What Is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisation. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.
Is it a secret society ? No, but it is a society with secrets – those intrigued enough to find out what we get up to there is of course the internet which will offer you a whole host of theories, opinions and information, most of which however is ill-informed, and a lot of what is written about Freemasonry is pure fiction, sorry to disappoint!
Our lodge (and all other lodges within the country) belong to The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) – which has as a web site where you can find out a lot of information regarding what our aims are and how we benefit thousands of people throughout the UK and throughout the world.
Our ‘fraternity’ has a wonderful history, which dates back more than three centuries. It is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternities, a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values.
Whilst the majority of Freemasons Lodges are male, there are Lodges for ladies throughout the UK and so it is not select or the domain of men.
Found on three great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, it aims to bring together men of goodwill, regardless of race or religion, background and differences.
Our main function is to support charitable causes both locally from funds raised by our Lodge, Nationally and Internationally.
The Lodges already mentioned throughout the UK come under their Provincial Grand Lodge which administers activities and fund raising on a provincial basis.
At the last count there were around 300,000 members working in 6 and a half thousand Lodges in England and Wales plus around 30,000 more members overseas.
Our annual subscriptions cover both membership of our own Lodge plus a contribution which goes to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Oxfordshire and a proportion, around £14 per member per annum to Grand Lodge in London.
In addition to the Grand Charity our Provinces hold, from time to time, festivals which can run for 5 years with a target figure and main beneficiary.
We hope this gives you a flavour of our objectives and perhaps dispels any myths regarding our motives.
Our Lodge, Rathcreedan Lodge is the only summer Lodge in Banbury and we meet 6 times from April through to September and it is always on the 3 rd Tuesday in these months.