What is Freemasonry?

What is Freemasonry? Well it means different things to each of those who join. For some, it's about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it's about being able to help deserving causes - making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

The United Grand Lodge of England has a lot of information about Freemasonry and we recommend having a look at their website.

 

What happens at a Lodge meeting?

The meeting, which like those of other groups, are open only to members and is normally in two parts.

First, there are normal administrative procedures such as; Confirming the minutes of the previous meeting, proposing and balloting for new members, discussing and voting on the annual accounts, passing on Masonic news and correspondence, updates about our charitable work and hearing about the health and well being of our members and their families or of the widows of past members.

Second, there are the ceremonies for admitting new members, progression ceremonies, the annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers and sometimes lectures on various aspects of Freemasonry, often historical usually enlightening.

Have a look at the FAQ pages on the United Grand Lodge website for more information.

 

What happens after a Michelham Priory Lodge meeting?

After the meeting is closed, we retire to the Sundial Restaurant for dinner, a few toasts and usually a raffle to help raise some money for our charities and good causes.