Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. For many, its biggest draw is the fact that members come from all walks of life and meet as equals whatever their race, religion or socio-economic position in society. The United Grand Lodge of England has just celebrated its tercentenary, being founded 300 years ago.
Its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasonry does not discriminate on grounds of race, colour, religion, political views or social standing. Freemasonry provides a unique environment for people from all backgrounds to learn skills, make lasting friendships, achieve their potential and, above all, have fun. What is more, the organisation provides a valuable forum for discussion between members in an open environment, helping to build trust.
Freemasonry prides itself on its transparency. Not only are Freemasons completely free to acknowledge their membership, they are encouraged to do so.
Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own Masonic charities, as well as through donations to UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds. Members play an active role in their communities and all money donated comes from our own efforts, Freemasons do not employ any external fundraisers.
There are 250,000 Freemasons belonging to 8,000 lodges throughout England and Wales and districts overseas. Worldwide the figure rises to 6,000,000 Freemasons, all with their own special reasons why they enjoy Freemasonry. For some it is about making new friends and acquaintances. For others, it is being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society.
Click the link to watch some United Grand Lodge of England videos that tells you What Freemasonry is all about
Click the link to watch a video of the Grand Secretary Nigel Brown as he answers many of the questions asked about Freemasonry
Every Freemason has his own reason for joining:
- “My dad was a Freemason, as was my grandfather, so you could say Masonic life is a tradition in my family.”
- “My wife and I attended a Ladies Evening and a social function. We enjoyed the evening so much I decided I wanted to become a Freemason”.
- “I was very surprised by how welcoming everyone was, it seemed like I had belonged all my life.”
- “The long, rich history of the Craft interested me.”
- “Masonry is a fantastic way to do some good, to help others and make some really good friends.”
- “Freemasonry has helped build my confidence enabling me to tackle challenges I used to shy away from.”