Freemasonry, what is it and what does
it mean to many?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. We have members from all walks of life and becoming a member is really no different to joining a golf club or any other association.
Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life; its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and the Derbyshire Province also gives large sums of money to causes in our region. Nationally, our efforts are channelled through the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
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. 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.