Square & Compasses

Square & Compasses

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternal and charitable organisations.  It is not religious and it is not political; in fact, these two topics are banned at Lodge meetings!

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values.  For some, it is about making new friends; for others, it is about setting a moral code of behaviour; for many it is about charity and helping others whether Masons or not.

For me, I see Freemasonry as having three key values:

  • Enjoyment: First and foremost, we become Masons and remain Masons for the enjoyment it brings. No doubt in different ways to different members but it brings a uniting bond of friendship.  
  • Self-improvement: I have seen young men become Masons with few social skills and lacking in confidence who have developed those skills and grown in confidence as a result of their membership and the friendships they have made.
  • Charity: Masons support a wide range of charities. Recently, London Freemasons have raised £2.5 million to buy a CyberKnife machine for Barts Hospital; they are presently collecting for the Royal College of Surgeon research fund and many of the lifeboats operating around our coastline were bought from Masonic funds.

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