Consecrated on 5th October 1989 the Lodge of King Arthur was founded by ex-members of various Round Tables in the local area who wanted to carry on meeting after they were deemed too old to continue as members of that organisation. Although membership is open to all, the lodge has maintained the ethos of Round Table.
The lodge has continuously met at Ilkley, West Yorkshire, and draws most of its members within a 10-mile radius. We hold our regular meetings at the Masonic Hall in Ilkley, on the 2nd Friday each month from September to December and March to May inclusive.
Meetings start at 6.30 pm and we dine around 8.15 pm, the evening usually finishing about 10.00pm. The dress code is dark suit (or morning suit), white collar, tie, black shoes.
We also meet less formally to prepare for our meetings on Thursday evenings in the two weeks prior to the week of our regular meeting. These ‘practice’ nights, which commence at 7:30 pm, usually end with a chance to talk and get know each other over a drink at the bar.
Meeting on a Friday night can appear inconvenient, but our members enjoy “winding down” at the end of the week without the distraction of a working day on the Saturday. We join in the social events run from the Ilkley Masonic Hall by our brethren in Ben Rhydding Lodge and Olicana Lodge.
Whilst we are a relatively small lodge, we are known as “the friendly lodge”, welcoming all to our meal after the meeting, but are also extremely proud of our reputation for being extremely good ritualists and take our work in the lodge room as seriously as we do enjoying ourselves afterwards!
The Annual membership fee is presently (2024) £255 payable at the start of each year. As well as covering the running costs of the Lodge it includes dining fees for six of our seven meetings during the year, (our installation meeting is charged for separately). We do not currently charge a joining fee.
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