Women in Freemasonry
The Order of Women Freemasons (OWF) is the oldest and largest Masonic organisation for women in the UK and works along the lines of regular male Freemasonry. In a statement issued in 1999… the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) acknowledged the regularity and sincerity of women’s Freemasonry, although the UGLE does not officially recognise the OWF and their members.
Many of our own lodges meet in the same places as the men’s Orders and informal relations are cordial and co-operative. Similarly, there is a reciprocal agreement extended to members of UGLE holding their meetings on our premises.
Women of any race or faith can join our Order but must be 21 years or older, be of good character and believe in a Supreme Being. Being formed in 1908 we have some 6,000 members, grouped into over 300 Craft Lodges operating in the UK and overseas. Lodges meet a minimum of four times a year and there is a financial commitment which varies from lodge to lodge.
There are currently two women's Craft lodges at Filey, Haven Lodge No. 167 and Harbour Lodge No. 185. both were originally formed and consecrated in Scarborough.
Haven Lodge NO. 167 was consecrated at The Pavilion Hotel in Scarborough on Saturday 30th November 1963 and on 26th February 1966, the dedication of our Banner was carried out at The Pavilion Hotel, Scarborough.
This beautiful Banner takes pride of place in the Lodge Room at Filey. Depicting the four most important elements in the history of Scarborough throughout the ages; namely the castle, harbour, lighthouse and a small ship.
Haven Lodge banner
Harbour Lodge NO. 185. was also Consecrated at The Pavilion Hotel, Scarborough on Saturday 21st November 1964, by The M.W. The Grand Master, M.W. Bro. Mildred Rhoda Low.
Harbour Lodge’s beautiful Banner is also displayed at Filey Masonic Hall and was dedicated by the Deputy Grand Master R.W. Bro. D A Taylor, at the Pavilion Hotel, Scarborough, on 18th November 1967.
The banner was designed by Ian Weatherhead the son of the first Treasurer and it was embroidered by W.Bro. Jessie Briggs of York Lodge No. 86.
Harbour Lodge banner
There are other women’s lodges in Filey belonging to Side or Higher Degrees in Freemasonry, which also meet at Filey Masonic Hall, namely: -
- Royal Ark Mariners: Lightstone Mark Lodge No. 28
- The Holy Royal Arch of Jerusalem: St. William’s Chapter No. 11
- The Grand Conclave of The Order of the Secret Monitor: Jonathan’s Bow Conclave No. 8
- The Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and St. John the Evangelist: Torch Bearer Conclave No. 6.
Both Haven Lodge and Harbour Lodge welcome new members, if you are interested in joining and require further information, please use the form below.