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The Lodge of St, George No 6054 – Lodge Profile May 2022

Introduction to Freemasonry

Freemasonry means something different to everyone who joins. For many,

Freemasonry is about making new friends and acquaintances. For others, it’s about

being able to help deserving causes and charities. It’s an institution with a truly

global membership. Freemasonry is a unique members’ organisation which has

thrived for over 300 years. Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise

members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We meet in our

individual Lodges throughout the country where we have ceremonial traditions

which encourage us both to be more tolerant and respectful and actively to fulfil our

civic and charitable responsibilities; we also make time to eat, drink and meet

together, and form lifelong friendships.

Introduction to The Lodge of St George

Where do we meet?

The Lodge meets at The Masonic Hall, East Ascent, St Leonard's on Sea TN38

0DR on the first Monday evenings in February, March, April, October, November,

December, and 1st Tuesday evening in May (Installation), and at other dates that

may be desired and under due dispensation – 7 regular meetings in all.

The Masonic Hall in St Leonard's was originally designed by James Burton in the

early 19th century, as the centre-piece of his new town, St Leonard's. The design is

based on a Greek temple, incorporating four Doric columns. The building was

purchased in the 1920's by the Masonic Hall Company who have day to day

responsibility for its management.

We also meet on a Friday evening, informally, for Lodge of Instruction, see details


History of The Lodge of St George

The Lodge of St George was consecrated on 7th May 1945, on which day under the

banner of St George, and during the consecration ceremony, the Allies’ victory in

Europe was proclaimed in the temple – the Germans had capitulated. This ‘news’

was conveyed by a slip of paper pushed under the door of the Lodge and the

meeting was interrupted with a report, which was then read out to all present and

the National Anthem was sung.

Welcoming New Members

Prospective candidates are welcome from all backgrounds and walks of life to apply

for membership enabling them to develop into more thoughtful and confident

people. We aim to inspire and challenge them to practise the core values we

celebrate – Integrity, Friendship, Respect, Charity – in their private and public lives

and to cement our reputation as a force for good in our communities and society at

large, and as a thriving organisation that people aspire to join.

All new Lodge members are encouraged to attend Lodge of Instruction (LoI), which

meets weekly on Friday evenings at 7.30pm, between regular meetings under the

leadership of our Director of Ceremonies. Here new members will find themselves

quickly engaged in the business of the day, where appropriate to their rank.

Proposers and Seconders take a keen interest in their progress and, in conjunction

with the Lodge Mentor, ensure they know what to expect. Proposers and

Seconders also help their new members to understand the ritual.

In company with many other Lodges, we have developed our own traditional

embellishments to the ritual: these add to the mystique of The Lodge of St George,

as does the unique ambience of our Lodge Room. This, in conjunction with the

tempo of our meetings, provides a strong attraction for visitors.

Our regular meetings are followed by a Festive Board, where members and their

Masonic guests enjoy a meal in a convivial and social fashion. While these are

formal, they are invariably fun.

Naturally there are costs involved in being a member of a Lodge, and initially, they

might seem quite significant. After the payment of a one-off Initiation Fee, there

remains an Annual Subscription, and with dining fees on each evening the Lodge

meets for official business (currently £20, exclusive of drinks), the overall annual

cost would be somewhere in the region of £200 a year. There is no charge to attend

Lodge of Instruction. There is a nominal one-off fee to join the local Light Blue Club

– The Ionic Club, which new members are encouraged to join.

Time will be required of individuals, as with any club, with attendance at the regular

meetings and visits to other Lodges; Lodge of Instruction and social events. The

time that you can devote will depend on your own situation – remember

Freemasonry comes behind family and career at all times.

Social Events

Social events are held throughout the year, where families and friends are

welcome. One of the main social events is the White Table Dinner on the first

Monday in December, where partners and friends join us for a festive Christmas

meal. This is also an opportunity to introduce prospective members to other

members of the Lodge. In addition events include a Beer & Skittles evening at a

local pub, Summer BBQ at members’ houses, a ‘beer or two’ after our LoI meetings.

We intend to grow the social life of the Lodge, post-Pandemic, and will consider a

range of fun events in which we can involve members and non-masonic friends.


The Lodge endeavours to be involved with the local community. As with all

Freemasons charity is the basis of our foundation, and much will be learned as a

young mason progresses through the Craft. Freemasons are one of the biggest

charitable givers in the country and support charities ranging from disaster relief to

medical research. Rest assured no giving is required beyond what an individual

feels he can afford.

Nationwide Freemasonry is known for its Teddies for Loving Care (TLC)

scheme,which provides cuddly bears to A&E departments in hospitals up and down

the country, for medical staff to give to young children as a way of providing much-

needed comfort, helping to reduce the shock and distress of their experience. Every

child that receives a teddy gets to take it home. Established in 2001, it is estimated

that more than 2 million bears have been distributed to over 200 hospitals.

The Lodge of St George has supported many local charities, including the

purchase for St Michael’s Hospice of a car enabling them to visit patients in more

rural areas and the purchase of vital equipment for the Rye, Winchelsea and

District Memorial Hospital.

The Role of the Almoner

In each Lodge the Almoner plays a vital role in the life of every Lodge, ensuring the

welfare of its members, its widows and other dependents whenever the need

arises, be it sickness or unforeseen circumstances, requiring more urgent

assistance of a financial nature.

Health of the Lodge

The current membership of the Lodge is 35, comprising – figures correct as at

January 2022 – with 23 members 60+; 10 members 40 – 60; 2 members 20 – 40.

The average age of the Lodge is 61.75.

There are a number of candidates who are due to join over the next few months

and with further interest expressed from those who took the opportunity to take

advantage of the Dine-a-Friend evening, the future of the Lodge is secure.

The underlying message is that we need to continue actively to recruit new blood:

 Candidates to secure the medium to long term future of the Lodge.

 Joining members who are keen to contribute, thereby growing our active

numbers and sustaining the Lodge in the short to medium term.

Why should a man join The Lodge of St, George?

By joining The Lodge of St. George a new member will be welcomed into an

historic Lodge where he will be able to live and develop his Masonic life according

to the 4 core values of integrity, respect, friendship, and charity:

a) Integrity through advancement in Masonic practice.

b) Respect through supporting, and from the support of, the Brethren in the Lodge.

c) Friendships with other members across the Province that can be lifelong.

d) Making Charity happen rather than merely supporting it financially.