This podcast and website is primarily designed for those that already are Masons, but if you found it because it is something you are interested in joining then you are more than welcome to have a look around and listen to the podcasts.
Traditionally new members were introduced to Freemasonry by family members, friend and colleagues. In fact, this does still happen and many Lodges have a succession of fathers and sons. My own Lodge has a father/son-in-law combination – though this wasn’t the case when the now son-in-law joined!
Nowadays members don’t always talk about being a Mason with their friends and colleagues – there are secrets in Masonry, but being a Mason isn’t a secret! This means that many people who would make good Freemasons and would get a lot out of joining don’t know anyone that they are aware of to make a direct introduction. It often happens that you don’t realise who in your social circle is already a Mason until you join, then you wonder why you weren’t asked sooner.
Because of this there are some great resources online, in particularly on the website for the United Grand Lodge of England, www.ugle.org.uk/becoming-a-mason.
The cost of joining varies depending on where in the country your Lodge is based. There can be other costs such as meals after meetings and regalia, but these are rarely excessive and comparable to what others spend in persuing a hobby. Remember, Freemasonry in England isn’t a for profit organisation, and money raised goes to charities, whether a small charity supported by your Lodge, through to millions of pounds given in international emergency aid.
If you’d like to find out more about joining my Lodge (Kennet Lodge – www.kennet4414.org.uk) then drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll forward over some information. Also, no matter where you are in the UK (or the world) I can put you in contact with a Lodge that meets closer to where you live.