Greetings and welcome to our Lodge Website.

I take much pleasure in welcoming you, be you Mason or not and hope that you will find this Masonic web site both useful and informative.

Our Lodge is one of a group of Lodges that meet at Cosham Masonic Hall.

What I will say however is what it is not – Freemasonry is NOT a secret society as many surmise. It is a voluntary association where the interested comes of his own free will and accord.

Prior to Hitler’s rise in Germany Freemasonry was conducted in Germany, but Hitler viewed Masons as a threat and outlawed Freemasonry. This extended to all areas of German occupation and Freemasons were sent to concentration camps.  It is estimated that between 80,000 and 200,000 Freemasons were murdered under the Nazi regime. During this time the ‘Forget Me Not’ emblem was used as a means to identify fellow Masons.

It was during that period that Freemasons Lodges in the UK started to keep membership secret (due to necessity of the time), whereas prior to this Freemasonry was well known in local communities. Since the end of the second world war the secrecy surrounding Freemasonry has continued. It is only in recent years that Freemasonry has started to become more open. Masonic ritual is the only thing not publicised in order to keep generations of tradition going. Freemasons do swear an oath to keep certain things secret. The same oath includes to uphold the law, act as a good citizen and to help others.

The Internet alone has put paid to the misnomer that Freemasons hide behind closed doors. Freemasonry in the community is encouraged and actively promoted in the province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight. You may very well see the trailer at shows and community events around the province. If you do, please say hello and ask questions.

Freemasonry is NOT a religion as many claim it to be. Nor is it purely the province of men as there are also in existence Freemasons Lodges for women. What we have aimed to do with these few pages is show those that are genuinely interested, a small part of the true face of Freemasonry, the fraternalism and sense of fun that is fundamental to it and makes it what it is.

The Social events depicted on some of our pages give you a small sense of how we go about ensuring that Freemasonry in the UK remains the second biggest giver of Charitable donations outside of the National Lottery, as every one of the events pictured here was staged to raise money for various Masonic and Non Masonic Charities. Events such as these are held at Lodges that meet all over the UK, indeed all over the World and the money raised is passed on to various worthwhile causes.

Our Lodge at last count had 45 members and is on the up, bucking the present trend of declining Lodge membership. Our mother Lodge ‘Lodge of Hope 2153’ was consecrated at Gosport on 12th May 1886. Taverners Lodge was consecrated on  26th June 1956 and you can find out more on our Lodge History Page.

In recent times members have emigrated as far afield as Cyprus, Spain, Switzerland and Australia and still found Freemasonry available to them.

The present Lodge membership, I know, will ensure that Taverners Lodge continues to go from strength to strength.

In 2017 United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) celebrates its tercentenary. Three hundred years of Freemasonry will be celebrated by Freemasons throughout the world.

If you are interested in joining us, please read the information available to you (through the related Links to the various sources of information we have provided) and the details we have made available to you through the various pages of our Lodge Website.

If you are still interested, drop us a line – through any of the contact mechanisms found within our Website – and speak to our Lodge Secretary.

I look forward to meeting you in the future.

Sincerely and Fraternally

Worshipful Brother Ben Paterson
Worshipful Master
Taverners Lodge Number 7442