Prytaneion Lodge was consecrated in 1989. It was originally founded very much as a “Blue Light Emergency Services” Lodge, with membership initially restricted to men with connections to such Services. However, in 1990 that restriction was lifted and the Lodge now welcomes application from men from all walks of life.
We meet five times a year, on the second Friday of September, November, January, March and May. Most other Lodges meet more frequently than that, but Prytaneion Lodge feels that with five meetings a year it offers its members an attractive balance between their home-life, work-life and Masonic-life.
Prytaneion Lodge holds its meetings at the Kings Court Masonic Centre In Eastleigh, Hampshire UK, and is able to meet in this very nice venue by sharing Kings Court with a number of other Masonic Lodges, all of whom meet on different night. It is a very comfortable building, with a large car park, a licensed bar, a spacious dining room and a wonderful Lodge Room.
Our Lodge meetings start around 6pm when members and their Masonic guests assemble in the Lodge Room. The Lodge officers then enter and the meeting commences.
As with all other lodges, our proceedings are managed by an officer called the Worshipful Master, who holds that office for one year (all Lodge members can aspire to hold that office).
The proceedings in the Lodge Room are of a formal ceremonial nature. Those ceremonies have been handed-down by Masons across the generations and are the core elements of Freemasonry. They have a moral and a dramatic dimension and are usually enacted for the purpose of qualifying a new member into and through the various membership degrees of the fraternity.
Different Lodges adopt different approaches to the Masonic ceremonies. Prytaneion's approach is generally relaxed. Of course we applaud a polished performance, but if the odd mistake creeps in as it inevitably will, we just maintain our good humour and move on.
After the formal portion of the evening is over we retire to the bar and then to the dining room for a communal meal and speeches (the quality of catering at the Kings Court Centre is absolutely excellent).
"Charity" is one of the founding principles of Freemasonry. When we collect money from amongst ourselves we channel it to a number of Masonic Charities. They then disburse it to good causes within Freemasonry and to those in need in the wider world.
Prytaneion Lodge takes a pragmatic approach to charitable collecting. We never place pressure on our member either individually or collectively. We always remember that our member’s circumstances vary, and that in any case a man may wish to direct a portion of his charitable giving to other charities outside Freemasonry.
Some Masonic Lodges run a full social calendar, but at present Prytaneion's is fairly modest. Sometimes we hold a Masonic Ladies' Evening (a formal dinner and dance) -but not every year. We do very occasional hold other more informal social functions.
Prytaneion Lodge is always keen to hear from prospective new members, either from those new to Freemasonry, or from existing Freemasons who might be keen to join our ranks. So in conclusion, and by way of a checklist to see if Prytaneion is likely to be the Lodge for you:
Meetings on Friday nights at around 6pm to 10 pm five times a year.
Rehearsals on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm five times a year.
A one off joining fee of £60, an annual subscription fee of £120 a year and dining fees of approximately £17 per meeting for a four course dinner by our in-house caterers.
- Participation in an historical ceremonial style meeting followed by a good dinner in good company.
- A lodge that takes the ceremonies seriously, but with a light-hearted approach.
- A lodge which values charitable giving but which never places undue pressure on its members.
- If you wish to learn more about Freemasonry in general, or Prytaneion Lodge in particular, please contact the Lodge Secretary - Alan Otton by telephone on 07769808086, or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively contact Mike Davis - the Lodge Membership Officer by telephone 01794 323930 or by email on email@example.com
Either of them would look forward to chatting with you