Good Reasons to Become a Freemason:
When you become a Freemason you:-
Join an international organisation of some 6 million men worldwide, where members will greet and welcome you and your family wherever you go
Embark on an amazing journey of self-discovery and self-knowledge with the help of a like minded fraternity of men who:
- Love and enjoy life and respect all God's creatures
- Share and value a strong sense of moral personal conduct and social responsibility
- Uphold and defend law and order
- Will treat you as an equal, making no distinctions on grounds of race, colour or creed
- Respond to the needs of others with compassion and benevolence
- Support each other in times of crisis or distress
As a Mason you:
- Will be guided and encouraged to find the way and the means to develop yourself from within, into a stronger more competent person
- Can discover the ways and traditions of ancient lodges of stonemasons and their relevance to today's world
- Can attend Masonic meetings and participate in fascinating ceremonies that are normally followed by a dinner or banquet
- Can enjoy the challenge, joy and satisfaction of progressing from your apprenticeship to becoming a Master Mason and then to become the Master of your own Lodge
- Can gain personal confidence by your involvement in Lodge ceremonies and proceedings
- Can experience the satisfaction of learning about responsibilities and leadership in the Lodge
- Can visit other Lodges in the UK and around the world to enjoy the fellowship of new acquaintances
- Can establish life-long friendships with people who share the same values and spirit of good citizenship
- Will be welcomed to join in social activities with your family, wife or partner
Procedures for Joining:
One of the most common misconceptions about Freemasonry - and there are many of them - is that you have to be invited to join. There is absolutely no reason why you should not ask to join - in fact that is the correct procedure.
The first and most important step is to satisfy yourself that Freemasonry is an organisation that you really want to join and that you have no expectations that will not be met. You should be aware that those who have joined because they have been mislead into thinking that it would give them business or career advantages have invariably been disappointed and resigned their membership after a short time.
There are certain things that are formally required before an application for membership can be accepted.
- Belief in a Supreme Being. We need to be satisfied that you have such a belief. That belief will of course depend on your own religion. We have absolutely no bias or preference in favour of one religion over another.
- Freedom of choice. We need to be assured that you are acting entirely of your own volition and that you are under no pressure from anybody else.
- You are male and over 21 years of age. Although in some circumstances admission can be gained from the age of 18.
- You are known to be of good character and without a criminal record.
A suitable Lodge then has to be selected. The choice depends on practical things such as the convenience of meeting dates and the ability to get to the meeting venues.
A proposer and seconder must be found within the selected Lodge. While it is preferable that these people have known you for a long time, it is possible for a person to be vouched for by members of other Lodges (often in other parts of the country), and can therefore be proposed on comparatively short acquaintence based on the recommendation.
The Lodge will require any prospective member to be interviewed by members of the Lodge Committee. This is not a grilling or designed to be intimidating. It is intended to ensure the following things before you finally make up your mind:-
- That you do not have unreasonable expectations in terms of benefits of membership
- That you have discussed it with your immediate family and they support your decision
- That you understand what it will cost and what is expected of you by way of charitable contribution
- That you understand the genuine principles of Freemasonry and will support and uphold them
- That you are in a position to make a regular attendance at Lodge meetings
- You can ask any questions that may be on your mind and receive frank and honest answers
If you then wish to proceed and if the Committee are satisfied that you are clear about what you proceed to do, there will be a ballot among the Lodge members - normally within a couple of months. If you know of any reason why any existing member may not wish you to join, it is best to discuss this with the Committee beforehand - your views or comments are treated in the strictest confidence and they may be able to help overcome the problem.
Subject to a successful ballot, you will be advised of the arrangements for you to join.
If you have any specific questions or would like to discuss joining us, please forward your details on the 'Want to join us?' page.