It’s not easy to explain what we do as a masonic lodge but we’ll give it a go!
In short, we’re a group of like minded men (who meet the requirements for freemasonry) who get on well with each other, enjoy our ritual and ceremonial work, support those less fortunate, and raise significant sums for local and national charities.
Our lodge meetings.
Our Lodge meetings are always held on the 3rd Saturday in January, March, May and November.
Like any organisation, there is a business element with minutes, accounts and plans for forthcoming events and charity activities to be addressed and discussed amongst members.
A very important part of each meeting is a report on the welfare of members who are not able to be present, together with their family’s wellbeing.
The main part of the lodge meetings are ceremonial and involve a series of formalised and symbolic presentations (similar to short plays but we call them degrees) that use drama to highlight the code of conduct by which a freemason strives to live. The final part of the meeting involves the members sharing a meal together known as a Festive Board.
Our charitable work
At each meeting we raise funds for charity. Usually the Worshipful Master selects a charity or charities he would like to support during his year as Master. In 2017-18 the lodge donated over £3,000 and members’ individual charity work raised a further £7,000.
Between 2010 and 2016 the lodge supported the Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight’s Provincial Festival in aid of the one of the main masonic charities – the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. Over the six year period the lodge raised in excess of £18,000. The total raised in the six year period by all of the lodges in Hampshire & Isle of Wight exceeded £7,000,000.