Freemasons operational in Bfn for past 154 years

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The Freemasons at a Mimosa Lodge meeting on 16 November 2019.

The Freemasons is an organisation which is over 300 years old. It has had a presence in Bloemfontein for over 154 years and stands as “a force of good, making good men better”.
According to a Freemason, the organisation is a fraternity or brotherhood which teaches lessons of life and moral values with the aid of “plays/lessons” which are performed to the new members. The Freemasons usually meet once a month, where they discuss various topics and charities which they support. The meetings are formal and teach moral lessons in the form of a ritual. “We are a non-religious, non-political and non-racial organisation that performs charity works and which has assisted many organisations in the city,” a member who wants to remain anonymous, told Bloemfontein Courant.
He added that the members are very proud of their membership and have in the past had men such as President Brand and President Reitz from the Old Orange Free State Republic attend their meetings. Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a British writer who created the character Sherlock Holmes, attended one of their meetings in 1900.
He further explained that all the symbols in their buildings have significance, for example the G that hangs in the middle of the building represents God, who watches over them. To be considered for membership, a person must believe in God and have the desire to become a better person. “We cannot accept atheists,” he said. On the question of which charities they have supported, he answered that recently their Grand Lodge in England has donated money towards the floods in England and locally to the Jean Webber House and Lebone Children’s Home.
They do have ‘open’ days, and invite members of the public to come and visit them and ask questions. They will be having an open day at 19:00 on 3 December 2019. For more information, an email can be sent to: dglofs@connix.co.za.
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