Blockley Lodge No. 6345



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 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 (but not required) to speak openly about Freemasonry. For many, its biggest draw is the fact that members come from all walks of life and meet as equals whatever their race, religion or socioeconomic position in society. Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life. Its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness.

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.

Under the United Grand Lodge of England (which includes Wales), there are over 250,000 Freemasons.The Grand Lodge of Ireland, which serves the whole island of Ireland, and the Grand Lodge of Scotland have a combined total of approximately 150,000 members. There are over six million Freemasons worldwide including two million in North America.

Freemasonry is founded on three great principles:

  • Brotherly Love

Tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and an obligation to behave with kindness and understanding to our fellow creatures.

  • Relief

The practice of charity. Freemasonry is known above all else for its substantial outward giving to many worthy causes, donating many millions of pounds every year to masonic and non-masonic charities.

  • Truth

Masons strive for truth, aiming to achieve high standards in their public and private lives.

Freemasonry demands from its members in the 8,000 lodges under the United Grand Lodge of England a respect for the law, with which its principles do not in any way conflict.

A Freemason's duties are first to his God, then, without detriment to his family and those dependent upon him, to his fellow human beings. A Freemason's duty as a citizen must always come first and it is a serious disqualification to attempt to use membership in the Order to promote one's own interests or those of anyone else.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) as provided by the United Grand Lodge of England.

Further information on Freemasonry may be found at the websites of the United Grand Lodge of England and the Masonic Province of Oxfordshire.

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