A new motorcyclist’s lodge of freemasons has been founded in Southampton with many of the 300 attending arriving by motorbike.
It is the latest specialist lodge launched in the masonic province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, which is attempting to increase membership.
The Motorcyclist’s Lodge, which will meet in Farnborough, will combine freemasonry with the love of motorcycling, by holding a lodge meeting followed by a ride-out to various locations around the province, weather conditions permitting.
It is the sixth specialist lodge formed in the last five years under the leadership of the province’s Grand Master, Mike Wilks. The others are a scouting lodge, rugby lodge, motorsports lodge, football lodge and sailing lodge.
It will work in the same way as any other lodge, which includes raising money for charity and aiming to make ‘good men better’.
With 9,000 members in the province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight – which includes Christchurch and Bournemouth – and many of them keen bikers, it became clear that there was sufficient demand for a lodge of this type.
Its first master, Paul Haynes, said: “As a freemason and a keen motorcyclist, I am looking forward to recruiting new members to the lodge and sharing experiences with fellow biking enthusiasts.”
This year freemasons are celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first Grand Lodge in England, when four lodges came together in London.
Pic caption: Brethren of the new Motorcyclist’s Lodge with the Provincial Grand Master, Mike Wilks (centre), who is a keen biker.