Our Lodge welcomes new members, irrespective of your background, who share our values and beliefs.
Freemasonry is normally restricted to those over 21 years of age, but this can be waived by dispensation. Students often invoke this privilege, as there are a number of university Lodges across the country.
We are open to all religions and beliefs and indeed it is normal for us to sit down alongside members of many faiths, but it is a basic requirement of a Freemason that you do believe in a ‘Supreme Being’.
Freemasonry is open to both genders, but the Andrew Marvell Lodge is restricted to men. There are other Lodges which cater for ladies and there is good bond between us.
How to join the Andrew Marvell Lodge
As a prospective member, you need a proposer and seconder to introduce you to the Lodge. The proposer should have known you for at least six months and the majority of Masons are introduced by friends, colleagues and/or family members.
We also accept prospective members who approach us directly with a request for more information and in that case one or two of the senior Lodge members would get to know you by a series of informal meetings and perhaps, a visit to the Lodge itself. As mentioned before, non members and their families can attend our social functions and get to know the type of people we are. It is just as important that you satisfy yourself that Freemasonry is right for you, as well as the Lodge being reassured that you will be happy in our company.
Once you, a proposer and seconder are mutually happy to proceed, a formal application is raised and enquiries are made of the members. You will then be proposed and seconded in open Lodge and the committee formally interviews you together with your sponsors. There is then a ballot amongst all of the members which, if successful is followed by your admittance.
This process, depending on how you are introduced to the Lodge may easily take between 3-4 months. This may be sometimes longer, as our Lodge does not meet over the summer period.
What do we look for in a prospective member?
Freemasonry is primarily a social organisation in which its members enjoy each other’s company and with aims to develop the morality of you, as an individual.
The development of morality is illustrated by references to the practices of the ancient stonemasons and your development in this regard is likened to the skills involved in the construction of large buildings, temples and cathedrals.
Freemasonry imparts this development knowledge by re-enacting some of the old stonemason’s rituals, in which you will take part and hopefully enjoy. As you proceed in your masonic career, you can take on more demanding roles, but this is on a voluntary basis.
Freemasonry puts morality to the test by raising money for many good causes, both locally and further afield. Freemasonry itself, is one of the largest givers of aid internationally and is often one of the first responders to large scale international appeals for aid.
For more comprehensive information about Freemasonry in general, we recommend the website of the United Grand Lodge of England, in particular http://www.ugle.org.uk/becoming-a-freemason
If you would like to take your interest further in becoming a freemason of the Andrew Marvel Lodge, please contact our Secretary via the ‘Contact Us’
Alternatively, if you personally know a member of our Lodge, we are sure they will happily guide you through the process.
We look forward to hearing from you.