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The Old Castle Lodge, No 4646

What are the requirements to become a freemason?

Our fraternity has a wonderful history, which dates back more than three centuries. Freemasonry 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 (Showing tolerance, fairness, respect and kindness to others), Relief (Practising charity and care for freemasons and the community as a whole) and Truth (Honesty and high moral standards in life.), freemasonry 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.

The essential qualifications / requirements for admission are:

  1. He must believe in a Supreme Being although how, or even if, he pays his devotions to that Being is up to each individual. Freemasonry is not a religion and all religions are welcome and respected.
  2. He must be male and at least 21 years old.
  3. He must be of good character. Men with "unspent" criminal records will not be accepted, the only exception being one drink-driving conviction. This conviction is never "spent" and applicants will be considered based on the individual circumstances.

It is also expected that your family approve of your application and you should be aware that there are certain costs involved in membership, as in any other organisation

What's in it for me?

The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his own or anyone else's business, professional or personal interests is condemned, and is contrary to the conditions on which he sought admission to Freemasonry

  • You will meet like minded people from very different walks of life both socially and doing Masonic work.

  • You will have the satisfaction of helping others less fortunate than yourself.

  • You should find your self-confidence and ability to learn increase as you become more involved with ritual and ceremonies.

So I want to join Old Castle Masonic Lodge in Macclesfield?

If you already know someone who is a freemason, ask them to introduce you.

Otherwise make contact with the secretary who will make arrangements to meet you socially to find out more about you, and to give you a chance to find out more about us.

You would then in due course be invited to meet the committee of members for an interview, prior to being balloted for membership of the Lodge.

All being well, a date would then be fixed for your admission.