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 for society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is one of the World’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.
Freemasonry is the U.K.'s largest secular, fraternal and charitable organisation. It teaches moral lessons and self-knowledge through participation in a progression of allegorical two-part plays.
The meeting, which like those of other groups, is open only to members, is normally in two parts.
First, there are normal administrative procedures such as:
Second, there are the ceremonies for:
New members make solemn promises concerning their behaviour both in the Lodge and in society. Members also promise to keep confidential the way they recognise each other when visiting another Lodge. Freemasons also promise to support others in time of need but only so far as it does not conflict with their family and public obligations.
Certainly not. This would be unacceptable and may lead to action being taken against those involved. On joining, each new member states that he expects no material gain from membership.
Whilst there are Masonic charities that cater specifically, but not exclusively, for Masons or their dependants, others make significant grants to non-Masonic organisations.
All Freemasons are expected to have a religious belief, but Freemasonry does not seek to replace a Mason’s religion or provide a substitute for it. It deals in a man’s relationship with his fellow man not in a man’s relationship with his God.
There are elements within churches who misunderstand Freemasonry and its objectives. They confuse secular rituals with religious liturgy. There are many Masons in churches where their leaders have been openly critical of the organisation. Masonry has always actively encouraged its members to be active in their own religion.
Yes. Four Grand Masters of English Freemasonry have been Roman Catholics. Today there are many Roman Catholic Freemasons.
Freemasonry, as a body, will never express a view on politics or state policy. The discussion of politics at Masonic meetings has always been prohibited.
Freemasonry exists throughout the world. However, each Grand Lodge is sovereign and independent. There is no international governing body for Freemasonry.
Yes. Whilst UGLE, following the example of medieval stonemasons, is, and has always been, restricted to men, women Freemasons have two separate Grand Lodges, which are restricted to women.
Wearing regalia is historic and symbolic. Like a uniform, the regalia indicates the rank of the wearer in the organisation.
Under the United Grand Lodge of England, there are over a quarter of a million Freemasons.
There are Grand Lodges in Ireland, which covers both Northern Ireland and Eire, and Scotland which have a combined total of approximately 150,000 members. Worldwide, there are approximately six million Freemasons.
Basic Freemasonry consists of three degrees:
It varies from Lodge to Lodge. Anyone wishing to join will find a Lodge to suit his pocket. There is an initiation fee on entry and in due course regalia will have to be bought.
The meeting is normally followed by a dinner, the cost depending on the venue. There is, in addition, an annual subscription. Members are invited to give to charity but this should always be within their means and it is entirely up to the individual how much they wish to contribute.
On Saturday 30th November the Members of the Society and their Ladies gathered at Stratford Oaks Golf Club for our Annual Presentation Evening hosted by the Society Captain Derek Richards.
The Trophy Table had its usual excellent array of Trophies for all our Matches, including our French Tour and the Golfer of the Year Award.
As always it was an excellent evening and we now look forward to the start of the new, our 21st, season which begins with our AGM and 1st Game at Ombersley Golf Club on Tuesday 10th March.
Visitors are always welcome, please contact our Secretary Martyn Davies : firstname.lastname@example.org
Yet another White Ensign Lodge success when the Lodge once again celebrated in its usual unique fashion the Great Victory at Trafalgar.
This year however as well as celebrating the courage and leadership of Admiral Viscount Nelson we also honoured a hero of our own, a former Honorary Member of the Lodge, PO Cox'n Tommy Gould, VC. W. Bro. Les Leek very kindly presented to the Lodge a framed copy of the London Gazette and Tommy's Medals to be retained by the Lodge and a smaller set which was auctioned by our "Tame" Auctioneer and raised £617.00. This has now been presented by the Purchaser to the Submarine Musueum at HMS Dolphin, Gosport.
Once again an excellent evening with a very good Initiation Ceremony and the usual fine entertainment on the Mess Deck.
On Saturday 6th December 2019 W. Bro. Sgt (S) Ian Fothergill, PPrSGW, LGR returned to the Chair of the Lodge having last been Installed into that Chair in December 1999 as the Millenium Master.
Following an excellent Ceremony, performed by W. Bro. RO1 Mike Harbon, the Officers were Invested and this was followed by the newly Installed WM presenting a cheque for £1,000, as a further contribution by the Lodge to the 2022 Festival Fund, to the Presiding Officer, W. Bro. Michael Dykes, Prov AGM, following which the Ships Company and those Taking Passage retired for the usual Tot prior to entering the Mess Deck for an excellent meal.
This year rather than presenting each Member present with a set of Lodge Cuff Links the WM provided all present with a Pen incorporating a Light. (Ideal for the 3rd Degree).
Tuesday 3rd December once again provided a night of sheer enjoyment with a strong nautical flavour both in the Temple and on the Mess Deck on completion.
Some 26 Companions were on board, including 18 Members of the Crew, and 8 Taking Passage, to celebrate the 20th Installation Convocation. Those on board included the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E. Comp. John M Phenix,(an Honorary Member), Acting 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, E. Comp. Ian M Fothergill, PGStB, PPrGJ, LGCR, and the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, E. Comp. Barry J Griffin, PGStB, all very ably escorted by E. Comp. Tim L Jones, PGStB the Provincial DC.
Unfortunately the MEZ Designate had just been discharged from Sick Bay following an emergency operation and will therefore not assume command until our June 2020 Convocation (04/06/2020). This left E. Comp. Frank Walters, PPrAGDC, on the bridge assisted by the Installation of E. Comp. Martin Green as H and the Induction of E. Comp. Len Venables, ProvGSwdB, as J.
Following the Convocation the ships company retired to the Mess Deck for an excellent meal and where the ships Welfare Officer managed to extract a total, including Gift Aid, of £136.25