Who can join?
Masonry is open to men of all races and of good repute who believe in a Supreme Being. It has no distinctions of religion and welcomes men of all faiths, colours, creeds and nationalities. Discussion of religion and politics is not permitted in Lodge.
Masonic charity is for the benefit of our members and their dependents in need as well as for non-Masonic charities. It provides no mutual financial benefits and all individual Masonic beneficiaries are subject to the same assessments of financial need.
A Mason’s first duty is to his family. Prospective members are advised they should continue with their application for membership only if they can meet the modest associated fees without adversely affecting their families and family commitments.
The essential qualification for admission into Freemasonry and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Freemasonry is neither a religion nor a substitute for religion. Masons are expected to continue to follow and practise their own faith whatever that may be.
Stonemasons’ traditional customs and tools are used as allegorical guides to teach members about the principles and values of Freemasonry. They are presented in a series of dramas that are performed by Lodge members in our ceremonies. We also have talks on many aspects of Freemasonry ranging from the practical to the philosophical meanings of our ceremonies and their historical development.
To find out about Freemasonry – to satisfy curiosity and learn about the history and meanings of Freemasonry To support charity – a means of putting back into society, contributing to community life and assisting those who are less fortunate
Self-improvement – to join with like-minded men in becoming a better person through practising the social graces; having common aims and interests without seeking commercial, social or financial advantage.
Self-achievement – a means of developing personal potential by learning from peers and mentors, participating in structured ceremonial activities with dramatic presentations, practising public speaking and taking on leadership roles and responsibilities.
Abiding friendships – social networking, meeting with men (Brothers in Masonry) who share a common philosophy of life and have a shared purpose.
Family – encourage family involvement and support the family unit particularly in times of adversity.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Freemason, there are several Options open to you.
If you know someone who is a Freemason, a family member, friend or colleague whom you already know to be a member, it is quite in order for you to talk to them about your interest. Ask them to get you more information, usually via the local Lodge Secretary.
You can also read the various booklets on the UGLE web site.
If you wish to pursue your interest in becoming a Freemason and do not know anyone you can talk to then contact the Provincial Grand Lodge of London, or contact a Provincial Grand Lodge in your area via the UGLE website.
You may then in due course be invited to meet a committee of members from a Lodge you might be joining, prior to being balloted for membership of that Lodge.
If you don’t know anyone at all who is a member and are not living or working in London then get in touch with your local Masonic Office (see the links for more information). see ‘ on the UGLE web site (above). Write to that office, telling them a little bit about yourself and your reasons for wishing to join.
We welcome enquiries and will be pleased to answer any questions you may have before applying to become a Freemason.