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Masonic Lodge: There is a destiny that makes us brothers, no one goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own.
Freemasonry, simply put, is a worldwide, secular, non-political, fraternal and charitable organization. One of its aims is to “make good men better.” It does this through teaching self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Freemasonry has the following aims:
To practise universal charity
To foster high moral standards
To build friendships
To serve the community
To develop values such as integrity, respect, self-discipline, discretion, virtue and responsibility.
The consecration was a grand affair, presided over by the Provincial Grand Master and the ceremony was followed by a banquet, see banner. There were no less than 146 Masons in attendance (13 provincial Officers, 17 Neptune Officers (founders) and the rest visitors). The first meeting followed quickly on February 25th. On the agenda was a ballet for two candidates for initiation and 5 joining members, this trend continuing for the ensuing meetings. The founders and initial members were truly a mixed bunch, their professions and occupations included a draper, a Wesleyan Minister, a market gardener, an art master, a coal merchant, a plumber, a civil servant and many more. The average price for the meal (supper) was around 3/6 (17.5p), light refreshments often replaced supper for 1/6 (7.5p) and annual subscriptions for 1932 were £2 2s 0d (£2.10p). An annual guest night was held in the autumn.
Recognition of the lodge status as a Hall Stone Lodge appeared on the agenda in September 1932. The Hall Stone Jewel was awarded to lodges who contributed to the building of a new Temple in Gt Queens St. in memory of those Brethren who made the supreme sacrifice for their “King and Country”. during WW1.
Neptune was also on route to become a Patron Lodge of the Royal Masonic Hospital after the first donation of £26.5s.0d in November 1935 (100 guineas (£105) was the target) and this target was achieved
|Founded||17 February 1930 in Poertsmouth, Hampshire, England|
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