Welcome to Freemasonry at Wrest Park 8514
Wrest Park Lodge was formed in 1973 by local Freemasons as a Masonic Lodge for those living locally who appreciated and engaged in the “Country Pursuits” of shooting & fishing. Today, it is still a Masonic Lodge of choice for those who participate in those sports and enjoy the countryside, so we continue to welcome new members who wish to further such interests.
Over time we have become quite a diverse Lodge, because there are Freemasons within Wrest Park who engage in a multitude of other interests & we are keen to attract new members to Masonry who have different interests to broaden the spectrum that the lodge covers even further.
If you have been drawn to this page seeking to know more about Freemasonry or are looking for a new Masonic Lodge as a joining member, then please explore our site further. If you wish to know more about joining us after you’ve studied our site then please click here to apply for more information.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. We are a secular society open to men of any race, religion, political belief or status.
Based on the traditions of medieval stonemasons who built our castles and cathedrals, today we still use the stonemason’s tools as symbols of our aim to ‘build’ better men and a better world for everyone, whatever their background.
As Freemasons, we use four principles to help define our path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In the present, turbulent times, these principles are as important today as they have ever been.
When we meet
We congregate in the Ampthill Masonic Centre for Craft or regular meetings on the second Wednesday of the months of October, December, February, March & May.
Our Craft meetings, which are held in the Masonic Temple, are devoted to Masonic Ritual & other Masonic business & interests.
Our annual installation meeting, when the new Lodge Master is Installed for the coming year, takes place at the May meeting.
Our Craft meetings are always followed by a meal, which we term the Festive Board. In Wrest Park Lodge it usually comprises a hot meal consisting of a starter, main course and a dessert followed by cheese & biscuits with tea or coffee.
The Masonic Centre has a bar where members and visiting brethren can purchase soft drinks, beer and wine to accompany their meal. The Festive Board always includes a specific number of Masonic toasts followed by speeches which visitors are always invited to reply to. The respondent usually takes that opportunity to critique the ceremony that they have just enjoyed/witnessed, often with a great deal of humour.
Despite the apparent formality of the occasion, the Festive Board is always the time of the evening when the members and visitors are at their most relaxed and the event is always enjoyable to all.
Ampthill Masonic Centre
Wrest Park 8514 Lodge Diary
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 6 Jan 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 20 Jan 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 27 Jan 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 3 Feb 2021 at 20:00
Officers’ Night – Mon, 8 Feb 2021 at 19:00
Craft Meeting & Festive Board – Wed, 10 Feb 2021 at 17:30
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 17 Feb 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 24 Feb 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 3 March 2021 at 20:00
Officers’ Night – Mon, 8 Mar 2021 at 19:00
Craft Meeting & Festive Board – Wed, 10 Mar 2021 at 17:30
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 17 March 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 24 March 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 31 March 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 14 April 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 5 May 2021 at 20:00
Officers’ Night – Mon, 10 May 2021 at 19:00
Installation Meeting & Festive Board – Wed, 12 May 2021 at 17:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 1 September 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 8 September 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 15 September 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 22 September 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 29 September 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 6 October 2021 at 20:00
Officers’ Night – Mon, 11 Oct 2021 at 19:00
Craft Meeting & Festive Board – Wed, 13 Oct 2021 at 17:30
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 20 October 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 27 October 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 3 November 2021 at 20:00
Lodge of Instruction – Wed, 10 November 2021 at 20:00
Officers’ Night – Mon, 6 December 2021 at 19:00
Craft Meeting & Christmas Festive Board – Wed, 8 December 2021 at 17:00
What our Members Say
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Freemasonry, Common Questions
Freemasonry is the largest secular, fraternal and charitable organisation in the United Kingdom. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.
The meeting, which like those of other groups, are open only to members, is normally in two parts.
Firstly, there are normal administrative procedures such as:
Minutes of the previous meeting
Proposing and balloting for new members
Discussing and voting on the annual accounts
Masonic news and correspondence
News about charitable work
Secondly, there are the ceremonies for:
Admitting new members
The annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers
New members make solemn promises concerning their behaviour both in the Lodge and in society. Members also promise to keep confidential the way they recognise each other when visiting another Lodge. Freemasons also promise to support others in time of need but only so far as it does not conflict with their family and public obligations.
Certainly not. This would be unacceptable and may lead to action being taken against those involved. On joining, each new member states that he expects no material gain from membership.
Whilst there are Masonic charities that cater specifically, but not exclusively, for Masons or their dependants, others make significant grants to non-Masonic organisations.
All Freemasons are expected to have a religious belief, but Freemasonry does not seek to replace a Mason’s religion or provide a substitute for it. It deals in a man’s relationship with his fellow man not in a man’s relationship with his God.
There are elements within churches who misunderstand Freemasonry and its objectives. They confuse secular rituals with religious liturgy. There are many Masons in churches where their leaders have been openly critical of the organisation. Masonry has always actively encouraged its members to be active in their own religion.
Yes, four Grand Masters of English Freemasonry have been Roman Catholics. Today there are many Roman Catholic Freemasons.
