Medway Lodge No 1678 is situated in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and is within the jurisdiction of the Province of West Kent. It meets at the Masonic Hall, St Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent on five occasions per year.
Within the Province of West Kent there are nearly 200 Lodges meeting in nine Masonic centres and about 6,000 members.
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Medway Lodge was consecrated as the Tonbridge Lodge on the 23rd May 1877 and celebrated its 125th Anniversary on 22nd May 2002.
In October 2010, the Lodge celebrated its 900th Regular Meeting at Tonbridge School, where the Medway Lodge originally met.
If you would like to learn more about our history or of Freemasonry in general, please contact our Secretary, whose details appear on the 'Contact' page of our website.
For more information on Freemasonry in West Kent, please contact:
Provincial Grand Lodge, Oakley House, Bromley Common, Bromley, Kent. BR2 8HA
or visit their website.
The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales and the Channel Islands and its headquarters are at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ.
Thank you for visiting Medway Lodge.
Medway Lodge Meetings: 2019 - 2020
Come and Join Us - Becoming A Freemason
If you would like to become a Freemason or want to know more about joining, it is customary, but not necessary, to speak about it first to a friend, colleague or family member whom you know already to be a Freemason. They will be able to explain to you, insofar as they can, what it’s all about and explain the process of joining (if you would like to) after learning more about us.
If you don’t know anyone at all who is a member but you would be interested in joining Medway Lodge, then please get in touch with Alan, our Secretary, who will be pleased to hear from you.
Tell us who you are and little bit about yourself. We will see if we can be of help to find someone who is a member that you do know, but you didn’t know was a member. It is important to us to work this way, for all members have to be sponsored.
When making enquiries to join would you please give your full name, address, telephone number and email address.
Your contact will mention to you that your commitments to your family must come first, whatever happens, but that after this, your membership, as a Freemason, will call upon your time, energy and pocket to an extent that you alone must decide.
There are a two express requirements of every Freemason, and these are:
All members must believe in a universal Supreme Being, and Freemasonry is apolitical and accepts members of all faiths - therefore politics and religion are topics that cannot be discussed at Lodge meetings.
Additional guidance on becoming a Freemason may be found on the Freemasonry Today website.
A recent UGLE publication 'Freemasonry - What's It All About?' can be viewed here: http://www.freemasonrytoday.com/whats-it-all-about
A video "What's It All About? - What it means to be a Freemason" has been released by the United Grand Lodge of England - watch it here:
Masonic Charity & Principles
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today.
In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Every Freemason, no matter what rank or office he holds, is encouraged to be aware of the support that is available from the Masonic Charities. They offer vital assistance to Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows and dependants.
Almost all of the money employed by the charities is provided by Freemasons and their families. The main sources of funds are dervied from a Fundraising “Festival” held each year by Provincial Grand Lodges in England and Wales.
There are several Masonic Charities which are supported by Freemasons' Lodges:
The central Masonic Charities have consolidated their activities under the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Foundation now provides the full range of support and services available to masonic families and other registered charities.
Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.
Most of the support provided by the Masonic Charitable Foundation takes the form of financial grants to individuals and families to assist with daily living costs. We can also award grants to provide specific items or services.
The Three Great Principles
For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles:
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care - not only for their own - but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives. Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.