About

About US
 

We are a Masonic Lodge which meets at the Franklin Rooms Masonic Centre, Gillingham. We have been in existence since 1911, and are always open to meeting new challenges and welcoming new people.

What’s it all about

Freemasonry is one of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world, who’s roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles many years ago.

What’s it all about

stonemasons often travelled around to find work in different locations. To demonstrate their level of qualification, they would use grips, words and signs in order to distinguish themselves from unqualified builders.

What’s it all about

Freemasonry uses building analogies to teach members how to lead productive lives that benefit the communities they live in. Freemasons meet today to build friendships and communities, rather than cathedrals and castles.

Norman Lodge 3502

About Our Lodge

Consecrated on the 8th March 1911 by our Founder, “W Bro Alfred Reynolds Norman”  When “The Norman Lodge 3502” initially opened it’s doors, it was open to local Government Officers, and School Teachers. Pictured here is an original Founders Jewel which all founder members would have been awarded. The motto, “Pro Fide Strictus” or “Bound For Faith” reflect the standards of a bye gone age, but which still hold good today. Two world wars, and a little over one hundred years on, we now welcome all comers to our meetings, on the first Wednesday of the month.
We meet from October through to June, at the Franklin Rooms Masonic Center. Lawyers, Accountants, Machine Operators, and Vehicle Mechanics, along with the Teachers, and many others, now make up our number. We meet monthly to enjoy enlightening lectures on many varied subject, good food, and of course good fellowship. Added to this, we enjoy social events, and our members enjoy a variety of hobbies from Golf to paddle boarding. Our Lodge prides itself on maintaining a high standard of Masonic Ritual, and if that appeals to you? Then we look forward to meeting you.

Terry Parnell

One of our newer Members

My Freemasonry

Adey Bankole is one of our Lodges newer members, joining in January 2024. From a position of knowing very little about the craft, Adey has progressed stedily and is now one of our most promising newcomers. Adey Says:

“Freemasonry to me has been how I imagined it to be and more. I am in awe of its principles, and the Norman Lodge has been very influential in molding my current preception.”

Adey has recently become a fellowcraft freemason, and is well on target to progress further. He added:

“I am glad to be a part of something that is bigger than me, that also makes me a better version of myself.” 

Sir Tony Robinson on Freemasonry

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?

Freemasonry is a brotherhood of men committed to lives of honor, integrity, and character. The men of Freemasonry are on a journey of self discovery.

WHO CAN BE A FREEMASON?

Freemasonry welcomes men over the age of 18 years, of every country, religion, race, age, income, education, and opinion.

WHAT IS A MASONIC LODGE?

In Freemasonry, the lodge means two things. It refers to a group of Masons coming together in fellowship, and, at the same time, refers to the room or building in which they meet.

IS FREEMASONRY A RELIGION?

Freemasonry is not a religion. It does not intrude on the religious beliefs of its members, although it does require that all members profess a belief in a Supreme Being.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BECOME A FREEMASON?

The fees associated with membership include a one-time initiation fee and annual dues, which cover the operational expenses of the lodge.

HOW CAN I FIND A MASONIC LODGE NEAR ME?

There are Masonic lodges in or near virtually every city and town in the United Kingdom. To find a lodge near you, visit our Contact us page, or the Useful Links.

Get In Touch

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The Secretary

6 Glebe Lane, Maidstone

Kent ME16 9DB

Tel 07727 415158