Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about
making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving
causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political,
fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation
in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing
and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. The following information is
intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of
England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many
Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members
are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual
dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and
performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs
and tools as allegorical guides.
Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values
are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard
the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches
concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans,
the sick and the aged. This work continues today.
In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
If you are interested in becoming a Freemason or simply would like to find out more
about our organisation then please use the link on the Secretarialpage to contact
our Secretary in the first instance. He will be only too happy to help.