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?
  •  Do you want to have a sense of belonging as part of a unique, worldwide charitable organisation and help give something back to society?
  •  Would you like to meet new friends and have a few laughs?

Freemasonry 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, Freemasonry offers increased self-confidence and betterment through participation in a series of morally themed dramatic plays which focus on civic duties and basic values of caring, fairness, honesty, and integrity.

If you live or work in the Basingstoke area, why not consider joining Basing Lodge. 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 arrange an informal chat and guide you through 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.

2. Freemasonry does not discriminate on grounds of race, colour, religion, political views or social standing. Freemasonry is not a religious organisation and neither religion nor politics may be discussed at any of our meetings. However, you do need to have a belief in something greater than ourselves, we describe this as a belief in a supreme being, but we do not dictate the form this should take. 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 including the Torah, Koran, Tripitaka, Vedas and many others.

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 system of morality observed by ancient Stonemasons. 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.

11. Our meetings are formal and each lodge has a particular dress standard. Your Proposer will explain exactly what is expected. He should also be able to source for you an appropriate Provincial Masonic Tie and a pair of White Gloves. 

Who is eligible to join?

To join Basing Lodge, you must be male, over 21 years old, be of good conduct and have a belief in God or a Supreme Being. To emphasise the latter, Freemasonry is not a religion and men from many faiths are members.

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 £130.00, which is paid annually. Because 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?

A Lodge meeting consists of a ceremony in the Lodge room, usually starting at 6pm. These are generally one of a three part Degree ceremony, known as either an Initiation, Passing or Raising ceremony. Other ceremonies held once a year consist of a Masonic lecture and an annual Installation ceremony. At the Installation, the new Master is installed for his year. 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 £14 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 10pm after which members sometimes retire to the bar.

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 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.

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.

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

 

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