Monolithos Lodge 8475 was consecrated on 29th March 1973 at the Spa Centre in Leamington by Sir Stanley J Harley, the Provincial Grand Master at the time. The formation of the Lodge was driven by W.Bro. Don Ashdown, an eminent Mason in the town, and he became the first Master at the consecration. The Lodge was sponsored by another Leamington Lodge, Lee Torre 7253.

The Lodge’s first regular meeting was one week later on 5th April 1973 at Victoria House, Leamington Spa where the lodge still meets to this day.

In January 2016 the Lodge celebrated its 300th meeting.

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisation. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.

Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

Charity

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today.

In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.

Becoming a Mason

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and for society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.

Freemasonry is one of the World’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisation. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.

What happens at a lodge meeting?

The meeting, which like those of other groups, are open only to members, is normally in two parts.

First, there are normal administrative procedures such as:

  • Minutes of the previous meeting
  • Proposing and balloting for new members
  • Discussing and voting on the annual accounts
  • Masonic news and correspondence
  • News about charitable work

Second, there are the ceremonies for:

  • Admitting new members
  • The annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers

Why do Freemasons take oaths?

New members make solemn promises concerning their behaviour both in the Lodge and in society. Members also promise to keep confidential the way they recognise each other when visiting another Lodge. Freemasons also promise to support others in time of need but only so far as it does not conflict with their family and public obligations.

Are Freemasons expected to give preference to fellow members?

Certainly not. This would be unacceptable and may lead to action being taken against those involved. On joining, each new member states that he expects no material gain from membership.

Who do the Masonic charities donate to?

Whilst there are Masonic charities that cater specifically, but not exclusively, for Masons or their dependants, others make significant grants to non-Masonic organisations.

what is Freemasonry’s relationship with religion?

All Freemasons are expected to have a religious belief, but Freemasonry does not seek to replace a Mason’s religion or provide a substitute for it. It deals in a man’s relationship with his fellow man not in a man’s relationship with his God.

Why do some churches not like Freemasonry?

There are elements within churches who misunderstand Freemasonry and its objectives. They confuse secular rituals with religious liturgy. There are many Masons in churches where their leaders have been openly critical of the organisation. Masonry has always actively encouraged its members to be active in their own religion.

Does Freemasonry accept Roman Catholics?

Yes. Four Grand Masters of English Freemasonry have been Roman Catholics. Today there are many Roman Catholic Freemasons.

What is Freemasonry’s relationship with politics?

Freemasonry, as a body, will never express a view on politics or state policy. The discussion of politics at Masonic meetings has always been prohibited.

Is Freemasonry an international order?

Freemasonry exists throughout the world. However, each Grand Lodge is sovereign and independent. There is no international governing body for Freemasonry.

Are there women Freemasons?

Yes. Whilst UGLE, following the example of medieval stonemasons, is, and has always been, restricted to men, women Freemasons have two separate Grand Lodges, which are restricted to women.

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 many Freemasons are there?

Under the United Grand Lodge of England, there are over a quarter of a million Freemasons.

There are Grand Lodges in Ireland, which covers both Northern Ireland and Eire, and Scotland which have a combined total of approximately 150,000 members.

Worldwide, there are approximately six million Freemasons.

How many degrees are there in Freemasonry?

Basic Freemasonry consists of three degrees:

  • Entered Apprentice
  • Fellow Craft
  • Master Mason

How much does it cost to be a Freemason?

It varies from Lodge to Lodge. Anyone wishing to join will find a Lodge to suit his pocket. There is an initiation fee on entry and in due course regalia will have to be bought. The meeting is normally followed by a dinner, the cost depending on the venue. There is, in addition, an annual subscription.

Members are invited to give to charity but this should always be within their means and it is entirely up to the individual how much they wish to contribute.

The guiding principles for Freemasons

Brotherly love, which means we show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to all;

Relief, which is a duty on Freemasons to practise charity and to care in the community as a whole by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works which help others; and Truth, which demands that we strive for high moral standards in themselves and others.

Secrecy

Secrecy with respect to Freemasonry is very limited. Freemasons have no need to be secret about their membership or the things they do.

Freemasonry’s “secrets” are private formal proofs of membership. They are used to prevent strangers being admitted to Masonic meetings. The use of the words and signs is restricted to Lodge Meetings and Ceremonies; they should not be used in, or disclosed to, the public.

Freemasons may incline to privacy as opposed to secrecy. The affairs of many other clubs, associations and organisations (even of major political parties) are private: they do not publish membership lists and their minutes of meetings are only circulated among members. Apart from what should be kept private, Freemasons should be willing – even proud and eager – to talk about Freemasonry in general. Freemasons may freely declare their membership.

Freemasons must never use Freemasonry to advance their own interests be they personal, business, professional or whatever. If there is a conflict of interests, or even if it could be thought that there might be a conflict of interests, a Freemason is required to say so. Freemasons must not expect, anticipate or seek any preferment or financial benefit as a consequence of being a member of the Order. A Freemason who offends this rule will be expelled from the Order and will not be able to return.

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