What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the world’s largest and oldest non-religious and non-political fraternal and charitable organisations.  Our members come from all walks of life and meet as equals.

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When did Freemasonry begin?

The first grand lodge, established to govern Freemasonry in England and Wales, was formed in 1717, during a meeting at a pub in the City of London called the Goose and Gridiron.

Can anyone become a freemason?

Yes – Freemasonry is open to people from all walks of life, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic position in society.

How many freemasons are there?

Worldwide, there are approximately six million Freemasons. Under the United Grand Lodge of England, there are over 200,000 Freemasons.

What's the connection with charity

Kindness has always been a core principle of Freemasonry. Individuals give time and money to help others, whether locally, nationally or globally. 

Why do we wear regalia

in the Middle Ages, stonemasons wore aprons to protect themselves and their clothing while working, just like carpenters and butchers do today. In Masonic Lodges, the aprons denote the ranks of their wearers and are symbolic badges of honour.

How Many Degrees are there?

Freemasonry consists of three degrees:
Entered Apprentice 
Fellow Craft 
Master Mason

Where we meet

There are 26 masonic buildings in the Province of Northumberland where freemasons regularly meet on various nights. Don’t be confused though, as we meet in Newcastle and Seahouses, the ‘Province of Northumberland’ refers to the historic county lines.

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