It’s not easy to explain what we do as a masonic lodge but we’ll have 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 who raise significant sums for local and national charities.
Freemasonry can be considered a framework for personal development. Our ceremonies are based around the works of King Solomon and his building of the first temple at Jerusalem which is a metaphor for each Freemason to build and develop his character to make himself a better man, a better husband/partner, a better father and a better citizen.
Our lodge meetings
Our Lodge meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday in November, January, March and May. 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 our 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 codes of conduct by which a Freemason strives to live. The final part of the meeting involves members sharing an enjoyable 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 Provincial Festival in aid of one of the main Masonic charities, the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. Over the 6 year period the Lodge raised in excess of £18,000 and qualified as a ‘Gold Supporter’ of the Festival. All the Lodges in Hampshire and Isle of Wight raised over £7 million between them in support of the Festival.
We try and get together socially as often as we can and a group of our newer younger members have formed a social committee. Our activities usually involve families and friends and range from a meal in a local restaurant, a picnic in the park, a cruise on the Basingstoke Canal, walking tours of London to a formal black tie event.