‘The Craft’ is the term which Freemasons use to refer to their organisation. So what exactly is Freemasonry? It is one of the world’s largest and oldest non-religious, non-political, fraternal societies. It is variously described in a number of ways, the commonest one probably being “A system of Morality veiled in Allegory and Illustrated by Symbols”. Breaking down this rather abstruse description is important. We are concerned with moral and spiritual values and these are illustrated using a series of short dramas or plays which follow ancient forms and use the tools and principles from stonemasons’ practices as guides.
Our three great original principles are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Translating these into more understandable terms is important.
Brotherly Love – A Freemason demonstrates tolerance and respect for his colleagues and shows kindness in the community, courtesy and understanding towards others and fairness in all matters.
Relief – Another term for Charity. A Freemasons not only practices charity towards other Freemasons but also towards the community as a whole. Charitable giving and voluntary works are both important aspects including assistance for those individuals in need. We give both small and large donations to local, national and international charities.
Truth – Other synonyms would include honesty and integrity. We take pride in high moral standards and we aim to achieve them in our own lives.
Freemasonry includes individuals from almost every trade, profession, religion and ethnic background. In The Craft as a whole, members are aged from 18 to more than 100 years old. In our Lodge our oldest member is 90. Each has his own individual reason for joining. Countess lifelong friendships have resulted from membership of this organisation.