With over 250,000 Freemasons in England and Wales, attached to more than 8,000 Lodges, you will never have to look far to find a Lodge to join. You will also discover that every Mason you speak to will have a slightly different reason for joining. Whether you are new to Freemasonry or have been a Mason for many years, you can be sure that the person sat alongside you will have similar values.
Any man over the age of 21 may join Freemasonry regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic position in society, although he is expected to have a belief in a supreme being (that is personal to you). He should be of good character and able to commit to giving up some free time to attend meetings; at Ridings Tablers’ Lodge we meet eight times a year. We have a saying in Freemasonry: “Family first, Work second, Freemasonry third”, so although members are strongly encouraged to attend when able, we recognise that this is not always possible.
“I HAD ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED BY THE HISTORY AND ‘SECRETS’ OF FREEMASONRY. I DECIDED TO JOIN BY APPLYING ONLINE WHEN I MOVED TO THE AREA, I FELT VERY WELCOMED AND ACCEPTED BY RIDINGS TABLERS’ LODGE AND HAVE MADE MANY GOOD FRIENDS”
Freemasonry is a hobby and although we maintain high moral standards we also have fun and enjoy each others company. Put simply, if we didn’t enjoy being Freemasons we wouldn’t do it.
In becoming a Freemason you naturally widen your social circle and become friends with people who you may never have met in the course of your daily life.
“I PARTICULARLY ENJOY THE FESTIVE BOARD, THE MEAL AFTER THE MEETING, WHERE I CAN TALK AND HAVE A LAUGH WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL AGES, WALKS OF LIFE, AND PERSONALITIES”
It is often thought that you must be wealthy or be a professional to become a Freemason. This is not true; at the Ridings Tablers’ Lodge our members come from a range of different backgrounds and occupations. Freemasonry is interested in you as a human being and not only what you can bring to the Lodge but what the Lodge can offer you.
What to do now ?
There is a popular misconception that you have to be invited to become a Mason, but this is not the case. We welcome membership enquiries from men who may have had no previous contact with Freemasonry and have an interest in what we do along with wanting to be a part of a unique organisation.
If you have an interest in Freemasonry in the Beverley, Hull and or wider East Riding area and would like to speak with one of our members we would be very pleased to arrange for you to do so. The first step is to send us an email with your contact details and a message so that we can arrange a meeting and talk through your enquiry. There is no pressure to join and you may wish to consider meeting members of our Lodge and joining us at a dinner to explore what Freemasonry is all about.
Contacting us couldn’t be easier, send us an email by clicking here and our secretary, Andy, will do his best to get back to you within a week.