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Discover Freemasonry

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest social and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles.

For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.

Integrity: Building good men

Freemasons are focused on developing themselves as people of integrity and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.

Friendship: Building together

Freemasonry provides the common foundation for long-lasting friendships in, and out of the lodge, many of which will last for life.

Respect: Building unity

Freemasonry brings men together irrespective of their race, religion or social background.

Charity: Building compassion

Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. Surrey Freemasons make positive contributions to their communities and various local and national causes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m interested – what’s the first step?2020-06-09T16:55:35+01:00

Welcome!!

Once you have had a good opportunity to look through the site maybe visit a few of useful sites such as:

United Grand Lodge of England

Surrey Freemasons

Freemasonry Today

These websites will give you further information, provide you with news and articles about Freemasonry in general.

Once you have decided that Freemasonry is for you get in touch by completing the form on this page or call the Provincial office on 020 8686 8388 for more information.

A member of the Surrey Freemasons Membership team will contact you for an informal chat and to arrange a good time to meet with you.

Does Freemasonry take up a lot of my time?2020-06-09T16:57:49+01:00

Commitment is no doubt one of the qualifying requirements.

Most Lodges meet four or five times per year.
For example, look at the Directory of Lodges here to give you some idea.
In addition, most lodges will meet at least once per week for a couple of hours to rehearse for the next meeting.

 

What support can I expect?2020-06-09T16:58:29+01:00

Of course, you might be asking – can I really do this?

Sure you can!!

A Lodge can only succeed with the proper mechanism in place to let its membership thrive and for each Lodge member to develop his skills.

Typically, in the Lodge there is the Director of Ceremonies who usually acts as the *Lodge of Instruction Preceptor. His job is to ensure the meeting runs smoothly and encourage Brethren as they progress through the various offices in the Lodge.

Most, if not all, Lodges have a Lodge Membership Officer and a Mentor Officer.

It would be fair to say that the whole membership are keen to see you develop and will enjoy watching your journey as you progress within the Lodge.

Outside the Lodge there is the Foundation Club. The club is designed for new Freemasons giving them the opportunity to share experiences and ideas and to widen their social circle.

The Foundation Club also has many social and interesting functions for you to enjoy.

*Lodge of Instruction – During the course of the Masonic season Lodges meet mostly once per week for rehearsals for forthcoming meetings.
What happens at a Lodge meeting?2020-06-09T17:00:20+01:00
The meetings, which like those of other groups are open only to members, are normally in two parts.
First, there are normal administrative procedures such as:
  • Minutes of the previous meeting
  • Proposing and balloting for new members
  • Discussing and voting on the annual accounts
  • Masonic news and correspondence
  • News about charitable work and social events
  • Various short reports from the Lodge Almoner, Membership Officer and the Mentor.

Second, there are the ceremonies for:

  • Admitting new members
  • Advancement of present Lodge members
  • The annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers

Meetings are concluded with a ‘Festive Board’ where Lodge members, their Masonic guests and other visitors dine together.

Why do you wear regalia?2020-06-09T17:01:18+01:00

Wearing regalia is historical and symbolises the clothes of the early stonemasons, who wore leather aprons to protect themselves whilst carrying out their work.

This is just one of many legacies of the Operatives, continued by present day Freemasons around the world.

Like a uniform, the regalia indicates the rank of the wearer in the organisation.

What are Ceremonies?2020-06-09T17:03:53+01:00

The experience of becoming a member of a Freemason’s Lodge is divided into three ceremonial stages that Freemasons call “degrees.”

The first degree conferred on a candidate is the Entered Apprentice degree. It is a candidate’s first experience with the ceremonies of the Fraternity and like all Masonic ceremonies is a solemn and meaningful event. Though new to Freemasonry, an Entered Apprentice soon becomes a Brother.

The Fellow Craft degree is the second ceremony and exposes a Brother to more of the symbolism and philosophy of the Fraternity.

The Master Mason degree is the last of the Lodge ceremonies and with it a candidate becomes a full member, enjoying both the rights and responsibilities of membership.

During all three ceremonies, a candidate is treated with respect.

At no time is he ever made to feel uncomfortable, embarrassed or harassed in any way. Masonic ceremonies are a wonderful tradition passed on from generation, to generation.

These ceremonies are always conferred in such a way as to bring pride to the candidate and the members of the Lodge.

How much does it cost to join?2020-06-09T17:06:05+01:00

It varies from Lodge to Lodge. Anyone wishing to join will find a Lodge to suit his pocket.

There is an initiation fee on entry and in due course regalia will have to be purchased.

For example a Master Mason apron can be purchase for as little as £35

The meeting is normally followed by a dinner, and the cost depends on the venue.

There is, in addition, an annual subscription.

As a guide you can expect to pay between £250 to £300 per year.

Members are also invited to give to charity but this should always be within their means.

It is a private donation and it is entirely up to the individual how much they wish to contribute.

Are you a secret society?2020-06-09T17:06:47+01:00

No, certainly not.

All our meetings are publicised in advance, are closely minuted, and are run to a strict set of regulations. We publish an annual year book which lists the senior officers of every Lodge.

Addresses and telephone numbers of Masonic centres in Surrey can be found in most online directories.

Lodges and Masonic centres also hold open days and attend local community events to promote and speak with the public about Freemasonry.

Members are actively encouraged to discuss their membership openly with family, friends and colleagues.

We also have a website dedicated to Freemasonry  – Provincial Grand Lodge of Surrey Freemasons.

Doesn’t sound very secret, does it?

How many Lodges are there in Surrey?2020-06-09T17:07:46+01:00

Surrey is one of the largest Provinces under the direction of United Grand Lodge of England.

We have over 300 Lodges meeting at 13 Masonic centres.

The centres are located at:

  • Bisley
  • Camberley
  • Chertsey
  • Cranleigh
  • Croydon
  • Dorking
  • Farnham
  • Godalming
  • Great Bookham
  • Guildford
  • Redhill
  • Sutton
  • Surbiton
Do you need to know someone to be proposed to join?2020-06-06T13:19:02+01:00

Traditionally that is the most acceptable route to joining.

However, if you do not know anyone that is a Freemason this website is designed to give you enough information to make an informed decision to see if Freemasonry is for you.

The membership team are here to help you.

How old do you have to be to join a Lodge?2020-06-09T17:09:12+01:00
You must be 21 years of age to join a Freemason’s Lodge.

The exception to the rule is a son of a Freemason (referred to as a Lewis), who can be aged over 18 years and only the Provincial Grand Master can grant a dispensation to join.

Additionally, there is a University scheme for those under 21 years of age.

There are currently two schemes which are held at

Onslow Lodge No. 2234
Guildford Masonic Centre
Weybourne House
Hitherbury Close
Guildford
GU2 4DR
Meetings – Second Thursday in February, March, October & November

AND
Woodside Lodge No. 6441
Masonic Hall
The Crescent
Surbiton
KT6 4BN
Meetings – Fourth Tuesday in January, March, May & October

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