Alleyn Club Yearbook 2017

The Old Alleynian Lodge Hon Secretary: Ghanem Nuseibeh (94-96) Email: secretary @ 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 was Sir Ernest Shackleton. It has around 50 members from all walks of life, and a wide variety of ages is represented. Membership is open to all who have attended the College or are members of the Common Room. We warmly welcome those who are interested in becoming a Freemason, or are already members of other Lodges and who wish to strengthen their connection with the College. Our members meet at the College four times a year, by kind permission of the Master, thereby maintaining a continuous connection with the school. As a public school lodge, the Lodge is a member of the Public

Charity is an important part of Freemasonry in general. The OA Lodge regularly gives to worthy causes, including donations to school-related charities. The Old Alleynian Lodge is a Patron of the London Air Ambulance appeal, a London-wide masonic initiative which successfully raised funds for the purchase of a new Air Ambulance. 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. English Freemasonry is celebrating its Tercentenary in 2017, so this is an exciting time to join the Craft. If you would like to find out more about the Lodge and/or Freemasonry in general, please contact me and I will let you have more details.

School Lodges’Council, and visitors from other public school lodges regularly visit us. Our members are also invited to attend the annual Public School Lodges’ Council Festival, a grand summer event held at a different school each year. And, last but not least, there is a Lodge Garden Party & BBQ every year! New members are “initiated” into Freemasonry in an impressive ceremony, and our recent initiates have included both former pupils and current members of staff. All lodges elect their own Worshipful Master each year. One of the Lodge’s recent Worshipful Masters was Geoff Rutter, President of the Common Room, CCF Contingent Commander and a Design & Technology master at the College. He took over the one-year post after several years progressing through the Lodge offices. Being Worshipful Master is not only a great honour but also takes time.

Ghanem Nuseibeh


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