Freemasonry is open to men of all walks of life, whichever race or religion, who believe in a Supreme Being by whichever name he is known to them. Whilst Freemasonry is to be enjoyed, its objectives are serious and its members share the following aims:
To practice universal charity
To foster high moral standards
To build friendships
To serve the community
To develop values such as integrity, respect, self-discipline, discretion, virtue and responsibility
After considering the above objectives and reading through the information on this website, if you are interested in becoming a Freemason we suggest that you first talk to a family member, friend or colleague whom is known to be a member. They will be able to explain to you about Freemasonry and help you take the first steps in finding a suitable Lodge. If you do not know anyone who is a member, then please use the ‘Contact Form’ at the foot of this page – we will be happy to assist you.
Our application form requires an understanding that you should not, as a Freemason, expect or seek any preferment or financial benefit as a result of becoming a member. It is emphasised strongly that your Freemasonry should not come before your family, business or professional interests, at any time.
Freemasonry extends across the world, with a membership estimated at around six million; this includes over 200,000 under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England. English Freemasons belong to one or more of 6800 Lodges. There are approximately 150,000 members under the jurisdictions of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and Grand Lodge of Ireland and just under two million in the United States.
The ‘home’ of English Freemasonry is at Freemason’s Hall situated in Great Queen Street, London and Grand Lodge has been there since 1775, the present Hall being the third building on this site. Built between 1927–1932 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War, it is one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England. It is Grade II listed, internally and externally. The Grand Temple is used for concerts and musical events – having excellent acoustics and clear sight-lines. The building featured as Thames House (the home of MI5) in the TV series Spooks and has also been seen in the long-running series of Agatha Christie’s Poirot; the building makes frequent one-off appearances in episodes of other tv series’, such as its extensive use in Hustle. Both its exterior and interior were used in an episode of New Tricks and the interior has been used for the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and more recently was featured in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes. The building has also been a backdrop in music videos, including extensive use (internally and externally) in the music video for Westlife’s single “Mandy”.
In addition to the Grand Temple (seating 1700) there are 21 Lodge Rooms, a Library and Museum, Board and Committee Rooms and administrative offices. The library museum and permanent exhibition at Freemason’s Hall are open to the public and receive about 50,000 visitors annually. Conducted tours of the building take place on weekdays.
Lodges generally meet six times a year – some more, some less. Most of them meet on weekday evenings and a few meet during the day, which might suit a retired person better. There are also some Saturday lodges. A Lodge meeting is usually followed by a meal, either formal or informal (buffet). At meetings, members of the lodge call each other “Brother” – after all, we are a fraternal organisation! The title ‘Worshipful Brother’ simply denotes that a member ‘is’, or has served as the Master of a Lodge. The title ‘Grand’ purely denotes a more senior officer of Grand Lodge itself, or of a Provincial Grand Lodge.
Every member has the opportunity to take office in his Lodge and progressively to attain the office of Master of the Lodge, normally for a period of one year. A Mason can be a member of more than one Lodge. It is interesting that, over the ages a great number of notable and famous people have been Freemasons, including George Washington, Winston Churchill, Mozart, Sibelius, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle. In ordinary conversation there is very little about Freemasonry which may not be discussed. If you would like further information about becoming a Freemason in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, we would be delighted to hear from you – here is a helpful link to the United Grand Lodge website, to provide you with a lot more information.