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FREEMASONRY @ SOMERIES
Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today’s Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.
One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.
With a membership of more than 150,000 people drawn from communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.
Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.
Giving what we can to worthy charities both local & national, Even Global ~ helping causes that touch all our hearts
Meeting new people from the wider brotherhood, sharing time & companionship with old & new friends from the lodge, province & from your travels.
Learning and teaching an approach to life that is veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols – that helps us all reach our full potential as individuals
BE PART OF SOMETHING...
Knowing that we are helping those in need and each other, gaining recognition from our brethren for achieving milestones in Masonry and opening opportunities to help in new ways
Enjoy the challenge
Masonry is progressive – as you achieve & learn more, you move up through the masonic degree system – taking on roles that help the lodge or even the province function, passing on what you have learned, & harnessing or developing your skills. Just like the Stonemasons of old
These are the main Themes
Frequently asked questions
Every man can find a lodge to suit his pocket. The costs of Freemasonry centre on fixed costs like yearly subscriptions that maintain our spaces / administration & the cost of dining, if you want to join, these costs shouldn’t be a problem for you. Other costs like buying regalia or giving anything you feel you can spare for charity relate to your personal tastes and situation – so are entirely up to you. Think of it like any hobby you enjoy – you can spend a lot or a little, we don’t pressure anyone at all & your own life connections like work & family naturally come first.
No. Religions are openly accepting of all, have unique traditions, dogmas, texts, make different spiritual claims or offers of salvation. Freemasonry has no claim to a religious text, makes no promises of salvation or absolution, & is selective of its membership. It is very true that belief in a supreme being is at its core – but without trespassing on religion, that matter is left to your own individual interpretation & Masonry will only enhance any religious beliefs you may hold – not replace or compete with them.
Yes & No. Freemasonry at Someries takes good men & makes them better. Any advantages or personal advancement will be gained through an individual living a focused moral & upstanding life within their family, profession & their community – sharing time & a very special bond with other men who share the same values & mind-set. Someries Lodge & Freemasonry as a whole isn’t about any other kind of advancement – nor is there any power brokering, monetary gains to be made etc. These things fall into an incorrect representation of our fraternity – & we don’t entertain this kind of behaviour.
Contrary to popular belief, seniority in industry or personal influence is not a requirement. Nor is vast wealth. Freemasonry at Someries will however make demands on your time – so you’ll need to be able invest the time to progress. We meet 6 times a year & there are some informal practice evenings leading up to those meetings that we commit to. There are costs associated with membership (see above) but these are not huge sums & shouldn’t cause you any issues if Masonry is right for you. Ability to get to & from our Masonic centre. A belief in a supreme being. No criminal history. These are the basics really… the best way to find out more is to meet with us & talk things over.
If Freemasonry is a secret – it’s the worst kept secret in history! The square & compasses are as recognisable & widespread as other big brands are today.
Freemasonry is not a secret society – nor does it wish to be. The secretive element of our fraternity centres around the traditional ways in which we recognise each other & distinguish members from the world at large who are not Masons. Historically this was to ensure that entry to the spaces we meet at & admittance to the degrees we teach are reserved for those who have progressed formally – with the guidance of their brothers.
Once you are initiated into Someries lodge you will start your journey into Masonry. You will be Freemason ~ a full member of this lodge & free to progress through the degrees. Someries Lodge is part of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Bedfordshire, the administrative body for all local lodges. The Province is in turn part of the United Grand lodge of England – basically the umbrella organisation governing Masonry in England & connecting us to other Grand Lodges Worldwide. By joining us you join a truly global fraternity of millions of brothers.
If you share our values & can meet the commitments Masonry asks – you shouldn’t have any problems fitting in at Someries Lodge.
Get in touch with us, ask us questions and tell us a little about yourself and your interest in Freeasonry,
Meet the members of Someries in Luton, and perhaps progress your application - see if Freemasonry is right for you, and you are right for the Lodge.
Everything being agreeable, take your first step in Masonry by being Initiated as a full member of Someries Lodge - and the wider Global fraternity.