Freemasonry fulfils many roles, particularly making new friends, helping deserving causes, making a wider contribution to family and society, but for most discovering a uniquely different, purposeful and enjoyable hobby.
Where society is often divided, being one of the world's oldest non-religious and non-political fraternities Freemasonry, comprising members of high moral standing, bridges such divides and with a strong focus on supporting those less fortunate than ourselves, expands the brotherhood of man. Additionally it teaches self-knowledge through participation in fascinating ceremonies articulating these principles. With such high aspirations members are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry and its virtues.
Whilst there are many mutual or fraternal societies sharing such values, in historical terms these are relatively modern, whereas freemasonry has evolved over many centuries adopting the tools of the common artisan, in this case the ancient stonemason, to exemplify through ceremony the principles of morality, truth, virtue, equality, fraternity, and charity.
These ceremonies were crafted by men of great intellect and wisdom during the Age of Enlightenment, offering personal objectives and enabling every member to share a sense of achievement and satisfaction when mastered, a character enhancing experience providing inestimable personal satisfaction.
It is this additional dimension, this unique superstructure and the regal splendour of our ceremonies, coupled with a belief in God without distinctions between religions, embracing ethnic diversity, law-abiding principles and political discussion forbidden, that sets Freemasonry apart, embracing all its members, creating a universal 'brotherhood'.
With its charitable core, Freemasonry is uniquely stimulating to the inquisitive and compassionate individual with higher aims in life seeking the extraordinary companionship of like-minded fellows.
There are many examples of men on opposing sides upon discovering their Masonic identity coming together: