Freemasonry is concerned with moral and spiritual values and consists of a group of people who come together to improve their social, intellectual and moral capabilities.
To do this, they use ceremonial and symbolism from the craft of a stone mason.
The three fundamental principles of Freemasonry are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Brotherly Love - Freemasons are taught to be tolerant towards all people and behave with kindness and understanding towards all.
Relief - Freemasons practice charity and demonstrate their concern for others by charitable efforts and good works. They are willing to give their time, effort and resources towards relieving human hardship.
Truth - Freemasons strive towards the Truth which requires of them high standards in their lives and actions.
There are Masonic organisations for men only, women only and mixed groups. Freemasonry does not discriminate on grounds of race, colour, gender, religion, political views or social standing.
Freemasonry can give great satisfaction in whatever way suits the individual – for example, making new friends from all walks of life; being able to contribute to deserving charities, both Masonic and non-Masonic; striving towards self-improvement; the sense of achievement of progressing through the offices of the Lodge and of mastering the words and actions of the ceremonies; extending your knowledge by finding out about the history and philosophy of Freemasonry.
To find out more visit one of the masonic websites:
The Freemasons' Grand Charity is dedicated to helping people in need, and has donated over £100 million since 1980.
Each year, The Freemasons' Grand Charity provides relief grants for hundreds of individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty, as well as donating millions of pounds to nationwide charitable projects and services.
The Order of Women Freemasons.
This is the oldest and largest masonic organisation for women in this country and works on the lines of regular male Freemasonry.
Women Freemasons Charitable Work
The Order of Women Freemasons has two trust funds, which are registered charities, and have two homes for holidays or shared living. They raise large amounts of money for charity by holding social events, and these also give members the opportunity to get to know each other on an informal basis.