The Ancient Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons
UNITED GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND
Freemasonry is one of the World's oldest secular fraternal societies. Each Country will have its own Grand Lodge or governing body. In England & Wales our governing body is the United Grand Lodge of England based at Freemasons Hall 60 Great Queen Street. London WC2B 5AZ. In addition, U.G.L.E also administers many places overseas. Provincial Grand Lodges administer the affairs of the many private lodges in their area, these generally follow the old county boundaries. Each Provincial Grand Lodge has its own Provincial Grand Master. The Minerva Lodge No.250 Kingston upon Hull reports to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire North & East Ridings. West Yorkshire has its own Provincial Grand Lodge. Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms, and use 'stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.
THE THREE GRAND PRINCIPLES
Brotherly Love - Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
Relief - Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own , but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
Truth - Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.
Freemasons believe that these three principles represent a way of achieving higher standard in life.
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.
FREEMASONRY AND SOCIETY
Freemasonry demands from its members a respect for the law of the country in which a man works and lives. Its principles do not in any way conflict with its members' duties as citizens, but should strengthen them in fulfilling their public and private responsibilities.
The Secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with the traditional modes of recognition. It is not a secret society, since all its members are free to acknowledge their membership and will do so in response to enquiries for respectable reasons, its constitutions and rules are available to the public. There is no secret about any of its aims and principles. Like many other societies, it regards some of its internal affairs as private matters for its members.
FREEMASONRY AND POLITICS
Freemasonry is non-political, and the discussion of politics at Masonic meetings is forbidden.
ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
The Minerva Lodge No.250 welcomes Gentlemen who are considering becoming a Freemason. The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to Gentlemen of any ethnic group or religion who can fulfil this essential qualification and who are of good repute. You would need to be at least 21 years of age (dispensation can sometimes be given in special circumstances for those who are younger but not under the age of 18 years)