Rutland Lodge was formed in 1867 and in 2017 celebrated 150 years of Freemasonry in Ilkeston. The lodge moved to its “new” home just over 30 years ago. Rutland is one of the lodges that new freemasons are eligible to join, to find out more please read the become a mason page.
We currently have around 50 member of all ages and from all walks of life who work together to help support the local community through charitable donations.
The distinguishing feature of freemasonry is charity, Rutland Lodge takes our charitable work seriously. Unlike many charitable organisations freemasons rarely advertise the work they do or the donations they make.
We meet formally once a month from September through to April, taking a break through the summer months. We also encourage members to attend practice nights and social events which are a great way to get to know the members.
Rutland prides itself on being a friendly lodge and we have a wonderful social life. We support each other as friends should and make sure that our families are included and valued.
Our meetings are well supported by visitors from other lodges and we also encourage our members to visit other lodges to widen our friendships and work with other freemasons.
Rutland Lodge meets 8 times a year, we meet at Ilkeston Freemasons Hall on the third Wednesday in September through to April, with the exception of October where we meet on the second Wednesday due to Ilkeston Charter Fair.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today.
In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.