The East Grinstead Masonic Centre Meetings are held at the East Grinstead Masonic Centre, located in St James Road.
The Temple was built in the summer of 1898 for the Sackville Lodge No.1619, and remains one of the few purpose built temples in Southern England. Some pictures of the Outside and Interior of the Building are available on the “Gallery” page.
On 16th October 1999 the Centenary Building was opened, having formerly been the East Grinstead Lamp Factory, now linked to the temple and converted to accommodate a spacious Bar and seating area, together with dining facilities on the first floor for up to 60 members and guests.
Meals are provided by the ladies of “Barn Caterers” to a high standard and are varied and seasonal. Every Regular Masonic meeting is followed by the “Festive Board”.
The Three Counties Lodge
The Three Counties Lodge is one of four Craft Lodges in East Grinstead, as well as Sackville, Greenstede and The Hinge of Friendship Lodges. The Centre is also host to two Royal Arch Chapters, a Mark Master Masons Lodge, a Royal Ark Mariners Lodge and an Allied Degree Lodge.
Three Counties is not a large Lodge, but has about 25 members, ranging in age from mid-twenties to eighty. Most of our active members are younger than the average masonic age, and this is reflected in the active social atmosphere.
Whilst the Ritual involved in the Ceremonies requires time and effort to learn and has a more serious meaning, being a member represents a hobby and as such, our meetings do have a more relaxed ambience, once the business of the evening has been concluded. We like to think that we are a happy, friendly and open group of diverse individuals.
The Meeting Timetable
Our regular Lodge meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month in October, November, January, February, March and April (Installation).
Meetings usually commence at 6.00pm and conclude by 7.30pm Dining is at 8.00pm. The Bar is open from about 5.00pm before the meeting and again afterwards. The meal is generally concluded by about 9.45pm. Timings depend on the meeting content and agenda, the time spent in the bar after the meeting and the number of members.
The Installation evening starts earlier and ends a little later. This meeting is the climax of the Masonic year for every Lodge and the Provincial Grand Master, or his representative, attend the meeting.
“Lodge of Instruction” sessions are held on Thursday evenings for those members who enjoy taking part in the ceremonies and aspire to taking office within the Lodge. This is a social event, meeting in the Bar from about 7.00pm and then moving into the Temple to practice parts of the ceremony in preparation for the next meeting.
We take great pride in the smart and slightly regimental manner in which our ceremonies are undertaken at the Three Counties, based on the traditions of the founding members and the formative years of the Lodge during the 1940’s.
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The Cost of Membership
Please contact us for the annual membership cost.
The festive board meal following each regular meeting consists of a generous three course supper followed by a cheese board, coffee and mints.
The Bar stocks a good selection of beer and wine. We usually hold a raffle at the festive board, the proceeds of which support local charities. Members are encouraged to make regular payments to our charity fund.
Contact us for further detailed information on costs of Initiation or Joining, which our we would be pleased to supply.
Member of Another Lodge?
If you are a current member of another Lodge and would like to join us one evening, then please make contact and you would be made most welcome.
Should you be interested in either becoming a member, or indeed joining us from another Lodge, we would be delighted to hear from you!