Becoming a Freemason
We are a unique members’ organisation which has thrived for over 300 years. Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We gather in our individual Lodges throughout the country where we have ceremonial traditions which encourage us both to be more tolerant and respectful and actively to fulfil our civic and charitable responsibilities; we also make time to eat, drink and meet together, and form lifelong friendships.
Before we Begin
This information will assist you to understand more about our organisation. It explains what you may expect on becoming a member and what is expected from you.
From the time you are balloted for within the Lodge and accepted as a future member, your proposer and the secretary of the Lodge will keep you informed regarding your application to join us and will help you with your anticipated start in Freemasonry.
Although you will become a member of our Lodge from your first evening with us, before becoming a full member and enjoying all the rights and privileges of full participation, you will be conducted through two further progressive separate simple ceremonies. This process may take a few months or more, but we expect you to attend all our meetings to enable you to enjoy your involvement within the Lodge and to begin your introduction to understanding Freemasonry during this period. It is then highly recommended that you join the Royal Arch to truly complete your journey in Craft Masonry.
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is one of the oldest and largest fraternal societies in the world.
It instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness.
It is an organisation that encourages its members to try to live by the those values, which unifies them, regardless of colour, creed or worldly status.
It is a non profit making organisation that is involved in supporting charity and service to the community.
It will provide you with a common interest where you can meet and enjoy the company of like minded men from all walks of life.
What is the Purpose of Freemasonry?
We try to impress upon the minds of our members the principles of personal responsibility and morality, encouraging each member to practice in his daily life the lessons taught through the symbolic ceremonies held within the Lodge. Although these stories and symbols are from times of long ago, we relate their relevance to modern Freemasonry and describe it as a special way of life.
Freemasonry also has an important part to play in a world where the only constant is change. It sometimes appears that every known thing in today’s world is changing at an ever increasing and sometimes alarming rate. With our principles, which have survived many changes for over 300 years, our organisation will provide you with a solid foundation upon which to anchor yourself and will encourage you to accept and move with these changes.
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TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”