The Lodge of Success No. 5486

Freemasons Lodge and Chapter in Chelmsford, Essex, UK

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What is Freemasonry?

Introduction

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternal societies. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practiced under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.

The explanation may correct some misconceptions.
Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.

The Essential Qualification for Membership
The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfill this essential qualification and who are of good repute.

Freemasonry and Religion
Its essential qualification opens it to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith. It does not allow religion to be discussed at it’s meeting.

Charity
From its very earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. Before the existence of the National Lottery Funding the Grand Charity was the biggest philanthropic organisation in the UK. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.

Freemasonry and Society
Freemasonry demands from its members a respect for the law of the country in which a man works and lives. Its principles do not in any way conflict with its members' duties as citizens, but should strengthen them in fulfilling their public and private responsibilities. The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his own or anyone else's business, professional or personal interests is condemned, and is contrary to the conditions on which he sought admission to Freemasonry. His duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other Freemasons, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who as acted dishonourably or unlawfully is contrary to this prime duty.

Secrecy
The secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with its traditional modes of recognition. Since all members are free to acknowledge their membership and will do so in response to enquiries for respectable reasons. Its constitutions and rules are available to the public. There is no secret about any of its aims and principles. Like many other societies, it regards some of its internal affairs as private matters for its members.

Freemasonry and Politics
Freemasonry is non-political, and the discussion of politics at Masonic meetings is forbidden.

What does it cost?
Our annual membership fees are currently £110 a year plus the cost of dining four times a year at the 4* County Hotel, Chelmsford. You will have to make provisions for charitable donations. You will spend a bit on regalia in the first year. New members will have to pay one off joining fee to Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex and United Grand Lodge of England.

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