Building Your Future
What’s it all about?
The questions of when, how, why and where Freemasonry originated are still the subject of intense speculation. The general consensus amongst Masonic scholars is that it descends directly or indirectly from the organisation of operative stone masons who built the great cathedrals and castles of the middle ages.
On St John’s Day, 24 June 1717 four London Lodges, which had existed for some time, came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard, declared themselves a Grand Lodge and elected Anthony Sayer as their Grand Master. This was the first Grand Lodge in the world.
Becoming a Freemason in East Kent
Come and be part of the of one of the World’s oldest social and charitable organisations. With roots lying in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles.
Membership is open to any man over the age of 21 irrespective of their race or religion. In total, we have more than 200 Lodges in East Kent, with students over 18 able to join one of the 2 University Scheme Lodges.
In 1717 Freemasonry was a Male only fraturnity, it has been ever since, however, if you are a female wanting to join, please follow this link. https://www.ugle.org.uk/becoming-a-freemason/women-freemasons
What happens at a Lodge meeting?
Lodge meetings are typically held in two parts. The first involves more administrative procedures, such as proposing and balloting for new members and receiving news about charitable fundraising. The second part focuses on ceremonies, which might relate to areas such as the admittance of new members or the installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers – a process made up of three degrees, or stages, each one marked by a special ceremony.
True to the sense of friendship and togetherness among Freemasons, meetings are also social events, providing an occasion for members to dine together. Outside of the Lodge, activities include community fundraising and volunteering activities, as well as a varied programme of events where spouses, partners and families are welcome.
How do I Join?
Well, you have already taken the first step by finding us here on the web. If you don’t know anyone who is a member and that you can talk to, then your next step is to get in touch with our expert membership team. They will call you and then meet up for a chat so you can ask many questions and they will be able to find you a Lodge that suits you.
With over 98% of new entrants staying for more than two years, we are proud of our success rate in recruitment and retention.
You may also be interested to find out more about the Universities Scheme.
Working in and with our local Communities
Charity is at the heart of Freemasonry, with..
East Kent Light Blues Brothers
After joining Freemasonry, you can join many of the other Masons in the “Light Blues Brothers”.
Set up to enable new and not so new masons the opportunity to meet and
Community and Us
Fran who has been waitress at Dover Masonic hall for a number of years was heartbroken after theives stole her beloved motorcycle.
So, a couple of members made a request in March 2020 for Dover Freemasons to help, by the middle of March, £2,200 had been raised, a discount offered by the motorcycle shop owner and money from the insurance made it possible to buy a new Motorcycle.
Fran said “ I was so upset when my motorcycle was stolen, but imagine my surprise when I was told the members of Dover lodges had clubbed to gather to buy a replacement, Freemasons are truly wonderful in helping someone in need, thank you all so much”.
Working together is a powerful tool.
Being Honest with ourselves
An article that appeared on our website at East Kent Freemasons.org, highlighted the need to be honest with yourself, titled “Don’t Man Up, Open Up”. It looked at
Challenging. Fulfilling. Rewarding. Just wish I’d joined sooner.
Meeting people from all walks of life whom I would have never met otherwise.
“I really wish I had joint earlier. Meeting different people from different backgrounds has been amazing, I have learnt so much, my confidence has grown, it is a fantastic organisation to belong too.”
Joining a very large family that gives unconditionally
Where strangers become brothers
Let’s Build Something together
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