Lodge Of The Great Ocean Road
Contact The Lodge
- Address: 12 Price Street Torquay VIC
- Contact: VWBro. Nobby Forster, PGIWkgs
- Phone: 0408 320 410
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lodge Number: 886
- Meeting – 3rd Tuesday at 10:00am. Meeting Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct & Nov.
- Rehearsal – 2nd Tuesday
- Installation – October
About The Lodge
From its inception, the Lodge has been an active Masonic Lodge, performing the usual ceremonies expected of any Masonic Lodge. Outside the Lodge room a great deal of effort by the members is directed to raising funds for charitable causes. Since 2000 the Lodge has donated in excess of $100,000 to a wide variety of worthy causes.
At the forefront is the donation given as part of the Surfcoast Freemasons Junior Citizenship Award. The Award, a Certificate together with a cheque for $250, is each given to a boy and girl at six surf coast primary schools. The recipient of the award is selected by the staff of the school following a set of criteria as supplied by the Lodge.
The Lodge holds various functions throughout the year but none more important than the end of year function where members, ladies and guests gather to not only have a good time but also to present much needed funds to a variety of local charities.
The Ash Wednesday fires in 1983 had a traumatic effect on the morale of those communities affected by the fires. In all, 740 homes were lost from Lorne, Deans Marsh and along the coast to Anglesea. The gloom and depression that pervaded the residents of the communities over the weeks and months following whilst trying to rebuild their homes and lives was encountered by WBro. Bruce Bedson, then President of the Anglesea Lions Club and WBro. Ted Pavia, President during the time the Lions assisted with clearing and making safe fire damaged sites.
These two brethren agreed that the formation of a Daylight Lodge in the area would greatly assist in boosting morale among the many Freemasons known to reside there. These formative ideas led to the Consecration of the Lodge of the Great Ocean Road No. 886 by 1985 with WBro. Bruce Bedson as Foundation Master. Meetings were held at the Lorne Masonic Hall for many very successful years.
In 2009 an approach was made to MWBro Sebo, GM, instigated by the Lodge members who were looking to the future and to where the Lodge meeting place could serve Freemasonry the best. After many discussions it was agreed to move the Lodge from Lorne to Torquey as Torquey is an area where the population growth is expected to boom over the coming years.
The Torquey Improvement Association, John Spittle Room, was settled upon as an intirim place for the Lodge to meet until a purpose built Masonic Centre would be available. Since moving to Torquey, the Lodge has grown in numbers and also has a much stronger public Masonic presence on the surf coast.