Freemasonry is one of the World's oldest secular fraternal societies.
Freemasonry is an organisation of men concerned with moral and spiritual values and it's members are taught it's precepts by a series of ritual dramas which follow ancient forms and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Membership is open to men of any race or religion who have a belief in a Supreme Being and who are of good repute.
Freemasonry is secular, ie non-religious, but it encourages all its members, who are required to believe in God, to follow their own faith and to be active in their own Churches or other places of worship. Lodge meetings are opened and closed with prayers, as are the daily sessions of the House of Commons, but discussion of religion, and indeed politics, is prohibited at Lodge meetings.
It's essential qualification opens it to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith.
If you wish to become a Freemason it is not difficult! In the first instance speak to someone you know who is already one, but if you do not know anyone who is a member then contact our secretary - you will need to tell us about yourself and your reasons for wanting to join. Arrangements will then be made to meet you socially so as to find out about you and to give you the opportunity to find out about us. You will then be invited to meet a committee of members prior to being balloted for membership.
All being well a date will then be fixed for your admission.
You can also contact The United Grand Lodge Of England at; 60, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ Tel; 020 7831 9811 who will be able to offer further advice.