Welcome to everyone visiting the website of The Framland Hundred Lodge - No.9453, irrespective of if you are already a Freemason, are thinking about joining or are simply curious.
Founded in May 1992 we are a thriving Freemasons Lodge based at the Wicklow Lodge, Burton Road in Melton Mowbray and are one of three Craft lodges which meet there within a harmonious Masonic community. The oldest of these is the Rutland Lodge - No.1130, which was formed in 1866 followed by St Mary's Lodge - No.7164, named after our town church and which was formed in 1952.
The Framland Hundred Lodge - No.9453 is therefore the youngest meeting at the Wicklow Masonic Centre by some margin and takes its name from the historic old Wapentake, or Hundred, which included Melton Mowbray and lands to the North East of the town itself. The name Framland was recorded in the Domesday Book as one of Leicestershire's four Wapentakes and remains in use today as a Deanery of the Diocese of Leicester in the Church of England which includes St. Mary's Church in Melton Mowbray.
This rolling green countryside is famous for its hunting with the Belvoir Hunt, whilst Stilton cheese making is still centred on Colston Bassett and of course the unique Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. You will of course notice that these familiar elements of our local community also constitute the badge of our Lodge. See our Lodge History
We meet five times a year and recently installed our 27th Master, W.Bro Martin Smith was installed as Master on 17th December 2018 and he installed the Officers of the Lodge for 2018/19 year. See Our Lodge
MASONIC MEETING PLACES IN MELTON MOWBRAY
We recently produced an informative booklet about Masonic Meeting Places in Melton Mowbray - 1866-2017 which can be downloaded here - DOWNLOAD BOOKLET
If you would like more information about Freemasonry in Leicestershire you can click on Freemasonry above, contact The Framland Hundred Lodge - 9453 or Contact Us. You can alternatively contact the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland team via their website www.pglleics.org.uk, or see Links above.
One source of pride for most Freemasons is that our organisation is one of the major contributors to many local and UK charities with all monies being generated solely by Lodge members. There have been many overseas charities which have also benefited over the years, particularly in times of major disasters. Alongside the four major Masonic charities, the Lodges which meet in Melton Mowbray have also contributed to a number of local charities in and around the district.
In the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland we have just commenced our drive to raise at least £1.8 million by 2022. Back in the last Festival in 2012 we raised £1.74 million – more information can be found here: www.pglleics.org.uk/website/2022-festival
WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?
Somewhat enigmatically, Freemasonry describes itself as "A peculiar system of morality, based on allegory and illustrated with symbols." A system of morality because Masons are expected to exhibit strong moral principles; these principles are explained by means of short, allegorical "plays", which use the symbolism of operative stone masons to illustrate the points being made. It encourages men to act fairly and honestly in all their undertakings; to respect the rights and aspirations of others and to attempt to relieve suffering wherever possible. Charitable giving, whether of money or time, is a major activity. However, no Freemason is ever expected to make any commitment to Freemasonry which is beyond the means of him or his family. All Freemasons are taught that any duties which they have as a Freemason come only after their duties to family, work, and faith. In no circumstances should their membership interfere with these aspects of their lives.
Freemasonry is the UK's largest secular, fraternal and charitable organisation. Under the auspices of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) it has over 200,000 members working in nearly 8000 lodges throughout England and Wales and 30,000 more members overseas. Scotland and Ireland each have their own independent Grand Lodges with a further 150,000 members between them. Worldwide there are probably more than 6,000,000 freemasons.