Freemasonry is one of the worlds oldest fraternal societies. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral values. Its members are taught its precepts (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas - a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge - which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.

Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

  • There are over 330,000 Freemasons in England and Wales.
  • There are nearly six million Freemasons worldwide.
  • There are nearly 8,000 Lodges spread throughout England and Wales.

You can find out more about Freemasonry on the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) website. (Copyright United Grand Lodge of England)

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