Jordan Lodge of Good Companions

Established in 1810

Why join

As the oldest fraternal organisation in the world, Freemasonry is founded upon principles of kindness, honesty and fairness. Timeless values that are as relevant to the world today as they were three hundred years ago when we were established. These ideals have attracted members for centuries, and will hopefully do so for centuries to come.

The greatest lure of Freemasonry is the mystique of a closed door, on the other side of that closed door are rituals, symbols and ceremonies known only to our members and Masters. Private ceremonies that have been passed from mouth to ear for centuries. Our fraternity is strewn with ancient mysteries.

Freemasonry has a wonderful history, which dates back more than three centuries. It is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternities, a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Founded on the three great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, it aims to bring together men of goodwill, regardless of background and differences.

Freemasonry is open to men of all walks of life, whatever race or religion who believe in a Supreme Being, i.e. God, by whatever name he is known to them.

Men wishing to become Freemasons must, with few exceptions, be at least 21 years of age.

Candidates for Freemasonry are required not to expect, anticipate or seek any preferment or financial benefit as a consequence of becoming a member.

There should be no conflict between a candidate’s family, business or professional interests and membership. People might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It’s actually straightforward. Please feel free to make contact via our contact form.

What is Freemasonry

There are about 250,000 Freemasons belonging to 8,000 lodges throughout England and Wales and districts overseas. Worldwide the figure rises to 6,000,000 Freemasons, all with their own special reasons why they enjoy Freemasonry. For some it is about making new friends and acquaintances. For others, it is being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society.

Every Freemason has his own reason for joining;

  • “My dad was a Freemason, as was my grandfather, so you could say Masonic life is a tradition in my family.”
  • “I was very surprised by how welcoming everyone was, it seemed like I had belonged all my life.”
  • “The long, rich history of the Craft interested me.”
  • “Masonry is a fantastic way to do some good, to help others and make some really good friends.”
  • “Freemasonry has helped build my confidence enabling me to tackle challenges I used to shy away from.” 

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. For many, its biggest draw is the fact that members come from all walks of life and meet as equals whatever their race, religion or socio-economic position in society. Its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasonry does not discriminate on grounds of race, colour, religion, political views or social standing. Freemasonry provides a unique environment for people from all backgrounds to learn skills, make lasting friendships, achieve their potential and, above all, have fun.

What is more, the organisation provides a valuable forum for discussion between members in an open environment, helping to build trust. Freemasonry prides itself on its transparency. Not only are Freemasons completely free to acknowledge their membership they are encouraged to do so. Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own Masonic charities, as well as through donations to UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds. Members play an active role in their communities and all money donated comes from our own efforts, Freemasons do not employ any external fundraisers.

Freemasonry is more relevant and important to society today than ever before, as it encompasses and embraces all the fundamental principles of good citizenship. Many of these are learnt through traditional rituals that take the form of one-act plays, leading to increased self-esteem and confidence. Every Freemason embarks on his own journey of self-discovery when he enters the organisation. With three levels of Freemasonry, the progress through to senior roles within a lodge can be seen in much the same way as a person progressing in his career – each promotion bringing greater understanding and responsibility.

There are many diverse and personal reasons for joining the Freemasons. To answer any questions you might have about our history, or future, what Freemasons believe in or the kind of work they do.

If you would like to find out further information, please visit the contacts page


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