The following extract is taken from The United Grand Lodge of England.

Who can become a freemason?

Our fraternity 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. People might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It's actually straightforward. The essential qualifications for admission is that you have a belief in a Supreme Being. It is usual for candidates to be "mature men of 21 years and over", but in some circumstances candidates between the ages of 18 and 21 can be admitted.

Suggested Steps

Go to the United Grand Lodge of England's website by clicking here. After reading the various booklets on this site, see 'What is Freemasonry?' and 'Becoming a Mason' in the menu bar, and if you are still interested in becoming a Freemason, we advise that you first talk to a family member, friend or colleague whom you already know to be a member. They will be able to explain to you what they can about the fraternity and help you find a suitable Lodge. If you don't know anyone at all who is a member, then get in touch with a Masonic Office in your area, see 'Index to Provinces' or 'Index to Overseas'. Write to that office, telling them a little bit about yourself and your reasons for wishing to join. If in London, contact the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London (33 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA. Tel: 020 7539 2930) or contact Chris Connop at Freemasons' Hall on 020 7395 9226.

If you live in or around Southampton and would like to find out more about Hamtun Lodge then please get in touch using the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Alternatively the Provincial Grand Lodge website has a list of lodge websites in Hampshire and Isle of Wight and there may be one nearer to where you live.

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