Somerset Freemasons

What is Freemasonry?

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Freemasonry is the one of the world’s oldest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations.

Our values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness.

There are over 250,000 Freemasons meeting in more than 8,000 Masonic lodges throughout England and Wales. In Somerset there are 88 Lodges meeting at 27 venues around the county.

Freemasonry - What's it all about?

  • Freemasonry offers the opportunity of meeting a wide variety of people from the local community in a very sociable environment.
  • It consists of men brought together for the sake of mutual intellectual, social and moral improvement. We do this through participation in dramatic ceremonial plays.
  • It recognises no distinction of religion and emphasises the duties of citizenship. Religious or political discussions are not permitted in our meetings.
  • It offers no monetary advantages.
  • Freemasonry provides a unique environment for people from all backgrounds to learn skills, make lasting friendships, achieve their potential and, above all, have fun.
  • It supports a wide range of charities, both Masonic and non-Masonic.

The Three Great Principles

For many years, Freemasons have followed three great principles which represent a way of achieving higher standards in life – Respecting everyone, looking after others and being honest:
  • Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to others.
  • Freemasons are taught to practice charity, and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
  • Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.

An introduction into Freemasonry in England and Wales

Freemasonry is a worldwide organisation, here's an Australian perspective.

Charity

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today.In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.

Transparency

Freemasonry prides itself on its transparency. Not only are Freemasons completely free to acknowledge their membership, they are encouraged to do so.
Like many other societies, we regard some of our internal affairs as private matters for its members including the traditional modes of recognition used in meetings.