What is Freemasonry?

Have you ever wondered what Freemasonry actually is?

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 hobby.

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 places overseas.

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.


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Masonry to me is a chance to meet people that although from different walks of life have a common interest. It is a way to make friends and discover things that I otherwise wouldn’t. Each meeting gives me a chance to have a conversion with different people and to benefit others by giving money to deserving causes or people.

Steve CA Member of The Lodge Of Hope 6703

Since joining Masonry my social life has changed beyond recognition, I go out and have great evenings with lovely like minded people from all walks of life. I get to spend evenings with people from hugely varying social standings and the nice part is we are all equal within masonry, and that actually is how it is. For me I like the history and ritual side of freemasonry and putting myself under a little bit of pressure to learn my ritual, all that’s asked is you give it a try and do your best and no more will ever be asked of you or you can equally not get too involved in ritual, it is your choice. Going out in a pleasant environment, sitting down with a bunch of guys from all walks, having a beer or two with my 3 or 4 course meal whilst raising some money for great charities, what’s not to want. If you consider yourself a good man and you believe in Integrity, kindness, honesty, fairness and tolerance you might want to take a look.

Alan DA Member of The Lodge Of Hope 6703