General FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Freemasonry is one of the oldest secular social and charitable organisations in the world, modern Freemasonry’s roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our castles and cathedrals.

For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true now as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.

Membership is open to men over 18 from all backgrounds and the organisation’s aim is to empower members to be the best they can be – it’s about building character, supporting members as individuals and helping them make a positive contribution to society.

Freemasonry provides a structure for members to come together under these common goals, enabling people to make new friendships, develop themselves and make valuable contributions to charitable causes. We are one of the largest charitable givers in the country

When the United Grand Lodge of England was formed the age of majority was 21 years. It is possible to join a Lodge at the younger age of 18, but special permission will be required from the Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire.

Men of all religious persuasions are welcome to become Freemasons. Freemasonry is an institution based on teaching, learning, and the practice of high moral standards. A belief in a Supreme Being, however known, is regarded as an essential requirement. However, the manner in which you practice your religion is regarded as a strictly personal matter. Members of different faiths happily co-exist in our Lodges because all share the common bond of fellowship, which allows them to meet together without religious differences coming between them.

In this enlightened age of sexual equality, the United Grand Lodge Of England may be thought to be out of step in insisting on a men-only status for its members. However, the traditions of Freemasonry are held in high regard by all our members and are not regarded as sexist in its widest sense.

The Lodge of Freedom, in common with other Lodges, places a high degree of importance on involving wives and partners in social events.

Freemasonry itself is not exclusively confined to men, even though the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), to which the Lodge of Freedom subscribes does not admit women.

Informal relations between UGLE and The Order of Women Freemasons remain cordial and cooperative and the regularity and sincerity of the movement is acknowledged.

Further information about women in freemasonry may be obtained from:

The Secretariat (Enquiries)

The Order of Women Freemasons

27 Pembridge Gardens
W2 4EF

We find that a good way to introduce prospective Members to the Lodge is to extend an invitation to one of our social functions and you will also have an opportunity to visit our Lodge rooms.
Should you express an interest in joining Freemasonry, we will arrange for a couple of our more experienced Brethren to visit your home. The purpose of this visit is to enable you and your family to ask questions and be sure of the commitment involved.

In addition to the requirements described above:

• You should not have any criminal convictions.
• You should enjoy the company of other men from a wide range of social and working environments
• If you are a family man, it is very important that your family obligations come first, and your partner is supportive of your membership.
• You should be able to afford the joining fees and continuing membership fees without hardship to your family.
• Your time commitment will initially be to attend four meetings per year, but progressively, committee meetings and rehearsals will take up additional evenings.
• You should be willing to take part in our rituals.
• You should understand and accept that Freemasonry does not exist to assist its Members in their business or employment. Therefore, you should not expect any pecuniary gain from your membership.
• Our Lodge is firmly committed to supporting both Masonic and non Masonic charities and we are proud of the significant sums of money which we raise for these purposes. However, Members of the Lodge are not expected to contribute beyond their means and an individual’s contribution is very much a personal matter.

Have More Questions?

If you have any other questions about how to be a Freemason we will only be too happy to offer you further assistance.

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How to be a freemason

If you are wondering: “How can I be a Mason?” then you have have come to a good place to find out. Joining the Masons and our Lodge in Birmingham is more straight forward than most people think.

To become a Freemason you will need to be a man aged 21 or over, be of good character and believe in a Supreme Being.

The Order is open to men of all faiths. Candidates are supported at every stage of their entry into Masonry.

By joining our Lodge you can be assured of a very warm welcome.