What’s it all about?

Freemasonry is the one of the world’s oldest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations.

There are over 250,000 Freemasons meeting in more than 8,000 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.

For more information, see the United Grand Lodge of England booklet “Freemasonry – What’s it all about?

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:

  • Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to others.
  • 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.
  • Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.

Transparency

Freemasonry prides itself on its transparency. Not only are Freemasons completely free to acknowledge their membership, they are encouraged to do so.

Our Constitutions and Rules are available to the public including all our aims and principles.

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.