Freemasonry is one of the oldest fraternal societies. It is a private society. Indeed topics of religion and or Politics are not permitted in our meetings.
We are a World-wide group of like minded men who enjoy a certain amount of formality who have personal standards and try to live by those standards or code of conduct and improve as individuals. We put family first, then business and then Masonry.
Masonry can be traced back to the 1280 in England and is believed to have been introduced in the 9th Century by stone masons moving from the continent to build Monasteries, Castles and Cathedrals here.
Our ceremonies have been widely reported, even copied and televised. From the outside they may seem unusual. However, nothing can explain the feeling of belonging these ceremonies inspire. They are generally based on two subjects – the progress of an entered apprentice, through his trade as a Stonemason to the level of a Master Mason and the building of the Temple of King Solomon in Jerusalem in 945BC.
The ceremonies take the form a sort of play and are intended to explain and re-inforce in detail our aims and duties by the use of role play. The unusual part is that they are all memorised and so there is an added challenge to those who wish to take part.
The general format has not changed since the Grand Lodge of England was formed in 1717 and was formalised in 1819 – which accounts for some of the archaic and old fashioned wording used. Indeed full explanations of all we do are available in Libraries or on the Web. Seeing or reading about our ceremonies bears no relation to the real thing.
There certainly are secrets within Freemasonry and these are only imparted to members by merit to mark their progress in the craft. They consist of signs and words which are only used during our ceremonies and never outside the Lodge. This might be likened to the success of an apprentice or anyone acquiring a skill where proof of proficiency enables advancement to a higher level of understanding.
To a Freemason this is all part of the enjoyment of belonging, so if you are considering becoming a Freemason again use the ‘contact us’.
If you would like to know more please contact us and we will be happy to talk to you about what we do and how you might get involved.
Click here for United Grand Lodge of England’s history of freemasonry page.