Somerset Freemasons

How to Join

Joining Freemasonry

Freemasonry is the one of the world’s oldest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. We welcome new members who live, work or study in Somerset and wish to join and become a Freemason, see Somerset Lodges for specific locations where Lodges meet.

Thinking of becoming a Freemason?

The United Grand Lodge of England have produced an excellent leaflet entitled "What's it all about", it is designed to explain Freemasonry to anyone thinking of joining. Download pdf version.

How do I Join?

You might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It's actually straightforward. You do not have to wait to be invited. If you wish to become a Freemason and join a Lodge then simply contact us.
After you contact us we will be in touch to arrange a meeting with you to: 
• Answer any further questions you may have about Freemasonry.
• Discuss the procedure of joining a suitable Lodge.
• Offer the opportunity of seeing inside one of the 27 Masonic Halls in Somerset. 

The Universities Scheme exists to enlighten and encourage students to learn about Freemasonry with a view to joining. 
Download the latest Universities Scheme Newsletter

Why become a Freemason?

Every Freemason has his own reason for joining.  For many, Freemasonry acts as a 'constant', providing them with a unique combination of friendship, belonging and structure, with many Freemasons saying they have made valuable lifelong friendships. Above all and for most, Freemasonry is simply an enjoyable hobby. Other reasons include:
• Achievement – progressing through the offices in the Lodge to become Master.
• Brotherhood – making new friends from all walks of life. Charity – contribute to deserving causes, both Masonic and non-Masonic
• Education – learning from peers and mentors by practicing and making speeches.
• Knowledge – finding out about the history and mysteries of Freemasonry.
• Self improvement – making a contribution to your family, society and local community.

What benefits will I get out of Freemasonry?

• You will meet people from very different walks of life.
• Have the satisfaction of helping others less fortunate than yourself.
• Increase your self-confidence and ability to learn.

Who can become a Freemason? 

• Any man who holds a belief in a Supreme Being. All religions are welcome and respected.
• Is male and normally at least 21 years old. There are special circumstances where those aged 18 years and above such as University students can join.
• Does not have a criminal record.

How much does it cost?

You don't have to be well-off to become a Freemason. It costs less than you may think and is comparable to other organisations.