The Family Man
Being a Freemason makes you feel that you are doing something positive for other people. Many Freemasons are married men with daily work and family committments. Whilst a mason has an obligation to attend his Lodge meetings, he is always expected and encouraged to put his family and work before Freemasonry.
Do partners become involved?
Yes, if they wish to. We take care to ensure that our partners understand the meaning of what we do. In fact, they can attend many social functions and even some meetings. Most Lodges hold dinners, dances and less formal events. Some even have trips abroad.
Masonic Charities give assistance to families with child education, university fees, caring for the elderly at home or in a nursing home, and with medical care and financial aid for those in genuine need.
Visiting other Lodges
There are over 160 Masonic Lodges spread all over Northumberland. Of these Lodges, 14 meet at the Fern Avenue Masonic Centre between seven and ten times a year on various specific evenings of the month. There are however many more Lodges you can visit in the other areas through Great Britain and indeed the rest of the world. One aspect of being a Freemason is the pleasure of visiting other Lodges; meeting other masons and making new friends, regardless of their race, colour, religion or political beliefs.
As a visitor, you are always made welcome.
Why is Freemasonry so special to a Mason?
Ask any member. Enjoyment is the cornerstone. There is no substitute for the experience of a masonic ceremony and its rewards of self-development and improvement by moving through the Lodge system and delivering ritual. That, and the charitable work, helping all kinds of people, make it special. Freemasonry is fun. Not a riot but highly enjoyable.
What does a Freemason's meeting entail?
The Lodge of Free Burgesses meets in the Fern Avenue Masonic Centre, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on the second Wednesday of seven months of the year. Like most Masonic Lodges, the starting time is 7 pm. Formal business is conducted first, following by a meal with a few short speeches. The meeting normally ends at around 10:30 pm.
What kind of person can become a Freemason?
The principle qualification are that he is usually 21 years or older, of good character and believes in a Supreme being - his God. He is expected to have good morals, compassion and a kind and charitable disposition.
What will be expected of me?
Members do as much as they wish. The administration, ceremonial, accounting, fund raising and general running of the Lodge is carried out voluntarily by its own members.