(C) Sutton Court Lodge 7826
Moving through to the present and beyond – our inspirations, achievements and future ambitions
1989, under the stewardship of W/Bro Phil Atkins as Master, Sutton Court Lodge held its very first Ladies Night. This was a Saturday evening event which was held at the Bull Hotel and Inn, Gerrard’s Cross. This was the start of something that was to prove very popular and was soon to grow to what is now the Lodge’s weekend Ladies Festivals
Having held three annual Ladies Nights at the Bull Hotel, 1992 saw us move first to The Thistle, Heathrow for one year, then to the Novotel, Heathrow for four years. As popularity grew so did our success, whereby by mid-late 1990’s we took what was then a leap of faith by moving to The Pavilion Hotel, Bournemouth, where we held many successful Ladies Festivals, with all-weekend entertainment, sea cruises to Poole Harbour from Bournemouth Pier as well as raising significant funds for the Masters chosen charities.
After several enjoyable years at the Pavilion Hotel we moved just down the road to The Grosvenor Hotel for a further five years.
Following a break of about three years for a well-earned rest, it was decided to move location completely, and have a change of sea air. We chose Eastbourne, which is now our current home, where we have a established fabulous relationship with the proprietors, Wendy and Neil, and their staff at The Langham Hotel, situated right on the sea front and a short walk from the pier as well as the shops.
Separate to our now established Ladies Festivals, we hold White Table events, where, following a short meeting within the Temple, we join our Ladies and non-masonic friends and their wives/partners for a White Table Festive Board. These events are usually held on the nearest Friday to Burns Night, where we delight the Ladies when we have the Haggis piped in with the full ceremony. Not only is this evening great fun where old friends can meet up again, the Master’s chosen charities also benefit through raffles sales etc.
2020 is proving a challenge to freemasonry with the COVID-19 pandemic across the world. Sutton Court Lodge 7826 is rising to these challenges.
Membership is increasing, with 4 initiates in 15 months, A lodge WhatsApp group for members and friends of Sutton Court 7826 can keep in touch and cheer each other up, together with weekly “virtual” social meetings using ZOOM. It takes more than a mere pandemic to keep Sutton Court down!
Plans are in place to design and weave a new banner, incorporating our proud past with our progressive approach to the future. This will culminate in a huge Banner Dedication Ceremony, combined with a Reunion Ceremony, of Brethren and masonic friends, most of whom will not have ever attended a Banner Dedication Ceremony – a truly unique experience!
Back in 1962 the Lodge soon gained a reputation of a friendly and welcoming Lodge, where visitors we always encouraged not just to attend but to join in with our ceremonies. This reputation and tradition continues to this day where many consider Sutton Court Lodge 7826 to be one of the most friendliest and welcoming Lodges within the Province of Middlesex .
2022 will see us celebrate our 60th anniversary of the founding of Sutton Court Lodge 7826.
Lets raise a glass to the next 60 successful years!
The history of Sutton Court Lodge 7826 has been made possible by the Brethren contributing their own knowledge and personal stories in order future members can continue this fascinating story of Freemasonry and Sutton Court Lodge 7826 in particular