A "Masonic Makeover" in Manningtree

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Not many masonic lodges in England can claim to have met in their own masonic hall for over 100 years but local Freemasons have been meeting in the Mistley Masonic Hall since they purchased the building for £350 in 1906.  The Grade 2 property in South Street, Manningtree is the centre for two lodges which meet there, Mistley Lodge No 2339 formed in 1889 and Dedham Vale No 8901 formed in 1979.

Covid 19 restrictions have prevented recent regular lodge meetings but have not stopped a team of local Freemasons led by Tony Baalham, a Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden, from completing an internal makeover including new flooring for the temple in which the Masons hold their ceremonies.  In liaison with Heritage Officers further improvements are planned so that more local groups can make use of the new upgraded facilities. The Royal British Legion has already shown interest.

A quick look at https://essexfreemasons.org.uk/news/ gives many recent examples of how the Freemasons in Essex are helping in the local Community by supporting much needed projects and giving  generously to those in need.  If any local group is considering a new place to meet then the new look Mistley Masonic Hall in Manningtree with all its heritage could be the answer.

Tony Hales

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Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex