What is 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 society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (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 instills 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.
Freemasony Lodges in England (and elsewhere) are organised in Provinces – loosely based on county boundaries. The starting point is within the Craft degree, where you can progress to be a Master Mason. Once you become a Master Mason, you are able to join a number of different levels (called side degrees).
Woodspring lodge is one of 88 Craft lodges in Somerset. Our meetings are held in Yatton Masonic Hall, which on of 26 Masonic buildings (Temples) within the Province of Somerset. These Craft lodges are overseen by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Somerset. Follow this link to find a lodge in Somerset.
Follow this link to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Somerset or this link to the Grand Lodge of England for more information about what Freemasonry is all about.
Solomon : A Journey to Masonic Learning and Development
Solomon is the is United Grand Lodge of England’s on-line searchable repository of Masonic knowledge.
Solomon is available to masons and non-masons alike, and requires only an email address for registration. Once registered you will be able to access everything in Solomon, including ‘Nuggets’, Presentations, Papers, Demonstrations and Quizzes
There are three main sections:
- Seek & Learn – For personal learning
- Share & Encourage – Content designed for delivery by an appointed presenter
- Support & Promote – This contains resources to help Provinces. There are welcome and guidance videos to offer encouragement, help and support.
Follow this link to the Solomon Section on the Grand Lodge website.
Follow this link to the Solomon Section on the Somerset Provincial Lodge website.
Tercentenary – 300 years of Freemasonry from 24th June 1717.
The United Grand Lodge of England was established on 24 June 1717, when four established London Lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard, London. Thereupon, our Grand Lodge, the first in the world, was formed with Anthony Sayer as its Grand Master. Thus the United Grand Lodge of England was 300 years old on the 24th June 2017. To celebrate a large number of events were held in across the world.
Follow this link to Tercentenary News and Events on the Grand Lodge website.
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