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BECOME A FREEMASON

BECOME A FREEMASON

There are 250,000 Freemasons belonging to 8,000 Lodges throughout England and Wales, and districts overseas. Worldwide, the figure rises to six million Freemasons, all with their own special reasons why they enjoy Freemasonry. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others, it’s being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution …

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What it’s really like to be a Freemason in Hull

Freemasons inside the De La Pole Masonic Lodge 1605 in Beverley Road (Image: Peter Harbour)

Freemasons have spoken about their secret handshakes, their customs and rituals, and what really happens in meetings  They designed the pyramids, plotted the French Revolution and are controlled by the Illuminati.At least, that’s according to some of the numerous myths bandied about by conspiracy theorists about the Freemasons – an organisation which, according to historians, …

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Freemasons are meeting in the Houses of Parliament. How big a threat is that to our democracy?

The Duke of Kent attending the Freemasons VC Memorial unveiling event outside the Freemasons’ Hall building in Covent Garden, London

When the Guardian published an article recently revealing that two secret Freemasons’ lodges were operating in the Palace of Westminster, it caused the predictable furore. The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the ruling body for Masons, even went as far as taking full page adverts in many newspapers protesting that these exposures of Masonic …

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Top Tory says: ‘I’m a Freemason – and we don’t topple Governments or fake moon landings’

Coun Gary Sambrook in his day job.

A Birmingham councillor has revealed: “ I’m a Freemason and proud of it ” – insisting the organisation did not “fake Moon landings or topple Governments”. Gary Sambrook spoke up amid suggestions that cronyism and secrecy surrounded the movement, following disclosures that two lodges were operating at Westminster. The National Union of Journalists said both …

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Durham Freemasons hand out 80,000 teddy bears to children in hospital

DURHAM FREEMASONS HAVE HANDED OUT A MILESTONE 80,000 TEDDY BEARS TO CHILDREN WHO FACE EMERGENCY TREATMENT IN HOSPITAL For more than a decade, Durham Freemasons have been supplying TLC teddies to A&E departments and walk in centres throughout the boundaries of the Province to help alleviate the distress of children attending hospital following what is …

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Freemasons explain the rituals and benefits of membership

From secret handshakes and rolled-up trouser legs to accusations of nepotism, bullying and the repression of reform, the Freemasons’ reputation has not always been positive. But with six million members worldwide, including more than 200,000 in the UK, negative publicity has not dampened people’s desire to join. “At first I thought it was a bit …

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‘Not a Cult’: The Freemasons Want You! (Unless You Happen to Be a Woman)

Faced with dwindling ranks, the Freemasons are trying to shed their secretive image. The grand master of an Israeli branch says the organization is ‘Boy Scouts for adults’ and joining is as easy as sending an email – for men, that is A few months ago, my father joined the Freemasons. As a kid, I …

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Freemasons call for end to ‘discrimination’ of members

There are about six million Freemasons worldwide and more than 200,000 in the UK under the United Grand Lodge of England

The Freemasons have placed full-page advertisements in several national newspapers calling for an end to the “discrimination” against their members. The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) said it welcomes individuals from all walks of life but that members are “undeservedly stigmatised”. It said it had written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. [UltraPop_page_pro …

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From Freemasons to frat houses: The secret societies we know very little about

Our curiosity about the Freemasons and their ilk gives way to conspiracy theories. But if secret societies are as benign as they say, then why the secret? David Barnett looks through the smoke and mirrors – and attempts to join the Illuminati I have only once, I think, been a member of an organisation that …

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