do masons do?
All masons belong to a lodge. Our lodge
meets monthly between September and April (but not in
December), always on the last Wednesday. A typical
programme for the evening will be:
Lodge Meeting Part 1
– the Meeting itself
business section: minutes of the previous
meeting, correspondence, news of absent/sick members
or their families, financial deliberations (which charities
to support, etc)
ceremonial section: New members are admitted
through a series of what can best be described as
one-act dramas. Members of the lodge learn their parts
and rehearse beforehand, while the new member has a
mentor to guide him through the ceremony. Each
ceremony has, as a central theme, an obligation, and
collectively embraces the duties of service to the
Craft and to our fellows in the world at large. Many
masons regard this thespian side of the meetings as
one of masonry's great attractions, while others
prefer to take a more passive
role – supporting by their presence rather
than learning lines. Much of the ceremonial is
symbolic, and many members take pleasure in finding
out about and investigating this symbolism.
- Because this is
the Focus Lodge, for three
meetings each year the ceremonial section is replaced
by a Focus
presentation, which aims to further masonic
learning among those present.
Meeting Part 2
– the After-proceedings
- Between the
meeting and dinner, there is time to meet the other
members of the lodge over a drink in the bar.
- Finally, there
is a formal candle-lit dinner, ending with toasts and
- Sometimes, the
dinner is non-masonic, when members are free to invite
any guests of their choosing.
- In the autumn,
there is occasionally a 'Ladies' Night', taking the
form of a dinner-dance at a local venue.
- There is a club
(the Acorn Club) for older masons, their wives and
widows from all
the lodges in Winchester, which organises outings,
coffee mornings, lunch parties, etc.
- There are
occasional golf tournaments, race evenings, etc.
Details of all these activities may be
found under the 'Events' tab of the menu bar.