About Freemasonry

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 roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. Some rituals are still celebrated today.

Providing a unique environment for people from all backgrounds to learn skills, from lasting friendships, make a contribution to society and their local community, and above all enjoy themselves.

Freemasonry is a society of like-minded people who meet regularly in a fraternal and social environment, share a common desire to give charitable support to the community and attach importance to high moral code. It was established many centuries ago and has more than 3 million members worldwide.

Freemasonry does not discriminate on grounds of Race, Colour, Religion, Political Views or Social Standing.

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 Yorkshire West Riding  being a separate province in its’ own right.

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.


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.


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.
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