The Old Cheltonian Lodge is the masonic lodge associated with Cheltenham College and was founded in 1907 to promote freemasonry amongst former pupils of the school, and since then has met continuously, currently holding our meetings at Freemason's Hall, Great Queen St, London.
Freemasonry is one of the oldest secular social and charitable organisations in the world, modern Freemasonry’s roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our castles and cathedrals.
For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life:
In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true now as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.
Membership of our Lodge is open to men over 18 who have a strong association with College, either as a past pupil, member of staff, or parent and the organisation’s aim is to empower members to be the best they can be – it’s about building character, supporting members as individuals and helping them make a positive contribution to society.
Freemasonry provides a structure for members to come together under these common goals, enabling people to make new friendships, develop themselves and make valuable contributions to charitable causes.
If you would like to find out more about freemasonry in general please visit the UGLE website www.ugle.org.uk
The Lodge meets three times a year, twice in London and, with the Head’s permission, once a year at College. The Lodge has always been pleased to support College charities and appeals and continues to do so today, including a donation to College when we recently hosted the Public School Lodges' Festival.
In addition to regular donations in 2019 the Lodge set up the Old Cheltonian Lodge Organ Support Trust Fund to support and promote the development of organ, and other, music within College and the local community. If you are interested in finding out more about the Trust Fund or would like to make a donation please contact the Lodge Secretary, Henry Peters (BH 80), through our Contact the Lodge page.