Things you need to know


Freemasonry is open to men from all walks of life,  regardless of their personal circumstances or background. However there are a few things you need to know if you are considering applying for membership of a Lodge……

  • Membership is only open to men over the age of 21 years (18 in certain circumstances).
  • All Freemasons are required to have a belief in a Supreme Being.
  • All Freemasons are required to obey the law and to be good citizens.
  • Freemasons are specifically prohibited from using their masonic affiliations to further their own (or anyone else’s)  business interests.
  • Freemasons regularly donate money to Charity.  No one, however, is asked to donate more than they can afford.
  • A Freemason’s first duty is always the well-being of his family.


If you're at University

You normally have to be 21 to become a Freemason, however in order to introduce our principles of Compassion,  Charity and Integrity to a younger generation, students can apply to join our Universities scheme from the age of 18.

The scheme consists of a network of Lodges across the country whose membership consists in part of current Students, Lecturers and Alumni from local universities.  On the completion of their course, University scheme members can transfer their membership to the University Scheme Lodge closest to their home or place of work.

Money can be tight whilst at Uni so another benefit of membership is that Students get a 50% reduction in subscriptions until they reach the age of 25.

Here in East Kent we have 2 University Scheme Lodges, St Augustine Lodge No 972 at Canterbury and Pentangle Lodge No 1174 at Rochester.

If you would Like to know more about joining the university scheme click here.

For further information about the scheme in general see the United Grand Lodge of England Universities’ Scheme website.

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