Frequently asked questions

Q. What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry can mean different things to each individual member; making new friends and acquaintances, the opportunity to help others in need of charity and of course the chance to participate in a relaxing and enjoyable hobby.

Q. What is the procedure at a Lodge meeting?

Our meetings are open specifically for members. They are normally composed of two parts, the first taking care of administrative duties:-

  • Reading minutes
  • Balloting for new members
  • Reading Lodge correspondence
  • Discussing charitable activities

The second half of the meeting typically involves a ceremony:-

  • Admitting new members into Freemasonry
  • Installing the Master and investing his Officers

Q. Why do Freemasons take oaths?

All new Masons are expected to make a solemn promise as regards to their behaviour both in and out of the Lodge. Members are required to greet in a discreet and confidential manner their fellow Masons and they must promise to support to the best of their ability all others without detriment to their family or business obligations.

Q. Are Freemasons expected to give preference to fellow members?

This practice is totally unacceptable and could lead to expulsion from the Lodge. No member should expect any personal benefit from their membership.

Q. What charities do Freemasons donate to?

Masonic donations cover a wide spectrum of charitable organisations, both masonic and non-masonic.

Q. What is Freemasonry’s relationship with religion?

All Freemasons are required to hold a religious belief but it does not discriminate between any individual’s religious beliefs and extends to all denominations.

Q. Why do some churches not like Freemasonry?

Masonry encourages its members to play an active part in whatever their specific religion requires, but Freemasonry is not subject to or bound by religious rule.

Q. What is Freemasonry’s relationship with politics?

Politics plays no part in Freemasonry and political discussion within the Lodge is not encouraged.

Q. Is Freemasonry an international organisation?

You will find Freemasonry practised throughout the world but each country has its own independent ruling body.

Q. Why do you wear regalia?

In much the same way as a uniform within every walk of life identifies rank within their organisation, to a Freemason it also has a historic and symbolic meaning.

Q. How many Freemasons are there?

The United Grand Lodge of England has in excess of 250,000 members, however worldwide there are estimated to be six million.

Q. How many degrees are there in Freemasonry?

Craft Freemasonry has a total of three degrees:-

  • Entered Apprentice (1st. Degree)
  • Fellow Craft (2nd. Degree)
  • Master Mason (3rd. Degree)

Q. How much does it cost to be a Freemason?

This will vary across the individual Lodges but you will find a Lodge that will suit your budget. On joining there is an Initiation fee and also an additional annual subscription. You will be expected to purchase your own regalia, although you’ll often find this is handed down or passed on by another senior mason. Members are asked to give one or two pounds as a charitable donation at their meetings, however it is entirely up to the individual and you will never be asked to give more than you can reasonably afford.