How Do I Join?
You can become a Freemason through two key routes – introduction and nomination from an existing member of a Lodge, or by applying directly to the Lodge Secretary
There are two routes to entry:
1. Introduction and Nomination – the traditional route, being introduced and recommended by an existing member.
2. Application to the Lodge Secretary – perhaps you have only recently moved to the area, or don’t know anyone in our Lodge. If this is the case and you would like to be considered as a member, please take a look at our Freemasonry – What is it? page and also the information provided by the United Grand Lodge of England, which provides more details on the objectives of the organisation and becoming a Freemason, see if our core values resonate with your own. Our Lodge Secretary can be contacted here.
Then, through either of the above two routes and following receipt of your application, you will be interviewed by senior members of the Lodge. If successful, your name will be put forward to open Lodge for ballot as a member. The whole process takes about 3 months, and may take a little longer if we have a waiting list at the time you apply.
It may sound protracted, but the process is there for good reason. In the words of Dr Oliver, one of the most distinguished and learned of English Freemasons of the 19th century:
“Be very cautious whom you recommend as a candidate for initiation; one false step on this point may be fatal. If you introduce a disputatious person, confusion will be produced, which may end in the dissolution of the Lodge. If you have a good Lodge, keep it select. Great numbers are not always beneficial.”
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 offers its members a chance to make new friends and meet in a social environment. As a fraternity engages people of all ages, from tradesmen to monarchs. Whatever your status in life, Freemasonry provides an invaluable network of likeminded people never short of a social event to attend.
From its very earliest days Freemasonry has actively supported charity. Across 2018/19, charitable giving at lodge and provincial level totalled £45M, including the £18M awarded through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. Freemasons also undertook five million hours of volunteering across the same period.
As you progress through the degrees of freemasonry, the personal development can be very rewarding. Whilst Freemasonry can help good men become better men, only men of upstanding character are permitted to join. Why not take a look at our national magazine, 'Freemasonry Today'.