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Why Become a Freemason

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 over 200,000 members throughout England and Wales, as well as Districts overseas. Freemasons use four important guiding principles to help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, 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:

You want to make new friendships

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 only some of the ways Freemasonry can help cultivate lasting friendships.
You want to develop yourself

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.

You want to make a positive contribution to society

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 £42 million to deserving causes in 2019.

Now hear what our members have to say

Find out what made them join, what they continue to enjoy most about being a Freemason and the fun they have along the way.


“Since joining Freemasonry I have pushed myself into everything thrown at me and I thrive on being a trailblazer for Freemasons helping towards mental health.

“I’m also a member of the Cornerstone Young Masons Club in Essex, which I believe is a great network suited for inspiring young and new Freemasons to get stuck in and having fun while they do it.”
Adam Mills – Ostrea Lodge No. 8209, Essex

“Contributing at local charitable events makes me feel deeply connected to my community. When I stand back and see how Freemasonry contributes globally, the sense of pride I feel is incredible.

“The bond of friendship is stronger in Freemasonry than anywhere else I’ve experienced. I now have a wider, more diverse circle of friends than I ever thought possible.

“I’ve been guided throughout my journey in Freemasonry by meaningful, useful, and important lessons of self-discovery and integrity. These lessons truly help me to be the very best I can be.”
Elliot Chevin – Earlham Lodge No. 7266, Essex

“What I get most out of Freemasonry is more self-confidence in my abilities as a person.”
Matthew Fearnley – Malvern Hills Lodge No. 6896, Worcestershire

“I joined Freemasonry whilst at university as part of the Universities Scheme and have been involved ever since. What I love most about it is not only the friendships and camaraderie, but also the skills you learn that you’d never think of such as increased confidence in public speaking, research, and the confidence to go out of your way to help others when necessary, all whilst having fun.”
Elliot Conway – Wyggeston Lodge No. 3448, Leicestershire & Rutland


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