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What is Freemasonry?

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.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations.

Freemasonry encourages in its members a moral and ethical approach to life. Its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Whilst family always comes first, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and to help those in need.

The United Grand Lodge of England administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.

United Grand Lodge of England website

It 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 usually learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge - which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.

The following short video may be of interest. Please click on the hyperlink [sorry there is a short advert at the start!] :

Free Masons tell us what it's like


Questions ?

We have a list of Frequently Asked Questions which hopefully may help, though the best way is to contact us, its quite informal and we are happy to talk at any time.

Why not watch 'Principles of Freemasonry' ?

How to join Freemasonry

There are many ways of finding out about Freemasonry but perhaps the best way of all is to contact us and we would be pleased to talk to you. We can tell you about our values and philosophy, our commitment to Charity and to the welfare of not only Masons but others in society. Membership is not given automatically and it may not suit everyone. St Wilfrid Lodge will gladly extend a warm welcome to any man over 21 who enquires of us what Masonry embraces and the impact it could have on him.

This website is therefore an opportunity - please contact us.

We are ready to welcome you to one of Leeds’ best, friendliest, most diverse and forward thinking Lodges - St Wilfrid Lodge.
You can be part of something special!