Lodge of Discoveries

No. 9409

CURRENT MASTER – W. Bro. S. Johnston LGR

The Lodge Crest

The Lodge Crest was finalised after a number of designs had been considered. A departure from Masonic symbolism was agreed in the interests of introducing an international symbolism.

The centre field depicts a map of Europe and North Africa with prominence given to Great Britain and Portugal, drawing attention to the close ties that exist, both historically and in Freemasonry.

The arrows radiating out into the Atlantic allude to the voyages of discovery encouraged by Prince Henry the Navigator. It is appropriate that the west coast town of Sagres is highlighted because this is where Prince Henry established a School of Navigation, the remains of which can still be viewed today. Geographically, the voyages started from more northern ports of Portugal.

The outer part of the Crest is formed by an Armillary Sphere. When the Portuguese National Assembly of the 21st August 1911, sanctioned a Republican form of government, the State Coat-of-Arms adopted by the Republic was essentially the Arms of the Royal House of Bragança, since modified to some extent: the shield remains the same, but this is now placed upon an Armillary Sphere, an old nautical instrument, in reference to Prince Henry the Navigator and the voyages of discovery which contributed to Portugal’s past greatness.

For the technically minded, an Armillary Sphere is simply described thus:

A model displaying the mutual dispositions of the imaginary circles of classical astronomy in which metal circles were used to represent the celestial equator, the ecliptic, the tropics, the Artic, and Antarctic circles, the hours of the day, the horizon and a meridian. Delivery from ancient astronomical instruments, Armillary Spheres became particularly popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.

As Masons, we strive to discover new boundaries of friendship, discover ways to strengthen existing ones, discover within ourselves the charitable nature of man, discover the pleasure of meeting, conversing, debating and socialising without discord.

This will be a guiding principle of the Lodge, and it will be enhanced, so that in coming years, this will truly be known as:    “THE LODGE OF DISCOVERIES”

A Royal Arch Chapter is attached to the lodge.

Charity news.

The Master presenting a cheque for €500.00 to Castelo de Sonhos, an organisation that helps the poor and underprivileged of Silves.

The Charity Steward Bro. Paul Gates presenting €200.00 for the children’s ward in Portimao Hospital.

New pedestals

This is a sneak preview of one of the new pedestals being made for the Lodge. Made by W.Bro. Les Ross at https://elviar.co.uk/

Congratulations 50 years a Mason.

On Saturday 24th April W.Bro. Derek Wells PPGJW (Surrey) PPGReg (Middx) celebrates 50 years a Mason. A surprise lunch was arranged on Friday 23rd. Members and partners met and a good time was had by all.

4th May 2021

The Lodge celebrates it’s 30th Birthday, consecrated in 1991, to my fellow Founders Tony and Jim didn’t we do well!

Lodge Meetings

Brethren are reminded to follow the current Covid – 19 rules and regulations as defined by the Portuguese Government and of the Lodge of Discoveries.

Held at the Tivoli Hotel, Rua António Crisógono Santos, 8600-678, Lagos. on the following dates:
The third Thursday in January, February, March*, September (Installation)  October and November*.

*(March & November) The Chapter of Discoveries will meet at 3.30pm before the Lodge meeting.

2021 Agenda

Our next meeting will be.

August 19th, Tyling at 5.30pm

There will be no ceremony but we need to carry out elections for 2021 – 2022. The new pedestals will be presented to the Lodge and dedicated. Along with other presentations.


Roasted Tomato Cream Soup with Tomato Textures


Fresh Codfish Loin with Cornbread Crust


Cheese and biscuits


Fruit Salad and Ice Cream

Tivoli selection red/white wine, mineral water, draught beer,

soft drinks and juices. Tea or coffee

(subject to change)

Brethren are requested to inform the Secretary whether they intend to dine (48hrs notice required), the cost is €28.00

We look forward to greeting ALL qualified members of Freemasonry, if you are not known to us please furnish a letter of introduction from your Secretary/Grand Lodge.

Click on the image for an expanded view.


John Bergstrom-Potter. PAGDC

Mob: (+351) 910 666 613
Tel : (+351) 282 997 439
Email : sec@9409.eu

Lodge of Instruction Meetings

Suspended until further notice.

Held at the Tivoli Hotel, Rua António Crisógono Santos, 8600-678, Lagos.  Monday night at 5.30pm dates can be obtained from the Secretary.

Grand Inspector

V.W.Bro R. S. Levitt

Tel: 214 671 396



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