What makes Freemasonry so special to a Mason?
Ask any member. Enjoyment is the cornerstone. There is no substitute for the experience of a Masonic ceremony. That and our charitable work and helping all kinds of people, makes it special. Freemasonry is fun, not a riot but highly enjoyable.
What does a Freemasons meeting entail?
Most lodges meet at around 6.00pm. The formal business is conducted first, usually followed by a meal with a few short speeches. Meetings end at around 10.00pm.
What kind of person can become a Freemason?
The principle qualifications are that he is usually 21 years or older, of good character and believes in a Supreme Being – his God. He is expected to have good morals, compassion and a kind and charitable disposition.
Is there any personal gain from being a Mason?
No. A Mason should not expect to gain any advantage from membership. If he seeks to do so, he may be expelled.
What would be expected of me?
Members do as much as they wish. The administration, ceremonial, accounting, fund raising and general running of the Lodge is carried out voluntarily by its own members.
Where can I find out more about freemasonry?
Public libraries hold books on the fascinating subject. Our websites will tell you more about us and there are links with other Provinces and indeed the United Grand Lodge of England.
For West Riding www.wrprovince.co.uk
Where are the Yorkshire Masonic centres situated?
208 Lodges currently exist in the West Riding including South Yorkshire and with the Provincial Headquarters in Bradford.
What do Freemasons ‘Get out’ of Freemasonry?
A large number of men who have joined Freemasonry find significant personal development occurs as a result. For example, training in ceremonial duties, experience in speech making, leadership, charitable activities and community service. Freemasons also have a sense of pride and of belonging to an organisation that exists all over the world. Freemasons are part of a great heritage, sharing an identity with some of the greatest men of the past, and of today. They share a special bond with men of all walks of life, creating life-long friendships with them. They are members of an organisation that believes in tolerance; that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong. Men of all religions, races, nationalities and colours join together in harmony all sharing the same beliefs; to help one another whether or not he or she is a Mason and to treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
What many people fail to realise is that Masons give their time and money freely towards helping many local and national charities. Every year Freemasons give millions of pounds to non-Masonic charities. No pressure is exerted on members to do this.
Many lodges have an active social calendar. These social events attended not only by members and their families but also many friends help to raise finds through raflles and incidental donations, etc. amounting to a considerable sum. There are nearly fifteen thousand Masons in Yorkshire and between them their Lodges provide much needed financial aid within the community
United Grand Lodge of England publishes a list of donations made annually to non-Masonic groups, societies and charities.
Do partners become involved?
Yes, if they wish to. We take care to ensure that our partners understand the meaning of what we do. In fact, they can attend many social functions and even some meetings. Many wives form their own friendly groups and thankfully, often help to organise these events. Most Lodges hold dinners, dances and less formal events etc. and some even have trips abroad. There are Lodges restricted to women, although the two organisations are entirely separate.
Masonic Charities give assistance with child education, university fees, caring for the elderly at home or in nursing homes, and with medical care and financial aid for those in genuine need.