Becoming a Freemason

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Tyrian Lodge was founded in 1866, when the population of the town was just 3500. In those early days the membership was made up of men from a wide range of backgrounds including mayors, aldermen, engineers, publicans, teachers, clergymen, builders and shop keepers. Today our membership is just as mixed with an age range from 23 to over 90. Whatever our individual occupation, fortune, religious choices, colour, creed or sexual preferences, we are all equal.

Our members may have joined Freemasonry for different reasons but they would all agree that the friendship and mutual support is the most important aspect of belonging to this wonderful organisation. In an increasingly divisive world, many people are looking for unity and purpose to help guide their way. Compassion and respect are more important now than ever before.

The organisation’s aim is to empower members to be the best they can be, both for themselves and for society around them. It does this by providing a structure of support to help them make a positive contribution to their communities, whether it be through fundraising or volunteer work.

In an uncertain world, the Masonic principles of integrity, respect and charity ring as true today as they ever have before.

Politics or religion are never discussed in the Lodge. However, if you want to become a Freemason it is a prerequisite that you have a belief in a “Supreme Being” although what form this takes is entirely the affair of each individual.

We want decent, trustworthy men, of at least 21 years of age, who can afford the dues and the charitable donations and are willing to get involved. Creed, colour, race, religion or sexual preference are also of absolutely no importance.

The initial one off registration fee is £130 and our subscriptions are currently £150 a year. You may consider giving about the same again to charity but the exact amount is entirely up to you. Freemasonry is second only to the National Lottery in charitable giving and 50% of freemasons’ donations are directed towards non-Masonic charities. You will also need to spend a bit on regalia towards the end of your first year. We meet at the Masonic Centre, South Street 7 times a year and dine at the Cumberland Hotel at a cost of £16 per meal. Meetings normally start around 5.00 pm and sit down to dine at 8.00pm.

Although we currently have 7 regular meetings a year on the last Monday of the month during September to April (excluding December). If you want to progress towards becoming Master of the Lodge, you will want to attend many of our lodge of instructions which take place weekly from September to April and less frequently during the summer. They are by no means mandatory but they do enable you to learn and practise the ritual in a friendly environment while getting to know your fellow freemasons.

You will need a proposer and a seconder. If you don’t know us we can arrange an informal meeting to make contact and get to know you. If by mutual agreement it is then decided that your application should proceed you will be interviewed by the Lodge committee and if all goes well the Lodge at large will then vote on the proposal for you to join us at Tyrian Lodge. This process can take anything between 3 months and a year. So if you do feel you would like to become a freemason, have any questions or want further information, please contact us.