Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about socialising and 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.
It is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values and is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life, with values based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry particularly teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
Self-knowledge is encouraged through participation in a progression of ceremonies which make interesting analogies between morality and the customs/tools used by stonemasons throughout history. These ceremonies are effectively two-part plays, or ritual dramas, which are often beautifully worded and are learned by heart over a period of time and performed within the Lodge.
All recognised Masonic Lodges in England, Wales and many parts of the world are governed by the United Grand Lodge of England and, for convenience of administration, Lodges are assigned to a particular geographical region, or Province. Hegeston Lodge, No. 5220 on the Register of the Grand Lodge of England, falls under the jurisdiction of the Province of Middlesex.
Support for charities is an important part of Freemasonry.