Freemasonry is the one of the world’s oldest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations.
There are over 200,000 Freemasons meeting in more than 7,000 Masonic lodges throughout England and Wales. Our values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasonry offers the opportunity of meeting a wide variety of people from the local community in a very sociable environment.
It consists of men brought together for the sake of mutual intellectual, social and moral improvement. We do this through participation in dramatic ceremonial plays. It recognises no distinction of religion and emphasises the duties of citizenship. Religious or political discussions are not permitted in our meetings. It offers no monetary advantages. It supports a wide range of charities, both Masonic and non-Masonic.
Freemasonry is open to all men of over 18 years of age, regardless of social economic background, race, or religion. The very nature of freemasonry is to regard the whole human species as one family. You do not need to be a professional in any way shape or form, we have a diverse selection of people in our lodge, from carpenters to dentists, sales people to engineers, unemployed to retired.
Rumors and false information are rife in all walks of life, Freemasonry is no different. It has been said time and time again that some people become Freemasons for personal benefit. The only personal gain our members enjoy is sense of well-being in being part of an honourable society, and part of an organistation who work tireless to help those that are less fortunate.
Freemasonry is one of the most charitable organisations in the land, and as members we give as freely as possible to local, national, and international causes. We provide a structure for fundraising and charitable giving through the province of Leicestershire & Rutland or through individual lodges.
As we have mentioned before, you can be involved as much or as little as you like. Our lodge meets just eight times a year. Within the year are certain social events, such as Sunday Lunches, Fish & Chip suppers, or the annual Ladies Festival, all of which are completely down to the individual if they wish to attend. We also hold rehearsals and instructional sessions for those members who wish to learn more, and visiting other lodges is always a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Membership is an annual subscription, which compares favourably with everyday sports and social clubs. Freemasonry is certainly not a rich mans hobby, but an affordable and rewarding way having fun.
The Three Great Principles
For many years, Freemasons have followed three great principles which represent a way of achieving higher standards in life – Respecting everyone, looking after others and being honest.
1. Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to others.
2. Freemasons are taught to practice charity, and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
3. Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.
Freemasonry prides itself on its transparency. Not only are Freemasons completely free to acknowledge their membership, they are encouraged to do so. Like many other societies, we regard some of our internal affairs as private matters for its members including the traditional modes of recognition used in meetings.