Your Questions Answered
It would be quite strange if you didn't have a few questions to ask about Freemasonry, especially as lots of people do. Your questions are important to us and we will always try to answer them in an open and honest manner.
If we cannot answer your question immediately or as comprehensively as you would like we will respond as quickly as possible.
Here are some of the questions we are often asked
How many Freemasons are there?
Under the United Grand Lodge of England, there are over a quarter of a million Freemasons.
There are Grand Lodges in Ireland, which covers both Northern Ireland and Eire, and Scotland which have a combined total of approximately 150,000 members.
Worldwide, there are approximately six million Freemasons.
What happens at a Lodge meeting?
The meeting, which like those of other groups, is open only to members, is normally in two parts.
First, there are normal administrative procedures such as reading Minutes of the previous meeting; proposing and balloting for new members and discussing and voting on the annual accounts.
Second, there are the ceremonies for admitting new members and the annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers.
Sometimes a guest speaker will make a presentation on the work of a charity which is supported by the Lodge.
Are Freemasons expected to favour fellow members?
Certainly not. This would be unacceptable and may lead to action being taken against those involved. On joining, each new member states that he expects no material gain from membership.
Who do the Masonic charities donate to?
Whilst there are Masonic charities that cater specifically, for Masons or their dependants, others make significant grants to non-Masonic organisations.
Members are invited to give to charity but this should always be within their means and it is entirely up to the individual how much they wish to contribute.
Why do you wear regalia?
Wearing regalia is historic and symbolic. Like a uniform, the regalia indicates the rank of the wearer in the organisation.
How much does it cost to be a Freemason?
It varies from Lodge to Lodge. Anyone wishing to join will find a Lodge to suit his pocket. There is an initiation fee on entry an annual subscription and in due course regalia will have to be bought.
The meeting is normally followed by a dinner, with the cost depending on the venue.