One of the most common misconceptions about Freemasonry - and there are many of them
- is that you have to be invited to join. There is no reason why you should not ask
The first and most important step is to satisfy yourself that Freemasonry is an organisation
that you really want to join and that you have no expectations that will not be met.
You should be aware that those who have joined because they have been mislead into
thinking that it would give them business or career advantages have invariably been
disappointed and resigned their membership after a short time.
The Lodge will require any prospective member to be interviewed by members of the
Lodge Committee. This is not a grilling or designed to be intimidating but is intended
to ensure the following :-
You are male and over the age of 21 years
You are known to be of good character and without a criminal record
That you do not have unreasonable expectations in terms of benefits of membership
That you have discussed joining with your immediate family and they support your
That you understand what it will cost and what is expected of you by way of charitable
That you understand the genuine principles of Freemasonry and will support and uphold
That you are in a position to make a regular attendance at Lodge meetings
You can ask any questions that may be on your mind and receive frank and honest answers
If the Committee and yourself are both satisfied with the outcome of the interview,
there will be a ballot among the Lodge members at the next Lodge meeting. If you
know of any reason why an existing member may not wish you to join and will vote
against you in the ballot, it is best to discuss this with the Committee during the
interview. Your views or comments will be treated in the strictest confidence. Subject
to a successful ballot, you will be advised of the arrangements for you to join.