In 2005, a group of like minded people joined together with a view to creating a new Masonic Lodge in Nottingham. Some were experienced Freemasons and members of the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry for Men And Women. Others were new to Freemasonry.
By 2007, sufficient progress had been made for the new Lodge to be created in due Masonic form. What follows is the address that was given as part of that ceremony.
Lodge Salutation No.7 in the Province of Nottingham was Consecrated, Constituted and Warranted on Sunday 24th June, 2007, in the Grand Temple, Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London.
Members of the Provisional Lodge were given the opportunity of creating a name, logo, and theme in order that the most acceptable name be chosen. The Board of General Purposes at its Meeting on 11th March, 2007, agreed that the name Salutation was suitable. The name comes from a medieval Inn located nearby to the Theosophical Hall in Maid Marian Way, Nottingham.
The original Inn sign depicted a handshake, a welcoming sign to weary travellers and pilgrims on the lonely roads to Sherwood Forest and to nearby Monasteries of those days. The site of the present Inn is situated in an area which was once the site of tanning works and famous for its lace industry. It is also near the Nottingham Castle famous for its connections and the history of the Crusaders; and the stonemasons who would have been very involved in the building of the castle, who would have been refreshed and rested at the Salutation Inn. The history of the site and of the sign Salutation lends itself to “blessings of true friends and greetings to all.”
The motto of the Lodge is Semper Fidelis meaning, always loyal, true and faithful and Semper Sodalitas meaning Friendship, which depicted in the Lodge is so meaningful with the principles of Brotherly love, charity and truth.