Freemasonry is one of the oldest social and charitable organisation in the world.
Our roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built
our cathedrals and castles.
Taking the first step:
In the first instance, if you are interested in becoming a Freemason and you know a family member, friend or colleague who is already a Freemason, then have a chat with them. They will be able to explain some of the workings of Freemasonry and help you find a suitable lodge to join.
If you don’t know anyone who is already a member please get in touch with the membership team by completing the contact us form and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have and introduce you to a lodge which is suitable to your work / home life situation.
The only essential qualifications for admission to Freemasonry are:
That you have a belief in a Supreme Being, this means that you profess a religious faith. Freemasonry embraces men of differing religions.
It is usual for candidates to be mature men of 21 years and over, regardless of ethnicity, political views or economic standing. In certain circumstances men below the age of 21, but over the age of 18 can be admitted, some of these are: via our Province’s University Scheme, those serving apprenticeships and those that are sons of a Freemasons
To be of good character.
Watch a video below to find out more about Freemasonry
What does it cost to be a Freemason?
It varies from lodge to lodge, but anyone wishing to join can most likely find a lodge to suit their finances that meets on a day and time that also suits them.
There is a one-off joining fee on entry and a member also pays an annual subscription to his lodge which covers his membership and the administrative cost of running the lodge.
These amounts will vary between lodges, but on average expect to pay in the region of £50 to £100 for the one-off joining fee and between £100 to £250 per annum for membership.
It is usual to have a meal after the meeting, depending on the lodge you join. The cost of this is usually either included within the annual subscription or in some lodges you pay separately on the evening.
At our lodge meetings we take a collection for charity. What is given is entirely up to the individual member, but it should always be without detriment to his other responsibilities.
Most lodges will have a dress code which requires that members wear a dark lounge suit, shirt with a white collar, a black tie and black shoes. In time, certain items of regalia will be required, which initially will not be expensive and often there is the opportunity to buy used regalia at a modest cost via other members or the internet.