Who are we
Becoming a Freemason means you’ll be joining more than 200,000 members throughout England and Wales, as well as Districts overseas.
There are 15 Lodges with approximately 540 members in Herefordshire. The Lodges are spread across Hereford, Kington, Leominster, Bromyard, Hay on Wye, Ross on Wye and Ledbury
Freemasonry is one of the oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations in the world. For most of us, it’s a really enjoyable hobby – and a huge amount of fun for us, and our families.
Freemasonry means different things to different people. For some of our members it is a chance to meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy social events. For others, it’s about taking an active part in supporting deserving causes – and doing something for the local community.
Our members are a truly diverse group of people, who come from all walks of life, backgrounds, and occupations. Freemasonry is open to everybody – and we always welcome new members.
Like most clubs, it can take as little or as much time as you have, or wish, to devote to it. As you would expect, we have members who are heavily involved – and likewise we have some that we only see a handful of times a year. It all depends on you – what you feel comfortable with – and what you want to do.
What happens at a Lodge meeting?
Lodge meetings are typically held in two parts. The first involves more administrative procedures, such as proposing and balloting for new members and receiving news about charitable fundraising.
The second part focuses on ceremonies, which might relate to areas such as the admittance of new members or the installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers – a process made up of three degrees, or stages, each one marked by a special ceremony.
True to the sense of friendship and togetherness among Freemasons, meetings are also social events, providing an occasion for members to dine together. Outside of the Lodge, activities include community fundraising and volunteering activities, as well as a varied programme of events where spouses, partners and families are welcome.