Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
People become Freemasons for a variety of reasons, some as the result of family tradition, others upon the introduction of a friend or out of a curiosity to know what it is all about. Those who become active members and who grow in Freemasonry do so principally because they enjoy it. They enjoy the challenges and fellowship that Freemasonry offers. There is more to it, however, than just enjoyment. Participation in the dramatic presentation of moral lessons and in the working of a Lodge provides a member with a unique opportunity to learn more about himself and encourages him to live in such a way that he will always be in search of becoming a better man, not better than someone else but better than he himself would otherwise be and therefore an exemplary member of society.
Each Freemason is required to learn and show humility through initiation. Then, by progression through a series of degrees he gains insight into increasingly complex moral and philosophical concepts, and accepts a variety of challenges and responsibilities which are both stimulating and rewarding. The structure and working of the Lodge and the sequence of ceremonial events, which are usually followed by social gatherings, offer members a framework for companionship, teamwork, character development and enjoyment of shared experiences.
Freemasons meet all across London, in Masonic halls, hotels, livery halls and other venues. Most Lodges meet four to eight times a year, usually in the late afternoon and early evening (though some meet on Saturdays) and will usually include a dinner after the meeting. It is important to identify whether a Lodge’s location and meeting days/times are convenient for you, so that you can commit to a regular attendance without damaging your family or work commitments. You should also be able to bear the financial commitment (subscriptions, an expectation of contributions to charitable funds, dining fees, regalia etc). Above all, no one should undertake membership which may adversely affect his family, employment or other non-Masonic commitments. A Freemason may join more than one Lodge and visit other Lodges as a guest, so a change of home or job should not necessarily cause difficulties. Lodges meet all over the UK, and indeed all over the world.
Membership of a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England is open to all men of good character aged 21 or over who have been proposed by two members. The final decision rests with the members of the individual Lodge. If you are interested in becoming a Freemason in a London Lodge and do not know anyone who can sponsor you, introductions can be made through Grand Lodge, Metropolitan Grand Lodge, or you can email our Secretary who will in turn arrange such an introduction for you.