The OA Lodge is one of nearly 8,000 lodges registered under the United Grand Lodge of England and was founded in 1920, one of the founder members being Sir Ernest Shackleton OA. It has around 50 members from all walks of life and of a wide variety of ages. Membership is open to all who have attended the College or who are members of the Alleyn Club. We warmly welcome those who are interested in becoming a Freemason, or are already members of other Lodges and who wish strengthen their connection with the College.
The United Grand Lodge of England, to which regular Masonic lodges in England belong, says: ‘Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it is about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it is about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby’.
The OA Lodge offers all this and a bit more. Our members meet in College four times a year, by kind permission of the Master, thereby maintaining a continuous connection to the school. As a public schools lodge, the Lodge is a member of the Public Schools Lodges Council and visitors from other public school lodges regularly visit us.
Charity is an important part of Freemasonry in general. OA Lodge regularly gives to worthy causes, including donations to school-related causes. The Lodge is in good heart and has received a number of expressions of interest from young OAs, some of whom are considering becoming Freemasons and some who have been initiated into their university lodge and would like to become joining members of the OA Lodge. Both are equally welcome. If you would like to find out more about the Lodge and/or Freemasonry in general, please contact the Secretary for more details.