Are you interested in joining a Masonic Lodge and becoming a Freemason?
Do you think it might be for you?
Do you want to make more friends and acquaintances?
Want to know more?
Our Lodge Meetings are held at Mark Masons Hall four Saturdays a year, 4th Saturday in February & September and the third Saturday in May & December normally commencing at 3.30 p.m. The meeting will last for around 2 – 2 ½ hours in which we undertake Lodge business and discuss future activities and events. It is at one of these meetings that new members are welcomed and go through various ceremonies and become part of our Lodge and part of a much larger world-wide fraternity. There is nothing sinister in our ceremonies and they are based upon what has been handed down and accepted for many generations.
After our meeting we will socialise and perhaps have some refreshments at the bar before we go in for our evening meal; we call this meal a Festive Board. This is a very relaxed occasion, we toast the Queen and those Lodge Officers who have performed their work well during the meeting and there are always a few ‘Official Toasts’ before the end of the meal at around 9 p.m.
As Freemasons we do a great deal of fundraising for charities and promote charitable causes.
We have a Dinner Dance every year where we have an opportunity to relax and socialise with each other and with our wives and partners, we call this a Ladies Weekend or Ladies Night. Many of us meet up during the year on other social occasions outside of our Lodge meetings.
Other opportunities are provided for Freemasons to socialise and take part in organised activities and more detail of such events can be found on www.ugle.org.uk
To become a member of our Masonic Lodge (or indeed any Lodge) you must satisfactorily meet all the specific criteria before you make an application, this is to be: of mature age, considered to be 21 years of age or older, however in special cases it is possible to join at a younger age; of good morals and good reputation; believe in a Supreme Being;
Applications will usually be considered by a membership committee, who will hold an interview with every candidate sometimes in the home and then formally report back to the Lodge, before the admission process is allowed to begin.
All applicants must apply freely and not be coerced or forced into applying. The application will then normally go before the Lodge members and applicants must be unanimously elected to join by the Lodge members.
This process may sound long and over complex however, we want to ensure that you join a Masonic Lodge where you enjoy the experience and enjoy being a Freemason. Freemasonry is to be enjoyed and it can become a great hobby for you.