Throughout 300 years of heritage and history, our members have come from all walks of life and each with their own unique story to tell for why they became a Mason.
As one of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world, we have a thriving community of approximately 200,000 members throughout England and Wales, as well as Districts overseas. Masons use four key values to help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity
Membership is open to people from all backgrounds and our aim is to empower members to be the best they can be.
Here’s just a few reasons to become a Freemason:
You want to make a positive contribution to society
Whether taking part in social events or fundraising, charity is at the very heart of being a Mason. Our members make valuable contributions to deserving causes and it’s because of this we’re recognised as one of the largest charitable givers in the country, contributing £51.1m to deserving causes in 2020.
You want to make new friendships
From the Universities Scheme and Dunkerley’s for New and Young Masons Clubs, to special interest Lodges, Masonry gives members many opportunities to make a wide circle of friends for life. Finding bonds with people who share common interests and meeting people from all different backgrounds are just some of the ways Masonry can help cultivate lasting friendships.
You want to develop yourself
Freemasonry is all about building character and supporting members as individuals. It’s these foundations that allow members to develop themselves, from increased self-confidence to transferable skills such as public speaking.
``Contributing at local charitable events makes me feel deeply connected to my community. When I stand back and see how Freemasonry contributes globally, the sense of pride I feel is incredible. The bond of friendship is stronger in Freemasonry than anywhere else I’ve experienced. I now have a wider, more diverse circle of friends than I ever thought possible. I’ve been guided throughout my journey in Freemasonry by meaningful, useful and important lessons of self-discovery and integrity. These lessons truly help me to be the very best I can be.``
``I joined Freemasonry to spend more time with my father, to meet different people from outside of my own social circle and give something back to my community in the terms of charity. I joined at 37 – I should have joined when I was in my late 20s.``
``What I enjoy most is being part of something meaningful, which challenges me and provides friendship and support all at the same time. It’s like Scouting for adults. ``