Freemasonry is the UK’s largest secular, fraternal and charitable organisation. It teaches moral lessons and self-knowledge through participation in a progression of allegorical two-part plays.
Its members endeavour to cultivate and exhibit brotherly love, relief and truth. It inculcates in its members a sense of loyalty and citizenship. It is not a secret society but Lodge meetings, like those of many other groups, are private and only open to members.
Whilst belief in a Supreme Being is a fundamental requirement, Masonry recognises no distinction of religion and is welcoming of followers of all faiths. It does not try to replace religion or substitute it.
Masonry teaches that a man’s first duty is to himself, his family and connections. Whilst not expensive no one should join the order unless he is able to pay the Initiation fee and subscriptions.
Charity lies at the heart of Freemasonry and members are expected to donate to the Lodge relief chest. It is up to the individual member what he gives, but it should always be without detriment to his other responsibilities. The Relief Chest enables the Lodge to undertake it’s Charitable work as listed above.