Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. Some rituals are still celebrated today.
Freemasonry has always been about making good men better. Individuals aim to shape their lives round five core principles:
- Integrity: We say what we mean and we keep our promises.
- Kindness: Although our families come first, we believe in playing a key role in our communities and give time and money to charitable ventures.
- Honesty: We pride ourselves on openness, about what being a Freemason means for us.
- Fairness: We treat everyone as equal – we listen to others, explore any differences and look for common ground.
- Tolerance: We respect the opinions of others and behave with understanding towards them.
Is Freemasonry for me?
Freemasonry means different things to each individual – making new friends, contributing to society, celebrating a long tradition, experiencing personal growth, taking up a hobby, having fun.
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Freemasonry is open to men of all walks of life and of any race or religion who believe in a God (by whatever name He is known to them).
Generally, men wishing to become Freemasons must be 21 or older and need a proposer and seconder before an application may be submitted to a lodge. You do not need to ‘wait to be asked’ to join.
The proposal form requires that a candidate for Freemasonry does not expect, anticipate or seek any preferment or financial benefit as a consequence of becoming a member. There should be no conflict between a candidate’s family, business or professional interests and membership, nor can the candidate have a criminal record. There is a process for expulsion for members who commit a criminal act.
Every member has the opportunity to take office in his Lodge and become its ‘Worshipful Master’.