Joining the lodge

Interested in joining our lodge?

Becoming a Freemason is like going on a journey: from joining as an Entered Apprentice, it typically takes one or two years to become a Master Mason, with each of the three stages marked by a special ceremony.

Am I eligible?

Any man over the age of 21 may join regardless of ethnic group, political views, economic standing or religion although he is expected to have a faith. Students over 18 can join one of 73 Universities Scheme Lodges.

The United Grand Lodge of England oversees lodges in England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, whilst Scotland and Ireland have their own Grand Lodges.

How do I join?

If you don't know anyone who is a member and that you can talk to, then your first step is to is to contact us today.

Find out about our open day on Saturday 18th May 2019

Your questions answered

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 for 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 organisation. 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 means different things to each of those who join. Find out more about Freemasonry

Yes – Freemasonry is open to people from all walks of life, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic position in society.

This varies from Lodge to Lodge, the main outgoings being the subscription, determined by the administration costs of the Lodge, the costs of the meal at formal meetings, and a voluntary charitable contribution.

The Colne Valley Masonic Lodge annual subscription 2020 is £150.00 and monthly dining cost is £14.

The charity contribution is voluntary and always in accordance with personal circumstances.

Masons place their priorities firstly with their families and the means to support them, secondly with Freemasonry.

The Lodge meets formally on the 2nd Wednesday of each month with the exception of July, when The Lodge visits The Huddersfield Lodge No. 290.

At each Lodge meeting the normal business is transacted which is always followed by a dinner. In addition, a meeting is held every Monday evening when ritual is practiced.

The installation of the new Worshipful Master is held at the November meeting when up to one hundred members and guests attend, including dignitaries from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire West Riding. A celebratory dinner is held afterwards.

The meeting, which like those of other groups, are open only to members, is 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

  • Second, there are the ceremonies for:

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

    All Freemasons are expected to have a religious belief, but Freemasonry does not seek to replace a Mason’s religion or provide a substitute for it. It deals in a man’s relationship with his fellow man not in a man’s relationship with his God.

    Yes. Whilst UGLE, following the example of medieval stonemasons, is, and has always been, restricted to men, women Freemasons have two separate Grand Lodges, which are restricted to women.

    Freemasonry is primarily a male preserve but there are 'Ladies Lodges' within the "Order of Women Freemasons" Enquiries can be made by visiting their website .

    Freemasonry, as a body, will never express a view on politics or state policy. The discussion of politics at Masonic meetings has always been prohibited.

    Three Great Principles

    The three key principles of Freemasonry are Neighbourly Concern, Charity and Moral Standards.
    Masons refer to these as Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

    Brotherly Love

    Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and will behave with compassion and understanding to his fellows.

    Relief

    Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

    Truth

    Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives. Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.