Henry III. Nicholas, the 1st Earl, fought against the forces of King John, supported by the men of Ilkeston, and it is possible that he had a share in the bringing about of the First English Parliament. His effigy is on the left of the chancel of Saint Mary’s Church and is that of a crusader in full regalia, resting with legs crossed, indicating that he travelled on at least one of the Crusades. The Lodge adopted the effigy, with Saint Mary’s Church in the background, as its logo, used on the Lodge summons and Past Masters’ jewels.
Cantelupe Lodge was formed by 24 founders coming from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Lodges. The Consecrating Officer, WBro BH Mallender PAGDC, Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge, installed as first Master WBro Gordon Walter Taylor PPrSGW, a Past Master of Dale Abbey Lodge № 5603 and the late father-in-law of the Lodge’s current longest serving member, WBro Melvin Storrow PPrJGW. The Lodge originally met at the Rutland Hotel, Ilkeston, and moved to Ilkeston Masonic Hall in 1983. It moved again to Long Eaton Masonic Hall in 2006, where it still meets.
The Lodge is thriving, with over 60 members, including a very energetic committed group of younger members that prides itself on performing good ritual. We offer a very warm welcome to our many visitors.