The Masonic Hall, The Green,
Aldridge, Walsall WS9 8NH
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.
Any male over the age of 21 years may apply to be considered for masonic Initiation. There is dispensation for the sons of Freemasons to join at an earlier age. The son of a Freemason is called "A Lewis". All candidates for Initiation must profess a belief in a Supreme Being - this is not limited to a Christian God, with membership open to members of all faiths. All candidates for Masonic Initiation must be of a high moral character and consequently require a Proposer and Seconder who are members of the Lodge. All Masonic candidates will be interviewed by members of the Lodge Committee prior to the Lodge conducting a ballot. The lodge members will require notice of a candidates application and will vote using a system of white and black balls. Each lodge varies but during the vote or ballot a number of black balls will result in exclusion. Hence the phrase "black balled". If all these stages are completed successfully then the candidate will be Initiated at a meeting convenient to the lodge.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO BECOME A FREEMASON ?
Annual membership fees and subscriptions are expected to be paid regularly. There is a one off joining fee and new members have to buy their Masonic attire. These are always explained at an applicant’s interview. There is also the regular dining fee.
ARE YOU THINKING OF BECOMING A FREEMASON ?
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