How to Join a Lodge
Freemasonry has a wonderful history, which dates back more than three centuries. It is one of the world's oldest secular fraternities, a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Founded on the three great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, it aims to bring together men of goodwill, regardless of background and differences.
It brings together and creates lasting friendships among those who might otherwise have remained apart. Its key focus is charity, which enables it to care for its own as well as the wider community.
The Masonic fraternity and its appended bodies exist in almost every corner of the world. Moreover, where it does exist the process of applying for membership is straightforward.
Freemasonry is open to men of all walks of life, whatever race or religion who believe in a Supreme Being, i.e. God, by whatever name he is known to them.
Men wishing to become Freemasons must, with few exceptions, be at least 21 years of age.
Candidates for Freemasonry are required not to 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.
Every member has the opportunity to take office in his Lodge and eventually to become its Master.
There are about 330,000 Freemasons in England who belong to one or more of 8,000 Lodges.
People might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It's actually straightforward.
For further information, you may wish to visit the United Grand Lodge of England website and download the booklet "Are you thinking of becoming a Freemason?"