Temple Island Lodge is a local freemasonry group based in Henley on Thames and is the largest in the town. We belong to United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) which was established as far back as 1717.

The lodge was the second lodge to be consecrated (created) in Henley and this took place on the 6th October 1965.

Our lodge meets on the 1st Wednesday of the following months, February, April, May, November and December, but has its installation meeting on the last Wednesday of September.

Membership comes from all walks of life and we still strive to uphold the great efforts
put in by those who have gone before us.


Temple Island Lodge has experienced something of a resurgence in recent years, and is a healthy vibrant lodge full of interesting people from all walks of life, from archaeologists to roofers to IT consultants, property investors, tree surgeons, accountants, racing drivers etc.

It is blessed with one of the lowest age profiles of any lodge in Oxfordshire and with that comes meetings full of fun and banter, and exceptionally good food! Temple Island Lodge is a lodge that likes to push the boundaries, so is ever evolving. The menu, like the lodge, is also ever changing, sampling cuisines from around the World at each meeting, from Brazil to Sweden to Portugal. and so on, especially if it ties up with the theme of the evening.

Temple Island Lodge is also incredibly fortunate to have not only a very experienced team guiding it, but almost the entire line up of floor officers are first timers. This is unusual not only in lodges of Henley on Thames, but also Oxfordshire and the UK, and is a clear indicator of the recent success of Temple Island Lodge.

We are always welcoming to new members and visitors alike, and should this be of interest look forward to you getting in touch.

Interested in joining?

If you have an interest in joining Freemasonry, you have already taken your first step in the right direction. Freemasonry can be such a diverse interest and has the potential for a life-long affair that ‘gives back’ continually.

The beauty of how Freemasonry works is you only need to commit what you want to or can, in time and effort. Tasks and roles are never forced upon you, Freemasonry will never ask you to place family, work or important interests ahead of what you want to get out of Freemasonry and how you can help Freemasonry in return.

Finding a Lodge to join is normally about location and meeting the existing members to help give you that understanding of who, where and when as lodges meet on different days, different locations, and with different goals or aims.

Temple Island Lodge is a vibrant and healthy lodge with a vast spectrum of members, young and old from all walks of life, who will all offer you the warmest of welcomes. Although the lodge has six official meetings a year, we have many optional social events -such as barbecues, dinners at the Phyllis Court Club, cinema meets, curry nights to just a few beers in the pub,

General information about Freemasonry is available here on the United Grand Lodge of England or here on the Provincial Grand Lodge of Oxfordshire website. You can also download a pdf to download the booklet “Becoming a Temple Island Mason”.

If you are interested in joining Freemasonry, Temple Island Lodge would love to help you start that journey.

We have a saying of “Ask one to be one” or “To be one, ask one”. This actually translates to the fact that a Freemason will traditionally never ask you to join, but will happily talk about the many great aspects of Freemasonry leaving it up to you to make that first step.

If you have a connection to Henley on Thames and are genuinely interested in joining Freemasonry, you should, to avoid any embarrassment later, make yourself aware of the membership requirements below. Of course, if you already know any Freemasons then they too should be able to advise you.

Anyone offering himself as a candidate should be 18 years old or older, of good repute, and should be entirely assured in his own mind:

  • that he sincerely seeks intellectual and moral improvement for himself and others.
  • that he has a belief in a supreme being (God as you understand him or her).
  • that he is able to afford the necessary expenditure without detriment to himself or his connections.
  • that he has the financial ability to pay lodge subscriptions and contribute to charity, without having an adverse impact on his family (there are one-off initiation/associated fees of £75; additionally Temple Island’s membership fees are £165 per year).
  • that he is willing and able to devote part of his time, his means and his efforts, to the promotion of the aims of our ancient Institution.
  • that he is willing to make a commitment to attend Lodge meetings, rehearsals, socials and events.
  • that he will never seek commercial, social or pecuniary advantage from his membership.

If you would like to continue with your interest in joining Temple Island Lodge then please click here to send us a message with your details.

Why Join Freemasonry

Why Become A Mason? Because It’s The journey of a lifetime

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.

Am I eligible? Any man over the age of 18 may join regardless of ethnic group, political views, economic standing or religion although he is expected to have a faith.

Because It’s Challenging

If you are looking to challenge yourself then Freemasonry uniquely provides many ways in which you can grow and develop both morally and intellectually.

The various aspects of running a Lodge provide real life experience in such diverse areas as administration, financial management, event planning, fundraising, training, education, public speaking and social welfare.

Because It’s Fun

Masonic Lodges provide wide ranging opportunities for socialising, having fun and making new friends.

Being a member of a lodge opens up a great new social world! It means that you can attend other lodges as a guest/visitor and also there are numerous social events and occasions which you, as well as your family/partner, can become involved in if you wish

Because It’s Fascinating

Freemasonry affords its members the chance to become part of a rich historical and cultural tradition which has existed for over 300 years.

Freemasonry has become part of the social fabric of our Nation to the extent that masonic phrases such as “Past Master” and “On the Level” have become part of our everyday language.

Its basic principles of Compassion, Benevolence and Integrity provide its members with a moral framework by which to live, a greater knowledge of themselves, and an opportunity for personal, intellectual and spiritual development.

Because It’s Worthwhile

Freemasonry is a worthwhile way to spend some of your free time.

It provides a chance to make a positive impact in the Community and to make a real difference to the lives of people who are in need of assistance

Because It’s Relevant

Freemasonry remains relevant in the 21st Century because it addresses real issues and real needs.

Whether dealing with the consequences of a major natural disaster like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, social problems such a homelessness or poverty, or personal difficulties such as illness, aging or bereavement, Freemasonry, as a result of it’s enormous fund-raising abilities, can bring aid, relief and hope to people across the globe.

Because It May Be You

Want more info about joining us?
Click here for extra details.

You may have heard all sorts of stories about Freemasonry, some of them possibly true, some of them probably nonsense. Here’s a good article in the Independent Newspaper from author Robert Lomas suggesting reasons why we do what we do behind closed doors : Robert Lomas article

You can also find out more on the Oxfordshire Freemason’s website here
or on the United Grand Lodge of England website here

This is a good video to watch too, if you have a couple of minutes!

Read the 2020 UGLE Annual Report below:


Contact Information

Please email til_sec@templeislandlodge.co.uk

The lodge is located at:

The Henley Masonic Centre.
61. Reading Road
Henley on Thames
Oxfordshire RG9 1AE