Welcome

Thank you for visiting our Lodge website. On behalf of the brethren of The Belfast Masonic Lodge No. 651, I would like to extend a warm, and fraternal welcome to all visitors to this website from whatever Masonic constitution, and whether a Freemason or not. I hope you will find this site interesting and informative, whether you are looking to become a Freemason, wishing to join our Lodge as a member of the Irish Constitution or another constitution, or even if you are just curious about what we do as a Masonic Lodge. Inaugurated on 19th January 2009, this dynamic young Lodge, under the Irish Constitution takes its name from Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland and the Belfast Lodge No 257 when it merged with Finaghy Masonic Lodge No 651. We meet in the heart of Belfast, at Freemasons’ Hall, Arthur Square. Both Lodges had a distinguished history, details of which can be found on this website.

One of our aims is to maintain and enhance the excellent social life which has developed at Freemasons' Hall by organising events at which both Masons and non-Masons are welcome. A ‘Charity Dinner Dance’ will be an annual event where we can raise money for our ‘Lodge Widows’ and other non-Masonic charities as well as enjoying the company of family and friends. A further aim is to include an element of Masonic education (not research) into each of our meetings thus contributing to a general advancement of Masonic knowledge. We draw our membership from far and wide and if you wish to join us as either a member or a guest, you will be made very welcome.

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The Belfast Lodge also known in the past as “The Orange Lodge”, and “The Gentleman’s Lodge” The first Belfast Lodge warrant was Issued to William Johnston, W.M., Samuel East and James Thompson, Wardens to form ‘The Orange Masonic Lodge of Belfast' in Belfast on 6 June 1755...
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Becoming a Freemason is like going on a journey: from joining as an Entered Apprentice, it typically takes one or two years to become a Master Mason, with each of the three stages marked by a special ceremony...