Freemasons Lodge No 8450

The Charmandean Centre

Welcome to
Sompting Freemasons Lodge No 8450



W.Bro E.Bere and W.Bro D.Bose met quite by chance at a Lodge Meeting at Bognor Regis and although both were residents of Lancing, West Sussex, they were Masters of Lodges some 400 miles apart - namely Littlehampton, West Sussex and Chorley, Lancs. From this happy chance meeting Sompting Lodge was formed.

 The original name of the Lodge was to have been 'Seadown' an ancient name for Lancing, as well as being descriptive of the location. However, the R.W.Bro Arthur Jolly knew of the connection of the Knights Templar and the Knights of St.John of Jerusalem with St.Mary's Church, Sompting, and his request that the local Masonic connection be acknowledged could not be ignored or refused.

Thus in 1972 the Sompting Freemasons Lodge 8450 was consecrated and has been a jubilant and thriving Lodge ever since, indeed 2022 will see our 50th Anniversary..


We meet at the Charmandean Centre in Worthing and have regular meetings in  April, June, September and November, installation of WM (Worshipful Master)  We hold weekly meetings on a Wednesday evening at the Lodge itself (which is called LOI's - Lodge of instruction, whereby we meet and practice our craft and have rehearsals for our rituals etc.

SOMPTING MASONIC LODGE | Freemasons Lodge No 8450

For more information contact:

Lodge Secretary: W.Bro Brian Lewis 07954 515694 | Membership Officer: Bro.Paul Baker 07933 569953 

Why Join The Freemasons

If you are considering joining the Freemasons and, as you are reading this, perhaps you are, is it right for me?


I guess this is a question that many of us have asked when considering joining the Freemasons and depending on what we are told or discover influences whether we take things further.


So what's it all about, why should I join and what do I get out of it?

why join the freemasons?

I was asking similar questions  a few years ago when I expressed an interest in joining and was lucky enough to work with a mason who could answer my questions. There are many myths and conspiracy theories that surround the world of Freemasonry and it is important to say that this stage the things it is not:

  • It is not trying to take over the world.
  • It is not going to bring you power and untold wealth.
  • It will not get you off traffic offences.
  • It will not make you more attractive to women.
  • It does not involve Goats!!!! (well only on special days)

What it does do is:

  • Builds a sense of belonging, a camaraderie among fellow men.
  • Builds a network of friends across the entire world.
  • Raises millions of pounds for charity.
  • Instills a moral code where all men are equal.
  • It’s good fun.

You are still reading so you must be still interested so why not contact us and have a friendly informal chat and see if Freemasonry is right for you and you are right for Freemasonry.

To me Freemasonry is like a rugby club without the need for pain and injury!

It is not misogynistic, my wife is happy that I am a mason and is more than happy for me to leave her in peace for one night a week. We organise regular ladies nights from dinner dances, barbeques to quiz nights and picnics. It is always said that family and work come well before Freemasonry and it is always important that it does. The simple mantra is that Freemasonry is there to  “Make Good Men Better” and quite simply that is what it does.

Any member will be happy to tell you more and introduce you to the lodge, so take the next step and make an inquiry and maybe we will meet on the square soon.

Sompting Masonic Lodge Founders

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), is the home of Freemasonry in England, Wales, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and a number of Districts overseas.
One of the oldest secular social and charitable organisations in the world, modern Freemasonry’s roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our castles and cathedrals.
For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true now as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.
Membership is open to men over 18 from all backgrounds and the organisation’s aim is to empower members to be the best they can be – it’s about building character, supporting members as individuals and helping them make a positive contribution to society.
Freemasonry provides a structure for members to come together under these common goals, enabling people to make new friendships, develop themselves and make valuable contributions to charitable causes. We are one of the largest charitable givers in the country, contributing £51.1m to deserving causes in 2020.


SOMPTING MASONIC LODGE | Freemasons Lodge No 8450

Current Worshipful Master, W.Bro Martin Moore.

Contact Us

Should you wish to get in touch, further Information is available from the Lodge Secretary W.Bro Brian Lewis or please feel free to send us a message.

The Charmandean Centre
Forest Rd, Worthing BN14 9HS
Lodge Secretary: W.Bro Brian Lewis 07954 515694
Membership Officer:  Bro. Paul Baker 07933 569953
Useful Links:

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex
The United Grand Lodge of England