What’s it all about?

What is Freemasonry

There are 250,000 Freemasons belonging to 8,000 lodges throughout England and Wales and districts overseas. Worldwide the figure rises to 6,000,000 Freemasons, all with their own special reasons why they enjoy Freemasonry.

For some it is about making new friends and acquaintances. For others, it is being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society.

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Every Freemason has his own reason for joining:

“My dad was a Freemason, as was my grandfather, so you could say Masonic life is a tradition in my family.”

“My wife and I attended a Ladies Evening and we enjoyed the evening so much I decided I wanted to become a Freemason”

“I was very surprised by how welcoming everyone was, it seemed like I had belonged all my life.”

“The long, rich history of the Craft interested me.”

“Masonry is a fantastic way to do some good, to help others and make some really good friends.”

“Freemasonry has helped build my confidence enabling me to tackle challenges I used to shy away from.”


Freemasonry is more relevant and important to society today than ever before, as it encompasses and embraces all the fundamental principles of good citizenship. Many of these are learnt through traditional rituals that take the form of one-act plays, leading to increased self-esteem and confidence.

Every Freemason embarks on his own journey of self-discovery when he enters the organisation. With three levels of Freemasonry, the progress through to senior roles within a lodge can be seen in much the same way as a person progressing in his career – each promotion bringing greater understanding and responsibility.


There are many diverse and personal reasons for joining the Freemasons. To answer any questions you might have about our history, our future, what Freemasons believe in and the kind of work they do please contact us by using our contacts page or email Sec@willowslodge.org.uk