For many years Masonry was perceived as a closed shop. Freemasons particularly in Somerset have worked very hard to dispel that myth. We welcome men from all walks of life who are upright citizens and hold a belief in a Supreme Being.
Freemasonry in Somerset
Freemasons in Somerset are very involved in their communities and they provide much needed support for many local charities and good causes. I trust our web site gives some indication of our commitment to our communities throughout the county.
There are 89 Private Lodges meeting at 27 centres throughout the Province of Somerset, from Bath in the north east to Minehead in the west. Each Lodge operates as an individual entity with its own team of officers and members. The oldest Lodge in the Province, Royal Cumberland No 41 meeting at Bath can trace its origins back to 1732 when it met at the Bear Inn in Bath. The youngest lodge is Columbanus No 9941, which was founded in 2017, and is a masonic Lodge of Motorcyclists. Most lodges meet at 6 or 6.30pm with dinner afterwards, but some, such as Sir Isaac Newton Lodge No 9801, is a ‘daylight’ Lodge, where meetings are held during the morning with lunch afterwards.
Individual Lodges can be found by going to the Somerset Lodges page where they are listed alphabetically or by using the drop down menu under Somerset Lodges, this lists Lodges by their meeting place.
Be you a Freemason or not, I hope that you enjoy our website. If you would like further information about becoming a Freemason you can find out under ‘how to join‘.
David Medlock, Provincial Grand Master.
For many, Freemasonry’s biggest attraction is that members come from all walks of life and meet as equals whatever their race, religion or socio-economic position in society. Freemasonry provides a unique environment for people from all backgrounds to learn skills, make lasting friendships, achieve their potential and, above all, have fun.
Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own charities, as well as through donations to UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds, with members playing an active role in their communities.
The photo shows the main entrance to Freemasons Hall in London, it was built between 1927–1932 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War.The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Its headquarters are at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ. There are many other sovereign Grand Lodges throughout the world including The Grand Lodge of Scotland and The Grand Lodge of Ireland. The United Grand Lodge of England is often referred to as the Premier Grand Lodge being the first to be formed in London in 1717.
UGLE meets in Quarterly Communication on the second Wednesday in March, June, September and December. The Annual Investiture, which is followed by the Grand Festival, is held on the last Wednesday in April.
The United Grand Lodge of England currently has over a quarter of a million members meeting in over 8,000 Lodges, which are grouped as follows:Lodges meeting in London (an area generally within a 10-mile radius of Freemasons’ Hall), are administered by the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London, which is headed by the Metropolitan Grand Master.
Lodges meeting outside London, and within England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, are grouped into 47 Provinces, whose boundaries often correspond to those of the old Counties (pre 1973 reorganisation), each Province is headed by a Provincial Grand Master who is appointed by the Grand Master, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent