A Little Bit About Us
About Freemasonry In Farnborough
The roots of modern Freemasonry lie with the medieval stonemasons that built our castles and cathedrals, yet it is as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago. At Farnborough Masonic Centre X,XXX masons meet in XX Lodges. We also have a number of side orders meeting at the centre including XXXXX, XXXXX and XXXXX. Membership is open to people from all backgrounds and the organisation’s aim is to empower members to be the best they can be – it’s about building character, supporting members as individuals and helping them make a positive contribution to society.
I joined Masonry in 1991 and became master of the lodge in 1999. I took the office of treasurer in 2001, a position that I still hold.
I was the treasurer of the installed masters Lodge for 2 periods of 6 years each and was master on 2 occasions, 2008 and 2018.
I was promoted to Provincial Senior Deacon in 2006 and Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2013.
I have been the Visiting officer for Aldershot Camp Lodge since 2011.
I am the treasurer for the Tom Langton Fund and Assistant Provincial Treasurer for Hants & IOW.
I am the financial director for the Farnborough companies, responsible for invoicing the units, banking, paying suppliers and producing financial reports for the board.
I joined Masonry after attending a ladies night and my Proposer sold me on the charity aspect and, also, I was impressed by the brotherhood and camaraderie.
Three words to describe the Farnborough Masonic Centre: Really good friends.
I’ve been a Mason for 14 years and in that time have become a serial Treasurer for my Mother Lodge as well as Chapter & Rose Croix.
I have responsibility for Marketing the facilities of the Centre as well as trying to find more outside hirer’s to ease the cost burden on members.
I joined Masonry for the comraderie & companionship as well as gaining a greater knowledge of the history and the origins of how the organisation evolved. It is also great to support small local charities which I come across as Charity Steward both in Craft & Chapter.
I have made many good friends over the years and also formed a closer bond with existing friends who have been masons far longer than myself.
Freemasonry provides a structure for members to come together under these common goals, enabling people to make new friendships, develop themselves and make valuable contributions to charitable causes. We are one of the largest charitable givers in the country, in Farnborough we contributed to £XX,XXX to deserving causes in 2019.
History Of Freemasonry
When, How & Why
Elias Ashmole's Initiation
The First Grand Lodge
The Book of Constitions of Masonry
Negotiation, Union & Standardisation
2,800 Lodges Established
Even More Lodges
Grand Lodge 250th Anniversary
Press Coverage at 275th Anniversary
300th Anniversary Celebration
Who Are We?
United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and some Districts overseas. Lodges in and around Farnborough meet at Farnborough Masonic Centre.
Freemasons use four important guiding principles to help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.
How Are We Organised?
Currently there are around XX,XXX masons meeting at Farnborough Masonic Centre in over XX units.
Lodges across the country are grouped into 48 Provinces by region, roughly in line with the old county boundaries, Lodges meeting at Farnborough are members of two provinces Hampshire & IOW and Surrey.
How Do We Operate?
Farnborough Masonic Centre is not a lodge it itself, we provide facilities for Lodges to meet. This includes 2 Meeting Rooms (often referred to as “Templs”), 2 Dining Rooms, Meeting Rooms and a practise Meeting Room (often referred to as a practise Temple).
We are offer a warm welcome all masons, including those brethren who may use a wheelchair or have limited mobility.
The centre is run and managed by a Board of 7 Directors.
In addition we provide our facilities for use by the local community and they can also be hired out, for more information please visit our Events Company website by clicking here.
100 Notable Freemasons
Capt Robert Falcon Scott
Captain Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards
Cecil B DeMill
David Kid Jensen
Dr T J Barnardo
Field Marshal 1st Duke of Wellington
Field Marshal Earl Haig
Field Marshal Earl Kitchener of Khartoum
Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury
Gerald R Ford
HRH The Duke of Kent, Grand Master
J. Edgar Hoover
Johann Christian Bach
King Edward VII
King Edward VIII
King George IV
King George VI
King William IV
Lord Randolph Churchill
Nat ‘King’ Cole
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Roger de Courcey
Sir Alec Rose
Sir Alexander Fleming
Sir Alf Ramsey
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Sullivan
Sir Billy Butlin
Sir Clive Lloyd
Sir Donald Campbell
Sir Donald Wolfitt
Sir Ernest Shackleton
Sir Harry Lauder
Sir Leonard Hutton
Sir Richard Burton
Sir Walter Scott
Sir William S Gilbert
Sir Winston Churchill
William Buffalo Bill Cody
William ‘Count’ Basie
William ‘Dixie’ Dean
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wyn Calvin MBE OStJ