To become a Freemason you must meet certain qualifications to be accepted by a Lodge.
Freemasonry is proud of its philosophy and practice of "making good men better." Only individuals believed to be of good character are favourably considered for membership. Every applicant must be 21 years (18 or more via Universities’ Scheme) of age or more and respected in his locality.
There is a popular misconception that to become a Mason one needs to be invited to join. In fact the reverse is true - a longstanding convention within Freemasonry is that it is the potential candidate who should do the asking! If you know a friend or neighbour who is a Mason and you are interested in Freemasonry, just ask him. He will be delighted to talk with you as all Masons are proud to be members of their own Lodge.
Philanthropic Lodge has a broad range of members, with a wide range of interesting backgrounds, ethnicities, and professions.
Prospective members are invited to social events, open days, and Wardens’ nights. This gives them an opportunity to begin to have an understanding of Freemasonry, what it stands for, the commitments that are expected, and meet some of the Brethren informally and answer your questions.
If then you wish to join, your name will be put before the Lodge committee (of perhaps two or three members) will talk to you to ascertain your views and that you believe in God or a Supreme Being (Atheism and Freemasonry are incompatible). The committee will report its recommendation back to the Lodge. A vote will be taken and, if found acceptable, you will be on your way to being a fully fledged Mason and you will have joined the oldest fraternity in the world.
If you wish to find out more about Philanthropic Lodge or are interested in joining our Lodge please contact our Lodge Secretary
For more information please contact our Lodge Secretary
Below is a small list of famous Freemasons
Presidents & Prime Ministers
Sir Winston Churchill
Key Historic Figures
Arthur Wellesley (1st Duke of Wellington)
Henri Dunant (founder of the Red Cross)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sir William S. Gilbert & Sir Arthur Sullivan
Nat ‘King’ Cole
Edward ‘Duke’ Ellington
‘Sugar Ray’ Robinson
Sir Alexander Fleming
Edward Jenner (smallpox vaccination)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Famous Freemasons through the ages
Sir Ernest Shackleton
Captain Robert Falcon Scott
(Scott of the Antarctic)
Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin (Astronaut)
Actors and Entertainers
William Cody (‘Buffalo Bill’)