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Why become a Freemason?

Two Freemasons are enjoying a beer at the Café and Bar at Freemasons Hall in London

Throughout 300 years of heritage and history, our members have come from all walks of life and each with their own unique story to tell for why they became a Freemason.

As one of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world, we have a thriving community of approximately 200,000 members throughout England and Wales, as well as Districts overseas. Freemasons use four key values to help define their path through life: IntegrityFriendship, Respect, and Charity.

Membership is open to people from all backgrounds and our aim is to empower members to be the best they can be.

Here’s just a few reasons to become a Freemason:

Three Freemasons friends are chatting at the park

You want to make new friendships

From the Universities Scheme and New and Young Masons Clubs, to special interest Lodges, Freemasonry gives members many opportunities to make a wide circle of friends for life. Finding bonds with people who share common interests and meeting people from all different backgrounds are just some of the ways Freemasonry can help cultivate lasting friendships.

Freemasonry provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last a lifetime

You want to develop yourself

Freemasonry is all about building character and supporting members as individuals. It’s these foundations that allow members to develop themselves, from increased self-confidence to transferable skills such as public speaking.

A group of Freemasons from Leicestershire & Rutland are cycling to raise money charity

You want to make a positive contribution to society

Whether taking part in social events or fundraising, charity is at the very heart of Freemasonry. Our members make valuable contributions to deserving causes and it’s because of this we’re recognised as one of the largest charitable givers in the country, contributing £51.1m to deserving causes in 2020.