The building in Church Lane dates back to 1725 when it started life as the Royal Free School. It became the home of Windsor Freemasons in 1862 when the School moved to Batchelors Acre. Following alterations the building was dedicated as a Masonic Lodge on 24th November 1864.
Twelve Lodges now meet at Windsor Masonic Hall making it the second largest centre for Freemasonry in Berkshire. There are 96 Lodges in the County.
On the day here was an information point in a special gazebo in the colonnade of the Guildhall which prompted considerable interest from hundreds of passers-by who chatted to the team and had their questions answers. Over 1000 leaflets on Freemasonry were handed out on the day and potential new recruits along with members of the public were given a tour of the temple and an explanation of what goes on behind the doors of the Lodge.
Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Berkshire Colin Hayes, a Windsor resident and Businessman said “We were most grateful to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for allowing us to place our information gazebo adjacent to The Guildhall in Windsor. This proved to be very successful and allowed members of the public to ask our members questions and receive booklets. In addition we welcomed about 100 visitors through the ‘Red Door’ into the Masonic Hall in Church Lane. They were all given a conducted tour of our meeting rooms and left with a knowledge of Freemasonry and plenty of reading matter. Although it was a very cold and wet day we were all delighted with the results of the event and are sure that many more people now know what Freemasonry is all about”.
Freemasonry is one of the biggest charitable givers after the National Lottery. All money donated comes from Masons own pockets, no public collections. Freemasons have donated to every world disaster since 1982. The Berkshire Masonic Charity supports local good causes and donated over £45,000 locally in 2014.
The next Open Day will be at Berkshire Freemason’s headquarters at the Berkshire Masonic Centre, Sindlesham Court, Wokingham, RG41 5EA on 25th April 2015. Anyone interested in attending this event or in Freemasonry in Berkshire in general can find out more by visiting www.berkspgl.org.uk