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Welcome to Porthkerry Lodge’s Web Site.  Porthkerry Lodge is a Masonic Lodge based at the Masonic Hall,  Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, S. Wales It embraces and consists of a diverse cultural and social mixture of men representing many walks of local life, from those who are now retired but still very active to: engineers, business executives, salesmen, business owners, administrators, financial  experts, accountants, doctors, policemen, heating engineers, production workers, and middle managers. Porthkerry Lodge personifies the sound Masonic philosophy of inclusion in its make up of members, and makes welcome all who share the founding Masonic principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. If you are interested in Freemasonry and would like further information, the following websites should answer the majority of your questions.

 When do we meet

meeting2Porthkerry Lodge meets on the 4th Friday of the month October November, February, April and May. Typically starting at 6.15pm and finishing after dinner around 10pm. Meetings start with the members gathering in the hall and a chat in the bar. At 6.15pm the members go upstairs put on their Masonic regalia and proceed into the Masonic Temple, where a more formal meeting is conducted. As with most organisations, this usually consists of reading the minutes of the previous meeting, apologies, and greetings to visiting members. There follows a Masonic ceremony conducted by the Master of the Lodge and his Officers. These ceremonies are conducted from memory in a similar way to a Theatre play. After the ceremony, other Masonic business is conducted, such as the Treasurers report, an update on ill members and reports from Grand Lodge and the Provincial Grand Lodge. After the formal meeting closes, everyone retires downstairs to the dining room for dinner. There are Toasts and speeches at the end of the meal.    

Where are we

Above left the exterior view of Barry Masonic Hall where our lodge is held.  The hall is approximately 150 yards from Barry Railway Station.     Above right, Inside our temple.
 

The Temple

The Masonic Lodge interior seems to be so well organised and thought out,  temple2yet it holds many mysteries for the new mason.The area of the Masonic Lodge that is commonly referred to as the “East” is where the Master of the lodge is seated. The Master of the lodge is elected by the brethren of the lodge annually.  The Master is like the CEO of the group. Directly across the lodge from the Master, in the West, is the Senior Warden’s seat. The Junior Warden is seated in the South of the lodge… More

History

A Short History of Porthkerry, Park and Viaduct and its association with the Lodge viaductsmallPorthkerry Park is a large, public country park on the coast between Barry and Porthkerry in the Vale of Glamorgan in south Wales. It has fields, extensive woodland and nature trails, cliff-top pathways, a pebble-stone beach, and a small golf course. Architecturally, it is noted for its prominent viaduct crossed by a railway that served as a transportation for coal from the South Wales Valleys to the port in the 19th and 20th centuries… More
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