Old Framlinghamians Lodge and the Masonic Charities


From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged.

This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.


Ariel Lodge members in particular have been involved ir raising monies to aid charities both locally and nationally.


What IS TLC?


Teddies for Loving care was established within the Province of Essex in 2000 as a Freemasonry in the Community initiative.

TLC’s simple objective is for Freemasons to provide teddy bears, principally to Hospital Accident and Emergency units, but also to others in need:-

  • For the medical and administration staff to give, at their discretion, to children admitted who are in severe distress and
  • here the staff feel that a teddy to cuddle will help alleviate that distress and
  • to assist them in their urgent work.


Each teddy carries a tag “Donated by local Freemasons” and the pure nature of the appeal has benefitted Freemasonry. There is no doubt that as a result of this small and simple gesture, there is an increasing public awareness of the contribution being made within the local community by Brethren; as well as a greater understanding of the moral principles on which Freemasonry is founded.

Each child that receives a teddy is of course allowed to take the teddy home.