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As of Monday the 14th September only 6 (Six) people may attend meetings either in an enclosed "space" or outside, HM Government mandatorily require that visitors to premises register their name & phone number for "Track & Trace".

The FMCtr will remain open for all unit meetings because of our robust approach to Covid19 compliance and following all HM Gov., HCC & Public Health England standards in securing the health & safety of our users and members with detailed regular sanitising of areas by our dedicated Housekeeping Team.

Please stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you back.  We will endeavor to answer all enquiries in the meantime as quickly as possible

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This represents the Risk & Method Statement and Mitigation Planning of the Board of The Farnborough Masonic Centre Ltd to its users.

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/63861795/fmc-covid-risk-management-aug-2020

The report is forwarded with an executive summary and schematical abstract with graphical symbols and outlays of the buildings comprising of the full Masonic Centre.

The Board have taken a robust view of all current legislation and guidance provided by HM Government, Public Health England, as well as UGLE & Provincial guides to reopening in a safe and secure manner for our users.

The Board have set occupancy limits in line with national guidance, and it is mandatory that these numbers are not exceeded (based upon our floor space factoring limits x safe distancing calculations). The Board have set aside "new" robing areas in the dining rooms for your use, we politely inform you that the areas previously used are now subject to prohibition orders on the grounds of personal space safety.

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Please find attached our latest release, this shows the layouts of the various rooms and masonic meeting places that are "open" for use, these pictures should be used in conjunction with our Risk Management Plan.

FMCtr General

Whilst attending Masonic meetings and whilst robing face masks/coverings are mandatory until you vacate the building. Coverings need not be worn in the car park, but MUST be fitted when entering the building.

Please do not wedge, prop or leave doors open, there will be an alarm system fitted to the external doors which will activate if a door is left open.

Please do not wedge, prop or leave open ANY internal fire door in the building, there is a legal requirement for them to be "kept shut" at all times, unless we have fitted a release mechanism which automatically releases a door from an "open" position to a closed situation when an alarm is activated.

In the event of an evacuation please use your nearest escape route, do not collect belongings or re-enter the building until declared safe to do so by a fire control officer or other such person from the emergency services.

Please do not obscure, obstruct or black out ANY of the glazed panels within the fire doors under any circumstance.

Unit meetings

When using the Main Lodge meeting room please use the Main Dining Room for robing, do not use the old robing area in the entrance.

When using the upstairs Lodge meeting room please use the upstairs dining area for robing, do not use the committee room or any other area.

All Masonic meetings being conducted in the masonic meeting rooms must follow guidance's issued by UGLE/SGC/MMH and their respective Provincial Offices.

Sanitising

All rooms/areas used for Masonic meetings will be sanitised by FMCtr before each/after meeting, Units MUST sanitise their own "Furnishings" which they use from their locker(s) before/after each meeting. Please use the hand sanitation points in the building regularly to protect yourself and others.

In line with National Masonic guidance, no member should feel pressured to attend meetings if they do not feel safe, or if they or a cohabiting family member(s) identify as being at risk of contracting Covid19, or are displaying symptoms of Covid19.

Bar Use

For Units meeting downstairs please use the lounge bar, do not pass through the double doors to gain access to upstairs or to other rooms (accept the accessible toilet).

For Units meeting upstairs ​whilst there is a simultaneous meeting in the main Lodge meeting room, please complete the chit system for pre-ordering/paying for drinks. All drinks will be consumed in the upstairs dining room and will be placed there by our bar staff, under NO circumstance present yourself in or at the downstairs lounge bar whilst being used by others.

Rehearsals - Lodges of Instruction - Reference Meetings - Committee Meetings etc.

All meetings other than "Regular" meetings of Masonic Units are suspended until further notice by the Board.#

Acknowledgement

Brethren, may I also take the time to thank my fellow Directors and David Brett for their commitment and hard work in working towards making the FMCtr a safe environment, and for their time in attending the Centre to undertake extensive re-decorations and refurbishments during the last 5 months?

Bill, Adrian C, and David have given many hundreds of hours of their time and energy in undertaking these works and I am sure you will join with me in thanking them for all they have done. The other Directors (Simon, Paul and Alex) have been equally busy in "behind the scenes" work that we are currently developing to give better access to our users both Masonically and externally. As we go forward we will be bringing in a refreshed web presence and develop our external business for local community uses. 

W Bro. Adrian Bean
Chairman
FMCtr Ltd

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These pictures show the layouts of the various rooms and masonic meeting places that are "open" for use, these pictures should be used in conjunction with our Risk Management Plan. Please click on the images to display a larger picture.

