1. What is Freemasonry...?

  2. How do I become a Freemason ... ?

  3. Where can I find my local Masonic Centre ... ?

  4. Why doesn't the Masonic Society advertise for Members... ?

  5. Who is the Grand Master... ?

  6. How can I contact the Grand Lodge of England ... ?

  7. How much does it cost to be a Freemason...?


  1. What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practiced under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas - a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge - which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.

Freemasonry instills in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

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How do I become a Freemason?

Should you not have any friends who are Freemasons that could recommend you for membership, you could contact your local Masonic Centre or The Grand Secretary at Freemasons Hall London WC2.

Alternatively contact the Secretary of Paternoster Lodge by use of this link:


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Where can I find my local Masonic Centre?

Most Masonic Centres are geographically listed in an Internet search engine, 'Google' or something similar.

Alternatively contact:

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Why doesn't the Masonic Society advertise for Members?

In Scotland, Ireland, America & many other countries some Lodges do advertise for potential members.

This is not a common practice in England as potential members are normally invited to join a Lodge by an existing member.

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Who is the Grand Master?

In England it is His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent

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How can I contact The Grand Lodge of England?


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How much does it cost to be a Freemason?

Just like any association there are costs involved & these vary from Lodge to Lodge, anyone wishing to join Freemasonry can find a Lodge to suit their own personal budget.

On entry, there is a one-off joining fee payable to Grand Lodge. A member also pays an annual subscription to his own Lodge which covers his membership and the administrative cost of running the Lodge. These amounts will vary between Lodges, but on average expect to pay somewhere in the region of £75-£100 for the one-off joining fee, and £75 to £150 per annum for membership. It is usual to have a meal after the meeting; the cost of this meal can be included either in the annual subscription or paid for separately at the time.

Arrangements can be made with the Treasurer to pay all these costs by either monthly or quarterly standing order or by an annual direct debit. Cash or cheque is also accepted.

It is entirely up to each individual member what he gives to Charity, but it should always be without detriment to his other responsibilities. Similarly, he may join other Lodges as his time and pocket can allow, as long as it does not adversely affect his family life and responsibilities.

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