Dover Masonic Hall opened its doors to the public on the first weekend in July. Local Freemasons were on hand to conduct tours inside the building, including the lodge room, and to answer questions. They were assisted by members of the Province’s Membership Team.
Amongst the many visitors the Brethren were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Dover, Councillor Neil Rix, who attended the Open Day.
Whilst open to the public, a plaque commemorating 300 years of Freemasonry was unveiled by Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Graeme. David said “It is a privilege to be here to celebrate the Tercentenary of Freemasonry and to be invited to unveil the plaque. It is also wonderful to see the public looking around and asking questions about our fraternity. I am sure the Dover Masonic Hall will continue to go from strength to strength”.
David also gave a brief history of Dover Freemasons and their Masonic Hall. The first Lodge in the town was the Lodge of Love and Unity No 253 which was formed in 1777 but which ceased operating in 1835. Peace and Harmony Lodge No 199, which was formed in 1801, is the longest serving lodge in the town. Nowadays eleven lodges meet at the building along with several other Masonic Orders.
Arthur Hornby, who organised the Open Day on behalf of the Masonic Hall Company, said: “I was very pleased with the response from the visitors who attended. It was also a delight to see so many members of the different lodges here to assist”.
Report and photos: Phil Heath and Ray Veness