Frequently asked questions

Q. 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 for 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.

Q. Who can Join?

Masons are men, aged 21 years and over. You do need a belief in a higher power but Masonry is not a religion and it matters not what religion you might be. You can be C of E, Roman Catholic, Jewish or Islamic if you believe in some form of a God that is enough.

Q. How much does it cost?

It varies from Lodge to Lodge. Anyone wishing to join will find a Lodge to suit his pocket. There is an initiation fee on entry and in due course regalia will have to be bought. The meeting is normally followed by a dinner, the cost depending on the venue. There is, in addition, an annual subscription. Members are invited to give to charity but this should always be within their means and it is entirely up to the individual how much they wish to contribute. Please register your interest to join and we will be happy to discuss the cost with you more detail.

Q. Where do you meet?

The Province of Suffolk is made up of almost 3000 Masons from 68 Lodges based at 20 locations spread over the county. There are even some that meet just across the border in Norfolk. So, there should be a Lodge somewhere near you in the main towns of Suffolk. Click here to find out more.

Q. What happens at a Lodge meeting?

A typical Lodge meeting is rather like a football match. The first half of the meeting deals with one of the three ceremonial parts that lead to a new member becoming a Master Mason. Half time gives the members the opportunity to have a drink at the bar and mix with one another. The second half, referred to as the Festive Board, is where the members enjoy a meal and relax in one another’s company, a very sociable part of the evening.

The majority of Suffolk Lodges meet in the evening six to eight times a year. Although, we also have some Lodges that meet during day or at weekends to accommodate everyone’s busy schedule.

Q. Why are you secretive?

We are NOT, but Lodge meetings, like those of many other groups, are private and open only to members. The rules and aims of Freemasonry are available to the public. Meeting places are known and in many areas they are used by the local community for activities other than Freemasonry. Members are encouraged to talk openly about Freemasonry.

Q. Are Freemasons expected to give preference to fellow members?

Certainly not. This would be unacceptable and may lead to action being taken against those involved. On joining, each new member states that he expects no material gain from membership.