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What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the World’s largest and oldest non-religious and non-political fraternal and charitable organisation. Our members come from all walks of life and meet as equals

The first grand lodge, established to govern Freemasonry in England and Wales, was formed in 1717, during a meeting at a pub in the City of London called the Goose and Gridiron.

Worldwide, there are approximately six million Freemasons. Under the United Grand Lodge of England, there are over 200,000

In the Middle Ages, stonemasons wore aprons to protect themselves and their clothing while working, just like carpenters and butchers do today. In Masonic Lodges, the aprons denote the ranks of their wearers and are symbolic badges of honour.

Yes – Freemasonry is open to people from all walks of life, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic position in society.

Kindness has always been a core principle of Freemasonry. Individuals give time and money to help others, whether locally, nationally or globally.

Freemasonry consists of three degrees:
Entered Apprentice
Fellow Craft
Master Mason

Visit the website of Provincial Grand Lodge of Leicestershire and Rutland