Cork Lodges are a “fun” or “side” degree in Freemasonry. Membership is open to all Master Masons in good standing. Our sole aim (more or less) is to raise money for children’s charities. As with any lodge, we also want to have loads of fun in so doing… actually, rather a lot.
The tradition of cork lodges is a long and noble one, or so we would have you believe. Our origins are lost in the mists of time, but seem to come from the era of Noah and the great flood. The “flavour” of the meeting is distinctly nautical, and all lodge officers have naval titles – the Master, for example, is referred to as the Admiral, the treasurer is called the Purser and so on. It’s a rather affectionate parody of RAM.
As well as partaking in the occasional drop of liquid refreshment, we also get to wear hats during the meeting – the only degree where hat wearing is compulsory. (KTs might disagree, but we get to choose our head-gear – and the sillier, the better!)
Extracts from the Ship’s Log
I had a great night, it was thoroughly enjoyable. – Steve C Well, what can I say but one of the greatest masonic evenings I have been too…… OK, the best…! – Michael H I thoroughly enjoyed the night … and look forward to the next meeting when I find out what happened. I think you would need to go a long way to find a friendlier group of shipmates. – Ted G Just wanted to say thanks, to you and all the crew for a fantastic and funny night on Saturday. The amount raised was amazing and it was a fantastic night. – Rob B Had a brilliant evening, best Degree by far.. and the Admiral’s mind reading dog, that was priceless. – Peter J. Dude I had a blast. Thank you again…. definitely be there September. – Jeff BWhat a night! Still trying to figure out what happened, and I was sober so most of the others have no chance! – Ron DBloody marvelous!!! – Brad DJust a quick message to say how much I enjoyed the ceremony last night it was a cracking good laugh. – Paul MI had a fantastic voyage in your presence and that of the crew last night. I have not laughed so much in ages. You and your ships officers did a fantastic job in the ceremony and the mess after. Please pass on my sincere thanks to all the crew for a wonderful voyage. Look forward to swabbing the decks in September. – Bob BWell done for yesterday, all your hard work certainly paid off. I really enjoyed it. – Ray P Thank you for a great night, not had so much fun in masonry for a long time. Looking forward to our next voyage. – Rob B Thanks for a great night, see you soon. – Adam T Had a really great night on Saturday. Your crew were fantastic and didn’t need to press gang any of us newbies. – Mike S