Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. Some rituals are still celebrated today.
Is Freemasonry for me?
Freemasonry means different things to each individual – making new friends, meeting likeminded individuals, contributing to society, celebrating a long tradition, experiencing personal growth, taking up a hobby and having fun. To find out more download the booklet "Freemasonry:What's it all about?" or complete our contact form. We will be delighted to try to answer any questions that you may have. We have placed a selection of answers to common questions here.
You can also watch a selection of videos about Freemasonry on the United Grand Lodge of England Video Hub.
For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.
Integrity: Building good people
Freemasons are focused on building themselves as people of integrity and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.
Friendship: Building together
Freemasonry provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.
Respect: Building unity
Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.
Charity: Building compassion
Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry and the organisation provides the structure for members to make positive contributions to their communities and various causes.
Men over the age of 21 may join regardless of ethnicity, political views, economic standing or religion, although they are expected to have a faith. In certain circumstances, men over 18 are able to join and students are eligible to join one of the Universities Scheme Lodges.
How do I join?
If you don't know anyone who is a member that you can talk to, then complete our contact form and our membership team will be in touch to help you. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have and can offer advice on becoming a member.