& FRIENDS - STRUCTURE
How is Freemasonry Structured?
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 – contributing to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is built around important principles:
1. Honesty, respect and friendship: Freemasons show tolerance and respect for others opinions and behave with compassion and understanding.
2. Social and community: Freemasons are taught to help, to the best of their ability, those in distress, without harm to any who are dependent upon them, and to give their support to nominated Charities. 95% of money raised from Freemason goes to non masonic causes.
3. Integrity: Freemasons strive for truth both in their view of themselves and in their dealings with others. Masonry requires high moral standards and its members endeavour to uphold these principles in their public and private lives.
Freemasonry is organised roughly along the old county boundaries, with each area being known as a Province of which there are 48 including London. Each Province is headed up by a Provincial Grand Master who is appointed by the United Grand Lodge of England to guide the direction of the Province.
The Provincial Grand Master is helped by a Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters who are appointed by him for a term of 5 years. Each Province has a Secretary who assists and supports the Provincial Grand Master and his team in the organising and administration of the Province.
Within each Province there are Lodges which are essentially groups of likeminded individuals gathered together by common interests or geographical proximity. In Warwickshire there are approximately 3500 Masons meeting in 153 Lodges spread across 21 Masonic Meeting Rooms in the Province. Typically, a Lodge will meet six times a year; monthly from October to March, as well as additional meetings for Lodge and social events. There are Lodges that meet in the evening, during the day, in the regular season or in the summer, so there is usually a time available to suit the lifestyle of the individual.
FREEMASONRY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON GROUNDS OF RACE, ETHNICITY, RELIGION, POLITICAL VIEWS OR SOCIAL STANDING