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Who and what are Freemasons?

WHAT WE ARE (Purpose)

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.

What is a Masons Lodge?

Video! Take a tour of a Freemasons’ Lodge with the Provincial Grand Master.

The term “Lodge” not only refers to the place where Freemasons meet, but also to Freemasons who meet in that place, and between Freemasons’ Lodges all around the world there is a relationship based on recognition and fraternity. These buildings, or lodge rooms, exist all over the world; it is no secret that they are Masonic Lodges as most of them are clearly marked on the outside as such.

The lodge is the centre of all activities carried out by Freemasons. The main section of a lodge room is based on some elements taken from what we know of the design of King Solomon’s Temple and usually contains decorative chairs placed in specific positions and other bespoke furniture, creating a room filled with symbolism mirroring the way teachings in Freemasonry are carried out.

Freemasons’ lodges can be small, accommodating around 10 to 30 members, or even very large where hundreds of Freemasons can meet. Most lodges have separate dining rooms where Freemasons socialize as well as other social rooms – and bars!

When do Lodges Meet?

Lodges meet regularly throughout the year to carry out ceremonies, vote for individuals proposed to join the Lodge, hold meetings etc.

Bebington Lodge in Particular meets 7 times per year, every 2nd Tuesday in the months of October through to April. (We need the summer for holidays and to spend time supporting charity events and learning ritual).

What are our Values?

What goes on in a lodge meeting?

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.

As an ‘initiate’ or Entered Apprentice, Freemasons are taught we are all born equal, we learn that in life some do better than others and it is up to those that do well to look after the less fortunate. From this stems our belief in the importance of Charity.

The next stage is to become a ‘Fellow Craft’ where Freemasons are taught the importance of improving yourself as a person, and finally as a ‘Master Mason’, where we learn that we have but one life, and the importance of using it wisely.

The details of the ceremonies can easily be accessed online but nothing beats experiencing it for yourself. Bebington Lodge request that you don't spoil your surprise by reading too much.

After the meetings members dine together informally in order to enjoy good food, good wine, and good company. And most importantly, to have fun together.

Can Women join?

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.

What is different about masonic charity?

It is the sheer scale. We are one of the biggest charitable givers in the country and gave nearly £48m to charities in 2018 alone.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Freemasons’ Charity – our national charitable grant giving arm, tackles some of the most significant challenges facing society, in particular, reducing loneliness in later life and ensuring a positive future for young children. We work in partnership with some of the biggest charities in the country to deliver our support.

Freemasonry also does a huge amount for medical research into treatments for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and a whole range of other conditions. In addition it makes donations to support those affected by overseas disasters as well as those at home, such as the Grenfell Tower disaster.

During the Covid Pandemic Freemasons working together to help their communities. The United Grand Lodge of England, and its members, are doing all they can to help in the fight the coronavirus.

We have seen remarkable stories from across the country of how our members came together – from helping to raise vital funds for the NHS and delivering food to the community, through to purchasing ambulances and manufacturing vital personal protective equipment (PPE). To support Freemasonry’s charitable response to the coronavirus pandemic, UGLE and the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Freemasons’ charity, established the Freemasons’ COVID-19 Community Fund.

This Fund has helped to support a range of local and national charities and projects that are helping people through the current coronavirus pandemic and in total has donated £3m during the pandemic.

How much does it cost to be a freemason?

On average the annual dues and other fees amount to £250-£300 a year including meals.

Do I have to believe in god?

When becoming a Freemason, members are expected to be able to affirm a belief in a ‘Supreme Being’. This is deliberately phrased so as to be fully inclusive; most of our members generally believe in a God – be it Christian, Muslim, Sikh or Jewish etc – of some sort, and there is no requirement to be an active practitioner of any particular religion.

Is there a restriction on age?

Once you become a freemason you will remain a freemason for life, however to become a mason you must be of the full age of 21 years, unless you are a Lewis (not the surname lol but a Lewis means, son of a mason) in which case you can join at the age of 18 years.

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