What is Feemasonry?
Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some it's about making new friends and aquaintances 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.
Freemaspnry 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 high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about their Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemaonry 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. It's members are taught it's principals (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, amd use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Freemasonry instils in it's members a moral and ethical approach to life; it's values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of their families as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate, and help for those in need.
In addition to the donations and support that Freemasonry provides to the many local and national charities supported by our Lodges there is also the newly-formed Masonic Charitable Foundation.
They support Masons and their families in a variety of ways from making grants to those who have fallen on hard times to education-related assistance and help with medical emergencies.
Some of the members of Woolsack Lodge welcome our newest members after their Initiations. Pictured with the Worshipful Master and other Lodge Officers
One of the best aspects of Freemasonry is getting an invitiation to visit another members Lodge.
You get to meet new people in a relaxed and social atmosphere, but you also see how other Lodges perform their rituals and practices. We're all broadly doing the same thing, but many of us do it in a slightly different way to others.