In 1999 Southport Masonic Hall was granted a Grade 2 Historic Building status. This significantly increased the cost of maintenance as restrictions were applied to materials and to improvement work allowed on the building.
In 2004, there were no funds available from English Heritage or any other official body, so the Southport Masonic Hall Foundation was formed to raise funds for the maintenance and preservation of the hall, acknowledged to be one of the finest in the Province.
The Foundation consists of a committee, with members meeting several times a year and who work with the Southport Masonic Hall Company in identifying work needed, organising remedial work and funding the cost. The organisation has received many generous donations totalling over £409,000, which is a magnificent achievement from lodges, chapters and other Masonic orders, individual brethren and legacies.
Funds are also raised from the ‘Foundation 350 Club’, social events and the foundation fee from new members joining the Southport Group. The Foundation 350 Club is a fun way to gain huge satisfaction from helping to preserve Southport’s Masonic home. Membership costs £12 per year and there are four draws during the year, each offering three cash prizes of £100, £50 and £25 with all profit being donated for the benefit of building preservation.
The Foundation has used the donations to renew windows, repair stonework, install air-conditioning, install hearing-aid loop systems, repair the roof, replace drainage pipes, repair the entrance wall and steps, refurbish the lift and recently replace the heating system. The Foundation has spent to date, over £385,000 on these projects to improve the hall.
The Southport Masonic Hall general maintenance and running costs are paid from a charge made to every brother in the lodges or chapters subscription and from income raised at the bar and from social functions, weddings and parties held at the hall.