Freemasonry 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. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are

encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.


Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual

values. Its members are taught its principles (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 instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to

life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness.

Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but,

importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less

fortunate and help for those in need.