What is Freemasonry?

Square and CompassesYou cannot better start your journey into Freemasonry than to start at the top.  The United Grand Lodge of England is the body that regulates Freemasonry in the UK, so you really should start there.  Pretty much everything you need to know can be found by visiting their website.

Just to get you going, meanwhile, we have given the answers to a few frequently asked questions below.

For the details, there’s no point in re-inventing the wheel, so just follow the link to the  United Grand Lodge of England

In brief …

"One of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world, Freemasonry's roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles."

- United Grand Lodge of England

Under the jurisdiction of UGLE, there are about 175,000 Freemasons.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Masonic family that is under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England, you must ...

  • Be a man
  • 18 years old minimum
  • Not have a criminal record
  • Be able to take on the responsibilities and financial and time commitment
  • Believe in a Supreme Being


( Women wanting to become a Freemason should get in touch with either the Order of Women Freemasons or the Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons)

Once you have decided that you would like to join a Lodge ...

  1. Ask a Freemason, or
  2. Complete the Join Us form on this website, or
  3. Visit The United Grand Lodge of England website to find a lodge nearer you


Then ...

    ... wait.  You may not get an answer immediately, but most Lodges will respond promptly if the relevant contact is available.  If a couple of weeks goes by, just ask again.

The United Grand Lodge of England does not admit women as Freemasons.

The Order of Women Freemasons (OWF) and the Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons (HFAF), are both, however, organisations dedicated to Freemasonry for women.

How do I join Solihull Lodge?

When you have decided that Freemasonry in general, and Solihull Lodge 8088 in particular, might be for you, come back here and complete our join us form.

We will get back in touch as soon as we are able.

Alternatively, send an email with a little information about yourself to secretary [at] lodge8088.uk or just ask a Freemason.

The United Grand Lodge of England also produces numerous videos and podcasts to better describe Freemasonry and activities associated with Freemasonry.

For much more information, just have a look at the videos below.  (Sound on …)