About Freemasonry

We have nothing to hide and we encourage our members to speak openly about Freemasonry.

In the 1940s and 50s Masons stopped talking about their membership, but that was because of the political climate in Europe. A significant number of Freemasons disappeared into Nazi labour and concentration camps, and Masons were persecuted in Mussolini’s Italy, Franco’s Spain and in Stalinist Russia.

We keep information about our ceremonies private because we do not want to spoil the experience for the Candidates. Our Ritual Book and our Book of Constitutions (rule book) is widely available to the public online and in shops.

Freemasonry has a wonderful history, dating back more than three centuries. It is one of the world's oldest secular fraternities which is non-religious, non-political and a charitable organisations, it teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies.

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 and making contributions to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby where you can meet and socialise with like-minded people.

It’s a miss-conception that becoming a Freemason is quite difficult. It's actually straightforward but has a few requirements if you would like to join you have to:

  • Be a man of good repute
  • Believe in a Supreme Being
  • Be able to support yourself and your family
  • Be of lawful age of 21
  • Come to Freemasonry of your own free will and accord

Below is a link to "YouTube" for a small video presentation followed by a link to "Becoming a Freemason"  and a link to "Famous Freemasons" over the years:

Introduction to Freemasonry

Becoming a Mason

Famous-Masons

Over the centuries many famous names have become Freemasons. These include Winston Churchill, Mozart, Peter Sellers, George Washington, Nat King Cole and Oliver Hardy to name but a few. More famous Masons can be found at the link above.

The Three Great Principles on which Freemasonry is founded

For centuries Freemasons have followed these three great Principles:

Brotherly Love means that every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and will behave with compassion and understanding to his fellows.

Relief From earliest times Freemasons have been taught to help, to the best of their ability, those in distress. Without detriment to any who are dependent upon them, and to give their support to outside Charities.

Truth Freemasons strive for truth both in their view of themselves and in their dealings with others. Masonry requires high moral standards and its members endeavour to uphold these principles in their public and private lives.

 

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