Freemasonry, as a body, will never express a view on politics or state policy. The discussion of politics at Masonic meetings has always been prohibited.
Freemasonry exists throughout the world. Each Grand Lodge, however, is sovereign and independent. There is no international governing body for Freemasonry.
Yes. Whilst UGLE, following the example of medieval stonemasons, is, and has always been, restricted to men, there two separate Grand Lodges which are restricted to women.
Wearing regalia is historic and symbolic. Like a uniform, the regalia indicates the rank of the wearer in the organisation.
Approximately 2,000 Freemasons belong to Lodges in the Province of Bedfordshire and there are over 250,000 members under the United Grand Lodge of England.
The Grand Lodge of Ireland (which covers both Northern Ireland and Eire) and the Grand Lodge of Scotland which have a combined total of approximately 150,000 members and, worldwide, there are approximately 6,000,000 Freemasons.
It varies from Lodge to Lodge. Anyone wishing to join will find a Lodge to suit his pocket. There is an initiation fee on entry and in due course regalia will have to be bought. The meeting is normally followed by a dinner, the cost depending on the venue. There is, in addition, an annual subscription.
Members are invited to give to charity but this should always be within their means and it is entirely up to the individual how much he wishes to contribute.
Our Lodge History
Wrest Park Lodge 8514
Wrest Park Lodge Number 8514 was formed by four local masons in the early 1970s.
They applied to Grand Lodge to have the lodge named as “The Earl of De-Grey Lodge”, but the name was rejected because records showed that the De-Grey family had issues with Masonry in the 16th century. Therefore, a new name had to be found and Wrest Park Lodge was submitted for approval. Approval was forthcoming, and the Lodge was given the number 8514 in the register of the United Grand Lodge of England.
The lodge consecration ceremony was carried out at Stratton School, Biggleswade on Saturday the 15th September 1973 at 3 pm. The consecrating officer was The Right Worshipful Brother, Sir Gilbert Ingerfield CBE TD DL Provincial Grand Master of Bedfordshire. The Lodge was sponsored by Ampthill Lodge, Number 2490.
Wrest Park Lodge held its first meeting at The Masonic Rooms, Dunstable Street Ampthill on the 10th October 1973 when its first candidate was Initiated. The second meeting, also at the Masonic Rooms, Dunstable Street, Ampthill was held on 14th November 1973 to Initiate the lodge’s second candidate.
Wrest Park Lodge moved to its current home at the Masonic Hall in Church Street, Ampthill on the 8th May 1974. The Lodge Banner was presented to the lodge on the 8th January 1995 and dedicated by the Provincial Grand Master of Bedfordshire.
Banner of the Wrest Park Lodge 8514, consecrated on 15 September 1973 at 3 pm.
Freemasonry is called a Craft, partly because of its roots in medieval stonemasons practices and because it requires training given in the form of initiation ceremonies of those wanting to join. Within each Lodge, the members elect officers to run the activities of the Lodge. Office holders within a Lodge are entitled to wear symbols know as ‘jewels’ that are based on the tools used by medieval stonemasons.
Worshipful Master – The leader of the Lodge elected by the brethren, in many respects the MD or CEO of a business is probably a good description.
Senior Warden – Assists the Master in keeping order in the Lodge, and to close the Lodge.
Junior Warden – Assists the Master in keeping order in the Lodge, and is responsible for the admission of visitors.
Chaplain – To give the appropriate prayers when required, and generally to remind the brethren of their obligation to the three grand principles on which the order is founded.
Treasurer – The Financial Officer, or banker of the Lodge.
Secretary – In many ways very similar to a secretary of a small business. A hinge pin to ensure the smooth running of the lodge affairs both in and out of the Lodge Temple.
Director of Ceremonies – To regulate the ceremonies and keep an eye on the working of the ritual.
Almoner – To distribute alms where necessary and generally attend to the welfare of those in sickness or distress.
Charity Steward – To promote and cement the support of the Brethren of the Lodge for our Charities.
Lodge Mentor – To provide help and support to all the brethren of the Lodge, but especially the new brethren so they are not left alone during meetings.
Senior Deacon – The special messenger of the Worshipful Master.
Junior Deacon – The special messenger of the Senior Warden.
Asst. Director of Ceremonies – To assist the Director of Ceremonies in the discharge of his duties.
Organist – To provide appropriate music during the course of the meetings.
Asst. Secretary – To assist the Secretary in the discharge of his duties.
Inner Guard – To work in conjunction with the Tyler, to ensure that the Lodge is properly secured against intruders.
Steward – To assist the other officers in performing their duties and to ensure the best is provided for the comfort of the brethren.
Tyler – To ensure all necessary precautions have been taken to prevent the approach and entrance of unauthorised persons.
Immediate Past Master – The previous Master, and is considered the guide, philosopher, and friend of his successor to the Chair of the Lodge.
Become a Freemason
We always welcome new members who live, work or study in the local area and wish to become Freemasons.
Becoming a Freemason isn’t difficult, in fact it is quite straightforward – you do not have to wait to be invited. If you wish to become a Freemason and join our Lodge simply start an application by completing the enquiry form.