Each year the Master arranges a programme of social events for members and their families to get together, primarily for fun, but also to raise funds towards local good causes. Over the past couple of years they have included Ladies Nights, Race nights, Barbeques, Fishing Competitions, Sunday Lunches, Lodge of Instruction Suppers, Quizzes, Golf Competitions.
Funds raised have contributed towards organisations such as; MS Support Group, Eastbourne Talking Newspaper, Crohns & Colitis, Eastbourne Blind Society, Medi Tech Trust, Special Care Baby Unit, Eastbourne Silver Band, Eastbourne Rotary AM Breakaway Project, Children with Cancer, Macmillan Cancer Support, Chestnut Tree Hospice, St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Queen Alexandra Cottage Homes, Sussex Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus, Children’s Respite Trust, Cruse Bereavement Care, T21, Dementia Action.
The Holywell Club is a social group, based in Eastbourne, for Freemasons, their Families & Friends. They offer a relaxed environment for new members and potential candidates to get involved in the social side of Freemasonry and hopefully promote an honest and positive view of our community. Membership is free and draws people from a number of lodges in the town, particularly Tyrian.
We meet 7 times a year at the Masonic Centre in South Street. These are normally held on the last Monday in the months of September, October, November (I), January, February, March and April and meetings start around 5 pm. At the November meeting we install the new Master of the Lodge.
Every meeting is followed by a dinner, known as Festive Boards. We currently dine at the Cumberland Hotel at a cost of £16 per head.
Although these events are the formal side of masonry, they are nevertheless fun and highly sociable, an opportunity to work and ‘play’ with members of your lodge and visitors from other lodges.
With more than 160 lodges in Sussex, 12 in Eastbourne, the opportunities to visit other lodges and meet new Brethren are endless. Indeed visiting has always been seen as an important aspect of Freemasonry. With over 250,000 members in England and 6 million worldwide you are never far from a Masonic Lodge where you can be assured of a warm welcome.
Lodge of Instructions
Lodge of Instructions are held on Mondays from 7.30 – 9.00pm during September to April. During the summer months these tend to be less frequent. The purpose is to give newer members the chance to practise and learn a little more about the meaning behind the rituals.