Freemasonry can be thought of as a social club with charitable aims. It is, in fact, much more than this.
It has over many years grown to become the world’s oldest and foremost fraternity. It avoids discord and promotes harmony among it’s members by avoiding discussion of political or religious subjects. Participation in a series of ceremonies contributes to self-development of members, illustrating moral and spiritual values.
Freemasonry, as practised under the auspices of The United Grand Lodge Of England, teaches moral lessons and principles by means of several allegorical plays, which are performed within each Lodge. These are performed from memory and relate to stonemasons’ customs and tools, dating from the time of King Solomon and the building of his temple.
Participation in Lodge activity serves to improve moral and ethical approaches to life. There are often beneficial side-effects to membership, so many people who couldn’t string two or three words together have progressed to find themselves now able to stand on their hind legs and have improved their self-confidence and feeling of worth.
We take care that members remember their commitment to family. They are also expected to extend integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness to all.
Freemasonry supports many charities. Of these, some are masonic, but around half are non-masonic charities. Freemasons have the opportunity to contribute any sums they wish to the charities supported. There is never pressure to subscribe more than you can afford, this is always a matter for you. The purchase of ambulances, support of air-ambulances and local hospices are a few examples of charitable support.
The foregoing may not sound much like fun, but it actually is. Our Lodge meetings are usually followed by a “Festive Board”, where we dine together.
Applicants to become Freemasons are expected to be of good character and be vouched for. It should be noted that there is a procedure to expel members who bring dishonour on Freemasonry, so that high moral standards can be maintained. Freemasonry never requires anyone to behave in a manner contrary to the laws of the state or against your conscience.
It is required that you hold a belief in the existence of a supreme being. This unites members from many different religions of the world.
If you have questions about Freemsonry, you should be able to get answers from any of it’s members or by making contact with local lodges. You can expect answers to be honest and open. Full details of our ceremonies will not be given to non-members, so as to not detract from the pleasures of later surprise, and to ensure that they are only regarded in context.
For more information on Freemasonry, go to The United Grand Lodge Of England website.