Vale of Nidd Lodge - Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Freemasonry?
- What happens at a lodge meeting?
- Why do Freemasons take oaths?
- Are Freemasons expected to give preference to fellow members?
- Who do the Masonic charities donate to?
- What is Freemasonry’s relationship with religion?
- Why do some churches not like Freemasonry?
- What is Freemasonry’s relationship with politics?
- Does Freemasonry accept Roman Catholics?
- Is Freemasonry an international order?
- Can anyone become a Freemason?
- Are there women Freemasons?
- Why do you wear regalia?
- How many Freemasons are there?
- How many degrees are there in Freemasonry?
- How much does it cost to be a Freemason?
What is Freemasonry?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.
What happens at a lodge meeting?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
Why do Freemasons take oaths?New members make solemn promises concerning their behaviour both in the Lodge and in society. Members also promise to keep confidential the way they recognise each other when visiting another Lodge. Freemasons also promise to support others in time of need but only so far as it does not conflict with their family and public obligations.
Are Freemasons expected to give preference to fellow members?
Who do the Masonic charities donate to?
What is Freemasonry’s relationship with religion?
Why do some churches not like Freemasonry?There are elements within churches who misunderstand Freemasonry and its objectives. They confuse secular rituals with religious liturgy. There are many Masons in churches where their leaders have been openly critical of the organisation. Masonry has always actively encouraged its members to be active in their own religion.
What is Freemasonry’s relationship with politics?
Does Freemasonry accept Roman Catholics?
Is Freemasonry an international order?
Can anyone become a Freemason?
Are there women Freemasons?Yes. Women Freemasons have two separate Grand Lodges.
For more information, please contact Freemasonry for Women and the Order of Women Freemasons [OWF].
In 2018, in line with the Gender Recognition Act of 2004 and the Equality Act of 2010, UGLE published its gender reassignment policy. The policy outlines that a candidate for admission to Freemasonry under UGLE must be a man. Should a person who has undergone gender reassignment and has become a man apply to become a Freemason then his application must be processed in the same way as for any other male candidate. A Freemason who after initiation ceases to be a man does not cease to be a Freemason.
Read UGLE’s gender reassignment policy.
Why do you wear regalia?
How many Freemasons are there?
How many degrees are there in Freemasonry?
How much does it cost to be a Freemason?
There is an initiation fee when you join and each lodge charges an annual subscription to cover its running costs.
Each meeting is normally followed by a dinner, with the cost depending on the venue. However, there is no requirement to attend the dinner if you are unable to. You will also be expected to wear a dark suit, white shirt, and black, or other suitable, tie and in due course you will need to buy your own regalia.
Members are invited to donate to charity, but this should always be within your means and it is entirely up to you how much you wish to contribute.
Costs can vary considerably from lodge to lodge, particularly for the dining, and your proposer and seconder should make them clear to you before you join.