Temple (Main and Small)

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Robing Area

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Bar

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A brief history of the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Provincial Masonry took its rise in the mid eighteenth century, a few years after the formation of Grand Lodge in 1717. The original Grand Lodge was based in London and comprised entirely of London lodges. Gradually however, its authority spread throughout the country. For the efficient regulation and administration of the Craft in the provinces, it was necessary for the Grand Master to have local representation. The first Provincial Grand Master was appointed for Cheshire in 1725.

The Masonic Province of Hampshire came into being on February 28th 1767 with the appointment of the man who must surely be the most famous Provincial Grand Master of them all, Thomas Dunckerley. An enterprising and resourceful fellow from his earliest days, he ran away to sea at the age of ten. He saw twenty-six years service in the Royal Navy, and took part in the siege of Quebec in 1759. He left the Royal Navy at the age of 39 in 1763 to become a barrister and was later commissioned into the South Hampshire Militia. Reputed to be the natural son of George II, Dunckerley was eventually granted an allowance from the Privy Purse. This enabled him to devote himself to his great passion in life, Freemasonry. He had been initiated into the Three Tuns Lodge No. 35 (later known as the Lodge of Antiquity No. 28) in Portsmouth at the age of 29 and it was to be only fourteen years later the Grand Master appointed him as the first Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Hampshire.

At the time of his appointment, Dunckerley presided over eight lodges:

Three Tuns No. 35, Portsmouth
Royal Oak No. 242, Portsmouth Common
Red Lion No. 278, Gosport
Kings Arms No. 291, Portsmouth
Havant No. 298
Stubbington No. 302
Ringwood No. 318
Hilsea No. 323

Of these only Ringwood No. 318 is still working today, as Lodge of Unity No. 132. The first new lodge consecrated by Thomas Dunckerley was New Inn Lodge No. 405 at Christchurch which is known today as Hengist Lodge No. 195.

Observant Hampshire masons may well be asking "But what of our other venerable lodges, Lodge of Economy No. 76 and Royal Gloucester No. 130? Surely they must have been in existence at that time?" The answer is that there were two Grand Lodges established in England in the eighteenth century, the Premier Grand Lodge (sometimes known as the "Moderns") and the Antients Grand Lodge. It was not until 1813 that unification took place to form the United Grand Lodge of England. Both Economy and Royal Gloucester had been warranted under the Antients and did not initially form part of Dunckerley's Province of Hampshire.

On the Isle of Wight, old lodges still working are Medina Lodge No. 35, which moved to Cowes from London in 1761, followed a little later by "Antient" lodges Albany No. 151 and East Medina No. 175.

In those days the Isle of Wight was a separate Masonic province in its own right. Thomas Dunckerley became its first Provincial Grand Master in 1772. It remained a separate, if small, Province for almost a hundred years until it was amalgamated with Hampshire on the appointment of W.W. Bramston Beach as Provincial Grand Master in 1869.

Thomas Dunckerley was a tireless promoter of Freemasonry and Grand Lodge, also becoming at one time or other Provincial Grand Master of Essex, Dorset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Gloucester, Somerset and Herefordshire. He was one of the prime architects of the Provincial Grand Lodge system we know today. He died at his home in Portsmouth in 1795.

Dunckerley was followed by a succession of distinguished brethren who have been appointed as Provincial Grand Master for this Province. The complete roll is given below:

HAMPSHIRE (1767)
Thomas Dunckerley 1767
Lord Charles Montague 1776
Captain Michael Henry Pascal 1784
Thomas Dunckerley 1786
Colonel Sherborne Stewart 1795
Sir William Champion de Crespigny, Bart 1819
John Storey Penlease, M.P. 1832
The Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Lucius Curtis, Bart. K.C.B. 1840
ISLE OF WIGHT (1772)
Thomas Dunckerley 1772
Sir Leonard W. Holmes, Bart 1812
Charles, 1st Earl of Yarborough 1826
John Simeon 1847
Thomas Willis Fleming 1852
HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT (1869)
Rt. Hon. William Wither Bramston Beach, M.P. 1869
Sir Augustus F. Webster, Bart 1901
The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Malmesbury 1923
W. Attenborough, M.B., B.S. 1950
Maj. Gen. R.L. Bond, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C., Hon. F.R.A.M. 1964
Rt. Rev. J. L. Phillips, M.A., D.D. 1974
T.B. Langton, M.C. 1978
James E. Bullen 1986
Alan D. Chun, M.B.E. 1991
Ernest F.R. Moss 1998
Brian C. Bellinger 2003
Michael J. Wilks 2010