Freemasonry – What’s it all about?
- Freemasonry offers the opportunity of meeting a wide variety of people from the local community in a very sociable environment.
- It consists of men brought together for the sake of mutual intellectual, social and moral improvement. We do this through participation in dramatic ceremonial plays.
- It recognises no distinction of religion and emphasises the duties of citizenship. Religious or political discussions are not permitted in our meetings.
- It offers no monetary advantages.
- Freemasonry provides a unique environment for people from all backgrounds to learn skills, make lasting friendships, achieve their potential and, above all, have fun.
- It supports a wide range of charities, both Masonic and non-Masonic.
The Three Great Principles
For many years, Freemasons have followed three great principles which represent a way of achieving higher standards in life – Respecting everyone, looking after others and being honest:
- Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to others.
- Freemasons are taught to practice charity, and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
- Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today.In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) represent Freemasons charity giving national being one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.
Most of the support provided by the Masonic Charitable Foundation takes the form of financial grants to individuals and families to assist with daily living costs. We can also award grants to provide specific items or services.
Freemasonry prides itself on its transparency. Not only are Freemasons completely free to acknowledge their membership, they are encouraged to do so.
Like many other societies, we regard some of our internal affairs as private matters for its members including the traditional modes of recognition used in meetings.