The Freemasons’ Hall in Stroud (The Hill) opened its doors one weekend in September to everyone for the National Trust Heritage Open Day scheme. Many members of the public took the opportunity to have a look around the lovely old building near the centre of town including the lodge room where the meetings take place. Most were fascinated by the history shown on the honours boards, listing Masters of Lodges back way back into the 1900s. There were some really pertinent questions asked such as ‘Why the black and white chequered carpet?’ There were several Freemasons on hand to explain. So what’s the answer? Freemasonry aims to improve the man so shows him that he can live his life in the dark or in the light. In the light leads him toward charity and setting an example in his local community by helping where needed.
Our visitors particularly enjoyed the magnificent view from the lawns at the rear of the building which shows why the area is known as the Five Valleys. The Hill is of course an extremely popular venue not only for Freemasonry but also for other organisations and for memorable weddings.
Our photograph shows Stroud Freemasons from several lodges acting as hosts for the open day.