Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. Some rituals are still celebrated today.
Freemasonry brings together men from differing and diverse backgrounds, where the daily pressures of modern life can be left outside the door and where friendship prevails.
Perhaps Freemasonry can be best explained by considering the 3 principles on which it is founded. Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth or to put them in more modern language : Friendship, Support and Integrity.
Freemasonry welcomes men who seek harmony with their fellow man and who wish to take part in making the world a better place to live for everyone.
Freemasonry as an organisation exists in most countries of the World and it follows that a Freemason can find the fellowship of freemasons in other countries in his travels abroad.
It is also true, as in other aspects of life, that a man gets out of Freemasonry what he puts into it.
Freemasonry was founded as a male-only society, though there are now parallel “Orders of Women Freemasons” in the UK and abroad.