What's it all about?

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 organisation. 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 information on these pages is intended to explain more about 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 and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

What do Lodges Do?

A Lodge is far more than just a occasional dinner club, it opens up a world of networking opportunities, evenings out, visits to other Lodges and Social Events for the whole family. 

A Lodge Meeting - What Happens?

Our meetings consist of three elements:

1. The ceremonial parts are conducted in our Lodge Room and are based on a number of plays teaching morality to our members.  

2. The 'Festive Board' or dinner that we enjoy after which consists of a number of courses, speeches and frivolity.

3. Informal time that we spend together before, in between the two and sometimes after as well in the Bar.

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