Freemasons FAQ

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 progression of ceremonies. Freemasons are expected to be of high moral standing and encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. Freemasonry instills in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty, and fairness.

Over the last few years, there has been a drive to expel the myths attached to Freemasonry, that it is somehow sinister or subversive of society.   Subsequently, there is much more information available today than ever before about the Craft. This website is a testimony to that.

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 does Portus-Felix lodge meet?

At the Masonic Hall on Rutland Street, Filey, North Yorkshire.

How often do you meet?

One a month for the lodge, an additional day for the training lodge (optional).  Members can also visit other lodges if they want to do more.  Meetings are usually on the first 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 three-course 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 (follow this link for information on women Freemasons)
  • Believe in a supreme being.
  • Contact us to let us know you’re interested, see our contact page.
  • Have a quick chat with one of our members, either by phone or face to face.
  • Fill in an application form,
  • Meet some members for a “formal interview”, more of a conversation than an interview,
  • 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

Men interested in becoming 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 Secrets?

You have probably heard Freemasons are secretive and meet in a secret location and special knocks on the door or a password is needed before being let in!   Well, not quite true. Whilst Masonic meetings are in progress knocks and passwords are used, but the rooms themselves are NOT secret.   Non-Masons are welcome to visit and have a look around on one of our open days… not that secretive then!

Do Freemasons have a secret handshake?

Yes, but there is more than one!  They only serve to help identify the rank of the Freemason.

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 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.