What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a series of rituals which follow ancient forms and uses stonemasons customs an tools as allegorical guides. Freemasons are expected to be of high moral standing and encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty, and fairness.
Am I eligible?
Any man over the age of 21 can join regardless of ethnic group, political views, economic standing or religion, although he is expected to have a faith.
Where do Portus-Felix and Royal lodges meet?
At the Masonic Hall on Rutland Street, Filey, North Yorkshire.
How often do you meet?
Once a month for the lodge. An additional day for the training lodge (optional) and members can also visit other lodges if they want to do more.
Portus Felix meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August) and Royal Lodge meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August).
What do Freemasons do?
A Lodge meeting is split into two main parts. The first part is the formal Lodge meeting itself. This follows an agenda (like a regular meeting of any club or society) and includes the general business of the meeting. The main part of the meeting is the ceremony (which is often referred to as “ritual”). The ceremonies are usually the introduction of a new member, or for them to go through the various “Degrees” to become a Master Mason, or Worshipful Master.
Following the formal part of the evening, there is the “Festive Board”. This is normally a sit-down meal and is a great way to get to know fellow members and visitors to the Lodge in a relaxed and social environment, however, this is not compulsory. At the conclusion of the meal, there are various toasts and speeches.
Why do you wear Regalia?
Wearing regalia is historic and symbolic… like a uniform, the regalia indicates the rank of the wearer in the organisation.
How do you become a Freemason?
- Be male and 21 or over (for information on lady Freemasons, read Wives or partners lower down)
- Believe in a supreme being.
- Contact us to let us know you’re interested…you can contact Royal or Portus Felix lodge on their respective contact pages.
- Have a chat with one of our members, either by phone or face to face.
- Fill in an application form.
- Assuming everyone is happy (including you) set a date for your Initiation into the Lodge.
Is Freemasonry a religious organisation?
No, Freemasonry is not a religious organisation, though it is expected that the applicant will have a belief in a higher or supreme being of some description. The denomination isn’t important, nor is how actively you are involved
Wives or Partners
Freemasons are strongly recommended to bring their wife or partner into the picture at the early stage. Women visiting this site will be pleased to learn there is a Lady Masons lodge in Filey too.
Do Freemasons have a secret handshake?
Yes, but there is more than one! They only serve to help identify the rank of the Freemason.
Is Freemasonry a secret society?
No. In English-speaking countries, most Masons are completely public with their affiliation, Masonic buildings are clearly marked, and meeting times are generally a matter of public record.
How much does it cost?
There is an initiation fee on entry and in due course regalia will have to be purchased. The meeting is normally followed by a sit-down dinner, the cost depending on the venue. There is also an annual subscription to the Lodge.
Freemasons are invited to give to charity at each meeting but this should always be within their means and it is entirely up to the individual how much they wish to contribute.
What about Masons and politics?
Freemasonry, as a body, will never express a view on politics or state policy. The discussion of politics at Masonic meetings is not permitted.