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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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Introduction

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternal societies. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.

The explanation may correct some misconceptions.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.

The Essential Qualification for Membership

The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being.

Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfil this essential qualification and who are of good repute.

Freemasonry and Religion

Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. Its essential qualification opens it to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith. It does not allow religion to be discussed at its meeting.

The Three Great Principles

For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles:

  • Brotherly Love - Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
  • Relief - Freemasons are taught to practise 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.
  • Truth - Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives


Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.

Charity

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged.

This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.

Freemasonry and Society

Freemasonry demands from its members a respect for the law of the country in which a man works and lives.

Its principles do not in any way conflict with its members' duties as citizens, but should strengthen them in fulfilling their public and private responsibilities.

The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his own or anyone else's business, professional or personal interests is condemned, and is contrary to the conditions on which he sought admission to Freemasonry.

His duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other Freemasons, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who as acted dishonourably or unlawfully is contrary to this prime duty.

Openness

Freemasonry is very open about what its aims and principles are and why Freemasonry exists.  All members are free to acknowledge their membership if they so wish, it is a personal choice.  Like many other societies, it regards some of its internal affairs as private matters for its members.

Freemasonry and Politics

Freemasonry is non-political, and the discussion of politics at Masonic meetings is forbidden.

Other Masonic Bodies

Freemasonry is practised under many independent Grand Lodges with standards similar to those set by the United Grand Lodge of England.

There are some Grand Lodges and other apparently Masonic bodies that do not meet these standards, e.g. that do not require a belief in a Supreme Being, or that allow or encourage their members as such to participate in political matters.

These Grand Lodges and bodies are not recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England as being Masonically regular, and Masonic contact with them is forbidden.

Conclusion

A Freemason is encouraged to do his duty first to his God (by whatever name he is known) through his faith and religious practice; and then, without detriment to his family and those dependent on him, to his neighbour through charity and service.

None of these ideas is exclusively Masonic, but all should be universally acceptable. Freemasons are expected to follow them.

For more information about Freemasonry in Hampshire click here.