Our Objectives

The Highest Moral Standards

We are concerned with human behaviour, especially the distinction between good and bad and right and wrong.
We are taught to be aware that all individuals have a natural tendency towards both good and evil; to consider our options and choose the former.

We define our moral standards as

Obeying the laws of the land
Working hard
Living peaceably and creditably
Acting honourably and with understanding and charity to all

Serve Our Own Religion
Freemasonry is not a religion, but is about man’s relationship with man. There is no Masonic God, however, all Freemasons must declare a belief in a Supreme Being and we therefore have members of many faiths, including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

We are encouraged to practice our own religion, whatever faith it may be, and regard Freemasonry as a moral code subordinate to, but supportive of, that religion. We do not admit atheists or agnostics into Freemasonry.

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Serve Their Own Community
Freemasonry encourages us to fulfill our responsibilities to our family and to ourselves:

We try and support our families in all they do
We try to develop knowledge of ourselves, look after our health and do nothing to excess

Serve Our Neighbours
We try to behave towards others as we would have them behave towards us and to help anyone in need of support and assistance.

Avoid private disputes and quarrels

Our Masonic Lodge and its Members
We serve our Lodge by:

Attending regularly and participating in the ceremonies through which the high moral standards to which we aspire are reinforced.
Keeping the few traditional Masonic forms of recognition within the confines of the Lodge.
Preserving harmony at our meetings.
Joining in the social activities.

We promise to support and serve our fellow members by:

Respecting their family
Defending their good character in their absence
Keeping their confidences – except anything contrary to the laws of our own religion or country.

A Society of Upright Men
We offer membership to men of any race or religion who are of good reputation and not atheists or agnostics. All applicants must confirm that they are aged 21 years or above and come forward voluntarily with no expectation of obtaining material advantage.

We exclude from membership those Freemasons who abuse the trust placed in them in their private or public lives or who fail to uphold the rules of Freemasonry.

Our ceremonies contain dramatic presentations of moral lessons and include:

Traditional passwords and signs of recognition which are only used in those ceremonies.
Solemn promises which are no different from those taken elsewhere.
Traditional penalties from an earlier age which are symbolic, not literal. They allude to the pain any honest man should feel at the thought of violating his word.
We give as generously as our wealth will allow and through voluntary work in the community.

Our society is for men only but there is a parallel and totally independent Masonic organisation for women.

Enjoy Each Other’s Company
Our social activities and our enjoyment of Freemasonry cannot be over-emphasized. The objectives of Freemasonry are serious but our members are ordinary, fun-loving individuals who seek a good balance in life. Most of our meetings include a social dimension where the focus is on good fellowship and enjoyment in the company of like-minded friends.

Our family and friends are important to us and are actively encouraged to participate in our social activities just as we participate in theirs.

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Develop Team Spirit and Fellowship
We develop team spirit and fellowship through all our activities and gain an understanding of the needs of others which in turn leads to increased tolerance and respect. We therefore consider Freemasonry to be a way of life which, when practiced, makes us good citizens.

Happiness is the outcome of such activity. It cannot be expressed in words but can only be experienced in the heart. As such it is sometimes described as the only true mystery of Freemasonry.

Joining Freemasonry
If you would like to become a freemason, or want to know more about joining, it is customary, but not necessary, to speak about it first to a friend, colleague or family member whom you know already to be one. They will be able to explain to you, insofar as they can, what it’s all about and start to put into train the process of joining, if you would like to, after learning more about us. If you don’t know anyone at all who is a member, then get in touch with us anyway at (Click to e-mail) and we can then arrange to meet and provide you with what further information you may require.

Your contact will mention to you that your commitments to your work and family must come first, whatever happens, but that after this, your membership, as a freemason, will call on your time, energy and pocket to an extent that you alone decide.

We do need to re-iterate a couple of basic facts, and these are:

As Masonry is non-political and accepting of members of all faiths, politics and religion are de-barred topics at any meeting. (Of course there are many members who are in the different political and religious callings, but they will never espouse their views during meetings.) 

All members must have a belief a Supreme Being.

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