True Love & Unity Lodge No.248



There is a record of Freemasonry in Brixham dating back to 1781, when The Lodge of True Love & Unity was formed.  There are very few organisations which are able to trace their origins back over a period of over 240 years, a reflection perhaps on the original foundations of the order which were laid all those years ago.

The first lodge meeting in Brixham took place “in a private room on Brixham Quay” on 17th October 1781. By 1801 membership had increased and a new lodge room became necessary.  A site was secured at Great Gate (opposite the bottom of Rea Barn Road and no longer in existence) on the spot where the ancient Alms House once stood.  

The present Masonic Hall was built in 1886 and is located in Church Hill West, Brixham.


Teddies for Loving Care

Teddies for loving care started in the Province of Devonshire in 2008.  It is an ongoing project which Freemasons finance to give every child who enters A&E or is admitted to hospital a free teddy bear.

The first hospital to receive teddies was Torbay, followed by the Royal Devon and Exeter then Derriford in Plymouth then finally North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple. The teddies were then given to Little Bridge House, the Children’s Hospice, also in Barnstaple.

It was a slow process to start with, to get the ward staff to present a teddy to every child, but they became used to the idea! The medical staff use the teddies to demonstrate the treatment they need, and as “it didn’t hurt teddy” it wouldn’t hurt them either! Recently a radiologist commented that she has probably “X-rayed” more teddies than children in an effort to demonstrate that there is nothing to fear from an x-ray. This approach helped to calm the child down, as well as the parents. Being in hospital can be a very scary experience for a small child, especially if they are feeling really unwell.

A telephone call was then received from the Judges at the Crown Court, to ask if we would consider giving a teddy to a child who was to be adopted. This was agreed, and we now also supply teddies to the Crown Courts in Exeter and Plymouth.

Since then a total of eleven outlets have been established and we now give bears to children at the audiology department Derriford in addition to the A&E department and to the Research Innovation and Learning Department (RILD) at the RD&E hospital who deal with diabetes in children. Within the last 6 months bears have also been delivered to the Cumberland Centre in Plymouth which is a local A&E unit. These bears are very well received and the last delivery raised a cheer from the nurses. Parents cannot believe that their child is permitted to keep their bear on discharge.

To date over 62,000 teddies have been purchased, and this is to say a huge thank you to everyone for supporting the scheme. We are spending £1000 per month to keep up with demand.

For further details please contact:-

W Bro Keith Bower

Tel:-  01803 853299
Mobile:-  07539 243280                        

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Celebrating True Love and Unity Chapter Centenary

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On Wednesday the 8th of June True Love and Unity hosted a fantastic evening of Royal Arch Masonry in celebration of their Centenary. Fifty three Companions gathered together in recognition of this momentous occasion which had been delayed for two years due to the Covid pandemic.

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The Chapter was duly opened by the MEZ, E.Comp Victor Williscroft assisted by E.Comp Paul Bradfield (H) and E.Comp Phillip German (J) and the Dispensation for the meeting was read. Following a report, the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E.Comp Christopher Roach was admitted into the Chapter. He was accompanied by the Deputy Grand Superintendent, E. Comp Gerald Watson, the 2nd Grand Principal, E.Comp Paul Hughes, the 3rd Grand Principal, E. Comp Steve Joint, and a number of Grand officers and active Provincial Officers. The MEGS exercised his prerogative to take the Chair of the Chapter and the Provincial Officers assumed the duties of their respective stations.

E.Comp Chris Taylor, PrScE, read the minutes of the Consecration Meeting of the 8th of June 1920 and also the Centenary Charter. The Centenary Charter was then presented to the MEZ by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent.

E.Comp Gerald Watson then read Centennial Address detailing history of the Chapter, its Consecration, and distinguished Companions.

The MEGS and his Officers then passed control of the Chapter back to the Principals and Officers of True Love and Unity and, on receiving his Sceptre, E.Comp Williscroft presented the MEGS with a donation to the Most Excellent Grand Superintendents Fund. This gesture was reciprocated by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent who then presented the Chapter with a cheque for £500 to be presented to the RNLI.

The business of the evening continued with the three Principals being proclaimed as the Principals for the ensuing year. They invested their officers and concluded the business of the meeting before all retired to the refectory for a wonderful festive board full of fun and conversation.

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The Centenary Meeting of True Love and Unity was a truly great night of Royal Arch Masonry and the Chapter looks forward to a very positive future.

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Do you want to find out how to become a Freemason and so be a member of one of the world's oldest fraternities and part of a unique global charitable organisation?

If you do, then all you have to do is download our guides on Freemasonry and these will tell you a little more about what we do; browse the pages of our website and have a look at this video clip on You Tube:

Then, if you're still interested and would like more information about Freemasonry in Brixham, Devon, or you live or work in the Brixham area and think you might like to join a Masonic Lodge, then why not consider joining us at True Love and Unity Lodge? Our contact details are below, so get in touch with us for an informal chat. It really is that easy!

We're always looking for new candidates for membership. You do not need to wait for an invitation.  Just email our Secretary, Carl Hetherington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Location of Lodge

True Love & Unity Lodge No. 248
Masonic Hall
Church Hill West
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