Bancroft Lodge #482 was instituted in 1905 and is located in a purpose-built structure (meaning that it is a 2-storey building with the lodge on the upper floor and the ground floor being a rental property).
The building was erected in 1910 and has been in use for 101 years with rental income for all but one of those years.
We are located at 63 Hastings Street in Bancroft, which is the main thoroughfare. In 2010-11, we spent over $90,000 refurbishing the inside and outside of the building which is now one of the most attractive on the main street. Two new washrooms, a stair lift, new air conditioning and heater units, and complete new exterior siding. At present, we have approximately 170 members and are the most northerly lodge in the Prince Edward Masonic District.
We feature a "Coffee Club" every Friday from 10:00am until 1:00pm. All are welcome, including our ladies, friends, cottagers, neighbours and children as we have games, crayons, kids card games, etc.
for them. It began in 2000 and we've welcomed over 14,000 visitors/guests from many states, provinces and countries. The Coffee Club also has an annual event, either a live theatre production (Belleville or Lindsay) or a cruise and a feast at a Belleville restaurant. We also began a "Robbie Burns Night" on January 25, 2010 and expect it to continue for years to come as it proved to be very popular.
We regularly donate to local charities including the local hospital building and x-ray funds and several Masonic district funds, and built a "Conversation Square" in Millennium Park in Bancroft to celebrate our 100th Anniversary in 2005. The Lodge is also a sponsor of a kids soccer team (age groups Tykes 4-6, Juniors 7-8 and Intermediates 9-11). In 2011, our Intermediate Team won the over-all league championship!.
We welcome interested folks to come and join us at the Coffee Club, take a tour of the lodge room, and learn something about Freemasonry and what it has to offer the individual, his family and the community in which we live. If interested, please contact Worshipful Master Larry Marlowe at (613-332-1417) or Historian R.W. Bro. Frank Wilson (613-332-0222).
Originally submitted October 3, 2011 (from R.W. Bro. Frank Wilson, Lodge Historian and Reporter)