At the heart of any Freemason is Charity! 

Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. Freemasons support four main Masonic Charities in addition to supporting many local charities and good causes. In the past five years Lodges in Somerset have donated over half a million pounds to local charities.

Contact us: Write to: Priory Lodge, Keynsham Hall, 99 Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1SR.
Or e-mail

Trussell Trust, Keynsham Food Bank

Photo shows W.Bro John Wenborn handing a cheque for £300 to Gary Weeden  of Trussell Trust, Keynsham Food Bank on Thursday 1st December at Keynsham Masonic Hall. W.Bro John’s wife Karen was determined to break with tradition and forego ladies gifts for a donation to Keynsham’s food bank. After receiving the cheque Gary said that it will be well received, particularly at this time of year.


Priory Lodge Annual Skittles Night

Dear Hazel Guthrie,
Thank you for your gift of £156.00 raised from Priory Lodge skittle evening, it really is appreciated by every family who receives our care.
It’s because of your generosity and kindness that we can continue to care and support children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

Hazell arranges the evening for Priory Lodge.  Here in 2022 with WM John Wenborn 

Kind regards
Jenny Nicholls
Fundraising Administrator | Children’s Hospice South West

The Freemasons’ charity

Lodge Fundraising & Charities

Every masonic lodge raises money through a raffle each time the lodge meets to hand to good causes and often it’s this money which ranges between £90 and over £1000 which is given out to community groups and ethical organisations but which rarely gets any news coverage.

(the picture below saw W Bro Purchase handed a cheque to the British Heart Institute and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust for £2,022-50p on behalf of Priory Lodge and Somerset Freemasonry. The cheque was given to Lydia McGivern (Community Fundraising Officer of Above & Beyond Charity and Simon Law (Volunteer) of the Bristol Heart Institute).

Until social media came about it was difficult to share all of the good work that Freemasonry does for the community, but now we finally have to tools to show the great work and true meaning of Freemasonry. Enjoyable, fun, encouragement, surrounded by good people and making money for good causes at the same time.  join us, we have vacancies for new members.

At Priory Lodge the Master of the lodge for that sitting year decides how local raffle money is spent, they usually have their preferred charities and prioritise some raffle money in to our 2020 festival towards huge masonic grants distributed from London where huge organisations such as the Scout Movement received £500,000 and Air Ambulances £1,000,000 and to Lifeboats receive healthy grants and all having ongoing support between festival years.

Look at posts on our home page for some charities which have benefited directly from Priory Lodge in more recent times.  At a meeting in 2016 we gave £1,500 to the 2020 festival, £150 to a local non profit making organisation so that disadvantaged people can enjoy a Christmas meal together and £220 to a British Heart Foundation.

Bro Steve Jones presenting a cheque for £430 to 66th St John’s Scout Group for new tents.

In Spring 2022 we raised £900 for three Scout Groups, £1000 for Keynsham Dial a Ride, £38,000 for the 2020 festival, £50 for the BHF.  December 2019 to October 2021 was very difficult for Freemasonry because of Covid but we still raised over £1000 when we were allowed to meet.


Somerset Masonic Charities

Explore our Somerset Freemasonry website for up to date news and grants..

Freemasons have followed three great principles, which represent a way of achieving higher standard in life – respecting everyone, looking after others and being honest.

Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to others.

Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. The work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.

Freemasonry prides itself on its transparency. Not only are Freemasons completely free to acknowledge their membership, they are encouraged to do so.

Like many organisations and societies,  we regard some of our internal affairs as private matters for its members including the traditional modes of recognition used in meetings.

The first record of a Lodge in Somerset was in Bath in 1724. It met at the Queen Head. There are now 89 lodges, over 3500 members, meeting in 27 Masonic Centres throughout the county. The provincial Grand Lodge of Somerset was formed in 1784.

Lodge meetings are usually held in the evenings, followed by a meal on varying mights of the week. There are some lodges that meet in the daytime and often on a Saturday.

Priory Lodge may meet on a day which isn’t ideal for you, but we will find a lodge to suit your diary if you can’t join us, please email to join us or another regional lodge and we will start that process in motion for you.

United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE).

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest societies.  If you were in the Scouts or Cadets when you were younger then you you will understand the structure of Freemasonry, so many organisations and even watching royal ceremonies we can relate to the actions and traditions of Freemasonry; the advancement process and the opportunities within so many organisations copied from those found in Freemasonry.

Thousands of Freemasons and their families who have experienced financial difficulty have been assisted by the Grand Charity with grants totalling over £60 million since 1980.

£9.9 million has been donated to hundreds of hospices, providing annual assistance to vital services which are dedicated to caring.

Since 2007, every air ambulance charity in England & Wales has received a share of over £1 million; helping to save people’s lives by enabling doctors to reach patients as quickly as possible.

The Charity’s medical research programme has funded a wide range of projects. Recent successes include a potential new treatment for multiple sclerosis and the creation of an artificial pancreas to help treat diabetes.

Through its worldwide disaster relief programme the Grand Charity helped to rebuild a school in earthquake stricken Haiti, and managed numerous projects totalling £1 million to assist recovery following the 2005 Asian tsunami.

Over 7,000 young people have been able to join the Scouting movement in recent years thanks to a £500,000 Grand Charity donation.

Each year we support thousands of people in need with grants totalling nearly £8 million.

The list is endless – as is the number of worthy case histories that you can read about by following this link:-

In 2016 We formed the Masonic Charity Foundation.
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