In 2011 the Lodge of Hope joined the United Grand Lodge of England Universities’ Scheme, becoming the home for the Scheme in the city of Bradford. By now being a member of the Universities’ Scheme has become an integral and much valued part of our activities. Most of our informal meetings are attended by students from the University of Bradford, who have expressed interest in becoming Freemasons. By the end of 2014, twelve University students or recent graduates had joined us, ranging in age from 19 to 37.
With a variety of studies and personal interests, these young men have fast become very popular members and have themselves introduce their friends to the Lodge. This is changing the dynamic of the Lodge much for the better, as our average membership age continues to fall, and our range of social and professional interests widen. We continue our close links with the University and the Scheme has enabled us to make contact with undergraduates, post-graduate students, and staff at the University. The Lodge has also supported University activities, and in particular fund raising for the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics, sponsoring applications to Masonic charities.
This has also enabled us to develop close links with the other Lodges that are members of the Universities’ Scheme in Yorkshire, namely those at Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York (see Links section), exchanging visits and coordinating activities.
Any student or member of the University, or other educational establishment in the Bradford area wishing to know more about the Scheme, and how to become a Freemason can do so by contacting us by email at email@example.com