About Us

Misbourne Lodge is a Freemasons Lodge that meets in Beaconsfield and is No.3375 in the Register of Lodges held by the United Grand Lodge of England.

We meet six times a year at the Beaconsfield Masonic Centre. We hold a special ceremony to admit new members, firstly as an Entered Apprentice and further ceremonies to promote him to a Fellowcraft and then Master Mason.

Any man over the age of 21 may join regardless of ethnicity, political views or religion, although he is expected to have a faith.*

It is often suggested that Freemasonry is a secret organisation. In fact all our ceremonies are published and freely available from booksellers and on- line. In common with many other organisations, our only secrets are some special recognition signs. English Freemasonry is not secretive, nor are members permitted to seek any financial gain from their membership.

Freemasons Lodges in England are structured along the lines of medieval Craft Guilds and the general consensus is that Freemasonry descends directly or indirectly from the organisation of operative stone masons who built the great cathedrals and castles of the Middle Ages.

Charity is an important aspect of Freemasonry. Misbourne Lodge is pleased to have been able to provide valuable financial support to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Help for Heroes, Riding for the Disabled, Stoke Mandeville Neonatal Unit and a new Ultrasound Scanner for Wycombe Hospital.

However we do not forget our own members and every Lodge has an Almoner charged with looking after them and their families in times of difficulty.

*For ladies interested in Freemasonry, there is The Order of Women’s Freemasonry, the oldest and largest Masonic organisation for women in the UK. Please see: www.owf.org.uk for further details.

Become A Member

One of the most common misconceptions about Freemasonry, and there are many such misconceptions, is that you have to be invited to join. Nothing could be further from the truth.

When you become a Freemason you join an international organisation of some 6 million worldwide, where members will greet and welcome you and your family wherever you go.

We welcome applications from prospective new members or indeed from existing Freemasons wanting to become joining members.

Please complete this form in the first instance and we will contact you to arrange an informal chat with a couple of members of the Lodge committee.

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History

The Great Western Railway came to Gerrards Cross in 1906 and this stimulated considerable house building in the area. In 1909 some new residents together with some long standing ones decided to form a local Lodge and since the River Misbourne flowed close by the Lodge’s first meeting place, the George Inn at Chalfont St Peter, it seemed an appropriate choice of name.

There were fourteen founder members including the station master, two engineers, three surveyors, a stockbroker, a clerk, an organist, a solicitor and three Gentlemen! Bearing in mind the class consciousness of those Edwardian times, it is fascinating to note the variety of occupations of the founders of the Lodge.

In 1912 following the death of the Landlord, the Lodge moved from the George Inn to Oak End Hall in Gerrards Cross. In 1924 the Lodge moved again to a new Masonic Hall in Gerrards Cross where it remained until the outbreak of WW2 when the premises were commandeered by the RAF. There then followed a series of temporary homes in Gerrards Cross, Amersham and Slough until the Lodge finally came to rest at the Bull Hotel at Gerrards Cross where it remained until the end of hostilities in 1945. It was then at last able to return to the Masonic Hall in Gerrards Cross.

In 1982 the Gerrards Cross premises were sold and the Lodge moved to the Licensed Victuallers Home at Denham. In 1984 the Old School House building associated with St Marys Church, Beaconsfield became available and planning permission sought for a change of use. The conversion to a Masonic Hall was completed in September 1985 and the Centre opened in October. Misbourne Lodge moved there that same year.

Misbourne Lodge is proud to be a Hall Stone Lodge and furthermore, Buckinghamshire has the distinction of being the only Hall Stone Province in England. See separate heading for further details.

Hall Stone Lodge

The Hall Stone Jewel made from gold on a light blue collarette, worn by successive Masters of the Lodge.
In 1919, after the First World War, Grand Lodge embarked on the building of a new headquarters for the English Craft (now known as Freemasons Hall, in Great Queen Street, London) as a memorial to the many brethren who had given their lives during the War. For this purpose a special committee was set up in 1920 and an appeal made to every member of the Constitution for contributions to the fund which, from the target set, came to be known as the Masonic Million Memorial Fund.

Contributions to this Fund were to be entirely voluntary and were to be recognised by special commemorative jewels.These were of three types for the three categories of subscribers, of the same basic design but of different sizes and precious metals. Individuals were awarded a commemorative breast jewel on a dark blue ribbon; silver for subscribing 10 guineas or more and gold for 100 guineas or more.

Lodges contributing an average of ten guineas (£10.50) per member became known as Hall Stone Lodges and 1,321 lodges at home and abroad qualified as Hall Stone Lodges. Their names and numbers are inscribed on commemorative marble panels in the main ceremonial entrance vestibule of Freemasons’ Hall.

However since every Lodge in Buckinghamshire raised the qualifying amount, they were each entitled to be known as a Hall Stone Lodge. This gave Buckinghamshire the unique distinction of being the only Hall Stone Province within English Freemasonry and for this reason there is a Lodge room in Freemasons’ Hall named after Buckinghamshire.

Community

The whole ethos of modern Freemasonry is the support for international, national and local charities and helping those less fortunate in our own local communities. Although our ceremonies still form the intrinsic core of our fraternity, giving service to the community at large has become the main focus of our activities. Buckinghamshire Freemasonry has a long history of giving both financial aid and human resources.

 

 

Forty children on the Autistic spectrum and their families recently enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon thanks to the Holmer Green Model Railway Club and Beaconsfield Freemasons. The children experienced rides on the model trains and also had the opportunity to drive them! Having built up an appetite, the children and their families enjoyed a barbecue and a selection of delicious home-made cakes.

 

 In August, Beaconsfield Freemasons once again gave a group of young carers experience of Clay Pigeon Shooting.This event was organised by the Beaconsfield Freemasonry in the Community Committee, for a group of young carers between the ages of 13 and 18 and was held at Road Farm, Great Missenden where they tried their hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting.

Further Reading

English Freemasonry: www.ugle.org.uk
Buckinghamshire Freemasonry: www.buckspgl.org

Contact Us

 The Secretary
Misbourne Lodge
The Old School House
Windsor End
Beaconsfield
HP9 2JW
Tel: 01895 638498

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