Interested in Joining?

  •  Are you thinking of becoming a Freemason in the North Hampshire area but not sure how?
  •  Are you already a Freemason but looking to join a craft lodge in the Basingstoke area?
  •  Would you like to become more confident, improve your public speaking and social skills?
  •  Does the thought of belonging to a unique, worldwide charitable organisation and give something back to society appeal?
  •  Would you like to meet new friends of a like minded nature and enjoy a camaradarie of enjoying a pastime and occasionally socialising together?

If so, Freemasonry at Basing Lodge is a great way for men of all ages and from all walks of life to meet on equal terms and form life-long friendships. As well as being encouraged to give to charity (whilist keeping within ones means). Freemasonry offers the opportunity of increasing ones self-confidence and betterment through participation in a series of morally themed dramatic plays. These focus on civic duties and basic values of caring, fairness, loyalty, honesty, and integrity.

If you live or work in the Basingstoke area, why not consider joining Basing Lodge, who have been making good men better in Basingstoke for over eighty years. All you need to do is ask. If you know a member of our Lodge, then please speak to him about joining. Alternatively, contact our secretary who will be pleased to have a chat, invite you down to our centre or advise you of the process. We have also provided some Frequently Answered Questions below which new candidates often ask.

 

Things to Consider Before Joining.

1. The decision to join Freemasonry (The Craft) must be yours and yours alone. No one should pressurise you in to joining us - hence the word Free Mason !

2. We definitely do not discriminate on grounds of race, colour, religion, political views or social standing. Freemasonry is not a religious organisation and neither religion nor politics should be discussed at any of our meetings as they can be quite devisive topics. However when becoming a Freemason, members are expected to be able to affirm a belief in a Supreme Being. This is deliberately phrased so as to be fully inclusive. Most of our members generally believe in a God - be it Christian, Muslim, Sikh or Jewish etc, however there is no requirement to be an active practitioner of any particular religion. You are required however, as part of our ceremonies, to take an oath on a holy book, most commonly a Holy Bible but any similar book that matches your particularly beliefs is acceptable e.g the Koran, Torah, Tripitaka and Vedas.

3. Freemasonry is about lasting friendships, built on honesty and integrity, for the good of all our members; our families and friends; and our wider community. As such you are required to be law abiding.

4. We recognise we all live busy lives and as such each lodge (where we conduct our meetings) will meet at different times and frequencies. It is important you choose a Lodge that matches your life style and interests. The Lodge Membership officer will explain the time commitment involved. However, the needs of your family as well as your work commitments must always take precedence over our meetings. Having a busy career and family will compliment, not hinder, your involvement in Freemasonry.

5. The financial commitment required to become a Freemason is not onerous, but there are costs of membership that the Lodge Membership Officer will make you aware of. Our meetings normally involve a dinner (Festive Board) after the ceremony. Additionally you will have many opportunities to visit other Lodges and as you meet a wide and diverse range of new friends you will want to invite them as a guest to your lodge meetings. Costs of membership include: Joining and membership fees; dining fees; one-off cost of regalia; Charity and Alms collections; Masonic Charity and festival donations.

6. We pride ourselves in our charitable giving and you will be expected to contribute, without detriment to your financial wellbeing or that of your family. This can range from collections during or after our meetings, raffles to regular charitable donations.

7. Whilst Freemasonry will be your hobby or interest, it is important that your immediate family or partner is supportive of your membership. They will have many opportunities to support you and your Lodge’s social events.

8. You will be asked to complete an application form (Form P with Part B of a Blue Form which it is essential that you read) and attend an interview.

9. Becoming a Freemason involves undertaking three ceremonies or degrees. These are stories based on the work of operative Stonemasons but have a unique moral perspective. Like every part of being a freemason, they are designed to be enjoyable and educational.

10. As you progress in Freemasonry there are an enormous number of ways you can contribute to the running of your chosen Lodge, including one day becoming the Master (Head) of the Lodge. You will therefore, be encouraged to take an active part in your lodge’s meetings and activities.

Who is eligible to join?

To join Basing Lodge, you must be male, over 21 years old, be of previous good conduct (no unspent convictions) and have a belief in God or a Supreme Being as referred to in section 2 above.

How much will it cost?

There is a one off £75.00 registration fee with our Governing body - the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). There is then the Basing Lodge subscription of £140.00, which is paid annually. As we meet 8 times a year, this is considered good value for money as many Lodges meet less often and the fees are similar.

What happens during Lodge nights?

There are three "degree ceremonies" performed during Masonic meetings which usually starting at 6pm. They are essentially one act plays and teach members how to be better people and each play represents a different stage in life.

As an "Initiate" or Entered Apprentice, Freemasons are taught we are all born equal, we learn that in lfe some do better than others and it is up to those that do well to look after the less fortunate. From this stems our belief in the importance of Charity.

The next stage is to become a "Fellow Craft" where Freemasons are taught the importance of improving yourself as a person and finally as a "Master Mason" where we learn that we have but one life and the importance of using it wisely. Ceremonies and meeting are finished by 8pm.

Meetings are followed by a dinner - known as the After Proceedings. You may choose to dine with the other members or go home after the Lodge meeting. There is no pressure to dine however if you do, the meal is usually a five course dinner. Dining fees are £16 and paid for on the night. Places are reserved with the Dining Steward beforehand. Regular Lodge go'ers often opt to go on the Permanent Dining List. Dining is finished by 22:00 after which members usually retire to the bar - time permitting of course.

What is the dress code?

Basing Lodge in line with other Lodges have a dress code which requires members to wear a dark or morning suit, white shirt with black, craft or provincial tie, black shoes and white gloves. Certain items of regalia will be required over time. Regalia prices vary and are available via specialist Masonic shops. Often there is the opportunity of buying 2nd hand regalia at very little cost. The Secretary, Mentor or other members of the Lodge would be pleased to assist or point you in the right direction.

Why do Freemasons wear aprons?

The apron stem from our historical and symoblic roots as stonemasons. Being leather, the were designed to protect them from sharp tools and rough stones. For today's Freemasons, the apron is a mark of their membership. They are presented with a white leather apron as Entered Apprentices and as they progress this becomes more elaborate.

I understand Freemasons donate money to Charity. Tell me more?

One of the cornerstones of Freemasonry is to support charities and as such, regular fund raising events take place. It is hoped therefore that you would enter into the spirit of charitable giving for causes supported by the Lodge. However, you must never feel pressurised into attending or donating if you are unable or prefer not to. Details of some of the charities Basing Lodge supports at a local level and Masonry at a national level can be found on the Charity section of our website.

Is Freemasonry International?

Freemasonry exists throughout the world and the United Grand Lodge of England - to which Basing Lodge belongs, has Districts in many overseas countries. Our members are free to visit any of our Lodges abroad and will often find a warm welcome from fellow members who know the local country very well.

In addition to our Lodges, many other countries have sovereign grand Lodge, which our members are free to visit and whose members visit us in England and Wales when travelling.

How many Freemasons are there in the UK?

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has 180,000 members as of 2021. The Grand Lodge of Scotland has approx. 27,000 members and the Grand Lodge of Ireland has approx. 20,000 members. Two female Grand Lodges in England comprise of around 5,000 members. Worldwide there are estimated to be around 6 million Freemasons.

If you have any questions on joining Basing Lodge, please feel free to contact our Lodge Secretary via the Contact Us section.

 

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