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Masons hold open house Oct. 19

Charity Lodge No. 18 F & A M, located at 40 Charlonne Rd., will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 19th. 

“If you ever had a question about Masons, now is the time to find out,” said Charity Lodge Worshipful Master John Britton. 

The Masons will provide refreshments, pamphlets, and give visitors a tour of the lodge.

Britton added that Freemasonry is a fraternity and not a secret society. Masonic buildings are well-marked and often available for community use with many activities open to family and friends. 

Masons aim to strengthen and improve their character by learning and practicing basic virtues of fraternal love, charity and truth.

Charity Lodge 18 meets monthly. For more information, call Earl Cole at 899-9505 or Britton at 899-3075. You can email them at or 

The Jaffrey open house coincides with open houses at Mason lodges throughout the state.

The purpose of the special open house, involving 65 Masonic Lodges from Portsmouth to Colebrook, is to demonstrate to people how Freemasonry relates to local communities and attempts through its members to promote social well-being.

“The people hosting this event are the very people of our own local communities,” said Stewart Aronson, grand master of New Hampshire’s 6,400 Masons. “We live, work and play like everyone else, share the same concerns for our kids, like everyone else and work to make our communities better places to live, just like everyone else.”

In keeping with the grand master’s objectives, doors to local Masonic Lodges will open promptly at 9 a.m. and remain open until 3 p.m. Member Masons from their own communities will be on hand to answer questions and give guided tours to explain the significance of lodge furniture, ornaments, jewels and working tools used in private Masonic ceremonies. Lodge members will also address how these symbols of the fraternity apply to its charitable work and the community service work of its members.

Overt solicitation of candidate members is prohibited, but the fraternity is open to qualified men at least 18 years of age who are deemed to be of good character, believe in a single deity and desire to become even better men. Freemasonry promotes friendship, fellowship and kinship, offering a range of activities for personal development, community service, civic leadership and social, family oriented fun.

The fraternity, established in New Hampshire in 1735, directly supports many charitable activities: the Shrine Hospitals for Children, support of medical research, scholarships, programs for child identification and combating drug abuse, the Scottish Rite Learning Centers, and quiet local charity. Freemasons are committed to helping those who are less fortunate, and in the process hope to build a better, safer and happier world.

To find a local Masonic Lodge, see or email for location details.

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