Lodge Virtue & Honor 494

OPEN DAY 27th APRIL 2024

Celebrating 180 Years of Freemasonry in  Axminster


and all welcome


Learn about the history of Freemasonry in Axminster since 1844, the traditions and people involved over the years!


Teas, Coffee and Eats and Treats!


Do you know the Hall is open for private hire, for community groups, charities as well as events and fitness classes


Freemasonry is one of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world.

Lodge Virtue & Honor has met in Axminster since 1844.

Guiding principles of Freemasonry

For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true now as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.

Why become a Freemason?

You want to make new friendships?

Freemasonry gives members opportunities to make friends for life, finding bonds with people who share common interests, and meeting people from different backgrounds

No two Masonic Lodges are the same. All have unique personalities driven by their members. You will also have the opportunity to visit other Lodges within the local area.

Beyond the monthly meetings, a Masonic Lodge is also a place for dinners and special events.

You want to make a positive contribution to society and your local community?

Charity is at the very heart of Freemasonry. Freemasons make valuable contributions to deserving causes, nationally and internationally, and we’re recognised as one of the largest charitable givers in the country. In 2020 The United Grand Lodge  donated £51.1m to deserving causes. We don’t forget our own community either, making regular annual donations to local good causes.

You want to develop yourself? 

Freemasonry is more than just friendship; it’s an avenue for personal growth and development. Freemasonry is all about building character and supporting members as individuals. It’s these foundations that allow members to increase self-confidence and develop transferable skills such as public speaking.

You are intrigued by the history?

From the outside, a Masonic Lodge may look rather mundane. But inside the Lodge Room itself, Freemasonry comes to life! With nearly one hundred and eighty years of local history, age-old artefacts, art, and the pageantry of our ritual that dates back even further, the story unfolds as you progress  on your journey in Freemasonry. 

“Is it for me?”

Becoming a Freemason means you’ll be joining about 175,000 members throughout England and Wales, as well as Districts overseas.

Membership is open to people from all backgrounds and the organisation’s aim is to empower members to be the best they can be – it’s about building character, supporting members as individuals and helping them make a positive contribution to society.

We have more than 7,000 Lodges, with any man over the age of 18 welcome to join, irrespective of their race or religion. 


To find out more, please feel free to send us a message via the Contact Us Page. 

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