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.
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 and every Freemason.
East Kent Light Blues Brothers
After joining Freemasonry, you can join many of the other Masons in the “Light Blues Brothers”.
The group aims to bring new and young Masons from across the region together to broaden their experience, connect with new friends and colleagues, and to enhance the value of being a Freemason. The group will host regular social events throughout the year and is fully supported by the Province and East Kent.
Community and Us
Bunty Stalham is a 7-year-old Ramsgate girl who, through an incurable condition NEUROFIBROMATOSIS, Bunty’s condition caused tumours to form on nerve tissue that eats away at bone. In this case her left fibula. Despite numerous operations at Great Ormond Street over the years to save her shin bone there was no other option but to remove the lower limb.
An appeal to raise £20,000 was launched to obtain an ‘Activity’ prosthesis from the United States which will have attachments allowing her to carry out different activities. The prosthesis has additional fittings which will enable it to grow with Bunty over the next few years.
To assist in raising funds. 8 members of Union Lodge No.127 including the Lodge President and Secretary along with their wives and under the leadership of its Charity Steward, Bro Phil Redman, took part in the ‘Great Union Marathon’.
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”.
“Through its ceremonies, Freemasonry allows me to reflect on myself and the principles I value in my life. My experiences in Freemasonry helps to encourage respect for others and integrity of actions in my day-to-day life.”
“Whilst I have only had the honour of being a Freemason for a year, I’m humbled to have found the intimacy and warmth of our friendship, an experience truly unlike anywhere else.”
“The bond of friendship is stronger in Freemasonry than anywhere else I’ve ever experienced. I have a wider, more diverse circle of friends than I ever thought possible.”
Let’s Build Something together
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