What is Freemasonry?

Well it 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.

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Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies.

Our ceremonies are based around three principles: look after those less fortunate, improve yourself and live life well so as to be remembered for the right reasons.


What happens at a Lodge meeting?

The meeting, which like those of other groups, are open only to members and is normally in two parts.

First, there are normal administrative procedures such as; Confirming the minutes of the previous meeting, proposing and balloting for new members, discussing and voting on the annual accounts, passing on Masonic news and correspondence, updates about our charitable work and hearing about the health and well being of our members and their families or of the widows of past members.

Second, there are the ceremonies for admitting new members, progression ceremonies, the annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers and sometimes lectures on various aspects of Freemasonry, often historical usually enlightening.


The Three Degrees of Freemasonry

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When a person is initiated into Freemasonry, they complete the First Degree. At this point, they become an 'Entered Apprentice'. The First Degree ceremony reminds us that all are equal – it is the responsibility of those that do well to look after those less fortunate.

Upon completion of the Second Degree, a member becomes a 'Fellowcraft Freemason'. This encourages members to better themselves through education and focuses on self-development.

After this, the member will then undertake the Third Degree. This ceremony teaches them how to use their life wisely and be remembered for the right reasons. On completion, they become a Master Mason.


What happens after a Michelham Priory Lodge meeting?

After the meeting is closed, we retire to a local restaurant for dinner, a few toasts and usually a raffle to help raise some money for our charities and good causes.


Is Freemasonry for you?

An organisation for all cultures and backgrounds

It is impossible to stereotype the average Freemason.

Under the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), there are over 200,000 Freemasons in England and over 6 million members around the world.

It's an organisation for all cultures and backgrounds and our members come from all walks of life and they span a wide social spectrum. We hold strong values, particularly; integrity, kindness, honesty, fairness and tolerance.


More information

To find out if Freemasonry is for you, go to The Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex or to the United Grand Lodge of England website.

The United Grand Lodge have a video giving an open and honest account about Freemasonry which can be viewed by visiting https://www.ugle.org.uk/about-freemasonry/video-library or on Youtube by clicking on https://youtu.be/stLrTAyOFh4