Calendar and News

The Belfast Masonic Lodge No. 651 meets on the third Monday of every month except June, July, and August in the Stokes Room, at Freemasons’ Hall, Arthur Square, Belfast 6.51pm.

Meeting Dates in 2013/14

Monday           19.1.15                     Meeting / 1st degree and Festive Board (Chinese)
Monday           16.2.15                     Meeting and FB (out for Steak)
Monday              16.2.15                     Meeting and Festive Board (Irish Stew)
Monday           17th – 19th April 2015
Rosslyn Trip with Lodge 669              04.01.14                     Installation Meeting and Dinner (Formal)
Monday           20.04.15                     Meeting/ 2nd degrees and Festive Board (Chicken Curry)
Monday         18.05.15                     Meeting and Festive Board (Steak)
Monday           17.03.14                    Meeting and Festive Board (Stew)

For further details contact: Secretary

A successful raid was carried out on the 21st February 2014 at Strathearn 680. Five members of Belfast 651 attended with a £100 cheque for Teddies for Loving Care via Strathearn 680 and came away with the TLC Maul. We now await raiders from another Lodge to do the same at our next meeting on St. Patrick’s night. Lodge 669 have already threatened and we await to hear their bid.


Members of the Belfast Masonic Lodge No 651 left their usual abode in Arthur Square, Belfast to visit Grand Lodge in Dublin. On Saturday 14th September 2013 they travelled via breakfast in Newry Masonic hall to Grand Lodge in Molesworth Street.

They were greeted and hosted by W.Bro Keith Stent (Tyler) and given the tour by Daniel. As they had a number of non-masonic persons with them including a few prospective candidates and brethren visiting for the first time, the tour was well received.

During the Lodge communication in the Grand Lodge room a first degree was given to Bro S McBride. W. Bro L.R McGrath assisted (C and R) and the degree was given by Bros A.Little and S. McKinney.

Dinner was back at Newry with Bojangles caterers and was as excellent as had been recommended by other brethren. All in all a great day was enjoyed by all travellers who want to make it an annual event.

Brethren of The Belfast Masonic Lodge No 651 after their meeting in Grand Lodge room in Dublin

W.M. W.Bro C J Moore welcomes Bro. McBride to The Belfast Masonic Lodge No 651 after their Meeting in the Grand Lodge room in Dublin
Titanic Centenary Weekend 13/14th April 2012

In April 2012 we commemorated the centenary of the Titanic disaster, a ship built in Belfast, and of special significance to this city. Many events were be held during that year, with visitors arriving from overseas to see where the story began.

To mark, and commemorate the Titanic disaster of 1912, the Belfast Lodge 651, in conjunction with two other local Lodges, hosted a Titanic Centenary weekend of charity fundraising events.

Friday 13th April 2012: was a First Class passenger dinner and dance, held in Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast.

This event was attended by over 200 guests and raised £3,300 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The weekend continued on Saturday 14th April 2012, with a Titanic Centenary Masonic meeting in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim Lodge Room,15 Rosemary Street, Belfast.

Master Masons from Sir George Clark Memorial 669, Tower of Lebanon 169,and Belfast 651, conferred an Entered Apprentice Degree on a Lodge 651 candidate, in the presence of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, two Grand Lodge of Ireland Officers, two Assistant Provincial Grand Masters of Antrim, and many visiting Brethren from English, Scottish, and Irish Constitution Lodges.

A Titanic address was presented by W. Bro. Peter Leach – Lodge 169

There was a collection for Masonic charities.

On Saturday evening 14th April, it was a 3rd Class Passenger Buffet and Céilidh
Music by the “Titanic Ulster Scots Group”.

The evening started at 7:30pm in Freemasons’ Hall, Arthur Square, Belfast, with a buffet meal. Afterwards a “caller” in the band helped get us dancing.
All proceeds for the day (£1,800) went to Masonic Charities.

In total the weekend raised over £5,000 for charity.

Our thanks to all who participated, and gave so generously.

Freemasons’ Hall, Arthur Square, Belfast, N. Ireland

“Spirit of Belfast” sculpture in front of Freemasons’ Hall

The Spirit of Belfast is a public art sculpture by Dan George in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The sculture is designed to reflect the texture and lightness of linen, while the metal reflects the strength and beauty of shipbuilding, two important aspects of Belfast’s history. Unveiled on 25 September 2009, the sculpture is located on Arthur Square, in front off Freemasons’ Hall, and close to the main point of access to Victoria Square shopping centre.The sculpture is constructed of steel and cost £200,000.
As with other public works of art in Ireland the sculpture has been given a nickname, the “Onion Rings”.

                  Three Generations of Brothers

Bro. Matthew Fletcher pictured after his initiation into Belfast Lodge No. 651, on 19th April 2010, with his Grandfather W. Bro. David Fletcher, and his Father W. Bro. Stephen Fletcher

Installation Meeting of Belfast Lodge No. 651, 18th January 2010

The “New” Worshipful Master W. Bro. William (Billy) Barr entered Freemasonry in 1949

He joined Lawnbank Lodge No. 618, and was Worshipful Master in 1965

In 1999 W. Bro. Barr gained his fifty year jewel, and in 2009, his 60 year bar on that jewel. An active Freemason, W. Bro. Barr has never missed a meeting in his ten years at Belfast Lodge

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Long Service Jewel Presentations:

16th March 2009 a 60 year bar presented to W. Bro William Barr by PAGM, Rt W. Bro. John L. Frazer

18th May 2009

Three Brethren of Lodge 651 receive their 50 year Jewel: front row from left to right.
W. Bros David McAneney, Thomas Cummings, William Barr (who received his 60 year bar), and John Sinclair
Presentation by the Prov. Assistant Grand Master, Antrim, Rt. W. Bro John L. Frazer.