“Education is that whole system of human training within and without the schoolhouse walls which moulds and develops men.” – Bro. W. E. B. Du Bois
Freemasonry is a non-political, non-religious , fraternal , charitable organisation. It means many things to different people: brotherhood, friendship, charitable giving or just an enjoyable hobby. Its’ origins can be traced back to the middle-ages, with Lodges throughout the world.
Charitable fundraising is a major element of Freemasonry and Grand Lodge contributions from members mean it is one of the largest charity givers in the U.K.
Freemasonry has existed since the Middle Ages and until recently it was surrounded by secrecy and misinformation. To dispel such misunderstandings we now speak more openly of the mysteries and secrecy surrounding Freemasonry which in an increasingly pressurised world offers friendship and a sense of being.
Anyone of good character can become a freemason, and once they have been interviewed and balloted, a candidate goes through 3 stages , called degrees, of initiation. After the first degree the candidate is known as “The entered apprentice”, after the second degree the candidate advances to become a “Fellow Craft”, and finally after the third degree the candidate as admitted to the Lodge as a “Master Mason.”
There are many famous Master Masons, too many to list, but here are a few: HRH Duke of Kent, Winston Churchill, Peter Sellers and Rick Wakeman.
The governing body of English freemasonry is The United Grand Lodge of England, based in London. The country is divided into different provinces, usually based on county boundaries, with London being a separate province in its’ own right.
The principal, senior officers of a Lodge are; the Worshipful Master, The Senior Warden and The Junior Warden, and they are supported by other junior officers and members.