On behalf of the members of Portus Magnus Lodge No.6530 I am delighted to welcome
you to our website and hope that you enjoy your visit.
We are one of 251 Lodges in the Masonic Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight,
which also encompasses Bournemouth. Portus Magnus was founded in Portsmouth on Thursday
4th December 1947. The Consecrating Officer was Right Worshipful Brother James Edward
Harris, the Right Honourable 7th Earl of Malmesbury, who during his 27 years as Provincial
Grand Master, consecrated no less than 49 new lodges in the Masonic Province of Hampshire
and Isle of Wight.
Our Latin name "Portus Magnus" derives from the Ancient Roman name for "Great Harbour",
and alludes to Portsmouth Harbour, where thousands of young Servicemen returned after
the Second World War. During the late 1940's Membership of Freemasonry increased
greatly, and by 1949 there were over 13,500 Freemasons in our Province alone. One
of the main reasons why Portus Magnus Lodge was founded was to give these young Masons
the opportunity of advancement, and even today we continue to attract young Candidates,
of the same high calibre, into our Lodge.
Family involvement has always been high on our list of priorities, right from our
early beginnings Family Summer Outings and Day Trips to London were common place,
as well as the more traditional Ladies Festivals. Today we continue those laudable
early customs with a wide spectrum of social events; Skittle Evenings, Quiz Nights,
Disco Nights, Ladies Nights, Days out at the Races, London Week Ends and Theatre
trips, and even short City Breaks in Europe.
At our Lodge Meetings enjoyment is high on the agenda, both in the Lodge Room, and
at Dinner. We pride ourselves in the standard of work in our Ceremonies, and make
sure that when we finally cease labour we have sufficient refreshment to reward our
endeavours. We enjoy each other's company immensely, in a most convivial manner,
and as a result of enjoying a pleasant evening together, we usually manage to raise
a reasonable amount for Charity.
If you are an 'unattached' Freemason, or someone who would like to find out more
about Freemasonry, please contact our Lodge Secretary.