About Freemasonry

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the world’s largest and oldest non-religious and non-political fraternal and charitable organisations. It is open to people from all walks of life, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic position in society

The Temple was built in the summer of 1898 for the Sackville Lodge No.1619, and remains one of the few purpose built temples in Southern England. 

On 16th October 1999 the Centenary Building was opened, having formerly been the East Grinstead Lamp Factory, now linked to the temple and converted to accommodate a spacious Bar and seating area, together with dining facilities on the first floor for up to 60 members and guests.

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Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. Organised Freemasonry, as we know it today, began with the founding of the first Grand Lodge on 24 June 1717 at the Goose and Gridiron Ale House in St Paul’s Churchyard.

The Temple was built in the summer of 1898 for the Sackville Lodge No.1619, and remains one of the few purpose built temples in Southern England. 

On 16th October 1999 the Centenary Building was opened, having formerly been the East Grinstead Lamp Factory, now linked to the temple and converted to accommodate a spacious Bar and seating area.

Whilst the Ritual involved in the Ceremonies requires time and effort to learn and has a more serious meaning, being a member represents a hobby and as such, our meetings do have a more relaxed ambience, once the business of the evening has been concluded. We like to think that we are a happy, friendly and open group of diverse individuals.

Something different to everyone who joins

Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today’s Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.

One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions, and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.

Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.

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We are a unique members’ organisation which has thrived for over 300 years. Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We meet in our individual Lodges throughout the country where we have ceremonial traditions which encourage us both to be more tolerant and respectful and actively to fulfil our civic and charitable responsibilities; we also make time to eat, drink and meet together, and form lifelong friendships.

To attract those from all backgrounds and walks of life, enabling them to develop into more thoughtful and confident people. To inspire and challenge them to practise the core values we celebrate – Integrity, Friendship, Respect, Charity – in their private and public lives. To cement our reputation as a force for good in our communities and society at large and as a thriving organisation that people aspire to join.

There are three ‘degree ceremonies’ performed during masonic meetings. They are essentially one act plays and teach members how to be better people and each play represents a different stage in life.

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The aprons stem from our historical and symbolic roots as stonemasons. Being leather, they were designed to protect them from sharp tools and rough stones.For today’s Freemasons, the apron is a mark of their membership. They are presented with a white leather apron and as they progress this becomes more elaborate.

Only men aged over 18 are allowed to join the United Grand Lodge of England in England and Wales.

The two leading women’s Grand Lodges, that we have the closest relationship, with are:  Freemasonry for Women and the Order of Women Freemasons. These two groups only admit women because that is the choice of their memberships. Both of the women’s organisations, and ourselves, prefer to practice our Freemasonry in single sex environments. The United Grand Lodge of England regularly hires its facilities out for meetings of the two women’s Lodges due to our mutual respect and close relations.

he United Grand Lodge of England has 180,000 members. The Grand Lodge of Scotland and Ireland also have 10,000 members and the two female grand lodges in England comprise of around 25,000 members. Worldwide there are estimated to be around six million members.

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As part of the process you will want to meet and talk to Freemasons in your area. They will also want to meet with you and discuss your interest and circumstances. There is a process for this which will be made clear to you.

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