|What Happens on a Lodge Evening?
Usually one of the ceremonies, as briefly described above, takes place in the Lodge room, and this may be followed by the social part of the evening, the ‘after-proceedings’, often historically known as the 'Festive Board'. At the Festive Board, members may have dinner and/or refreshments. Toasts are given to the Queen and various distinguished members of the Order, there are a few short speeches and there is occasionally an item of entertainment.
Offices and Ranks
Some time after a mason completes his Third degree, he may be invited, or express a desire, to take an office in the Lodge. This means he will be taking part in the dramatic representation of the moral messages mentioned above. He will progress through the offices, usually on a yearly basis, until the office of Master of the Lodge is attained. He is under no obligation to undertake any of these offices but many men find, within a Lodge, it is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a Freemason and that they are helped to discover their own talents and to gain increased confidence in themselves.
Lodges regularly hold social events such as Ladies' Nights. These are good opportunities to let your lady, partner or family and friends see what Freemasonry is all about and meet other members. At these events, guests are often encouraged to tour Masonic premises, including the Lodge Room.
An important and integral part of Freemasonry is the practice of charity
; not only to its members and their dependants, but throughout the community at large to worthy causes locally, nationally and internationally. Masonic charity derives its funds solely from its members. No public collections are undertaken.