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That is a question to which there are many answers. 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, while having fun; but for all it is a means to improve oneself, intellectually, morally, spiritually and socially Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisation. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies, and all members are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.
The first step in becoming a Freemason within Hampshire is to contact the Secretary of the Lodge that interests you. If you live around the Chandlers Ford area, then it is likely that your nearest masonic centre is the King's Court Masonic Centre where we mee, If it is, then please contact our Secretary who will follow up your enquiry by arranging to meet with you. Like most organisations the application process includes completion of forms and meetings to get to know you and to provide the information you may need to confirm your application. If you live elsewhere in Hampshire, Please contact us and we will be happy to help
A lodge meeting, like those of other groups and organisations, is normally in two parts and is only open to members.
First, there are the normal administrative procedures of any organisation such as:
Minutes of the previous meeting Proposing and balloting for new members Discussing and voting on the annual accounts Masonic news and correspondence News about charitable work and secondly, we have the ceremonies for:
Admitting new members, Progressing members within the organisation, The annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers.
After the lodge meeting we have the festive board, which is an after-proceedings which includes an evening meal, where our members and any visiting members share wine and good conversation over a meal.
No. Freemasonry does not seek to replace any member’s personal and individual religious beliefs or their membership of any particular religious organisation. However, if you want to become a Freemason and join us you must have a belief in a “Supreme Being”. This belief, although necessary to membership, is entirely the affair of each individual.
Freemasonry, as a body, will never express a view on politics or state policy. The discussion of politics, as with religion, has always been prohibited at Masonic meetings. Your religious beliefs and political opinions are your own affair, providing such are not contrary to the law, and are not for discussion with other members during a meeting.
Certainly not; this would be unacceptable and may lead to action being taken against those involved. On joining, each new member states that he expects no material gain from membership.
Freemasonry exists throughout the world. However, each Grand Lodge is sovereign and independent. There is no international governing body for Freemasonry. The United Grand Lodge of England currently has over 250,000 members meeting in over 8,000 Lodges in many different countries and the other home Grand Lodges, in Ireland, which covers both Northern Ireland and Eire, and Scotland have a combined total of approximately 150,000 members. Worldwide, there are approximately six million Freemasons.
Go to the contact page and email our secretary, who will be delighted to introduce you to our membership officer who will help you with any further questions you may have and then start the application form.