Freemasons are a society of men who take pride and pleasure in belonging to an
institution that is centuries old and in taking part in ancient ceremonies that have been acted out in lodges from
the four quarters of the globe for many hundreds of years.
They are men who have joined a strong fellowship and fraternity, and who refer to themselves as Brethren or
Brothers of each other.
Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternal societies. The following information is intended to
explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of
Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.
Today, the United Grand Lodge of England or 'Grand Lodge' as we call it, currently has over a quarter of a million
members meeting in over 8,000 Lodges, which are organised into a number of subordinate Provincial Grand Lodges
which are approximately equivalent to the historic counties of England.
Lodges meeting in London (an area generally within a 10-mile radius of Freemasons’ Hall) are, with five exceptions,
administered by the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London, headed by the Metropolitan Grand Master. Lodges meeting
outside London, and within England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, are grouped into 47 Provincial
Grand Lodges (under Grand Lodge), each headed by a Provincial Grand Master.
Lodges that meet outside England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are grouped into 33 District Grand
Lodges, each headed by a District Grand Master. Five Groups (i.e.: currently too small to make up a District), each
headed by a Grand Inspector. Five Lodges in London and 12 Lodges abroad that are directly administered by
Masonry is very much a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are excepted as good
men of sound judgement and strict morals and are then further taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas,
which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides. The essential
qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being.
Freemasons are inclusive and membership is open to men of the age of 21 years or more from any race, religion or
cultural heritage who can fulfil what we consider an essential qualification of the belief in a Supreme Being and
who are of good repute. Having said that, Masonry is not a religion and is not a substitute for a religion.
Further information can be found at: United Grand Lodge of England - What is Freemasonry?
Detailed information about Freemasonry in Hampshire and the I.O.W can be found on the new Provincial website
The foremost principles of Freemasonry are that each member show tolerance, respect and kindness in his actions
toward others, practices charity and care for the community as a whole and strives to achieve high moral standards
in his own personal life. The practising of Freemasonry makes good men better.
Honour and integrity are the basis of the Masonic system. Members take an obligation to practice self control and
treat the people around them with respect, regardless of their own personal opinion of that person.
Freemasons can be secretive it's true, however much of the "secret" information has been publicised. The Lodge
buildings are clearly marked on the outside, addresses and phone numbers listed in the phone book. Some Masonic
Websites even includes an "Upcoming Events" page.
Our meetings are held at the King's Court Masonic Centre, where Lodge business and upcoming activities are discussed. The
Lodge buildings are also used to rehearse the ceremonies and to help the younger members.
The Lodge building is often used to hold fundraising and public relation events that are open to non-members and
invited guests as you can see from the KCMC website.
Freemasons do a lot of work for charities, including holding and participating in various fund raisers within the
community to promote charitable causes. Freemasons are second only to the UK National Lottery in the amount donated
To become a member, a candidate must satisfactorily meet a specific criteria. He must be:
It used to be that a man would not be invited
to join but must ask to apply of his own free will, but it was
realsed that so many men missed out becoming masons just through thinking it was wrong to ask or would be seen as
them being 'pushy' that this old rule has been relaxed.
Applications will usually be considered by a membership committee, who will hold an interview with the candidate
and formally report back to the Lodge, before the admission process is allowed to begin. Click HERE for more details.
Some of the members and officers still view the Internet with suspicion, while many others embrace it. As a result,
there is much good information to be found on the WWW. Over the last few years, there has been a drive to expel the
myths attached to freemasonry that it is somehow sinister or subversive of society. Subsequently, there is much
more information available today than ever before about the Craft. This website is testimony to that.